Nepal is a river rafter's heaven. Nowhere in the world will you get an experience this exhilarating, this sublime. The gurgling and bouncing Himalayan Rivers provide you with ample opportunity to live your fantasies. Rafting in Nepal is often re-christened "blissful escapism" because of the rafting routes that more often than none, lies in seclusion. Very few rafting routes have highways accompanying them and thus what is left is the blue water and you. The best thing about the rafting in Nepal is that it is very cheap in comparison to the similar facilities in Gadhwal in India. White water rafting is inseparable with rapids, of which there is no dearth in Nepal. The thundering rivers that originate from various glaciers in Tibet make Nepal one of the best rafting destinations in the world. The rivers that are fit for rafting are graded on the scale of 1 to 6. Grade 1 is awarded to the rivers that are very quiet where as 6 is given to the one that are very dangerous. The rafters have to apply for the rafting permit. These permits have grades mentioned on it. Rafters are classified according to their experience where amateurs are awarded with Grade 3 Rivers at maximum. The most experienced and the professionals are awarded maximum Grade 5 Rivers. The best month for rafting is from September to November when there is minimum melting of glaciers. There are various rafting agencies both in Northern Nepal as well as Kathmandu regions. Most of the bookings are done in advance and on the Internet. The most popular among these agencies is Mountain River Rafting Club at Kathmandu.
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