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The Karnali is Nepal’s longest and largest river and with its tributaries, it drains most of the Far West of Nepal. The rapids are also pretty wild, with the river building to its climax in these lower canyons. In terms of volume, the river is comparable to the Sun Kosi, but the Karnali is more constrained by its canyon walls, giving bigger, mote continuous and serious rapids. This constrained nature of the river means that any increase in volume has more pronounced effect on the difficulty of the rapids and this makes it a river that is best run at low flows.
Fly or Drive to Surkhet from Kathmandu. Trek 3 days from Surkhet to raft put in point. Plenty of world class rapids, wildlife viewing and complete wilderness. Considered the best rafting in the Himalayan waters. Trip ends at Chisapani. Drive or fly back to Kathmandu.

Day 1: Drive to Bhutwal by private bus, camp at Bhutwal.
Day 2: Drive to Surkhet and overnight camping.
Day 3: Trek from Surkhet to Dhanigad, overnight camping.
Day 4:
Trek from Dhanigad to Kareleghat, camp at the river bank.
Day 5: Rafting from Kareleghat and overnight camping.
Day 6: Rafting day and camping on the beach.
Day 7: Rafting day, camping on the beach near the confluence of the Seti River.
Day 8: Rafting day, camping on the beach after passing Bijura Village.
Day 9: Rafting to Chisapani, end of the trip, drive back to Kathmandu by private bus.
Day 10: Arrival in Kathmandu

Trip Inclusions: Land / air transports

  • Meals during the ride and rafting
  • Tents, sleeping bag, mattresses, boat, life jacket , safety helmit, plastic barrel to pack your personal belonging
  • Experienced river guide, permits