Rafting in Tamur river in Nepal
|Tamur river rafting Map|
Probably the best combination trip in Nepal-magnificent white water, a beautiful unspoiled valley, combined with one of the most scenic treks in Nepal. The Tamur and its tributaries drain the snows of Kanchenjunga third highest peak in the world. The river is the sixth largest river in Nepal and seems to have a feeling of thrusting power and of being constrained by its valley sides. The first commercial run of the Tamur was in 1990 and there have been very few descents since then. It is an outstandingly beautiful river with superb views of the Himalayan range including Mt. Everest, Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Makalu. The river trip includes around 120 km descent through more than 100 of the most exciting rapids still to be named has to offer grade 3 to 4, with some graded -5, making one of the best white water expedition trips in the world.
The trip starts with an internal flight or drive from Kathmandu to Biratnagar in the far South-East of Nepal. We take a private bus drive to Basantapur in the Tehrathum Region, where we camp overnight. The following day, we begin an awe-inspiringly beautiful 5-day trek to Dobhan through the remote Taplejung region of Eastern Nepal. From Dobhan we begin the exhilarating trip, which includes a day relaxing on a remote river beach or an optional one-day trek visiting local villages. The Tamur is best tackled between October and November, and February and May. Finally, there's an overnight drive by private bus or an optional internal fly back to Kathmandu
Departure Point……………..Kathmandu/ Busti
River Start Point……………Devitar
River Finish Point…………Chisopani
River Grade……………….III - IV+
Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar then drive about 5 hours to starting point for the expedition or by from Kathmandu direct drive to Dhankuta Hile and then the start the expedition.
Start our four-day trek into the heart of eastern Nepal. It does not take long to leave all the noise and hassle of town life behind. We will stop for lunch, relax and enjoy the views and culture of local village life. You will only be carrying a water bottle and camera on you as our team of porters carries the main loads (including kayaks and rafts!).
The white water action begins from Dovan. Your expedition leader and your raft guide will give you a detailed safety briefing. Then for the rest of the day (apart from the lunch break of course) you are in a turquoise blue class IV white water paradise. Overnight in Camp.
This is class II-IV the whole day passing through villages and spotting wildlife particular to this area.
Time to have a break. We have a rest day to enjoy the beach life, or go for a day trek to the local villages that are always so welcoming and inspiring with their unending supply of enthusiasm and smiles.
The action continues as you tackle more class ii-iv rapids all the way.
Relax and enjoy a mellow day on the river as you float through the day with the occasional "all forward call" to bring you back into action. You need to relax so you are ready for tomorrow!
Day 11:There could not be a better way to end an expedition like this other than on continuous class IV for half a day. Perfect action on the perfect river. We end the journey in Chatra. Those who choose to fly will be drive to Biratnagar airport to catch their flight 1-hour or drive to Kathmandu.