Rafting and Kayaking in Bhutan is still the impact of modernization and new in the field but has the potential for some of best whitewater sports. The best ones are the Mo Chhu, upstream of Punakha in western Bhutan. March till May and October till December is the ideal time for rafting in Bhutan. Meanwhile, new and virgin rivers are still being explored.
RIVERS FOR RAFTING AND KAYAKING IN THE DRAGON KINGDOM
|River (Chhu)||Location||River section||KM||Grade||Recommendation|
|Paro Chhu||Paro||Mitse zam||10||3 and 4||Kayaking|
|Paro Chhu||Paro||lower Paro chhu||7||3 with 1 class 4||Kayaking|
|Amo||Haa||middle and lower||35||3 and 4||rafting and kayaking|
|Bumthang||Bumthang||Thangbi||5||2 and 3||rafting and kayaking|
|Dang||Wangdue Phodrang||upper Dang Chhu||3||4 and 5||Kayaking|
|Mo Chhu||Punakha||upper Mo Chhu||3||4 and 5||Kayaking|
|Mo Chhu||Punakha||Sonam’s put-in||5||3 and 4||rafting and kayaking|
|Mo Chhu||Punakha||lower mo chhu||6||1 and 2||rafting and kayaking|
|Pho Chhu||Punakha||upper pho chhu||7||3 and 4||Kayaking|
|Pho Chhu||Punakha||lower pho chhu||7||3||rafting and kayaking|
|Kuri Chhu||Lhuentse||upper run||14||4 and 5||Kayaking|
|Kuri Chhu||Lhuentse||middle run||20||4||Kayaking|
|Mangde Chhu||Trongsa||Ema Datsi Canyon||7||3 and 4||Kayaking|
Bhutanese rafting and kayaking guides are well trained and will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventure while minimizing the risks. The rivers of Bhutan were first surveyed for potential routes for water sports in 1997 by Gerry Mofatt and Peter Knowles, both experienced rafters/kayakers at the invitation of the Royal Government and the Department of Tourism.
They trained the first batch of Bhutanese river-guides and conducted surveys to grade the rivers. Since then, other rivers have been surveyed including the Punatsang Chhu, Manas and Amo Chhu. TCB guidelines ensure that all operators use well maintained professional equipment and maintain a reasonable guide-client ratio.