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The Karnali is the most amazing river in Nepal. Anyone you meet who has had the experience of exploring the Karnali will tell you that it is one of the most incredible journeys of their life. The River, in volume is the largest and longest in Nepal and the upper sections are rarely explored. Along the lower section the river takes a sharp turn from south to north, often called the Western Bend. At this point the river can be accessed and an incredible adventure through deep gorges and remote regions begins
The upper Karnali, better known as the Humla Karnali rises in Tibet from the holy peak, Mount Kailas some very experienced expedition groups run upper sections. These normally start with a charter flight to Simikot and then sixteen to twenty days to the take out at Chisopani.
The Lower Karnali can be run in five to seven days and still proves a major river journey that has got to fall in the category of being one of the best in the world.
Depending on the level of the river, day four could still be in the jungle corridor. Once the gorge is exited the Seti river enters from the right, (this is the western Nepal Seti, not to be confused with the river close to Pokhara) and the river grade drops to class 2. Another day or two brings you to the Bheri river, entering from the left which has a good camping beach if you want to reach the take-out at lunchtime the following day.
At the take-out, Chisopani, is an impressive bridge spanning the river and plenty of shops selling food, soft drinks and cold beer. The return bus journey to Kathmandu is about twenty hours.
Alternative returns would be via the Bardia national park which is located nearby, or bus to Nepalganj (2 hours) and fly to Kathmandu from there.
9 Days Karnali River Rafting - Itinerary
Ending Point: Chisopani
Day 01: Arrive Surkhet
Day 02: After breakfast, we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Syauli. A great walk which high lights just how "out there" you really are. You pass local villages and spectacular scenery, and then you hit the river.
Day 03: The river gives the team time to build and there is enough challenging rapids and water flow for learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great class 4 rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.
Day 04: This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is BIG and it is continuous. 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: More of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid.
Day 06: 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 breath taking scenery.
Day 07: 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: We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. 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 09: We come to the end of our journey at about lunchtime where our bus will be waiting to collect us. Those who have booked to go to Bardia National Park [highly recommended] will be collected from here as well. Or one can proceed to their own onward journey.
Cost Includes & Excludes on:
Cost Included on:
Transportation from and to Kathmandu by tourist bus as per itinerary.
All International standard rafting equipment as necessary (Such as self bailing rafts, helmets, life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.)
Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cooks, and other helper staff.
Camping & Cooking equipment (tents, mattress & kitchen gear).
Accommodation in tent during the rafting.
All staffs salary, insurance, meals etc.
All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all national park and conservation area fees. Tourist service charge
Cost Exclude on:
Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry.
Food & accommodation cost incase of any natural accident caused by weather.
Tips, Gratuities and expenditure.
Rescue & insurance such as travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects. You are advised to insure for it.
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