Bhote Kosi River in Nepal

Bhote Kosi Rafting/KayakingTumbling from the snow-capped peaks of Tibet, the Bhote Kosi river provides some of the most exciting rafting and kayaking in Nepal, and is quite possibly one of the best short river trips offered anywhere in the world. The Bhote Kosi is generally considered one of the top ten white water trips in the planet for its spectacular combination of white water, scenery, incredible camping, and culture filled stops.

Drawing amazing and mystifying power from high in the Bhot (Tibet), the Bhote Koshi River, tumbles into Nepal through breathtaking valleys. Glacier water, from the 10th Highest Mountain Shisa Pangma, carves a steep and direct drop at the top that gradually eases to more placid streams and calmer pools within a 46 km run at the Lamosangu dam. The rapids over here are a solid class IV- V at high flow and a more classic III at lower levels.

Continuous, challenging and action-packed, the Bhote Koshi offers nothing less than the ride of a lifetime. If you have never rafted before and if you have limited time but desire an adrenaline overload, then this is an ideal introductory trip package for you.

A stupendous setting, thrilling drops, gorges and limestone formations welcome you into another dimension where your instinct becomes your driving force and your body is your best ally. Both experienced and novice paddlers will agree that this is the Ultimate Experience.

Bhote  Koshi Rafting & Kayaking (1-2 days)

Only a 3-hour drive away from Kathmandu, on the way to the Tibetan border, Bhote Koshi is the most stimulating raft trip in Nepal. Owing to its sharp gradient, this is a fast flowing river, offering a unique combination of exceptionally fun and challenging rapids without it ever getting past the point of recreation. Suitable for both novices and expert rafters, Bhote Koshi offers the ultimate adrenaline rush.

It is said that the best way to know Nepal is to raft down its rivers. The adventure of Bhote Koshi is not just limited to its white-waters. Indeed, the drive to our adventure spot unfolds wonderful views of Nepalese and Tibetan mountain ranges such as the Langtang range, Dorje Lakpa and others. Similarly, the sights of emerald green fields, terraced hillsides, deep canyons, gushing waterfalls complemented by smiling villagers and the shining waters of Sun Koshi (river of Gold) are just awesome.

Group or Family raft trips and regular kayak clinics are available on the lower river sections and this is better place to experience the thrill and gratification of experiences in the Himalayas

Rapids: Frog in a Blender, John’s Home, Great Wall, Gerbil in the Plumbing, Exlax, Liquid Bliss, Dazed and Confused.

City and Wild, Ranging from Steep, Adrenaline-charged Mountain streams, Big rapids and relentless are the best word to describe the short run down the Bhote Kosi is short and sweet.

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Trip Facts

Departure point: Kathmandu –Kathmandu (2 day)
River days: 2 days
River distance: 36 km
Rafting starts at: 95km // Baseri (3 hours private transport from Kathmandu)
Rafting end at: Lamosangu (just above the dam -3 hours private transport to Kathmandu)
Outward travel time: 3 hours 
River grade:  IV – V + V-(high Water)
Return travel time: 3 hours   
Meals: 1 Day Option Lunch / 2 Day Option = day 1 Lunch & Dinner / day 2 Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Beach camping at permanent resort style tent and Camp
Best Season: Sept –May
Options: - Add on trek / hiking,
The Cost: Please ask for special cost.

One-day trip of Ultimate Adrenaline Overload

Day 1 begins early in the morning with our drive from Kathmandu to reach the put-in point located 96 k.m away. Bhote Koshi awaits us for a perfect roller-coaster ride. This is an extraordinary rafting trip and moreover, the 3-hour drive also has a bagful of wonders for us. Crossing the busy streets of Kathmandu, we reach Thimi, a typical Newari town that keeps its own slow pace of life and eventually we enter the countryside as we approach Banepa. There is lovely greenery all around as we drive along the Arniko Highway. Further up at Dhulikhel, life is a lot more relaxed and we see people working in the fields; there is no loud honking and all is peace and quiet here. Across the emerald paddy fields we see the leaves dancing in the breeze while far away in the distance the great Himalayan ranges dominate the horizon. Enjoying great views of the countryside, we arrive at our put-in point, located just below the dam on the Upper Sun Koshi, 40 km south of the Tibetan border.

We unload the gear, prepare for rafting, get ready in our rafting outfits and rub some sunscreen lotion – all set for the day’s adventure. The rapids come continuously and are highly technical. Hence, it is very important to listen to your guide and paddle according to his instructions. The journey on the flowing torrents could thus be an exhilarating and fun-filled adventure. After a series of Class III rapids, easy yet so adventurous, we hit the first Class IV rapid popularly known as Gerbil in the Plumbing followed by the technical rapid Frog in a Blender, which makes us fearless while tackling the churning waves as we wind up in a big swirling pool. After a long gutsy ride, which feels like a ride on the back of a giant dragon, we stop for a scrumptious lunch on the riverside.

Certainly, a good meal after a great adventure is such a delight. But it’s not over yet. We gear up again and board our rafts to face more challenges and more excitement. The river flowing through beautiful narrow canyons with lush green vegetation and tumbling waters that come down from great waterfalls, join the churning waves of the great Bhote Koshi. There are more exhilarating rapids ahead making our descent yet more thrilling. What could be more flattering for a keen rafter than to cross the Dazed and Confused rapids successfully. Depending upon the time available, we end our journey at one of the take-out points, either near Barabise or Lamo Sangu (Long Bridge) Dam and drive back to Kathmandu, bringing home some fond memories. A two-day trip can also be arranged, in which case we end up at Barabise and stay at a resort as there are no good campsites at Bhote Koshi.

Kayaking in Bhotekoshi river

A typical two Bhote Kosi Experience

Day by Day River Itinerary

Day 01:- Dam (Lamosangu) to Sukuti 
We will pick up you from your hotel at 7.00 AM and transfer to group  private bus/  van/ Jeep or tourist bus, then transfer to the Rafting starting point at Dam Lamosangu which would takes approx. of 3 hours.  This drive for almost half an hour is through the city , then further drive to the hills downs via local araniko  Highway( Tibet Border) which is scenic, picturesque and interesting experience driving in Nepal.

It’s off to the bhote Kosi. The river offers real adventures with a roller coaster ride; the drive to the put in point is interesting as it passes the town of thimi, the old city of Bhakatapur and two others towns Banepa and Dhulikhel ( along the Arniko Highway that leads to Tibet. After the Scenic drive across the countryside, we arrive at our put in point, (3hrs Drive) which lies below the dam on the upper sun Kosi , 40 km south of the Tibetan border ,all the gear is then unloaded, and preparations are made for the rafting  trips, it is time to get into rafting outfitter and considering the strong sunlight ,sun screen lotion is recommended.

One the Bhote kosi ,The rapids appear one after another and are all highly technical, it must be stressed here that it is very important to listen to the guide’s instructions on the first day of our trip, so that the eaters have to have experiences of the class I-IV  rafting before they do the upper stretch of bhote kosi.

Upon arriving to the rafting point, get off from the vehicle, our rafting guide will greet you there and ask you to take your life jacket, paddle. Further short 15 minute walking brings us to our boat at riverside.

Now our rafting Guide will explain you about the basic rafting technique, team rafting ideas, safe group paddling and emergency safety if raft is in risk or fall down.
Our experienced guide will train safety briefings about River Currents, Eddies, Whirlpool, Hydraulic Hole, Rapids as well as self rescue flip drill, White water floating position, & forward.

We have lunch on the river and continue the encounter a exciting rapids until the take out point then arrive a beautiful Sukute beach, An oasis and temple of tranquility, nestled in the curves of the flowing torrents, take in the view, fresh air and peace that only nature could offer. Your overnight in this beach with tented camp with wholesome dinner. 

Day 02:- 95km / Baseri  to at Lamosangu.
In the morning after breakfast everyone packs their gear and comes to bus. Where bus is waiting for drive to rafting put in point at 95km away .Before starting there is another padding season to refresh everyone’s memory and serape away  last night fog. It’s full action today. And will have 3-4hrs (depended on the water level) on the river pure white water all the downstream. After a long series of class 3 rapids we drop into the first class 4 rapid, “Gerbil in the Plumbing". From here there is a stretch of class 3 whitewater and then we come to the crux of the day, which is a long, technical rapid, "Frog in a Blender". A long series of class 3+/4 rapids lead us into one of the guide’s favorites, "Carnal Knowledge of a Deviant Nature". The remaining ten kilometers of river is a non-stop series of technical class 3 and 4 drops. The river flows through a beautiful narrow canyon with lush green vegetation and waterfalls coming in from the steep stone walls. 
Just before we hit the village at Barahabise we take a break for lunch to refuel and continue our descent through the center of town and onto a short flat stretch. At the take out the rats are carried up and dried in a garden surrounding the Dam keeper’s house at Lamosangu. From here we drive back to Kathmandu around 3.00 hrs. Usually arriving in Kathmandu 18:00 pm. Without any doubt this is some of finest whitewater adventures rafting to be had anywhere. 

NOTE: - Itinerary may be adjusted to account for weather or other circumstance beyond our control. 


The Rafting cost includes:-
Professional rafting guides, Porter, all rafting and safety equipments & river surfing equipment including made in USA- NRS Self bailing raft, high-floatation lifejackets, helmets, paddles, fins, professionally trained guides, water proof storage for personal gear and safety kayakers, tasty wholesome lunches each day,(form Lunch on the first day through lunch on last day) sundowners (drinks before dinner), dinner and breakfast (including vegetarian options), tea/coffee, juice on the trip tents and camping equipment, Accommodation is in 2/3 person hiking tents on a twin/triple share basis in the beach camp. Private Transport form Kathmandu to pout in point and back from the takeout .Opportunity to go walking and exploring….!

The Rafting cost does not includes:-
Bottle/alcoholic beverages any kind of insurance. Other expensed incurred due to unforeseeable circumstances. Expenses of a personal, nature and trips.

What People should wear rafting (What to bring)?
Clothing for river trips
Clothing should ideally be light weight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet.

From mid-February to end of September: T-shirt, shorts, river sandals (that can get wet!), sun hats, sun-glasses, light jackets and trousers, sports shoes for the campsite.  A pair of river shorts or swimming costume, A pair of Chacos or similar sandals. Trainers are also okay, Long sleeved shirt to wear under your life jacket.

From October to mid-February: Long T-shirt, shorts, river sandals, sun hats, sun glasses, water-proof jacket and trousers (Paddle Top), fleece jacket and trousers, woolen cap, thick socks and shoes for the campsite.

Don't Forget to Bring: Towels for Everyone and Complete change of clothes and shoes for end of trip.

Optional Items.

  • Your favourite book or a journal for recording your river memories.
  • Sketchpad.
  • Photographic or video equipment. We recommend bringing your own waterproof casing and a cleaning kit as sand gets everywhere. Bring a spare memory card or plenty of film. Also bring spare batteries for your camera.
  • Waterproof disposable for the “action” on the raft shots.
  • Swiss Army Knife or Leatherman.
  • An iPod or other music preferences..
  • Personal Spending
  • The only money that you need to bring is for meals in town, souvenirs, DVD, personal items and the beer kitty for the raft trip if you drink. Please remember that many of the countries we visit do offer Credit Card and ATM facilities and for a small charge you can withdraw cash either from your account or Credit Card for convenience.
  • If you wish to pass on a gratuity to your guide we leave this entirely up to you.
  • Basically, we advise you to keep things as light as possible, without skimping on the essential

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What to bring with you

Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel, sun block and your camera. A flashlight is also useful.

What you need to tell us

Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well being on the trip.
Don’t forget to request vegetarian meals if required.

River Safety

We are the only company with guides trained in SRT, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid. ADRIFT ADVENTURES Nepal guarantees fun and 100% safety. We are highly dedicated in providing quality service to our invaluable clients and agents, in order to make their experience in Nepal very special, providing cherished memories for a lifetime.

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