Sun Koshi | River of Gold

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 6 Days
  • Challenge level : Moderate
  • Group size :2 - 18 People
  • Best TimeSpring / Autumn
  • Destination :Nepal

About Sun Koshi | River of Gold

If you want to tick off your bucket list, the Sun Koshi as one of your rivers to paddle then why you shouldn’t you?  It’s great fun, bouncy and has exciting pool drop rapids

*Beautiful beach camping

*Pass through remote villages, jungle and waterfalls

*It is Nepal’s original river expedition

The Sun Kosi is the longest trip in river miles offered in Nepal and is rated as one of the top ten river expeditions in the world.

Starting near the Tibetan border and draining off the Eastern Himalayas all the way to the sacred Ganges River in India, this river offers big volume whitewater. A journey down this “river of gold” impresses any rafting or kayaking enthusiast with relaxing canyons, refreshing waterfalls, bat caves, interesting temples, beautiful white sandy beaches for setting up camp and of course a great variety of whitewater.

If you are looking for a long river expedition with a nice variety of scenery and access to villages along the way, then the “river of gold” is a classic choice. AHN also offer lots of trip with combinations and durations with this trip so please ask our friendly office staff.

We also offer Sun Koshi river journeys for beginner to intermediate kayakers. If you are interested to improve your paddling skill from grade 1 up to be able to paddle to paddle grade 3+ then this one for you. This river has a few grade five rapids as well but those rapids are one or few days from the end of the trip which means the first four days of the river trip is just graded to 1 to 3. When we get to the grade four or five rapids you will jump on the raft to ride the waves and then the river changes to flat water and you can get back in your kayak.

We can do the Sun Kosi expedition either from 7 days to 10 days and this depends on which season and how many days’ participants want to paddle for.

Rapids grade 4+

  • Departing from Kathmandu or Pokhara Adventure Hub Nepal Office, 6:30am (private bus)
  • Rafting/Kayaking starting point is Dolalghat 3 hours’ drive from Kathmandu
  • Finishing point is Chatara, 15 hours’ overnight bus journey to Kathmandu

(there is option to fly back from Biratnagar to Kathmandu if you don’t want drive 15 hours over night bus journey, flight time is 40 minutes and the cost is around $180 USD but this all depends on the seasonal cost)

Adventure Hub Nepal can organise for you to get Pokhara as well, just talk to our friendly staff. (tourist, local or private bus)


This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described.
Be aware that all time stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather, Trekking route, river level and road conditions.

What's included


  • All Permits and entry fee
  • Food and accommodation (while on the river trip)
  • Foam mattress and tent if you require one ( sleeping gabs if you don't have one please don't buy them just for trip you can hire one in Nepal and its very heap to do that)
  • Kayak and Paddle raft and gear boats
  • All the cooking and kitchen equipment
  • Satellite phone
  • Comprehensive wilderness first aid kit
  • Sun Kosi river map
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in hotel in Kathmandu one night before the trip and one night after the trip. If you need to book extra nights out of the package please clarify that to ADVENTURE HUB NEPAL.
  • Airport pick up
  • Professional standard river guides and safety kayaker
  • Bus to put in and from take out
  • Twin share basis room for accommodation
  • All the camping gear
  • All local and national government tax's
  • All paddling equipment with International safety standards for Rafter
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD), Paddle and Helmet Spray or Splash jackets
  • if you require, we can provide wetsuits as well.

What's Excluded


  • Nepalese visa (this costs US 65$ for 30 days and you need two passport photos) this can be issued on arrival in Kathmandu international airport.
  • Extra snacks while doing activities and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra Beverages for on the trip i.e.) alcohol and soft drinks.
  • Travel Insurance which you need comprehensive one with helicopter rescue cover
  • Any optional tours or activities during the free time
  • Airport tax’s
  • International flight to Nepal
  • We recommend tipping the local guides at the end of the trip please as it’s an expectation
  • Meals not listed on day to day itinerary
  • Personal small first aid kit
  • Emergency evacuation and rescue cost if need be

What you need for trip

  • Shorts / ½ pants
  • T-Shirt
  • Sport sandals or comfortable shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet
  • Swim Wear
  • Track pants / comfortable long pants
  • Warm fleece
  • Jacket (waterproof shell)
  • Travel Towel
  • Socks
  • Shoes (not essential – please do not bring big trekking boots)
  • Something comfortable to sleep in
  • Warm hat (in cold months)
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Sunscreen / sunscreen lip protection
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Head lamp / flash light
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have one – we will provide a complimentary rental one)
  • A little cash for treats, tips.

About Adventure Hub Nepal

Adventure Hub Nepal has been operating adventure holidays trips since 2007. Today we can help you discover whole Nepal and we can offer high-quality, excellent –value, small group adventure to your interested area of Nepal, extend your holiday by booking some pre-or post tour accommodation- ask Adventure Hub Nepal.

Other Information

This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all times stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, weather, trekking route, river level and road conditions.

Travelling with Responsibility

We care about the place and people that we meet on our journeys, and we try to ensure that we give something back, as well as taking away so many incredible memories, for more information on our commitment to people of Nepal and responsible tourism please visit.

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