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Karnali River Rafting

Adventure Trips in Nepal

Karnali is Nepal’s longest and mightiest river and a classic Himalayan river expedition. The Karnali’s headwaters come off Mount Kailas 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.

Karnali 180 kilometers on this trip you 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 you can let go of your fear of falling out of your raft. 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 were you can cut loose on some big water and rapids or if you feel intimidated you 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.

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Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Surkhet,

Day 02: Arrive at Sauli ( start point of rafting )

Day 03: Rafting

Day 04: Rafting

Day 05: Rafting

Day 06: Rafting

Day 07: Rest day at River bank

Day 08/09: Rafting Period

Day 10: Final Day of Rafting

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Surkhet,
We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the next morning. we are able to have a sleep here.

Day 02: Arrive at Sauli ( start point of rafting )
After early 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 03: Rafting
After having heavy breakfast. we get ready for wild ride. This section of the River is terribly wild. Continuoues rapid makes rafter forget to breathe. We will take Lunch around at 1:00 pm afternoon and camping at 3:00 pm. O/n at Camp.

Day 04: Rafting
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. O/n at Camp.

Day 05: Rafting
More of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid. O/n at Camp.

Day 06: Rafting
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 breath taking scenery. O/n at Jamuna village on Camp.

Day 07: Rest day at River bank
a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach.

Day 08/09 : Rafting Period
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 are 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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange).
  • Airfare
  • Tips to Staffs.
  • Sleeping bag

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