White Water Rafting in Karnali RiverThe Karnali river is a perennial, torrential, turbulent and undisturbed river of the Himalayas, which is one of the three major rivers of Nepal, the other two being Gandaki or Narayani River and Sapta Koshi River. It originates from Mansarover and Rakes lake and receives many snows-fed rivers such as Mugu Karnali and Humla Karnali at Himalayan belt. The Karnali basin lies between the mountain ranges of Dhaulagiri and Nanda Devi, in the western part of Nepal. In the north, it lies in the rain shadow of the Himalayas. The Karnali river has its origin in the perpetual snow covered Himalayan mountains.

The Karnali river is the longest river in Nepal, 507 Km in length, forms several gorges with its swift currents. A 202 Km long, Seti River, its feeder stream, drains the western part of the catchment and joins the Karnali River in Doti north of Dundras hill. Another feeder stream, 264 Km long Bheri river, drains the eastern part of the Catchment and meets the Karnali River near Kuineghat in Surkhet.

It makes a spectacular gorge near Chisapani which contains diverse kinds of trans -Himalayan and sub-Himalayan fish species.

The bottom of the Karnali River is mostly boulder-strewn at its upper reaches and sandy at its lower reaches and the river water is clean except in rainy season. Its depth ranges from 3-10 m but in deep gorges varies from 50 m-100m. Karnali fans divide into two main channels, first Geruwa on the left and Kauralia on the right near downstream Chisapani.

The expedition begins with a bus journey into the remote and almost untouched region of western Nepal and crossing through part of the Bardia National Park. If the idea of a 2 days bus ride doesn’t appeal to you, there is the option of flying to Nepalgunj and catching a 5-hour bus to meet the rest of the group in the frontier town of Surkhet. From here, we drive further, for about 4 hours, to get to Kalyani Danda, the last stop. The river section lasts 7 days, including one layover day. At the end of the trip, you can choose to take a detour to Bardia National Park for an unforgettable and true experience of Nepal. 

Day 1: We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet by bus or Car.

We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the next morning, You are able to have a sleep here.

Day 2: Drive to Sauli. 

After breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunchtime [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, and then you hit the river.

Day 3: Raft hours and camping on the beach.

After having heavy breakfast at 8:00 a.m. we get ready for the wild ride. This section of the River is terribly wild. Continues rapid makes rafter forget to breathe. Lunch will be served en-route and camping at 03:00 p.m. in First Inquiry.

Day 4: Raft 5 hours and Camp at the beach in between of Jungle.

This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is big and 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 at God-house.

Day 5: Camp at the Seti Dovan and relax.

More of the same including the notorious GOD’S house rapid. Camp at the Seti Dovan and relax. 

Day 6: Camping at Jamuna village

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 breathtaking scenery and camping at Jamuna village

Day 7: Rest day for dry the clothes and Explore.

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.

Day 8/9: Rafting Continue

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, 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.

Day 10: End this trip in the early afternoon at Chisapani.

This is the final day of the river. We end this trip in the early afternoon at Chisopani Bridge & lunch is served there. You will catch night bus at about 1530hrs to get back to Kathmandu or you can enjoy in Bardia National Park, which is famous for bird watching.


  • Private Transportation.
  • Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • River Permit.
  • Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beaches with the campfire.
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership.
  • First aid kit box.
  • Emergency evacuation assistance.


  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
  • Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during the whole trip.
  • Things of personal use.
  • Member insurance.
  • Airfare 
  • Sleeping bag.
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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