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.
Rafting or river rafting is not only an outdoor activity but a challenging recreation done on white water or different degrees of rough water. This particular adventure provides you with absolute thrill and excitement of the highest level. This river sport gained popularity in the mid-1970’s evolving from individuals padding 10 ft raft with double- bladed paddles to multi person raft propelled by single bladed paddles and steered by tour guides at the stern. Rafting in Nepal has not been behind in this adventure sport too. As Nepal is blessed with water resource a plenty; it is one of the water rich countries in the world and a paradise for water rafting of the international quality. Topography of Nepal is such that it has abundance of water tributaries making it a heavenly place for encountering the waters of delight. It holds rivers such as Trishuli, SunKoshi, Karnali, Bhote Koshi, Bheri, Tamur, Kali Gandaki, Upper and Lower Seti, Marshyangdi and many more… Once you beckon on this white water paradise it takes your breath away with its amazing diverse variations of white water adventure enticing you to take a plunge and have a dip into the pristine crystal waters giving a glimpse of surprises it holds for you.
River rafting in Nepal has gained popularity and scaled new heights over the years. As river rafting in Nepal is specially designed to attract visitors and give them an endless opportunity to be amazed and bedazzled with its scenic and contrasting areas offering a good variety of Nepali landscapes and its beauty as one paddles across this extreme picturesque territory of Nepal. Nepal is a granary of breath taking water resource with more than half a dozens of white water resources suitable for rafting at an excellent pace. However to address to your needs and gift you with a life time adventure of river rafting a perfect ally is needed to execute water sport according to the desired interest and capacity. Himalayan river operator is one such name who has been conducting this highly adventurous sport successfully over the years with enormous amount of sheer perfection. Rafting is not only about getting into a designed shelter and taking a plunge and exploring without appropriate guidance and adequate precautionary measures. Here Himalayan river operator plays a major role in letting you experience the water borne thrill of a life time. An, expert powerhouse and a leading pioneer of, white water rafting and kayaking since 20 years with the support of expert guides and instructors of renowned credibility. All the expert guides and instructors are International Rafting Federation (IRA) certified professionals in rafting, kayaking and other water related sports too.
Himalayan River operators are personalized responsible rafters themselves as they organize and monitor all the water expedition personally. They are the only river rafting operators in Nepal fully equipped with Swift Water Resource Technique (SWRT) and White Water Rescue Techniques (WWRT). As resourcefulness and thorough knowledge and appropriate seasonal information is required to carry out a successful rafting trip with utmost safety. As Nepal’s water rapids are diverse and pose a threat to the rafters if ventured out at the wrong time. Himalayan River Operator has its itineraries specifically designed according to the water standards into 2 broad categories as short duration (2-3) hours or even a day, to an overnight or a multiple-day rafting and kayaking river trips in Nepal. Short river trips are normally carried out on rivers having easier sections and Trishuli River graded as III+ is one of them with a combination of impressive gorges, valleys, challenging rapids swelling and turbulent during the course and monsoon is the best season to attempt it. Similarly rushing waters of Sun Koshi graded as IV to V, Bhote Koshi a classic rapid again is graded as IV to V, Tamur River and Bheri rivers are graded in III to IV, and Seti under II to III. River rafting in Nepal comes to life in the monsoon when water is plenty and river beds and its resources swells around and becomes turbulent providing a perfect occasion to float on the water. Rivers in Nepal are divine and a rewarding spectrum for river rafting in Nepal. A magical method, to explore Nepal through waterways, and get an insight about the untouched and unexplored landscapes up-close with the flora and faunas along with the local communities too. White water rafting combines serene water bound adventure with the excitement and adrenaline of white water rapids as well as an opportunity to camp on scheduled river benches and get to know the local communities and their remote wilderness.
Himalayan river operator is a rafting agent in Nepal consistently taking rafting to the next level with pedigree of accuracy expertise and personalized rafting tours. Come experience the rapids of swirling turbulent rivers as its rapid best and give way to your wildest adventure memorabilia here on the river beds of Nepal
My husband and I took the Trishuli River rafting tour as we’ve not done anything of this sort before and wanted to start off lightly. I had emailed the staff before booking to see which adventure they thought would suit us better as beginners. As we only had a day to spare, they suggested the rafting in Trishuli River as opposed to other river as that adventure was much longer and adventurous. We were taken by coach at Himalayan River Operator down to where the trip begins and given a very strict safety talk before heading down to the boat/raft. He was really nice and very interesting. Apparently he was born around same place so his knowledge of the area was very interesting to listen to. Trishuli River rafting adventure is suitable for pretty much anybody. Trishuli River had enough little ripples, splashes and bumps to keep it interesting but not too much that I feared being hurled out of the boat into the water, LOL! The guide told us that the monsoon started a little early this year (2013) and the current of river is more than expected at that time (end of May). Otherwise, he said monsoon generally started around mid June and rafting in Trishuli River in May would generally be just bit more than floating. The guide talked all about the fish, the birds, the river itself and pointed out various points of interest along the way. Even showed us some of the spots he and his mates used to leap from when they were younger! I think the trip itself lasted about two hours including travel and the safety talks. You can take a camera as they have a waterproof area to keep them in. Have a go, you’ll be glad you did! We’ve decided that the next time we visit Nepal, we’ll go up a level and a longer white water rafting adventure in Nepal.