Along the Roar of the Royal River

  • Destination: Punakha
  • Duration: 4 days

Rafting in Bhutan is a gentle drift-down-the-river admiring the scenery and running a few small yet exciting rapids. This may be combined in any tour, trek or a holiday in Bhutan.

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Rafting in Punakha

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RAFTING IN PUNAKHA

Generally rafting conjures up images of crashing through horrendous rapids and monstrous waves with laughing and screaming joyful rafters hanging on but in the context of rafting in Bhutan, it is a gentle drift-down-the-river admiring the scenery and running a few small yet exciting rapids.

Most of the rivers in Bhutan are very steep and highly rushing with limited road access makes it considerably unsuitable for white water rafting. Only a few rivers are opened for rafting considering their safe course and easy access.

The Pho Chu, with its approx 16 km course with about 15 rapids of class II-IV is the most popular for rafting in Bhutan followed by Mo Chu river with 10 Km course comprising around 10 rapids with 2 – 2+ rapids.

Drifting past imposing 17th century Punakha Dzong (fort and monastery) watching world’s rarest bird, the white belled Heron in its natural habitat and Kingfishers frolicking on riverbank – all these topped off with spectacular sight of serene lush green alpine valleys, are the most amazing experience you would love to treasure. Rafting in Bhutan is a superb experience in its own right.

No special experience is required as long as you do not mind doing a bit of paddling and getting a bit wet – or quite possibly very wet! – then you will have an exciting time riding the white waters of the Himalayan rivers.

Rivers in Bhutan also offer great potential for Kayaking. If you are looking for more adventure, your hosts will be happy to customize a suitable Kayaking adventure in Bhutan.

 

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Mo Chhu –

Tashithang Devil’s Gorge Section (Tashithang – Below Punakha Dzong)

Length: 12 km, 5 -7 hours with scouting
Difficulty: Class V
Flow: 1000 cfs
Season: Feb/Dec.
(Caution: higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous. High water runs not recommended for amateurs)
Craft: Kayaks only (too steep for rafts)

 

 

 

 

Mo Chhu – Upper Run

(14km above Punakha Dzong
– Kabjisa)

Length: 3 km
(1.5 hours with scouting)
Difficulty: Class IV -V
Flow: 1500 – 2000 cfs
Season: Mar-Apr, Nov-Dec
Craft: Kayaks only

Upper Pho Chhu

(Wangthangkha – Samdingkha)

Length: Approx. 7 km (2 hours)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs
Season: March – April,
October – November
Craft: Kayaks and Rafts

Lower Pho Chhu

(Samdingkha – Below Punakha Dzong)

Length: Approx. 7 km (2 hours)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs
Season: March – April,
October – November
Craft: Kayaks and Rafts