Karnali River Rafting
The Karnali River is Nepal’s mightiest river. The Karnali river rafting is arguably the finest multi day river trip in Nepal for those wanting a more unique experience of Nepal, stunning scenery, great river action and all the benefits of a long river trip in Nepal.
Lowland trek that combined with most beautiful canyons found in Nepal makes Karnali rafting/kayaking one of the most memorable river trips available in this country. After monsoon the rapids of Karnali River are demanding a huge, though relatively straightforward. In low water the demands on the rafter are more technical, though equally exciting.
The Karnali’s headwaters come off of Mount Kailas in Tibet, the center of the universe for both Buddhist and Hindu religions, and then slice through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent isolated gorges and forest. This is Nepal‘s largest and longest river, flowing uninhibited through the least populated region of the country.
Diffculties and Safety
Rafting in Karnali river is not an easy thing with lots of rapids. Average fitness is required not to be in the pain make sure you have enough experience to enjoy the rafting.
Your safety is one of our major concern. Your guide has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Since this adventure entails Rafting in the river, we will have safty kayakers as well. The Guide will try to ensure that the trip runs according to plan, but please be prepared to be flexible if required.
Itinerary Details ( Click on the days to see the extended form. )
After breakfast in Kathmandu, we start long bus drive upto Surkhet today. Arriving Surkhet in late night. Overnight stay at hotel in Surkhet.
After breakfast we continue our unspoiled scenery drive to Dungeshwar (5 hrs), the rafting starting point. After short rafting we set up the camp by the river bank.
There are good rapids and water flow those allow learning errors. We face great class IV rapid today. Camp in the beach.
This is also another adventurous day with some narrowing jungle clad gorge. We all keep paddling hard. Overnight in the camp.
The day goes in the same way. We keep enjoying the some high and low rapids. Camping at the river bank.
It isn’t over yet! Keep paddling hard! You are experiencing another day of great action and breathe taking scenery.
Today we come out of the gorge and confluence with the Seti River. There is a chance to enjoy the view.
Enjoying the white water rafting with some of safety kayakers. You getting chance to learn about the real rafting.
Today is the last day in river. We stop our raft in the river bank. Pack up the gears and come to have lunch in the highway hotel. Our vehicle will be waiting us to take our next destination. We will reach Kathmandu/Pokhara by the next morning.
Those who have booked to go to Bardia National Park (highly recommended!), will be collected from here as well.
- Airport Pick up and drop off
- All domestic land and air transportation
- All Accommodation
- 3 main course meals a day while trekking
- Guide and porters
- Necessary permits and TIMS
- Mountain World Treks t-shirt and trekking map
- A comprehensive medical kit
What's not included
- Flights To/From Nepal
- Tourist Visa
- Travel insurance
- Meals while not on the trek
- Expenses of personal nature
- Tips for the guide, porters and driver
- Any services not mentioned in the itineraries.
- Any extra costs due to unforeseen circumstances
This trip can be possible to customize as you want and you may extension your Nepal trip as well. Here are the few options what you may do.
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Accommodation & Food details
We will provide tourist standard accommodations in Kathmandu and this is possible to upgrade in your choice. All the accommodation in the cities and trekking will provided on twin sharing basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost extra.
During Karnali River Rafting, we will provide tents accomodation and authentic Nepalese food (Dal Bhat) as well the more common international cuisine (Tibetan, Continental, Italian, Indian, etc.). 3 main course meals will be provided during rafting and only breakfast is included while you are in Kathmandu and.
Best Time To Visit
Autumn (Sept to Nov) and Spring (March to May) are the best seasons to do Karnali River Rafting. The weather is sunny and warm with outstanding views.
However, the temperature during winter could be harsh for most guests and there chance to get wet with cold water. Rafting in the Summer or Monsoon seasons (June to Aug) will be affected by rain but the Summer rafting could be a boon for a keen botanist.
You are advised to consider the following equipment as essentials while packing. Please use this link as a guideline. Adjustments to the list can be managed according to our requirements, interests, duration of trip, and season of trip.
We can find variety of these gears to hire or buy in Kathmandu. Majority of the gears which are in sale in Kathmandu are locally manufactured (hence a lot cheaper) and can find very high quality branded gears too in some famous stores in Kathmandu.