Starting from Gasa Dzongkhag district near Tibet and Bhutan border, the Mo Chhu(River) flows towards Punakha in the central region of Bhutan. It then joins the Po Chhu from the northeast of Bhutan. Although there are two rivers named Pho Chu (male) and Mo Chu (female) in Punakha, the latter one is widely preferred for the first-timers, kids and elderly people. Mo Chu River is considered to be calmer, gentle with few currents and rapids becoming the most used one to raft on compared to Pho Chu as it is said to be violent where only professionals and experienced rafters are allowed.
Rafting Stretch and Duration: 5.6 miles comprising of 10 rapids, 1.5 hours
Price: The cost of river rafting during the peak season will be around BTN 3500 and during the off-season, it’s around Rs. 1500.
Starts: The rafting starts at the bridge that leads to Khansum Yulley Namgyal Chorten
Ends: Below Punakha Dzong.
Difficulty Level: I-II
Operators: Druk Rafting services, Swan tours, Nature trails
Best Time: March, April, May, October and November is the best time to catch a glimpse of the rarest birds in the world.
If you are fond of swimming, then you can even opt for the optional open float on the lowest part of the river, with gentle rapids, around the valley which will provide you with a 360-degree view of the beautiful nature around you. This is advisable for children above 5 years of age.
The best part is, the rafters need not be professionals in order to go ahead with these water sports in Mo Chhu River. The only thing which they need to do is paddle through the river and the rapids, in some places.
Note: The Tourism Council of Bhutan strictly restricts the entry of kids and senior citizens in this Pho Chu River especially during monsoon, the peak season for rafting.
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