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Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River Rafting is one of the best rivers rafting in the world. This magnificent river originates from Mt. kailash in Tibet. Karnali River literally means “Holy water from the sacred mountain”.
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Karnali River Rafting is one of the best rivers rafting in the world. This magnificent river originates from Mt. kailash in Tibet. Karnali River literally means “Holy water from the sacred mountain”.

Sauli is the rafting put-in-point. The river drops into imposing canyons filled with powerful big volume white-water. There is a wide variety of fauna and flora including dense forests, jungle and also remote villages. Just enough easier water to regroup and prepare for the next big challenge separates rapids like “Captivity”, “Flip and Strip” and “Gods House”. Towards the end of the trip the river gradient begins to ease as the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows out into the Gangetic plains of Terai. Jungle is thickens and the river is broadens than pristine Beaches become bigger and more beautiful.

Finally leaving you close to Bardia National Park, where you can combine your rafting adventure with a safari trip and maybe spot some of the parks one-horned rhinos and elusive tigers or you can either drive back or fly back to Kathmandu

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

Day 02 : After 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 : we get ready for wild ride.

After having heavy breakfast at 8:00 a.m. we get ready for wild ride. This section of the River is terribly wild. Continues rapid makes rafter forget to breathe. Lunch will be served en-route and camping at 03:00 p.m. in First Inquiry.

Day 04 : 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. Enjoy the ride all day and camp in this sensational setting at God-house.

Day 05 : Camp at the Seti Dovan and relax.

More of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid. Camp at the Seti Dovan and relax.

Day 06 : 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 and camping at Jamuna village

Day 07 : Relax on a great sandy beach.

This is a holiday after all so we have programmed a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach.

Day 08-9 : 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. You see there is more to a rafting expedition than just rafting.

Day 10 : This is the final day of river.

We end this trip in the early afternoon at Chisopani Bridge & lunch is served there. You will catch night bus at about 1530hrs to get back to Kathmandu or you can enjoy in Bardia National Park, which is famous for bird watching.

Cost Include

  • Private Transportation.
  • 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, , dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety, medical equipment and sleeping bag.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
  • First aid kid box.
  • Company T-Shirt.

Cost Exclude

  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
  • Emergency evacuation.
  • Things of personal use.
  • Member insurance.
  • Tips to Staffs

Please bring

  • T-shirts.
  • swim wear for on the river.
  • Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
  • Sunscreen and lip protector.
  • Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
  • Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best).
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear.
  • Reading book.