Rafting in Nepal
Rafting in Nepal : Perhaps the most important thing: 15 years experience running professional river expeditions in Nepal and world-wide. In the last eight years of operation in Nepal we have run every commercial first descent of rivers in Nepal. We run high water trips on all Nepal’s wild rivers and this experience shows in all we do.
- Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership, private ground transportation, porters and permits.
- Tasty and carefully prepared western meals, rum punch, tea, coffee and snacks. We always offer a vegetarian option and can cater to special diets.
- State-of-the-art Equipment: self bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, wetsuits on certain rivers, dry bags for gear, tents, and camera barrels.
What to Bring?
Personal Equipment: The less luggage you have to carry around the more you will enjoy yourself. Clothing should ideally be light weight, dry quickly, and provide insulation even when wet. Synthetic fibres are preferable to cotton on the river for this reason. Here is a fairly extensive to serve as a guide…
For Camping and Travelling
- A sleeping bag and pad. Your sleeping bag should be a two to three season bag, either down or synthetic filled. A foam pad or Thermarest sleeping mattress is mandatory for a good nights sleep. For those who do not have a sleeping bag and pad, they can be rented easily in Kathmandu or Pokhara for about fifty cents a day.
- Lightweight pants.
- Cotton underwear.
- Light weight long sleeved shirt or T-shirt. We use these as sunscreen in camp….don’t worry about getting enough sun, you will.
- A fleece style jacket. Polypropylene or wool is preferable.
- Toiletries: keep it to a minimum, and forget the cosmetics…., you won’t have a chance to use them. Bring plenty of moisturising lotion.
- Spare glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.
- Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries.
- River sandals like Teas or Alps are the preferred footwear on the river. It is essential that all rafters have footwear that they can wear in the raft which will not come off in the event of a swim , as this is considered standard safety equipment. Old running shoes will also do.
- Shorts or a swimming costume.
- A sarong for women (a long piece of cloth wrapped around your waist) is another good option, and can be purchased cheaply in Nepal. This is invaluable for visiting villages and respecting local custom for dress.
- A baseball style cap and good sunglasses are absolutely essential. Sunglasses should be equipped with a retaining device to keep them on your face where they belong.
- Sunscreen (spf 15 or or greater and waterproof) is essential DON’T FORGET LIP BALM, SPF 15 MINIMUM!
For Trekking (Karnali, Marsyangdi and Tamur Expeditions)
- A day pack for the trek to the river.
- Long sleeved thermal top and bottoms (long underwear).
- Light and medium weight weaves are the handiest.
- Walking shoes or light weight hiking boots are a must. People who are used to walking long distances over uneven terrain will do fine with light hiking shoes or even running shoes. Some of the guides will do the trip in Teas, but if you saw their feet, you’d opt for better footwear. Heavy mountaineering boots are more of a burden than a blessing.
- Toilet paper and a lighter- nice to have a spare.
- Small binoculars for wildlife viewing in the national parks.
- Camera and film. Also bring a good cleaning kit, as field conditions are harsher than in towns. Spare batteries are also handy.
- Fishing equipment.
- Walk/Discman and tunes.
- Reading and writing material.
- Personal first aid kit.
Perhaps the most important thing you can bring is a good mental attitude…
There is not a lot you can buy on a river in Nepal, bearing that in mind you will not need to take much in the way of money,We’ll fill you in on the beer kitty when you get here. Chocolate, sweets and cigarettes are seldom available anywhere on the rivers; so bring a few treats for yourself, they can be great bargaining chips for that massage you may need on the layover day
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