The River of Gold
Gathering strength from tributaries draining the highest mountains in the world the white water on the Sun Kosi is Biblical, even expedition-size rafts disappear into the vastness of crashing waves and rolling, boiling water.
After the monsoon the river is high and wild, and definitely not for the faint-hearted. Whipped foamy white where narrow gorges constrict the river's flow the cataracts are long and powerful. The warm waters of the Sun Kosi surge snake and wind for 270 km to the east of Nepal.
While the lower sections of large volume rivers are usually rather flat, the Sun Kosi reserves some of its biggest and best rapids for the last days. At the right flow it's an incredible combination of white water, scenery, villages, and truly quiet and introspective evenings on huge sandy beaches along what many people consider to be one of the world's 10 classic river journeys.
Day 01 : Leave Kathmandu, bus to the river, unpack and lunch, begin river trip early afternoon, steady afternoon with nothing too difficult.
Day 02 : Past 'Meat grinder', and the Tamba Kosi Confluence.
Day 03 : 'Punch and Judy', Likhu khola confluence and maybe as far as 'High Anxiety'.
Day 04 : Past 'High Anxiety', to Hakapur village & rapid. Big day.
Day 05 : Layover day? Little Devisthan beach.
Day 06 : Dudh Kosi confluence, 'Jaws', camp above jungle corridor.
Day 07 : Probably the best, numerous big class 4's in the jungle corridor, 'Rhino rock', 'El Wasto' and others.
Day 08 : Out of the corridor, odd class 3 / 4, 'Big Dipper', could arrive Chatra p.m.
Day 09 : Arrive Chatra, pack, bus to Kathmandu or take flight from Biratnagar