Nepal 2017 – Tamur white water raft
Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience some of the finest white water rivers in the world and trek the amazing Nepali wilderness
As we discovered in November 2015 Nepal as a holiday destination is fantastic. A kingdom steeped in history and dominated by the majestic Himalayas, it enthralls all who enter.
Nepal as a holiday destination is fantastic. A kingdom steeped in history and dominated by the majestic Himalayas, it enthrals all who enter. One of the best ways to explore and discover this remarkable land is to get away from the towns and roads and embark on a trekking and rafting expedition.
Having had such an epic adventure we have decided to run another white water trip to share our amazing experiences.
The Tamur river certainly lives up to its name – “The Jewel in the East”. This sparkling river hails its waters from the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world, which straddles Nepal’s border in the east. The Tamur has an immense feeling of power pushing you through the vast scenic gorges of the Nepalese Mountain ranges.
- Collection from Kathmandu airport on arrival
- 2 night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Internal flight to Biratnagar plus transfer to camp.
- 3 day trek (this does not involve mountaineering)
- 6 days of rafting
- Return internal flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu
The Tamur river itself is accessed by three days of trekking, and in its 131 raftable kilometre length, there are some 120 rapids, which ensure you are going to be in for the ride of your life, with the non-stop white water. The unspoilt and barely inhabited environments of this river make for an unforgettable trip. A chance for you to leave the stresses and strains of modern living behind.
This trip has been described as “one photo opportunity after another as views of the majestic Himalayan peaks, Kachengunga, Makalu, and Everest will capture your heart and be sure to keep your shutter clicking. Probably the best combination trip in Nepal- magnificent white water, a beautiful unspoilt valley, combined with one of the most scenic treks in Nepal.”
To dispel myths, Nepal is a lovely WARM destination. So, despite being home to some of the world’s highest peaks, it is still on the same latitude as Florida so we will be rafting in warm, sunny weather. The temperature will be between 20-35C and the water temperature will be 17C.
Saturday 22nd April: Depart UK
Sunday 23nd April: Day 1
You will be met by a member of the OFC local team at the airport and then transferred to your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. You will then have time to settle in, shower and have some downtime. If you are up for it, and depending on the time that you arrive, we can take you to one of the temples nearby to watch the sunset before enjoying a nice meal in one of the many restaurants and bars in Thamel.
Included: Airport pickup and transfer from the airport. A night’s hotel accommodation
Monday 24 April: Day 2
Breakfast followed by a short scenic flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar. We will then drive to Basantapur where we will set up camp
Tuesday 25 April – 27: Day 3 -5
We will organize the porters and begin the trek to Dobhan. Days are long and the trail can be difficult in places, this is a real expedition! Watch in awe as Nepalese porters clad in flip flops carry everything needed for the trip as we begin a spectacular journey to the river through rhododendron forests. The porters will also carry our personal gear and the Sherpas will guide the way. Camp is an extravagant affair with Sherpa cook teams preparing a well-deserved meal. After a hearty breakfast each morning, our trek takes us over a 10,000ft pass above the sacred lake at Gopa Pokhara rewarding us with stunning views of Kachengunga, Makalu and the majestic Mount Everest. We descend through terraced rice paddies and mountain villages which lead us to the river.
Starting the day with some yoga
Included: All meals
Friday 28th April – 3rd May: Day 6- 11
After a comprehensive safety talk we put on the river and take on some of the most challenging white water in Nepal. This river is a white water delight with one rapid leading into the next. Steep canyon walls enclose the river and the rapids are powerful and continuous – many of which are unnamed. As the river opens up we pass by small fishing villages and watch wild monkeys on the river banks. The final day on the Tamur is considered, “one of the finest river days in the world” by white water experts. Continuous class IV and IV+ rapids define the reason for the Tamur’s reputation as one of Nepal’s finest river / trek combinations. We end the day in Chatra after 6 fantastic days on the river. We then fly back to Kathmandu, after long hot showers a bit of sightseeing and shopping we be reunited with the crew and all join for a celebration last night dinner; telling tales and planning our next adventure.
Included: All meals
Thursday 4th of May
Return to the UK
Fly back to the UK or continue your Nepali adventure!
Included: transfers to the airport
- All camping equipment including tents, shelters, air mattresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents, toilet.
- All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided.
- Internal flight to and from Kathmandu.
- All equipment, including helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc. All equipment is international standard and regularly checked
- All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers, are fluent in English and hold up to date First Aid training.
The cost also includes;
- River permits
- Gear Raft support
- Extensive medical kit
- Trip photos – make sure you bring a USB stick along with you
What’s not included:
- Flights from the UK to Kathmandu
- Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc.
- Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, cameras etc)
- Personal insurance
- Alcohol and additional snacks
- Optional tips for guides
Travel insurance. To travel with us you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity
£1395 including internal flights
“This was an experience I’ll never forget. The whole expedition was run very efficiently and the guys on the team were outstanding throughout, especially from a safety point of view which was a big reason why I chose this company in the first place. Even though I signed up for the rafting I got the opportunity to try out kayaking on several occasions which was great fun, and as for the food, what can I say except that it was without a doubt the best food I’ve ever had on an expedition as long as this one.
So thanks for a fantastic time and a once-in-a lifetime experience!”
“The whole diverse life culture and experience made it a complete expedition trip . Every day something new to see experience and appreciate life .” Ray K
“The rafting surpassed all expectations! The scenery on the river was superb.” Charlotte W
“The food provided during the camping part of the trip was exceptional. How the lads created the meals they did was unbelievable!” Andy A
This is my first rafting trip – is it safe?
Our professional guides will teach you everything you need to know. Before each activity, we provide a full safety briefing and demonstration, making sure everyone on board knows exactly how to follow the guide’s instructions and how to actively participate as a team. We will also teach you how to be rescued by our safety kayakers in case you fall out of the raft. With years of experience our guides are the best in the industry and they will take very good care of you!
Of course, every adventure activity carries an element of risk which is what makes it exciting. With our intensive international training, state of the art equipment and comprehensive emergency preparedness, we have reduced the risks as much as possible and feel extremely confident in operating fun, exciting and safe adventures.
How are the rivers rated for their rapids?
Water volume and technical hazards determine a rapids grade.
- Class I-II are small and simple waves.
- Class III/III+ are exciting, but not too difficult or technical.
- Class IV/IV+ provide a great adrenalin rush with the chance of falling out or flipping the raft.
- Class V is extreme, challenging, potentially scary and usually requires a great deal of scouting and is the highest level we run in Nepal with only our absolute best guides in charge.
Please understand that Mother Nature makes the rules in all outdoor pursuits, and often rivers, trails, roads change making rapid levels constantly fluctuate from season to season.
What kind of food can I expect when out rafting?
We are very proud of our crew’s culinary ability! We offer both Western & Nepali dishes with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Meals are always provided as buffet, so you can help yourself to what you like and avoid what you don’t. Treated stream drinking water is always provided.
Breakfast includes tea, coffee & hot chocolate ready early as well as cornflakes with powder milk and sometimes yogurt. Then we have full cooked breakfast with a variety of options ranging from eggs, toast, breakfast potatoes & veg, pancakes, porridge, fruit etc.
Lunch includes a combination of bread, cheese, salami, tuna, sardines, baked beans, variety of salads, fresh fruit and biscuits etc.
Once we arrive at camp we have tea, coffee & hot water prepared as quickly as possible, followed by snacks such as popcorn, papadum and sometimes soup.
Dinner includes a combination of pasta , curries, steamed or stir fried vegetables,the option of local Nepalese dhal bhat and even the odd BBQ.
What kind of footwear do I need?
For trekking you will need comfortable walking boots/trainers.
For our rafting & kayaking trips, a sport sandal which stays on your foot is the best option. Some common brands are Teva or Chaco which are available here in Nepal.
What happens with my luggage?
We will provide you with a stuff sack to pack what you wish to bring on the river with you. Once we arrive at the put-in point, we will put all stuff sacks in our 99% water proof dry bags. Any valuable items, or things you wish to have access to through the day, such as cameras, medicine, extra eye contact lenses & sunscreen etc, will be packed in smaller waterproof bags.
Your extra luggage can be left at our office in Kathmandu.
How fit do I have to be?
A basic level of physical fitness is required on all of our trips.
What do I need to bring?
Please note that when on any outdoor adventure, it is smart to bring quick dry, natural and breathable clothing and to pack in layers to be prepared for change in weather.
If you have any other questions you would like to ask then please do not hesitate to contact us.