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Karnali (& Bardia Option)

Probably the best Himalayan rafting trip and whitewater adventure.  Set in the most remote, least explored western region of Nepal, the Karnali is a magnificent river and this expedition is indeed unique and not for the feint-hearted. To reach the put-in point requires a two-day road journey from Kathmandu, first down to the Terai and then into the western hills before reaching the river through sal forest on foot.  Then the river – 40 major rapids in the first four days.  The surroundings are almost sheer wilderness with the wildlife – mainly monkeys, deer and colourful birds adding to the experience. Then continuous, pumping days of rafting the ‘Wild Water of the West’.  The river begins with fun Class II-III rapids on every corner until, before you know it, the challenge of bigger and more complex Class IV rapids in the section known as ‘Jungle Ghat’ leading  into some of the big stuff:  ‘Human for Lunch’ and ‘Jailhouse Rock’and more ambitious Class IV-V rapids with many large holes.  The river lets up just before entering a steep, high canyon where you'll scout ‘Captivity’, a Class V rapid aptly named.  The day culminates with ‘God’s House’, an awe-inspiring Class V hole.  By River-Day 3, sore arms testify to the hard work being done at the paddle – skills will be tested once more on ‘Flit and Strip’. ‘Lost Mutt’, and many more Class III rapids. ‘Red Rock Canyon’ (also aptly named) too and then there follows less turbulent but nonetheless Grade III progress.  By River-Day 5, most of the unforgiving rapids are behind you – more time now to value the scenery and the silent sense of remoteness.  By the time the Bheri River joins the Karnali from the east, the river has become a huge fast flowing tributary of the Ganges and your last days rafting relies as much on your paddle power as it does on the river flow.  It’s with feelings of achievement that you reach the take-out point at the suspension bridge on the east/west highway at Chisapani.  One option is to add an extra day and visit natures very own ‘chill-out’ at Bardia National Park in the hope of seeing tigers and other wildlife. Sleeping bags (3 season) will be required for the nights spent camping. We can arrange sleeping bag rental if required.

11 Days - 6 days rafting - 2nts Hotels - 2nts Lodges, 6 nts camping


The Rafting is up to Grade 4-5 (when waters are at their highest)

We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.

Day 1- Arrive Kathmandu


Day 2 - Full days drive to Bhalubang/Lamahi


Day 3 - To the Karnali River


Day 4 - Karnali Rafting


Day 5 - Karnali Rafting


Day 6 - Karnali Rafting


Day 7 - Karnali Rafting


Day 8- Karnali Rafting


Day 9 -  Karnali Rafting/To Nepalgunj


Day 10 - Fly to Kathmandu


Day  11 - Depart Nepal


Don't forget this trip can be customised

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Price Guide

£ GBP 1209

$ US 1575


Detailed Itinerary

 EUR 1389

All meals

'on tour'


Grade 4+/5 - A true wilderness whitewater rafting expedition

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WARNING:High risk of Inspiration



The price shown is for guideline purposes only. The price is inclusive of all accommodation described in the detailed itinerary, all airport and land transfers,  private overland travel, internal flights as indicated in the itinerary, meals as indicated in the itinerary, main baggage transfers, rafting crew and all rafting equipment inc cook (except sleeping bags( permits & fees & Snow Cat Travel Rafting Guide. All guides are english-speaking, professionals and fully licensed.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR PRICE GUIDES Prices per person displayed are for guide line purposes only. Please contact us for a personal quotation. Factors such as the size of your party, seasonality, international exchange rates, tailor made options and final itinerary chosen etc will affect the price. For more info-see the “more information about prices” link below.