RIVER RAFTING – KAYAKING -CANYONING
A RIVER RAFTING is one of the best ways to explore Nepal through typical cross section of the country’s natural as well as ethno-cultural heritage. The variety of cultural activities can be witnessed being performed along the river. The adjoining slopes of the river often harbour dense vegetation and interesting wildlife. Several varieties of fishes also abound the Nepalese rivers. Travelling on a river in Nepal is a wonderful experience. The days are warm and the scenery is spectacular. We camp on beautiful beaches that have a new layer of sand deposited on them every monsoon. The friendly local inhabitants are as curious about us as we are about them.
NEPAL’S RIVER SYSTEM
Rivers in Nepal can be grouped into three categories on the basis of their origin.
1. Antecedent to Himalaya.
2. After the Mahabharat range.
3. After the Churia range.
Antecedent rivers belong to the period prior to the rise of the Himalaya. These rivers added their tributaries during or after the Himalayan origin alongwith the development of monsoon climate. After the formation of Mahabharat hills, the antecedent rivers changed their courses as Mahabharat stood as a barrier. As a result, most of the rivers changed their courses either to the east or west. Most of these rivers were responsible to deposit the sediments in the Churia basin.
The major river systems namely the Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki belong to the Gantecedent group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat range and cutting through Churia hills come under the second group, these include Kankai, Bagmati, Kamala etc. The third group of rives originate from the southern face of the Churia Hills. For the purpose of commercial rafting, the following rivers are in use.