Being an avid adventure enthusiast myself, and having a reasonable experience of whitewater rafting as a participant, I felt the need to share the much needed knowledge about rafting , among the people who plan such adventures for themselves, friends, families ,or other corporate teams alike.
Whitewater rafting in Nepal is not just a simple touristy fun trip, and should not be treated like one. A good understanding about the activity is extremely important for anyone looking to participate in such a tour. A rafting trip should be considered as an eco-friendly river experience of being in the vicinity of the river and its natural surroundings. The rafting adventure by itself is the highlight of such an experience and should be held the most important and inseparable component of the entire rafting trip.
Understanding the hazards
Careful consideration should be the ideal ordeal while attempting this rafting adventure. Regardless of how easy or safe an operator may state, rafting is an adventure activity, and has its hazards which can be as severe as deaths. As a participant it is your sole responsibility to understand the risk and assess the confidence and safety measures that are offered to mitigate these hazards.
As a participant, you also need to be conversant with the hazards and showmanship should be completely avoided. Large amount of fatal accidents happen due to negligent participants who are unaware and disregard the basic precautions. The rivers should not be compared to a swimming pool. Even the best of swimmers would have a hard time tackling the complex river currents.
Many accidents in the past have happened on weekends which are extremely crowded when greedy operators have enrolled far more guests than they have the capability to ever handle. This results in major negligence, poor administration of trips, use of gear which has well past its good use life, and lack of the much needed supervision on the river and at camp.