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River Rafting in Tibet


Rafting trip in Tibet will be amazing and can be added to any of our standard itineraries. You can just choose which river trip you would like to join and we will adjust the itinerary and price according to that. Most suitable time to go rafting is between 1st of June to 30th September, which is monsoon season of Tibet. These are the summer months in Tibet and are the best time to raft due to warmer weather and good water levels. Of course water levels and weather can change rapidly over here so be prepared for an adventure!

Insider Tips: Due to the latest regulation, whitewater rafting is now not available for tourists, for safety concerns. (updated, Aug, 28, 2017)

And about your physical, if you are not too fit then smaller rivers like Lhasa River and Tulong River are better and if you are experienced and want to go for adventure then other bigger rivers are recommonded. If you have only just arrived in Lhasa and are not acclimatized, please choose an easy trip like the Lhasa River or Tolung Chu. To participate in any of our more difficulty whitewater trips you must have spent a minimum of 2 - 4 days in Lhasa or at high altitude to ensure you are sufficiently acclimatized.

For international clients, travel insurance is compulsory. You may be asked for the name of your insurance company and your policy number when you make your reservation.

When you book a rafting or kayaking adventure the following is included:
1) Transport to and from the river.
2) All personal rafting gears including: full length wetsuit, lifejacket, helmet and wetsuit boots.
3) Picnic lunch and snacks (all meals on multi-day expedition trips).
4) English speaking guides.
5) Water resistant container for cameras and personal essentials.
6) State of the art rafts and expert safety kayakers.

For one day trips, all you need to bring is the following:
1) Bathing/swim suit
2) Towel
3) Sun hat and sunscreen (SPF 15 lip balm is recommended)
4) Sunglasses with strap
5) Camera and protective camera bags
6) A pair of shorts to go over wetsuit.

For overnight or multi-day expedition trips you should also bring extra things as following:
1) Warm clothing for off the river and evenings
2) Sleeping bag (available for rental if required)
3) Personal Toiletries
4) Spare film and batteries
5) Small torch/flashlight
All these things are very important to bringover there.

And these are those famous recommended rafting river in Tibet:
Lhasa River (Kyi Chu) Tour
Tolung Chu Tour
Drigung Chu Tour
Reting Tsangpo

Most important thing is when you book your trip you have to know everything and whatever information we have to provide we will definitly do.

Master Catherine Jigme

About the Author - Master Catherine Jigme

With exceptional passion and outstanding leadership, Mrs. Catherine has dedicated herself to Tibet inbound tourism and China tour for 15 years. As one of the handful females who see great potential of Chinese inbound tourism, Catherine has made great contribution to promoting Tibet tourism and enhancing the employment of Tibetans and prosperity of local Tibetan community.

Over the years, she travelled overseas with Tibet Tourism Bureau many times to promote Tibet tourism. Currently, Catherine works as the marketing director of Tibet Vista, an opinion leader behind the whole team of Tibet Vista.

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