Bheri and Karnali Rivers Multiday Rafting / Kayaking Adventure October and November 2024

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 19 Days
  • Challenge level : Moderate
  • Max Altitude:2000m
  • Group size : People
  • Best TimeSpring / Autumn
  • Destination :Nepal

About Bheri and Karnali Rivers Multiday Rafting / Kayaking Adventure October and November 2024

This trip is suitable for all:  Non-paddlers (no previous experience required) – you will go in a raft with an experienced raft guide – and if you would like to and a kayak available encouraged to have a go at kayaking on a mellow section of river.  Rafting and/or kayaking - all equipment provided & instruction/guiding given.

Kayakers and Rafters of all abilities - Kayakers, kayak what you are happy to, raft what you are not.  Advice on how much of this trip you should be able to kayak will be given once we hear what your current kayaking ability is and then see you on the water.  Advice/instruction/guiding and safety boaters will be provided.

Weather: Weather for this trip we expect to be pleasant - very unlikely to see any rain - temp during the day will be middle 20's - you will be wearing shorts and tee shirt during the day and paddling in a shortie cag just to help keep water out of your boat – rafting in a shortie wetsuit and splash cag (provided) or rash vest and a pair of leggings is good as the water is cool.  At night you will probably want to put on an extra layer in late evening and early morning - 2 or 3 season sleeping bag is all you will need.  Water temp whilst not warm is pleasant for swimming and ‘river washing’.

River Gradings:  Always subjective – we use the International River Classification of Difficulty to describe.

Bheri: – A strong current, grade 3 (-4) through the gorges, then grade 2 (-3) on run out to confluence with Karnali and then grade 1 to 2 down to Chisapani.

Lower Karnali: – The section we plan to do - A powerful river with a couple of BIG grade 4+ rapids.  River starts at grade 2 to 3+, a long section of several grade 4 (4+) rapids, easing as we approach the confluence with the Seti and then grade 2 to 1 down to Chisapani.

Trip Highlights

  • : Kathmandu, Bheri River, Bardia National Park and the Wild West Karnali River


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, river level and road conditions.

On arrival at KTM airport you will be greeted by an Adventure Hub Nepal (AHN) Leader and taken to your hotel.  Relax and recover from jetlag and then have dinner in a local restaurant nearby to the hotel, in the Thamel area of Kathmandu.  Stay overnight in hotel and explore the tourist hub of Nepal which is Thamel.

Not Included:  Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

At around 9 am, following breakfast, we'll have pre-departure meeting at the rooftop or restaurant of your hotel. Afterward, we'll pack our gear for the trip and load it onto our private overnight bus, destined for the Bheri put-in for our adventure to the boat house. Kayakers can check and prepare their boats while rafters gather their rafting equipment before boarding the bus. The remainder of the day is free for exploration; you may choose to visit the Monkey Temple and/or Durbar Square. Dinner will be enjoyed in Thamel, followed by an overnight stay at the hotel.

Not Included:  Lunch and Dinner

NB:  Cost of flight to Nepeljung is extra.

NB: If people want, they can go on Day 2 on overnight private bus with all our gear and guides at no extra cost – estimated travel time 16 to 20 hours – Please let us know if you would like to do this.

Following an early breakfast, we'll head to the Kathmandu domestic terminal for a 45-minute flight to Nepalgunj. Upon arrival, we'll board a private bus for a 2 to 3-hour drive to the put-in point of the Bheri River, where our gear and guides await. We'll spend the night camping on the river, which is Ramghat, approximately 10km upstream of the main Bheri bridge.


            About Bheri River - 4 nights 5 days trip

One of the most scenic rivers in Nepal with golden cliffs, green jungle, crystal clear green water, white beaches, excellent fishing, good bird watching and coupled with a powerful current and sparkling rapid of moderate difficulty.  The jungle scenery must be the best in Nepal - quiet and unspoilt.

The section of the Bheri river we will be traveling is a mature river that cuts a wide valley and narrows up for 2 or 3 gorges as it flows west to join the Karnali, just before the Karnali cuts through the Chure Hills and disgorges onto the plains of the Terai and flows through the Royal Bardia National Park.  Thirty years ago, the whole of this area was wild pristine jungle roamed by one of the last nomadic hunting tribes in Nepal the Raute.  There are still a few members of the Raute tribe living by the river and although some of the jungle has been cleared for farming for most of the time you will see only cliffs, forest, and wildlife.

We'll start paddling journey from Bheri Ramghat down to the confluence with the Karnali River, and continuing until we reach the road bridge at Chisapani. This adventure spans four nights and five days, with camping arrangements made along the river's scenic beaches.

When we get to Chisapani we will have our lunch, then drive to the Bardia National Park which is around a 1-hour drive.  Stay two nights, 1 day in Bardia National Park.  Stay overnight in lodge.

NB: Those needing/wanting to do a shorter trip can join the trip on Day 8 or Day 9 at the Bardia National Park – please let us know at time of booking.)

                  Staying in Bardia National Park - 2 nights and 1 full day.

Bardiya National Park is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as the Royal Bardia National Park.  Covering an area of 968 km² it is the largest and most undisturbed national park in Nepal's Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River and bisected by the Babai River in the Bardiya District.

Activities we will do in Bardia are nature walk, jeep safari, bird watching and some relaxing too.


The Bardia National Park is home to at least 53 mammals including Indian Rhinoceros, Indian Elephant, Bengal Tiger, Barasingha and Gangetic dolphin.  It is also home to several endangered animals such as the Royal Bengal Tiger, Wild Elephant, Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros, Swamp Deer, Black Buck and other endangered species including the Gharialand Marsh Mugger Crocodiles and the Gangetic Dolphin.  A Rusty-Spotted Cat was sighted for the first time in summer 2012 and a sighting of a Fishing Cat was recorded in the Babai River valley in winter 2017.

Nepal is currently recognised as the first nation to double its Tiger population – with it going from 121 to 355 adult tigers.  Bardiya National Park in Nepal is home to a significant population of Royal Bengal Tigers - according to a 2022 tiger census the park has 125 adult tigers.

We'll start our day leisurely, waking up at our own pace and enjoying a relaxed breakfast. Following this, we'll have the option to spend the day exploring the national park, or for those who prefer, they can opt for a day of relaxation. 

Stay overnight in lodge.

NB:  Exact activities to be discussed and agreed with group and we don’t all have to do the same thing – some activities might be extra.)

This will be an early morning start for everyone as we drive to the Karnali put-in point at Dungeswor. Driving time will take approximately 6 to 8 hours*. Upon reaching, we'll set up our campsite, prepare dinner, and prepare ourselves for the next day's adventure. Over the course of seven days, we'll journey down the Karnali River to the Chisapani road bridge, camping each night along the stunning river beaches.

The Wild West Karnali River - 6 nights 7 days trip

Rising from the famous holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet the Karnali River is Nepal’s Wild West River. It is the longest and largest river in Nepal. It carves through the Himalayan landscape many beautiful gorges and canyons as it flows down into the forests of west Nepal. Travel through some of the most pristine jungle in Nepal filled with an abundance of wildlife. You may see tigers, deer, monkey, and many species of birds. The river is very popular for fishing with many different species. The area is relatively unpopulated and has a real wilderness feel. Rapids such as ‘Rattle and Roll’, ‘Inversion’, ‘Juicer Shake’, ‘Freight Train’ and many more will provide plenty of excitement. Camping on sandy beaches and the remote feel of the Karnali River will give a true expedition experience.

This will be an early morning start for everyone, we will be driving to the Karnali put-in point at Dungeswor.  Driving time around 6 to 8 hours*.  When we reach Dungeswor we will set up our camp site, cook dinner and get ready for next morning to start the next stage of our adventure.  Seven days down the Karnali river to Chisapani road bridge camping along the way on amazing river beaches.

 The Wild West Karnali River - 6 nights 7 days trip

Rising from the famous holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet the Karnali River is Nepal’s Wild West River.  It is the longest and largest river in Nepal.  It carves through the Himalayan landscape many beautiful gorges and canyons as it flows down into the forests of west Nepal.  Travel through some of the most pristine jungle in Nepal filled with an abundance of wildlife.  You may see tigers, deer, monkey, and many species of birds.  The river is very popular for fishing with many different species.  The area is relatively unpopulated and has a real wilderness feel.  Rapids such as ‘Rattle and Roll’, ‘Inversion’, ‘Juicer Shake’, ‘Freight Train’ and many more will provide plenty of excitement.  Camping on sandy beaches and the remote feel of the Karnali River will give a true expedition experience.

Last day on the river - After breakfast we will continue our paddle to the Chisapani road bridge.  On arrival at the take-out, we will load all our gear on to our private bus and have lunch.

Here people have choice – Included in trip price, travel back overnight to Kathmandu with our guides in our private bus – drive is approximately 16 to 20 hours - arriving in Kathmandu on day 18 morning/afternoon.

Or if people need/want to, at extra cost (flight and extra night in hotel), fly out of Nepalgunj on day 17 after river journey finish - arriving in Kathmandu on day 17 evening.

Arrive in Kathmandu, go to hotel have a hot shower and relax.  Enjoy some last-minute shopping for gifts and get ready for the celebration dinner with the group in the evening.

(NB: Day 18 is a rest or emergency day - make sure no one books return flight home on day 18)

Not Included: Lunch and Dinner

It’s your last day in Nepal!  We will make sure you arrive at Kathmandu International Airport with plenty time before your flight home.  Now, we’ll say our goodbyes and bid you farewell, armed with warm memories and gorgeous photos to show your loved ones.  Depending on time of your flight, have a leisurely breakfast, do some last-minute shopping, or just relax and enjoy remaining time in Kathmandu.


Not Included: Lunch and Dinner


What's included


  • Permits
  • Food (while on the river)
  • Guides
  • Camping and river gear
  • Sleeping bag (Request at time of booking)
  • Mattress (Request at time of booking)
  • Dry bag
  • Tent
  • Kayaks included for kayakers (but you need to bring your own paddling gear - unless you prearrange through Adventure Hub Nepal in your trip booking)
  • Paddle rafts and gear boats for carrying all the kitchen, cooking gear and food.
  • All the cooking and kitchen equipment
  • Comprehensive wilderness first aid kit
  • River maps
  • 3 nights’ accommodation hotel in Kathmandu (we can organize extra nights if people require)
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in lodge in Bardia National Park
  • Airport pick up/transfers.
  • Professional standard river guides and safety kayakers/kayak instructors
  • Bus to put-in and from take-out of the river sections.
  • Twin share Basie room hotel in Kathmandu and Bardia.

What's Excluded


  • Airfare to Nepal
  • Nepalese visa (this costs $ 50 USD for 30 days and you need two passport photos) this can be issued on arrival in Kathmandu.
  • Extra snacks on the river and meals in Kathmandu
  • Extra Beverages for on the river (i.e. alcohol)
  • Normally people tip the local guides at the end of the trip.
  • Domestic return flights to and from Kathmandu and Nepalgunj (both way $ 290 USD and one way is $ 145 USD)
  • Single room supplements charges $ 170 USD


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Today we can help you discover whole Nepal and we offer high-quality, excellent –value, small group adventure to your interested area of Nepal.


We respectively request that you give your trip leader £100 GB Pound or equivalent to put-in the ‘Tipping Kitty’.

Your trip leader can then distributes tips along the way to local guides, and porters, etc. and keeps a record of all money spent.   The residue is then divide amongst your AHN support staff on trip and is received with a smile, thanks and much appreciated.

This can be a difficult subject if tipping is not part of your culture – please think of it as a surcharge if that helps.

Small Personal First Aid Kit List

AHN strongly recommend that clients bring their own personal drug kits (gastro kit)."

Or something similar.

  • Customers to bring their own personal drug kit
  • AHN. Will provide comprehensive first aid for minor and major wound care: burns, cuts, grazes musculoskeletal injuries.
  • Clients to bring personal drug kit
  • contents: (gastro kit)


AHN Encourage you to go and see your travel doctor.

  1. 10 Oral Rehydration Salt sachets
  2. Panadol
  3. Norfloxacin (1st port of call antibiotic)
  4. Ibuprofen
  5. Norfloxacin (1st port of call antibiotic)
  6. Norfloxacin (1st port of call antibiotic))
  7. Loperamide (gastro stops)
  8. Prochlorperazine (anti-nausea)
  9. Ondansetron (stronger anti-nausea)
  10. Cold and flu tablets
  11. Throat lozenges
  12. Bandaids
  13. Iodine swabs
  14. Strongly recommend this year’s flu shot

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