Monday, 25 September 2017 02:45 am

Tamur River Rafting

The Tamur and its tributaries drain the snows of Kanchenjunga third highest peak in the world. The river is the sixth largest river in Nepal and seems to have a feeling of thrusting power and of being constrained by its valley sides.

Tamur and its tributaries have a steep gradient and are probably only of interest to expedition kayakers. Downstream from Dobhan the gradient is more reasonable, but the river profile is unusual in that the river is steeper in the last 30km before its confluence with the Sun Koshi. The Kabelli River adds about a quarter to the volume of the river but from here down there are no substantial tributaries.

The valley itself is beautiful and un-spoilt with relatively few villages and little agriculture. Valley sides are well wooded there are good beaches for camping and plentiful signs of wildlife. Local people are a fascinating collage of tribes and castes. Local don’t see lot of westerners and are very welcoming.

By bus 16-18 hr journey first transfer to Basantapur from Kathmandu and combine 3 day trekking to put in point Dovan, start 155km river rafting action, which takes 6 -7 day and end the trip at Chatara. The return journey from the take-out point takes appr. 14-16 hr long drive by bus to Kathmandu. For alternate way it is also possible to arrange flight from Biratnagar about 1:30 hr Chatara to airport and 40 minute STOL flight in extra cost.

Sample Itinerary:

Day 01: Fly a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. After lunch, drive to market town of Hile. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: After breakfast, drive to Basantapur. The porters will carry the rafts and start a spectacular trek through Rhododendron Forests.

Day 03-05: After breakfast, trek, trek and trek. You can view a sacred lake at Gopa Pokhara, enjoy the stunning views of Kachengunga, Makalu and Mount Everest, descend through terraced rice paddies and mountain villages and finally come to the river.

Day 06: After the safety instruction talk, put on the river and take on some of the most challenging rapids, one after another. Dinner and camp. Included: All meals.

Day 07: Today you pass through steep canyon walls and powerful, continuous rapids. You pass by small fishing villages and wild monkeys on the river banks as the river slowly starts to broaden. Overnight camp on a beautiful white sandy beach.

Day 08-09: 2 more days of exciting white water rafting.

Day 10: Today we end our exciting white water rafting experience at put-in point at Chatara and fly back to Kathmandu.

No. of  Days

Best Season

Grade*

Water Flow

Departure Date

6-10 DAYS

Sep - Dec

5

90-750

on request

 

Jan - May

5-

40-200

on request

 

Jun - Aug

NR

500-950

on request

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