The Tamur offers probably the best combination trip in Nepal – magnificent whitewater and a beautiful river valley, combined with one of the most scenic treks in the eastern Himalayas.

The Tamur and its tributaries drain the snows of Kanchanjunga, third highest peak in the world. The valley itself is beautiful and unspoiled, with relatively few villages and little agriculture. Valley sides are well wooded; there are good beaches for camping and plentiful wildlife.

Difficulty in Nov: 4+
From: Dovan
To: Chatra (105 m)
Distance: 130 km
River Days : 6 days
From Kathmandu: 1 day + 4 days trek
Av. Gradient: 4 m/km (20 ft/mile)
Volume in Nov: 150 cms (5250 cfs)
Best Season: Oct-Dec, March-April

Only recently opened for rafting, this river is unrivaled in number of rapids, scenery, and wildlife sightings. It has already built a reputation as a river for connoisseurs and trips are often booked up long in advance. With about 130 rapids in 120 km, the Tamur offers a serious amount of whitewater. This is a trip of a lifetime.

A perfect river for the advanced kayaker, it is best in November or April, when falling water levels allow a little more time to catch your breath in between rapids.

From Dobhan, the river is moving steadily, with plenty of fun class 3+ rapids to keep you engaged. The first two days, expect fun read-and-run and plenty of good surfing. On day three, the river widens and  flattens out, occasionally branching off into braided channels. On day four, approaching Mulghat and the road bridge crossing, the water speeds up again and the rapids increase in difficulty.

Below this road bridge, the river again increases in difficulty, with more technical rapids coming in quicker succession. The highlight of this lower section is the famous confluence with the Arun and Dudh Koshi, which you will hit on the last or second-to-last day.


river updated in 2015 by: Zuzana Montagne