We decided to get physical during our trip to Nepal. “Visiting Stupa’s and visiting the toilets due to diarrhea does not count”!
White water rafting down a grade 4 rapid sounds like just the sufficient amount of adrenaline rush we needed!!
“No no! You should try rafting down Trisuli River first” our Nepali tour guide was trying unsuccessfully to get us to back down on our idea of rafting down one of Nepal’s wildest rivers. Never the less we paid 90 USD for a 2 day one night trip to raft down Bhote Kosi River (per person). We had to walk to the travel agent the next morning as early as 5am. Our travel agent was giving me some shit about wanting to collect 100USD deposit for an extra sleeping bag. He had earlier promised us that the initial 90 USD would cover that. But in the morning he tried to cook up some story about, all the sleeping bags in Kathmandu were all rented out and he had to pay a deposit to secure the only ones.
The hell with it we said. Its your fault! We shouted and ran off to the van which sped off to where our hearts would soon be screaming out from the river soon enough.
We had to make a few stops, apparently to pick up some food for the trip. We actually thought they were buying some snacks for themselves on the way.
The countryside was very beautiful and refreshing, a complete change to what we have been breathing in Thamel. Choked up smoke and dust everyday got me sick for a day.
After about 2 hours drive we stopped for some cha and to stretch our legs.
Halfway up our journey, we came across this strange sight. First we noticed a broken down lorry by the side of the road with 2 guys lying motionless on the road. Then the next diversion was, a cow came charging straight towards our van! He hit our van, straight on and went off another direction. Still shocked, we thought that the cow had hurt the 2 men lying on the road.
It turns out that the 2 men were actually sleeping in front of their lorry while waiting for the mechanic to come repair it!! WTH! If the brakes on the lorry were to fail, they would have been crushed by the lorry!
Then we stopped for a much-needed toilet break!
Then the rafting begins. We start unloading.
We all worked together to inflate the raft.
We saw some dead chickens, shoes, plenty of clothes and rubbish floating along with our raft. How Nepali! 😀
This view is of the valley where we stopped for lunch. The waters were shallow and you could just go in for a swim. But after seeing the Sh*t that goes in the water, we think not.
After about 3 hours of rafting, we had to stop at the camp site for the night. (Honestly, we didnt really expect the sleeping in a tent part). We thought we were sleeping in a real hotel or guesthouse!
The dinner was surprisingly lavish. We had mushroom stoup to start with, then boiled vegetables, chips and spaghetti. We had to walk another 10 minutes to the nearest village to buy the beers. That night, we slept like a log. Must be all that rowing and peddling.
Caution: The only toilets they have do not have showers and are only taps which get their water from the river. We tried to bath, but when the water turned yellow, we decided to just wipe up and try to sleep. Wet wipes are really handy to bring along trips like these!
We did some body boarding where we jumped off the raft to go for a swim (with our backs facing upstream). We also stopped at a big rock to jump off it. It looked really simple but when you are up there. Man…… was it scary.
At the end of the trip, we were fed again with lunch before packing up and heading back home. The locals there were really friendly and if you have any spare food, do pass it on to them. Some of them live such a simple life, that baked beans and bread are a treat to them!
Our conclusion is that, if you are the adventure type. You should definitely take on Bhote Kosi river the rainy season. For more backpacking information, do join us on facebook at backpackies or surf www.backpackies.com for more information.