Nepal's longest and largest river, the Karnali, begins its life near to Tibet’s holy Mount Kailash. 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.
Not only is the river a gem for its white water, but it’s course travels through a relatively unpopulated area, filled with pristine jungle allowing the paddler good chances of viewing the abundant wildlife like deer, leopards, tiger, jackals, mongoose, monkeys and small brown bears. Although the river is remote, the bus ride and short trek to the start point is pleasant and extremely scenic making it a worth while all round trip.
Rafting : Rafters need no previous experience.
Kayaking : This is a great river for the advanced kayaker. You need to be a confident Class IV paddler with a solid roll to kayak this river. Plenty of big rapids and surfing waves to keep you entertained. If you are a beginner kayaker coming on a rafting trip, we will give you the opportunity to try out kayaking on some of the easier sections of the river.
Please note if you are kayaking with us and want to bring your own kayak, then please feel free to do so, but if you are joining a trip with us we do NOT charge for kayak hire!! Click here to choose your boat.
IV / V
Departs : GRG Office, Kathmandu on fixed departures. 20 hour bus ride or optional flights to Nepaljung. Arrangements from Pokhara possible. Returns : GRG office, Kathmandu. 20 hour bus ride or optional flight from Nepaljung.
From : Dungeswar. To : Chisopani.
Volume in November : 300cms (10,500 cfs)
Oct-Nov or end of March - June
US$850 per person
We will leave early in the morning from Kathmandu after loading the bus up and drive to Surkhet and spend the night in a hotel. Alternatively, we can organise a flight for you to Nepaljung where we will collect you so you can miss a 20 hour bus journey (recommended!)
After a hearty breakfast we will drive as far as the road allows and trek just a few hours to the put in point where we will camp for the night.
The rafting begins, woohooo!! The days that follow are going to be one wild ride from rapid to rapid and from one pristine white sandy beach to the next. Our favourite rapids inclduing 'Jail House' and 'Gods House'. For the most part our camps will be isolated and remote. The river is banked densely with jungle and has some truly breath taking scenery. And did we mention some epic rapids for you to raft and kayak. The last couple of days the river flattens out, allowing us to relax and enjoy wildlife spotting. We will start to notice the differance in scenery (and temperature) as we drift further south. Highlights are 'Gods House, Sweetness and Light and Jail House', just a few rapids you will never forget.
Our last day on the water. We will paddle to our take out point at Chisopani, unload the gear for one last time and jump on the waiting bus/plane back to Kathmandu. Or as you are in the area, you can spend a few chill out days at Bardia National Park looking for wild elephants, tigers and fresh water dolphins before returning to Kathmandu.
After a long 18 hour drive (or a quicker half hour flight depending on your budget) we wil finally arrive in Kathmandu, ready for a good shower and a nap!