Kathmandu, May 12, 2016:Â Eastern Nepal is well known for its bamboo, but transporting the product from the hilly districts to sell in the southern plains near India is a major challenge because of the lack of roads.
The Koshi â€“one of Nepalâ€™s largest rivers â€“ flows from Tibet through Nepal and into Bihar in India. Â For locals who make their living selling bamboo, this river is the only means of transporting their goods to market. Locals bundle up bamboo with rope into a makeshift raft that they can sit on and sail down the river for many hours.
Every trip is a matter of life and death, as they have to face fierce rapids along the river. For years, locals from the three districts of Bhojpur, Dhankuta and Udayapur Â have been putting their lives at risk to transport bamboo.
ByÂ Ramesh Bhushal and Nabin Baral, Third Pole