Rafting in the River Bheri

Rafting in the River Bheri

The source of the Bheri River lies in the mountainous region of Dolpo in the north. This river offers one  more remarkable opportunity for whitewater rafting in Nepal. It flows through Nepal's far west and is yet to be fully explored, giving it an aura of mystery. The rich vegetation and refreshing landscape make the trip thoroughly enjoyable. The rapids here are however, mild in comparison to rapids one encounters  is some of the more  ferocious rivers in Nepal. Bheri  is graded  as easy, but offers an equally thrilling  experience as the waters lead through charming small villages that have preserved century--old traditions. The river is also known for good fishing spots.

At Ramnaghat, the two large tributaries,Thuli (Big in Nepali) and Sani (Small) converge and give rise to the larger Bheri River. Nepal's white sandy beaches are ideal for night stops and on the Bheri there are plenty of them. The trip generally ends in the Bardia National park where a jungle safari augments the great adventure. A combination of rafting, fishing and safari makes this an unforgettable experience for all adventurers who choose the Bheri.

Fours Days on the Bheri

Day 1 -Samjhi Ghat

The journey begins with an hour-long flight to Nepalgunj in far west Nepal, enjoying the panaromic views of the Himalaya all the way. From Nepalgunj airport the drive to the put-in point in Samjhi Ghat is about 3 to 4 hours. This short drive goes up with lovely Siwalik hills where many little villages are encountered . The first day is relaxed as a tented camp lies waiting at the put-in point for a comfortable night on the banks of the Bheri. Guests enjoy dinner here by a campfire during the cooler months.

Day 2 - Kumal Gau

An early breakfast kick-starts the day and soon after breaking camp the adventure on the Bheri begins. The first sizable rapid is encountered after only 20 minutes on the whitewater and there are plenty more to come. There are many exciting rapids soon after this, as the river here goes through a rough patch  with numerous sharp bends.

Around mid-day, a lunch stop is called and after the meal, there is time to explore the surrounding area where gazing at birds is the favored pastime besides just lyiing on the beach. The after lunch adventure brings more whitewater until the halt at one of the many sandy beaches.

Day 3 - Jamu

Whenever the river flows through a narrow gorge, there is always prospects of excitement. The Bheri enters such a gorge with vertical cliffs that rise 200-300ft on either side giving the rafters a great time. In between there are open valleys where the waters become calm and the boats float past small villages. this section has lovely landscape and many exciting rapids are also encountered. the day ends as usual on a sandy beach where camp is set up for the night.

Day 4 - Bardia National Park

The fourth day is the last on the river and is no less exciting than the previous days with several rapids that rock the boat on its way. After an hour, the confluence of two great rivers, the Bheri and the Karnali is encountered. The river then flows through yet anouther gorge that leads to the vast plains of the terai in southern Nepal. Soon after leaving the gorge, the boat enters the Bardia National Park, a pristine wildlife habitat which plays host to exotic and a large variety of wild animals. A small number of Gangetic dolphines, an endangered species, live in these waters and surface quite often to the delight of visitors. the fabulous trip of the Bheri comes to an end here amid the sound of birds and the rushing river.