Rafting in the River Tama Koshi

Rafting in the River Tama Koshi

The Tama Koshi is a powerful river and has a volume twice that of the Bhote Koshi. The river has it's source in Tibet and drains many high Himalayan peaks such as the Gauri Shanker and glaciers like Tse Rolpa. It flows 75 km before it reaches the road at Busti. this is the normal put-in point.

The river is an exhilirating white water challenge that has been recommended only for keen kayakers who are capable of handling the ferocity of the waves. Experts warn that this river should never be taken lightly. "Tama Koshi" means 'river of copper'as there were copper mines here.

The starting point is busti Bridge on the way to Jiri from where a long trek leads to the Everest region. Locally the Busti Bridge is known as Tama Koshi and can be reached by car in 4 hrs from Kathmandu. The river appears quite tame in the beginning for 1km, but there are plenty of Class IV rapids that appear continuously for the next 4 km, before reaching an island in it. Both sides of the island have Class V+ rapids. What follows is 5 km of continuous Class IV+ rapids that leads to class V on a right hand bend. It then eases to a class IV and comes to the road bridge. from here until Devi Tar is Class IV after which the confluence with Khimti Khola is reached. the next big rapid is called 'Fatal Attraction' and portage here is possible. The river then gets easier and by the time Chisapani is reached it is Class III. Another 4km downstream is the Akase airstrip and 1km further down the Sun Koshi is reached.