Raft the Sun Kosi River in the foothills of the Himalayan mountains and the top of the world. Nepal is a beautiful country ranging in elevation and topography from the cold, steep, desolate mountains of the Himalayas’ in the north ( topped by Mt Everest at 29,035 feet) to the Indian plateau and wildlife filled jungles in the south. Join us for this journey down the Sun Kosi River and experience all this beautiful country has to offer as we float 170 miles from the foothills of the grandest mountains on earth down into the jungles near northern India.
Our trip to the Sun Kosi river in Nepal is about so much more than just running one of the worlds premier multi-day river trips. On this trip we enjoy a private guided tour to numerous world heritage sites near the capital of Kathmandu. We trek from our camps on the rivers edge to Nepali villages hidden deep in the remote jungles. We engage with kids and adults who come from their farms in the hills and spend the afternoon in our camps. The group has time to explore Nepal’s capital and experience the vibrant culture and delicious food. We sit in camp at night at watch the monkeys come down out of the trees curiously watching the inhabitants on what was their previously empty beach. The Sun Kosi offers world-class rafting and kayaking, but the overall experience is so much more than just that.
We work with some incredible local guides to facilitate this trip helping give the experience much more authenticity. For those who want to inflatable kayak, we will have our inflatable kayaks and our experienced Orange Torpedo inflatable kayaking guides. Those on rafts will likely be on a raft with our local Nepali friends who have years of experience on the Sun Kosi River. We run this trip only one time every other year so sign up today for the trip of a lifetime half-way around the world.
Trip at a glance
The person looking for a river based adventure experiencing foreign culture.
Dates / Rates
Please fly into the Tribhuvan International Airport, also known as the Kathmandu International Airport. Let us know your flight information and arrival time. We will meet you at the airport and help transport you to the hotel. Please arrive sometime on November 2, 2015. We will provide transportation from the airport and back to the airport at the conclusion of the trip.
Detailed Itinerary for the Sun Kosi River of Gold Trip
October 30: Arrive in Kathmandu, get through the immigration process. OTT guides will meet you at the airport to help transition you to the hotel in Thamel. Spend the rest of the day roaming this famous part of the Kathmandu exploring the outdoor shops and restaurants.
October 31: Today is pretty full day. The group is picked up at our hotel by a private van and tour guide who will spend the day shuttling us around to numerous world heritage sites around Kathmandu Valley. Sites visited will likely include: Patan, an ancient Kathmandu Valley city-state dating back to 250 BCE. Bhaktapur, the third of Kathmandu Valley city-states and most well preserved dates back to the 12th century. Bodhnath Stupa, Asia’s largest stupa and an impressive experience to walk around or sit in a local restaurant and watch the many pilgrims. After today’s tour the group is free to find one of the many great restaurants in the Thamel area for dinner.
November 1: We rise early with our river gear ready and head out to our bus. A scenic 3-hour bus ride takes us east and north towards the himalayas and the border with Tibet. On a clear day Mt. Everest will be visible during our drive. Today we paddle the Bhoti-kosi river which is an action packed day-trip. Because of the action packed nature of the whitewater everyone is in a paddle raft for this day. We end the day at our lodge on the rivers edge where we spend the afternoon relaxing with cold beverages and great food.
November 2 – Sun Kosi Day 1: Back onto the bus for two to three hours will have the group at the put-in for the Sun Kosi. This is the last time we will ride in a vehicle for eight days. From here on it’s down river, camping and exploring the countryside of this beautiful country. We boat the afternoon with a couple great introductory rapids before arriving at the nights first camp on a riverside beach.
November 3 – Sun Kosi Day 2: We will encounter our first class III+ or IV- rapids including “No exit” and ” Meatgrinder”. We will eventually reach the confluence of the Tamba Kosi and the Sun Kosi nearly doubling the volume of the river. After rafting all day we will camp near a beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the confluence.
November 4 – Sun Kosi Day 3: Several kilometers below the confluence of the Likhu Khola we negotiate “Anxiety” and the series of rapids that follows, including, pre, post and “High Anxiety”. Here we will stop to scout and there are possibilities to take photographs of the torpedo kayaks and rafts going through the rapids (an excellent escape plan for the more timid). We will camp again on a pristine sand beach.
November 5 – Sun Kosi Day 4: Today we arrive at Harkapur rapid, the largest rapid of the trip. The torpedo kayaks will take on the portage around the boulder strewn river left side while the supply rafts are lined down the rivers edge. Don’t worry about choosing to walk around this chunk of whitewater, there is no shortage of great rapids down stream. Lunch after the portage will be near the confluence of the Dudh Kosi which is river that drains the Khumbu icefall of Mt. Everest. Camp tonight is on an incredible white sand beach strewn with enormous boulders and is easily a favorite camp of the trip.
November 6 – Sun Kosi Day 5: Now deep into the wilderness of Nepal the whitewater and scenery pickup. Today the group will scout 3 exciting class IV rapids and run numerous other class III rapids including one of the guides favorite rapids of the entire trip. The day ends on a beach just above the famous Jungle Corridor.
November 7 – Sun Kosi Day 6: This is the day of whitewater ones comes to the Sun Kosi for. The morning is 2 hours of back to back rapids. None of them terribly technical but filled with lots of big roller coaster waves and culminating in Roller Coaster, one of the best rapids of the trip. Depending on the group we may decide this one is worth re-running. Today we stop at a riverside waterfall and swim in the pool at the bottom of the 40ft falls. At this point the whitewater mellows out for the day but the scenery is incredible. Now in the jungle the vegetation is thick and the humidity high. Bamboo trees are a common site now as well as the monkeys inhabiting these jungles.
November 8 – Sun Kosi Day 7: A few great rapids leads to an early camp at the confluence of the Arun and Tamur rivers. A beautiful camp and nice hike up to a local village where one can purchase some cold beers to celebrate the last night on the river.
November 9 – Sun Kosi Day 8: Today is a half-day on the water with 4 or 5 big wave roller coaster rapids making for a perfect end to a great trip. Around lunch the group arrives at the takeout where we will disassemble all of the gear and load it into a truck waiting for the group. One of the guides and all clients load into a private 4×4 for a 2 hour drive into Chatra where the group catches a 1.5 hour flight back to Kathmandu.
November 10: Spend the day back in Kathmandu with any last minute shopping and just basically taking a last day to enjoy being in the country and relaxing. The group will have a celebratory dinner tonight to mark the conclusion of a great adventure.
November 11: Fly out. – Please feel free to stay in the country longer. If you are interested in adding on any trekking or sightseeing trips just let us know, we can connect you with the right people.
Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips
Please fly into the Tribhuvan International Airport, also known as the Kathmandu International Airport. Let us know your flight information and arrival time. We will meet you at the airport and help transport you to the hotel. After you pass through immigration, which can take a while, you will collect your luggage downstairs and as you walk outside we will meet you. Look for a sign with your name on it. Please arrive sometime on October 30, 2016.
We will have hotel arrangements made at a hotel in the tourist district of Kathmandu, known as Thamel.
While in Kathmandu OTT will make arrangements and then during the river portion of the trip we will be camping riverside. If you plan to do more exploring in country after we finish our trip let us know and we will connect with you with some great local guides for trekking, travel, etc.
Visas can be obtained at the airport when landing in Nepal. Cost is $30 USD. and is valid for 60 days. Passengers departing from the Tribhuvan International Airport are required to pay an airport tax of Rs. 1100.00, approx $14 USD.
We run this trip in the fall after monsoon season concludes. Weather should be in the 80’s and generally sunny but bring some clothing for cooler weather and bring gear for rain as it’s likely the group will experience some rain at different points during the trip.
At the hotel you will be able to leave luggage and items you don’t want to take on the river portion of this trip. For the actual river portion everything will need to be packed into dry bags, which we will supply upon arrival in country.
What to pack
On the River
- 2 or 3 swimsuits or shorts and top (cotton not recommended)
- Sports sandals or hard-soled wetsuit booties
- Synthetic paddling gloves (if paddling an inflatable kayak)
- Wide rimmed hat or ball cap (ball cap fits well under helmet)
- Polypro, synthetic or hydro-skin shirt (nice for mornings and chilly days)
- Water Bottle (1 liter) with carabiner
- Waterproof sunscreen
- Sunglasses with strap (consider bringing two pairs)
- OTT will supply splash-tops and wetsuits
- 2 pair pants & shorts
- 3 shirts
- Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
- Light rain jacket
- Sleeping bag (synthetic material recommended - rated to 45F)
- Sleeping pad
- Small towel
- Headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
- Camera with extra film or memory cards and batteries
- Personal hygiene items
- Good book or two
As on most of our trips we offer a variety of river craft to choose from. Orange Torpedo Trips is best known for inflatable kayaking with 80% of our customers choosing this as the way to go down the river, but on this trip we offer 3 types of river craft on this trip. Watch the video to learn more about our 3-boats.
Learn to paddle your own inflatable kayak (Torpedo). We have guides in Torpedo’s teaching you how to paddle and leading you through the rapids in a 4 to 1 ratio. If you happen to fall out the guides have you out of the river in seconds. 45+ years of doing it on the Rogue River and tens of thousands of satisfied returning customers prove that it is extremely fun.
A more traditional type of rafting, paddle rafts are a great way to go if you still want to do some work, but think the torpedo is just a little to much. Work with a team of your friends paddling the big boat through the rapids as the guide sits in the back to help navigate.
Hop on an oared raft and ride in luxury. This is the relaxed way to travel. If taking in the scenery and letting the guide do the work is how you vacation then hop on board. This is how kids 4-11 years old will usually travel.
If you plan on paddling an inflatable kayak on this trip we strongly recommend you have either done a previous trip with us or have previous inflatable kayaking experience. This trip is similar in difficulty to a higher water Main Salmon and is a great trip for the experienced paddler. If you want to run this trip on a paddle raft no previous experience is required.
Everything for the river portion of this trip will go down the river with us.
On single day trips your $10 per person deposit is refundable up to 72 hours before your trip. Cancellations within 72 hours of the scheduled trip launch will be subject to loss of their deposit.
On all of our multi day rafting trips we do not offer refunds on deposits or balance payments. We strongly encourage all customers to purchase travel insurance through travel guard to help protect your travel investment against the things that come up in life. It’s a small additional price for the comfort to know that if something comes up (illness, work change, etc) you will have the ability to recover your significant travel investment. Get a Travel Guard Quote Here.
For the Sun Kosi River the deposit is $500 per person. The remaining balance is due 90 days before the trip launches. Upon making your reservation you have the option to set up your credit card to automatically run the balance on the due date.
2016 will be OTT’s second expedition to the Sun Kosi River. We work with a very experienced local outfitter to help facilitate the trip logistics, provide gear support, and help on the trip. In 2013 OTT ran the first ever commercial inflatable kayaking trip on the Sun Kosi River.
Yes, we will not run this trip with fewer than 6 participants.
If you are interested in our Nepal trip please just e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you the detailed trip information packet with everything you need to know.