Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River
Karnali River
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Destination: Nepal

Trip Duration: 13 Days

Grade: Moderate

Min Pax:6 pax.

Accommondation: Camping

Transport:Private Vehicle

Start From: Sauli

End: Chisopani

Meals: Breakfast + Lunch + Dinner

Best Season: Mar- May and Oct- Dec.

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Karnali River Rafting - Karnali River Rafting Package 

Karnali is longest and largest river of Nepal and starts from sacred place Mount Kailash.  This river have huge rapids which offers best rapids for rafting and kayaking. It is famous for white river and you can do short treks. Rafting starts from Sauli near Surkhet.  While rafting, you can see shrine environment, Tharu culture and their dishes. In here, you can see crocodiles also.   In ending point of rafting is Bardiya National park is also best place for visiting. In there , we can enjoy with doing jungle activities. 

Note: If you are not satisfied with this itinerary and other detail, please Contact Us to make itinerary and other detail as per your need.

Brief Itinerary

Day 01:Kathmandu – Surkhet by bus.

Day 02:Trek to Sauli.

Day 03:Rafting.

Day 08:Rafting.

Day 09:Rafting.

Day 10:Rafting.

Day 10:Rafting and drive to Bardiya national park.

Day 11:Rafting.

Day 11:Jungle Activities.

Day 12:Rafting.

Day 12:Drive/fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 13:Rafting.

Day 13:Departure.

What's Includes

    • Tented Accommodation in campsite.
    • Breakfast, lunch and Dinner during rafting trip.
    • Ground transport.
    • Rafting equipments like high quality self balling rafts, life jackets , helmets, plastic paddles, dry bag gear.
    • Safety kayak.
    • First aid box
    • Staff (guides, helpers and cooks).
    • Government tax.
    • Food, insurances and accommodation for all staffs and their transportation.
    • Jungle activities in Bardiya national park and entrance fees for national park.

What's not Includes

    • Any type of insurances.
    • Personal nature expenses like bottled water, laundry, personal costume, tips.
    • Bottled water, alcoholic beverages and cold drinks.
    • Personal use things.

Detail Itinerary

Day 1Kathmandu – Surkhet by bus. We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the morning. You are able to have a sleep here.
Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.

Day 2Trek to Sauli. After breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunch time (this all depends on availability...be flexible). After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Sauli. A great walk which highlights just how "out there" you really are. You pass local villages and spectacular scenery.
Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner. Overnight in camp.

Day 3Rafting.The River gives the team time to build and there is enough challenging rapids and water flow to allow for learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great class iv rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow. On second day, 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. On third day, you will find more of the same including the notorious god house rapid. Don't forget to take in the bird life which is equally as abundant as the lush vegetation. On forth day, 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 breathe taking scenery. On fifth 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. We see the rapids dying off as we come out of the gorge. We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. Today and the next day and a half are a chance to enjoy your journey admiring the country and villages you pass. 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. Overnight in Camp.
Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.

Day 8Rafting.Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Day 9Rafting.Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Day 10Rafting. Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Day 10Rafting and drive to Bardiya national park. We come to the end of our journey at about lunch time where our bus will be waiting to collect us. Drive to Bardiya National park.

Day 11Rafting.Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Day 11Jungle Activities. The Bardiya jungle is home to a number of wild animals including Asian Elephant, Great One Horn Rhinoceros, Spotted Deer or Chital, Hog Deer, Barking Deer, Samber, Swamp Deer or Barasingha, Nilgai, Black Buck, Wild Boar, Royal Bengal Tiger, Leopard, Golden Jackal, and Striped Hyena, etc. Visit to crocodile breeding center and the Tharu Museum. There are also towers (Machan) at different places where you can wait for the unsuspecting wild-lives to pass by so that you may shoot them (of course with your camera!). Our experienced nature guide would help you in tracking the wild life.

Day 12Rafting.Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Day 12Drive/fly back to Kathmandu.After taking breakfast, drive towards airport or towards Kathmandu by bus or jeep.
overnight in Kathmandu.
Meal: breakfast.

Day 13Rafting.Meal: breakfast,lunch and dinner.
Overnight in camp.

Day 13Departure.After taking breakfast, drive towards airport for departure.

Usefull Info

  • How is Nepal?
    Nepal is landlocked country located between India and Tibet autonomous region of  China. It have highest peak of the world name Mt Everest (Sagarmatha) and eight peaks of the worlds ten highest peaks. It is birthplace of Gautam Buddha place name is Lumbini.
    Nepal is small country but tremendous geographic diversity. It rises from Fifty nine meters to eight thousand eight hundred forty eight meters. Nepal is divided into three part Terai, Hill and mountain regions.
    In here, the first language is Nepal (Devanagari script) and one hundred twenty three languages. The official language of Nepal is called Nepali.
  • Passport and Visa:
    First thing for travelling anywhere, you need valid passport with at least six months. You can obtain visa for Nepal from Nepalese consulates or on arrival in Kathmandu or other boarders or most reliable source of information is currently the Department of Immigration Nepal, if you fill online form and bring with you, then it would be easier to get visa in any Nepal boarder.
  • Weather: 
    Nepal’s climate varies with its topography and altitude. The low land Terai area has hot and humid climate that can rise above 40 degree Celsius during summer, middle region weather is pleasant almost all the year and northern region temperature is always cold.
    Nepal has four seasons:
    Spring: Mar-May: The temperature is good in this season and many flower blossom and best season for trekking.
    Summer:  (Jun-Aug): Monsoon season in Nepal, weather is hot and wet at times.
    Autumn: (Sep-Nov): This is the best season for tour and trek in Nepal. In that time, weather is highly pleasant so are the mountains and Himalaya. This is also season of festivals as Nepal celebrates the biggest festival Hindi name Dashain and Tihar. For more detail about Nepal Weather:
  • Currency: 
    The Nepalese currency called Rupees. For more exchange rates, please visit Nepal Rastra Bank.
  • Insurance:
    We told all our clients to do travel insurance before leaving your home country. Their insurance must covered medical, personal accident, lost of gears, emergency evacuation, and damage or lost their luggage and etc.
  • Accommodation:
    Himalayan Asia provides you minimum two star hotels or according to your choice and lodge or camping  in rafting route. In camping or lodge, you can found normal bed with pillow and blankets. We always search and give to our client’s standard lodge with good environment which make your trip happy and healthy.
  • Food:
    We have a lot of restaurants with different cuisine but during trek we eat from Nepalese menu especially Pasta, Mo Mo , soup items, Dal Bhat, tea, coffee etc. In trekking route, you will take dinner and breakfast in lodge and lunch will be along the way.
  • When is best season for rafting  for Nepal?
    The best time to come is September to May. If you come in Autumn and spring season , then best time for trekking also.
  • Is it suitable rafting for me?
    If you are physically fit and love to walk then you can choose any rafting itinerary from our website to suit you. If you choose long day’s program, then you have  walk more days in mountain. All rafting program can see in our website. 
  • Need any special equipment for rafting?
    In another column, you can find what you need to carry. Need to bring warm clothes, comfortable shoes, trousers. Or you can buy in Kathmandu before starting rafting.
  • What do I need for rafting?
    -Day pack (rucksack)
    -Light weight and warm trousers.
    -Sun hats and gloves.
    -Full- sleeves t shirt.
    -Warm jackets.
    -Waterproof jacket, trousers and bag cover.
    -Light weight cotton clothing.
    -Waterproof or windcheater jacket.
    -Knee supports.
    -Sun glasses.
    -Sun cream and lip protector.
    -A one liter hard Water bottle.
    -Flash light
    -A pair of sandals.


What we provide:

  • Rafting Equipment:
    We provide to our clients high quality rafts, helmets, paddles, wetsuits, life jackets and first aid kits.  
  • Meal:
    Our kitchen staffs are experienced and well trained about hygienic meal. We always give food to our client healthy and hygienically cooked food and other items.
  • Accommodation:
     In city area, we provide best three star hotel (above three star client on request) and in rafting area, we provide tents, mats and sleeping bag.
  • Staff:
    We provide our staff in rafting; all are professional, experienced and government license guide.