Karnali River Rafting in Nepal

The Wild West (5+ rapids)

Nepal’longest and largest river, the Karnali springs fourth from the base of mount Kailash in Tibet, the centre of the universe for both the Buddhist and Hindus religious. Flowing south into Nepal it forms the major drainage system of the western districts. Karnali is one of the finest big volume river trips in the world, a classic expedition into Nepal’s remote, unpopulated “wild west”. From the stating point at sauli, the river drops into imposing canyons filled with powerful, big volume white water. These canyons flow into scarcely populated area of pristine jungle teeming with abundant bird and wildlife. Rapids like “Captivity”, “Flip and Strip” and “Gods House” are separated by just enough easier water to regroup and prepare for the next big challenge. Towards the end of the trips the river gradient begins to ease as the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows out into the Gangetic plains of the Terai. The jungle thickens as the river broadens, and the pristine beaches become bigger and more beautiful.


Day 1  :Drive to Butwal by bus, camp at Butwal.

Day 2  :Drive to Surkhet and overnight camping.

Day 3  :Trek from Surkhet to Dhanigadi, overnight camping.

Day 4  :Trek from Dhanigadi to Kareleghat, camp at the river bank.

Day 5  :Rafting from Kareleghat and overnight camping.

Day 6  :Rafting day and camping on the beach.

Day 7  :Rafting day, camping on the beach near the confluence of the Seti River.

Day 8  :Rafting day, camping on the beach after passing Bijura Village.

Day 9 :Rafting to Chisapani, end of the trip, : Drive back to Kathmandu.

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