Embarking our rafting tour, we take a pleasant flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. The flight will take around 35 minutes to reach to Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar is a beautiful village situated in the Eastern Region between Arun and Sabha Region of Koshi Zone. It is known to be the deepest valley of Nepal. Tumlingtar is the primary gateway airport for reaching Makalu, the peak being roughly 50km to the north of the city, with the base camp being accessible by trekking routes. Upon arrival at Tumlingtar, walk up to the camp site spot. You can spend your afternoon by visiting this tiny village while our other crew member will set up camp and prepare dinner for overnight.
Wake up early and have breakfast prepared by our staffs. After breakfast, pack up your gears and trek for about two hours until you reach Sabha River. Sabha River is very clear because most of the water is collected from land sources, not from the mountains. It is also the source of irrigation and drinking water on its banks. The river is not very long, but is very useful for the local people as it is also a source of fish. The river joins with Arun River at the south of Tumlingtar.
After a gradual and steady walk for a couple of hours, you will reach Sabha River. Then you will be briefed about the next day’s rafting and paddling process, safety issues, rescue process, rapids of the river and many other things. As you will start your raft early tomorrow so get the equipment ready on this day.
Your raft will be started after breakfast at around 9 am. As briefed by our professional guides the day before, you are requested to follow their instructions while rafting. As soon as you get on the river, you feel thrilled out with the waves. However, taking no long time you began to enjoy these rapids ultimately. Today is pretty smooth except for little rough ones of grade III/IV. After rafting, have lunch and take a rest.
Like in previous day, you will start your raft after breakfast. This day’s rafting can be more challenging than the previous day. You come across quite a number of rapids one after another this day. However, rafting experience from previous day will surely help you to overcome with these rapids. You will encounter a left-bend rapid before crossing the suspension bridge at Ranighat. After experiencing numbers of rapid, finally you will experience blithe rapid. Afterwards, camp nearby and stay overnight.
On the following day, you will experience pretty smooth and relaxed raft in comparison to the previous days as the rapids are not high. The Arun River now merges with river Sunkoshi to form in to a confluence of river Saptakoshi. Saptakoshi is one of the major rivers of Nepal, which further flows to merge with the famous Ganges in India.
You will raft over the Saptakoshi River for about an hour and reach at the site of a temple in Bara Chettra. This is a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu. You can pay your visit while you are here. If not then we will continue to float for another half hour up to Chatara. From Chatara, drive for about an hour to reach Biratnagar. You can spend an overnight at Biratnagar.
After breakfast, stroll around the town for a while and then transfer to airport for your flight back to Kathmandu.
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