A another popular river for rafting, the Bhote Koshi originates in the Tibetan plateau from where it flows down steep gorges to Nepal in the south. Naturally, the landscape it flows through is rugged, adding thrills to the trip. It's a tough ride with Class IV and Class V rapids at the higher flows and Class III in the lower levels.
Rapids : Frog in the Blender, John's Home, Gerbil in the Plumbing, Liquid Bliss, Dazed & Confused.
It's 3-hour drive from Kathmandu along the Arniko Highway to Bhote Koshi. The drive to the put-in point has its own highlight -- views of snow-capped mountains such as Langtang and Dorje Lakpa towards the north of the country. With its steep gradient, it is a fast flowing river that challenges the expertise of river guides. The rapids on the Bhote Koshi are highly technical and come one after another in quick succession. At first the Class III rapids are encountered followed by the more difficult Class IV. The river flows through narrow canyons covered in lush green vegetation and from the rocks flow down crystal clear waterfalls. The usual run on this river lasts from one to two days.
We take a trip to 95 km. east from Kathmandu is the starting point Lomosangu- Dam of the trip. This is a spectacular drive through villages and if weather permits, you will have fantastic mountain views i.e. Ganesh Himal, Langtang etc, we raft the first 10 km of the MOST exciting stretch of the river and then return to the start to play again the same stretch the next day rather than continue with only half a day paddling to the end. Drives back to our camp.
After breakfast a quick pack up and set out (approx. 9 to 10 a.m.) run white water hit again a class 3 rapid starting from upper section. You have the second chance to show how your raft team can work well together in challenging rapids. We have lunch on the river beach and continue the action until the take out point Dolalghat Bazaar about 2 to 3 p.m. and bus back to Kathmandu. Our trip is over here.