Karnali River Rafting - 10 days

Trip Overview

Duration: 10 days Country: Nepal
Max. Altitude: N/A. Walking Per Day: -
Accommodation: N/A grade Grade: Strenuous
Best Season: Sep-Dec, Mar-May Group Size: Min. 2 pax
Mode: N/A Culture: N/A

Karnali river rafting is also popularly known as the wild west adventure in Nepal. Originating from Kailash Mountain in Tibet, Karnali river is located at rural areas of  western Nepal. During our 10 days of Karnali river rafting, we get exclusive chance to experience white water adventure along with an opportunity to get immerse into raw natural beauty, wildlife, fishing and participate in other fun filled activities.

We begin our Karnali River Rafting adventure as we take a flight or drive to Nepalgunj followed by another road trip to Sauli which is the put in point of river rafting. We can also trek to reach Sauli across beautiful landscapes and Himalayan sceneries and cultural explorations. Karnali River offers rapids of grade 4 to 5 class which would keep every participant busy with their paddle. Within 10 days of rafting tour, we will cover total of 185 kilometers in water ways till Chisapani. Further you can also embark in to visit Bardia National Park for abundance of wilderness exploration. Therefore, remember Nepal Mountain Trekkers if you are looking for best of white water adventures in Nepal. Contact us for booking and further information.

Karnali River Rafting Itinerary

  • Day 1 Drive from Kathmandu to Surkhet
    • Duration :16 hours
    • Highlights :

      » Early in the morning, we will start our drive to Surkhet with amazing ground views of high lands, dense forests, rivers and Nepalese localities

      » On the way and it will be the longest (about 16 hours) drive as we will be heading to far west of Nepal. Or we can get to Surkhet via Nepalgunj flight by airway in the afternoon by domestic airlines enjoying the scenic beauty of Nepal with views of mountains and green hills.

      » We will stay overnight in a luxurious guest house there.


  • Day 2 Drive from Surkhet to Dhungeswor and Camp overnight.
    • Duration :6-7 hours
    • Highlights :

      » After breakfast, we will drive to Dhungeswor. While travelling through the local villages and picturesque surrounding, you feel like you are in wonderland.

      » The eye dazzling scenario and the high lands with coniferous forest along with whispering sound of river will make the journey enjoyable.

      » Everything around seems fresh and impressive. We will be exploring the surrounding in the evening and set up camp to stay overnight there.

      » Our crew member will prepare the delicious food and will entertain you with singing and dancing and campfire as well.


  • Day 3 Rafting from Dhungeswor and overnight camping in the bank of river
    • Highlights :

      » After breakfast, our professionals will be providing you the instructions for safety and paddling.

      » We will gear up for the rafting and continue the raft through the wilderness of Karnali facing the challenges of big bounces and rapids in big water.

      » We still manage to get at least one great class 4 rapid with full of excitement and adventure.

      » We will have our lunch in the late afternoon and stay overnight in the camp in the bank of river.


  • Day 4 Rafting to GOD house and overnight camping
    • Highlights :

      » Rafting is more challenging this day. Rafters can experience the real flow of Himalayan white water while having a great adventure through a 7km gorge.

      » On the following day, we will be passing through narrow gorges and jungle corridor with spectacular views of diverse wildlife.

      » Today we encounter the notorious big rapid; GOD house and other challenging rapids. We will stay overnight in the GOD house area.


  • Day 5 Rafting to Seti Dovan and overnight camping
    • Highlights :

      » This day rafting adventure is not less than yesterday. We will hit some rapids of God House, Juicer, Flip and Strip.

      » The excitement reaches its height in the white water when you will be dip into the river from rapids.

      » After rafting further down the river we will reach Seti Dovan and we will camp overnight there.

      » We will be having fun in the sandy beach there and lots of entertainment from our crew member.


  • Day 6 Rafting to Jamuna village and overnight camping
    • Highlights :

      We will raft almost the entire day today. You will get to witness some enchanting sceneries and hit a few small rapids which will be like relaxing after two days of a thrilling experience. The journey in the Karnali is mostly adventurous with magnificent views of jungle and natural lives. After paddling down further we will reach jamuna village and we will camp overnight there.


  • Day 7 Rest day and exploring Jamuna village area
    • Highlights :

      » This day is kept free, we programmed to relax on the sandy beach and explore the surrounding areas.

      » We can be have some fun stuffs and lots of entertainment along with plenty of rest.

      » You can dry your clothes and have a discussion regarding the adventure and spectacular views and scenery that you encounter on the journey.

      » You can ask our guides about the place you want to know.


  • Day 8 Rafting continues and overnight camping
    • Highlights :

      » These days rafting is pleasant enough and we can see the rapids dying off as we come out of the gorge.

      » We will be rafting continuously to the seti river confluence where river gets broadens. Many kayakers can be found in the river with safety action and no doubt you will be inspired. You can stop by here and ask your guide for the information about the surroundings as well one can experience kayaking here or take over the raft and learn about the river.

      » We will raft little further down in the river and camp overnight in a beach.


  • Day 9 Rafting continues and overnight camping
    • Highlights :

      » Continuing with Day 8


  • Day 10 Rafting to Chisapani
    • Highlights :

      » After packing our stuffs and fulfilled breakfast in the morning we will continue our journey with the mesmerizing views of jungle, villages and hills. We will reach Chisapani (put out point) in the afternoon. We will have lunch here and get in a bus to be back to Kathmandu. 



Cost Includes

  • Professionally trained and certified river guides.
  • Professionally trained and certified safety kayakers.
  • Quality rafting and kayaking equipment, including boats, kayaks, helmets, paddles, life jackets, dry bags and pelican boxes.
  • Accommodation in a camp and all necessary facilities including personal tents, individual mattress and sleeping bag, toilet tents etc.
  • All meals while on the river – breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Two way transportation – buses, 4WDs.
  • River Permits.

Cost Excludes

  • Visas, flights, other taxes etc.
  • Personal items like toiletries, clothing, camera etc.
  • Alcohol and other packed food.
  • Insurance policy: paddlers need to have their own insurance since we only provide insurance to our crew.
  • Tips for guides

Equipment Checklist

Equipment lists for 10 days Karnali River Rafting
  • Shorts / ½ pant
  • Sport Sandals
  • T-shirt.
  • Swimming 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 (environment friendly is recommended).
  • Camera and batteries/chargers
  • Water Bottles
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear.

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