The cold snow capped Himalayan Mountain, the untouched pristine nature, and white water rafting? It’s true, although it may seem out of place whitewater rafting, is without a doubt a fun excursion for friends and family to go on. In fact, the scenic landscape only acts as a backdrop as the two main rivers in Punakha the old capital of Bhutan.
The first river Pho Chu meaning “His river” or “Male river” is 16km long with 15 rapids whose classes are 2-4.
The second river Mo Chu meaning “Her river” or “Female river” is 10km long with 10 rapids whose classes are 2 and 2+.
With experienced rafters at the helm little to no experience is needed as the rafters will expertly guide you through a fun day of rafting through the scenic views that only Bhutan has but through an entirely different point of view as rare birds and animals can be seen or heard. Birds like the White Belled Heron and Kingfishers are often seen or heard in their natural untouched habitat that is the lush green forests that only Bhutan has.
The old capital Dzong (Which is explained in another article) provides a backdrop for a portion of the trip making it even more special. Families in Bhutan and tourists can often be seen rafting as even for Bhutanese who lived their entire lives in Bhutan it provides an experience only seen through the lens of a rafter.
Bhutanese see the chance to safely explore the famed rivers safely and with an experienced guide as a good weekend trip with family and friends. The cold water and screams from other rafters make the experience even more memorable especially when you can tell your friends about how their faces looked when they hit the white water rapids.
Safety is a priority in this so all rafters will be briefed, securely equipped and safely guided throughout the whole trip. The only thing needed is a willingness to paddle and perhaps even get a bit wet!