TAMUR RIVER RAFTING - The Jewel in the East
"Tamur River Rafting”. This sparkling river hails its waters from the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, which straddles Nepal’s border in the east. It is the ultimate all around adventure here in Nepal. What a fantastic combination of trekking and rafting and kayaking. It is for people that truly desire to get off the beaten track. The rivers isolation make it a less traveled place and a fantastic white water and cultural experience as you get a first hand experience of village life along the way.The river itself is accessed by 4 days of trekking. The trekking is a wild adventure in itself as the scenery is amazing and you will also get to see the amazing portage of staff and gear to make this trip possible.
Leaving Kathmandu or Pokhara early in the morning we make the long drive out to Basantapur. Here we will make a camp and arrange porters and equipment for our trek into the river wilderness. Basantapur can also be reached in a day by a flight and short drive from Kathmandu at added cost.
In the morning we will be greeted by some whily looking but sturdy porters who will load up and lead us along the trail through the villages and farms along a very picturesque ridge. Our easy trek slowly winds up to a 10000 foot pass above the sacred lake named Gupha Pokhari before plummeting into the rich green Tamur Valley. From this ridge we can get splendid views depending on the weather of Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Everest and Mount Makalu. Along the trek we will stop over night in camps where the trekking team will prepare hearty meals and you will get a glimpse of village life. Finally after four days we will reach Doban, where our wild river expedition will begin. We will in camp in Doban, the starting point where we can all have a brief rest before getting on the river.
After breakfast we break up camp and set up the rafts at which point your guides will issue you with the standard rafting equipment, a paddle, a helmet and a life jacket. We then head to the river for our safety briefing. This river starts with a bang! The action starts as soon as you start paddling. In the next four days we will pass 120km of outstanding, pulsing white water with about 100 rapids. We will try our best to have a rest day to mend blisters, staunch our nerves and of course relax in the magnitude of this pristine river environment. Our days will be filled with whitewater and our nights with hot food, good stories and riverside camps.
This river is not one that mellows as it gets lower, infact this lower section of the Tamur is steep. The jungle lets out to green terraced rice fields as we are flushed down this challenging but fun section of rapids, cascading waves and chutes of foam. Our last night on the river is spent in a camp and we once again get to sample the tasty treats whipped up by our river team.
Finally the raging torrent lets up and we enter the flat Teri land to our take out point. We wish this wild river a merry good bye as it merges with the Sun Kosi. We all have a nice meal then get on the comfortable night bus ride back to Kathmandu. Many of our guides will get off 3 hours before Kathmandu at our Camp Amsterdam and if you want to join please feel free to come spend the day with us at our riverside camp. You could also choose to fly back to Kathmandu from near the river take-out at an added cost.
Also you can easily extend you trip with a Safari into Chitwan National Park.