Karnali River Rafting - 7 Days


Falling in the Bay of Bengal emerging from Mt. Kailash on the Tibetan Plateau near Lake Mansarovar, Karnali is a perennial trans-boundary river. It flows through the Himalayas with outstanding deep 7 Km gorge, deserted beaches, tropical forests, remote villages jungle area, and wilderness providing opportunity to see the diverse flora and fauna in western Nepal.

Karnali River is one of the longest (507 kilometers) river in Nepal and it is rated as grade mild Class III to fabulous Class V huge series of continuous wild rapids to make the memorable moments. The challenging and thrilling experience will create a lifetime memory. Seasonal snow melts and storms can lead to an increase in the water in the river and create extremes while rafting. Mixing with Karnali River adds additional beauty in the rich Himalayan aquatic life. During this trip, we can go fishing as it is one of the best rivers for fishing in Nepal.


Karnali River is located in the western region of Nepal, the journey to the rafting starting with the beautiful scenario, forest, wildlife, and wonderful environment. Far away from the urban influence, it is least populated remote areas which give an experience of true highland beauty with dense forest, clean and holy water of Karnali River, and continuing rafting with exciting big rapids which is finest rafting trip ever made.

Our rafting ends at Chisapani, near to the Bardia National Park one can combine the rafting adventure with jungle safari where one-horned rhinos and tigers, among other animals, can be observed with interaction with Tharu ethnic group of Nepal.

Trip Highlights:

  • Adrenaline pumping on class IV to V rapids
  • Luxury camping on the riverbank
  • Memorable Rafting in Karnali River
  • Explore the diversity of landscapes, geographical versatility, aquatic wildlife and vegetation
  • Lifetime experience with unique memories
  • Exchange the culture between two nationalities
  • Home away from the home environment from the Nepalese people
  • River Grade:- 4 +, River Distance:- 180km


Day 1
Kathmandu –Nepalgunj flight- Surkhet Drive.- 4 hours

After having our breakfast we will do some sightseeing in Kathmandu. We will move to Surkhet via Nepalgunj in flight by airway in the afternoon in a domestic airline enjoying the scenic beauty of Nepal with the views of mountains and green hills. After reaching Nepalgunj we will drive toward Surkhet and spend our night there.

Day 2
Drive to Sauli (5hrs.)

After having our breakfast in the morning we will drive to Sauli which is the out-in point for Karnali
River rafting. While traveling through the villages the surrounding will attract you towards natural beauty.
Free from pollution everything around here you look fresh and impressive. Here we will explore the
surrounding area in the evening and spend our night

Day 3
Rafting Starting Day.

Today after having our breakfast from Sauli our rafting begins. Rafting begins with the wilderness of Karnali facing the challenges of big bounces in big water. Rafting continues with excitements sometimes freezing the blood while handling the technical difficulties. We stay overnight in a camp beside the river enjoying the surrounding.

Day 4
Rafting to God-house.

After having our breakfast we will start our day today rafting is more challenging. While having our adventures we can experience the real flow of the river. Continuing through jungles we will have the opportunities to explore challenging rapids. We will end our day and spend our night in God-house.

Day 5
Rafting to Seti Dovan

In the morning, we will start our day today’s adventure is too not less than yesterday. While rafting we will be able to see many high bounces and rapids to be handled while floating in the rivers. The excitement will reach its height while enjoying the adventurous rafting. We will set our camp in Seti Dovan and enjoy our stay there.

Day 6
Rafting to Jamuna Village

After having our breakfast we will start the day and our Rafting continues with the excitement and enjoying astonishing views of the natural landscapes. Breath stopping challenge and blood-freezing rafting journey in the water of Karnali is mostly adventurous with magnificent views of jungles and natural lives. We will set camp in Jamuna village area and enjoy our night.

Day 7
Rafting pleasantly to reach Chisapani.

we can take rest for one day to explore the surrounding area. After reaching Chisapani rafting adventure comes to the put-out point. Drive to Nepalgunj Airport to fly Kathmandu. On arrival Kathmandu, Transfer to Hotel. There are options to visit Bardia National Park or increase the length of holiday to exploring the beauty in other new destinations.

Cost Included

  • Pick and drop from airport to hotel
  • Ground Transportation
  • Both Western and Continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the trip
  • River Permit
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers)
  • Deluxe Tent accommodation in River with campfire
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff who go with you along with the trip
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership
  • First aid kid box
  • An experienced adventure River guide with a safety assistant.

Cost Excluded

  • Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverage purchased during the trip
  • Hotel accommodations if you stay at the hotel during the trip
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Things of personal use
  • Private Transportation( if want)
  • Tips to Staffs(not compulsory but expected)
  • Sleeping bag(can be arranged)
  • Extra meal besides itinerary
  • Any services in Kathmandu
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, telephone calls, sweets, snacks during the trip
  • International visa ( can get on arrival visa)
What We Need?

Please bring: –
swimwear for on the river
Sunscreen and lip protector
Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap
Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best)
Personal medication
Reading book
Fishing hook (you can fish in the Himalayan River)
Camera (to capture the memories)
Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you free of charge)
warm clothes as the night times can get cold, especially in the winter months.
Small wash kit – biodegradable products are preferred if you have them(as it is environmentally friendly
Book, the deck of cards or small travel games
Photocopy of your passport & visa

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Karnali River Rafting

Trip Facts

  • Tourist Vehicle, domestic flight
  • 1-20
  • Tented Camp
  • Moderate
  • Nepalgunj Airport
  • Kathmandu Airport
  • Autumn & Spring
  • Professional Rafting Guide
  • Rafting
  • 3 Meals a Day
  • English