Kayaking and Rafting Tours

The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the country’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 travellers 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. The best time for rafting and kayaking is from March to April and November to December.


We will do everything to ensure that you enjoy the adventure while minimizing the risks.


1.      Paro Chhu (Bondey – Isuna Bridge)

Location: Paro Valley,
Western Bhutan Length: Approximately 10 km (3 hours)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: About 500 cfs
Season: March – April
Craft: Kayaks recommended due to narrow and steep rapids

2.      Upper Pho Chhu (Wangthangkha – Samdingkha)

Location: Punakha Valley, Western Bhutan
Length: Approximately 7 km (2 hours)
Difficulty: Class III-IV
Flow: 2000 -3000 cfs
Season: March – April, October – November
Craft: Kayaks and Rafts

3.      Mo Chhu – Tashitang Devil’s Gorge Section (Tashithang- Below Punakha Dzong)

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)

4.      Mangde Chhu – Upper Section (Yundo Choling Palace- Langthel)

Location: Trongsa, Central Bhutan
Length: Approximately 5 km (2 hours with scouting)
Difficulty: Class IV
Flows: Approximately 3000 cfs
Season: March – April, November – December
Craft: Kayaks

Please contact us for any of these arrangements.


Upon arrival at Paro International airport, you will be met by your guide. In the afternoon, you will have an opportunity to explore the beautiful town of Paro and pick up your mountain bikes.
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.


After breakfast drive through to Thimphu, Bhutan’s beautifully located capital city which is about 45 minutes drive (53km) from the airport. Rafting/Kayaking on the way.  
Lunch will be served at your hotel.

In the afternoon visit the Tashichho Dzong, the beautiful medieval fortress/monastery which houses most of the Government’s office and King’s Throne room. It is also the summer residence of Je Khenpo, the Chief Abbot. Then visit the National Library which has a vast collection of ancient Buddhist texts and manuscripts.

After that, drive to the Painting School, famous for traditional thangkha paintings. Here you will see students at work producing intricate design on cloth. If time permits also visit the Traditional Medicine Institute.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu


Breakfast at your hotel then drive up into the mountains and the spectacular Dochula pass at a height of around 3140m. If the weather is clear you will be able to enjoy superb views over the high Himalayan mountain peaks.

On the way to Punakha, visit Chimey Lhakhang located on a hillock in the centre of the valley below Metsina. Built in 1499 the temple is also known as “the Temple of Fertility”.  A wooden effigy of the lama’s thunderbolt is preserved in the lhakhang, and childless women go to the temple to receive a blessing.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Punakha.



Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Punakha.


Breakfast at your hotel.

Take a 45 minute walk to a chorten or stupa at Nyizergang followed by a visit to the amazing Punakha Dzong which was built in 1637. This impressive dzong is situated between Pho Chu (Male River) and Mo Chu (Female River). The Punakha Dzong was the second of Bhutan’s dzongs and until the mid-1950s, it served as the seat of the government. It is also the winter residence of Je-Khenpo and the Central Monastic Body.

After lunch, drive through to Gangtey with a visit en route to the Wangdiphodrang Dzong built in 1638. This dzong is situated at the confluence of Mo Chu and Tsang Chu rivers.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Gangtey.


After breakfast at your hotel, take a leisurely walk through Gangtey village and then along a nature trail through the Phobjikha valley. This glaciated valley on the western slopes of the Black Mountains is the winter home for a large flock of black-necked cranes. In addition to the cranes, there are also muntjacs (barking deer), wild boars, sambars, Himalayan Black bears, leopards and red foxes in the surrounding hills.

Lunch at your hotel then drive through to Trongsa.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Trongsa.


Breakfast at your hotel, and then explore the scenically located and historic Trongsa Dzong. Here you may also have a chance to see Bhutanese archers playing their favourite sport. After lunch return through the mountains to Thimphu with a short stop at Wangdue Phodrang if time permits.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Thimphu


After breakfast, drive through to Paro to visit Simtokha Dzong, built in 1627 and also to visit the ruins of Drukgyel Dzong which was built in 1644 to commemorate the victory over the Tibetan invaders. The Dzong was used as an administrative center until 1951 when a fire caused by butter lamp destroyed it. Then visit Kyichu Lhakhang, one of Bhutan’s oldest and most sacred monasteries dating from the introduction of Buddhism in the 8th century and also visit the Rimpung Dzong built in 1646.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.


After breakfast, take a short drive to the base of the famous Taktshang Monastery or Tiger’s Nest, which clings to a sheer rock face at a height of 2600m above sea level. The climb is quite steep, but ponies are available for those who feel they cannot make the climb themselves.

The main temple was built around Guru Rinpoche’s meditation cave in 1684 This incredible monastery clings to the edge of a sheer rock face which plunges 900 meters into the valley below. Legend has it that Guru Padmasambhava, the tantric mystic who brought Buddhism to Bhutan in 747 AD, flew here on the back of a flying tiger, Dorje Drolo.

After lunch, visit Ta Dzong an ancient watchtower, which now houses the National Museum.  Below the museum is the Rinpung Dzong (literally meaning “Heap of Jewels”), the centre of civil and religious authority in this valley, built in 1646.

Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Paro.


After breakfast drive to Paro International Airport for your departure from Bhutan.

Tour fare for (minimum group size of 4 persons):

Tour fare per person

Kayak rental per person per kayaking

Raft rental per group for a group size of 4 – 8 persons  per rafting

US$ 2,290

US$ 175

US$ 250