Karnali River Rafting

Duration: 10 Days   |   PhotosDownload

We organize Karnali River rafting expedition. 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 God's 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 an old-growth forest and maybe even spot some wildlife.

The Karnali also supports some of the finest fish habitats 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.

Highlights

  • 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

Outline Itinerary

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Day 1:Travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet:

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.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Surkhet

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.

  • Accommodation:Guest House
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Sauli

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.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Sauli

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.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Sauli

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

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Seti Dovan

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.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:Jamuna village

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.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:sandy beach

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.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:sandy beach

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.

  • Accommodation:Camping
  • Meals:Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • Place:sandy beach

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 1,530hrs to get back to Kathmandu or you can enjoy in Bardia National Park, which is famous for bird watching.

    Inclusion

    • Ground Transportation, (From Kathmandu tourist bus after rafting Local bus).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Things of personal use.
    • Member insurance.
    • Private Transportation (If you want extra US$150 up 5 people).
    • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange).
    • All Airfare

    Useful Information

    Note: Rafting itinerary can be changed as per the different situations.

    Please bring 

    • T-shirts.
    • Swimwears 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.

    Nepal Visa info

    Visa for Nepal, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Please kindly bring two passport size photos and passport copy along with you. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying USD40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 100. If you need more info on a visa for Nepal then please kindly feel free to ask with us or browse our Nepal info page. 

    Further Information 

    Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding the trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all inquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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