Tamur (Grade 4+/5)
Fancy combining a little trekking with some world class rafting then “The Jewel in the East” is for you. Taking you for 130km, through 120 rapids and spectacular scenery, what more could you ask for?
Day 1: Leaving Kathmandu early we travel by bus to Dharan, where we stay overnight.
Day 2: From Dharan, we take a shorter journey by truck to Basantapur, a hill top market town. Here we will set up camp, pick up anything we didn’t bring from Kathmandu and organise porters for our trek to the river wilderness.
Day3-5: In the morning we will meet the porters who will carry our gear along the trail through villages and farms along a picturesque ridge. With the path winding gently up and down through woodlands and meadows up to a 10000 foot pass above the sacred lake Gupha Pokhari. From the ridge you can get views of the magnificent mountains Kanchenjunga, Everest and Makalu. We will stop overnight in camps where our team of porters and staff will provide hearty meals and the local villagers will stand and stare in wonder at what on earth we are carrying with us. On the afternoon of day 5 we will arrive at Dobhan, our rafting starting point. Here we will camp and prepare for the river trip.
Day 6-11: After breakfast we will set up the rafts and your rafting trip leader will give you all rafting safety equipment and a paddle and safety talk. It is important that you listen carefully as approximately the first 20km is one big rapid, no time for a warm up here. This continues for the next 5 days with a little mellow water in the middle. Each day we will paddle for roughly 5 hours, giving us plenty of chances to relax on sandy beaches and gear ourselves up for the next wild rapid. Unlike most rivers the Tamur gets a little steep towards the bottom and on day 11 we will be flushed down this challenging but fun section of rapids, cascading waves and chutes of foam.
Day 12: Today we enter the Terai and the river becomes the Sapta Kosi, made up of 7 rivers including the Tamur, Sun Kosi and Arun. A gentle paddle and some smaller rapids take us to Chatra, our take out point. From here it is onto the bus for the long journey back to Kathmandu, hot showers and a cold drink with friends where we can entertain with our tales from the river.