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Sun Koshi River Journey

This river journey covers almost 300 km from near the Tibetan border to the Indian plains. We venture into remote areas, where there is days of walking to the nearest road. The trip can be done both in kayak and raft.
The Sun Koshi river journey is a 10-day adventure on one of the world’s great rivers. We start close to the Tibetan border and paddle 280 km through class II – IV white water to the take out when we reach the indian plains. In the first couple of days on the trip we get a chance to get used to river life! When the River drops down into the remote valley and offers us it’s biggest and best rapids .The trip is raft supported and non kayakers are welcome to come on the raft. We camp on beaches at the riverside. Our trip is expedition style where everyone is involved in loading and unloading our gear raft, setting camp and cooking. We carry all we need for our ten days river journey on the raft. Some of the best expedition kayakers in the country lead this river expedition and are supported by saftey kayakers. Non kayakers have a chance to learn to kayak in the easier part of the river. The Sun Koshi journey is an incredible combination of powerful whitewater, stunning scenery, a chance to explore remote villages, and truly quiet and introspective evenings in our beach camps. This is beside the paddling a truly exciting way to explore Nepal and Himalayan culture. Sun Koshi is considered to be one of the world’s ten classic river journeys!
DAY 1: Predeparture meeting at Royal Beach Camp Kathmandu office in the afternoon to fit kayaks and meet all the participants and guides. The trip leader will go through what we need to bring, weather conditions and clothing and departure time for the next day etc. Hotel in Kathmandu and group dinner.
DAY 2: At 7 am we meet in RBC Kathmandu office, store baggage and finalize plans. After a quick breakfast we drive to Dolalghat – our river starting point of the Sun Koshi. The drive is spectacular with magnificent views of the Himalayan Ranges on a clear day. Upon arrival at Dolalghat we unload gear, lunch will be served and a full safety briefing will be given by your expedition leader. We paddle our first strech of class II-III water and camp on the first beach, learning how to set up our camp for the night.
DAY 3: After breakfast we pack up the gear and start rolling down the river. Today you will encounter a big water class 4 rapid “The Meat grinder”. It is a fairly straight run down the center. Round the corner the Tamba Kosi river is joining from the left. We camp on the perfect beach on the confluence. Right next to the camp there is a Shiva temple.
DAY 4: Today is an easy drift in the morning and after lunch we punch a few good rapids. There is one more river joining here, the Likhu Khola. A few kilometers after the confulence we go thrrough a long class 4 rapid called “High Anxiety”. After a couple of more hours of paddling we look for a camp on the beach.
DAY 5: Today starts with several class 3+ rapids before we arrive in Harkapur, a small village right by the river. At this point we have done half of our journey. Right after the village there is one of the hardest rapids on the rive, “Harkapur II”. We scout the rapid and shoot right down the middle. A few km below “Harkapur II”, the mighty Dudh Kosi River (the river draining from Mt. Everest) joins the Sun Koshi. Now the volume of the river is about three times more then on the first day. We paddle a couple of more hours down to Rai Gha,t a small village on the river left and camp.
DAY 6: Below Rai Ghat we meet some small rapids leading to bigger ones, like “Jaws” and “Dead Mans Eddy”. After doing the harder rapids we have couple of hours of easy drift before arriving to “Rihno Rock”. We punch “Rihno Rock” and enter the “Jungle Corridor”. We camp in the jungle tonight and save the hard water for the morning.
DAY 7: Today is an exciting day as you will encounter the “Jungle Corridor” a continuing white water sections of class III-IV rapids. At the end of this section we arrive at the waterfall beach where we do a lunch break and take a short walk to the waterfall for a shower. Afternoon drift down to the next camp.
DAY 8: Now we have a few more rapids left on the last stretch of the river bringing you to the last class IV rapid “The Big Dipper” with a series of huge standing waves. After this rapid the river mallow out and you will arrive at the Arun and Tamur River confulances. Theese two rivers make the Sun Koshi change name into the Sapta Koshi. It´s our last night camping on the river journey.
DAY 9: In the morning it is a couple of hours drift on the Sapta Koshi and we stop to visit an old Hindu tempel at Braha Chetra. We arrive in the lowlands, Terai, and the hills dramatically opens up in to the Indian plains. Your classic and memorable river journey will end at Chatara.Options to get back to Kathmandu: We take an overnight 18 hour busride back to Kathmandu or take a short flight. Flight is not included in the price (cost approx 150 EUR). Also an option is to take the bus and stop a few hours before Kathmandu at Royal Beach Camp – our basecamp in the Himalayas, for more kayaking or a few days of relaxation.
DAY 10: Arrive in Kathmandu or Royal Beach Camp by bus. If flying back you arrive back in Kathmandu on day 9.
What you need to know:
SEASON: All year Round. For tripdates: see
EXPERIENCE NEEDED: You should be able to paddle class III white water confidently. It´s a big volume river so white water kayaking experience is needed. beginners and non kayakers are welcome to come on the raft and will have the option to learn kayaking on some of the easier streches of the river as we travel along.
INSTRUCTORS / GUIDES: The trip is lead by professional expedition kayakers from Royal Beach Camp with many years of experience in the Himalayan rivers. Our leaders are SRT- KRT- and BCU-certified and have thorough river rescue qualifications.
NO OF PARTICIPANTS: Group joining.
INCLUDED: All meals, camping accommodation, transportation to and from the river (not flight), experience guide and safety kayaker, permits and national park fees and well maintained equipment.
NOT INCLUDED: Travel insurance, emergency evacuation. Personal expenses, such as drinks. Optional flight back to Kathmandu.
WHAT TO BRING: Personal kayaking gear (kayak can be rented from us). Sleeping bag, mattress and flashlight. Warm cloths for the evenings. Shorts and warm fleece, teva- sandal or river shoes for the day. Sunglasses, hat, sun protection, mosquito repellant, personal toilettries and personal first aid kit.
TRIP START / FINISH: Kathmandu to Kathmandu. We can arrange additional airport transfers, hotels in Kathmandu on arrival and departure, flight to Kathmandu and extra nights at RBC – let us know when you book.
PRICE: On inquiry.

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