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.


4-13 October
20-29 October
11-20 November


(Private groups also available)


10-19 March
20-29 March
15-24 April
28 April - 7 May










IV / V

10 days

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

Karnali River Rafting



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.

DAY 3-8

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.

DAY 10

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!


  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, air matresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents etc. No additional charge for sleeping bag hire.
  • All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided. Read our FAQ to see what tasty treats we will serve you.
  • Transportation to and from the river by bus. Optional flight to and from the river on request.
  • All equipment, including PFD's, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc all at international standards and regularly checked.
  • If you are kayaking, then the cost also includes kayak hire Porters.
  • River permits.
  • Gear Raft support.
  • Extensive medical kit.
  • Trip photos *make sure you bring a USB stick along with you.

  • Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc... Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, camers...)
  • Personal insurance.
  • Alcohol and additional snacks.
  • Personal Travel insurance. To travel with GRG's you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity you are participating in, we have the necessary insurance for our crew but you must have your own seperate policy)
  • Optional tips for guides.

    Nicole - "We picked to go on the Karnali trip with GRG because we have heard through many people before hand that we would have the best experience with GRG. The trip was amazing, every day we had AMAZING food, enjoyed the beatiful scenery and the big rapids along with the really cool and experienced crew of staff from GRG. If you are looking for a good whitewater experience in Nepal I would definitely recommend them."