Rafting Grades in Nepal

In Nepal, there are dissimilar the rafting category as a grade as per people’s feelings about rafting in rivers and water force. To really enjoy your rafting holiday it is important to prepare yourself physically and to choose a river that which grade’s river is suitable for you. For this reason, we have graded our river to provide an indication of what is required. Please remember though, that only minimal exercise is required to prepare you for most of our trips.

Grade 1: Flatwater (Skill Level: Very Basic)

These types of rivers are flat and slow-moving. A river with a 1 grade listed will have some flat spots. A completely 1 graded river will be totally flat. This kind of river is good for sightseeing and relaxing. Rapti River in Chitwan has categorized 01 grades in Nepal.

Grade 2: Bubbling current (Skill level: basic paddling skill)

In grade 2 river some rough water, maybe some rocks might require some maneuvering. This grade river is flat, but moving a little bit faster than grade 1. Seti and Madi River are Graded 02 categories in Nepal.

Grade 3: Technical & Exciting (Skill level: experienced paddling skills)

In a Grade 3 river, the rapids are becoming more serious and more technical. Grade 3 and above can only be rafted with trained guides. This is a fun river with lots of excitement. In the river you will find small waves, maybe a small drop and some rapids.

Grade 4: Seriously big rapids (Skill level: whitewater experience)

Grade 4 or above grade you required previous experience and good physical fitness. This is where the adrenaline gets going; grade 4 Rivers have a fast-moving current with many big drops and rapids. This kind of river is action-packed and needs technical paddling. In the river, you will find medium waves, rocks, and a considerable drop. Bheri, Bhotekosi and Arun Rivers are categorized as 04 Grade Rivers in Nepal.

Grade 5: The hair-raising limit (Skill level: advanced whitewater experience)

Grade 5 is a serious river not for the faint-hearted, with a torrent-like current and huge rapids this is the ultimate in white water adventures. In the river, you will find large waves, large volumes, large rocks, large drops, which require precise maneuvering. Sun Kosi and Karnali River are grade 05 categories in Nepal.

Grade 6: un-navigable (Skill level: successful completion of Class 6 rapid without serious injury)

Please note that most rivers contain more than one grading. For example, a grade 1 –5 river will contain elements of all four grades, flat spots, slower small rapids and some big fast rapids. The grade also varies depending on the season and the amount of water running down the river. Rafters can expect to encounter substantial huge waves, huge rocks and hazards, and huge drops.