The Seti River flows down from the mountains between the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges and is an ideal two-day trip in an isolated region quite suitable for family trips. The river flows through beautiful jungle and numerous easy rapids. The usual put-in point is Damauli that lies on the Kathmandu – Pokhara Highway between Mugling and Pokhara. It is easily reachable from Kathmandu or Pokhara. The two-day journey covers a distance of 32 km ending after crossing the confluence of the Seti and Trishuli rivers. Damauli is reached by driving roughly 150 kilometers west of Kathmandu.
Class II / III
Kathmandu, Nepal. International Airport
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Drive out of Kathmandu in the early morning to reach Damauli. The river guide gives the usual safety talk and instructions after which it is time to hit the water. This section of the river is a lovely forested canyon, quite a change from bustling Kathmandu. You will find a crowd of local villagers eagerly waiting to watch adventurous tourists take to the water. There is much wildlife to be seen along the river. We stop for lunch around mid-day. After lunch there is time to explore, take photographs, take a swim or just relax on the beach. Those interested can go bird watching as Nepal plays host to a large variety of exotic birds. Towards the afternoon, once again on the river, we encounter a small technical rapid near the village of Saran Ghat. Here you will find some interesting characters among the ethnic groups known as Gurungs and Magars, many of whom served as Gurkha soldiers. Nepal has an abundance of sandy white beaches along her rivers which are perfect for camping. We stop and set up camp in the late afternoon just below the village.
The day begins with a sumptuous breakfast after which we set out again for more thrills on the second day of rafting. We will soon be tackling technical rapids of Class III. Once we have gone over the splashing rapids, the Seti flows into the well-known Trishuli River. We float down for another 20 minutes to reach Gaighat around 11:30 am. This is the last stop on our wonderful river trip. We have lunch and then drive to Tiger Tops Jungle Lodge in the Chitwan National Park for jungle safari in Asia’s best preserved wildlife habitat.