Karnali River Rafting & Kayaking Tour & Expedition - 10 Days

“Wild-west Classic”

Karnali River Rafting & Kayaking Tour This is probably the most definitive Himalayan white water adventures of all, Nepal's longest and largest river the Karnali spring forth form the base of Mt.Kailash in Tibet. Flowing south into Nepal it form the major drainage .system of the western districts. The karnali is one of the finest big volume river trips in the world. A classic Expedition into Nepal's remote unpopulated "Wild West". This entered in Nepal from Humla district and cut the Mahabharat Himalayas near by Chisapani. Rafting when combined with short trekking, fishing and wildlife exploration or jungle safari activities can be quite an unforgettable experience.

The Karnali carves the Himalayan landscape into a series of magnificent gorges and canyons as it descends slowly into the forests of western Nepal. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river levels to swell dramatically and create the extremes of whitewater rafting.  It is one of the best river trips offered anywhere.

We don’t see any sign of the modern world for the next eight days while we hit the river. Life seems so isolated and demanding, yet so rewarding with the wonderful experience in the Wild. Many expeditions have been delighted by sights of Langur and Rhesus monkeys, leopards, bear, martins, deer, crocodiles and gharials. Karnali, apart from being one of the best whitewater rivers, supports the finest fish habitat in Nepal. The river is known for giant catfish and the magnificent Golden Mahseer.
Karnali with its huge rapids is a serious undertaking and even at lower levels is still a thrilling ride with the rapids becoming more constricted and the gradient ever steeper. One highlight of this classic river journey is a 7 km roller-coaster ride through the gorge where you encounter rapids at every bend. The Karnali is good for rafting in any season.

Trip Facts

Departure: From Kathmandu
River Class: III to V
Distance: 180 KM
River Days: 7
Best season: Nov - Dec, Mar - Apr
Put in point:  Dungeshwor
Put out point:  Chisopani (Altitude 195m)
Rapids: Captivity, Flip and Strip, God’s House, Elbow

Trip Preparation and pre-departure meeting
Before heading every outdoor trip we would like to request to our guests to be gathered at our office for pre-departure meeting as it is also prime concern to introduce with our team-Trip Leader, Guides, trip staffs and other guests, complete official formalities, discuss about the trip system, timetable and other important matters to make your happy journey successful.

River Itinerary

Day 1: Fly Kathmandu – Nepalgunj 1 hours and drive to Surkhet or Driver to Surkhet form Kathmandu around 16-17 hrs Surkhet (overnight) after a very long drive, we arrive at Surkhet and call it a night.

Day 2: After breakfast, we drive 8 hours to the put-in-point at Tallo Dhungeshwor. It is a lovely drive through sal forests to the village of Sauli in the seldom seen area of far-West Nepal passing through local villages and spectacular scenery.

Day 3: Tallo Dhungeshwor– First Inquiry
After a scrumptious breakfast, we are all set to hit the wild bend – Karnali. From Tallo Dhungeshwori, it's 200 km to the next road access at Chisopani on the northern border of Bardia National Park. First day on the river and we encounter wild rapids that continue to take our breath away. After lunch we continue our descent on the Karnali and arrive at First Inquiry, a pristine camping site for our first night on the river.

Day 4 : First Inquiry – God’s House
Himalayan whitewater rafting seems truly wild with lots of adventure down the line. Today is the day!  Negotiating through the wild torrents, we enter the ‘Jungle Corridor’. This is a narrowing jungle clad gorge and it is all ours. The skills practiced on the first day will now come to use and when the guide shouts "all forward " he really means it. It is D-day that we were looking forward to on the Karnali and after a long day’s roller-coaster ride on the whitewater, we camp at the sensational setting at God’s House.

Day 5 : God’s House – Seti Dovan
Yet another action-packed day filled with more fun, more adventure welcomed by the tricky waves of God’s House followed by more intricate rapids till we reach our campsite at Seti Dovan.

Day 6: Seti Dovan – Jamuna Village
Our guide shouts, ‘Keep paddling hard’. Yes, the adventure is yet not over! Today we experience the best of the west filled with great action combined with breathtaking scenery. After a hard day’s action, we arrive at Jamuna village where we camp. With three days of first class adventure behind us, there is plenty to talk about over dinner.

Day 7: Jamuna Village
Today, we take a much deserved break to visit the local villages surrounded by lush green, pristine jungle with an abundance of wildlife. We camp at the beach and enjoy barbeque pork for our next meal.

Day 8: Seti Confluence
We see the rapids easing off as we come out of the gorge. We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens and the gradient lessens, as the river winds through some magnificent scenery, eventually emerging onto the plains and flowing through the Bardia National Park.
Today, the next day and another half day gives us plenty of opportunity to enjoy a journey through the countryside admiring the enchanting beauty of Nepal. Rafting is definitely more than just whitewater and adventurous bumps on the river.
Day 9: Chisopani put-out point.

Day 10:- Arrive in Kathmandu after 14-15 hrs drive.

This Cost includes & what we provide

  • Experienced Guide& Supporter, All meals during the rafting period (B/L/D)
  • Accommodation camping in Tent,
  • All national Park permits
  • Rafting permit.
  • All necessary fees.
  • Round trip Ground Transportation
  • Rafting, kitchen and camping equipment experienced Captain Cook and other staffs
  • All Rafting equipment including life –jacket, helmets, paddle, paddle top & self balling raft.
  • All our equipment is of the highest quality, clean and well maintained

The 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
  • Things of personal use
  • Member insurance
  • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange)
  • Tips to Staffs
  • Sleeping bag (USD $ 1 Dollar)

What to bring with you

Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel, sun block and your camera. A flashlight is also useful.

What you need to tell us

Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well being on the trip.
Don’t forget to request vegetarian meals if required.

River Safety

We are the only company with guides trained in SRT, CPR, and Wilderness First Aid. ADRIFT ADVENTURES Nepal guarantees fun and 100% safety. We are highly dedicated in providing quality service to our invaluable clients and agents, in order to make their experience in Nepal very special, providing cherished memories for a lifetime.

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With This Trip

Wild life Safari Option: Today is our last day on the Karnali. We end our trip in the early afternoon at Chisopani Bridge and have our last river lunch together, with the Karnali next to us winding its way through the valleys, canyons and beautiful gorges.
After a long week on the river, we head to our next destination –at Bardia National Park for a peaceful jungle safari deep in the tranquil woods of Bardia.

Fly Back from Nepaljung: Please note that after Karnali Rafting there is an option of flying back to Kathmandu from Nepaljung.

All at highly competitive prices: - Please contact us for very special Price:-

We look forward to sharing wonderful rafting, kayaking, Fishing and pure adventures outdoor travels with you and helping you create life long memories.

Would you like to extend your holiday?

If your answer is yes, there are many options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Following trips are suggested for your holiday extensions.

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