If you have never been on a river journey in Nepal before, you’re in for an amazing experience. Very little in Nepal resembles life anywhere else in the world. This is a place of deep religious customs, the most radical topography on the earth. Most of the populations of Nepal are substance farmers, living in many days walk from the nearest road.
Once you leave Kathmandu valley there is a little to remind you of the world you have left behind. It a great place to escape to. There is no better way to see Nepal than on a river trip, which by its very nature is the essence of escapism.If you are planning to join to trip here’s what you need to bring for the trip-
For camping and travelling:
- A sleeping bag and pad- Your sleeping nag should be a two to three season bag, either down or synthetic filled. A foam pad or Thermarest sleeping mattress is mandatory for a good night’s sleep. For those who do not have a sleeping bag and pad, they can be rented easily in Kathmandu/Pokhara.
- Lightweight pants
- Cotton underwear
- Light weight long sleeved shirt or T-shirt-
We use these as sunscreens in the camp…. Don’t worry about getting enough sun, you will.
- A fleece style jacket- Polypropylene or wool is preferable.
- Toiletries- Keep it to a minimum and forget the cosmetics… you won’t have a chance to use them. Bring plenty of moisturizing lotion.
- Spare glasses or contact lenses if you wear them.
- Flashlight or headlamp with spare batteries
- Water bottle
- River sandals like Tevas or Alps are the preferred footwear on the river. It I essential that all rafters have footwear that they can wear in the raft which will not come off in the event of a swim, as this is considered standard safety equipment. Old running shoes will also so.
- Shorts or a swimming costume
- A sarong for women (long piece of cloth wrapped around your waist) is another good option, and can be purchased cheaply in Nepal. This is invaluable for visiting villages and respecting local custom for dress.
- A baseball style cp and good sunglasses are absolutely essential-
Sunglasses should be equipped with a retaining device to keep them on your face where they belong.
- Sunscreen (spf 15 or greater and waterproof) is essential DON’T FORGET LIP BALM, SPF 115 MINIMUM!
-Perhaps the most important thing you can bring is a good mental attitude!
Summer is in, which means going to the beaches, spending time with your families. It’s that time of the year you had been dreaming about for the whole winter and monsoon season. It is the time to get out of your houses and do something exciting, to get rid of your comfort zone and at the same time making wonderful memories with your friends.
We are so fortunate to be born in Nepal which has enough places to travel for our life time. Be it trekking to Himalayas or Terai, a day or multiple days rafting, visiting different stupas and some of the world heritage sites, we have it all. Despite all these opportunities we don’t see much people travelling around the country. Even if we did see, it is usually outside Nepal, we are ready to spend our hard earned money to travel abroad. This is neither helping our country’s economy or our knowledge about our own country.
So, I recommend my friends and families to start exploring your own country. What could be better than starting with white water rafting in such a scorching heat?
White water rafting is one of the thrilling as well as exciting adventure sport you can do along with your family and friends. And being born and bought up in place like Nepal, it’s a shame not to have rafted at least once your lifetime. As people from foreign countries spend thousands of dollars, plan their trip a year or two ahead so that they can come to Nepal and travel many places as well do some adventure activities.
We are fortunate to have all the resources in our own country, its high time we start making use of these resources.
The Water keeper Expedition highlights impacts of the proposed tallest Dam in the World on Nepal’s most pristine and only free flowing Karnali River We invited you all to join this special Expedition, river conservationist, journalist and river activist will be on. River only Cost: US$ 900/person, 24th Oct – 4th Nov 2018, 12 days expedition.
On 24th Oct – 4th Nov 2018, the Karnali River Waterkeeper will host a 12 days expedition on the Karnali River in Nepal to highlight the impacts of the proposed development of the world’s tallest dam. Members of Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest growing nonprofit solely focused on clean water, will be joined on the trip by journalists, river advocates, and engaged members of the public. The trip will be led by Megh Ale, who runs Karnali River Waterkeeper and the Nepal River Conservation Trust.
The proposed Upper Karnali Dam has been mired in controversy for years due to funding uncertainties and how its hydroelectricity would be shared between Nepal and India. At one point, the World Bank provided money to study the feasibility of the dam, but has since come under fire for its support. Foreign banks, investors, and engineering firms in Canada, India, and the United States have engaged on-and-off over several years to study and fund the dam.