This is the longest
river trip offered in Nepal, traversing 270 km through the beautiful
Mahabharat Range on its meandering way from the put in at Dolalghat
to the take out at Chatara, far down on the Gangetic Plain. It is quite
an experience to begin a river trip just 3-hours out of Kathmandu, barely
60-km from the Tibet border, and end the trip looking down the hot,
dusty gun barrel of the North Indian Plain just a week later.
The Sun Kosi starts
off fairly relaxed, with class II and small class III rapids to warm
up on during the first couple of days. Savvy guides will take this
opportunity to get the teams to work with exquisite precision, as on
the third day the rapids become more powerful and frequent, with high
water trips finding themselves astonished at just how big a wave in
a river can get. While the lower sections of large volume rivers are
usually rather flat, the Sun Kosi reserves some of its biggest and best
rapids for the last days. At the right flow it is an incredible combination
of powerful whitewater, stunning scenery, villages, and truly quiet
and introspective evenings along what many people consider to be one
of the world's ten classic river journeys.
" My time
in Nepal with your company was the high point of my world travels. The
special Nepal you shared gave me real insights into the wonderful, controlled
chaos of Asia. It was the best! "
Fry, Sunkoshi '93