Karnali River Rafting

Karnali river rafting

Nepal's longest and largest river, the Karnali, springs forth from the base of Mt. Kailash in Tibet, the center of the universe for both the Buddhist and Hindu religions. Flowing south into Nepal it forms the major drainage system of the western districts.The Karnali is one of the finest BIG volume river trips in the world, a classic expedition into Nepal's remote, unpopulated "wild west".

From our starting point at Sauli the river drops into imposing canyons filled with powerful, big volume white water. These canyons flow into scarcely populated areas of pristine jungle teeming with abundant bird and wildlife. Rapids like "Captivity", "Flip and Strip" and "Gods House" are separated by just enough easier water to regroup and prepare for the next big challenge.

Towards the end of the trip 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 as the river broadens, and the pristine Beaches become bigger and more beautiful.

This is an ideal opportunity to go to Bardia National Park and the resort from Chisopani will collect you. This would include two nights in the park and full safari activities including elephant Safari.

Safety for Rafting :

  • We takes the safety and security of all its clients very seriously. It is our primary concern and reflected in every aspect of your time with us.
  • All our guides are licensed, trained in CPR, first aid and advanced river rescue techniques.
  • All our equipment is world class, up to date and carefully maintained.
  • We use Avon self-bailing rafts.
  • We always use safety kayakers on every trip.
  • We prepare all food with the utmost attention to hygiene.
  • Whenever possible we use private bus and driver.

What to bring with you during the Rafting

  • Light weight clothing that will dry quickly, eg. shorts, t-shirt, swim wear for on the river.
  • Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
  • Sunscreen and lip protector.
  • Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
  • Towel.
  • Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best!) and any personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear that will stay on in the river, ‘Tevas’ or tennis shoes are best.

Trip Facts

Departure from : Kathmandu / Pokhara
Starting Point : Sauli
Ending Point : Chisopani
Outward Travel Time : 14 hrs.
River Grade III - IV+
Return Journey Time : 12 hrs.