Rafting in Nepal is a popular adventure activity that offers a wide range of river experiences for both beginners and experienced rafters. The rivers in Nepal are graded based on their difficulty levels, which are influenced by factors such as water volume, technicality, and rapid frequency. Here are the international river grades and examples of rivers in Nepal that fall under each category:
Grade I (Easy)
These rivers have slow-moving water with small waves and few obstacles. They are suitable for beginners and family trips.
Example: Trishuli River (Lower section)
Grade II (Moderate)
These rivers have moderate waves, clear passages, and some obstacles that require basic maneuvering skills. They are ideal for beginners seeking a slightly more adventurous experience.
Example: Seti River
Grade III (Intermediate)
These rivers have moderate to large waves, irregular rapids, and narrow passages that require precise maneuvering. They are suitable for rafters with some experience.
Example: Upper Seti River, Trishuli River (Upper section)
Grade IV (Advanced)
These rivers have intense, powerful rapids, demanding precise boat handling and advanced maneuvering skills. They are suitable for experienced rafters.
Example: Bhote Koshi River, Kaligandaki River
Grade V (Expert)
These rivers have long, violent rapids, steep gradients, and large drops. They require expert skills and a strong team of rafters.
Example: Marsyangdi River, Karnali River
Grade VI (Extreme and Exploratory)
These rivers are considered extremely dangerous, with unpredictable conditions and a high potential for severe consequences. They are suitable only for teams of experts who are willing to take significant risks.
Example: Dudh Koshi River (Upper section)
Please note that river conditions can change depending on the season, water levels, and weather.