The riverbanks of both the rivers have deep forests, with some patches of terraced cultivation, and small villages. Innumerable white sandy beaches offer good campsites. Rapids of classification 2 to 4 are interspersed with placid floats, making rafting an enjoyable experience. Adequate facilities for overnight River beach camping is also available. Beginners as well as experienced adventurers can seek the assistance of the Department of Tourism and travel agents for arranging river rafting trips.
The enchanting white waves of river Teesta and Rangit invite enterprising adventurers to experience the spine chilling river rafting experience.
Major River Rafting Routes in Sikkim: Makha - Sirwani - Bardang - Rongpo ( Teesta), Sikip - Jorethang - Majitar - Melli ( Rangit).
Other Water Activities:
Kayaking: Kayaking is undertaken on the River Teesta and is arranged for special groups. Some experience in kayaking is required. Kayaks are available with Sikkim Tourism. Best Time for River Rafting in Sikkim : May to November Equipment Required: Wet suits, sweater, booties, gloves and scull cap are some of the essential equipment for river rafting. These equipments can be hired also.
White Water Rafting in Darjeeling
White Water Rafting is an Adventure Hill Sport, which is relatively new in the Darjeeling Hills having introduced in 1991. Since then the sport has gained immense popularity all over the region.
Graded on the international scale at Grade II, III & IV, the icy cold waters of the rugged Teesta with a series of rapids with varying intensity and character, extend a challenging invitation to one of the finest rafting stretches in the world. The turbulent waters of the Rangeet with its multidimensional rapids provide rafters of all age groups with a variation meant for professionals. The spectacular scenery confronting a rafter while one snakes down the mountain rivers make this experience a must for all lovers of adventure Himalayan Passages, a travel section of Darjeelingnews.net, organizes this sport for fun and adventure at the river Teesta and Rangeet.
Safety is the main concern at Himalayan Passages. We provide you with a team of well trained professionals; who are courteous and have fine reputation for safe river running. On the whole they are the best in the country. We set our safety standard at 100% as no adventure is fun without safety measures. Safety equipments like helmet, life jacket etc. Will be provided.
.Mr. JD is one of the leading river rafting professionals who has led various river expeditions all over India and was the first professional to test the waters of river Teesta. He will guide you and make your rafting experience worth noting down in your diaries.
|Trips on River Teesta and Rangeet:|
|Long Section||Grade of Rapids||Time(in Hrs.)|
|Bardang to 29th Mile||II, III, IV||4.1/2|
|Rongpo to 29th Mile||II, III, III+||3. 1/2>|
|Bardang to Rongpo||II, III, IV||2|
|Rongpo to Malli||II, III, III+||2. 1/2|
|Malli to 29th Mile||I, II||1|
I Easy Small Waves
II Moderate difficulty to clear passage
III Difficult high irregular waves, requires precise manouvering
IV Very difficult with powerful waves
V Extremely difficult, experts only
All foreign clients are to carry their passport which will be required at the 'Teesta Bridge' while crossing and also enter details of the same on Bond Form.
Persons suffering from weak heart conditions, epilepsy, expecting mothers and those with serious ailments are not permitted to go rafting.
Consumption of any intoxicant is not permitted. Age limit 14 years on all sections except the float trips, where it is relaxed to 10 years. Non-swimmers are welcome but may be restricted to certain sections of the river, on the advice of the River Guide/Trip Leader.