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The Sun Kosi River
Trip Overview
Kayaking/Rafting the Sun Kosi River, Nepal
Grade: III+/IV
Time Of Year: April - May & September - November
Price: 995
Duration: 12 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 to surf. 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 evenings on white sandy beaches. It is truly breathtaking, and backed by its popularity is considered by many to be one of the world's 10 classic river journeys.   River expedition 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 we jump on the bus and head for the Sun Kosi river. We will put on below the first damn on the river on the section officially classed as the Upper Sun Kosi. This is a lower volume class III+ run and is a good start to the river with little flat water. We will camp the night just after Sukute.
(All meals included)

Day 5
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 6
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 7
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 8
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 9
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 10
The last big rapid of the trip - The Big Dipper. It’s then a quiet cruise down the confluence with the Tamur and Arun and the beginning of the Sapta Kosi, or the Seven Rivers. From this point it is a short 2 hours drive then a 55-minute flight back to KTM.
(All meals included, except any additional meals out in Kathmandu)

Day 11
Free time for sight-seeing and retail therapy in Kathmandu.
(Breakfast included)

Day 12
After breakfast we take you back to the airport for your return flight home.
(Breakfast included)

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Trip Dossier
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Dates & Pricing
Price includes: Airport pick-up and drop off, all accommodation, all meals, 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 Rafting/Kayaking
Sept 2013 12 days 995
Deposit 250
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