Tamur Rafting Expedition


Tamur Rafting Expedition | Outdoor Himalayan Treks, Nepal

Tamur Rafting Expedition is a classic waterway adventure for about 120 kilometers, taking you on a roller coaster ride of more than 100 yet to be named rapids. Take a chance to be among the pioneer rafters to name and navigate them! There is lot more than a typical rafting trip in the Tamur—its steep canyon walls, its constricted channels between wild, looming cliffs, its mysterious, unending gorges, and its mighty rapids leading from one to the other add up to a magnificent adrenaline-filled experience of your life. You get a chance to unleash yourself at the extreme in its wild stretches and wildly spectacular campsites. As you erect your camp for the night, you won’t just share some drinks—you will have incredible stories to share with your teammates about what you experienced, what you came into, what you came over and how you felt all the time during the day!

The Tamur River, starting around Kanchenjunga, is Nepal’s sixth largest river. First navigated in 1990 and only a few following expeditions, its waters are still to be tested, still to be explored in detail. The river consists of rapids ranging from 3 to 4, a few even 5, except for in rainy seven. The put-in point of the trip is in Dovan of Taplejung district, the gem of the far eastern Nepal. It is approached by an exciting 5 day trek through pristine settlements and age-old wilderness of the district. More of the untouched river-fed wilderness awaits you during the six day tour through the journey that we halt at Chatara, which is also the put-out point of Sun Koshi Rafting Adventure.

Trip Facts

Trip Duration: 13 nights and 14 days

Entry Point: Dovan in Taplejung

Exit Point: Chatara in Sunsari

River Grade: III to IV-plus  (February -May); III to V (September-December)

Itinerary Outline

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Fly to Biratnagar and Drive to Hile

Days 3-7: Drive to Basantapur and Reach Dovan at the end of an exciting trek

Days 8-13: Rafting through the Tamur River and Fly back to Kathmandu

Day 14: International Flight

Itinerary Details

Day 1: Arrival
As you arrive at the airport in Kathmandu, our staff will receive and transfer you to your hotel. If you get free time, you can explore this culturally rich city.

Day 2: Fly to Biratnagar and Drive to Hile
Have breakfast in the morning and fly to Biratnagar that takes about an hour. From there, we drive to a beautiful hill-town Hile in Dhankuta district and stop there for the night.

Days 3-7: Drive to Basantapur and Reach Dovan at the end of an exciting trek
We get up in the morning, have breakfast and drive to Basantapur from Hile. From here we start our five day trek to Dovan, the entry point of the rafting trip. We walk through typical hill settlements, terraced hillsides, and forests of rhododendron and other trees. We also need to cross a pass going over 10,000 feet that thrills us with amazing views of Mt Kanchenjunga, Makalu, and Mt Everest.

Days 8-13: Rafting through the Tamur River and Fly back to Kathmandu
On the eighth day, we embark on the classic, mind blowing rafting trip down the Tamur River. Mighty rapids thrust you upwards towards the sky, drenching you with the snow-fed cold water. You you’re your journey steep canyons, narrow gorges and wild, surging rapids that frequently test you spirit to the full. The trip is punctuated by some small fishing villages and some monkeys loitering in the river banks. Otherwise there is all action-packed forward movements with a lot of wilderness. The campsites are also spectacular, etching the memories of a lifetime in your brain. Finally we end our rafting trip at Chatara on the last day, and drive back to Biratnagar to board a flight to Kathmandu.

Day 14: International Flight
We drop you at the airport and pay you farewell, hoping to welcome you the next time.


Health & Fitness Requirement:

You need to be in good health and physically fit for the expedition.


Previous rafting experience in grade III and IV rivers is necessary.