The far west of Nepal is one of the most remote and least explored areas of the Himalayas and has only recently been opened to foreigners. Based on this unique wilderness setting, our rafting trip on the Karnali River is an expedition like rafting trip from put-in to the take out! The Class IV Karnali River is the longest and largest river in Nepal. The Karnali is also one of Nepal’s premier fishing rivers with Mahseer, a form of freshwater perch, and giant cat fish. The river source lies high in Tibet near holy Mount Kailash and then descends from high Himalayan snowfields through a series of spectacular gorges and emerges onto the Terai flowing through Royal Bardia Wildlife Park. Continuing across the northern plains of India, it joins the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal. Our Karnali River rafting trip begins with (and includes) a chartered plane journey across Nepal followed by a two day trek along old trade routes to the put-in at the “Great Loop” of the Karnali. The next 8 days, we raft through steep canyon country and spectacular jungle scenery. This is one of the finest stretches of whitewater in the world. We raft “expedition-style” carrying all food and equipment with us in the rafts. We float through very sparsely populated remote areas and it is not until the final days that we encounter villages of any significant size..
Day 01: Night bus to Birendanagar (Surkhet).
Day 02: Minibus to Kalyani (Rough Road) about 4 hours and trek to Karaleghat about 2 hours and camp.
Day 03: Rafting 4 to 6 hours white water section camp by river beach.
Day 04: Raft about 5 hours of class 4/5 grade rapids through Junglaghat and camp.
Day 05: Full of continuos whitewater rafting and camp.
Day 06: Canyon Exploration fully, whitewater rafting and camp.
Day 07: Flowdown the jungle area and camp by jungle.
Day 08: Wildlife views while rafting and finish at Chisapani. Drive back to Kathmandu after lunch or visit Royal Bardia National Park.
Day 09: Arrive Kathmandu.
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