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Rafting In Bhutan
7 Nights - 8 Days Tours

Avg.Distance 54 M
Startline PARO
Finishline PARO
Days 8 DAYS
Difficulty MODERATE
Min.Pax 2

Rafting in Bhutan 7 Nights – 8 Days

INTRODUCTION

The company also focuses on promoting sports tourism and adventure activities in the country and also to make Bhutan as unique destination to the outside world through such events.

This is our 4th edition hosting the same event since the year 2013 with almost 36 -46 foreign participants from 18 different countries across the globe. We thank our associate event sponsor Tourism Council of Bhutan has been so supportive to make this event successful.

KAYAKING AND RAFTING

The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern Himalayas, six major rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been scouted for kayaking and rafting.
They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Brahmaputra River in India. The pristine natural setting and the sheer variety of the rivers’ courses provides a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. Adventurous travelers will not be disappointed by the rugged, untamed waterways of Bhutan. The rivers are plentiful with strong currents varying between slow, gentle flows in some places and powerful, raging torrents can be found throughout the country. Although adventure sports and tourism are relatively recent introductions to Bhutan, they are rapidly gaining in popularity.

The river courses available in Bhutan offer something for all visitors, regardless of experience: There are easy routes for beginners and hair-raising runs for the veterans. Besides the rafts and the kayaks, Bhutanese agents also organize walking and trekking expeditions along the scenic river banks. The best time for rafting and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.

COURSE SUMMARY

The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt of the Eastern Himalayas, six major rivers (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangde Chhu, Kuri Chhu and Dangme Chhu and their tributaries), have been scouted for kayaking and rafting.

ITENERARY BHUTAN 2016

Day 01 Arrive Paro

  • Transfer to the hotel in Thimphu (45min)
  • Race check-in
  • Distribution of road-books
  • Overnight stay in hotel

Day 02 Paro –Thimphu and Thimphu sightseeing
Day 03 Thimphu-Punakha/Wangdue
Day 04 Punakha Rafting Tours Day 1 along the Pho Chu (Male River)
Day 05 Punakha Rafting tour Day 2 along the Mochu (Female River)
Day 06 Punakha-Thimphu
Day 07 Thimphu-Paro and A Hike to Paro Taktsang Ghoempa
Day 08 Departure from Paro

PRE-COURSE DESCRIPTION

    KAYAKING AND RAFTING ROUTES
  1. Location: Punakha Valley, Western Bhutan
    Length: 12 km, 5 -7 hours with scouting
    Difficulty: Class V
    Flow: 1000 cfs
    Season: February/December.
    Craft: Kayaks only (too steep for rafts)

    (Caution: Higher than medium flows makes this run dangerous. High water runs are not recommended for amateurs)

START AREA

All races will start at 7:30 am, right after a brief instruction given by the organizers. Race start areas will be self-seeded based on your
expected finish time. Please look for the expected finish time signage marked on the fencing in the start area.
There will be a roped off area at the front of the race and start line for athletes of elite standard.
Toilets and water will be available at the start area of each race.

EVENTS CUT-OFF TIMES

Race course cut-off times – Runners must reach the start line of the Punakha Dochey (32km from the start) by 7am.
Competitors reaching this point after 7Am will unfortunately not be permitted to continue due to time constraints
and their absence during the launching ceremony.

Due to course management and road closure restrictions, the official event closure time will be at 4pm daily.

GEAR CHECKLIST

This is a fully supported race with complete Aid stations, so you do not need to carry a hydration pack unless you want to. You do not need to wear trail shoes as the course is smooth, easy, hard packed trails.

Make sure you have your running number, timing device and gear bag tag before you leave for race start. There will be no replacement numbers or timing chips available at the race start areas. Please ensure you have completed the back of your race number with your name, any medical conditions and a contact name and
phone number (other than your own) in case of emergency.

Please pin your running number to the front of your t-shirt or running vest. You must not use someone else’s number, nor let someone else use yours. Marshals will remove you from the race before you cross the finish line.

Your timing device must be fixed to your running shoe. If you do not wear your transponder then the system will not record you finishing and therefore we will be unable to provide you with a finishing time.

BAG DROP

There will be a bag drop service available at the start line of each race. Please label your bag with the bag tag provided at registration and drop it off at the designated bag drop area. Your bags will be transported to the finish area at each stage/camp and will be available for you to collect when you complete your race.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

In the interest of providing safe and enjoyable event experiences for all entrants please take into account the following:

  • Keep to the left of the course to allow people to pass on the right
  • Be courteous to your fellow participants at all times
  • Please obey instructions from race officials and traffic management at all times

ROAD BOOK DETAIL will be provided on arrival.

FINISH LINES

The finishing location is set at Taktshang Monastery which is 15km away from Paro town. Our officials will formally declare and keep
records of the finalist and participants and later towards evening the event will be followed by the award of certificates and other prizes and also cultural programmes by the Bhutanese performers to our guest participants during the dinner time.

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