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Karnali River Rafting

Trip Code: RKR

16 Days

Karnali River Rafting

Karnali is Nepal’s longest river and a big volume river. For rafters it is one of the best in the world. It rises in Tibet (China) and flows along with its tributaries through far western remote hills and forests of Nepal. It covers the distance of 507 kilometers. It carves its way through the Tibetan plateau and through the Himalaya into Nepal’s lush western forests. After the snow melt, this river becomes a raging torrent with huge rapids which offers brilliant rafting and kayaking. A highlight is the 7km long gorge which is one long raging rapid that sucks you in one end and spits you out the other(in one piece). This is one of the Nepal’s must do Rivers Rafting on the river Karnali has been recently opened to tourism.

Karnali river provides lots more Grade 4 and above including well-known rapids such as Flip & Strip, Jailhouse Rock, Juicer and the notorious God’s House – a Grade 5 monster with a hole the size of a bus. Holes are areas of whitewater that rush over drops in the river. The water rolls back on itself creating a hydraulic tumbling motion that can swallow kayaks and slam a raft upside-down in a heartbeat.

Trip Highlights

Explore the best rafting trip in the world 7 km long gorge Begins its life near to Tibet's holy Mount Kailash...

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  • Day 01: Arrival transfer to hotel
  • Day 02: Kathmandu Sightseeing
  • Day 03: Drive to Surkhet
  • Day 04: Surkhet
  • Day 05: Rafting Begins
  • Day 06: Rafting Continues
  • Day 07: Rafting Continues
  • Day 08: Rafting Continues
  • Day 09: Rest Day
  • Day 10- 11: Rafting Contiues
  • Day 12: Final Day of Rafting
  • Day 13: Full Day Jungle Activity in the Bardia National Park
  • Day 14: Drive back to Kathmandu
  • Day 15: Free day in Kathmandu
  • Day 16: Final Departure
  • International arrival/departure transfers
  • 4 Nights hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on B/B plan
  • 1 Day & 1 Night at Bardia National Park (with activities)
  • Full board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Rafting periods &  at National Park 
  • Kathmandu half day sightseeing escorted by City Guide
  • Drive: Kathmandu - Surkhet & Bardia - Kathmandu
  • All monuments entrance fee
  • Bardia National Park fee
  • All International standard rafting equipment as required (such as self bailing rafts, helmets, life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles etc.)
  • Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cook, and other helping staff
  • Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear)
  • Accommodation in 2 men tents & comfortable resort at Bardia National Park (Full board)
  • English speaking naturalist guide at National Park 
  • Rafting crew’s salary, insurance, meals, transport, accommodation etc
  • River rafting permit
  • International airfares & airport departure tax
  • Nepal entry visa
  • Single supplement during entire trip
  • Note: Additional cost applies for single supplement
  • Lunch and dinner  in Kathmandu
  • Travel / medical insurance and emergency evacuation cost
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, alcoholic beverages, bottled drinks (including cold drinks and mineral water/boiled water), laundry etc.
  • Camera/cell phone battery charge while on trek
  • Personal Rafting equipment
  • Excess baggage will be charged if exceeds 15 kg
  • Donation & tips etc.
  • All expenses incurred in the event of early departure (evacuation fee, transport, extra hotel night, food etc.)
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  • Location: Karnali
  • Starts/ Ends: Kathmandu
  • Total Trips: 16 days
  • Rafting days : 7 days
  • Put-in pointSauli (560m)
  • Put-out point : Chisapani (195m)
  • Best Season: Spring/ Autumn
  • Grade for Autumn : Sep – Dec 4(5)
  • Grade for Spring :    Feb – May 4
  • Accommodation: Tented Camp at Rafting location & Resort at National Park
  • Group Size: 4 pax to 16 pax
  • Transportation: Comfortable Private Vehicle
  • Departures: Weekly
  • River Distance: 180 km (113 miles) 

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