Bhotekoshi River Rafting

River Facts

Bhotekoshi RaftingDifficulty in Nov: 4 (5)
From: Borderiand Resort (Alt. 1020m)
To: The Dam (Alt. 760m)
Distance: 17 km
River Days: 1-2
From Kathmandu: 5 hours
Av. Gradient: 16 m/km (80 ft a mile)
Volume in Nov.: 40 cms (1200 cfs)
Best Season: Oct-Dec, Mar-May


A beautiful steep mountain river only a few hours drive from Kathmandu offering two days of intense and challenging activity.

The River

“Bhote” roughly translates as “river from Tibet” so there are quite a lot of rivers with this name in Nepal. This Bhote koshi is the main branch of the Sun koshi and it has been descended by kayak from near the Tibetan border at Kodari. The river is followed by the Araniko Highway from Kathmandu to Lhasa, so access and scouting are relatively easy. The upper valley above Barhabise is impressively narrow with steep hill sides shooting up over 2000 m from the river, and there are some dramatic and scenic gorges down at river level. Just to drive up the highway and look at the river is like reading an erotic novel – it quickens the blood and excites and mind!

Technically, the Bhote koshi ends just after Bahrabise where the Sun koshi joins as a stream from the left: we have taken our description down to the dam at Lamasangu as this is the usual run. There is a new hydro scheme near Kodari and proposals for other schemes that if implemented at some time in the future, will mean that almost all of the river will be diverted.


The Bhote koshi I sprobably the most exciting short rafting trip in Nepal and has been variously described as

“Like a pin-ball machine – and you’re the ball”
“Line being flushed down an open air toilet”.

This isn’t the raft trip for everyone, but if you’re into fun., challenge, intense physical activity, and non-stop action then this could be you. It makes a great climax for any teams who have just finished a longer multi-day raft trip and want to continue the adrenaline high that white water induces.

River Map

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Bhotekoshi River Rafting Map