The Sun Koshi River has been named the world’s best rafting river by Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world.
Originating near Mt Shishapangma in Tibet, the river, whose name means river of gold, carves its way through the Himalaya and into eastern Nepal. The Sun Koshi River ’s glacier-fed waters drop for five months of the year, which makes it ideal for white water rafting.
In an article entitled “Hold tight: the world’s best rafting rivers”, the travel guide book has described the Sun Koshi thus: “And what a trip it is! The 273 km from the put-in at Dolalghat to the take-out at Chatara Gorge are as exciting as rafting comes-big, bouncy white-water rapids, steep valleys, remote Nepali mountain villages, superb campsites on white-sand beaches, and hot, sunny days with chilly nights. By the end you’ll agree that there’s more than one kind of gold.”
The Sun Koshi is commercially rafted between September and January, after which the river triples in volume and becomes unrunnable. It takes up to 10 days to run the river.
According to the Nepal Association of Rafting Agents, around 15 percent of the tourists visiting Nepal go rafting. The government has allowed rafting on only 14 of the 6,000 rivers flowing across the country.
After the Sun Koshi, the rest of the world’s top 10 rafting rivers are the Magpie River , Ontario, Canada; Zambezi River , Zimbabwe/Zambia; Alsek River , USA/Canada; Middle Fork of the Salmon River , Idaho, USA; Franklin River , Tasmania, Australia; Rio Futaleufú, Chile; Rio Cotahuasi, Peru; Colorado River , Arizona, USA and Noce River , Italy.
Rafting Promoted in Far west Regional Tourism Fair 2014An Executive team of Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies were participated 2nd Far west Regional Tourism Fair- 2014, Mahendranagar , Kanchanpure district date on the 21st to 23rd Feb 2014, NARA has presented about the Nepal’s River Rafting Information basically to promote regional domestic tourist development , promotion, marketing and explore and expand network building within private tourism entrepreneurs in white water Rafting, kayaking/ boating, adventure rafting activities, water recreational sports activities. Same time Rivers information located nearby Far West regional like Karnali river, Seti river, Seti Karnali, Humla karnali, Mugu Karnali, Bheri River, Sani Bheri and Thuli Bheri and Mahakali rivers in this region, general information about other possible rivers in this region. Also participated, other tourism related associations national and regional chapters, INGO, NGO, guide association, corporate business house, and private sector tourism related business, local stakeholder s, including home stay association from east to west of Nepal, all tourist related stakeholder and local people also were presented. Approximately 10000 thousands of mass visitors everyday were visited in this Far west Regional Tourism Fair main organizer Far west Regional Tourist association and program promoted by Nepal Tourism Board.
source: Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies, 01 Mar 2014
Are you chasing a dream of an adventure paradise that really thrills your heart? Or do you after such a heart stirring destination that calms you mind with the outburst of adventure emotion? Pokhara! Indeed, a thrill seeker’s paradise in the lap of Himalayas bestows utmost pleasure of adventure in Nepal. Just make a plan for Nepal Adventure Holidays andgrab the immensity of thrill at paragliding, rafting, etc in Pokhara.
Nestled in the lap of the Macchapuchhre Himal, the lake city of Pokhara has long lured visitors with its majestic vistas. Pokhara offers many unique adventure sports that are unavailable elsewhere in Nepal. White water rafting, canyoning, mountain biking and rock climbing are such examples that are only available in the vicinity of Pokhara. Furthermore, Pokhara offers an eclectic mix of zip lines, paraglides and hotair balloons. With its inspiring sights and heart-stopping adventure sports, Pokhara is the place for beauty and thrills. While indulging with adventure and thrill in Pokhara, you can even make Nepal Sunrise Tour to experience beauty of sunrise in the Himalayas. The forthcoming few paragraphs show how you maximize the thrill of adventure in Pokhara.
Paragliding, like everything in Pokahra, is constantly evolving. If you have dreamed of flying, Paragliding in Pokhara helps you make your dream come true. It is said that those visiting Pokhara should never wrap up their journey without paragliding. Paragliding from the top of Sarangkot is one of the most exciting experiences in the Himalaya. Travelers come from all over the world to take advantage of the ideal jump off spots at Sarangkot at 1425m. From there you also can fly around the Fewa Lake and enjoy the view of Machapucre- the tall mountain. Nothing compares to the feeling of soaring freely with the birds over one of the most picturesque landscapes on earth.
Rafting, an invigorating adventure, has been attracted many thrill seekers. On the rivers around Pokhara- Kali Gandaki and Upper Seti, you will find the world’s most thrilling whitewater with a wide range of difficulties, warm water and bug free beaches for camping. All this makes a wealth of unlimited opportunities for great river rafting experience. The Kali Gandaki passes through narrow gorges, alongside tumbling waterfalls and jungle, traditional Magar and Chetri villages, whose inhabitants often venture down to the riverside to meet the rafters with traditional ‘Namaste!’. There are superb opportunities to see the Annapurna Mountain range and a variety of wildlife and temples on river banks. Likewise, The Upper Seti river rafting is considered quite dangerous. The Upper Seti is rocky, rough and risky. But, the more you risk in the Himalayan rivers, the more you enjoy the thrill of river rafting in Pokhara.
Mountain Biking, a thrilling adventure in the Himalayas, enhances you to discover yourself in one of the world’s greatest wonders. Mountain biking is a tremendous way to see the exotic sights of Pokhara such as the ancient temples and the rural village life around Pokhara. Here you will enjoy the timeless culture and rich flora and fauna. On biking at your own pace along some of the hidden trails to the rarely visited rural villages around Pokhara you will see the warm smiles of locals living the preserved, traditional and simple life. Cycling around Phewa, Begnas and Rupa Tal and biking to Sarangkot and beyond and journeying to downhill in the shadow of Annapurna Himal provides unbeatable joy in Pokhara.
Ultralight Flying, a heart touching adventure, is another medium to observe the full spectrum of the magnificent Pokhara valley along with mountain peaks and lakes at the same time. This adventure is popular for viewing landmarks of Pokhara, spectacular views of the lakes, mountains and villages. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. This is truly a unique experience. This short flight will give you a panoramic view of the whole Annapurna Range with a view of another 8000-meter peak – Dhaulagiri, in the distance. This is an ideal way to journey through nature. For those who wish they could fly like birds, this flight is a must. Leave your woes behind on earth, soar to heights, bathe in the clouds, reach out for the mountains and kiss the azure sky. It might be lonely at the top, but the spectacular view from high up there certainly makes up for everything.
Hot Air Ballooning, the latest adventure sport of Nepal, for mountain views lasts for couple of hours and is one of the most thrilling and exciting adventures in Pokhara. To look up into the sky and see the towers of the Himalayas is awe-inspiring and certainly a valid and popular reason to come to Nepal. To walk among those mountains is more wonderful still. But to glide silently among them, this is perhaps the most thrilling of all. Flying by airplanes might be a good option for viewing just the mountains but if you want to see the beautiful landscape that Nepal possess, you have to get on board with a Balloon which glides with the Himalayan breeze kissing your chicks; something that you won’t be able to get again anywhere on this planet.From the tranquil vantage point of a hot air balloon at three thousand meters, you can see an extraordinary scene of ancient temples, monasteries and paddy fields. The magnificient and serene mountain views with the historic monuments of Pokhara valley really gives you a charm of visiting Nepal. If you look north to the snowcapped mountains of Annapurna range you realize that the awesome wilderness of Himalayas. To be precise, come to Pokhara to look up into the sky and see the mighty towers of The Himalayas for an unforgettable excitement and memories to last and same goes if you look down where your eyes will capture greeneries, magnificent valleys unmatched like anywhere on this planet.
Zip Flyer has been recently launched from Sarangkot to Hyangja in Pokhara. Pokharais one of the main tourism places of Nepal. It is a city of seven lakes which add its beauty. Phewa Lake and the paragliding over the lake are amazing. Your adventure begins when you board your shuttle for the ride to the top of the mountain. Once on top you will take a short walk to the Butterfly Pavilion, an architectural marvel with breath-taking views of the Himalayan range. At 5400 feet above sea level you will sit into a special harness seat and await your launch. If your eyes are still open you will see sweeping views of majestic Machhapuchhre, the Annapurna range and the raging Seti River. Overall, Zip Flyer quenches your thrust of adventure thrill in the paradise city of Nepal.
Nepal has a reputed standing for being one of the best places in the world for rafting, with stunning river journey from steep, awe-inspiring mountain streams to classic big-volume wilderness expeditions. Since, rafting in Nepal has long drawn traveler and adventure-seeker around the globe to the rivers of the pristine Himalayas.
With easy access from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan, rafting on the Trisuli River is a fantastic opportunity. No doubt rafting on the Trisuli River brings the most exciting experience a rafter can seek in Nepal. Together with the thrill of rafting, the adventure further brings closer overlapping experiences of diverse demographics, landscapes, cultural heritage and flora and fauna of the vicinity.
Join Himalayan Glacier’s rafting journey over Trisuli River to savor the ecstasy of perfect one day adventure. The exhilarating trip will be within scenic valleys and impressive gorges of the river to make it perfect experience of a life time.
This delightful adventurous excursion runs round the year in everyday basis. Let us know when it suits to you to relish the mostly favored wilderness experience within the drops of Himalayan glaciers.