Seven days rafting on Karnali

Price:890 EUR
Dates:18th to 31st Oct 2015
Status:free capacity

Nepal's longest river cuts through Himalayan mountain range and continues down through many remote areas to finish in unspoiled jungle of Bardiya National Park. This seven-day self-supported rafting trip will take you back in time.

  • Be part of the rafting expedition
  • Enjoy romantic nights under the stars
  • Raft huge rapids in craggy canyon
  • Relax on easy sections surrounded by the jungle and villages
  • Paddle with experienced river guides


Karnali is no doubt the most memorable rafting trip in Nepal. Guaranteed big water level and huge, yet quite safe rapids make it perfect river for expedition rafting. The volume of water and character of the rapids reminds of rivers like Colorado, Futaleufú or Zambezi.  The splendid canyons combined with open valleys and plains put Karnali between world's „Top Ten" most beautiful rafting rivers.

Forgotten Karnali valley still keeps it's purity and is called "Wild West" by many people. Total 183 km of jungle-clad canyons, wild and relatively unpopulated areas, plains and some of Nepal's most pristine jungle secures 7 great days of rafting. You can see very rare bird species, pythons, gharials and monkeys. With a good luck river dolphins will accompany us in the final section.

The expedition will be led by our experienced rafting guides for whom Nepali rivers are as a second home. Besides rafts the kayaks will be available on the trip for safety on the river and more fun in the rapids. Each boat will be fully equiped with whitewater gear including dry bags. Due to warm weather and water in this time of the year neoprene suits are only provided on request.



1st day - One of our guides will await you at Kathmandu International Airport and will take you to a hotel in Thamel.

2nd day- In the morning you will meet your trip leader and get a dry bag along with some information how and what to pack. The rest of your luggage will stay in the hotel in Kathmandu. There is going to be enough time to get ready for the afternoon bus departure.

3rd day - In the afternoon we arrive to Tallo Dungeswar and bed down in the village with no tourists.

4th day - After the breakfast we move few hundred metres to the river and load the rafts. You'll be given thorough safety talk and all instructions by your guide. This day is dedicated to practice of all needed rafting skills.

5th to 7th day - Rafting through the canyon of Karnali with plenty of minor and major rapids and beautiful pools - you can look forward to the rapids like Sweetness & Light, Jailhouse, God's Hous, Flip & Strip and many others.

8th to 9th day - The gradient eases and tha canyon is replaced by jungle areas and plains. The rapids get way easier and Nepali villages slowly start to emerge. Whole scenery is completed by grasslands, savannas and forests of Terai.

10th day - After few hours of paddling in Karnali's last canyon we arrive to Chisapani, pack the rafts and get a bus to Royal Bardiya National Park.

11th day - Optional program in the jungle: elephant ride, tracking of wild elephants, rhinos and tigers. Visit of local pubs with rice beer tasting.

12th day - Bus transfer back to Kathmandu. Optional flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.

13th day - Morning arrival to Kathmandu. Sightseeing in Kathmandu and Bhaktapur.

14th day - Departure, shuttle to Kathmandu International Airport. You can extend your stay in Nepal by going to Panchase or Gosaikunda trek (optional additional program).


Price info

Price includes:

Guides, shuttle from/to Kathmandu International Airport, transportation in Nepal, 6 nights in hotels and lodges, 6 nights in the nature, full board on the river, rafting and all connected permissions, complete white water equipment including dry bags (neoprene suits on request).

Price doesn't include:

Airfare, Visa for Nepal (15 day visa is 25 USD), optional services (program in Bardiya, flight Nepalgunj-Kathmandu), off river meals.

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