The karnali river is the most amazing river in Nepal. Anyone you meet who has had the experience of exploring the Karnali will tell you that it is one of the most incredible journeys of their life. The River, in volume is the largest and longest in Nepal and the upper sections are rarely explored. Along the lower section the river takes a sharp turn from south to north, often called the Western Bend. At this point the river can be accessed and an incredible adventure through deep gorges and remote regions begins.

The upper Karnali, better known as the Humla Karnali rises in Tibet from the holy peak, Mount Kailas some very experienced expedition groups run upper sections. These normally start with a charter flight to Simikot and then sixteen to twenty days to the take out at Chisopani.The Lower Karnali river can be run in five to seven days and still proves a major river journey that has got to fall in the category of being one of the best in the world.

Depending on the level of the river, day four could still be in the jungle corridor. Once the gorge is exited the Seti river enters from the right, (this is the western Nepal Seti, not to be confused with the river close to Pokhara) and the river grade drops to class 2. Another day or two brings you to the Bheri river, entering from the left which has a good camping beach if you want to reach the take-out at lunchtime the following day.

At the take-out, Chisopani, is an impressive bridge spanning the river and plenty of shops selling food, soft drinks and cold beer. The return bus journey to Kathmandu is about twenty hours. Alternative returns would be via the Bardia national park which is located nearby, or bus to Nepalganj (2 hours) and fly to Kathmandu from there.

Itinerary


  1. Day 1

    Arrive Surkhet

    Reach

  2. Day 2

    After breakfast

    We walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Syauli.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. Day 3

    The river gives the team time to build

    The river gives the team time to build and there is enough challenging rapids and water flow for learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great class 4 rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.

  4. Day 4

    Big Day

    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 setting.

  5. Day 5

    More of the same

    More of the same including the notorious GOD’S house rapid.

  6. Day 6

    It isn’t over yet !

    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.

  7. Day 7

    Rest Day

    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.

  8. Day 8

    Seti River

    We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. 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.

  9. Day 9

    End of our journey

    We come to the end of our journey at about lunchtime where our bus will be waiting to collect us. Those who have booked to go to Bardia National Park [highly recommended] will be collected from here as well. Or one can proceed to their own onward journey.

Cost & Dates

Cost Includes

  • Transportation from and to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
  • 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 gear).
  • Accommodation in tent during the rafting.
  • All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
  • All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees.
  • Tourist service charge

Price Doesn't Include

  • 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.

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