Karnali River Facts
Grade for Autumn: Sep - Dec III to V
Grade for Spring: Feb to May III to IV
Possible operation: Round the year
Departure: Fix and on request
Rafting days: 10 days (KTM to KTM)
Entrance by: 19 hours bus ride from Kathmandu led you to Surkhet
Put-in point: Sauli
Put-out point: Chisapani
River distance: 180 km.
Optional trips to: Bardia National Park for an excellent safari trip or drive back to KTM.
Numbers of pax: Minimum 6 persons
Trip Price: Contact Us
Karnali River Rafting
Karnali River is full of challenging rapids, kayaking opportunities, fishing, and jungle safari and trekking to unpopulated area. Karnali River rafting passes through pristine jungle area and wilderness providing the opportunity to see rare wildlife and forests. The river rafting also offers to experience Tharu culture and jungle adventure activities with camping stays on the river bank of Karnali. Karnali is Nepal’s longest and the largest river which fall in the Bay of Bengal emerging from Mt. Kailash. White water rafting in this river is life memorable.
Karnali River Rafting is considered to be one of the best rafting rivers in Nepal. The river put in point is Sauli near Surkhet. Along the trail you can experience wonderfully shrine environment, Tharu culture and their dishes, jungle safari, Dolphin excursion, crocodiles watching, fishing in the calm ponds of the river. Rafting continues with bouncy and exciting big rapids which can be one of the finest rafting trips ever made. The river emerges from Mt. Kailash, the high Himalayan region therefore it has religious importance for both Buddhist and Hindu followers. Rafting in Karnali River is also visiting Nepal’s remote area in Far-Western region.
Karnali river adventure trip can be managed with Bardia National Park tour or Tharu Cultural tour in Karnali region. Jungle safari, fishing adventure, Dolphin excursion, crocodile watching and other interesting exploring tours can be organized in this adventure package. You can visit Bardia National Park to make trip more adventurous where you can have Jungle safari, Bird watching and many other adventures.
Go on this trip if you want a true expedition style adventure and a totally classic river journey.
A unique river passing through the two greenery hills usually explored by beginner and intermediate kayak learners and rafters. It has impressive gorges exciting rapids on its small volume white water.
Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu (1310m.). Welcome here in this mountainous country Nepal. After you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), the representatives of Himalayan River Fun welcome you and take you to the already booked hotel. The hotel staffs will be engaged for your accommodation and check in. In the evening, we will organize welcome dinner in the hotel with our team.
Day 02: Kathmandu sightseeing and preparation. On this day, you may have time to explore the important places of Kathmandu city with the guide. Main highlights of the tour are UNESCO enlisted world heritage sites and other cultural and historical spots of Kathmandu city. Wander around the market and shop your necessary things. You spend the night in a hotel.
Day 03: Kathmandu –Nepalgunj flight- Surkhet Drive. You will be transferred to Surkhet via Nepalgunj Flight by airway in the afternoon in a domestic airlines enjoying scenic beauty of Nepal with the views of Mountains and green hills. Surkhet is regional headquarter of Mid-Western region of Nepal so you can stay overnight luxuriously. You can travel in Night bus to reach Surkhet which is cheaper but takes more than 12 hrs to reach there. Overnight in Guest House.
Day 04: Drive to Sauli – 5hrs. On this day, you will be driven to Sauli which is the out-in point for Karnali River rafting. While travelling through the villages and picturesque views of the surrounding, you feel like you are in wonderland. Everything around you looks fresh and impressive. There you stay overnight exploring the surrounding area in the evening.
Day 05: Rafting Beginning. On this day, rafting adventure in Karnali starts there from Sauli. Rafting continues in the wilderness of karnali facing the challenges of big bounces and rapids in big water. Rafting continues with excitements sometimes forgetting to breathe in handling the technical difficulties. We stay overnight in a camp by the river.
Day 06: Rafting to God-house. This day rafting is more challenging. Rafters can experience the real flow of the river while they are having adventures. The rafting continues through pristine jungles with the opportunities to explore passing some gorges and really challenging rapids. You stay overnight in the God-House area.
Day 07: Rafting to Seti Dovan. This day adventure is too not less than yesterdays. So many high bounces and rapids is to be handled while floating in the rivers. The excitement reaches its height in white water where you dip into the waters from rapids. Enjoying the adventurous rafting, we stay in Seti Dovan area in a camp.
Day 08: Rafting to Jamuna Village. Rafting continues with the excitement and enjoying astonishing views of the natural landscapes. Breath stopping challenges in the river make you restless and overwhelmed. The journey in the water of Karnali is mostly adventurous with magnificent views of jungles and natural lives. We stay overnight in a camp in Jamuna village area.
Day 09- 12: Rafting pleasantly to reach Chisapani. These days rafting is pleasant enough when you reach at the confluence of Seti River. The river broadens and many kayakers can be found in the river. You can rest for one day to explore the surrounding area with the team or can ask for information about the region with your guide. The rapids in the river can be felt dying out so challenges are not to be faced in water adventure. After reaching at Chisapani rafting adventure comes to the put-out point. There are options to visit Bardia National Park or retrieving back to Kathmandu. National park exploration is best way to add more adventure.
Day 13: Retrieve Back to Kathmandu. On this day, you catch a night bus and travel to Kathmandu. In the morning you will be in Kathmandu. The company members Himalayan River Fun will receive you and transfer to the hotel. You have free time to visit missed sites of the city. We organize celebration dinner in the evening with company members. Stay overnight in the Hotel.
Day 14: Farewell Day. It is the last day of the trip in Nepal for this time. If you have time enough, you can have sightseeing and shopping in the markets. Before 3 hours of scheduled flight, the representatives of Himalayan River Fun will take you to the TIA. You return back to your homeland planning for another adventure trip in Nepal next time to visit.
Note: Rafting itinerary can be changed as per different situation.
- Ground Transportation (From and After).
- Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
- River Permit.
- Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during thewinter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
- Safety Kayak.
- Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
- Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
- Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
- Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership.
- First aid kid box.
- Company T-Shirt.
Cost not Included
- Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
- Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip.
- Emergency evacuation.
- International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange).
- Things of personal use.
- Member insurance.
- Airfare (Kathmandu-Nepaljung-Kathmandu).
- Tips to Staffs.
- Sleeping bag (NRS.50 per night).
Please bring: -
- Swim wear for on the river.
- Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
- Sunscreen and lip protector.
- Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
- Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best).
- Personal medication.
- Reading book.
- Fishing hook (you can fishing in the Himalayan River).
Karnali River Rafting Departure Dates
JAN: CLOSE DUE TO COLD
FEB: CLOSE DUE TO COLD
MAR: 5th, 18th
APR: 2nd, 14th, 27th
MAY: 8th, 18th
JUN: CLOSE DUE TO MONSOON
JUL: CLOSE DUE TO COLD
AUG: CLOSE DUE TO COLD
SEP: CLOSE DUE TO COLD
OCT: 04th, 16th, 27th
NOV: 8th, 20th
DEC: ON REQUEST
Karnali River Rafting Map