The Bamboo Rafters of Nepal


    Kathmandu, May 12, 2016: 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 –one of Nepal’s largest rivers – flows from Tibet through Nepal and into Bihar in India.  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  have been putting their lives at risk to transport bamboo.



    Koshi basin information


    By Ramesh Bhushal and Nabin Baral, Third Pole