Equator Expeditions

Kayak Instruction for Beginner

Nepal’s First Kayak School
With warm water, clear skies and thousands of miles of spectacular river systems, Nepal is a Mecca for white water enthusiasts. Located only 69 miles east of Kathmandu, the Sukute Beach Kayak School has become one of Nepala’s favorite adventure destinations. It is truly the perfect environment for an introductory course in white water kayaking. Skilled & enthusiastic instructors will guide you in the techniques required to handle your own kayak in the rapids of the Bhote Kosi River. Evenings are spent in the tranquil surroundings of the camp lodge recounting tall tales of an action-packed day over a cup of rum punch. With volleyball, our private beach and a bar, Sukute Beach offers the opportunity to enjoy life and relax.

Departures every Monday and Friday
A Pre-departure meeting is held the evening prior to your departure at our Kathmandu sales office, 6pm.

4 days Itinerary (Beginner)

Day 01: Dept KTM 7.00  Lunch, equipment introduction, safety talk, wet exit and basic paddle strokes.
Day 02: Introduction to ferry glides, eddy work, support strokes, T-rescue and river reading skills.
Day 03: Kayak Bhote Kosi - Introduction to Eskimo Roll.
Day 04: Kayak Sukute to Chehere, Eskimo rolling and wave surfing.

7 days Itinerary (Beginner/Intermediate)

This program is designed for the first time or beginner paddler. Classes begin on flat-water by introducing basic strokes, boat control, and the Eskimo roll before we move to the river. This course is intended to give you a solid foundation that emphasizes proper technique and control so that you are poised to move ahead with confidence. We will kayak on the lower Bhote Koshi River (upper Sunkoshi River) and, if water levels permit, on sections of the Balephi and Upper Bhote Koshi river.

Because we custom tailor our programs to the paddler's needs, we often can accommodate stronger paddlers during these weeks. We "sub-group" the students into different levels according to the skills each paddler most needs to work on, so whether you've had some experience or not, we will group you accordingly. Equator Expeditions provides the latest top-of-the-line kayaks and equipment for these classes (including life jacket, spray skirt, fleece top, paddling jacket, paddle, and boat). By March to May and September to Mid November, the weather and water are quite warm and dry suits or wet suits are usually not needed.

Day 01: Drive 2 & ½ hrs drive to our camp. Finds students becoming familiar with the kayaks and equipment, safety procedures, and the basic strokes. Two spring-fed ponds adjacent to the lodge are used to introduce you to the sport. Near the end of the day, the roll is introduced.

Day 02 : Reinforces the skills introduced on the first day and students will learn how to handle gentle currents and maneuver in the river.

Days 03,04,05 : Find the class moving forward on the river, practicing new skills and gaining comfort in their boats. Eddy turns, peel-outs, ferries, edge control, and the roll will be covered along with important concepts such as vision and river reading. Day four is usually devoted to roll and stroke review so you can relax and pursue other activities if you like.

Days 06 & 07 : These days are lots of fun and serve to strengthen your newly acquired skills and comfort on the water in a social setting.

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Kayak Instruction Course

Kayaking gear: For personal comfort you will want to bring your own wet suit and paddle jacket. If you do not have your own Equator will supply with all the necessary equipment. Weather should be good and the water is relatively warm. Booties/Tevas are essential. The best materials for under your wet suit are cynchilla and polypro.

  1. Water bottle
  2. Sleeping Bag
  3. Rain shell
  4. Warm jacket
  5. Hiking shoes
  6. River shoes/Tevas
  7. Sunglasses Extra pair never hurt.
  8. Sun block
  9. Sun hat or visor
  10. Headlight
  11. Extra batteries
  12. A good book
  13. Toiletries

We will be more than happy to organize all your internal travel arrangements in the Kingdom of Nepal. We have a wide variety of services and budget options to suit your needs including, airport pick-ups, sightseeing excursions, airline reconfirmation, hotel reservations and much more. Contact our friendly and experienced staff
for a personal itinerary.

The cost of the course includes all kayaking- camping equipment (see personal equipment list) meals and accommodation during the trip, river permits, porters and local transport. It does not include personal expenses, alcohol, candy, soft drinks, meals or accommodation when staying in Kathmandu or Pokhara.

Shammy or small towel: The best alternative to this is a wrap which is cheap and easy to buy once you get over there. They make great pants/skirt also.

Other clothes: Bring polypro and synthetic clothing. For women it is a good idea to have skirts or wraps rather than shorts, especially when we are trekking. Everyone will want to have t-shirts to wear in public places.

Personal First aid Kit:
If you have something you are particularly prone to, ear infections, foot rot, or sinus problems, bring what you need with you. You will definitely want to be carrying some for common illnesses like diarrhea, staff infection and upset stomachs. You will need a complete set of inoculations for Asia, ask your doctor for advise.

Food: Please bring any of your own food: power bars, granola bars, dried fruit or chocolate.


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