The Karnali river rafting is one of the most popular rafting adventure in the Himalayas. Situated in a far western part of Nepal. Mount Kailash in Tibet, the source of the Karnali is the longest river in Nepal. It’s about 1,080 km flowings from the north to south through deep gorges to the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, where it meets the Ganga.
There are many best rivers in Nepal for rafting excursions but comparing others, Karnali is the top river for rafting in Nepal. Rafting Karnali is open for all months but the very best time to run this river is mid-October through to the end of November, followed by April to June. In October, the river will be high after the monsoon rains making this a wild ride through Mountainous rapids.
Karnali river rafting adventure starts from Karalighat/Sauli combined with two days short trek from Surekhet (Nepalgunj) and ends at Chisapani. Rafting in Karnali river takes to you main part of Terai territory. The option tour is possible and available for wildlife safari in Royal Bardiya National Park.
In addition, the mild Class III to terrific Class iv to IV+ rapids make the ride an unforgettable one, and combining fishing or jungle safari with the trip adds another dimension to the great quest. This true adventure is possible in all months except the monsoon months in Nepal as monsoon months.
Things to do in the Karnali river?
As you are on a rafting tour, visitor can experience a wonderful atmosphere, Tharu culture, and their cuisine. In addition, Tourists can also experience the jungle safari, crocodiles watching, Dolphin excursion, and fishing in the tranquil pool of the river. Rafting continues with thrilling big rapids made one of the finest rafting trips ever done.
The best Karnali Rafting tour package itinerary details1 DayKathmandu to Nepalgunj flight. And further drive to Surkhet. Drive
Take a morning flight to Nepaljunga airport. Just after landing, drive with a Surkhet passing beautiful villages, mountains, and hills. Surkhet is the regional headquarters in the Midwest region of Nepal, so you can stay in the Hotel. You can get to Surkhet by night bus, which is cheaper, but the journey takes more than 12 hours.2 Day Overland drive to Sauli, hours
Today, Tourist can trek to Sauli, which is a base for rafting on the river Karnali. When you travel through villages and beautiful landscapes, you feel like you are in a wonderland. Everything around you will look fresh and impressive.3 Day Rafting Day
Begain your adventure rafting in Karnali will start from Sauli Bazaar. Rafting continues with the challenges of big jumps and big water currents. Rafting continues with excitement, which sometimes forgets to breathe to cope with technical difficulties. We will spend the night at a campsite by the river.4 Day Rafting in the House of God.
On challenging rafting, you will experience the true flow of the river on their adventures. Rafting continues in immovable forests, gorges, and challenging streams. You will stay overnight in the God-House area after a tough paddling.5 Day Rafting in Seti Dovan
This day’s adventure is no less than yesterday. Too high jumps and currents to master when sailing in rivers. The excitement peaks on wild water, where you dive into the water of the rivers. We enjoyed adventurous rafting and stayed at the camp in the Seti Dovan section.6 Day Rafting in Jamuna Village
Continue your rafting journey with excitement achieve the amazing views of the pristine landscape. The problems with stopping breathing in the river disturb you and are overwhelmed. A water trip to Karnali is usually adventurous with beautiful forest scenery and natural life. We spent the night in a camp in Jamuna village.7-10 Day Happy rafting in Chisapani village.
Today, rafting is as much fun as getting to the confluence of the Seti River. The river is widening and there are many kayakers on the river which you see on your journey. You can take a day off and explore the area with the team or ask the guide for information about the region. The rivers on the river act like stars, so there are no challenges in the water adventure.
After reaching the Chisapani rafting adventure, there is a ending point. We drive to Nepalgunj Airport and fly to Kathmandu on a day 10th. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival in Kathmandu.
Tourists can add adventure to extend to visit Bardia National Park Safari or return to Kathmandu. Exploring the national park is the best way to add a lot of adventure including watching the Royal Bengal Tigers.
The scenic Karnali Rafting in Nepal tour Cost Include
- A professional licence holder government Rafting guide while on tour.
- Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
- Kathmandu to Nepaljunga airport and also return flight tickets.
- A private jeep to Surkhet and from Chisapani to Bardia National park.
- Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits.
- Necessary Staffs (Guide, Cook, Helpers, etc).
- Tent accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
- Nepal Government Tax, VAT and as well as Company service charge.
Karnali Rafting tour cost exclude
- Nepal entry visa fee cost US$ 40.
- All meals and accommodation during your staying in Kathmandu city.
- All types of beverage drinks, your travel insurance and food while on river rafting adventure tour.
- Tips for the Raftng Guide and as well as rafting crew.
- Any other things which are not mentioned above.
Adventure Karnali River Rafting tour highlights
- Combination of thrilling rafting is ideally suitable for adventure enthusiast regardless their age and interest.
- Explore the rafting and watching birds on the bank of the river.
- Most amazing nights with campfire (sing & dance) on the Karnali river bank.
- Super delicious meal on rafting day tour.
What to pack for Karnali River Rafting adventure.
Worrying about the checklist for a river rafting tour in Nepal? get a pack list that is prescribed for you to carry on a whitewater boating or kayaking trip in Nepal.
If you don’t have all those lists of references with you, rent the gears in Kathmandu. Try to make the best way to make your backpack as light as you want.
Sports Sandals that will remain immovably on your feet while swimming
One bunch of clothes for boating in (these will get wet on rafting) Men – Knee-length swim shorts, T-shirt and for Ladies – Swimsuit, T-shirt, knee-length shorts or trimmed pants.
One bunch of clothes for the evening* and for going in Long pants, a long-sleeved top/jumper, socks, and a warm cap.
Rest clothes and sleeping bag (if you have one with you is better).
Handwash, soap/shampoo, Torchlight (headlight is better), Sunglass, Sun hat, Sun cream, Towel, and Mobile Phone/Camera.
Amazing Karnali Rafting tour notes:
Please tell us if you are not a swimmer or less confident in the water. It is also important that you inform us of any health problems that may affect your travel health. And also inform us if you definitely wish for vegetarian meals. However, the above rafting plan is subject to change due to a condition beyond our control. This is just a Guideline showing a tentative tour plan and stops. A physical, technical and natural condition may change the above itineraries.
“What makes Karnali river rafting special?”
Opportunities for challenging rivers for rafting are scattered all over this planet. You just need to know where to find them. We at Gokyo Treks and Expedition believe in quality services. Your safety and satisfaction is our concern. We are a team of professional, experienced, well-trained, and licensed local guides who know the destination much better than others.
Karnali Rafting Traveller’s Review
Karnali River Rafting Adventure Experience
We are a team of 5 college students from Kathmandu and have booked a Karnali Rafting tour for my college friends with Gokyo Treks and Expedition. From the initial inquiry to the end of the trip the company was very impressive.
Ammar – the founder of the company was extremely efficient. He answers all of our emails and messages in return. He arranged a private transfer for your rafting group to Karnali and back. The rafting Guide was Ram Sharan, and his crew were extremely funny and always wanted to ensure we were happy.
We were beginners for the Rafting tour but achieve amazing knowledge. Their customer service is first-class, so I would definitely recommend Ammar and his rafting agency to anyone.
Response from Gokyo Treks Nepal
Dear Kanchen, thank you for your time to review us regarding the Rafting on the Karnali river.
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