Tamur River Rafting


Trip Information

Tamur river rafting is one of the world’s best white water trips with around 130 rapids along the 120 km long rafting journey. It is the sixth largest river in Nepal which gives the sense of energetic and refreshing power. During the start of the trip, you will be trekked through ancient moss-covered rhododendron forests. The stunning and clear views of the Kanchenjunga, Makalu and Everest can be seen during the journey. The snow of Mt. Kanchanjunga melts down and flows to the Tamur River adding huge volume of water to it. The local villages can be visited during the trip and the agricultural activities can be observed. The path is full of flora and fauna adding to the biodiversity. Also, you camp in clean and peaceful beaches after rafting. Trekking is a great and recommended way to start your trip although it is possible to fly directly to Taplejung.


Before starting the actual trip, we will be conducting meeting at the evening in Kathmandu office in order to brief you about the program and give clarification to any queries you might have. This helps you to get better prepared in short period of time.

Day 1: Fly to Biratnagar, Drive to Basantapur

At the beginning of the trip, we will have a flight to Biratnagar after having early breakfast. The flight duration will be about 40 minutes. Biratnagar is the second largest city of Nepal after Kathmandu. After reaching Biratnagar, we will drive in a private vehicle to Basantapur which will take around 5 hours. We will stay in camp during the night.


Day 2: Trek to Mangalbare

This is the first day of the four-day trek to Dovan. On this day, we will walk from Basantapur to Mangalbare. It will take about five hours to reach the destination for today. We will stop for lunch and rest during this trek. We will find a suitable place in Mangalbare to make our camps and stay overnight.


Day 3: Mangalbare to Gupha Pokhari

The second day of trekking will start from Mangalbare. Along the way, we will enjoy the scenic beauty around the place. It will take five hours of walking by the end of which we will reach Gupha Pokhari. ‘Gupha’ means cave and ‘Pokhari’ means lake in Nepali language. Overnight stay will be in the tented camp.


Day 4: Trek to Gorja

The trekking continues and we move ahead from Gupha Pokhari. As we pass through the villages, we can observe the culture of local village life. Our team of porters carry the main heavy stuffs while you can carry personal items like water bottles and camera. By the end of the day, we will reach Gorja after having walked for about five hours. There we can set our tented camps.


Day 5: Gorja to Dobhan

It is the final day of trekking in this trip. The trek won’t last long from Gorja. A comfortable walk of three hours will take you to Dobhan. We can spend the rest of the day by touring around Dobhan or just taking rest. After four days of trekking, you will get full rest in the tented camps that will be set near the river for spending the night.


Day 6: Rafting begins

This is the day you had been eagerly waiting for. Today, we will get into the blue and white waters of the river where you will get detail briefing on the safety precautions and procedures during rafting. You will be familiar with the tools and rowing techniques that will be helpful in the coming days. Rafting starts soon after the safety briefing at Dovan. Few rapids will be encountered on the first day of rafting. After reaching Kabeli Dobhan, we will get out of the water and rest overnight in tented camps.


Day 7: Rafting to Koya river bank

The rafting adventure continues from Kabeli Dobhan as the Kabeli river joins Tamur river making it bigger and more adventurous. Full day will be spent rafting on the whitewater section of the river except few breaks for lunch and taking rest as necessary. By the evening, we will reach another confluence where Koya river joins in. We will camp at the bank of Koya river for staying during the night.


Day 8: Rafting to Dumre

From Koya river bank, we will get into our rafts again. As you challenge more class 2-4 rapids on the way, the action continues rapidly. After passing the rapids, rest of the river section is relatively easier for today. Finally, we will stop after reaching Dumre. A camp at Dumre will provide us shelter during the evening and night.


Day 9: Dumre to Triveni Ghat

We will continue rafting from Dumre again. Today also, you will tackle some whitewater rapids. Now we are getting to the lower altitudes so there will be more vegetation and wildlife on the both sides of the river. We will also be passing through some of the villages. Today’s stopping point will be Triveni Ghat. We will camp on a suitable site near this place.


Day 10: Final day rafting to Chatara, Back to Kathmandu

This is the final day of our rafting. We will be rafting comfortably for about three hours from Triveni Ghat. At last, we end the journey at Chatara and drive back to Kathmandu after the adventurous trip in Tamor river. If you wish, you can drive to Biratnagar and fly to Kathmandu from there.


What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the raft trip. The food served will be western and continental.
  • River permit charges and all government taxes
  • Flight from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and return (optional).
  • Necessary equipments including high quality self-bailing rafts, life jackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bags for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipments
  • Safety kayak boats
  • Necessary staffs (Guides, helpers, cooks etc)
  • Expenses for tented accommodation at river beach with camp fire
  • Food, accommodation, transportation, insurance and salary of all staff

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters



3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together. Standard teahouses will be provided during the trip days.


During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.


Best Season

The best seasons to join this trek are autumn and spring. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Winter obviously is a good choice but you need to withstand strong colds. Summer or Monsoon will be affected by rainfalls but a good choice if you are into botany.

Customer Reviews


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 10 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Rafting, High altitude peak view

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Rafting

Country: Nepal

Region: Eastern

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Any Season