Bhote Koshi Rafting |2 Days

Trip Highlights

  • Thrilling Class III to Class V rapids.
  • Convenient access from Kathmandu.
  • Stunning Himalayan landscapes and lush forests.
  • Cultural interactions with Tamang and Sherpa communities.
  • Riverside camping under starry skies.

Trip Overview

This is not a trip for those wanting to have a chance to see the scenery while they are in Bhotekoshi River Rafting. The Bhote Koshi River is the steepest river that is rafted in Nepal and this means it is an intense adrenaline rush from start to finish. There is a chance to stop on the way however to admire the views of the Himalaya from Dhulikhel.

This is the ideal excursion for those wanting a short but adrenaline filled experience on what is regarded as one of the best short white water rafting trips in the world.

Bhote Koshi River rafting offers a thrilling and unforgettable aquatic adventure that beckons adventurers to the rugged landscapes of Nepal’s Himalayan foothills. Originating from Tibet and cascading into Nepal, the Bhote Koshi is a river renowned for its challenging rapids, picturesque scenery, and adrenaline-pumping whitewater experiences. As you embark on this thrilling journey, you’ll find yourself navigating through a world of swirling rapids, deep gorges, and pristine wilderness.

The Bhote Koshi River’s rapids, ranging from Class III to Class V, provide an exhilarating challenge for rafters of all skill levels. With rapids aptly named “Frog in the Blender,” “Gerbil in the Plumbing,” and “Dazed and Confused,” you can expect heart-pounding moments that demand teamwork and precise navigation. Experienced guides, well-versed in the river’s currents and challenges, accompany each expedition, ensuring both safety and excitement for participants. As you conquer the rapids, you’ll be surrounded by awe-inspiring landscapes, including terraced hillsides, lush forests, and dramatic cliffs.

One of the highlights of Bhote Koshi River rafting is its proximity to the capital city of Kathmandu, making it easily accessible for adventure seekers. The river’s location, nestled in the Sindhupalchok District, allows for convenient day trips or multi-day expeditions. Despite its accessibility, Bhote Koshi’s rugged terrain and remote surroundings create an immersive experience that feels worlds away from the bustling city.

The journey along the Bhote Koshi River is not just about thrilling whitewater adventures; it’s also a cultural exploration. As you navigate the river, you’ll encounter traditional villages inhabited by the indigenous Tamang and Sherpa communities. These encounters offer insight into their unique lifestyles, and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the friendly locals, gaining a deeper understanding of their customs and traditions.

Each day of Bhote Koshi River rafting concludes with evenings spent at riverside campsites. Here, you can relax and unwind in the tranquil atmosphere of the Himalayan wilderness, sharing stories with fellow adventurers around the campfire. The soothing sound of the river serves as the perfect backdrop to nights filled with stargazing, laughter, and camaraderie. In summary, Bhote Koshi River rafting is a thrilling escapade that seamlessly combines adrenaline-pumping rapids, natural beauty, and cultural immersion, making it an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Nepal’s rugged landscapes.

Outline Itinerary



Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Drive to Baseri

Your Bhote Koshi River rafting adventure commences as you depart from the bustling capital of Kathmandu. The scenic journey takes you through Nepal’s picturesque countryside, as you travel eastward towards the Sindhupalchok District. After several hours of driving, you’ll arrive at the quaint village of Baseri, your starting point for this thrilling river journey.

Upon reaching Baseri, you’ll meet your experienced river guides who will provide you with essential safety instructions and equip you with the necessary rafting gear. This includes life jackets, helmets, and paddles to ensure your safety and comfort during the expedition. With your rafting team ready, you’ll make your way to the put-in point on the Bhote Koshi River, where the adventure truly begins.

As you push off into the river’s clear and fast-flowing waters, the excitement of navigating through challenging rapids like “Frog in the Blender” and “Gerbel in the Plumbing” will set your heart racing. The Bhote Koshi’s tumultuous rapids offer an exhilarating experience, and your teamwork will be put to the test as you navigate through these thrilling stretches. As the day unfolds, you’ll traverse through pristine wilderness, witnessing terraced hillsides, lush forests, and the impressive cliffs that line the river’s course.

Day 2: Back to Kathmandu after Rafting

The second day of your Bhote Koshi River rafting adventure is another opportunity to conquer exciting rapids while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. Your journey along the river continues with more heart-pounding moments and serene stretches. Along the way, you’ll also have the chance to interact with the welcoming Tamang and Sherpa communities who inhabit the riverside villages.

As your exhilarating river expedition comes to an end, you’ll disembark from the rafts, feeling a sense of accomplishment and adventure. After a fulfilling day on the water, you’ll return to Baseri, where your adventure began. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to change into dry clothes and savor a delicious riverside lunch, relishing the experiences and stories shared with your fellow adventurers.

Following lunch, it’s time to bid farewell to the Bhote Koshi River and embark on the journey back to Kathmandu. The return drive allows you to reflect on the thrilling moments and breathtaking scenery you’ve encountered over the past two days. The memories of navigating challenging rapids, witnessing Himalayan landscapes, and experiencing the warmth of the local communities will undoubtedly stay with you as you head back to the bustling city.

Equipment List

Rafting Essentials:

  1. Raft or Inflatable Kayak: The primary watercraft for your rafting adventure, suitable for navigating the river’s rapids and currents.
  2. Paddles: Sturdy, river-worthy paddles designed for whitewater use.
  3. Personal Flotation Device (PFD): A well-fitted PFD, commonly known as a life jacket, to provide buoyancy and keep you afloat.
  4. Helmet: A certified whitewater helmet to protect your head during rapids and potential collisions.

Safety Gear:

  1. Rescue Throw Bag: A throw bag with a rope for potential rescue situations.
  2. River Knife: A small, sharp knife for cutting ropes or webbing in emergency situations.


  1. Swimwear: Wear a swimsuit or swim trunks as a base layer under your rafting gear.
  2. Quick-Drying Clothes: Lightweight, moisture-wicking clothing for layering under your wetsuit or drysuit.
  3. Wetsuit or Drysuit: Depending on the season and water temperature, you may need a wetsuit or drysuit to stay warm in the water.
  4. Neoprene Booties: Neoprene booties to protect your feet and keep them warm in the river.
  5. Fleece or Synthetic Insulation: A fleece jacket or synthetic insulation layer to stay warm during breaks or cooler weather.


  1. River Sandals or Water Shoes: Sturdy, closed-toe sandals or water shoes with good traction and secure straps.

Personal Items:

  1. Water Bottle: A reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during your journey.
  2. Sun Protection: Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with retention straps, and high-SPF sunscreen to protect against the sun’s rays.
  3. Lip Balm: Lip balm with UV protection to prevent chapped lips from sun and wind exposure.

Camping Gear:

  1. Tent: A lightweight and waterproof camping tent if you plan to camp along the riverbanks.
  2. Sleeping Bag: A warm, waterproof sleeping bag suitable for camping in varying conditions.
  3. Sleeping Pad: An insulating sleeping pad for added comfort and warmth.
  4. Dry Bags: Waterproof dry bags for packing your clothing and personal items to keep them dry during the trip.

Personal Items:

  1. First Aid Kit: A comprehensive first aid kit, including bandages, antiseptic wipes, blister treatment, and any personal medications.
  2. Toiletries: Basic toiletries, including biodegradable soap, toothbrush, toothpaste, and a small towel.
  3. Headlamp or Flashlight: With extra batteries for camping and night-time activities.

Optional Gear:

  1. Camera: Waterproof camera or GoPro with a secure strap to capture your adventure.
  2. Insect Repellent: Depending on the season and location, insect repellent may be necessary.
  3. Snacks: Lightweight snacks for quick energy boosts during the trip.

Cost Included

  • Airport Pick up and drop off
  • All domestic land and air transportation
  • All Accommodation
  • 3 main course meals a day while trekking
  • Guide and porters
  • Necessary permits and TIMS
  • Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
  • A comprehensive medical kit


Cost not Include

  • Flights To/From Nepal
  • Tourist Visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals while not on the trek
  • Expenses of personal nature
  • Tips for the guide, porters and driver
  • Any services not mentioned in the itineraries.
  • Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances

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  • Trip Duration: 2 Days
  • Trip Grading: Fairly challenging
  • Best Time: Oct-Dec & Feb- April
  • Group Size: 1+
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