Tamur river rafting
- Trekking in the Himalaya with views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu
- The best combination trip on offer – trekking & rafting in one!
- 120 rapids in 130 km!
- Amazing Himalayan views
Tamur River Rafting is one of Nepal’s newest rivers open for rafting and kayaking commercially. It certainly lives up to its name, “The Jewel in the East”. This sparkling river hails its waters from the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, which straddles Nepal’s border in the east. The river itself is accessed by trekking on one if the most beautiful trails in Nepal boasting views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, simply breathtaking. Once you reach the river you are then treated to rapids, rapids and more rapids! In its 131 raft-able kilometer length, there are some 120 rapids, which sure as hell means you are going to be in for the ride of your life, with the non stop whitewater of this river.
The unspoiled and barely inhabited environments of this river make for an unforgettable trip. Probably the best combination trip in Nepal : magnificent white water, a beautiful unspoiled valley, combined with one of the most scenic treks in Nepal. This expedition is perfect for people wanting an adrenaline fueled adventure.
We require that you have some previous rafting experience. If you do not, you can join us on a day trip on the Trisuli before going on the Tamur rafting expedition.
This is the perfect river for intermediate to expert kayakers, containing continuous class 4 rapids, class 4 + drops.
Please note if you are kayaking with us and want to bring your own kayak, then please feel free to do so, but if you are joining a trip with us we do NOT charge for kayak hire!! Click here to choose your boat.
View our detailed itinerary below
Departs : GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu on fixed departures. Returns : GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu.
From : Basantapur. To : Chatra. Optional flight back from Biratnagar or 15 hour overnight bus journey.
Volume in November : 400cms (1400 cfs)
Sept-Nov or end of April – June
US$1300 / GB£1000 per person
The first day of this epic Tamur River Rafting expedition. You have two options to get to the river depending on your budget.
1 – Catch the bus with the guides and gear and travel approximately 20 hours to the start point 0r…
2 – Wait a day and catch a 45 minute flight to Biratnagar where the gear bus will collect you.
If you choose the bus option, at around 1pm, the gear bus, staff and clients opting to travel by bus will depart. They will drive overnight to reach Biratnagar airport in the morning, to collect the clients who opted to fly (or if everyone is on the bus, they will continue direct to Dobhan). It is a very long drive, and quite uncomfortable, so if you have the budget, we do recommend that you fly instead. If however you are on the bus, be prepared for a long bumpy ride – it’s quite the adventure in itself!
Today the clients that opted to fly will catch the first flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar which takes 45 minutes (so much quicker than the 20 hour bus journey!). Biratnagar is one of the main towns in the far East of Nepal.
Once you reach the airport, our gear bus will be waiting outside ready to drive to Dobhan. Here we will be greeted by a local family at their tea house which is where we will stay and have the evenings meal.
The local people are a mix of castes and tribes and very interesting to get to know. Nepali’s are renowned for being the most friendly people on the planet, and during this trip you will discover why.
Depending on the season, we may be lucky enough to sample the local Thumba. A fermented millet beer that really touches the spot!
Today we begin our trek from Basantapur. Days are long and the trail can be difficult in places, this is a real expedition! You will be responsible to carry your day pack, but our main bags that are not necessary for the trek will have gone on to meet us at the river. You can expect to get a taste of the real Nepal and some spectacular Himalayan mountain views including Mount Everest and Kanchanjunga. The highlight of the trail is the stunning lake at Gofa Pokhari. With the highest pass we cross being 3000m above sea level.
There is not a huge amount of tourism in this area. The trekking trails are only really used by locals getting from A to B. So we are always greeted by friendly faces excited to see newcomers and interested in our adventures.
For the plant lovers out there, walking through the Rhododendron forests, the national plant of Nepal is really something special. This whitewater rafting trip on the Tamur, certainly offers more than just whitewater.
On our last night of the trek, we will camp at the put in of the mighty Tamur river. And the GRG crew will rustle you up a feast.
Rafting / Kayaking!!!
This river boasts non-stop whitewater, and one of the most remote expeditions on the planet. Whether your in a raft or kayak we guarantee this is the trip of a life time. And there’s no warm up – your straight into to BIG Grade IV rapids! And it doesn’t stop there, things are pretty much continuous for the first 20km! It is the 6th biggest rivers in Nepal and you will certainly see why. Get ready for your heart to be pumping. In total we run will 120 Grade III/IV rapids in 130km of water – Epic!
We’ll camp on white sandy beaches and have camp fires most nights whilst watching the most spectacular sunsets. Your guides will make you different food each night, you won’t go hungry! On clear nights it is even possible to see the Milky Way.
River days, with no internet, no roads, nothing…simply bliss.
The first 2 days and the final day are described as some of the best whitewater in the world, and we couldn’t agree more. The middle section of the river is more chilled and flattens out a big. A chance for beginner kayakers to have a go if they like.
The second last day, is in our opinion, the best day of the whole trip. We’ll encounter 50 rapids in this day alone with the highlights being Ashram, Bas Below and Double F**k!! Tonight we will camp at the confluence with the Sun Kosi river. There’s a great little village here (where we can stock up on beer if necessary!)
On the final river day, where we paddle the Sun Kosi river, it is a gentle float to the end. We can stop at a local Hindu temple,Baraha Chhetra, and get a quick blessing before we end this special trip. Back in the raft for an hours float to the take out.
We will take out at Chatra around 1pm, and head to our local hotel for a traditional Dal Bhat and a celebratory beer! We will then transfer you back to Biratnagar airport for a quick 45 minute flight back. You will reach Kathmandu around 7pm this evening.
For those taking the bus, we will head to our friends hotel for a quick Dal Bhat lunch, pack the bus and be on the road at 4pm
If you decided to catch the bus rather than the flight back, you will reach Thamel, Kathmandu around 9am in the morning depending on road conditions and traffic. Just in time for a well earned shower and cooked dinner!
Come meet the crew tonight in the famous Tom and Jerries bar fora few beers and games of pool, and a celebration, of the expedition we have just completed.