Nepal is earning the reputation for being one of the best places in the world for white water rafting and Kayaking. And it is the best way to explore a typical cross section of the country’s natural as well as cultural heritage. A variety of cultural activities can be witnessed being performed along the river. The adjoining slopes of the river often harbor dense vegetation and interesting wildlife. Several varieties of fishes also abound the Nepalese rivers.
The longer river trips offer the best range of scenery and rapids and allow participants enough time to develop skills and friendships. Most long trips take from eight to twelve days, with a lot of time rafting in Wilderness.
Safety: Mountain Leaders Rafting takes the safety and security of all its clients very seriously. It is our primary concern and reflected in every aspect of your time with us.
- All our guides are licensed trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques.
- All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained.
- We use Avon self-bailing rafts.
- We always use safety kayakers on every trip.
- We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.
- Whenever possible we use our own MRR private minibus and driver.
What We Provide
Before your trip you will be invited to an orientation meeting in order to meet the rest of your paddling team, the guides and safety kayakers. At this meeting there will be opportunities for you to ask any questions that you may have and discuss any personal requirements, such as a special diet or medical conditions that could affect your time with us.
We have our own private transportation to take you to and from the river. When our own coach is not available then we provide a privately booked alternative.
We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks.
Along with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (during winter), lifejackets, dry bags, camera barrels, all necessary safety and medical equipment. Tents and sleeping mats are also provided. Sleeping bags can be supplied upon request.
All our equipment is of the highest quality, clean and well maintained.
What to Bring
In some ways it is best to bring as little as possible to the river. There are however, some essential personal items that you may need.
- Light weight clothing that will dry quickly, Shorts,
T-shirt, Swim wear on the river.
- Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
- Sunscreen and lip protector.
- Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
- Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best!) and any personal medication.
- Footwear that will stay on in the river, ‘Tevas’ or tennis shoes are best
You may also want to consider bringing:
- Camera, spare batteries
- Spare glasses
- A book to read
- Your diary and a pen!
- Snack treats
- A small amount of money
- A positive attitude!
Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer or not very confident in the water. Also it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well being on the trip.
Don’t forget to request vegetarian or other special meals if required.
For Trekking ( Marsyangdi and Tamur Expeditions)
- A day pack for the trek to the river. Long sleeved thermal tops and bottoms (long underwear). •Light and medium weight weaves are the handiest. •Walking shoes or lightweight hiking boots are a must. People who are used to walking long distances over uneven terrain will do fine with light hiking shoes or even running shoes. Some of the guides will do the trip in Tevas, but if you saw their feet, you’d opt for better footwear. Heavy mountaineering boots are more of a burden than a blessing. •
There is not a lot you can buy on a river in Nepal, bearing that in mind you will not need to take much in the way of money, say 500-1000 rupees/day (US$15). Chocolate, sweets and cigarettes are seldom available anywhere on the rivers, so bring a few treats for yourself.
A Day on the River
There are no rules to running rivers other than those dictated by common sense. To enjoy and learn, the participants need to be flexible and adaptive in changing situations. With this in mind here’s what we normally plan on any river journey…
We rise at dawn with the sun and wander to the campfire where a huge pot of coffee is waiting. After a hearty breakfast and loading the rafts, we start rafting. We try to get on the water by around 9 am. On the river you’ll paddle hard through the rapids and cruise in between. On any of the larger volume rivers you could safely say about 30 percent of the time is spent running rapids and 70 percent cruising.
The day’s rafting is punctuated with a leisurely lunch break around midday, as well as stops to scout the more challenging rapids, explore temples and villages, waterfalls and other interesting sights. The length of time spent rafting is directly related to our choice of spectacular campsites. Typically we are on the water 4-6 hours each day.
We get into camp around 3-4 pm in the afternoon and there is plenty of time to explore and relax. On longer trips there is always a layover day built into the itinerary, a chance to do as little or as much as you wish. These areas are also difficult to get to… it would be a shame to end up rushing.
Evenings are spent around the campfire, drinking hot spiced rum and getting to know the people on the trip. Food is communally prepared, every day a different raft crew helps with the simple preparation of vegetables. The kitchen becomes one of the main social points on the trip, and without a doubt the best place to catch up on the latest gossip or get to know someone better…”Get that chicken for you, mom?”
After a few days on the river, time has little meaning, river time takes over. Having played hard all day, it’s often a surprise to look at your watch before going to bed to find it’s only 8 pm, where as you were sure it was closer to 10. The next day we begin all over.
Longer expeditions have the advantages of offering some real heart thumping whitewater with the incredible journeying aspect of a long river trip. With more time on the river, things are more relaxed, relationship progress at a more natural pace, and memories become firmly entrenched for a lifetime. Long after the whitewater has blurred into one long white-knuckled thrilled ride, the memories of a moon-rise over the river and the friends you inevitably make will remain
Below is a general guide for Raft trips on Nepal’s most popular rivers. Himalayan snow-melt and Asia’s monsoon, courtesy of the Bay of Bengal, may alter the month listed below.
We operate the rafting trip for the following rivers. Nepal’s Rivers Information
|River||Month||Fall Class||Spring Class|
|Kali Gandaki||Sep-Nov||III to IV+||Feb-May III to IV|
|Karnali||Sep-Nov||III to V||Feb-May III to IV|
|Marsyangdi||Oct-Dec||IV to V||Feb-Apr IV+|
|Sun Kosi||Sep-Oct||III+ to V-||June III to IV+|
|Tamur||Oct-Dec||III to V||Mar-Apr II to IV+|
|Trishuli||Round Year||III to III||Jun to Aug IV (Monsoon)|
|Bhote Kosi||Oct-Dec||III to V||Feb-May III to IV|
|Seti River||Oct-Nov||Kayak Clinic||Mar-May I to II|