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The Jewel Of The East ~ Tamur
Tour Duration : 11 days
Destination Covered : Tamur Trek and Rafting
The Jewel Of The East ~ Tamur
The Jewel Of The East ~ Tamur

 

TheJewel Of The East ~ Tamur ( 11days )

 

Rapids still tobe named…..

 

The first commercial run of the Tamur was in 1990 and there havebeen very few descents since then.  InNovember of 1991 we ran an expedition down this river and proved to ourselvesthat all we had heard about it being an "exceptional trip" was right.The trip combines one of the best short Himalayan treks with a challenging andexhilarating river journey. Tamur drains the snows of the mighty Kanchanjungamassif, the third highest peak in the world and flows through a truly beautifuland unspoiled gorge. The superb sandy beaches, few villages and limitedagriculture along the river provide Tamur with the most pristine raftingenvironment in Nepal.

Although the Tamur is still relatively untravelled,it probably has created more whitewater interest than any other commercialrafting rivers in Nepal. With three days of trekking through the foothills ofthe Himalayas followed by 120 km of exceptional whitewater thrill, Tamur is ahighly recommended, active and exhilarating wilderness journey.

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1 – 2

 

We begin our expedition with anovernight bus journey to Dharan Bazaar, where we rest for a while to consume ahearty breakfast, before we continue to drive another 3 to 4 hrs to reachBasantapur. Our route takes us through the bustling market town of Hile wherethe surrounding villagers come to trade their wares. From Hile the drive toBasantapur has spectacular views from Everest to Kanchanjunga. At Basantapur wearrange for our team porters to carry all our equipment to the put-in. In thisinteresting hill top town we rest for the night, before beginning our trek thenext morning.

 

Day 3 – 4 – 5

 

The next 3 days are spent trekkingthrough small villages, magnificent rhododendron forests and beautiful meadows.This is said to be one of the most scenic treks in Nepal. From our trail alongthe ridge-top we have commanding views of the spectacular Himalayan ranges ofMakalu, Jannu and Kanchanjunga as we make our way to the holy lake, GuphaPokhari, at around 10000 ft.

 

After Gupha Pokhari the trail begins todescend through rice terraces until we reach our put in at Dobhan. We camp atDobhan overnight at the confluence of the Sewa Khola and the Tamur river. Ourporters who have amazed us in the last few days with their strength andagility, carrying among other things huge 80 kilo rafts on their backs, returnto Basantapur leaving us to prepare ourselves for exhilarating days ahead onthe river.   

 

Day 6 – 11

 

In the morning of the 6thday, after having a delicious breakfast prepared by our multi-talented riverguides, we inflate the rafts, load on the gear, have a safety talk and practiceand finally head off down this magnificent river.

 

The Tamur probably has more whitewaterinterest than any other commercial rafting river in Nepal and is frequentlystated as one of the best white water trips in the world. The first 16 km ofthe river from Dobhan allows no respite – just continuous class 3, 4+ and 5whitewater and it doesn't take long before everyone is paddling as a tightteam. It is very satisfying rafting that requires a degree of precision as wemake our way through steep and technical rapids.

 

The Kaveli river is the first majortributary coming in on the left adding about a quarter of the volume and thereare some difficult rapids below here. With so few descents of the Tamur, manyof the major rapids are still waiting to be named.

 

Just after the Hinwan Khola confluence,the river widens out and for the first time we witness small villages andcattle grazing along the river's sides. The local people who live in the smallvillages of this middle section of the river, belong to a fascinating array oftribes and castes. Most of them have never seen westerners before and thereforeare both very curious of our presence and equally welcoming.

 

The beaches for camping are excellentand with relatively few villages and little agriculture, this has to be one ofthe most pristine rafting environments in Nepal. There is plenty of wildlife tobe seen with troops of monkeys living in the more remote jungle gorges andexceptional birdlife all the way down the river. The last few days of raftingwhere the river turns back to the west are incredible. This section is the realtest of our teamwork as impressive steep canyon walls enclose the river and therapids are powerful and continuous. There are 40 odd rapids in the last 4 hoursbefore the Tamur exits these canyons and cascades into the mighty Sunkosi. Thecombined rivers, now called the Saptakosi (seven rivers) surge onwards withhuge volume to the Ganges and the Indian plain.

We take out at Chatara near Dharanbazaar about 10 km downstream.

 

Day 11

 

Our bus will meet us at Chatara andafter packing all our equipment we will go into the town for a Nepali feast anda short rest on dry land before returning to Kathmandu in our private bus.However, if you are allergic to long bus journeys, there is the option of aflight back.

 



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