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Karnali River Rafting

The Karnali is the mightiest and longest river of Nepal that originates from Mt. Kailash in Tibet. Karnali River rafting is one of the incredible ride which consists of milder Class III to spectacular Class V rapids namely Captivity, Flip and Strip, God’s House, Elbow and Sweet Well.

Karnali River Rafting comprises of tremendous rapids which make suitable for adventurous white water rafting in Nepal. Along the route of Karnali River rafting we encounter various number of fantastic gorges, deserted beaches and steep canyons that passes through the tough Himalayan landscape, rushing down towards the forests of low-lying western Nepal. The Karnali excursion passes through wild territory with limited civilization and modernization.

Other than rafting, the Karnali is extremely popular for its lovely Golden Mahseer and gaint catfish, being one of the best fish habitat in Nepal thus Karnali River Rafting could be combined with fishing and Jungle Safari.

Day 1 – Kathmandu - Surkhet

Day 2 – Surkhet - Tallo Dhungeshwor

Day 3 – Tallo Dhungeshwor - First Inquiry

Day 4 – First Inquiry - God’s House

Day 5 – God’s House- Seti Dovan

Day 6 – Seti Dovan - Jamuna Village

Day 7– Jamuna Village - Campsite

Day 8- 9 – Campsite - Bheri Confluence

Day 10 – Bheri Confluence - Chisopani

Day 1 – Kathmandu - Surkhet
An hour long flight from Kathmandu brings guests to Nepalgunj and a drive straight away to Surkhet for a night halt.

Day 2 – Surkhet - Tallo Dhungeshwor
The put-in point on the Karnali is Tallo Dhungeshwor which is reached after a six-hour drive through beautiful sal forests. The village of Sauli is reached after passing through many small villages and the scenery on the way is spectacular.

Day 3 – Tallo Dhungeshwor - First Inquiry
Soon after breakfast, it is time for adventure on the river. From the first day on there are exciting wild rapids to face. A lunch stop follows, after which the descent on the Karnali continues until First Inquiry is reached. This is the location chosen for a campsite for the night. Another lovely night is spent by the river.

Day 4 – First Inquiry - God’s House
The fourth day promises more adventures. The river in this section is made up of wild torrents as the boat enters the ‘Jungle Corridor’ flowing through a narrow gorge that is surrounded by forest. Here, collective effort is needed to maneuver the boat and the instruction of the guide has to be strictly followed. The whitewater is delightful and a wonderful time is had by all. The long day on the river comes to an end at the superb camping site near God’s House, the day’s major rapid.

Day 5 – God’s House- Seti Dovan
This day also proves to be full of action and more fun is guaranteed. The rapids around this area are tricky and calls for more technical handling. After rapid God’s House, there are many challenging rapids until finally the campsite at Seti Dovan is reached.

Day 6 – Seti Dovan - Jamuna Village
There’s a lot of hard paddling to do on this day. There’s also much to admire as the landscape seen today is simply marvelous. After a full day of action and fun, the boat arrives at Jamuna village where tents are set up for the night. Campsite is always a great place for conversation which generally hovers around the day’s adventures.

Day 7– Jamuna Village - Campsite
This day is for relaxing and taking in the surrounding lush green vegetation, a visit to a local village and the serene jungle to see wildlife roam free. The camp is on the beach where a good meal ends the day.

Day 8- 9 – Campsite - Bheri Confluence
Once out of the gorge, the rapids slowly ease off and further down at the confluence of the Bheri and Karnali, the river broadens and the gradient decreases as it meanders through astounding scenery. Finally it comes out onto the plains and flows through the Bardia National Park. Today and the next two days is a good time to admire the countryside and another half day of superb views.

Day 10 – Bheri Confluence - Chisopani
The tenth day is also the last day on the Karnali. It comes to an end in the early afternoon at Chisopani Bridge, the largest suspension bridge in Nepal. The last lunch is enjoyed together by the river, as the Karnali winds its way through the valleys, canyons and deep gorges. Those seeking more adventure go on to spend a few days in the splendor of nature at the Bardia National Park where safaris take visitors on a grand tour of the forest to catch wildlife in their natural habitat. Others head for Nepalgunj airport and a flight back to Kathmandu. The grandest trip of them all comes to an end.

Trip Cost US$ Per person
Cost Includes:
  •  Ground Transportation,(From Kathmandu tourist bus after rafting Local bus).
  • Meals, (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • River Permit.
  • Necessary equipment as high-quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership
  • First aid kid box.
  • Emergency evacuation assistance.
Cost Excludes:
    • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
    • Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip.
    • Things of personal use.
    • Member insurance.
    • Private Transportation.
    • Sleeping ba
Please bring: -
  • T-shirt.
  • swim wear for on the river.
  • Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
  • Sunscreen and lip protector.
  • Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
  • Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best).
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear.
  • Reading book.

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