Trip Overview

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Karnali rafting is an ideal trip for those wanting a more unique experience of Nepal, stunning scenery, great river action and all the benefits of a long river trip in Nepal.The river rises from the marginal Himalayan range of Tibet and flowing down to the southern direction to fall into Gangaes, which entered in Nepal from Humla district and cut  the Mahabharat mountain near by Chisapani.The bottom of the Karnali River is mostly boulder-strewn at its upper reaches and sandy at its lower reaches and the river water is clean except in rainy season. Its depth ranges from 3-10 m but in deep gorges varies from 50 m-100m. Karnali fans divides into two main channels, first Geruwa on the left and Kauralia on the right near downstream Chisapani.

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  • 1
    Arrive in Kathmandu

    Departure to Sauli

     

  • 2
    Sauli

    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 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.

  • 3
    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.

  • 4
    Himalayan water

    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.

  • 5
    Seti Dovan

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

    Day 06 : 

     

  • 6
    Experience the best of the west

    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.

  • 7
    Holiday

    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.

  • 08-09
    Enjoy with Rafting

    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.

  • 10
    Chisopani

    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.

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    Quick facts
    • Grade for:
      Autumn Spring Mid Oct - Dec III to V Feb to May III to IV
    • Possible operation:
      Round the year
    • Departure:
      Fix and on request
    • Total time in Nepal:
      14 days; Rafting days: 10 days
    • Entrance by:
      19 hours bus ride from Kathmandu led you to Surkhet
    • Put-in point:
      Sauli
    • Put-out point:
      Chisapani
    • River distance:
      180 km.
    • Possible optional trip to:
      Bardia National Park for an excellent safari trip or drive back to Kathmandu.
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