Arun River Rafting
The Arun is respected as one of the most mighty and powerful rivers of Nepal.
The lower valley is in parts quite well populated with a wide variety of different tribes. The whole area is relatively un-spoilt, and sees only a few trekking groups, mainly taking the Eastern approach to Everest and Makalu Base Camp.
We schedule rafting trips on the Arun every year. Tumlingtar is the obvious and most convenient starting point and we recommends that you fly here as it is only a short direct flight from Kathmandu and only forty minute’s walk from the river. The 70 km down to Chatra has been kayaked in a day, but normally makes a relaxed 3 day raft trip and you can then fly back to Kathmandu from Biratnagar.
The powerful Arun River: The 70 km river action takes 5 to 6 days. The return journey from Chatara, the take-out point, is 14 to 16 hours to Kathmandu. The powerful current and large water volume ensure huge and impressive rapids are encountered the length of this river journey from Bumling makes a excellent 05 to 06 days River trip and 03 days wilderness trip with Most of the rapids can be challenging and technically class 04 to 05 class and pristine canyons together 09 days . we can offer this trip with one way flight to Tumlingtar to reach the starting point of the river and getting necessary gear there makes it a bit an expensive trip.
Accessibility, Location and Timetable:
The journey to the put-in point for the Arun River involves a 18 hour Journey by bus, with transportation arranged by Mountain River Rafting to Khadbari followed by a 03 day wilderness trip to the village of Bumbling. Or Fly to Tumlingtar is more Logistic and makes inexpensive trips. Start walking from Tumlingtar to Bumbling it takes again 03 days trekking to the put in point. The 70 km river action takes 5 to 6 days. The return journey from Chatara, the take-out point, is 14 to 16 hours to Kathmandu. It is also possible to arrange a flight from Biratnagar (1 hour road journey from Chatara) to Kathmandu in additional cost.
The powerful current and large water volume make sure huge and remarkable rapids are encountered the length of this river journey. The rapids can be technically and challenging compound.
This spectacular river is only available for those undertaking an expedition. The scenery on both the trekking and river journey is supreme and pure. The Arun is one of the most powerful whitewater current and fasted rivers in Nepal, cutting through the High Himalaya with deep and awesome gorges, green valleys and excellent riverside beaches.
The Arun is an excellent choice for a long whitewater rafting trip for those who are seeking a true adventure and the thrill of encountering huge rapids in an peaceful setting. It is the first choice for those wanting an whitewater expedition into the wilderness area.
September - December
Approx. 300 cumecs
January - May
Approx. 200 cumecs
June - August
Approx. 450 cumecs
Trip Preparation and pre-departure meeting
Before heading every outdoor trip we would like to request to our guests to be gathered at our office for pre-departure meeting as it is also prime concern to introduce with our team-Trip Leader, Guides, trip staffs and other guests, complete official formalities, discuss about the trip system, timetable and other important matters to make your happy journey successful.
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Equipments and Services we provide for the trip
Best quality self-bailing inflatable raft, Whitewater safety helmet, modern plastic paddle, neoprene-wetsuit, PFD-lifejacket, Dry top Jacket, Waterproof Container/Barrel for camera and valuables things, Dry bag, First-Aid Kits and Tents/mass fly sheet and sleeping mat, other necessary camping gear cooking utensils, hygienically prepared food and drinks.
Things you need to bring for the trip
River wear gear: shorts- half pant, T-shirts (long sleep for sun protection), swim wear, Sun Cap/Glass/Cream, personal water bottle, a pair of river sandals.
For the camp site wear: Personal sleeping bag, lightweight shirts, Trouser/pant, under garments socks, a towel, light shoe, Fleece type pullover, flash light, personal toiletries, camera, reading and writing materials, medication recommended by your doctor.
Mountain River Rafting team takes safety issues very seriously for every rafting trip and believe every happy outdoor trip is a safe one. Our team members have updated training courses - AR/CPR, Wildness First-Aid and Whitewater Rescue Technician conducted by Rescue 3 International. Besides in every trip also provides expert safety kayaker for rescue and make your rafting journey with us more comfort and enjoyable.
Care of Environment
The care of environment is our prime concern responsibility to protect the wildness resources of Nepal for future generation. We practice and follow minimum impact polices on our every outdoor journey- by using gas or kerosene as a cooking fuel instead of local firewood. Moreover by disposing and cleaning both biodegradable and non-degradable properly from the campsite.
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