Frequently Asked Questions
How Many In The Group And How Many In Each Raft?
A minimum of 4 people is required to make the trip operational. Each raft must be at least 6 people and a guide, however we can add up to 8 pax depending on rivers.
How Many Gear Rafts do you provide?
This depends on the group size but usually 1 gear raft for a group of 6 people. This changes with the river duration and the number of people in the expedition.
How Will You Get To And From The River?
We provide private transportation to and from the river for each rafting trip. For those opting for flights, this can be arranged for an additional cost.
How Long Is Each Day? How Many Actual Hours on the river?
A typical river day consists of approximately four to five hours of actual river journey each day. The rest of the time is spent on setting camp site, preparing logistics etc. For the client, this is a good time for personal exploration and interaction with the natural surrounding or fellow travellers.
How Many In The River Team And What Are Their Jobs?
A trip has the expedition leader, the main river guide under whose supervision there is a team of river guides and safety kayakers. All our team members are river professionals having the required certification for commercial river descents. The river crew prepares the camp logistics including meals but the clients are encouraged to join in.
Where Will You Camp Each Night?
We camp each night by the river bank on the sandy beach and each night a different campsite is set up.
What Happens After You Arrive At The Campsite?
After setting camp, the guide will suggest you to change into dry clothes and soon our team member serve you hot drinks first with some light snacks. You will have time for observing the local area for photographyor simply relax at the camp.
Do The Rafting Guests Participate In Camp Chores-How Much?
Our team member may request sometimes for clients participation at camp. This however is subject to client’s discretion.
What Kind Of Food Will You Be Eating?
The food is a mix of both vegetarian and non vegetarian meals which is hygienically prepared by our team members every day. Sometimes local delicacies are also served.
Do You Cook On- Fires Or Stoves And What Happen To Garbage?
We use LP Gas as a cooking fuel or kerosene stove that we carry with us on our trips. Garbage is managed properly at camp while the non-burnable and non-disposable items are carried back safely to Kathmandu for proper disposal.
What Kinds Of river equipment do you use? Boats, Paddles, Life Jacketsetc?
We have self-bailing rafts of various models; NRS, AVON, ZEBEC are a few that we use. Likewise, the paddles are heavy duty plastic Carlisle make. Life vests are American Cup & NRS??
Can I Bring My Camera Or Video Camera?
Many people bring disposable waterproof cameras, which work just fine. The quality of the pictures is reasonably good, and if you lose your disposable camera, it's not the end of the world or If you do choose to bring a more expensive camera, you can protect it waterproof cases available in our trip waterproof cases that fit many shapes and sizes of camera. Many river trips also have a professional photographer whose photos you can view and order after the trip. We don't recommend bringing video cameras, or even expensive still cameras, on trips.
Should I Tip My Guide And Other River Crews?
Tipping is certainly appreciated by the guides or other river crews, who work hard to make sure you have fun and a safe trip. If you feel your guide has done a good job, keeping you entertained, safely looked after and has shared the wonderful river environment with you, then feel free to show your appreciation.
Which Trips Are Best For Me?
If you are just learning to raft, start off with a Class II or III, or an easy Class IV rafting trip. If you are nervous about being part of a paddle boat, an alternative is to ride along on an oar boat, which we can offer on different rivers. Many rafters who are confident in the water, healthy, and feel adventurous, drop right into a Class IV river without prior experience. Guides will make sure you are trained in safety and paddle techniques. For Class V rivers, you must have prior class IV experience.
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