What is Rafting?

What is Rafting? River rafting is a fun, exciting and unforgettable adventure for anyone. Whether you participate as a crew member aboard a paddle raft, or sit back and enjoy the ride on an oar-powered raft, it’s a journey of excitement, scenic beauty, camaraderie, laughter and lifelong memories.

What is a river grade?

Whitewater River Rafting (and the rapids on them) have an internationally recognized grading scale.

The Scale is as fallows:

Grade I -   flat water .no rapids, barely a splash".

Swift current with riffles and small waves. Few obstacles, all obvious and easily avoided.

Ideal for: Children aged four and older, first-timers, seniors.

Grade II- Bubbling current, small roller-coaster rapids.

Easy rapids with wide-open channels and medium-sized waves. Some maneuvering may be necessary to avoid obstacles. Generally, children four years and older may experience

Class II rapids.

Ideal for: Children aged four and older, first-timers, all adults.

Grade III- Needs trained guide-technical & exciting.

Moderate rapids with irregular, medium- to large-sized waves. Waves large enough to cause a boat to capsize may be present but can be avoided. Quick maneuvering may be required to avoid obstacles. Generally, children seven years and older may experience Class III rapids.

Ideal for: Children aged seven and older, beginners to intermediates looking for manageable thrills.

Grade IV- Seriously big rapids, unforgiving, exhilarating.

Powerful rapids featuring boulder gardens, large waves and/or small waterfalls. Quick and precise maneuvering is essential to successful runs. Prior Class III experience is recommended, although aggressive first-timers looking for a challenge are generally accepted. Minimum ages will vary from 16 to 18 years.

Ideal for: Adventurous individuals, intermediates or aggressive beginners looking for a challenge.

Grade V- The hair rising limit!

Intense and violent rapids with steep drops, waterfalls, massive waves and extremely constricted channels. Rapids may require “critical” maneuvering above dangerous hazards. Prior Class IV experience is required. In some cases participants must pass a physical fitness/swimming test administered by our guides at the river.

Ideal for: Experienced paddlers and hard-core adventurers. On some rivers you’ll be required to take a physical fitness/swimming test.

Grade VI- Unburnable-"don't go for it"-Portage around.

Rafting In Nepal: - Himalayan white Water some of the Best in the World:



The rivers of Nepal are an ever-flowing source of splendor rising from the glaciers and the snow fed-lakes in the high Himalayas forging their way through rugged landscapes, lush green forests, alpine meadows and lowlands of the Terai in southern Nepal to meet the holy Ganges in India. The rivers of Nepal are segregated into three categories: the big and large rivers, the medium range rivers and the third category of streams and rivulets. The first category comprises three major river systems on the basis of their origin. They are the Koshi, Gandaki and Karnali.

The Koshi river system is comprised of Tamur, Arun, Dudhkoshi, Likhu, Tamakoshi, Sunkoshi and Indravati rivers, and are also known as Sapta Koshi (Seven Koshis). The Arun and Sunkoshi originate from Tibet and the confluence of the Saptakoshi is in the Sagarmatha Zone. Saptakoshi flows through narrow gorges before entering the vast plains and merges with the Ganges.

The Gandaki river system that lies in central Nepal includes the Kaligandaki, Budhigandaki, Marshyangdi, Trishuli, Seti, Madi and Daraundi rivers. The Kaligandaki; the longest river of Nepal, originates from Mustang and meets the Trishuli; the main stream of the Gandaki river system in Deoghat and hence, the river is called Narayani. This confluence - Deoghat is considered a holy place by Hindus. Narayani flows into the southern plains and on to the Ganges.

The Karnali river system is the longest river system of Nepal originating in Western Nepal and consists of Humla Karnali, Seti, Bheri, and Mugu Karnali rivers. The main tributary of this river system is Humla Karnali that originates in Tibet. All these rivers flow into India where they converge and are known as Gogra.

Rivers rising from the Mahabharata range such as Mechi, Mahakali, Rapti, Kamala etc. and Bagmati, the principle river of Kathmandu Valley that drains out from Chobhar make up the second category of rivers in Nepal. The third category of rivers consists of streams and rivulets that mostly originate in the Chure Hills. These rivers flow only during the monsoon and during the rest of the season are dry.

The varying altitude, staggering topographical variations and the mighty Himalayas of Nepal have contributed in making these rivers beautiful, fast flowing and a playground for adventure. Hence, Nepal has become ever so popular in the last few decades for the most exhilarating and rewarding whitewater rafting that any rafter could ever experience.

Rafting is the ultimate way of exploring remote regions of Nepal, traveling through deep gorges and riding over audacious rapids.  The warm water, white sandy beaches, gorgeous mountain scenery and the rich cultural heritage of the country all add up to an unique experience. Enjoy the adrenaline rush as you go on a thrilling roller coaster ride on the swirling waters of Nepal’s many fabulous rivers with adrift adventures Nepal!

Would you like to extend your holiday?

If your answer is yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

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