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river rafting and kayaking tour in bhutan

Rafting / Kyaking in Bhutan

The Bhutanese word for river is “chhu”. The crystal clear rivers of Bhutan are one of the kingdom’s best kept open secrets. Fed by the glacial-melt, 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.

You’ll spend your days traveling and rafting throughout this virtually untouched natural environment. More than a river trip, you will have the chance to embrace the culture and history of Bhutan and encounter the peaceful, fun-loving citizens as you journey down the Paro Chhu, Mo Chhu or Thimphu Chhu. With views of the Himalayas, visits to Buddhist monasteries and an exploration of the rich history of this tiny kingdom, you won’t want to miss this incredible journey.


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.

We get many requests from people who want private tours, unique rafting or kayaking experiences, tours on dates that are different from our fixed-departure tours, or just tours at a different budget. Write to us and we will dig into our years of expertise to design an experience of a lifetime for you.

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