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The Seti Khola rises on the South East slopes of Machapurchare and then flows south as a fairly typical Nepalese mountain river, it is dammed for Hydro Electric Power just above Pokhara and then shortly afterwards it disappears in to a deep and very narrow chasm to reappear again in a wide valley a few kilometres below Pokhara - so be careful where you get in! From the recommended put -in at Dule Gouda it flows through a spectacular almost eerie, board river plain, at times meandering in braided channels at other times incising the plain leaving 100 metre high river cliffs. The rock here is reminiscent of buildrers comglomerate - pebbles and small boulders embedded in a coarse sand matrix but more resistant to erosion than it appears at first glance. After Khaireni the Seti enters a typical Nepali valley initially passing through some small narrow gorges. It then winds a lot between interlocking spurs of the high green hills, before entering a straighter jungle corridor, with only a sparse local population. This corridor continues all the way to the Trisuli, interrupted only by a short narrow section, which precedes the wide Mardi Khola confluence at Dhaumali. Features to note on the river include quit a range of birds, from many vultures on the upper section to Kingfishers on the lower section. The jungle corridor has lot of hanging, green vegetetion on all sides and has several narrow velleys, which could be explored on foot.

Trip Facts

  • Activities: River Rafting
  • Rafting Type: Camping
  • Best Season: Mar - May, Sept - Dec
  • Total Duration: 2 Days
  • Rafting Area: Seti River Rafting
  • Group Size: 2 - 50 pax
  • Max. Height: 900 m.
  • Transportation: Drive in / Out
Detail Itinerary Seti River Rafting
  • Day 01: We leave Kathmandu in the early morning and drive to Damauli, our put in point. After the rafts are rigged we will set off down the Seti Khola. We spend the whole day within its forested canyon. The luxuriant vegetation we see is a remnant of the vast forested area, which once covered the middle hills of Nepal.
  • Even now we are objects of curiosity to the villagers. Traveling by rafts is a perfect way to view undisturbed wildlife. When we stop for lunch we have time to explore, Photograph, birdwatcher, swim or relax. Later in the afternoon we encounter a small but technical rapid near the village of Saranghat. Inhabited by Magars, who are renowned for generations of service with the Gurkha forces Saranghat, is a colorful middle hills village. Our first night we will set up camp on a spacious beach below the village
  • Day 02: After we have finished breakfast and repacked the raft, we will set off down river. Later we encounter the technical rapid grade 3 shortly after the rapid we leave Seti Khola and enter Trisuli River. Here the middle hills recede and the Terai plain opens before us. The Topography has changed dramatically. The twisted severe rock formations give away to sandstone and gavel deposited by antecedent rivers.
  • After lunch we have opportunity to visit a unique religious community , Devhgat . Each Year thousands of pilgrims visit the ashram to worship. At this point Kali Gandaki joins the Trisuli River. The river now becomes the Narayani River. We float further down to a small town Narayanghat. Where we end our River trip.