In our last post we spoke about how an expedition is a journey, not only of a river or trail but of the mind and soul. In over a decade of running expeditions in the Himalayas we have returned time and again to the Sun Kosi. This is a classic descent that carries water from the highest mountains in the world and with each paddle stroke sends us closer and closer to the border with India and away from the border of the bounded culture of Tibet.

We are pleased to offer availability for two trips in the fall season. Our first starting on the 1st Oct 2011 chases the monsoon rains whilst the second starting on the 22nd offers classic action with more stable water levels.

The expedition is suitable for kayakers with a solid roll happy on class 3/4 along with rafters, both experienced and novice. Our expedition allows us the chance to sleep under the Himalayan blanket of stars and wake each morning to the river as it kisses the white sand beach.

Our journey starts in the chaos of Kathmandu the capital of Nepal with time to see the amazing temples and markets before we journey to our riverside resort and the start of our aquatic adventure. Our nights in Kathmandu are spent in a hotel in the heart of Thamel district, where streets are full of ancient sages and folk myth.

Each day on the river builds, with rapids becoming class 5 (portage option). After 11 days we float to Chatra and return to Kathmandu before flying home, to tell stories of adventure and remember the friendships we have made.


Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (optional first arrival) OCT 1st or 22nd 2011

Up on arrival in Kathmandu you will be met by a representative of PURE LAND EXPEDITIONS and transfer to hotel in Kathmandu. Time to explore the chaotic capital. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 2: Arrival in Kathmandu (second arrival)

After breakfast chance to visit Kathmandu Durbarsquare and Soyambhunath (Known as monkey temple). Pack personal gear for expedition.PURE LAND EXPEDITIONS will supply a full range of dry bags for the transport of equipment during the expedition. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Upper Sun Kosi

After breakfast drive to the Upper river, approx 4-6 hrs. We drive across river valleys, idyllic countryside and farm land taking time to experience the stunning views. We arrive at our resort for lunch before running the rapids of the Upper Sun Kosi.Playing on waves and ripping up rapids. The night is spent at our riverside resort.

Day 4: First full day on the river.

After a relaxed breakfast we load the rafts and set off on our expeditions towards the border with India. We soak in the sights and sounds as we paddle downstream.We overnight camp on the river, looking at the moon and stars in the Himalayan sky.

Day 5: River Day 2

After breakfast we break camp and set off on our adventure, stopping for lunch around midday gives us a chance to relax after all the paddling. We continue on the water for a few hours until we find camp.Again it is a night under the stars or canvas. The choice is yours. Each day flows into the next, as we head down the river. Our smooth passage allows us to take a rest day and explore the local area, during the descent. Each day will feature some amazing rapids and waves, some must make moves and some relaxed pools.

Day 6: River Day 3

Day 7: River Day 4

Day 8: River Day 5

Day 9: River Day 6

Day 10: River Day 7

Day 11: River Day 8

Day 12: River Day 9

Day 13: River Day 10

As the hills fall away we make our takeout at Chatra, near India. Those that have wished take the flight to Kathmandu (additional cost), other take the scenic 16hour + driveback to Kathmandu, we relax into our hotel and enjoy tall tales and shared jokes.

Day 14:

Shopping and sights

After breakfast it is time to relax and think about the experiences and the river living life. Kathmandu is a maze of Hindu and Buddhist temples and those that wish to experience this are welcome to guided tour. This is our last time to laugh with our new friends as departures to host country take place tomorrow.

Day 15:

Fly to host country (option recommended)

After breakfast people may wish to relax or do final sightseeing, a PURE LAND EXPEDITIONS member will assist in the departure at the airport, transport provided.

Day 16:

Home, safe in the knowledge that you have descended a living river and crossed the Kingdom of Nepal.

One thought on “Sun Kosi, A RIVER OF GOLD

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