RAFTING IN EASTERN BHUTAN

The clean and clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom's best kept open secrets. Fed by the Eastern Himalayas, the six rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, MangdeChhu, KuriChhu and DangmeChhu and their tributaries) have been scouted for kayaking and rafting. They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India.
The natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers' courses makes up for a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan's beautiful wilderness. It is more than a teaser and an invitation to anyone interested in adventure travels.
The rivers are plentiful with high currents and depths reaching a maximum of about five meters; at places it passes gently on and in others the rivers rage through loudly, dominating the environs. Although adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions, it is gaining on in popularity.
The sport offers something for everyone.There is easy rafting for beginners and hair-raising runs for the veterans. Besides the rafts and the kayaks, Bhutanese agents also organize walking and trekking expeditions along the scenic river banks.
The best time for rafting and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.



Detail tour Itinerary

Day 1: Guwahati-S/Jongkhar, 130km/4 hrs drive
Day 2: S/jongkhar-Trashigang, 170km/6-7 hrs drive
Day 3: Rafting Duksum - Shrichu, 14 km/4 hrs rafting
Day 4: Shrichu-Beach I, 15km/6 hrs rafting
Day 5: Beach I-Kangkhar Zam, 17km/6 hrs rafting
Day 6: Kangkhar Zam-Yangbari, 15km/5-6 hrs rafting
Day 7: Yangbari-Samdrup-jongkhar, 179km/03-4 hrs drives
Day 8: S/jongkhar-Gawuhati (India), 110km/03 hrs drives
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Day 1
On arrival at Airport Gawuhati, you will be driven to Samdrup-Jongkhar, small town of Bhutan, it about 4 hours drive from Airport. Later, you can stroll in the town for leisure.

Day 2
Drive to Trashigang en route Yongphu-la(3000m). It is about 170km from the Samdrup-Jongkhar, the road all winding, gradually ascending till Yongphu-la. On the way, you will come across several small hamlets beside the road. The vegetation changes from rain forest into mix chir pine forest. You will be descend from the pass to the Trashigang town. On arrival, visit Tashigang Dzong (fortress in the sky) later, stroll in the small town of east.

Day 3
Drive 30-40 minutes to the road point of Rafting, Duksum, confluence of Drangme chu- Kholong chu. Prepared, check the equipments, on the first day rafting can be class III+, accessible by road so lunch were provided by company. It will take roughly 4 hrs rafting (warm up) to Shrichu.

Day 4
On the second day of Rafting, class IV rapid, III+. There will be two to three portages on the river. It will be 15 km distance, cover in 6 hrs rafting (roughly). Camp at Beach I.

Day 5
We suggest to do rafting early, the river will be turbulent, class III+. There will be two portages on the way. The distance will 17km from Beach I to Kangkhar Zam. It will take roughly 6 hrs rafting.

Day 6
The river will be calm with class III, no portages till to the Yangbari (Exit point). The distance is 15km, it will take 5-6 hrs rafting till to Yangbari. Halt at Yangbari with Escort team (Bon fire camping).

Day 7
Drive 6-7 hrs to Samrup-Jongkhar (border town of Bhutan) through the dense forest of tropical, keep open your eyes, perhaps you may encounter with wild animals in the forest. There is check point but everything will be taken care by company.

Day 8
Departure
 

Tour date

only by request
(8 days / 7 nights)

Group size & price

from 3-12 pax:
2,290 USD per person

Price includes

  • 3* hotels double occupancy
  • Full board
  • private vehicle
  • all entrance fees
  • English speaking Bhutanese guide (other languages upon request)
  • Visa fee

Supplementary fee

  • Single individual
    80 USD per night
  • Group of 2 persons
    30 USD per person per night
  • single occupancy
    40 USD per night

* Any individual tours and services can be upgraded according to your time and interest on request.
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