Rising in the Himalayas of Dolpa district, Bheri is yet another incredible white-water rafting river of Nepal. This remote river located in west Nepal, remains relatively unexplored with its lovely campsites surrounded by lush vegetation in a tranquil environment with picturesque landscapes. The mellow rapids of Bheri, graded as easy white-water for its fun-filled yet calm flows offer an enchanting white-water rafting trip. This trip promises beautiful scenery, un-spoilt villages with vibrant local traditions, interesting people and their warm and hospitable culture complemented by unique flora and fauna. The Bheri is also one of the best rivers for fishing. The two large tributaries, Thuli (meaning big) and Sani (Small) meet at Ramna Ghat to form the main Bheri River. The river has crystal blue water complemented by clean and brilliant white sandy beaches for comfortable night stops. White water rafting on the Bheri when combined with other adventure sports like fishing and jungle safari in the Bardia National Park makes for a superb holiday experience in Nepal.
The Bheri Adventure
Day 01 Kathmandu – Nepalgunj - Samjhighat
We fly out early in the morning from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj, which is an hour-long flight offering spectacular views of the Himalayas along the way. On arrival we will be met by our trip leader and driven to the put-in point at Samjhighat which takes approximately 3 hours. The drive itself is a unique experience, winding up through the Siwalik hills and passing through local villages. On arrival at the starting point your own tented camp awaits you on the banks of the Bheri River. Dinner is served around the campfire.
Day 02 Samjhighat – Hidden Lake
Our day begins with a refreshing cup of coffee, pumping up more enthusiasm and more energy for our adventurous day. After breakfast, we break camp and start on our exploration down the Bheri River. After 20 minutes on this wonderful white-water, we encounter our first big rapid, one of many to come. The Bheri itself is so remote that it remains a relatively unexplored river. The first section of the river is quite rough with twisted bends creating many exciting rapids. Himalayan River Exploration is the only rafting company that operates this river.
We stop for lunch beside the river and take time to explore the surrounding area, engage in some bird watching or simply laze around in the midday sun. Back on the river after lunch, we encounter more white-water and end the day on one of the many sandy beaches.
Day 03 Hidden Lake-- Jaamu
The "Exciting" section gives way to a narrow gorge section with vertical cliffs rising 200 - 300 feet on either side, interspersed with open valleys where there are small villages. This area is generally scenic but there are many rapids encountered, giving us the opportunity to tackle fun-filled active torrents. Once again we find one of the many pristine beaches for our campsite.
Day 04 Jaamu – Chisapani -- Karnali Camp
The final day on the Bheri River still holds a few surprises with several small but exciting rapids along the way. After an hour of floating downstream we arrive at the confluence of the Bheri and the Karnali rivers. Once again we enter another gorge section, this time opening up onto the huge plains of the southern terai region of Nepal. Once through this gorge, we enter the Bardia National Park. Here we stop at the Karnali Camp –one of the best wildlife sighting destinations. The camp overlooks the mighty Karnali River with its wide sandy beaches and riverine grassland.
With this, we end our grand white-water adventure on the Bheri River and begin a new adventure – Jungle Safari in Bardia