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Trisuli, Sun Kosi and Tamur River Adventure
Trip Overview
Kayaking/Rafting the Trisuli, Sun Kosi & Lower Tamur rivers, Nepal
Grade: III+/IV & IV/IV+
Time Of Year: May & October
Price: 1295
Duration: 15 days
Departure Point: Kathmandu, Nepal
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Starting with a two day warm up on the Trisuli river we ease into the paddling before we commit to a 10 day expedition down the Sun Kosi and Tamur rivers. The Sun Kosi, with over 270km of paddling, is considered by many to be one of the top 10 river journeys in the world. Finishing with a day run on the mighty Lower Tamur this trip has something for everyone.

Progressive and intermediate kayakers will enjoy the flatter sections and easier rapids - allowing them to build and grow their skills, whilst the more experienced kayakers will relish all the rapids, running the bigger lines and playing their way down the river.

With full raft support we run the rivers with empty kayaks allowing us to enjoy the river and what Nepal has to offer. And those wishing to rest or avoid rapids can simply jump on the rafts.

This trip is open to kayakers (and rafters) of all levels, and with expert guides and safety kayakers, hot sun and warm weather this is the perfect opportunity to improve your paddling skills and experience the magic of Nepal.


  Catching a play wave on the Sun Kosi
The Sun Kosi is a brilliant river - at its best in medium to high flows with big bouncy grade III-IV rapids and lots of friendly holes and waves.Originating near Mount Shisha Pangma in Tibet, the ‘River of Gold’ runs eastward through Nepal draining most of the eastern portion of the Himalayas. From the put-in at Dolalghat to the take-out at Chatra in far-eastern Nepal, the warm water of the Sun Kosi surges, snakes and winds its way through 270km of some of Nepal's remotest countryside. At the right flow this river journey is an incredible combination of exhilarating whitewater, beautiful scenery and glorious white sandy beaches and is truly breathtaking.

The additional section of the Tamur is phenomenal with over 40 class IV+ rapids. It is quite possibly one of the best short river sections offered anywhere in the world. A few class III rapids provide a nice friendly warm-up and then it’s class IV pretty much all the way! By the suspension bridge at Chimrah you’ll have counted at least 25 rapids in 12km, and this really sets the scene. An impressive gorge of sheer rock walls finishes this magnificent river with a scenic finale and takeout at Tribeni, the confluence of the Sun Kosi. The last day completes the trip paddling down to Chatra. Different in nature, steeper and more technical, the Tamur is the perfect complement to the huge volume of the River of Gold and the perfect climax to any Himalayan river adventure.
Itinerary

Day 1
Arrive Kathmandu. We will meet you at the airport and take you to the hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. After a quick freshen up we will head out for an evening meal together and a pre-trip briefing. (No meals included)

Day 2
After breakfast we head off from the hotel around 8am for a 3 hour drive to the Trisuli river. The first few kms allow a warm up and introduction to big water. There is one small class III to whet the appetite before reaching Teen Devi (class IV) which we will scout and run (or portage if people don't want to run it). The rest of the river doesn't get above a III and we have a nice finish for the day before we reach our beach camp for the night and well earned cold beer (or hot tea!). (All meals included)

Day 3
We put back on the Trisuli for the morning, stopping to inspect and then run the class III+/IV raid called Upset. It is big and friendly but usually manages to unsettle a few paddlers. All safe though and good humour! At the take out we will be met by our bus and then drive back to Kathmandu for the night. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 4
Another 8 am start as we jump back on the bus and head for the Sun Kosi river. We will put on below the first damn on the river on the section officially classed as the Upper Sun Kosi. This is a lower volume class III+ run and is a good start to the river with little flat water. We will camp the night just after Sukute. (All meals included)

Day 5
A gentle day on the river as we tick off some of the 280kms of paddling this river covers. The flat sections are interspersed with gentle class II/III rapids. (All meals included)

Day 6
Another steady day but as the volume of the river grows so do the rapids. We run several bigger class II & III rapids before running the big waves and holes of Punch & Judy. (All meals included)

Day 7
This is a day of two halves. A few steady rapids in the morning lead up to the rivers largest rapid - Harkapour. This is definite inspection and portage for some. The rest will hopefully nail the lines and miss the holes! This is followed immediately by Harkapour 2, another intimidating but fun rapid if levels are high. We stop for lunch on the beach opposite the confluence with the Dudh Kosi river (the "Raging River Of Everest"). We continue downstream playing in the friendly rapids and will finish early. (All meals included)

Day 8
We start fast today with several larger read and run rapids of class III/III+ including Jaws. We will stop and scout Dead Man's Eddy and run a sneak line river right if needed. More playing and fun rapids until we stop early again (approx 3pm). (All meals included)

Day 9
Jungle Corridor. Lots of read and run class III/III+ with some interesting lines, boils and whirlpools - but lots of fun! We will stop and inspect Roller Coaster but this is quite an easy rapid. We will lunch on a waterfall beach and give people the chance to rinse off in the one of the jungles chilled power showers! Again an earlish finish (3pm) and camp on another spectacular beach surrounded by the jungle on all sides. (All meals included)

Day 10
More class III/III+ with Big Dipper offering up something a little larger around lunchtime. More playing and rapids in the afternoon lead to the confluence with the Lower Tamur and our camp for the night. (All meals included)

Day 11
We paddle from the confluence to the take out at Chatra and observe the major scenery change as the hills disappear and the river opens up as it flows and meanders it's way towards Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. We take out and pack up the equipment and lunch at Chatra before heading up to Mulghat (3 hour drive) and the start of the Lower Tamur river. We camp on the river side for the night (All meals included)

Day 12
A big day on the Lower Tamur. The first few kms allow a warm up before we inspect the first major rapid. The nest few hours rapids of class III - IV follow in quick succession making this one of the finest single day runs around. We will make several inspections and end the day back at the confluence with the Sun Kosi where we will camp for the night. (All meals included)

Day 13
A final short paddle from the confluence back to Chatra where we pack all the gear once again then drive to Biratnagar for our short 40min flight back to Kathmandu. Those sitting on the right hand side of the plane will see the snow capped Himalaya in all their splendour and will also catch glimpses of the Sun Kosi way below us. On a clear day you can even see the mightiest of them all - Everest! We arrive back in Kathmandu in the early evening and head to the hotel for a freshen up before heading out to celebrate our 12 days on the water. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 14
Free time in Kathmandu to explore this amazing city and cram in a little present shopping. There are lots of bargains to be had and lots of good quality, cheap outdoor equipment. (breakfast included)

Day 15
Free time before we take you to the airport for your flight home.

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Trip Dossier
The trip dossier contains full and detailed information of the trip including:
  • Full Trip Itinerary
  • Holiday Options (Safari, Trekking, Mountain Biking)
  • What is included in the trip
  • Getting to Kathmandu
  • Visa Requirements
  • Exchange Rates
  • Weather
  • Fitness
  • Dress code
  • Personal Equipment
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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: Airport pick-up and drop off, all accommodation, all meals on trip, guides, all transport during trip, internal flight, permits, national park fees (where applicable).
Excludes: personal insurance, meals in Kathmandu, personal drinks (soft drinks, beer etc.), tips, international flight.
Sun Kosi & Tamur Rafting/Kayaking
Trisuli, Sun Kosi & Tamur 18 September - 02 October 2015 15 days
1295
Sun Kosi & Tamur
19 September - 02 October 2015 14 days 1195
Deposit 250
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