Karnali River Rafting

10 Days

Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali springs forth from Mount Kailash, a sacred mountain in Tibet important to both Buddhists and Hindus. 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 ride”. 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 – the most jungle in Nepal rich in wildlife. Many consider this spectacular journey one of the finest rafting rivers in the world and is our crew’s favorite expedition in Nepal.

If you are looking for a truly authentic, intensely remote river expedition with wile whitewater combined with a relaxed and peaceful float into the pristine wilderness – then this is the ultimate adventure for you!



Day 1: Lunch & dinner
Days 2 – 9: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 10: Breakfast


Riverside Beach Camping (7 Nights)
Hotel or Lodge (2 Nights)


Open: Sep. – May
Best: Oct. – Nov., and Mar. to April



Lakeside, Pokhara or Kathmandu
6 am (Private Bus)


Dungeswar / 17 hours from Pokhara or Kathmandu
(Option to fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj)


Chisapani / 13 hours to Pokhara
(Option to fly Nepalgunj to Kathmandu)


Lakeside, Pokhara or Kathmandu
(Private Bus)


Day 1 :
What to bring?

Shorts / ½ pants
Sport sandals or comfortable shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet
Polypropylene / quick dry long shirts
Track pants / comfortable long pants
Warm fleece
Jacket (waterproof shell)
Travel towel
Shoes (not essential – do not bring big trekking boots)
Pyjamas (something comfortable to sleep in)
Warm hat (in cold months)
Personal toiletries
Sunscreen / sunscreen lip protection
Mosquito repellent
Water bottle
Headlamp / flashlight
Personal first aid kit
Sleeping bag (if you do not have one – we will provide a complimentary rental)
A little cash for treats, tips and the occasional chance for photographs.


  • Professional English-speaking licensed guides highly trained and safety certified to international standards in Whitewater River Guiding, Swift Water Rescue, and Wilderness First Aid
  • Professional safety kayakers
  • Gear raft support
  • International name brand ISO/CE certified rafting equipment including helmets, PFDs, paddles, splash jackets, and wetsuits
  • Dry bags and pelican boxes to keep your personal items dry and safe on the river
  • Variety of fresh, hygienically prepared meals while on the river, including tea, coffee, hot chocolate, and treated drinking water
  • Camping logistics and equipment including shelters, tents, simple mattresses, and sleeping bags
  • Round trip transportation
  • River permits
  • Industry-standard first-aid kits


  • Unrelated transportation, accommodation, visas, travel documents, departure taxes, etc…
  • Footwear
  • Items of a personal nature including swimwear, towel, and toiletries
  • Insurance **we provide insurance for our crew – but participants must be properly insured through an emergency medical travel plan**
  • Tips for guides **if you feel that our crew did a great job, you are invited but not obligated to offer a personal tip**

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Karnali River Rafting
From $ 1,075
/ Adult
From $ 965
/ Group