White Water Rafting - Nepal

Expedition Nepal

River Aid

River Aid - Mission

Helping Nepal to re-build – Our philosophy is that all profits go to the local community – ie the remote villages that were so badly hit by the quakes last year – We have been helping with fund raising initially with getting food, water, medicines and shelter to them and then with rebuilding the heart of the communities – the schools – we are currently rebuilding a third school now. 

 

About Nepal

Nepal lies in the central Himalayas between India and China (Tibet).

From the beautiful Himalayan Mountains to the central hills down in the flats of the Terai region, the country is rich in culture and diversity.

The varying topography and altitude mean there is a wide range of climatic conditions. In summer the temperature is usually between 28-30 degress celcius and in winter around 10 degrees. The highest rainfall is in the monsoon season which is usually June to August.

Habituated by a wide variety of races and tribes and they have their own religious and cultural patterns. Brahmins and Chetris are widely distributed throughout the country and many Newars are concentrated in the Kathmandu valley. Approximately 90 percent of the people live as subsistence farmers working in agriculture with tourism as the next highest income earner.

Tourism one of the country’s most important industries and plays a large role in the economic activity of Nepal. It is a major source of income for a great many residents in the Kathmandu valley.

Kathmandu, the capital city is the urban core of the Himalayas and the largest metropolitan city, sitting at an elevation of about 1400 metres. Its estimated population is 1.5 million and the estimated total population of Nepal is 21 million spread over  of an area of 147.181 square miles.

Politically speaking Nepal is a relatively young democracy and it was an absolute monarchy until 1990. Recent political developments are more difficult to predict and follow. After the killing of the King and his family in 2001, the kings brother took the throne for his second reign. He dissolved parliament and set up his own government. The Maoists since then have taken over most of rural Nepal and in 2008 forced the King to step down and release his control over the political process.

At this point the Maoists were elected into government but they have since resigned and now Nepal is currently in a state of hung parliament. They are working on electing a new prime minister, however the tourism industry is not affected by the political situation. In fact, 2011 was promoted as tourism year in Nepal by the Nepalese Tourism Board.

About Wild Rivers

Wild Rivers is run and operated by Stephen Walker an experienced Level 3 Raft Guide & Search & Rescue Technician. We will also take some local Nepali Guides from White Water Adventure Nepal who will run safety kayaks and be in charge of our gear raft, food and supplies.

White Water Rafting is our passion! Wild Rivers provides world class white water rafting and kayaking adventure trips around the world.

Wild Rivers mission is to offer an opportunity for everyone to explore the rivers and mountains of the world and experience new cultures and environments through river trips and exploration.

Culture

Nepal is predominantly Hindu (70 %) and Buddhist (20 %) with a few Christians and other religions as well.

There are a wide variety of races and tribes and they have their own religious and cultural patterns. Brahmins and Chetris are widely distributed through out the country and Newars are concentrated in the Kathmandu valley. Aproximately 80 percent of the people live subsistantly and work in agriculture, and tourism is the next highest income earner.

The Nepalese are reknowned as especially warm and friendly people and welcome foreigners into their homes offerering genuine smiles and friendship. Many Nepalese speak English and it is widely taught through the schools.The Nepalese speak over 30 languages and Nepali is the national language however any foreigner with a little knowledge of Nepali can make themselves understood in any part of Nepal.

The Nepalese people are amongst the most gentle of folk you will ever meet anywhere in the world.  With strong family and community values, the country feels like a safe and hospitable place to travel.  A whole family of grandparents, parents and many children will reside in a two room hut with basic amenities.  

The traditional food is a common dish called Dhal Bhat which consists of white rice, spinach and usually chicken which is on the bone and served in a medium flavoured curry sauce.  Food is locally farmed, sourced and fresh!  A meal such as Dhal Bhat will set you back around £1 so you can live quite frugally whilst travelling in Nepal.

With the surgence of tourism there is now a wide varirty of accommodation available to suit all budgets.  Whilst trekking you can camp or stay in charming local tea huts.  Whilst rafting you will be camping on remote little riveside beaches and when staying in the cities you can stay anywhere from a travellers budget hotel at around a cost of £5 per night or a more luxurious 4* hotel with aircon, power shower and room service from an astonishnigly affordable £16 per night.

Trip Overview

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White Water Rafting - Nepal

Sub - Tropical Climate

The climate in Nepal is sub-tropical; 

One of the best times to visit is in November with average daily highs of 23c and night time lows of 13c, the rainy season is well and truly over and you can expect warm clear sunny days, perfect!

Visas - Money - Medical - Insurance

VISA

A valid passport is required when visiting Nepal. UK visitors can purchase a Visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu. 

Single-entry visas or two-month, multiple-entry visas are available upon arrival. Remember you will need to provide two passport photos and US $40.

PLEASE NOTE Visa's must be paid for in United States Dollars cash ONLY so ensure you change some money into US dollars before you depart UK and bring with you to avoid delays at immigration. 

No UK travellers may obtain visas prior to travel please visit Embassy of Nepal web site for the most up to date visa information. You can also obtain entry and exit information from the Nepalese Department of Immigration.

There is also a departure tax which needs to be paid when leaving from Tribhuvan International Airport, however this is a minimal amount (approx US $10 based on last year).  All foreigners must pay an airport exit tax, regardless of the length of their stay.

150 days is the maximum amount of time a tourist can stay in Nepal in a calendar year.

MONEY 

We would strongly recommend bringing $150 / $200 USD in cash, as an emergency fund on top of your budgeted spending money. Cash points are available at the airport and in Kathmandu but electricity can be temperamental in Nepal as can the cash machines. UK banks are also likely to put a 'stop' on your card if attempting a cash machine withdrawal at a small local bank, therfore advising your bank / credit card company of your trip before departure is a good idea.  The local currency is the Nepalese Rupee and is controlled by the government, it can not be bought in or taken out of the country so do change your Rupees back to USD before departing Nepal.

MEDICAL

Before coming to Nepal you will need to make sure all your standard UK vaccinations are up to date Typhoid, Polio, Meningitis and Tetanus. Hepatitis, Rabies and Malaria are optional, please consult your GP for further advice.

It can take some time to have these vaccinations done properly so give yourself plenty of leeway before you come to Nepal. Make sure your tetanus shots are current too.  Try to make a GP appointment 6 / 8 weeks before you travel.

There are still some cases of Malaria in Nepal but it is only down in the Terai ( flat lands of Nepal ). It is your personal choice whether to take malaria tablets but note that sometimes the side effects are quite strong. If you are visiting Bardia National Park or Chitwan it may be an idea to take this medication however the best prevention is to be protected against the mosquitoes, wear long sleeve clothing and use repellent that you bring from home.

It is a good idea to have a full dental check before arriving in Nepal as the dentists in Nepal may not be quite as reliable as your own.

It is important to be mindful of your hygiene and be careful what you eat. For example make sure you always eat cooked food when you are eating anything from street sellers. All our trips have the highest quality of sanitation and all the water is iodized. One of the ailments that travelers sometimes get in Nepal are dysentery either amoebic or bacterial and most of the time it is from eating something dodgy in town and is almost always contracted in Kathmandu before getting to the river.

Whilst on the river trips you may suffer from an upset tummy or incur a few minor war wounds but do not worry the guides and trip leader will be carrying a comprehensive medical first aid kit including sanitisation, bandages, creams and all kinds of tablets to ease pain or upset tummies.

INSURANCE

You will need to provide your own travel insurance. We recommend using Dare Direct Insurance Search for Rafting - Grade 4&5 - Zone 2 

Please note; further advice on all of the above matters will be explained comprehensively within the trip itinerary once your place has been confirmed and we are on hand to answer any questions or concerns you may have relating to the trip.

 

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