Rafting on the Karnali is
considered as one of the best rafting trips in the
world. Considered as Nepal’s Big and Mightiest River, it
lies in the country’s Wild West, which has only been
recently opened to tourism.
The river begins its life near to Tibet’s holy Mount
Kailas. It carves its way through the Tibetan plateau
and through the Himalaya into Nepal’s lush western
forests. After the snow melt this river becomes a raging
torrent with huge rapids which offers brilliant rafting
and kayaking. A highlight is the 7km long gorge which is
one long raging rapid that sucks you in one end and
spits you out the other(in one piece). This is one of
the Nepal’s must do rivers.
Explore the best
rafting trip in the world
7 km long gorge
Begins its life near to Tibet’s holy Mount
River Rafting Itinerary:
Day 01: This is a
long bus journey, so be prepared with water etc.
We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet
very early hours of the morning. You are able
have a sleep here.
Day 02: After breakfast, we will take a truck as
far as the road goes until about lunch time
(this all depends on availability…be flexible).
After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in
point at Sauli. A great walk which highlights
just how “out there” you really are. You pass
local villages and spectacular scenery, and
then… you hear the river!
Day 03: The River gives the team time to build
and there is enough challenging rapids and water
flow to allow for learning errors. We still
manage to get at least one great class IV rapid
in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.
Day 04: This is the type of day that people
imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It
is BIG and it is 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
Day 05: More of the same including the notorious
GOD`S HOUSE rapid. Don’t forget to take in the
bird life, which is equally as abundant as the
lush vegetation. Camp and relax.
Day 06: 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 breathe
Day 07: 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
Day 08 and 09: 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 and 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 rafters. Take out
and transfer back to Kathmandu
(The trip price will vary depending on the group size,
duration and services required. Please contact us via
our website with your details to obtain a quote.)
Transportation from / to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per
All International standard rafting equipment as
necessary (Such as self bailing rafts, helmets, life
jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides,
cooks, and other helper staff.
Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen
3 times’ a day continental & Nepalese meals during the
rafting period (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
Accommodation in 2 person capacity tent during the
All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national
park and conservation area fees. Tourist service charge,
Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic
beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry.
Food & accommodation cost incase of any natural accident
caused by weather.
Tips, Gratuities and expenditure.
Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation,
accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft
of or damage to baggage and personal effects. You are
advised to insure for it.