Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali springs forth from Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain in Tibet important to both Buddhist and Hindu.
The ultimate river expedition in Nepal
*Wonderful trip amazing whitewater rapids combined with relaxed float sections
*Dramatic variety of intensely remote and pristine scenery
*Bandipur National Park
Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali springs forth from Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain in Tibet important to both Buddhist and Hindu. Flowing south into Nepal, it forms the major drainage system for the western districts before dropping off into dramatic canyons raging with big volume whitewater and eventually flowing into remote areas of pristine jungle rich with wildlife.
The first half of this river journey into the ‘wild west’ offers incredible whitewater excitement, commonly described as ‘a thrill a minute roller coaster rides’. The second half of the trip settles down into some more moderate & gentle rapids and eventually a relaxed float rewarded by dramatic and hugely varied pristine and unspoiled wilderness.
The Karnali River finishes at the famous Bardia National Park. If you are into safaris, then you can go to Bardia which has been described as the most jungle in Nepal rich in wildlife. Stay a couple of days there and then after that fly back to Kathmandu. Many consider the Karnali expedition as a spectacular journey on one of the finest rafting rivers in the world and is our crew favourite in Nepal.
If you are looking for a truly authentic, intensely remote river expedition with wild whitewater combined with a relaxed and peaceful float into pristine wilderness – then this is the ultimate adventure for you. If you want to go to Bardia National Park after the trip we can organise that as well please just let us know when you book a trip.
Little more about the trip
We can run this trip over 9 or 10 days
Rapid grade is 4+
Departing from Adventure Hub Nepal Pokhara or Kathmandu office
Rafting & Kayaking starting point is Dungeswar which is 15 hours drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara (option to fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj or Nepalgunj Kathmandu after trip)
Finishing point Chisapani 14 - 16 hours’ drive back to Pokhara, or Kathmandu 15 hours
(option to fly Nepalgunj to Kathmandu).