Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River RaftingThe Karnali River is Nepalese longest and mightiest river and a classic moutain river expedition. The Karnali’s headwaters come off Mount Kailash in Tibet, the center of the universe for both Buddhists and Hindus, and then slice through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent isolated gorges and forest. The Karnali River flows uninhibited through a sparsely populated region in the west of the country.

For the seven days and 180 kilometers on this Karnali River rafting  we will encounter some incredible white water with nerve racking rapids such as Gods House, Juicer and Jailhouse, just to name a few. On the flats we can let go of our fear of falling out of our raft. We just relax and look around to see one of the last places in Nepal with old growth forest and maybe even spot some wildlife. The Karnali also supports some of the finest fish habitat with giant catfish and Golden Masheer prowling the depths so we might bring some fishing gear just in case! For kayaking the Karnali is also an amazing river where we can cut loose on some big water and rapids or if we feel intimidated we can always take the sneak lines or just cruise on the raft. All this also comes with pristine beaches for camping and miles of beautiful scenery.

Do not miss to join this trip if you want a true expedition style adventure and a totally classic river journey.

Karnali River Rafting - itinerary

Day 1: We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the next morning; you are able to have a sleep here.

Day 2: After breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunch time [this all depends on availability be flexible]. After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Sauli. A great walk which high lights just how "out there" you really are. You pass local villages and spectacular scenery, and then you hit the river.

Day 3: After having heavy breakfast at 8:00 a.m. we get ready for wild ride. This section of the River is terribly wild. Continues rapid makes rafter forget to breathe. Lunch will be served en-route and camping at 03:00 p.m. in First Inquiry.

Day 4: This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is big and continuous. We enter into the Jungle Corridor. This is a narrowing jungle clad gorge and it is all ours. The team building is put into full practice and when your guide shouts "all forward " he really means it. Enjoy the ride all day and camp in this sensational setting at God-house.

Day 5: More of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid. Camp at the Seti Dovan and relax.

Day 6: It isn't over yet! Keep paddling hard! You really are experiencing the best of the west on yet another day of great action and breathe taking scenery and camping at Jamuna village

Day 7: This is a holiday after all so we have programmed a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach.

Day 8 - 9: We see the rapids dying off as we come out of the gorge. We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. Today, the next day and a half is a chance to enjoy your journey admiring the country and villages you pass. You will have seen the safety kayakers in action and will no doubt be inspired, so ask the guides for some supervised instruction, or take over the raft and learn about the river. You see there is more to a rafting expedition than just rafting.

Day 10: This is the final day of river. We end this trip in the early afternoon at Chisopani Bridge & lunch is served there. You will catch night bus at about 1530hrs to get back to Kathmandu or you can enjoy in Bardia National Park, which is famous for bird watching.

Note: Rafting itinerary can be changed as per different situation.

Cost details:Let us know how many of you are in your group or looking forward to join the group then we will provide you a very competitive price with all details. Please contact us for cost and further details

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

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Trip Facts:

Grade for Autumn: Sep - Dec 3 to 5

Grade for Spring: Feb to May 3 to 4

Possible operation: Round the year

Departure: Fixed and on request

Rafting days: 10 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu)

Entrance by: 19 hours bus ride from Kathmandu led you to Surkhet

Put-in point: Sauli

Put-out point: Chisapani

River distance: 180 km.

Optional trips to: Bardia National Park for an excellent safari trip or drive back to Kathmandu. 

Numbers of pax: Minimum 2 persons

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