Paddling trip of a lifetime : Lower Bhote Kosi, Balephi Khola , Sun Kosi & Tamur
Paddling trip of a lifetime : Lower Bhote Kosi, Balephi Khola , Sun Kosi & Tamur
Your Instructors: Matt Cooke
Onboard as guides for our Easter trip 2016 are Matt Cooke (UK) and Georgia Bhandari (AUS). Matt Cooke is a professional kayaker from North Wales, 35 and first trained with Georgia in Sydney during the 2003/4/5 Freestyle World Championships. Since then Matt, Georgia and her husband Ram Bhandari (NEP) have been running kayaking and rafting trips to Nepal.
Matt has been kayaking for 30 years and raft guiding for 20 and has made his way through most disciplines of paddle sport and has represented GBR in Slalom, Freestyle and Extreme Racing Globally Since 1995, Matt has furthered his travels through the medium of coaching and guiding for kayak and raft groups reaching old school Kayak L4 and L4 aspirant Raft Guide and has been representing Team Pyranha since 2010.
Matt is now a student in Wales, studying Film and Media. For 20 years, one of Matt’s many passions is to document his trips using film, photos and articles. It is good for coaching purposes and always nice to leave your trip with personal portfolio and a movie. Here is a link to our Karnarli trip that Matt produced in 2012.
Georgia Bhandari discovered kayaking on the Yarra River in Melbourne on an Outdoor Education trip at school. Georgia has competed in freestyle kayaking since 1999 and was the Australian Champion for four years. She was on Team Dagger for a few years and then became Team Bliss-stick. She has represented Australia and competed in the World Freestyle Championships in New Zealand, Spain, Austria and Australia as well as extreme races in New Zealand, Italy and Tasmania.
She has completed first descents in Nepal and Tibet and has also been a member of the women’s rafting team that won the Australian National Championships. She has worked in many countries around the world on some amazing rivers. She is now living in Eltham, Melbourne and works 3 days a week teaching Health and Physical Education at a Steiner influenced Primary School.
We are running 4 different rivers within 15 days and they are the best beginner, intermediate river trips in Nepal. These river corridors are the ideal place to learn about kayaking and rafting and improve your skills. This expedition is designed for beginner to intermediate and advance kayakers and rafters and there will be day to day teaching. Participating in this trip will be helping rebuild the community and create jobs for Nepal’s tourism.
Paddling with Matt & Georgia is a lifetime opportunity to be taught by well renowned kayaking instructors and rafting guides in the world. Let’s go have some fun!!
April 1st Day 1 When you arrive into Kathmandu airport, you will be met by the Whitewater Adventures Nepal Expedition Leader and transferred to the hotel to relax or recover from jetlag. In the evening, we will have a welcome dinner and talk about the trip.
- Not included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
April 2nd Day 2 Spend the day fitting your boats, getting them to your liking and getting ready for our multiday trip journey! In the afternoon, approximately 5 to 6pm we will hold our pre-departure meeting.
- Not included: Lunch and Dinner
April 3rd Day 3 After breakfast we will take you to our bus from your hotel which is five or ten minutes and we will put all the bags in the bus. We will drive approximately 2 and a half hrs to the lower Bhote Kosi River. On a clear day, you will get magnificent views of the Everest Mountain Range. Paddle beautiful class 2- 3 whitewater. We will have lunch along the way. Camp on the river bank.
April 4th Day 4 Paddle the Baleph Khola river taking in stunning views of Dorje Himal if there is not too much cloud cover. The Balephi Khola is one of the smaller tributaries of the Sun Kosi and is a lovely tight boulder strewn river with crystal clear water. We will paddle this lovely jewel of a river down into the Sun Kosi River. We will set up camp on the banks of the Sun Kosi.
April 5th Day 5 Have breakfast early morning and drive approximately five to six hours to the Sun Kosi River starting put in point which is just above Baseri village. After we get to the put in point unload everything from the bus and get all set for an hour or two’s paddle downstream on nice easy class 1 and 2 whitewater. Set up camp just above the Likhu Khola and settle for the night. Get prepared for our lovely Sun Kosi multi day expedition trip from the following day, onward for six days.
April 6th – 11th Day,6-11 The Sun Kosi has been described as one of the best white water trips in the world. Big volume rapids, beautiful scenery, warm water and excellent beaches for camping. The river travels from the northern part of Nepal and travels all the way east to the terai, flat lands of Nepal. All the major rivers from the Himalayas drain into the Sun Kosi and the river increases giving a feeling of power. You will travel through lush jungle, rice paddies and pass small villages. Monkeys, deer and many species of birds inhabit the Sun Kosi river corridor. Class 2- 4+ rapids over 6 days paddling around 155 kms from the put in at Baseri Village just above Likhu khola and take out at Chatra, this is truly a wonderful experience. We will be camping along the way on river beaches, which are perfect for early morning stretching or yoga sessions and relaxing after paddling.
** The Sun Kosi River now of year is perfect for those who are looking to learn kayaking, with open flat sections, big eddies to practice skills and eskimo rolling at lunchtimes and the campsites. There is the option to portage all the big rapids. 🙂
April 11th Day 11 Paddle about an hour in the morning to the take out Chatra. We will have a traditional Nepalese dhal bhat lunch and then pack our bus and drive up to the put in of the Tamur river which is approximately 2 hrs drive. After unloading our gear at the put in at Mulghat we will paddle a couple of kilometers on fun class 2 whitewater to a lovely river beach where we can relax and enjoy the new river environment. The Tamur River drains from Mt. Kanchenjunga which is the third highest peak in the world.
April 12th Day 12 Today is a full day paddling down the Tamur River with over 25 rapids grading from 2-4. There is an option to raft this section. This section is truly a fantastic and super fun day of whitewater. Camp at the confluence of the Sun Kosi and Tamur rivers.
April 13th Day 13 Paddle down to the take out of the Sun Kosi river stopping along the way at the Bharah temple. Lunch and then overnight bus journey back to Kathmandu which approximately 14 to 16 hours.
NB: There is the option to take a 40-minute flight back to Kathmandu from Biratnager at the end of the river trip. If you decide to fly this will an add extra night in the hotel on your package. If you fly we can organize flight ticket and extra night hotel cost with it. The total of flight and 1 night’s extra accommodation and will cost around $US 185 to $US 200 (additional cost).
- Not included: Dinner This is if you fly.
April 14th Day 14 Arrive in Kathmandu early morning around 8 am and go to hotel have a hot shower and relax. Enjoy some last-minute shopping for gifts and get ready for the celebration dinner with the group.
- Not included: Lunch and Dinner
April 15th Day 15 Fly home after breakfast, we will drop you to the airport.
- Not Included: Lunch and Dinner
Cost Include / Cost Exclude
What is included:
- Food (while on the rivers)
- Camping gear
- Sleeping bag
- Mattress foam one
- Dry bag
- Kayak included but if you want to bring your own kayak please bring so it will be more comfortable
- Paddle raft and gear boats supported
- All the cooking and kitchen equipment
- Satellite phone
- Comprehensive wilderness first aid kit
- River maps
- 3 nights’ accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu two nights before the trip and one night after the trip. If you need to book extra nights out of the package please clarify that to (WHITEWATER ADVENTURES NEPAL). If you choose to spend additional nights you must pay extra and we can recommend budget, deluxe or five star hotels depending on your needs. Of course, the prices will vary. Please let us know if you need extra accommodation and we can organize that for you.
- Airport pick up and drop off
- Professional standard river guides and safety kayaker
- Private bus to put in and take out
- Twin share room in hotel
- Nepalese visa (this cost US$65 for 30 days and you need two passport photos) this can be issued on arrival in Kathmandu.
- Extra snacks on the river and meals in Kathmandu
- Extra Beverages for on the river i.e.) alcohol and soft drinks
- Tips for the local guides at the end of the trip.
- Local Domestic Flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu
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