Nepal is one of the best place in the world for rafting and Kayaking. Surrounded by its mountain scenery and rivers shaped by them challenges for white-water paddles. A series of the world’s most outstanding river journeys is found here, ranging from steep, adrift mountain streams to classic and big – volume wilderness expeditions. All these combinations of spectacular rivers, culture, heritage and scenery makes Nepal an obvious river runner’s destination.
Rivers here are graded from class 1 to 6. With class 1 as an easy – moving water with few obstacles and class 6 being considered nearly impossible to negotiate and a hazard to life. Anyone who is in reasonable physical shape and not afraid of water can safely go rafting on rivers with grading from 1 to 3. From 4 to 6, people should be active, confident and preferably have some rafting experience.
The best time for rafting are September to early December and March to early June. September to October and May to June can be extremely high monsoon run-off. At this time only experienced rafting company with an intimate knowledge of the river operates the excursion. From the mid- October onwards the weather is settled and this is one of the most popular times to raft. In December many rivers become too cold to enjoy, a time to consider a shorter trips. From June to August the monsoon rains arrive and the river flows becomes 10 times the low – water flows.
There should be a minimum of two rafts per trip. If anybody does fall out of a raft, the second one can help with the rescue. In high water three raft is safer than two and also many rafters prefer one or two professional kayak’s to run the most difficult rapids on the river.
Always remember to check how many people have booked and paid for a trip, and the maximum number that will be taken. If you are the only person booked, you are not going to have enough people to run a safe trip.
If you are going for an organized rafting trip, all the necessary permits and equipment will be arranged by your rafting company. You only need a light cotton clothing. You may also need to bring sun hat, swim – suit, sun screen and light shoes or sandals. For overnight trips a sleeping bag is necessary and can easily be hired.