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Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River Rafting Nepal's biggest and longest river the Karnali springs forth from the base of Mt.Kailash in Tibet provides perhaps the finest trip of its kind in the world. Way out in the remote far west it requires a long bus ride to Birendra Nagar and then about three hours rough bus ride to put-in point Dungeshwar. With challenging, big water rapids, superb canyons, pristine wilderness and plentiful wildlife it will be the unforgettable trip of your life.

During raft in Karnali River biggest rapids class 4 comes in the first couple of days and the river gradually mellowing after that. With spectacular view, remote jungle-clad canyons, big whitewater and abundant wildlife it presents far western natural beauty. You can raft the Karnali right into Bardia National Park, where probably you can view wild elephants, tigers, crocodiles and rhinos from the river. Finally trip put-outs at Chasipani of Bardiay from where you can join Jungle safari.

Renowned as Nepal's premier fishing river Karnali needs more than week long trip to explore magnificent whitewater challenge. If you have previous rafting experience or are looking for an expedition style river adventure with classic river journey really it's for you. The Karnali is the best run at low to medium levels it’s a particularly good choice in March and April, though the nature of channel makes it lively at all times outside of high water. It’s popular choice for overseas kayak groups around the globe


Trip day to day itinerary

Day 01 Drive to Birendra Nagar (Surkhet) from Kathamndu about 23 hours by bus. You have to pass your first night inside the bus throughout the drive.

Day 02 After breakfast rafting team moves via minibus to put-in point Dungeshwar with 5 hours drive. Unspoiled scene of far western villages, farms and mountains will welcome you with natural stroke. After lunch there will be briefing about security, terrain and rapids by leader and guides. Over night in camp at the bank of Karnali.

Day 03: It’s the day to take challenge with Karnali River. Team organizes warm up rafting you will be trained for constant bumping on river rapids. Karnali has great class IV rapid. Over night in camp with full of excitement for next day.

Day 04: After breakfast constant bumping into the Karnali rapids of starts. Its the day to experience what people imagine about Himalayan whitewater. Its BIG and continuous passing through the Jungle Corridor rafting moves ahead as guide shouts "all forward." Over night in camp.

Day 05: Constant bumping into the Karnali rapids continues including notorious GOD’S HOUSE rapid. Camp at Seti Dovan over night.

Day 06: Keeping paddling into Karnali rapids you will experience what is Himalayan whitewater rafting. Along side Karnali river you will view breathtaking natural setting. Over night in Camp.

Day 07: Its free day for paddle you too. All rafting team will enjoy great sandy beach with camp fire with its natural beauty.

Day 08 & 09: Paddling starts with morning sun, bumping with Karnali you as well as team will pass the confluence with Seti River. These two day gives chance to enjoy journey admiring the country and villages. These two days you will enjoy smooth rapids of Karnali with tented camp nights.

Day 10: With morning rafting we will come to an end of the rafting put-outs at Chasipani of Bardiay. Our trip concludes with lunch. It’s the point from where you can start visiting Bardia National Park (highly recommended!) or back to Kathmandu.

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu from Chisapani, Bardiay about 23 hours.

Day 12 : Finally trip concludes reaching Kathamandu.


Note: Presented Itinerary is our tentative plan to make your rafting experience in Nepal rich. It can be customized as client's interest and timeframe.


Trip Cost Include

  1. Transportations.
  2. Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during rafting trip
  3. Rafting Permits
  4. Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only on winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and safety and medical equipments.
  5. Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  6. Tented accommodation with camp fire.
  7. Kayak.
  8. Food, accommodation, insurance for staff and their transportation.
  9. Expedition essentials including professional guides and leaders.
  10. First aid box.
  11. Company T-Shirt.

Trip Cost Exclude

  1. Bottled water, drinks and alcoholic beverages.
  2. Hotel accommodations & meals (if you stay at hotel)
  3. Emergency evacuation.
  4. Things of personal use.
  5. Your insurance.
  6. International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange)
  7. Tips to staffs
  8. Sleeping bag (NRS.50 per night).

You have to bring

  1. T-shirts
  2. Swimming costumes
  3. Warm cloths for evenings including a fleece or a pullover
  4. Sunscreen and lip protector
  5. Sunglasses / cap
  6. Towel and Toiletries (eco-friendly)
  7. Personal medicines
  8. Flashlight
  9. Footwear
  10. Reading books
  11. Fishing hook