Karnali rafting



  • Traveling 270 km from the lush hills near the Tibetan border, down through jungle, all the way to the flat plains near the Indian border
  • Enjoy nature’s showers with epic waterfalls
  • Camp on white sandy beaches
  • Visit remote Hindu temples along the way

    We are THE Sun Kosi river rafting company. The Sun Kosi translates as River of Gold and we run more Sun Kosi Rafting and Kayaking trips than anyone else. Why? Because we LOVE this river. It is rated one of the top 10 rivers journeys in the world by National Geographic and offers an 8 day expedition experience through the heart of Nepal starting near the Tibetan border and running all the way to the confluence with the Ganges. In river miles, it is the longest river trip on offer in Nepal. You can expect warm water, big bouncy rapids, white sandy beaches, great wildlife, beautiful scenery and a whole heap of fun! What’s not to love?!

    The trip caters for all abilities from beginner rafters to experienced kayakers. Its even possible for novice kayakers to try out kayaking on the quieter sections and learn more about white water with the option of rafting the sections you are not yet confident to run. With our qualified and experienced guides to see you through, your confidence and ability will grow and grow.

    We also offer sun kosi river rafting with yoga. If you love rafting, and you love yoga, this might be the trip for you.  

    Come and join us for our favourite whitewater rafting expedition in Nepal. Please see the full itinerary below.


    AUTUMN/FALL 2024

    21st - 29th September 2024
    5th - 13th October 2024
    21st - 29th October 2024
    4th - 12th November 2024
    18th - 26th November 2024

    Private groups and other dates also available on request

    2025 Dates

    On Request


    CLASS: III+ / V

    DURATION: 8 days (9 if traveling by bus)

    DEPARTURE: GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 9am on fixed departures

    FROM/TO: From: Dolalghat
    To: Chumligtar (4 hour drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara)

    VOLUME: Volume in November : 400cms (1400 cfs)

    BEST SEASON: Sept-Nov or end of April – June

    PRICE: USD $990 / GBP £800 Per Person

    Sun Koshi Rafting



  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid Qualifications.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, matresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents etc. No additional charge for sleeping bag hire.
  • All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided. Read our FAQ to see what tasty treats we will serve you.
  • Transportation to and from the river by bus. Optional flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu at the end.
  • All equipment, including PFD’s, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc all at international standards and regularly checked.
  • If you are kayaking with us, kayak hire is also included in the cost. See which kayaks we have here.
  • Porters 
  • River permits.
  • Gear Raft support.
  • Extensive medical kit.
  • Trip photos *make sure you bring a USB stick along with you.

  • Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc… Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, camers…)
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcohol and additional snacks.
  • Travel insurance. To travel with GRG’s you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity you are participating in, we have the necessary insurance for our crew but you must have your own seperate policy)
  • Optional tips for guides.

    • Swimsuit
    • Sun cream
    • Shorts or cropped trousers and T-shirt you don’t mind getting wet
    • Clothes for traveling in before and after the trip
    • Sun glasses with sports strap
    • Capped hat if you wish
    • Teva style sandals or trainers
    • Warm fleece for after the trip
    • Camera (can be stored in our dry bags/box whilst rafting)
    • Small amount of money for snacks and treats if you wish
    • Water bottle
    • Towel
    • Personal medication
    • Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you free of charge)
    • Dry clothes for the evening(s). Make sure you bring warm clothes with you as the night times can get cold, especially in the winter months.
    • Warm hat, gloves and scarf for the winter months
    • Pajamas (Thermal Pajamas are recommended in the winter months)
    • Small wash kit – biodegradable products are preferred if you have them
    • Torch
    • Book, deck of cards or small travel games
    • Personal medication (please let us know of any pre-existing medical conditions before participating in any whitewater trip)
    • A small amount of money for treats here and there
    • Photocopy of your passport & visa 


    "The Sun Kosi trip was great. We were so well looked after both on and off the river. On the river the safety kayaking was absolutely solid which is so important when you're tackling stuff that's well outside your comfort zone - knowing that the people with you know the river inside out and if something does go pear-shaped will be there almost instantly to help sort it out. Off the river too, the attention to our comfort, hapiness and well-being was spot on. From transporting our kayaks to lining up a taxi back from the airport, from setting out the candles on the beach to making sure we had enough food - we were properly taken care of. The team were great and were a huge part in making it such a great trip."
    tamur expedition nepal
    Glenn Jarman



    Luxury Travel Winner 2016


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