River Gold, Sun Kosi, Nepal

 Sun rays still danced in the sky. Kul the oar guide had spent the last hour cooking pizza over the fire. Jill was sat reading on as rock next to the waters edge and Paul..what can be said of Paul. He loved the waves that push and pulled. He loved that with his friends paddling hard the raft raced. It was his first adventure to Nepal and he knew that rafting was for him.

Our Sun Kosi raft and kayak trip offers an ultra classic descent that spans Nepal, from close to the border with Tibet to the flat expanse of India. This expedition is suitable for kayakers who have a good solid roll on class 3/4 and who can roll most of the time on class 4. It is a perfect first time rafter expedition and whilst it has some amazing rapids it also has some slower pools.

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Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (optional first arrival)

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: (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, although you can bring your own. Overnight Kathmandu.

Day 3: Kathmandu to Upper Sun Kosi

After breakfast drive to the Upper river, 4 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. From the end of the expedition it is a short flight back to Kathmandu (included), we relax into our hotel and enjoy tall tales and shared jokes upon arrival.

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.

We offer both private and schedule dates for this trip.

Private trips are in a position to adjust these timings.


Cost from £1875

On all private trips the expedition includes all logistics, guides, expedition food, hotels and camp team.

We have available hire kayaks, from old school playboats to more modern creekers, please email info@purelandexpeditions.com if you wish to hire a kayak, we have a wide selection available. We also hire paddles, pfds, skirts and helmets.

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