Black Diamond Expedition operates exciting white water rafting in rivers in Nepal. If you are planning for a rafting, you may require some more information on rafting. Whether rafting or a white water rafting, it is basically an outdoor activity that require an inflatable raft to cruise on water surface. Rafters are likely to face several levels of difficulty depending on how the river is choppy or sedate. These ‘grades’ of difficulty are caused due to the presence of rapids, which evolve due to sudden plunges in the river’s height. The rocks or the wooden logs that are lurking in the water also play a significant role in deciding the rapids of the river. If you have an enthusiasm in rafting adventure, you should know about the rapids of the rivers.
Basically, there are six grades of the rapids which are measured on an international scale from I to VI in terms of progressively increasing difficulty and danger. The other factors such as the geographical terrain, nature of the river, the wave size and its type, water temperature,remoteness, the hazards, continuity of the rapids or a calm section between the rapids, a stretch of gorge or flat and open country are prominently considered while taking decisions about the grade of a rapid. To be fair enough, the hardest rapid on a particular river has a significant role to decide the overall grade of a river. Grade I rapid is the Fast flowing water with small waves, known as ripples whereas Grade II rapids are Easy. Grade III rapids are measured to be Difficult and the Grade IV rapid is Very difficult. The Grade V rapid is an Extreme one. It should be attempted by an experienced team only. It is very dangerous adventure to life and limb. Grade VI rapid is almost Impossible to negotiate and is suicidal. The difficulty Grades from I to III demand basic to medium swimming skills whereas a decent experience of white-water rafting is necessary for Grades IV and VI.
Rafting is not only challenging but it is terribly a fun activity as well if you just keep the instructor’s safety tips in mind. Although white-water (rapids) begets a kind of fear, rafting can be extremely safe, delightful and exciting if we get a right training from a professional guide and take all safety precautions, use appropriate equipment and follow international safety and ecological norms. Rafting in Nepal has increasingly been a popular adventure sport due to the fact that almost anyone, from a non- swimmer to those with no prior rafting experience can go rafting. The 15-minute instructions from a professional guide can give you a life time experience in rafting getting splashed riding the waves and enjoying the peace and tranquillity of the river.
Nepal, being a country of the Himalayas, consists of numerous perennial snowclad mountains as its treasure. Interestingly, eight out of the fourteen highest peaks in the world, are happy enough to keep Nepal in their laps.These high mountains originate a number of perennial rivers that crash down through the foothills fed by melting snow and monsoon rains on their way to the awesome Plains of the Ganges. These snowcapped mountains and the terraced landscapes have created plethora of opportunities for trekking, hiking, climbing, biking and mountaineeringfor the adventure lovers. Similarly, the everflowing mighty rivers and and the small streams and tributaries in between create a wealth of unlimited world class opportunities for great river-rafting and kayaking adventures in Nepal.
In terms of the origin, there are three major river groups in Nepal. Rivers that originate directly from the snow-capped mountains belong to the antecedent group. The Koshi, the Karnali and the Gandaki rivers belong to the antecedent group. Rivers originating from the Mahabharat range and cutting through Churia hills come under the second group,The Mahabharat group. These rivers include Kankai, Bagamati, Kamala and so on. Rivers that originate from the southern face of the Churia hills fall on the third category. For the purpose of commercial rafting river trips are Bhotekoshi, Sunkoshi, Tamur, Kaligandaki, Karnali, Seti khola, Trishuli, Bheri, upper sunkoshi, Marshyngdi, lower Arun , Dudha koshi, and Seti Karnali.
Nepal is a river runner’s paradise. The other countries except Nepal does not offer multi-day trips away from roads with splendid mountain surroundings, semi tropical climate, exotic cultures, wildlife, warm rivers, impressive geography and friendly welcoming people. While enjoying the magnificent rafting adventure, you will have a magnificent holiday en route. You will explore fairy tale land of temples, mountains, dramatic festivals, exotic cultures, colorful people, Medieval villages, superb craft shopping, great food and sights along with the fun filled rafting adventure done in most of the rivers in Nepal such as Sunkoshi and Karnali.