8-Night Whitewater Rafting & Yoga Expedition, Nepal

From $1,399 NZD per person

Rated by National Geographic as one of the world’s top 10 whitewater rafting rivers, Nepal’s Sun Kosi is a ‘zendrenaline’ experience like no other. With the day’s activities carefully structured to align with the body’s natural ebb and flow, you’ll breathe in the highs of riding Class III +/IV rapids, then exhale ‘Om’ on the river’s white sandy shores.

With the perfect balance of yin and yang, this yoga raft expedition will leave you feeling revitalised, rejuvenated and restored. So grab a mat, and a paddle, and let nature be your classroom.

2020 Dates: 6-14 April, 2 – 10 May, 8 – 16 June.

*Please note: prices listed are per person and are subject to availability.

Awaken your body and spirit, with sun salutations practiced under the beautiful Himalayan sky.

GRG Adventure Kayaking’s unique combination of rejuvenating yoga and exhilarating rafting is a true adventure for mind, body, and soul. Starting near the Tibetan border, you’ll travel on the ‘River of Gold,’ all the way to the junction of the Ganges – a journey that will excite your senses, and inspire your spirit.

Each day begins at dawn with early morning yoga, offering gentle postures and breathing techniques to awaken your body, and prepare for a day on the river. And if by the day’s end you’re ready for more, you’ll be able to take part in a series of dynamic flow evening sessions.

As well as riding rapids and practicing yoga, you’ll have plenty of time to explore authentic Nepal’s remote temples, hidden waterfalls, and bat caves. And one of the days will be set aside for a series of intensive workshops, exploring yogic philosophy, alignment, and breathing.

From saluting the sun at dawn, to star-gazing at night, each moment of this journey will bring a new adventure.

INCLUDED
  • 8 nights tented accommodation
  • Freshly prepared meals
  • Morning & evening yoga
  • All necessary equipment
  • Transportation by private bus to/from the river
  • Qualified guides
  • Professional safety kayakers
  • River permits
NOT INCLUDED
  • Nepal entry visa fee
  • International or domestic airfares
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for staff
 
TIME
ACTIVITY
Day  1
You’ll meet in the GRG Adventure Kayaking office in Kathmandu at 8am, then travel 3hrs by private bus to Dolaghat. Here, you’ll take off on your 270km journey – easing into it, with just a few Grade 2 rapids.
You’ll pay a visit to a local Hindu temple, before reaching Butterfly Beach. After setting up camp, you’ll spend the afternoon fishing, reading, playing football, or relaxing on the beach. As the sun goes down, you might choose to take part in a short yoga session. The perfect ending to your first day.
Day 2
You’ll rise with the sun, and prepare for a day on the river with a gentle yoga class. Today, you’ll navigate two high-grade rapids, and also have the chance to try a few cliff jumps, explore bat caves, and track tiger footprints.
After setting up camp for the night, you might like to wind down with a yoga flow session, or take a kayak out on the river for a paddle. The evening will be spent around a driftwood campfire, sharing stories of the day’s adventures.
Day 3
As you get into the flow of river life, you’ll also get into the flow of early morning yoga. After a gentle class, it’s back onto the water. Just below the junction of the Likhu Khola, you’ll negotiate the ‘Anxiety’ series of rapids. There’s also plenty of time today to swim in the river’s warm waters, and be sure to keep an eye out for a cheeky monkey or two.
After setting up camp it’s time to play football with the locals, walk through the jungle, or just relax on the white sandy shores. After sunset, the friendly local villagers will no doubt join you for a song around the campfire.
Day 4
Your early morning yoga session will prepare you for your biggest day yet. Today you’ll encounter ‘Hakapur,’ the journey’s biggest rapid. Depending on the season and water levels, ‘Hakapur’ may or may not be runnable – if it is, be prepared to get wet.
Just in time to catch your breath, comes ‘Hakapur II’ – which can be even more thrilling than the original. Tonight, you’ll camp at the junction of the Sun Kosi and Dudh Kodi. You’ll meet a holy man who’s lived in a cave on the river’s shores for the past five years, and hear his many stories.
Day 5
Today you’ll give your body some much-needed rest, with a break from rafting. Instead, you can choose to go to additional yoga classes and workshops, take a hike to the local village, go fishing, or just relax and soak up your stunning surroundings.
Day 6 – 8
Over the next few days, your peaceful yoga sessions will balance out your adrenaline-fuelled time on the river. You’ll navigate 10km of non-stop rapids and big, bouncy waves. A real highlight is a beautiful waterfall, where you’ll stop for a well-deserved shower.
And you can bring out your inner daredevil, by jumping off a 30ft bridge into the river below.
Day 9
Today it’s time for your last morning yoga session, and one last day of easy paddling, before your return to Kathmandu. At the junctions of the Arun and Tamur Rivers, you’ll stop at a holy Hindu temple, Baraha Chhetra, to receive a blessing. Then you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the last few hours, as you float towards Chatra.
At the take-out point, you’ll board the bus to Kathmandu. Your group will celebrate and share stories over a dal bhat at a local hotel. Finally, you’ll travel by private jeep to the airport for a quick flight back to Kathmandu, where your unforgettable adventure will come to its end.
TENTED ACCOMMODATION

Swap a 5-star hotel for a 5 million star hotel.

Every night, you’ll set up camp on a new white sandy beach on the shores of the Sun Kosi River. You’ll stay in 2-person tented accommodation - with tents, sleeping bags, mattresses, and pillows all provided. And if you’re feeling a little adventurous, you can ditch the tent entirely, and drift off to sleep under a blanket of Himalayan stars.

Locally sourced and freshly prepared; fuel for the body, mind, and soul.

You’ll be surprised – and impressed – with what the GRG guides can whip up riverside. They pride themselves on providing fresh, delicious and hygienically prepared food. So much so, that it’s one of the most raved-about parts of their trips. In line with their responsible tourism commitment, GRG source their ingredients locally, taking a low mileage approach while supporting riverside communities.

You’ll start each day right, with a hearty breakfast of eggs, pancakes, porridge, muesli, and fruit. Then load up on some much-needed energy at lunch, with pasta, fried rice, salads, and breads. And in the evenings, sit on the water’s edge while you dine on dal bhat, curries, vegetables, and more. GRG can cater for vegetarian, vegan, and any other dietary needs – so no matter your requirements, you’ll be ending the day with a full spirit, and a full belly.

Welcome to the Sun Kosi River, Nepal.

This expedition takes place on Nepal’s Sun Kosi River. Meaning ‘River of Gold’, it’s rated by National Geographic as one of the top ten river journeys in the world – and after a week riding its rapids, it’ll be easy to see why.

Starting near the Tibetan border, then draining off the Eastern Himalayas, all the way to the sacred Ganges in India, this river boasts big volume whitewater.

Throughout the river’s long course, you’ll be surrounded by outstanding scenery, remote villages, and white sandy beaches.

The GRG philosophy is to take only photographs, and leave behind only footprints.

GRG Adventure Kayaking see nature as their office. The space where they live, work and play. That’s why they’re dedicated to preserving the environment, and practicing responsible tourism practices at all times. GRG enforce a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, stick to small group sizes to minimise impact, source food locally, limit use of plastic bottles, recycle where possible, employ local staff, and ensure all the GRG family are treated equally and with respect.

GRG’s unwavering support of local communities comes to life through the GRG Foundation. Set up by GRG Adventure Kayaking, the foundation provides training to new guides, runs ethical trips, organises litter pick-ups in local areas, and supports community projects. Following the powerful earthquake that hit in April 2015 – taking 9000 lives, and destroying over 800,000 homes – the GRG Foundation has also been doing everything they can to help support the rebuild of Nepal.

Payment
  • A non-refundable deposit of 25% is required to reserve place on trip
  • The remaining balance is due 30 days prior to start date
  • If booking is made less than 30 days prior to start date, full payment is due immediately.
Booking Amendments

GRG Adventure Kayaking will do its best to accommodate requested changes. However, changes cannot be made within ten days of the confirmed booking date.

Cancellation Policy
  • Deposits are non-refundable
  • Cancellations of trips received between 30 and 59 days prior to trip start date will incur a cancellation fee of 50% of total booking cost
  • Cancellations received 30 days or less prior to trip start date will incur a cancellation fee of 100% of total booking cost
  • If a customer voluntarily leaves a trip after it has begun (for any reason) no refund will be given
  • If a customer involuntarily leaves a trip for any reason, refunds will be at the discretion of GRG Adventure Kayaking.
Reviews

Check out what GRG Adventure Kayaking’s Guests are saying

“You couldn’t explain or put into words this wonderful experience! All the boys looked after us like family. Camping on white sandy beaches, sitting, dancing and singing around the camp fires with our crew and fellow travellers. This trip was truly enlightening. We can’t thank you all enough."

Nadine PNovember 2018

“We spent 8 days on the Sun Kosi River, and everything was handled from start to finish with impeccable care and planning. We were very well cared for throughout and every request was accommodated to the best of the guides' ability. 10/10 would recommend to anyone.”

KulvinDecember 2018

“I went on the Sun Kosi expedition trip in October 2016 for 9 days and absolutely loved it. It was an adrenaline filled trip that was so enjoyable, and the staff just went above and beyond to make the experience so good.”

GabrielleApril 2017