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Rafting -Bhote Koshi

Known by Bhote Koshi in Nepal and Poiqu in Tibet, both names roughly mean “Tibetan river. The name given to the upper course of the Sun Koshi (Sun-Gold) river. It is one of the part of Koshi River system in Nepal.

Bhotekoshi is the Nepalese name (भोटे कोशी). In Nepali, the word “bhoṭe” or “bhoṭiyā” means Tibetan; and the word “koshi” means river. The western tributary of the upper Dudh Koshi (Dudh-Milk) is also called Bhote Koshi.

Poiqu བོད་ཆུ) is the common Tibetan name for the river on the China side. It is also transliterated as Boqu via Chinese (波曲) and as Po Chu by early 1990s Everest expeditions. This name means “River of Tibet. “This is not a unique name, as it is also ascribed to Yarlung Tsangpo.

The formal name given to the river in Tibetan is Matsang Tsangpo (མ་གཙང་གཙང་པོ།). The headwaters of Poiqu and Bhote-Sun Koshi River are located at the Zhangzangbo Glacier in Tibet. The river flows out of the Lumi Chimi lake. Entering to Nepal territory, it is called Bhote Koshi. Further downstream, from the village of Bahrabise onwards, it is called Sun Koshi.

The Bhote Kosi is very famous for both rafting and kayaking. It is the steepest river rafted in Nepal, with a gradient of 15 minutes per km. Also Bungee Jumping or Swinging over the Bhote Koshi has been known for the ‘ultimate experience’.

The river carves a steep and direct drop at the top that gradually eases to more placid streams and calmer pools with a 46-km run at the Lamosunga dam. The rapids are class IV-V at high flow, and III at lower levels. The river is steep and continuous with one rapid leading into another.