Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River RaftingOne of the finest big volume rafting and kayaking trips in Nepal-spectacular, remote, jungle-clad canyons, Big white and abundant wildlife. The Karnali is Nepal's longest and largest river and with its tributaries it drains most of the far west of Nepal-the 'wild west' as many people call it, rising in the vicinity of Tibet's holy Mount Kailash and glacier of Kanziroba Himal,

other small peaks, as well as Rara lake rapid encountered on this river is 1 to 5 class. This bottom section of the river definitely lives up to that name-the area that it flows through is wild and relatively unpopulated with some of the most pristine jungle scenery in Nepal abundant wildlife.

From the frontier town of Surkhet there is an unique and lovely two-day trek through lowland Sal forest to the village of Saul in the seldom seen area of far West Nepal. From Sauli it's 180 km to the nest road access at Chisopani, on the northern border of the Royal Bardia National Park. The river section takes about seven days, giving plenty of time to explore some of the side canyons and waterfalls, which comes in to the river valley. For 180 kilometers we won't see a single sign of the modern world. It's one of the last places in Nepal that you can see old growth forest and have a real chance of seeing Nepal's wildlife.

Karnali River CampingThe rapids are also pretty wild, with the river building to its climax in these lower canyons shortly after the sharp bend in the river 'the elbow' by the Lohore Khola, the valley narrows into a series of canyons, the river speeds up, and there are big rapids, one leading into another, almost continuously down to the Seti river from the 'Elbow' down to the Seti the gradient is 3m/km (15ft a mile), but after here, the gradient eases, as the river winds through some magnificent un-spoilt scenery, eventually emerging onto the plains and flowing through the Royal Bardia National Park to join the Ganges. Finally leaving you close to Bardia National Park, where you can combine your rafting adventure with a safari trip and maybe spot some of the park's one-horned rhinos and elusive tigers or you can either drive back or fly back to Kathmandu.

Go on this trip if you want a true expedition style adventure and a totally classic river journey.

River Grade: Class V-
Starting point: Kalyani Ghat (Sauli)
Ending Point: Chisapani (Bardia National Park)
River Distance: 180 km
River Days: 09 Days from Kathmandu
Best Season: Oct - Dec or March - May
Price: USD $ 650.00 Per person (Book now and get up to 20% discount)
Departure Spring Season, Summer Season, Autumn Season

Detailed Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1310m.): Welcome here in this mountainous country Nepal. After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the representatives of Himalayan River Fun welcome you and take you to the already booked hotel. The hotel staffs will be engaged for your accommodation and check in. In the evening, we will organize welcome dinner in the hotel with our team.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation: On this day, you may have time to explore the important places of Kathmandu city with the guide. Main highlights of the tour are UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites and other cultural and historical spots of Kathmandu city. Wander around the market and shop your necessary things. You spend the night in a hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu –Nepalgunj flight- Surkhet: You will be transferred to Surkhet via Nepalgunj Flight by airway in the afternoon in a domestic airlines enjoying scenic beauty of Nepal with the views of Mountains and green hills. Surkhet is regional headquarter of Mid-Western region of Nepal so you can stay overnight luxuriously. You can travel in Night bus to reach Surkhet which is cheaper but takes more than 12 hrs to reach there. Overnight in Guest House.
Day 04: Drive to Sauli – 5hrs: On this day, you will be driven to Sauli which is the out-in point for Karnali River rafting. While travelling through the villages and picturesque views of the surrounding, you feel like you are in wonderland. Everything around you looks fresh and impressive. There you stay overnight exploring the surrounding area in the evening.
Day 05: Rafting Beginning FOn this day, rafting adventure in Karnali starts there from Sauli. Rafting continues in the wilderness of karnali facing the challenges of big bounces and rapids in big water. Rafting continues with excitements sometimes forgetting to breathe in handling the technical difficulties. We stay overnight in a camp by the river.
Day 06: Rafting to God-house: This day rafting is more challenging. Rafters can experience the real flow of the river while they are having adventures. The rafting continues through pristine jungles with the opportunities to explore passing some gorges and really challenging rapids. You stay overnight in the God-House area.
Day 07: Rafting to Seti Dovan: This day adventure is too not less than yesterdays. So many high bounces and rapids is to be handled while floating in the rivers. The excitement reaches its height in white water where you dip into the waters from rapids. Enjoying the adventurous rafting, we stay in Seti Dovan area in a camp.
Day 08: Rafting to Jamuna Village: Rafting continues with the excitement and enjoying astonishing views of the natural landscapes. Breath stopping challenges in the river make you restless and overwhelmed. The journey in the water of Karnali is mostly adventurous with magnificent views of jungles and natural lives. We stay overnight in a camp in Jamuna village area.
Day 09- 12: Rafting pleasantly to reach Chisapani: These days rafting is pleasant enough when you reach at the confluence of Seti River. The river broadens and many kayakers can be found in the river. You can rest for one day to explore the surrounding area with the team or can ask for information about the region with your guide. The rapids in the river can be felt dying out so challenges are not to be faced in water adventure. After reaching at Chisapani rafting adventure comes to the put-out point. There are options to visit Bardia National Park or retrieving back to Kathmandu. National park exploration is best way to add more adventure.
Day 13: Retrieve Back to Kathmandu: On this day, you catch a night bus and travel to Kathmandu. In the morning you will be in Kathmandu. The company members Himalayan River Fun will receive you and transfer to the hotel. Yopu have free time to visit missed sites of the city. We organize celebration dinner in the evening with company members. Stay overnight in the Hotel.
Day 14: Farewell Day: It is the last day of the trip in Nepal for this time. If you have time enough, you can have sightseeing and shopping in the markets. Before 3 hours of scheduled flight, the representatives of Himalayan River Fun will take you to the TIA. You return back to your homeland planning for another adventure trip in Nepal next time to visit.

Cost Included

  • Ground Transportation (From and After)
  • Meals, Western and continental food (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
  • Safety Kayak
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc)
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership
  • First aid kid box
  • Company T-Shirt

Cost not Included

  • 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
  • Emergency evacuation
  • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange)
  • Things of personal use
  • Member insurance
  • Airfare (Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Kathmandu
  • Tips to Staffs
  • Sleeping bag (US$1 Per day)

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
  • Fishing hook (you can fishing in the Himalayan River)