Bhotekoshi river

26, Nov 2019 |

You have never truly lived until you've conquered Bhotekoshi

The Bhotekoshi is the upper river course of the Sunkoshi known as Poiqu in Tibet. It is a part of the Koshi river system of Nepal. The basin of Poiqu and Bhote-Sunkoshi river are located at the Zhangzangbo glacier in Tibet. The river flows out of the Lumi Chimi lake, and as it enters Nepal, it is called Bhotekoshi. Further downstream, from the village of Bahrabise onwards, it is called Sunkoshi. Rafting was undertaken very late in this river at 2011 AD by the Rafting Association of Nepal. It is the steepest river rafted in Nepal with a gradient of 15min/km.

Being near to the capital, 2-3 days package would be enough for this extraordinary water trip. Graded strenuous by the association, it starts from the Last Resort and the put in point is Baseri (Dolakha district); 4 hour drive northeast of Kathmandu. The length of the river action is 25 km, which ends at Dolalghat, a 2 hour drive from Kathmandu.

Seasons and level of rafting



 Water volumes

September- December


 Approx. 100-50 cumecs



 Approx. 40 cumecs



 Approx. 180 cumecs

The river carves a steep and direct drop at the top that gradually eases to more placid streams and calmer pools with a 46 km run at the Lamosunga dam. The rapids are class 4-5 at high flow, and slows at lower levels. Rafting in this steep fast flowing river would be somewhat of a nightmare for first timers. Dhulikhel would be a perfect little stop on the way to admire the stunning views of the majestic mountains. Bhotekoshi proves to be one of the best short white water rafting trip in the world.

It is an ideal trip for those looking for short but intense and thrilling adventure in the water. Sukute beach and bungee jump in the last resort are also a few exciting escapades which could be added to the package.

Also Read: 

Introduction To Rafting In Nepal

Setigandaki River

Trishuli River

Karnali River

Introduction To Trekking In Nepal

Tsum Valley Trek

Everest Base Camp Trek

Annapurna Conservation Area



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