Karnali River Rafting in Nepal

This is far west of Nepal is one of the most isolated and least explored areas of the Himalays. Only recently opened to foreigners, this region offers some tremendous challenges and rewards.

The Karnali, Nepals mightiest river, descends through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent gorges and pristine forest. It rise high in Tibet near Mount Kailash, the four-sided mountain which is holy to Buddhists and Hindus as the center of the universe and the source of four mighty rivers-the Sutlej, Brahmaputra, the Indus and the Karnali. Emerging onto the Terai the river flows through the Royal Bardia Wildlife Park and continues across the Northern Plains of India to the Bay of Bangal.

We drive from Kathmandu about 10 AM and get Surkhet about 5 Am next day morning. Then we have a breakfast at Surkhet and take a three hours drive to Kalyandanda through dirt road. We will have lunch here and walk about 1 and half hour to Great Loop.

In traditional Nepalese fashion, dozens of porters carry all our equipment as we trek along narrow trails to the Great Loop of the Karnali. Loading all food and gear into our raft, we venture onto the river to challenge some of the worlds best whitewater. A thrill a minute roller coaster ride takes us through a spectacular sun drenches land of steep wooded canyons, deserted beaches, and small villages.

Langur Monkeys study our progress from the verdant forest and Himalayan Tahr, black bear, deer, jackals, and elusive leopards are still abundant. Gharial and Mugger crocodiles bask in the final canyon. The Karnali is also renowned as one of Nepals premier fishing river with Masheer, a form of fresh water perch, and giant catfish.

The Karnali combines small trekking in a seldom visited part of the Himalayas and exceptional rafting through tropical jungle, and the option of a wildlife safari in the best reserve in Asia. This is a classic big volume river at all flows. If you are looking for a long wilderness expedition this is the journey for you.

Fact about this trip:
7 Nights under tent on sandy beach
2 nights on the bus

Highlights on this tour:
Probably the best whitewater and superb rapid of class V, picturesque Karnali river valley, wonderful virgin beaches, excellent water fall, visit of some village, lots of wildlife.

March till May & October till November

River Class:

Group size
From single person

Trip cost:
USD 400 per person
Single supplement US$ 55

Included in the price:
Transportation on private minibus
Meals as mentioned
All rafting equipment
Licensed holder guide
Numbers of helper
Necessary permit

Not included:
Meals other than mentioned
Drinks and bar Bill
Personal insurance
Other things not mentioned
Hotel and food in Kathmandu

Departure date:
Any day during season

Itinerary - Karnali River Rafting

Day 1-2: Drive to great loop via Surkhet and about 2 hr

Day 3-8: Rafting and exploring the Karnali/ Camping at River beaches.

Day 9: Raft to Chisopani (all together 180km rafting) Drive or fly to Katmandu.

Day 10: At leisure.

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