The Karnali is Nepal’s longest and largest river and with its tributaries, it drains most of the Far west of Nepal – the ‘wild west’. The area that it flows through is wild and relatively unpopulated with some of the most pristine jungle scenery in Nepal, and abundant wildlife.
The rapids are also pretty wild, with the river building to its climax in these lower canyons. The valley narrows into a series of canyons, the river speeds up’ and there are big rapid, one leading into another, almost continuously down to the Seti river. The river winds through some magnificent un-spoilt scenery, eventually emerging onto the plains flowing through the Royal Baridia National Park to join the Ganges.
The Karnali is more constrained by its canyon walls giving bigger more continuous and serious rapids. This constrained nature of the river means that any increase in volume has a more pronounced effect on the difficulty of the rapid and this makes it a river that is best run at low and medium flows – in higher water the Karnali is a serious commitment.
Accessibility and Location
About 20-22-hour bus journey to Kalyandada from Kathmandu via Birendranagar, Surkhet west Nepal. Alternatively, an hour flight to Nepalgunja in additional cost then 8-hour bus journey to the put-in point at Kareleghat or drive to new starting point Dungeshwor. The 180 km river action takes 6 - 7 day and after end the trip transportation will be provided from the take-out point at Chisapani to drive back either Pokhara (10-12 hour) or Kathmandu (15 hour) or transfer to Nepalgunja airport to fly back or you may stop at Bardiya National Park for wildlife activities.
The Wild West classic Karnali one consider as longest river of Nepal. The Karnali River rafting combined with some of the most beautiful canyons found in Nepal and a wide variety of biodiversity including dense forests, wild lives and traditional remote villages. After the monsoon rapids are demanding and huge so the rafting there is an unique expedition trip and wildness experience. The river rises from the marginal Himalayan range of Tibet and flowing down to the southern direction to fall into Gangaes, which entered in Nepal from Humla district and cut the Mahabharat mountain near by Chisapani.
September - December
Approx. 300 cumecs
January - May
Approx. 200 cumecs
June - August
Approx. 450 cumecs
Trip Preparation and pre-departure meeting
Before heading every outdoor trip we would like to request to our guests to be gathered at our office for pre-departure meeting as it is also prime concern to introduce with our team-Trip Leader, Guides, trip staffs and other guests, complete official formalities, discuss about the trip system, timetable and other important matters to make your happy journey successful.
Equipments and Services we provide for the trip
Best quality self-bailing inflatable raft, Whitewater safety helmet, modern plastic paddle, neoprene-wetsuit, PFD-lifejacket, Dry top Jacket, Waterproof Container/Barrel for camera and valuables things, Dry bag, First-Aid Kits and Tents/mass fly sheet and sleeping mat, other necessary camping gear cooking utensils, hygienically prepared food and drinks.
Things you need to bring for the trip
River wear gear: shorts- half pant, T-shirts (long sleep for sun protection), swim wear, Sun Cap/Glass/Cream, personal water bottle, a pair of river sandals.
For the camp site wear: Personal sleeping bag, lightweight shirts, Trouser/pant, under garments socks, a towel, light shoe, Fleece type pullover, flash light, personal toiletries, camera, reading and writing materials, medication recommended by your doctor.
Mountain River Rafting team takes safety issues very seriously for every rafting trip and believe every happy outdoor trip is a safe one. Our team members have updated training courses - AR/CPR, Wildness First-Aid and Whitewater Rescue Technician conducted by Rescue 3 International. Besides in every trip also provides expert safety kayaker for rescue and make your rafting journey with us more comfort and enjoyable.
Care of Environment
The care of environment is our prime concern responsibility to protect the wildness resources of Nepal for future generation. We practice and follow minimum impact polices on our every outdoor journey- by using gas or kerosene as a cooking fuel instead of local firewood. Moreover by disposing and cleaning both biodegradable and non-degradable properly from the campsite.