The Arun River is the biggest tributary of the Sapta Koshi River system. Originated in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) of China, the river enters Nepal by cutting mountains near Mt. Everest and Mt. Makalu and passes through Tumlingtar. Kartikeghat, which is close to Tumlingtar, is the place from where rafting trip in the Arun River normally begins. Tumlingtar is connected to Kathmandu and Biratnagar by air. We can also get to this place by trekking from Hile in Dhankuta district. This route is relatively much longer, as it takes for us about one and a half days’ bus drive to reach Hile from Kathmandu. The Arun River Rafting offers the best whitewater rafting trip due to her great rapids and remote location. Moreover, the lovers of rafting can also be familiarized with a variety of ethnic communities.
The river has some deep and awesome gorges, which are quite fascinating for explorers, travelers, geographers and river runners. The river joins other major six tributaries of the Sapta Koshi River before coming to Chatara in Sunsari district.As the river has powerful currents, rafting lovers may face more challenges each day. Rapids come one after another in succession. We can also enjoy beautiful scenery during the trip.
Arun river white water rafting begin from Kartikeghat, the put-in-point, can be approached either by flight or by road. The trip requires, however, taking a mini trek to reach Kartikeghat either from the airstrip or the bus stop. It takes one-hour flight to Tumlingtar. It makes an excellent three days wildness trip from Tumlingtar, and the final two days on the Tamur make an exhilarating trip.
Day 01: Flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar then trek to Kartikeghat.
Day 02: Rafting from Katikeghat to Savaya Khola.
Day 03: Rafting continue from Savaya Khola to Megan Besi.
Day 04: Rafting continue from Megan Besi to Barachhetra.
Day 05: Rafting ends at Chatara then drive back to Kathmandu via Dharan.
Price: US$ 450.00 per person
Above price: Subject to change without prior notice!
Group size Minimum 2 person and Maximum 12 person in a group
- Professional rafting guides & safety kayakers.
- First Aid International Wilderness First-Aid.
- Professional safety kayakers & back up gear raft support.
- International name brand ISO certified rafting & kayaking equipment including full personal outfitting from essential paddles, helmets & life jackets to dry tops, wetsuits, dry bags, pelican boxes.
- Accommodation riverside camping /house during travels.
- We have top of the line camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, personal tents, tarpaulins, mattresses, sleeping bags etc.
- Meals (local tea house meals while trekking & western meals wile rafting & camping = breakfast, lunch & dinner daily).
- We provide fresh, delicious & hygienically prepared food while on the river, including tea, coffee & hot chocolate as well as drinking water.
- Round trip private bus transportation.
- River permits.
Cost does not Included
- Unrelated transportation, visas, travel documents, departure taxes etc.
- Local flights (note - there is an option to fly back from Birathnagar - Kathmandu at an additional cost).
- Items of a personal nature (toiletries, clothing, camera etc).
- Alcohol and junk food.
- Plastic bottled mineral water.
- We prefer to treat local stream water and help preserve our environment.
- We provide insurance for our crew - but participants must be properly insured through an emergency medical travel plan.
- We may offer trip photography at a small additional charge - please inquire!
- Tips for guides.
- If you feel that our crew did a great job, you are invited to offer.
- A personal Tip.
- Shorts / ½ pant.
- Sport sandals.
- Polypropylene / quick dry long shirts.
- Swim suit.
- Track pants / comfortable long pants.
- Warm fleece.
- Jacket (waterproof shell).
- Shoes (not big trekking boots).
- Pyjamas (something comfortable to sleep in).
- Warm hat (in cold months).
- Personal toiletries.
- Sunscreen / sunscreen lip protection.
- Water bottle.
- Head lamp / flash light.
- Personal first aid kit.
- Sleeping bag (if you do not have one – we will provide a complimentary rental).
- A little cash for treats & tips.
Arun River Rafting
Duration: 5 days
Feb-April and Oct-Dec
Price: US$ 250.00
Feb 06th ,13th ,20th,and 27th
Mar. 05th,12th,19th and 26th
Apr. 02nd,09th,16th, and 23rd
Oct: 01st,08th,15th and 22nd
Nov: 05th,12th,19th and 26th
Dec:03rd,10th,17th and 27th
Feb: 04th,11th,18th and 25th
Mar: 04th,11th,18th and 25th
April:-01st,08th,15th and 27th
Oct: 07th,14th,21st and 28th
Nov: 04th,11th,18th and 25th
Dec: 02nd,09th,16th, and 23rd
Rafting Grading system
In Nepal there are dissimilar the rafting category as a grade as per people’s feeling to rafting in river and water force. To really enjoy your rafting holiday it is important to prepare yourself physically and to choose a river that which grade’s river is suitable for you. For this reason we have graded our river to provide an indication of what is required. Please remember though, that only minimal exercise is required to prepare you for most of our trips.
Flat water (Skill Level: Very Basic)
These types of rivers are flat and slow moving. A river with a I grade listed will have some flat spots. A completely 1 graded river will be totally flat. This kind of river is good for sightseeing and relaxing. Rapti River in Chitwan is categorized 01 grade in Nepal.
Bubbling current (Skill level: basic paddling skill)
In grade II river some rough water, maybe some rocks, might require some maneuvering. This grad river is flat but moving little bit faster than grade I. Seti and Madi River are Graded 02 category in Nepal.
Technical & Exciting (Skill level: experienced paddling skills)
In a Grade III river, the rapids are becoming more serious and technical. Grade III and above can only be rafted with trained guides. This is a fun river with lots of excitement. In the river you will found small waves, maybe a small drop and some rapids.
Seriously big rapids (Skill level: whitewater experience)
Grade IV or above grad you required previous experience and good physical fitness. This is where the adrenaline gets going; grade iV River has a fast moving current with many big drops and rapids. This kind of river is action packed and needs technical paddling. In the river you will found medium waves, rocks, considerable drop. Bheri, Bhotekosi and Arun River are categorized as IV Grade River in Nepal.
The hair-raising limit (Skill level: advanced whitewater experience)
Grade V is a serious river not for the faint hearted, with a torrent like current and huge rapids this is the ultimate in white water adventures. In the river you will found large waves, large volume, large rocks, large drop, requires precise maneuvering. Sunkosi and Karnali River are grade 05 categories in Nepal.
un-navigable (Skill level: successful completion of a Class 6 rapid without serious injury)
Please note that most rivers contain more than one grading. For example a grade I –V river will contain elements of all four grades, flat spots, slower small rapids and some big fast rapids. The grade also varies depending on the season and the amount of water running down the river. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and huge drops.