This is an amazing multi-adventure trip, combining the two best things to do in Nepal, rafting and trekking. The trip starts with a short few-day trek followed by a great rafting trip down the Tamur river which flows through a beautiful unspoiled gorge. It offers spectacular mountain views of Kachenjunga, Makalu and Everest and beautiful sceneries along the river.
You begin your trip with an overnight bus to Basantapur. The bus stops at Dharan Bazaar for some breakfast, and then continues for another 3 to 4 hours to Basantapur. On the way you will have spectacular views from Everest to Kanchanjunga and we drive through the market town of Hile. In Basantapur we arrange some porters to carry all the equipment to the starting point. The next morning the trek begins.
The next two days we trek through small villages and rhododendron forests. We walk along the ridge-top from where the views of the Himalayas are amazing. You will see Makalu, Jannu and Kanchanjunga while you walk to the holy lake, Gupha Pokhari, at 10,000 feet.
From here we descend through rice paddies until we reach the put-in point at Dovan. Here we overnight, while the porters return to Basantapur.
After a filling breakfast, the guides inflate the rafts, load on the gear and get ready for rafting. They will give you a lifejacket and helmet and give an extensive safety briefing, explaining how to paddle and what to do if you fall out from the raft. Then you practice the commands and finally start going down the Tamur river.
The Tamur is frequently stated as one of the best white water trips in the world. The first 16 kilometers of the river is continuous class 3, 4 and 4+ as we make our way down through steep and technical rapids. At some point, the Kaveli river joins from the left, adding a lot of volume and creating some difficult rapids.
Just after the Hinwan Khola confluences with Tamur, the river widens and we can see some small villages and cattle along the river sides.
We camp on remote beaches along the river. With relatively few villages, this is one of the most pristine environments in Nepal. You will see a lot of wildlife, like troops of monkeys and many bird species all the way down the river.
The last few days on the river are amazing. The river is enclosed by steep canyon walls and the rapids are powerful and continuous. There are more than 40 rapids in the last few hours before Tamur exits the canyons and streams into the Sunkoshi river. We take out at Chatara.
After we take out, we load all equipment onto our private bus, have some food and a short break and then return to Kathmandu. If this is a too long journey for you, there is an option to take a flight back to Kathmandu at your own cost.
The price per person is €900
Included in the price are a professional English speaking licensed guide, professional safety kayakers, all necessary rafting equipment, including helmet, lifejacket and first aid kits, and transportation. Also included are camping equipment and meals with drinking water and coffee/tea, and trekking guide and porters for the camping equipment.
Not included are footwear, personal items like swimwear, towel etc, your medical insurance (which you must have), other beverages, personal expenses and optional tips.
The trip starts and ends about 15 to 18 hours away from Kathmandu or Pokhara by private bus. Alternatively you can take a flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar at an additional cost.