White water rafting in Bhutan

Landmark in Bhutan

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!

Travel Packages

10 Day Bhutan Walking Day Tour with Druk Asia
11th Oct 2019 - 14th Oct 2019
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon, and home to Buddhist monasteries in a 10-day tour of this Himalayan kingdom.
Into this ancient Kingdom has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy.
5th Jan 2020 - 7th Mar 2020
Every year, the Bhutanese hold the Punakha Tshechu Festival in honour of Padmasambhawa, the precious yogi and saint who introduced Tantric Buddhism to the people of the Himalayas. Get a first-hand experience of Bhutan's living history, masked dancers, and ancient traditions.
The tour revolves around the green valley of Paro, the Bhutanese capital- Thimphu and the old capital – Punakha.
The Punakha Tshechu honors Padmasambhawa, the precious yogi and saint who is credited with having introduced Tantric Buddhism throughout the Himalayas.

Hotels around Punakha

Uma Punakha will feature 11 luxury accommodations, all with spectacular panoramic views of the Punakha Valley.
Amankora Punakha is centred by a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse built by a former Je Kempo (Chief Abbot of Bhutan)
Hotel Lobesa, a three stars hotel situated in Punakha with a commanding view. Immerse yourself in with beautiful view over the surrounding countryside.
Located in the valley of Lobesa overlooking the blossoming and verdant valley with panoramic elongate between Punakha and Wangdue.
The Green Resort depicts peace and tranquility of the resort away from hustle and bustles of city life and our passion for environment and being Eco-Friendly in nature.
Overlooking majestic Punakha Dzong, river and magnificent surrounding hills, Zhingkham Resort. Owing to its idyllic and blissful location, there are amazingly beautiful views from its guestrooms & restaurant.