Karnali River Rafting

Karnali River Rafting

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  • Duration of Trips Days

  • Location: Far West Nepal

  • Type of Trip: Rafting

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  • Trip Grade:5

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Karnali River Rafting

The Karnali River is Nepal's longest and largest river, beginning at the base of Mt. Kailash in Tibet, a sacred place for both Buddhists and Hindus. Flowing south into Nepal, it forms the major drainage system for the western districts.

The Karnali is considered one of the finest big volume river trips in the world, a classic expedition into Nepal's remote and sparsely populated "wild west." From the starting point at Sauli, the river drops into imposing canyons filled with powerful, big volume white water. These canyons flow into areas of pristine jungle teeming with abundant bird and wildlife. Rapids like "Captivity," "Flip and Strip," and "Gods House" are interspersed with enough easier sections to allow rafters to regroup and prepare for the next big challenge. As the trip comes to an end, the river gradient begins to ease as the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows out into the Gangetic plains of the Terai. The jungle thickens and the river broadens, and the pristine beaches become bigger and more beautiful.

'River Karnali' - meaning 'Holy Water from the Sacred Mountain' (10 days Kathmandu to Kathamndu)

Season Grading Water Volume
September - December 5 Approx.550 cumecs
January - May 5- Approx. 300 cumecs
June - August Not runable Approx. 1350 cumecs


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Cost Details

Cost Includes

    • Transportation from / to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
    • All International standard rafting equipment as necessary (Such as self bailing rafts, helmets,
      life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
    • Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cooks, and other helper staff.
    • Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear).
    • 3 times’ a day continental & Nepalese meals during the rafting period (breakfast, lunch & dinner)
    • Accommodation in 2 person capacity tent during the rafting
    • All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
    • All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees. Tourist service charge,

Cost Excludes

    • Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry.
    • Food & accommodation cost in case of any natural accident caused by weather.
    • Tips, Gratuities and other expenditure.
    • Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss.


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River Rafting Scale:

River Rafting is divided into five scales according to the international rafting standard.

Scale 1 : Simple & Very Easy: Trisuli river

Scale 2 : Slightly difficult: Seti and Marshyangdi river

Scale 3 : More difficult: Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi river

Scale 4 : Very difficult: Kali Gandaki

Scale 5 : Extremely difficult: Karnali.

Major Rafting Rivers in Nepal:

Name of River Duration River Grade Starting Point Ending Poing
Trisuli 01-02 Days 3+ Baireni Simaltar
Bhote Kosi 02 Days 5+ Barbise Dam
Kali Gandaki 05 Days 4+ Baglung Mirmi
Seti 02 Days 3+ Damauli Gaighat
Sunkoshi 09 Days 5 Class Dolalghat Chataira
Karnali 10 Days 5 Class Sauli Bhen Bridge
Marshyangdi 04 Days 5+ Ngadi Bimal Nagar
Karnali River Rafting