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.
stopping by the road side to get some fresh fruits for the trip
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.
This building here is an apartment dedicated to keep chickens. And i mean the ones that you chop up, fry and eat. We figured that because meat was expensive in Nepal, that Nepalese had to secure their chickens in houses and lock them at night when they go to sleep.
After about 2 hours drive we stopped for some cha and to stretch our legs.
a short break by the road side for every one to stretch their 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!
PEEKABOO!! this silly person is sleeping in front of his damaged vehicle!
Then we stopped for a much-needed toilet break!
toilet break by the road side toilet which is shared by locals and mostly bus drivers
you literally need to hold your breath when you do your business
Then the rafting begins. We start unloading.
starting point of the river
We all worked together to inflate the raft.
group photo before the hard work begins
cruise-y ride down the river
rafting down upper Bhote Kosi
The waters looked clean enough from afar. But upon closer inspection….
The villagers just dump their rubbish into the mighty river
parts of the river is a sad rubbish dump
We saw some dead chickens, shoes, plenty of clothes and rubbish floating along with our raft. How Nepali! 😀
Some local boys seeking help from our guide to get across the river
all fresh vegetables and fruits are washed with iodine to kill germs
and lunch is served
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!
stopping for the night
guides preparing dinner
dinner is served
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!
Morning breakfast at 6am
trying out the sweet local mangoes which were really sweet and tasty!The trick is to cut the mangoes horizontally, then twist the mango, and the seed just plops out on one side and you can eat the other side. (Like what you see in this picture)
some locals fishing in the river
view from the bridge near the village above the river
school children going to school using a suspension bridge above
villagers doing some fishing. These guys were considered decent. Some only wore their underwear to go fishing. No, unfortunately Nepali women stay at home to sew.
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.
jumping off a huge rock
Maneuvering the raft pass some boulders
rafting is a team effort
rough grade 4 rapids
The second part of the raft was really enjoyable as we rafted for about 3 hours continuously.
getting friendly with the locals
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.