Karnali River Rafting

Trip Level
Trip Duration
11 Days


If you visit Nepal, you will be totally untouched and incomplete if you don't raft the longest and largest with its tributaries, it drains most of the far west of Nepal, the Wild West. The area that it flows through is wild and relatively unpopulated with some of the most pristine jungle scenery in Nepal, and abundance of wildlife. The rapids are also pretty wild, with the river building to its climax in these lower canyons. The valley narrows into a series of canyons, the rivers speeds up and there are big rapids, one leading into another almost continuously down to the Seti River. The river winds through some magnificent unspoiled scenery, eventually emerging onto the plains flowing through the Bardia National park to join the Ganges. The Karnali is more constrained by its canyon walls giving bigger more continuous and serial rapids. This constraints nature od river means that any increase in volume has a more pronounced effect on the difficulty of the rapids and this makes it a river that is the best run at low and medium flows, in higher water the Karnali is a serious commitment for rafting in this river.

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: We meet at the office or we pick you up at your hotel in Kathmandu at 7 am with your bags ready to go. This is a long bus journey, so be prepared with water etc. We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the 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 lunchtime [this all depends on availability be flexible]. After lunch, we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Syauli. 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: The river gives the team time to build and there is enough challenging rapids and water flow for learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great class 4 rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.

Day 04: This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is BIG and it is 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.

Day 05: More of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid.

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 breathtaking scenery.

Day 07: 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 08-09: 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: We come to the end of our journey at about lunchtime where our bus will be waiting to collect us. Those who have booked to go to Bardia National Park [highly recommended] will be collected from here as well. Or one can proceed to their own onward journey.

Day 11: We arrive back at Kathmandu in the early morning of the eleventh day and rest at the hotel. After that, you may use your rest of time to buy a souvenir in Kathmandu.

Departure Dates

No fixed departures.