Rafting is a recreational activity which makes use of an inflatable raft to navigate on river or any other form of water. White water rafting is the same as rafting just done on a different degrees of turbulent waters. Bhutan being located at the foothills of the Himalayas, it is the headwaters and a backdrop for many of Bhutanese rivers.
White water rafting isn’t really a prevailing sport among the locals though it is gaining popularity quite virally among our visitors as the river courses available in Bhutan offer something out of the extraordinary sights for each individual palate for sightseeing. Rafting can be throughout the year provided one is ready to succumb to the climatic conditions. Currently in the country the rivers selected for rafting are classified from grade 3- 5.
The grade classification of the river
Class 1 Easy and small rapids
Class 2 & 2+ some maneuvering small rapids and exciting.
Class 3 & 3+ Rapids with irregular waves and hazards that needs to avoid and more exciting
Class 4 Very difficult rapids lots of rocks, holes and hard to maneuvering
Class 5 Extremely difficult, long, and very violent rapids with several hazards, continue powerful rapids.
Class 6 Impossible to run the raft, Kayak may run this class of rapid, the more difficult rapid the more fun
Courtesy:Druk Rafting Service