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1. What is White water rafting?

White water rafting means cruising down a rushing river in an inflatable rubber raft or white kayak over crashing waves and swirling rapids for the excitement of a lifetime. Nepal has earned a reputation as one of the best destinations in the world for white water rafting. Nepalís thundering waters, coming from the glaciers of the mighty Himalaya, provide unmatched thrills for rafting and immersing oneself in the landscape. A rafting trip is bound to be the highlight of your stay in the country.

2. Is there any classifications on river, days seasons, class for rafting. Is that important to know?

What ever level of excitement and whatever duration, from 1 day buzz to 12 day major expedition, it is here for you on the rivers of Nepal. The high flows of September, October, November are the product of monsoon and snow-melt. Again, in April and May (and even early June), pre-monsoon snow-melt from the Himalayan giants swells the rivers to create a second season of prime-time white river.

3. What is river grading?

River Grades: (White water rivers and the rapids on them) have an internationally recognized grading scale.

Grade I

Flat water no. rapids, Ďbarely a splashí
Grade II  Bubbling current, small roller-coaster rapids
GradeIII Needs trained guide- technical & exciting.
Grade IV & V  Seriously big rapids, unforgiving, exhilarating. Require some rafting experience and confidence in water since there are possibilities of raft overturning
Grade VI Unrunnable-"donít got for it"

4. What are the things in your price?

(a) Professional guides, (b) transportation to and from, (c) porters, (d) permits, (e) meals (f) river gears including √) self bailing raft √) life jackets √) helmets √) wetsuits on certain rivers
√) dry bags for gears √) tents √) camera barrel
√) Personal gear bags

5. What is not included in the price?

(a) clothing and personal items (b) bottled alcoholic beverages (c) any kind of insurance
(d) visa costs (e) expenses of personal nature (f) tips

6. How should the personal packing be prepared?

(a) lighter luggage
(b) quick drying nature clothing
(c) synthetic fibers are preferable to cotton

7. What are the things do I have to bring?

(a) a sleeping bag and pad (if you donít have we help you rent in Kathmandu) (b) light weight pants
(c) spare glasses or contact lenses (if u wear them) (d) A fleece style jacket
(e) toiletries (..but no cosmetics you have hardly any time for them) (f) cotton underwear
(g) light weight long sleeved shirt or T-shirt (h) water bottle

8. Do I have to know the list of river wears?

yes, (a) river sandals (of the type which do not come off when you swim), (b) shorts or swimming costume, (c) a sarong for women (long piece of clothes wrapped around your waist, (d) baseball cap and sunglasses, (e) sunscreen, lip balm

9. if I am not mistaken there are some river expeditions we need to trek before and after the river trip. Is there any thing I should bring along with?

yes, (a) A day pack, (b) long sleeved thermal top and bottoms, (c) light weight hiking boots, (d) toilet paper and lighter

10. Is there anything optional I may bring?

1. Small binoculars
2. Camera and film and some spare batteries.
3. Walkman and tapes
4. Reading and writing materials
5. Personal first aid kit.

11. How is a day planned when you are in a rafting trip?

1. About 8 am breakfast
2. Start rafting at 9 am
3. Leisurely lunch at midday
4. Get into the camp around 4 pm and it gives plenty of time to rest and relax.
5. Spend about 5 to 6 hours each day.
6. Evening campfire in the river bank and dinner around 8 pm
7. Go to bed at 10 in the bank of dark and wild river

12. Do I have to care /respect Nepalís environment and local culture?

yes, you have to abide by them as per the instructions given by your guides before you start your river journey.

13. Are there any risk factors when I am in the trip?

Although we have 100% safety records we canít deny some risk when you are in the adventure. Company wonít be liable for any loss and damage caused from the situation beyond their control. The price you have paid doesnít include insurance.

14. How much physically fit do I need to be? Is the knowledge of swimming must?

A reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Swimming is obviously added advantage for fun but it is not must. safety jackets and helmets make you float in case you fall into the river.

Rafting in the Trishuli river

Nest RFT: A1 (Short trip thatís Long on thrills)
The river originates in Himalayas through the southern plains of Nepal, Trishuli is splendid river for white water rafting with excellent rapids including technical ones and pictursque scenery with fantastic rock formations, typical villages, native and migrants birds can be observed from the river River grades III-IV.

Total river distance 106 kms.

        * A day rafting on the way to Pokhara or Chitwan.
        * 2 days rafting in the Trishuli river
        * 2-4 days rafting (To-from: Kathmandu- Kathmandu)

The Kali Gandaki river

NEST RFT: A2 (Annapurna White water) river grade- IV- IV+
It winds through remote canyons and deep gorges for five days of intense rapids among gorgeous wilderness and mountain views. For those with more time, it can be brilliantly combined with trekking in the Annapurnas.

* 3 or 04 days river rafting
* To- from: Pokhara- Pokhara
* Total river distance 110 kms
* To put in 3 hrs
* From Take -out 4 hrs..

The Bhote Koshi river

NEST RFT: A3: 02 Days rafting.

(The river from Tibet)

The Bhote koshi is certainly the exhilarating 2 day raft trip in Nepal . The Araniko highway links Kathmandu with Tibet and uses the valley floor of the Bhote Koshi before reaching the frontier.

* Grade : IV+
* To- From : Kathmandu- Kathmandu
* Total River distance: 46 Kms
* To put in :3.5 hrs.
* From Take - out : 3.5 hrs

Day l: Early morning at 6 gathering and proceed to 20 kilometers south of tibetan boarder( 095 km from ktm) about 4 hrs. Have early lunch at rfting put in point. start rafting, About 4 Pm reach rafting put out point at Barabishe. drive back to the top of the river have dinner in the evening.

Day 2: Early morning tea or coffee. have breakfast and reach put in point raft for 5 hrs and have lunch around midday at take out point. After lunch drive back to kathmandu for 03 hrs. Reach around 1900. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Seti river Rafting

NEST RFT: A4: 03 Days rafting

Fun Rapids and unplundered scenery.

This wilderness experience ideal for those seeking an introduction to rafting. The Seti is one of Nepalís most beautiful and warmest rivers with spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife and rapids increasing in excitement as your confidence grows

* To - From : Kathmandu to Pokhara.
* Total river distance : 62 kms
* To put- in : 5 or 3 hrs.
* From Take -out: 4.5 hrs

Marsyangdi river rafting

NESTRFT: A5: 6 Days

Blue river, Whitewater

* River Grade IV-IV+
* To - From : Kathmandu- Kathmandu
* Toal river distance:55 kms
* To put - in : One day drive + 1.5 days trek.
* From take out : 5.5 hrs

 Karnali river rafting

NESTRFT: A6: 12 Days

Wild Water of the West
The mightiest river Karnali roars out of the far west, raging down to the lowlands of Bardia and thence to India is the longest and largest river in Nepal.

The suspension bridge at Chisapani that signifies the take out point. Nearby is Bardia National Park where time can be organized for wildlife watching

* Nepalís best prospect of seeing tiger.

 The SunKoshi river rafting
NEST RFT: A7: 8 to 9 Days

(Rafting in the river of gold)

" This is the white water stays white until the very end." One of the worldís top ten white water rivers, the sunkoshi rises in the central Himalaya just to the west of Everest and flows, tumbling and turbulent , on a long journey to the eastern "Terai" First two days of Grade II - III rapids, but later pumped - up by a core of Tributaries, the impatient river gorges explosive Grade III- IV rapids:

The royal Chitwan National park lies on the road back to Kathmandu. (can be wonderful time for jungle safari)

* River grade :IV-V
* To - From : Kathmandu- Kathmandu
* Total river distance : 272 Kms.
* To put -in : 3.5 hrs
* From take-out: Drive 10 hrs. to chitwan approx. 20 hrs at Chitwan, then 5 hrs. Kathamandu.

Name of the river Days Autumn Class Spring class

Bhotekoshi 2 Oct-Dec III toV Feb-May III to IV
Kali Gandaki 3 or4 Sep- nov III to IV+ Feb-May III to IV
Karnali 12 Sep to Nov III to V Feb-May III to IV
Marshyangdi 6 Oct- Dec IV to V Feb-Apr iv+
Sunkoshi 8 or 9 Sep-nov III+ to V- June III to IV
Tamur 11 Oct-Dec. III to V Mar-Apr III to IV+
Trishuli 2 Yr.round (III except June to Aug. (monsoon) IV)

For the above, the Day to Day Itinerary, Fixed Departures and Prices will be given upon Request.