Wild West Karnali River

Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali springs forth from Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain in Tibet important to both Buddhist and Hindu.

Wild West Karnali River

Trip Overview

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

(private bus)

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).

Cost Includes

  • Dinner included in overnight bus journey
  • All Breakfast , Lunch and Dinner until you arrive in kathmandu or Pokhara
  • All paddling equipment with International safety standards
  • Camping 7 or 8 nights this depend on the how many days you book your trip
  • Before the trip one night will be bus journey
  • After the trip one night will be bus journey
  • Kayak for Kayaker
  • for rafters Personal Flotation Device (PFD) Paddle and Helmet, Spray or Splash jackets
  • if you require, we can provide wetsuits as well.
  • Round trip transportation to put in point and from take out
  • Professional English speaking licensed guides highly trained and safety certified to international standards in White Water River Guiding
  • Professional safety kayakers.
  • Comprehensive first aid kits.

Cost Excludes

  • International flights to Nepal
  • Nepalese visa (this cost US$65 for 30 days and you need two passport photos) this can be issued on arrival in Kathmandu international airport
  • Extra snacks on the river and meals not listed itinerary and Kathmandu
  • Extra Beverages for on the river i.e.) alcohol
  • Tips for the local guides at the end of the trip
  • Local Domestic Flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu if you choose to fly
  • Comprehensive travel Insurance

What you need for trip.

  • Shorts / ½ pants
  • T-Shirt
  • Sport sandals or comfortable shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet.
  • Swim Wear.
  • Track pants / comfortable long pants.
  • Warm fleece.
  • Jacket (waterproof shell)
  • Travel Towel.
  • Socks
  • Shoes (not essential – please do not bring big trekking boots)
  • Something comfortable to sleep in
  • Warm hat (in cold months)
  • Personal toiletries and medication
  • Sunscreen / sunscreen lip protection
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Head lamp / flash light
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have one – we will provide a complimentary rental one)
  • A little cash for treats, tips.
  • Trip Code: AHN-1707
  • Duration: 10 Days
  • Group size: 6- 18 People
  • Rating:
*This itinerary is intended as a guide only. Local conditions and weather may necessitate variations to the program and can affect the availability of views and panoramas described. Be aware that all time stated are approximate and may vary with individual and group fitness, Weather , Trekking route , rivers level and road conditions.
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