Tamur Rafting and Hiking Expedition

The ultimate combo trip - 2 days of Himalayan hiking, 6 days rafting Nepal's newest accessible river. 10 days.

  • Nepal
  • April, October
  • Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (KTM)

Tamur River Rafting is one of Nepal’s newest rivers open for rafting and kayaking commercially, gaining the name, “The Jewel of the East” for good reason. This sparkling river can only be accessed by three days of trekking on one of the most beautiful trails in Nepal boasting views of Everest and Kanchenjunga. With 120 rapids over 130km of river, this river has been described as some of the best whitewater in the world. This is the ultimate Nepal hiking and rafting combo trip. What’s included?

  • 6 days of rafting
  • 2 days of hiking
  • 2 nights in tea houses on the trek
  • 7 nights camping
  • Local, qualified, English-speaking guide
  • All rafting and camping equipment
  • All meals (including breakfast, lunch and dinner)
  • Over night bus transfers to/from Kathmandu
  • Porters
  • River Permits
  • Official trip photos

Optional flights to and from Biratnagar available to save two overnight bus journeys at start and end.

Perfect for: Class III+/-V rapids. Some previous rafting experience required. If you do not, you can join a day trip on the Trisuli before going on the Tamur rafting expedition.

Need To Know

  • Visas, insurance, travel documents
  • Personal insurance
  • Additional snacks
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for guides (optional)

You can usually expect 2 rafts on most trips (6-8 people on each), however if you are looking to visit us with a large group, we can offer the option of booking you a private trip.

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

With class II-II rapids, this trip is open to beginners, first-timers, and families. Your guide will teach you the basics but you will need to possess a moderate level of fitness as you can expect to spend around 6 hours a day paddling, depending on the season.

The trips have a large variety of food. For lunch, you can choose from foods such as pasta, salads, tuna, baked beans, cheeses, salami, biscuits, crisps, bread, fried rice and fruit. In the evenings, dinner can include garlic bread, french fries, Dal Bhat, chicken curry, mashed potato, Buffalo steak, chilli, Bolognese, custard, rice pudding, fruit salad, popcorn and prawn crackers.

There are also have lighter bites such as biscuits and bananas held in dry bags on the rafts for river time snacks.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

The summer and autumn are the high water seasons and during this time, the whitewater rafting is much more exciting and challenging. The June to August weather is hot and humid whereas by September to November, the weather will become milder.

During the dry season (December to May), the rapids pack a lot less punch than at high water times. This is not only the best time to learn to whitewater kayak, but you can make the most of the lower water with more rafting games, tubing and cliff jumps.

Your host will provide all the necessary equipment for rafting including PFD’s, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles - all at international standards and regularly checked

Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Sun cream
  • Shorts or cropped trousers and T-shirt you don’t mind getting wet
  • Clothes for travelling in
  • Sun glasses with sports strap
  • Capped hat
  • Teva style sandals or trainers
  • Warm fleece
  • Socks
  • Camera
  • Small amount of money for snacks and treats if you wish
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you for free)
  • 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
  • Pyjamas
  • Small wash kit - biodegradable products are preferred if you have them
  • Torch
  • Book, deck of cards or small travel games
  • Personal medication (please let us know of any pre-existing medical conditions before participating in any whitewater trip)

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

Start point?
Your kayaking adventure will start in Thamel or Pokhara on request. From here, you will be driven to Chauraudi.

Finish point?
The trip will end in Chatra. From here, your guide can drive you on to Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Thamel or Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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The Tamur River is the sixth largest river in Nepal, beginning in Kanchenjunga and finishing by joining the Sun Kosi in Tribenighat. The journey along this 131km river is very much through the unspoiled wilderness of eastern Nepal as the sides of the valley are wooded, with only a few villages and very little agriculture along the route.

Kathmandu is famed for its World Heritage sights with include of the holiest Hindu temples and one of the largest Buddhist Stupas in the world. Despite the 2015 earthquake which brought devastation to parts of the city, the heart of Kathmandu is as intoxicating and exciting as ever.

Start point?
Your kayaking adventure will start in Thamel or Pokhara on request. From here, you will be driven to Chauraudi.

Finish point?
The trip will end in Chatra. From here, your guide can drive you on to Kathmandu, Chitwan or Pokhara.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) in Kathmandu. Book whichever flight suits you best.

From Kathmandu, you’ll need to make your way to Thamel or Pokhara. Your host can assist you to make one of the following arrangements:

Your host will contact before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: Set off from Kathmandu

Head off on the bus from Kathmandu about 1pm on an overnight journey to Biratnagar.

Alternative: If you’d prefer to avoid the 20 hour bus journey, you can take an optional flight the following morning, where your guide will collect you. If you do that, day 1 is a free day for exploring Kathmandu. Accommodation in Kathmandu and flights are not included, but can be arranged as an optional extra when booking.

Day 2: Get to trek start point

The bus will meet any of the group on the early morning flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar, then all travel to trekking start point together and stay at teahouse.

Your first day will involve preparation and briefings as you get everything ready for the days ahead and get to know your team. Enjoy dinner and an early night, your trekking starts tomorrow.

Day 3 - 4: Trekking

For the next few days of your expedition, you will take to the hills as you trek from Dobhan to the Tamur River.

Prepare yourself for long days, which can be difficult in places. But don’t worry, you will have porters to carry your gear and Sherpas to guide the way. On the way, you can experience a taste of the real Nepal culture with some spectacular mountain views, including Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga. The highlight of the trail is the stunning lake at Gofa Pokhara, which is Instagrammers heaven.

You will stay in a tea house on the first night, before reaching the river put in on the second night and camping there.

Day 5 - 10: Whitewater Rafting

It’s time to hit the water! The river boasts non-stop whitewater, and whether you’re riding a raft or kayak, you’re in for the ride of your life over the 120 rapids along 130km of water. You and your team will camp on white sandy beaches and eat dinner around the camp fires most nights.

On the final river day, you reach Chatra around 1:00 pm. After heading to a friendly hotel for Dal Bhat lunch and a shower, you either join the overnight bus ride back to Kathmandu (15 hours approx), or optionally your guide will transfer you back to Biratnagar airport for the flight home that evening.

Day 11: Kathmandu

If you chose to take the bus back to Kathmandu, it will arrive early the following morning.

Accommodation

The first 2 nights during the trek are in simple teahouses - locally owned homestays. These are welcoming and friendly, but very basic.

On the river your host will provide all camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, mattresses, sleeping bags, tarps and personal tents. These will all be included for no additional charge, but if you would rather bring your own gear, feel free!

Alternative: If you’d prefer to avoid the overnight bus journey on Day 1 you can take an optional flight the following morning, where your guide will collect you. If you do that, day 1 is a free day for exploring Kathmandu. Accommodation in Kathmandu and flights are not included, but can be arranged as an optional extra when booking.

Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

Special requirements? Get a quote for a custom trip

Sorry, no private trips are currently available for this product. Try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Optional flights Biratnagar to Kathmandu Payable Before Departure
Flight at end from Biratnagar to Kathmandu to avoid bus journey. $171.00 Per Person
Optional flights Kathmandu to Biratnagar Payable Before Departure
Flight at start from Kathmandu to Biratnagar to avoid bus journey. $171.00 Per Person

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