Explore the Unexplored: Tamur River Rafting

The only way to access the river is to trek through one of Nepal’s most beautiful landscapes, with vistas of Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga.

19, Feb 2023 | nepaltraveller.com

The trip that combines one of Nepal’s most beautiful treks with spectacular white water and an unspoilt valley is, without a doubt, very alluring.

No vacation to Nepal would be complete without crossing the famed Himalayas, and it is no surprise that one of the world’s greatest rivers begins with one of the most magnificent climbs. 

Some of the world’s wildest and most beautiful rivers are found in Nepal. Nepal is one of the best destinations for white water rafting because of the breathtaking alpine landscapes, thrilling white water rapids, and intriguing cultural possibilities. 

You may go rafting both long and small distances. The duration of a lengthy rafting trip might range from 3 to 35 days, whereas a short one lasts just for 2 days.

The Tamur River is one of Nepal’s newest rivers, with both kayaking and rafting available. “The jewel of the East” more than lives up to its name. Mount Kanchenjunga, the world’s third tallest peak, is on Nepal’s north eastern border and is the source of the sparkling rivers. As you get to Tamur river, you will encounter more rapids that you can manage. It has 120 rapids throughout its 131 raftable kilometres. So, you can be sure you’re in for a ride of a lifetime owing to the relentless whitewater. 

This river provides pristine and sparsely inhabited environments for a memorable journey. This tour is great for individuals looking for some adrenaline-pumping adventures. If you wish to complete this trek and raft without rushing, it takes a total of 17 days, although the same distance may be done in as little as 13 days if you speed up. 

Rafting on the Tamur River requires prior rafting expertise. Due to the tremendous flow of water, the basic rafting format must be followed for the safety and enjoyment of the rafters. 

The Tamur River is only navigable from mid-October until the end of November, or between April and May. Because of technicality, the river levels must be precisely correct. Rafting in a high flowing river is fun, but it can also be quite hazardous if not handled properly. Rafting on this river is thus only done when the river flow is perfect and relatively safe. 

The Tamur River is a fast flowing white freshwater river that is fed by the mighty glaciers. The difficulty rating of this river for rafting is grade 4 or 4+. 


Itinerary of Tamur River rafting:

Day 1 - Travel to Biratnagar and then take a bus to Basantpur, the true beginning place for your trekking adventure.

Day 2-5 - Trek 4 days through Gupha Pokhari to Dovan. Begin four-day treks into the heart of eastern Nepal, stopping for lunch and relaxing while taking in sights and experiencing the culture of local village life. Trek up to the Milke Danda via Gupha Pokhari to Dovan, where the rafting expedition will begin. This path offers breathtaking views of Mount Everest, Makalu, and Kanchenjunga. The major weights will be carried by porters, including kayaks and rafts. Camps will be set up for the night.

Day 6 - Dovan is the starting point for the white water activity. Everyone will get a thorough safety briefing from the trip leader and raft guide. Rafters can spend the remainder of the day, except for lunch, in a turquoise blue grade 4 white water paradise.

Day 7 - This is the kind of day that comes to mind when people think of the Himalayan water. It is extensive and continuous. We arrive in the jungle corridor. This is a narrowing jungle-clad ravine that is all ours. Teamwork is put to the test, and when your guide screams “all forward,” he truly means it. Enjoy the journey all day and camp in the spectacular heaven like place in the evening.

Day 8 - More of the same, which includes the notorious god’s house rapids. Relax and camp at Seti Dovan.

Day 9 - It's not over yet! Continue to paddle hard. On yet another day of excellent activity, stunning scenery, and camping at Jamuna village, you are truly experiencing the finest of the western Nepal.

Day 10 - Because this is one of the most distant sites for white water rafting, the starting and ending points for the day are not specified. The entire day, the river is grade 2 to 4, traversing through settlements and witnessing fauna specific to this area.

Day 11 - Because this is one of the most faraway places for white water rafting, no specific locations are mentioned. It's time to take a break. You’re given a day off to enjoy the beach or go hiking for a day to the neighbouring villages. People of the nearby villages are always so welcoming with their never-ending supply of hospitality and smiles.

Day 12 - The starting and ending point of this day are also not mentioned because it is very rural. The excitement continues as you navigate more grade 2 to 4 rapids along the way.

Day 13 - Rafting from Rai Ghat to Bander Ghat takes about 6 hours. Hang on tight, the trip hasn’t ended yet. Beyond the Sap Su Khola point is a rapid with highest drop. Massive ‘holes’, ‘eddies’, and churning ‘stopper waver’ necessitate collaboration and hard paddling.

Day 14 - Rafting from Bander Ghat to Bonjur Ghat takes about 6 hours. We go to the rapids again. When we emerge from the Mardheku valley, the river stretches out, less agitated after being confined between sheer cliffs and gorges.

Day 15 - Rafting from Bonjur Ghat to Bara Chhatra takes around 6 hours. Today’s stretch is a combination of exciting rapids and gentle undulating glides. You’re glad yet sad that the journey is coming to an end, as all wonderful things must.

Day 16 - Relax and enjoy a leisurely day on the river as you float through the day, interrupted only by the odd “all forward call” to get back into action. You must unwind in order to get ready for tomorrow.

Day 17 - Last day, rafts take out from Chatara to Biratnagar for flight to Kathmandu, or embark on a safari tour to Koshi Tappu or Chitwan National Park, or drive back to Kathmandu. There is no better way to finish an adventure like this. We arrive at Chatara at the end of our journey.

The Tamur river rafting is the best as it gives both trekking and rafting kicks. If you embark on this adventure, you’ll have memories for a lifetime. 

-For more information:

Himalaya Journey Treks & Expedition Pvt. Ltd.

P.O.Box No: 7369,Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal
Tel: +977-1- 4383184, 4386585
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Compiled By: Rebika Bishokarma

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