Travel Nepal
Rafting and Kayking
Rafting is one of the best and most thrilling ways to abandon the cities and experience the fascinating rural life of Nepal without investing the time and energy required for along trek. Nepal has earned a reputation as on of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepal's thundering waters, comingfrom the glaciers of the mighty Himalaya, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape. A rafting trip is bound to be highlight of your stay in the country. Rivers are graded on a scale of one to six, with one being a swimming pool and six one-way tickets to your maker. Four is considered to be quite challenging without being exceedingly dangerous to the novice rafter. Five requires some previous river experience.

Nepal's river systems:

Nepalese rivers can be grouped into three categories on the basis of their origin:

(1) Antecedent to himalaya (2) after the Mahabharat and (3) after the Churia range Antecedent rivers belong to the period prior to the rise of the Himalaya. These rivers added their tributaries during or after the Himalayan origin along with the development of monsoon climate. After the formation of Mahabharat hills, the antecedent rivers changed their cources, as Mahabharat stood as a barrier. As a result, most of the rivers changed their courses either to the east or west. Most of these rivers were responsible to deposit the sediments in - the Churia basin.

The major systems namely the Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki belong to the antecedent group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat range and cutting through Churia hills come under the second group; these include Kankai, Bagmati, Kamala etc. The third group of rivers originate from the southern face of the Churia hills. For the purpose of commercial rafting the following rivers are in use

(1) Saptakoshi River System (East Nepal)
(2) Narayani or Saptagandaki River System (Central Nepal)

(3) Karnali River System (West Nepal)

Eleven rivers in the three river system are open for tourist for ratfting. The rivers are:
The Trishuli
Trishuli - Nara
The Kali Gandaki
Kusuma - Tiger tops
The Bheri
Birendranagar - Chisapani
The Seti
Damouli - Tiger tops
The Sunkoshi
Baseri - Chatara
The Karnali
Karaleghat - Chisapani
The Tama Koshi
Busti - Chatara
The Arun
Tumlingtar - Chatara
The Budhi Gandaki
Arughat - Trishuli
The Bhote Koshi
Kodari - lartza Bridge
The Marshyangadi
Ngadi - Bimalnagar
River Grade
Grade 1-2
Easy: Flat Water, little current & wild waves
Grade 3
Moderate: Waves, Swift current & narrow channels.Padding is mostly physical
Grade 4-5
Difficult: Powerful water, constricted channelsm steep drops & the possibilityof overturning a raft.
Grade 6
Very difficult: Most Challenging.
A Day on the River:

October through mid-December & March through early May are the best times to river raft in Nepal, avoiding the very coldest time. The water Temperature is generally about to 6 to 10 degrees celcius (43 to 50degrees farenheit) abd the air clear & warm.

rafting river is an exceptional experience any where- but with Nepal's unique topography, playful people & traditional culture, it is all the more than rewarding.
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