A Brilliant Team Sport! – Responsible, safe, fun, thrilling – so what’s needed?
World-class whitewater demands high standards of rafting skills from first class guides using state of the art equipment.
*The Safety of whitewater Rafting- as a team sport, depends on a very high degree of guiding skill and safety-conscious river procedures – the proven formula is up to 3 team paddle rafts plus an oared safety support raft.
*The Best Himalayan Whitewater Guides – we have far more than our share of the very best. They are natives of Nepal. With a minimum of 5 years training, these ‘Sherpas of the River’ have extraordinary experience and local knowledge that is second to none.
*The Importance of Quality Equipment – properly used, is second only to guiding expertise. Therefore the following is supplied:
• Rafts: tough, hyperlon, ‘self-bailing’ design – proven on rivers up to grade V. Never less than 2 rafts. Not overloaded with gear; 16-foot rafts usually with 7 – not more than 8 – paddlers. With Himalayan Encounters these craft are always supported by an oared safety raft.
• Life Jackets – of the
buoyancy standard, fully
adjustable for precision fit.
• Helmets – Proper
head gear; each raft
differentiated by the
colour of helmet.
• Paddles – Strong,
shaft and reinforced
Plus: Spray jackets, wetsuits in Winter personal dry bags, throw lines,
camera barrels etc, plus two-person
tents, sleeping mats, gas stoves….
•Food – whitewater rafting is hungry work thus, our outdoor appetite needs
good food, lots of it, hygienically
prepared, varied menus and the
inspired cooking of the guides. Even
on river trips of long duration the quality,
quantity and variety of meals is excellent.
* Road Safety – The fact is that, (perhaps as in most parts of the developing world) a badly driven vehicle would be far less safe than a well-guided raft. Our rafting expeditions use our own private transport, well driven and steering clear of driving at night.
Seasonal River Levels – All the best whitewater in Nepal exists at an altitude between 1,200m and 600m, a sub-tropical region lower than Kathmandu.
Post Monsoon – mid-September to late November: High water rivers at their maximum grades especially until mid-October when monsoon 'run-off' changes to thaw and glacial melt. Warm temperatures with any rain ending by late September, sunny days, warm nights but woolly sweaters etc as winter takes hold
Winter – early December to mid-March – The Nepal whitewater experience is still a warmer and sunnier one than in many parts of the world but there are longer shadows in the deep river valleys and a warmer sleeping bag is advised. Wetsuits may be needed (supplied by us).
Spring/Summer – late March to early June – The clear, still powerful rivers driven by spring snow melt are, on average, reduced by one grade less than
their high-water maximum.
Monsoon – mid-June to early September – The rivers are full and the few raft trips that are operated are limited to overnight programmes on the Trisuli and Seti.