MA­JOR RIVERS OF NEPAL

Maritime Gateway - - Inland Waterways In Nepal -

Nepal's rivers can be broadly di­vided into three cat­e­gories in ac­cor­dance with their ori­gins. The first cat­e­gory com­prises the three main river sys­tems of the coun­try-the Koshi, Gan­daki and Kar­nali river sys­tems, all of them orig­i­nat­ing from glaciers and snow-fed lakes.

The Koshi river sys­tem con­sists of the Tamor, Arun, Dudhkoshi, Likhu, Ta­makoshi, Sunkoshi and In­dra­vati rivers. Of these, the Arun and Sunkoshi orig­i­nate in Ti­bet. The con­flu­ence of these rivers is at Tribeni (near Dha­ran) in Sa­gar­matha Zone. Flow­ing for al­most 10kms through a nar­row gorge be­fore en­ter­ing the plains, the "Sapta Kosi" or the "Koshi" swollen with the wa­ters of the seven rivers fi­nally merges into the Ganges.

The Gan­daki river sys­tem in cen­tral Nepal con­sists of the Kali­gan­daki, Bud­hi­gan­daki, Marsyanghi, Tr­ishuli, Seti, Madi and Da­raundi rivers. The Kali­gan­daki is the long­est river and the Tr­ishuli, the main tribu­tary of this sys­tem.

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