Karnali Rafting Expedition

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The Karnali River of Nepal, like the other numerous Himalayan River systems of the nation, is a destination par excellence for adventure-filled white water rafting. On the way , for an entire 180 kilometers, long stretches of virgin wilderness, lush forests, serpentine gorges, thundering waterfalls and steep canyons, the nights spent in the river bank under the blue, starry sky—all add up to a life-lasting experience. The force of the currents may finish off your bravado, but you will come out in the end, fully refreshed, re-energized, with vibrant, well-exercised muscles like never before.

The longest river in Nepal (507 km inside the national boundary), Karnali pours down through the mysterious gorges of the Himalayas after originating in the Mansarovar region of Tibet. The vast bulk of the river’s course, along with all its tributaries that drain the entirety of far-western Nepal, consists of raging rapids and winding rushes through curved paths and narrow gorges until it emerges into the Terai plains. For the water babies of the world, Nepal’s rivers provide unparalleled platform for testing their most daring of dreams and fancies. Within the average breadth of about 250 kilometers, the land of the nation slopes steeply from more than 8,000 meters to the benign altitude of less than 100 meters from sea level. Now just imagine the fury of its river systems that originate in the challenging highs of the Himalayas and plunge down into the level plain of low altitudes.

We start the Karnali adventure by catching the river in an ideal place at the hilly district Surkhet and follow its swift downward course until it slows down after it arrives into the lowlands of Terai in the Bardia National Park. During the entire period, we will be pushed up and pulled down, get thrown over and hurled to the sideways, tossed around like a piece of log floating on the surface as we ride over the fancies of the wild currents in a classic waterway of the world. Be especially watchful after you encounter an abrupt bend in the river near its confluence with “Lohore Khola” until you meet the Seti River. Your excitements and your efforts reach the extremes as the river rapids move forward in feverish force. Along the way, we also enjoy the scenes of irresistible waterfalls, roaring canyons, and mighty tributaries coming to join the main stream. The following 10-day itinerary we have designed is a tailor made package that allows you to make the most in terms of adventure, reinvigorating sceneries, and rests and breaks as well.


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Surkhet

Day 2: Drive from Surkhet to the road-head and plunge into the river at Sauli

Day 3: Arrive at First Inquiry

Day 4: Arrive at God-house

Day 5: Arrive at the Seti Dovan (near the confluence of the Seti River)

Day 6: Arrive at Jamuna Village

Day 7: Rest and exploration

Day 8 and 9: Continuation of the Trip

Day 10: End the rafting tour near Chisopani Bridge


Day 1: Drive from Kathmandu to Surkhet
It takes an entire day and a full night to arrive at Surkhet, a far-western district from Kathmandu. We will take the rest for the rest of the day and night once we reach here.

Day 2: Drive from Surkhet to the road-head and plunge into the river at Sauli
On the second day, we drive as far as the road goes, then take a short trek past some villages and some idyllic scenes to reach Sauli. Then we plunge into the water.

Day 3: Arrive at First Inquiry
We get up in the morning, have a calories-rich breakfast and throw ourselves into the currents again. They get wild and furious today, and so does your excitement. The thrashing rapids may leave you panting and twisting and turning, but this is worth a little adventure that you have desired. We reach the place called First Inquiry and rest in the camp overnight.

Day 4: Arrive at God-house
Another adventurous day through virgin wilderness and mysterious gorge. The day will quench all your fancies and all your imaginings about having a lifetime rafting experience in a Himalayan river. The stopover at God-house is equally breathtaking.

Day 5: Arrive at the Seti Dovan (near the confluence of the Seti River)
After crossing the wild rapids near the Seti Dovan, we arrive at our campsite and retire for the night.

Day 6: Arrive at Jamuna Village
This is again an action-packed, effortful day. You will see a lot of the wild, spectacular west of Nepal. We reach Jamuna village and pitch our tent for the night.

Day 7: Rest and exploration
For the full day today, we relax on the sandy bank of the river and explore the surrounding. Rejuvenate your spirit and energies in this well-planned break.

Day 8 and 9: Continuation of the Trip
The River broadens and its currents become gentle as it emerges out of the last gorges of the hilly region. Have an eye for the villages and the picturesque countryside around. You can also try out being in the driving seat yourself these days as the river calms down. Ask for instructions from your guide and learn about the river and rafting itself.

Day 10: End the rafting tour near Chisopani Bridge
We end the rafting expedition near the Chisapani bridge in the afternoon. You can catch a night bus there and return to Kathmandu. But a day of jungle safari in Bardia National Park brings you different joys and contrasting experiences. In that case, put aside a day for the purpose and return to Kathmandu the following evening.





Country: Nepal
Duration: 10 days
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