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October 8, 2015

Rafting and Kayaking in Bhutan

Written By Admin

 

The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan flowing over the mountains and through the valleys from the Tibet is one of the kingdom’s attraction for people who loves adventurous rides like rafting and kayaking. The rivers (wangchhu, sunkosh, punatsangchhu, mangdechhu, kurichhu and damgmechhu and their tributaties) in the kingdom have been scouted for rafting and kayaking. The rivers are rough and tough with strong currents and speed at times and at places it passes gently. Rafting and kayaking is one of the adventurous sports thatare popular among the tourists. There is smooth rafting for amateurs and heart throbbing runs for the veterans. The travel agents organize walking and trekking expeditions along the riverbanks besides rafting and trekking. The best season for rafting and kayaking is in spring (March to April) and winter (November to December).
Safety

Bhutanese rafting and kayaking guides are well trained and will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventures minus the risks.

  • The rivers of Bhutan were first graded for water sports in 1997 by the experienced duo Gerry Mofatt and Peter Knowles at the invitation of the Royal Government, under the erstwhile Department of Tourism to survey potential routes
  • They trained the first batch of Bhutanese river-guides and conducted surveys
  • Since then, other rivers have been surveyed including the Punatsang Chhu, Manas and Amo Chhu
  • TCB guidelines ensure that all operators use well maintained professional equipment and a reasonable guide-client ratio

 

Paro


Location:

Paro Valley, Western Bhutan
Length:

Approximately 10 km (3 hours)
Difficulty:

Class III-IV
Flow:  

About 500 cfs
Season:

March – April
Craft:

Kayaks recommended due to narrow and steep rapids


Location: 

 Paro Valley, Western Bhutan
Length:

    7 km (1 hour)
Difficulty:

 Class II – III, with one V
Flow: 

       Approximately 500 cfs
Season:

   March-April
Craft: 

       Kayaks (too small for rafts)
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