Overview

About Bhotekoshi River Rafting

Bhotekoshi River Rafting tour offers some of the best whitewater in Nepal, if not the world. With rapids varying from Class IV to V, there is never a dull moment on this trip. Feel your heart pumping as you plunge in and out of the massive rapids. The Bhotekoshi is for extreme adventurers. Even if it is your first rafting excursion though, you will have an awesome time. It is completely safe, just a bit frightening (aka exciting) at times.

Our departure point is just a day’s drive from Kathmandu. In the morning, we put our rafts in the river and fly downstream. Rugged mountain-like landscapes and forests surround us as we cruise down the river. During the monsoon season, the rapids are even bigger and crazier. Regardless of the season, you are guaranteed to have a soaking-wet good time. Afterward, we transport you back to Kathmandu for your next adventure.

Do note that there are numerous ways to extend this adventure. Combine our rafting trip with paragliding, bungee jumping, jungle safari, and/or a trek. The Bhotekoshi is located right by the famous bungee jump spot in Nepal, and we strongly recommend checking it out for the ultimate few days of thrill. Let us know your interests and we will manage the perfect combination package for you!

Our crew is experienced and well-versed in rafting the Bhotekoshi. Though the rapids can be frightening at times, we follow all standards and procedures. You are safe in our hands, as your well-being is our highest priority.

If you would like to extend the excursion to make it two days, let us know. You can spend a night under the stars at Lamosangu, on the banks of the river. Relax to the sound of the water as it moves over boulders and carves along the riverbanks. Listen to the birds chirping and enjoy a tasty dinner prepared by our experienced chef. As you go to bed, look up at the twinkling stars. There is little light pollution in the area, so the stars are extra clear here.

Bhotekoshi River Rafting can be experienced by adventurers of all ages. River rafting requires no previous experience, just a desire to have some fun. However, it is not recommended to know how to swim well before taking on this adventure. Rafting can be done all throughout the year. Even during monsoon season, the rains bring even more thrilling rapids. Breeze Adventure arranges the rafting excursion with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information.

The package begins and ends from Kathmandu. However, we can arrange to transport you from Pokhara to the river and back, just let us know!

Best time for Bhote Koshi River Rafting

The best time for Bhotekoshi River Rafting is April - October. This time provides a once in a lifetime experience to any rafting lover. April through August brings warm weather in Nepal, so it’s feels amazing to cool off in the glacier melted water. From April to May, the rapids won’t be as fast compared to the monsoon time, but the excitement is nearly the same. The monsoon in Nepal starts from the first half of May until half of September. During this time, the river will be full of water, the rapids are more intense, and the river is more fun in general. In September and October, the water level is perfect for rafting. Also, the weather is perfect in this period – not too hot and not too cool. The best months for Bhote Koshi River Rafting are April, May, September, and October. 

Bhotekoshi River Rafting Difficulty

The difficulty of Bhotekoshi River Rafting depends on the time of the year. During October and November, it is a grade 4. The grade is higher during monsoon season, so beginners (or those looking for a milder experience) usually go before or after the monsoon season. If it is raining during your scheduled trip, it is recommended to wait until the rain fully stops. Also, if you are in Nepal during monsoon season, but still prefer a relaxed rafting trip, we will help you pick a river whose rapids are calmer. Our company will inform you of the right time and place for your rafting desires.  

Where is the Bhotekoshi River?

The Bhotekoshi River flows from Lumi Chimi Lake, high on the Tibetan side of the Himalaya and ends when it meets the Sun Koshi River in the village of Bahrabise. The river is made from glacial melt in the Himalaya. Our drop-off point for the Bhotekoshi River Rafting is about a 3-hour drive (78 kilometers / 48 miles) northeast of Kathmandu, in a town called Lamosangu. The rapids will give a thrill to any whitewater rafting lover. This total length of the river is 95 kilometers (60 miles), but on our one-day excursion, we only do a portion of the river – to Dolalghat.

Tell us before Bhote Koshi River Rafting

It is better to let us know if you can swim or not. It is better that we know about it so we can tell our guide to guide you more closely. Sometimes during the trip, the boat might flip due to the rapids, so our guide can give priority to beginner rafters. 

Bhote Koshi River Rafting Cost

The regular cost for Bhote Koshi River Rafting is $ 75 USD. If you want to do the multi-day trip with tented camping, the cost will be a bit higher. Also, if you want to use private transportation, the cost will increase a bit.

 Frequently Asked Question (FAQ)

Does this trip require a swimming experience?

No, this trip can be done by anyone, whether you know how to swim or not. The Bhote Koshi River Rafting doesn't require a certain level of swimming experience. We provide proper life jackets, so you can feel safe wading in the water. You don’t need to be an expert swimmer for this trip. 

 Can I carry my camera/ phone with me?

Yes, you can carry your phone and camera with you for taking photos before the rafting starts, at lunchtime and at the end of the trip. Our guide will pack your phone and camera in the waterproof bag.

 Can I make a video with GoPro?

Of course! You can capture the amazing moments of Bhotekoshi River Rafting on your GoPro. Why not? But your GoPro should be waterproof or have a waterproof case. 

 Where do I leave my wallet?

You don’t have to leave your wallet. You can carry it with you during the trip. Our guide will pack it safely in the waterproof bag and return you at the end of the trip.

 Can I travel by private transport?

Yes, if you prefer to travel by private transport instead of the bus, you can certainly do that. We can arrange that for an additional cost. 

Can I postpone or cancel the trip?

Yes, it is possible to postpone the trip. It is also possible to cancel if you are not able to do it due to unexpected problems. Please contact us at least 2 days early for cancellation/postponing the trip. 

 Is there an age limit for the Bhote Koshi River Rafting?

There are not any age boundaries for this trip. However, children below 10 years are not recommended to take this rafting trip. If you are elderly, check with your doctor before signing up. 

 What do we eat for lunch?

The lunch will be on a buffet basis. You can have a Dal Bhat, fried noodles, pasta, and more. There will be an option for vegetarians and non-vegetarian. 

 

Trip Highlights

Scenic drive to Sukute

Lunch at the Bank of River

Local Villages

Rapids on the Rafting

Bhote Koshi River Rafting

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Lamosangu, Raft and drive back to Kathmandu

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Drive from Kathmandu to Lamosangu, Raft and drive back to Kathmandu
    Detailed Time Schedule:
     
    7 am:
    After having breakfast at your hotel, our team picks you up and head to the bus station. 

    7:30 am:
    Our bus leaves to Bhotekoshi River via Bhaktapur and Dhulikhel. The drive shows you the diverse communities of the Kathmandu Valley, including the local lifestyle and various markets. After driving for about one and a half hours from Kathmandu, we enter the countryside which gives us fresh air and the feeling of being in nature. 

    9:00 am:
    The bus stops for breakfast. Most Nepalese people have a late breakfast, so we stop at a local restaurant where you can have tea/cold drink, a second breakfast and/or use the toilet.

    10:30 am:
    After a scenic drive from Kathmandu through beautiful hillside villages, we arrive at the Bhotekoshi River Rafting starting point. Our team sets everything up and makes sure you’re comfortable before we start the float. Before the raft starts, our guide will give you all the needed information, including a short training on how to use the paddle. Then, the fantastic Bhotekoshi River Rafting will start! 

    12:00 pm:
    When we’re halfway finished, we stop for lunch at Sukute Beach Resort. It’s an awesome resort located on the bank of the Bhotekoshi River. After having lunch with a beautiful river view, we continue rafting further down the river. 
     
    1:30 pm:
    Our short and fantastic adventure finishes! Everyone always says that the time flew by! After having a great experience of Bhotekoshi River Rafting, we change our clothes and collect our bags before driving back to Kathmandu. 
    • Kathmandu
    • Lunch
    • Hotel

Cost Details

Cost Includes

  • All ground transportation.
  • Government-authorized experienced guide.
  • Insurance, food, and wage for the guide.
  • Hygienic lunch during the excursion.
  • Rafting equipment (rafts, life jackets, wetsuit during winter, safety equipment, etc.)
  • Safety Kayak
  • River Permit
  • First Aid Kit
  • Maps
  • Service charge and government taxes

Cost Excludes:

  • International airfare
  • Meals in Kathmandu
  • Hotel in Kathmandu
  • Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.
  • Tips for guide and porter
  • Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
  • Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)
  • Personal Insurance