Overview The Karnali River in Nepal is also a thrilling and captivating destination for rafting enthusiasts seeking an adventure of a lifetime. Spanning approximately 180 miles, it is Nepal's longest river and offers a unique and exhilarating rafting experience. The Karnali River begins its journey in the remote and untouched regions of western Nepal, flowing through stunning landscapes, pristine forests, and dramatic gorges. The river also meanders through the majestic Himalayas, carving its way through remote villages and lush valleys, providing a mesmerizing backdrop for an unforgettable rafting expedition. Thrilling Rapids of the Karnali River: Conquer the Heart-Pumping Challenges of…
The Karnali River in Nepal is also a thrilling and captivating destination for rafting enthusiasts seeking an adventure of a lifetime. Spanning approximately 180 miles, it is Nepal’s longest river and offers a unique and exhilarating rafting experience.
The Karnali River begins its journey in the remote and untouched regions of western Nepal, flowing through stunning landscapes, pristine forests, and dramatic gorges. The river also meanders through the majestic Himalayas, carving its way through remote villages and lush valleys, providing a mesmerizing backdrop for an unforgettable rafting expedition.
Thrilling Rapids of the Karnali River: Conquer the Heart-Pumping Challenges of “God’s House” and “Juicer”
The river’s rapids range from class III to class V, offering an exciting challenge for both novice and experienced rafters. The journey down the Karnali River also takes you through a series of heart-pumping rapids, including the famous “God’s House” and “Juicer,” where you’ll navigate through exhilarating waves and swirling whirlpools.
Aside from the adrenaline-pumping rapids, the Karnali River also offers moments of tranquility. As you float downstream, you’ll have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the surroundings. The river is home to diverse wildlife, including endangered species like the Gangetic dolphin and the gharial crocodile. Along the riverbanks, you’ll witness a rich array of birdlife, lush vegetation, and occasional sightings of monkeys and deer.
The rafting trip typically spans several days, allowing you to fully experience the river’s wonders. Campsites along the riverbanks also provide a perfect respite after an exhilarating day on the water. Relax around a campfire, share stories with fellow adventurers, and enjoy delicious meals prepared by the expedition team.
Immersive Adventures: Exploring the Cultural Delights of the Karnali River Rafting Trip
The Karnali River rafting trip is not just about adventure and natural beauty; it also provides a cultural immersion. As you navigate through remote villages, you’ll have the opportunity to interact with the local communities and learn about their traditional way of life. The warm hospitality of the villagers adds an enriching dimension to the overall experience.
Conclusion and Summary
In conclusion, a Karnali River rafting trip is an unparalleled adventure that combines the thrill of whitewater rafting with the serenity of nature and the cultural immersion of remote villages. Whether you are a seasoned rafter or a first-time adventurer, this journey will leave you with lasting memories of the untamed beauty and wild spirit of Nepal’s longest river.
- Total Trip Days: 10 Days (Long drive to & from west Nepal or flight to Nepalgunja)
- River Days: 8 Days
- River Grade: 4-5 Class
- Trip Type: Multi Days Expedition
- Best Time to Do: Autumn & Spring Season
- Put in Point: Dhungeswor/ Syauli
- Ending Point: Chisapani
- Transportation: Private Jeep/Van/Bus or flight to & from Nepalgunja
- Food: 3 meals per day during the rafting days & foods self on the bus journey
- Accommodation: At River Beach-tented camp or mass dome of raft with trap
- Safety: Safety kayakers for every trip
- Trip Overall: Generally trip stars everyday after breakfast from the camp site, lunch break on the way and finally stop next camp
- Ideal from Organize: Kathmandu to Kathmandu or combined with Chitwan and Bardiya wildlife Safari tour
We meet at our sales office at 6 am where we serve you tea and coffee to freshen you up. After the drinks we take a short walk through the narrow and winding street of Thamel to our waiting bus. From here we begin our trip to the wild west.
We stop for the night at a small town called Kohalpur (25minutes drive from the Nepalgunj Airport). Here we spend the night at a guesthouse. In the morning of the next day after the breakfast we hop onto the bus passing through the low lands and climbing the Churia hill through Bardia National Park and on to the remote village of Surkhet. As we transverse the Terai the scenery is varied and splendid. It’s a good chance to see some of the wildlife and birds while driving through the National Park area, so keep your eyes open.
We get to Surkhet early afternoon on day 2. Here we stop for a while just to check that everything is fine before we proceed with our drive to Kalyani Dada as this is the only town where we can buy any goods if we have forgotten. After being sure of everything we drive further through the wild forest of the Karnali zone leaving behind the civilization for the next 10 days.
At around 4 p.m., we reach Kalyani Dada (Dada means hill), the end of our bus journey. We camp the 2nd night at this peaceful spot, overlooking the Terai and the sub Himalayan region.
In the morning of 3rd day, you will be served with a hot drink while our guys re-pack and divide the gears among our Sardhar (head porter). We now head down the trail (one and half hours easy hike) to reach the Karnali riverbank . Once we reach the river, we inflate the rafts and tie the equipment. A breakfast will be served to you at around 8 am and the first part of the morning is spend explaining the finer points of how to paddle through whitewater and stay in the raft as it bucks and contorts through the rapids.
For those who missed a point in the previous lesson, there is a lesson on how to swim through whitewater, using your flotation device and paddle to keep your head up and your feet to push off rocks. The guides will also teach you what they are looking for when they run the river – the innocuous looking rise in the water that hides a hole, or the way you can use the pillow of water rebounding off a rock to push the raft where you want it. Whitewater rafts are amazingly versatile and stable crafts, and in the care of an expert raft guide it is possible to run exhilarating lines safely and confidently. Your guide is a professional, someone who has devoted their life to learning and running the whitewater rivers. Under his careful indoctrination the raft crew learns how to work as a team, practicing on the smaller rapids we encounter on the first kilometer of the river. Teamwork is what makes it possible to run any river safely and this extends beyond your raft.
On the next day on the water, we face the biggest day of rafting as we paddle down to jungle ghat. We normally stop at the only village of any size on the upper section of the river, to go and have cup of tea and check out the local scene. It’s always good to have a break here as 10minutes downstream we pull over into the surging eddy above Jailhouse Rock. Below all you can see is the pulsing plumes of spray accompanied by the ominous rumbling of the river, a really good indication that this is a rapid worth looking at. From the side of the river the line looks pretty clear – be warned though, the water is a lot more powerful than it looks! Inversion rapid follows this, a series of massive stranding waves that leads down into a steep canyon with a 300 foot waterfall cascading into the river.
The most sustained challenging section of the river begins with God’s house, a mirror image of Jail house rock, and continues in a series of canyons for about 7km with 16 odd rapids. This is what we are here for – it’s real “thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride” with rapids on every bend. The whole river narrows down into the bowels of the Earth as we run such classic drops as Juicer, Flip’n Strip, Totali Ghat, Snapshot and Freight train before stopping at a sweeping sandy beach in a beautiful canyon for the night.
Camping on the Karnali is awesome. The night camp at the Scorpion Beach, will be home for our layover day as well. The massive floods of the monsoon deposit huge tracks of pure whitesand along the river, making it ideal to camp on. Hello Beach Party!! volleyball, sand sculpture, footbag, sunbathing and eating are the favourite activities for the layover day. You can also take in the advantage of the layover day to trek to a peak or nearby village or take part in the kayak workshop the safety boaters offer.
On the 9th day, from our last campsite nestled in the rock formations of the lower canyon, we drift down to Chisopani. The first town we’ve seen after 10 days into the wilderness. Chisopani isn’t much of a town…………basically just a couple of dal bhat( famous nepali meal) shop and an impressive bridge. But even so it is hard to get re-acclimated to the sounds of human chaos. After 10 days without any motors, car horns or screaming of children, even a little town like Chisopani serves to remind us of just how quiet the last 10 days on river have been. Most people want to crawl back up the river at this point, but alas, the river only flows one way. So from Chisopani we board the bus for the return trip to Kathmandu.
If you hit Chisopani and cannot handle the transition, take the opportunity and head off to the Royal Bardia National Park for a few more days of peace and quiet. Royal Bardia National Park is generally considered among the wildlife parks in Nepal. The number of visitors is strictly limited, and the park boasts the highest number of tiger sightings in Nepal. Other wildlife which make their home in the park are Indian one-horned rhinoceros, Asian elephants, leopards, sloth bears, barking deer, blackbuck, sambar, an the occasional mongoose as well as a staggering variety of birds. While at Bardia you can enjoy a variety of activities ranging from elephant safaris (undoubtedly the best vehicle to view rhinoceros and tigers), canoeing with the gangetic Dolphins, jungle walks and bird watching. There are limited yet varied options for accommodation depending on your preference and budget. Let us know if you will be extending your time in Bardia for the best wildlife excursion. We will assist you with the required arrangements.
- All airport transfers
- All meals during the rafting excursion
- 2 nights accommodation in Kathmandu (bed and breakfast basis)
- 1 night accommodation in Surkhet (bed and breakfast basis)
- Rafting permit
- Guided rafting excursion
- All necessary equipment for rafting
- Transportation Kathmandu – Surkhet – and Chisopani Bridge – Kathmandu
- Kitchen equipment
- Tent, sleeping bag, and all other camping equipment
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu
- International/domestic airfare
- Nepal visa
- Alcohol, snacks, other things not listed in ‘cost include’ section
- Tips for guide, driver, and other staff
- Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary
- Personal gears & clothing (available on hire)
- Lunch and Dinner in Kathmandu
- Emergency evacuation, things of personal use, client insurance
Karnali River Rafting is an exciting and challenging river journey in western Nepal. The Karnali River is the longest and largest river in Nepal, with a length of approximately 507 kilometers. It flows from the Tibetan plateau into Nepal and through the remote and pristine wilderness of western Nepal before finally joining the Ganges River in India.
River karnali (Grade 4 to 5) in the far west in the longest and largest river in Nepal. It follows through steep, jagged canyons where the rapids are tightly packed. Offering continuous challenging water at all flows.
The far west of Nepal is one of the most remote and least explored areas of the Himalayas. A two day trek with porters carrying all the gear is necessary to reach the put in point. The trip lasts ten days, including trekking and takes you on a real wild-river adventure. During most of the trip, the wilderness is uninterrupted by humanb habitations. Take out point is Chisapani, close to the newly opened Bardia National Park, where an optional wildlife Safari through largely untouched wilderness is possible.
A Karnali River Rafting trip typically lasts for about 10 to 14 days, depending on the length and itinerary of the journey. Here’s an overview of what you can expect on a Karnali River Rafting trip:
What to bring
- Sleeping bag
- Foam sleeping mattress
- Personal toiletries, sun block lotions,Light woolen sweater for camp wear Extra pair of shorts trousers/shirts Flashlight or headlamps Open Sandal, Cash for drinks, snacks on the way
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