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Karnali River is one of the finest huge-volume rafting river in Nepal. It is tremendous, remote, wild and full of canyons and plenty of wildlife. Karnali is Nepal’s longest and biggest river and along with its tributaries, it has plenty of opportunities for rafters of varying skill levels. The ‘wild west’ as some people like to call it, is the place where Karnali enters Nepal, descending from Tibet’s heavenly Mount Kailash. Other contributors are and icy masses of Mt. Kanjirowa and other little peaks. This base segment of the waterway certainly satisfies that name – the territory that it travels through is wild and sparsely populated – with unblemished wilderness and rich landscape.
You begin where the rapids are wild, with the water flowing into lower gorges but not long after sharp twists and elbow turns. As valleys give way to a progression of ravines, the stream speeds up. Rapids become more intense, one driving into another, constantly streaming down to Seti River. The slope facilitates easy navigation as the waterway winds through some radiant unspoiled view, inevitably rising onto the fields and coursing through Royal Bardiya National Park. Nearing the end of the rafting session near Bardiya National Park, you can consolidate your rafting experience with a safari trip and possibly detect a portion of the park’s one-horned rhinos and subtle tigers or you can either drive back or fly back to Kathmandu.
The rafting session lets you view a number of canyons and waterfalls on the side. For 180 kilometers you won’t see a solitary indication of human intervention. Karnali Rafting takes you through one of the last places in Nepal where you can see old forests and have a genuine shot of seeing Nepal’s natural life.
Day 01: Kathmandu to Surkhet.
In Kathmandu, we meet at the hotel with your bags packed and ready to move. This is a long bus journey in which we travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late in the evening. You are able to have a sleep here.
Day 02: Drive to Dungeshwar/Sauli and raft to Karnali.
After breakfast we continue our drive to Karnali put-in point at Dungeshwar (5 hrs). This section of the drive offers yet unspoiled scenery of charming villages and farms. We will do short rafting trip after lunch to set up first night camp by the bank of Karnali.
Day 03: Rafting in Karnali.
The river gives the team, time to build. There are good rapids and water flow those allow learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great class IV rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.
Day 04: Karnali River Rafting.
This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is big and it gets continuous as we enter into the jungle corridor. This is a narrowing jungle-clad gorge and it is all ours. The team building is put into full practice and when your guide shouts all forward he really means it! Enjoy the ride all day and camp in this sensational setting.
Day 05: Continue rafting.
Nice rafting rapids. Do not forget to take in the bird life which is equally as abundant as the lush vegetation. Camp and relax.
Day 06: Continue rafting in Karnali.
It isn’t over yet! Keep paddling hard ! You really are experiencing the best of the west on yet another day of great action and breathe taking scenery.
Day 07: Continue Karnali River rafting.
This is a holiday after all, so we have programmed a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach.
Day 08 & 09: Rafting in Seti and Karnali River.
We see the rapids dying off as we come out of the gorge. We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. Today and the next day and a half are a chance to enjoy your journey admiring the country and villages you pass. You will have seen the safety kayakers in action and will no doubt be inspired, so ask the guides for some supervised instruction, or take over the raft and learn about the river. You see there is more to a rafting expedition than just rafting.
Day 10: Complete rafting.
We come to the end of our journey at about lunch time where our bus will be waiting to collect us. If you want to spend some time in Bardia National park tour is also possible.
Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu.
Today we arrive back at Kathmandu or Pokhara for our onwards journey.