Seti khola river trip

Damauli to Narayanghat

The first day you drive west of Kathmandu early in the morning for Damauli , roughly 260 km away . After the rafts are rigged, you set off down the Setikhola, a tributary of the Saptagandaki River. You spend the whole day within its forested canyon. The luxuriant vegetation visible along the river is a remnant of the vast forested area, which once covered the middle hills of Nepal. In the afternoon a small but technical rapid is encountered near the village of Saranghat, inhabited by Magars, who are renowned for generations of service with GURKHA FORCES. Saranghat is a colorful middle hill village. The first night’s camp is on a spacious beach below the village.

The next days you encounter a technical rapid graded between 3-5 before entering the Trishuli River, Here middle hills and the Tarai plains opens up before us. The topography gets changed dramatically. The twisted severe rock formations give way to sandstone and gravel deposited by antecedent rivers. After lunch you can visit a unique religious community Devghat, well known among the Hindus. Every year in mid January, thousands of pilgrims visit the river and the ashram to worship. At this point where the Kaligandaki joins the Trishuli and becomes the Narayani river you get a choice between coming back to Kathmandu or continuing journey to visit the Royal Chitwan National Park.