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The Sun Kosi and Tamur
Trip Overview
Kayaking/Rafting the Sun Kosi & Tamur rivers, Nepal
Grade: II/IV & IV/IV+
Time Of Year: April - May & October - November
Price: 1195
Duration: 14 days
Departure Point: Kathmandu, Nepal
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The Sun Kosi is a brilliant river - at its best in medium to high flows with big bouncy grade III-IV rapids and lots of friendly holes and waves.Originating near Mount Shisha Pangma in Tibet, the ‘River of Gold’ runs eastward through Nepal draining most of the eastern portion of the Himalayas. From the put-in at Dolalghat to the take-out at Chatra in far-eastern Nepal, the warm water of the Sun Kosi surges, snakes and winds its way through 270km of some of Nepal's remotest countryside. At the right flow this river journey is an incredible combination of exhilarating whitewater, beautiful scenery and glorious white sandy beaches and is truly breathtaking.

The additional section of the Tamur is phenomenal with over 40 class IV+ rapids. It is quite possibly one of the best short river sections offered anywhere in the world. A few class III rapids provide a nice friendly warm-up and then it’s class IV pretty much all the way! By the suspension bridge at Chimrah you’ll have counted at least 25 rapids in 12km, and this really sets the scene. An impressive gorge of sheer rock walls finishes this magnificent river with a scenic finale and takeout at Tribeni, the confluence of the Sun Kosi. The last day completes the trip paddling down to Chatra. Different in nature, steeper and more technical, the Tamur is the perfect complement to the huge volume of the River of Gold and the perfect climax to any Himalayan river adventure.
  Catching a play wave on the Sun Kosi

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by an AdventureX Guide and then taken to your hotel for the evening. Hot shower then out to one of the many local fine restaurants.
(No meals included)

Day 2
Have the day to explore the amazing city of Kathmandu. Grab a taxi or rickshaw to visit some of the incredible temples and squares that make up this most vibrant of capitals. At 6pm we will have a pre-departure briefing then head off for a meal together.
(Breakfast included)

Day 3
After breakfast it’s time to head towards the big river. The first part of the morning is spent explaining the finer points on how to paddle through whitewater. You will encounter numerous smaller rapids on the first two days of the river followed by the more meaty Meat Grinder, High Anxiety and Harkapur. After stopping at Tokshel Harkapur and spending time checking out this porter town we drift down to a rapid called Harkapur 2 and camp for the evening. The famous Dudh Kosi, the river of milk, which tumbles down from Mount Everest forms the next rapid followed by Jaws, then Dead Mans Eddy and cascading water falls. We will then have at least one layover day staying at the same river camp for two nights.
(All meals included)

Day 4
A gentle day on the river as we tick off some of the 280kms of paddling this river covers. The flat sections are interspersed with gentle class II/III rapids. (All meals included)

Day 5
Another steady day but as the volume of the river grows so do the rapids. We run several bigger class II & III rapids before running the big waves and holes of Punch & Judy. (All meals included)

Day 6
This is a day of two halves. A few steady rapids in the morning lead up to the rivers largest rapid - Harkapour. This is definite inspection and portage for some. The rest will hopefully nail the lines and miss the holes! This is followed immediately by Harkapour 2, another intimidating but fun rapid if levels are high. We stop for lunch on the beach opposite the confluence with the Dudh Kosi river (the "Raging River Of Everest"). We continue downstream playing in the friendly rapids and will finish early. (All meals included)

Day 7
We start fast today with several larger read and run rapids of class III/III+ including Jaws. We will stop and scout Dead Man's Eddy and run a sneak line river right if needed. More playing and fun rapids until we stop early again (approx 3pm). (All meals included)

Day 8
Jungle Corridor. Lots of read and run class III/III+ with some interesting lines, boils and whirlpools - but lots of fun! We will stop and inspect Roller Coaster but this is quite an easy rapid. We will lunch on a waterfall beach and give people the chance to rinse off in the one of the jungles chilled power showers! Again an earlish finish (3pm) and camp on another spectacular beach surrounded by the jungle on all sides. (All meals included)

Day 9
More class III/III+ with Big Dipper offering up something a little larger around lunchtime. More playing and rapids in the afternoon lead to the confluence with the Lower Tamur and our camp for the night. (All meals included)

Day 10
We paddle from the confluence to the take out at Chatra and observe the major scenery change as the hills disappear and the river opens up as it flows and meanders it's way towards Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. We take out and pack up the equipment and lunch at Chatra before heading up to Mulghat (3 hour drive) and the start of the Lower Tamur river. We camp on the river side for the night (All meals included)

Day 11
A big day on the Lower Tamur. The first few kms allow a warm up before we inspect the first major rapid. The nest few hours rapids of class III - IV follow in quick succession making this one of the finest single day runs around. We will make several inspections and end the day back at the confluence with the Sun Kosi where we will camp for the night. (All meals included)

Day 12
A final short paddle from the confluence back to Chatra where we pack all the gear once again then drive to Biratnagar for our short 40min flight back to Kathmandu. Those sitting on the right hand side of the plane will see the snow capped Himalaya in all their splendour and will also catch glimpses of the Sun Kosi way below us. On a clear day you can even see the mightiest of them all - Everest! We arrive back in Kathmandu in the early evening and head to the hotel for a freshen up before heading out to celebrate our 12 days on the water. (Breakfast and lunch included)

Day 13
Free time in Kathmandu to explore this amazing city and cram in a little present shopping. There are lots of bargains to be had and lots of good quality, cheap outdoor equipment. (breakfast included)

Day 14
Free time before we take you to the airport for your flight home.

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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: Airport pick-up and drop off, all accommodation, all meals on trip, guides, all transport during trip, internal flight, permits, national park fees (where applicable).
Excludes: personal insurance, meals in Kathmandu, personal drinks (soft drinks, beer etc.), tips, international flight.
Sun Kosi & Tamur Rafting/Kayaking
Sun Kosi & Tamur
19 September - 02 October 2015 14 days 1195
Trisuli, Sun Kosi & Tamur 18 September - 02 October 2015 15 days
Deposit 250
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