First Time River Rafting?

If you have never experienced a rafting trip or slept outdoors, its never too late, many of our guests are also first timers. Our River Expeditions makes it easy to have an unforgettable adventure whether this is your first time rafting or you are an experienced river runner.

Many of our guests experiencing a whitewater rafting trip for the first time have many similar concerns. What if they don't have any prior experience? They are nervous about sleeping in the outdoors. They wonder what it's like to ride the whitewater rapids, how much time will be spent on the raft everyday day and so forth.

Is Rafting Experience Required?

Previous rafting experience is not required for any Panbang River trips. Every rafting trip with RGP has been designed to be comfortable and accessible to most anyone. However, some trips may be more suitable for your first time. See our list of packages for best first time rafting trips at the bottom of this page.


Whitewater Rafting Levels of Difficulty

All rivers are rated on a "class" scale to help you determine the size and technicality of the whitewater. Many of our guests are in search of more moderate whitewater-simply to relax and soak up the beauty of the scenery. Others are looking or more intense whitewater.



Moving water with small waves that tug at the boat - it’s a relaxing way to spend the day. Each of our trips has some stretches of calm class I water, creating a pleasant break between rapids.


Easy rapids, waves up to three feet tall that are readily seen, and wide channels that can be discovered without scouting. Some maneuvering is required during this little rock and roll.



Waves up to four feet and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over its sides. Plenty of excitement.


Long, challenging rapids, narrow passages, turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering and sends hearts racing.


First Time Whitewater Rafting Trip


Rafting Over Dangme River.

Name of River Stretch - Hi Manas!
Time - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Trip Duration - Full Day
Transport - Drive to the cross village (Sonamthang, Thinleygang, and Lhaling) of 5 miles from Panbang hub.
Paddling  - The river is very gentle. it is suitable for family. Encounters only few class 2 rapids.
Activities -  River rafting, kayaking, swimming, and bird watching.
Seasons - All time favorable but severe weather in monsoon (June and July). 

Multi Day Trip Over Dangme River


3 Days Trip Over Dangme River

Name of the River Stretch - Dungsam - (easy access).
Time - 8:30 am departure to Nganglam.
Trip Duration - Two days, one night.
Transport - One day drive to Nganglam (Yangbari)
Paddling - Several hard-hitting rapids such as "RGP fall" will quench your whitewater rafting excitement.
Trip Highlight - One night camp with delicious Bhutanese cuisine made by locals. We guide you from the tourist trails to many beautiful lowlands of Royal Manas National Park.
Activities - River rafting, kayaking, swimming, beach camps, and bird watching.
Seasons -  All time favorable but severe weather in monsoon (June and July).

Whitewater Rafting Trip in Upper Mangde River 


Upper Mangde River Stretch

Name of River Stretch - Gushing Gateway
Time - 12 pm to 4:30 pm.
Trip Duration - Half Day
Transport - 45 minutes drive from Panbang towards Pantang.
Paddling - 90 Minutes of Non-stop Class 3+ rapids.
Trip Highlights - It is the most popular rafting adventure. The rides are bumpy, fast and filled with breathtaking views of Royal Manas National Park at the right and on left, we can see the typical Khengpa Village settlement.
Activities - River rafting, kayaking, swimming, Bird watching.
Seasons - All time favorable but severe weather in Monsoon (June and July).

Whitewater Rafting Trip in Lower Mangde


Lower Mangde River Stretch

Name of River Stretch - Leylang Waterfall Beauty"
Time - 12 pm to 4:30 pm
Trip Duration - Half Day
Transport - 30 minutes drive from Panbang to Pantang.
Paddling - 1hr 30 min of Non-stop Class 3+ rapids
Trip Highlights - Begins with a unique sight of the gorgeous twin waterfall in the region. Next to the twin waterfall, there is a natural swimming pool for swimming and expert canoeing in this spot.  Witness the spectacular view of the mightiest Mangde River with stunning gorges and abundant wildlife in this remote jungle. 
Activities - River rafting, Kayaking, Swimming, and Bird watching
Seasons - All time favorable but severe weather in Monsoon (June and July).

Full Day Trip to Mangde River

Mangde River - Full Day Trip

Name of the River Stretch - Aieelaa Tshagoo
Time - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Trip Duration - Full Day
Transport - From Gongphu (Panbang Highway) towards Pantang
Paddling - Non - stop rafting in class 3+ rapids with good recovery points.
Trip Highlights - Visit and interact with Pantang Community; includes a healthy Bhutanese cuisine for lunch next to the beautiful view of the mighty waterfall. 
Activities - River rafting, kayaking, swimming, and bird Watching.
Seasons - All time favorable but severe weather in monsoon (June and July).

Lower Kheng Cultural Eco Tour

Trip Duration - 5 days 4 nights.
Difficulty level - Normal
Destination - Lower Kheng, Zhemgang, Bhutan.
Highest elevation - 800m
Highest Camp - 800m - 1000m
Number of People - 16
Best Season - Best throughout the year except monsoon (June to August).
Trip Starts - Tingtingbi Trip Ends - Panbang
Trip Route - (Entry) Tingtingbi > Gongphu > Mamung Trong > Pantang > Shillingtoe > Chengarzam > Panbang.
Activities included in this Trip - Village hiking, visit farm house, whitewater river rafting, cycling, river camps, camp fire with Cultural dance and bird watching.

Witness the Art and Culture of Kheng

Khengpas are the original inhabitants of Zhemgang. For many years, the region remained closed to tourism. Recently, a small part of Zhemgang was opened for bird watching and the opened region has become the jewel of tourism in Bhutan.

 Zhemgang offers the taste of unspoiled rural life of the Khangpas. They will surprise you with their animist traditions. The shamanistic practices, locally known as Bon are common here. Khengpas are adept artisans and are known for their bamboo products like wine containers, baskets, matted bamboo carpets and other cane products. 

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