Many people put off kayaking during in the monsoon because the waters are too high, and yes they are, but with a country with over 6,000 rivers – there is always something to paddle. For those who want to experience big volume rivers and have the experience, we think kayaking in the monsoon is one of the best times to visit Nepal!
River System of Nepal:
The antecedent system of river drainage partly explains why the rivers of Nepal are so good for rafting and kayaking – they don’t just rush straight down to the plain, but follow convoluted courses traversing the Midland valleys of Nepal and then cutting their way in more mighty gorges through the Mahabharat Range. The profile of the Kali Gandaki is typical of many Nepalese rivers in that the gradient eases off at an altitude of around 1000 meters – this explains why most river running is at relatively low altitude. All Himalayan rivers are actively downcutting and carry a lot of material as sediment, or as boulders trundling along the bottom – hold a paddle shaft to your ear and you hear it. There are tremendous variations in the volume of water in the rivers: typically the mean monthly flow in the monsoon will be over ten times that at low water and the instantaneous highest flow may be 80 times! These are some of the mightiest mountain rivers of the world!
Lower Seti River:
Visit this site all year long! Main season is between September to June, the Monsoon season between July and August turns into one intense experience for the daring lot. This unique river passes through two beautiful and contrasting scenic areas offering a good variety of Nepali landscapes with local villages, terraced rice fields, waterfalls, jungle corridors and a beautiful white sandy beach for camping under the stars. With relatively small water volume and a very pleasant warm water temperature this river is a great introduction to a white water adventure, perfect for families, first timers or those interested in learning white water kayaking. The Lower Seti River finishes near the Chitwan National Park, making it a great way to get off the beaten track, avoid the bus and enjoy the peaceful life along the river as you float your way to one of Nepal’s most famous adventure destinations. If you are looking for a gentle river adventure or simply want to avoid the bus from Pokhara to Chitwan, then this is the perfect trip for you.
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