Sun Kosi River Expedition

This Nepal adventure holiday offers an experience of the most exciting of outdoor adventure activities – a 8 day river expedition of white water rafting and Kayaking in Nepal.  Known by the Nepalese as the ‘River Of Gold’, the Sun Kosi starts near the Tibetan border and travels right through the heart of Nepal to the confluence with the Ganges. Described as one of the best white water rafting trips in the world, with big rapids, warm water, beautiful scenery, a fine ‘jungle corridor’, and great camping.

The Sun Kosi river starts at about 100 cumecs flow and by the ‘jungle corridor’ reaches 400 cumecs (equivalent to the Grand Canyon-Colorado), and reaches a flow of 800 cumecs by the end of the trip. The river takes the form of flat sections in between the rapids, which allows time to relax and take in the local villages and scenery and pick and choose which sections you wish to run.

The trip caters for all abilities from those purely wishing to experience the thrills of white water rafting, or those looking to experience kayaking in Nepal, to the experienced kayaker wanting to paddle with full raft support allowing empty kayaks and loads of great river features to play on.

Unique to this trip adventure holiday, we also offer kayak instruction where required. This is designed to cater for a range of participants, from those with limited experience right through to advanced level. You will have the ability to pick and choose the sections of river to paddle, based on how confident you are, and the option to raft any sections you choose not to paddle by loading the kayaks, and jumping into a raft.

Our highly qualified coaches have years of experience white water rafting and kayaking in Nepal, and will work alongside you on the river to build your kayak and rafting ability and confidence along the journey.

Day 1 – Arrive Kathmandu – Spend the evening in Hotel

Day 2 – Depart Kathmandu early morning to Sukute Beach Camp – spend the afternoon having a warm up paddle on the Bhoti Kosi River. Spend the evening at the beach camp resort.

Day 3 – Depart for the 9 day expedition down the Sunk Kosi, having packed all of the rafts and equipment for our trip. A fairly easy grade 2 run and a relaxing first day takes us away from the roads and into the heart of the villages, to our first sandy beach to camp out under the stars. With freshly prepared food supplied each day and Rum Punches around the fire each night, you soon get into the routine of camp life where all are encouraged to assist and join in.

Day 4 – A more exciting day with two big class rapids “No exit” (an easy grade 3) and “Meatgrinder” (grade -4). The Tamba Kosi joins the Sun Kosi doubling the volume of the river before reaching camp located near a beautiful Shiva temple overlooking the confluence.

Day 5 – After some easier sections for the first hour or two we come to two rapids “Punch and Judy” with straight forward routes and good play spots for the kayakers. Several kilometres below the confluence of the Likhu Khola we negotiate the, “Anxiety” series of rapids, including, pre, post and “High Anxiety”. There is plenty of time to look at the rapids and watch each other for possible good photo’s!! Again this section is interspersed with flatter scenic sections of grade 1-2 water.

Day 6 – Today we arrive at Hakapur bazaar with a village stop to restock on snacks and beverages! It also gives us chance to view one of the largest and most difficult rapids on the river Hakapur II. (grade 4/5). There is plenty of scope for walking around, white water rafting or kayaking if you fancy it! We camp beyond the confluence of the Sun Kosi and Dudh Kosi, which drains Mt Everest.

Day 7 – “Jaws” I, II & III’ are the main rapids for this day again with plenty of sections in between for those wishing to work on techniques and improve personal skill levels. “Rhino Rock” is the last fun rapid on this day marking our camp above the Jungle Corridor.

Day 8-10 – Thicker vegetation promotes the name “jungle corridor” for this next section of river with nearly six major rapids in 10 km, roller coaster big waves and stunning plants and wildlife.  Lunch stop at a great cascading waterfall, perfect for showering off and having a break after the adventure of the day.

We spend a relaxing morning floating through stunning landscapes on the last day rafting, soaking up the sun and watching the world go by as the river widens and the foothills get smaller. The “Big Dipper” is the last big rapid on the river and a fitting finale to the Sun Kosi. Huge standing waves and a giant hole separate you between the Himalaya and the northern plains of India.
After the confluence of the Arun Rivers the foothills dramatically give way to flat lands of the Terai and the take out point, Chatra. Here you have two options as to how you get back to Kathmandu:
Option 1 – Take a long bus journey through the night, arriving in Kathmandu in the early hours of the following day (day 11) (discounts can be made if you choose this option)
Option 2 – Catch an internal flight back to Kathmandu and spend the evening of Day 10 in a hotel on a B&B basis – our costs include this flight.

Passport Information

Your passport must have at least six months valid duration at the time of travel. We will also need a copy of your passport for our files in the UK. We also advise you carry photo copies off your passport whilst travelling.

Visa Information

For all up-to-date visa information please visit: You can get your Visa upon arrival in Nepal or you can send off for it in advance by printing of the application form from the website listed above. The Visa takes a minimum of 2 weeks for you to get it back.

Medical Information

For all up-to-date medical information please visit: This website will inform you which inoculations you need for the countries you are travelling to, and all advice on medical kit you may want to take with you. Inoculations must be done at least 6 weeks prior to your trip departure.

Flight Information

Live the Adventure has a dedicated flight account manager at STA Travel who understands the intricacies of our travel itineraries. If you complete the form on our Check Flights page it will be sent to STA Travel and also to Live the Adventure. If you would prefer to talk through any details with Live the Adventure first i.e. before completing the STA Travel Flight Enquiry Form below, please call us on 01746 718 436. We are very happy to talk through and recommend arrival and departure scenarios to fit in with your choosen travel itineraries, as well as different flight options and stop overs before you confirm or book your international flights and help make your flight booking process as smooth and as hassle free as possible.

Once your flights are booked, we will also need a copy of all your flight information.

Insurance Information

We have worked with many companies that supply insurance for our trips. Should you need any assistance with this we can put you in contact with them. We advise that you take your insurance out straight away so that if anything was to happen from now to the trip departure date then you will be able to claim. Your insurance must cover you for the whole of the trip and all the activities listed in your Trip Itinerary. We will need you to send us a full copy of your insurance policy before your trip departs it. Please refer to the terms and conditions pages on our website for further details of the cover required.

Please enquire regarding upcoming dates : £1300.00 GBP per person

This cost includes:
All River guides
All safety equipment
All camping equipment
All meals and accommodation on the River and at Sukute beach camp on twin/double occupany basis
Internal transportation as described on your itinerary
Accommodation on a B&B basis in Kathmandu on the first and last night on twin/double occupany basis
Internal flight at the end of the Sunkosi River Trip

This cost does not include:
International flights
Personal spending money
Guide gratuities
Meals in Kathmandu
Any soft or alcoholic beverages

Privately Guided Closed Trips: This trip can be privately guided for a minimum of 8 people with dates can be chosen to suit you.

Please contact us to check availability before completing this booking form. A 25% deposit is required with all bookings.  Once we have received your completed booking form and deposit you will receive a full set of joining instructions including kit list.

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Sun Kosi River Expedition


Trip Rating

This trip can be arranged as a private itinerary, dates to suit you, for a minimum of 8 people.


£1300.00 GBP per person


10 or 11 days

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