The beautiful Arun River springs up from the Everest region joining with the Sunkoshi on the way and shakes its way onto the Indian plains in Bihar.Along the path, the Arun rambles through spectacular mountain scenery, remote villages and farming valleys. At its peak flow in places, this river truly rages with some rapid graded as class VI. In other places, the Arun meanders along at a more sedate pace allowing you tine for relaxation and to enjoy the pristine surroundings.
Due to Arun's remoteness, getting there is all part of the action. You can travel the 500 km over two days by road or fly to a nearby airstrip. From the bus or airstrip, trek to Kartikeghat, the put in point. Though difficult, it is certainly one of the most rewarding river trips in Nepal.
Departure Point: Kathmandu
River Start Point: Tumlingtar
River Finish Point: Chatara
Outward Travel Time: 1 hour flight
River Grade: III to IV
Return Travel Time: 13 Hours
River Days: 05 Days
River Distance: 50 Kms. (Approximately)
Kathmandu to Tumlingtar: - An hour's flight from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar takes you away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu. The Tumlingtar flight if scheduled in the afternoon, the camp shall be put up in Tumlingtar itself. The afternoon could be spent in visiting this tiny village with its small teashops and airstrip. Briefing for the next day's trip in the evening.
Day 02: Savaiya Khola Breakfast will normally be served at 8: 30 AM. Trek for about two hours at a gradual pace until Sabiya Khola. Briefing for the next day's schedule. Get the equipments ready to start early for the following day.
Day 03: Megan Besi As soon as we get on the river. From Tumlingtar, we get started at 9:30 AM after breakfast. Today is pretty smooth except for little rough ones of grade III/IV.
Day 04: Today could be more challenging than the previous days. We come across quite a number of rapids one after another. The first encounter is a left- bend rapid, before the suspension bridge at Ranighat. A number of rapids follow after this, one after another we finally camp nearby blithe rapid.
Day 05: Today is pretty smooth and relaxed compared to the previous days. The Arun River now merges with river Sunkosi to form in to a confluence of river Saptakosi, one of the major rivers of Nepal, which further flows to merge with the famous Gange in India. Float along Saptakosi for another half an hour and we reach the site of a temple in Bara Chettra a Hindu temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. From here, float for another half an hour to Chattra . Drive back.