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Karnali River Rafting

One of the finest big volume rafting and kayaking trips in Nepal and definitely the best combination trip, trekking, white water rafting and wilderness. The Karnali is Nepal's longest and largest river and with its tributaries, it drains most of the Far West of Nepal. The rapids are also pretty wild, with the river building to its climax in these lower canyons. In terms of volume, the river is comparable to the Sun Kosi, but the Karnali is more constrained by its canyon walls, giving bigger, mote continuous and serious rapids. This constrained nature of the river means that any increase in volume has more pronounced effect on the difficulty of the rapids and this makes it a river that is best run at low flows. Highest extreme instantaneous discharge measured at Chisapani was an incredible 21,700 cumecs. The trek to start of the river trip is pleasant and highly scenic. It climbs through mixed forest and then traverses two ridge tops with excellent panoramic views of the Bheri forests.

From Sauli  :  Alt. 560 m
To Chisapani  :  Alt. 195 m
Distance  :  180 kms
River days  :  5-7 days
From Kathmandu  :  3 days
Difficulty in November  :  Class 4 (5)
Average gradient  :  0.2 % (10 ft a mile)
Est. max. gradient  :  0.5 %
Volume in November  :  300 cumecs
Best season  :  Nov > Dec and Mar > Apr

10 days rafting
Day 01  Drive to Bhutwal by private bus, camp at Bhutwal.

Day 02  Drive to Surkhet and overnight camping.


Day 01  Fly to Nepalgunj, overnight at the hotel.

Day 02  Drive to Surkhet and overnight camping.

Day 03  Trek from Surkhet to Dhanigad, overnight camping.

Day 04  Trek from Dhanigad to Kareleghat, camp at the river bank.

Day 05  Rafting from Kareleghat and overnight camping.

Day 06  Rafting day and camping on the beach.

Day 07  Rafting day, camping on the beach near the confluence of the Seti River.

Day 08  Rafting day, camping on the beach after passing Bijura Village.

Day 09  Rafting to Chisapani, end of the trip, drive back to Kathmandu by private bus.

Day 10  Arrival in Kathmandu


Day 09  Raft ends at Chisapani, drive to Nepalgunj and overnight at the hotel.

Day 10  Fly back to Kathmandu.


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