Karnali rafting

Tamur river rafting


  • Trekking in the Himalaya with views of Mount Everest, Kanchenjunga and Makalu
  • The best combination trip on offer – trekking & rafting in one!
  • 120 rapids in 130 km!
  • Amazing Himalayan views in remote Nepal
  • A true Nepali expedition

    Tamur River Rafting is one of Nepal’s newest rivers open for rafting and kayaking commercially. It certainly lives up to its name, “The Jewel in the East”. This sparkling river hails its waters from the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, which straddles Nepal’s border in the east. The river itself is accessed by trekking on one if the most beautiful trails in Nepal boasting views of Everest, Makalu and Kanchenjunga, simply breathtaking. Once you reach the river you are then treated to rapids, rapids and more rapids! In its 131 raft-able kilometer length, there are some 120 rapids, which sure as hell means you are going to be in for the ride of your life, with the non stop whitewater of this river.

    The unspoiled and barely inhabited environments of this river make for an unforgettable trip. Probably the best combination trip in Nepal : magnificent white water, a beautiful unspoiled valley, combined with one of the most scenic treks in Nepal. This expedition is perfect for people wanting an adrenaline fueled adventure.

    Rafting :

    We require that you have some previous rafting experience due to the river Grade. If you do not, you can join us on a day trip on the Trisuli before going on the Tamur rafting expedition.

    Kayaking :

    This is the perfect river more advanced kayakers as the river containing continuous class 4 rapids, class 4 + drops. The first day is the most intense with pretty much non stop Class 4/4+ rapids with little warm up before you start. 

    Please note if you are kayaking with us and want to bring your own kayak, then please feel free to do so, but if you are joining a trip with us we do NOT charge for kayak hire!! Click here to choose your boat.

    View our detailed itinerary below


    AUTUMN/FALL 2024

    20th - 30thNovember 2024

    Private groups and other dates also available on request

    2025 Dates

    On Request









     III+ / -V

    11 days (9 if traveling by by flight rather than bus)

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

    From: Basantapur
    To: Chatara. Optional flight back to Kathmandu or 15+ hour bus journey

    Volume in November : 400cms (1400 cfs)

    Sept – Nov, End of April – June

    USD $1360 / GBP £1100 per person

    tamur expedition



  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, air 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 to and from Kathmandu.
  • 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, the cost also includes kayak hire.
  • 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.
  • Trekking Packing List

    • Daypack. To carry all your personal items for the trek
    • Walking poles if you like to use them
    • Walking shoes or boots. Already worn in to prevent blisters. 
    • Good quality walking socks
    • Quick dry shirts
    • Quick dry trousers
    • Good quality fleece
    • Down jacket
    • Thermal long underwear or similar for sleeping
    • Sun cap for walking in the day time
    • Wool hat for the evenings
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sunglasses
    • Sun cream
    • Personal toiletries
    • Water bottle
    • Sleeping bag (if you do not have let us know and we can provide for you)
    • Personal First Aid Kit. We will carry an extensive medical kit, but is a good idea for you each to have your own full of basics.
    • Torch/Headlight
    • Camera (with solar charger if required)
    • Small amount of money for treats along the trail if wanted.
    • Passport and visa photocopy

    Rafting/Kayaking Packing List

    •  Swimsuit
    • 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
    • Teva style sandals or trainers
    • 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
    • Book, deck of cards or small travel games
    • Kayakers should bring their Helmets, BA’s, paddle tops etc with them if possible. We can provide any equipment you do not have, but we find you will be more comfortable if you are in your won kit. 


    "A smaller company with excellent standards and gear and a enthusiastic and professional crew. I had the pleasure to paddle the Sun Kosi and the Tamur with these guys and it was an extraordinary experience! A multiday trip on one of Nepal´s rivers is pretty much the perfect holiday for a kayaker. Can´t wait to get back there, and i will surely go with GRG again!"
    poon hill



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