Sacred River Rafting & Kayaking

White River Rafting with SHT

The Crystal clear river of Bhutan is one of the kingdom’s best open secrets. Fed by the glacial melt of the eastern Himalayas, Six major river (Wang Chhu, Sunkosh, Puna Tsang Chhu, Mangdue Chhu, Kuri Chhu & Dangme Chu) and their tributaries are scouted and approved by the experts for rafting.
They cut through high valleys and low plains to meet up with the Barmaputra river in India. The pristine natural setting and the sheer variety of rivers courses provides a unique opportunity to explore Bhutan’s beautiful wilderness. Adventurous travelers will not be disappointed by the rugged untamed waterways of Bhutan. The rivers are plentiful with currents varying between slow, gentle flows in some places and powerful, raging torrents in some.

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 route for beginner and hair rising runs for veterans.

Season: (Feb to April) & (Nov to Jan)


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

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

Mo Chhu – Tashigang 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)

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