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THE WILD WEST

KARNALI

Duration

10 Days

Difficulty level

Grade IV/IV+

Accommodation

Bus/hotel & Tent

Season

Sept-May

Overview

Karnali is Nepal’s longest and largest river, in the far west of Nepal. It streams through the most remote and unhabited areas with jungle rich of wildlife. The Karnali river starts with some real exciting fast rapids and then slowly settles down into some more gentle rapids. The trip ends at Bardia National Park. This journey is considered as one of the nicest rafting rivers in the world.

Highlights

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More Information

Price: €800 Per person 

Season: Sept-May

Duration: 10 Days 

Starting point: Pokhara (optional flight Kathmandu)

Ending point: Pokhara (optional flight Kathmandu)

Difficulty level: Grade IV/IV+

Accommodation: 7 Nights tent / 2 nights bus (or hotel)

Day 1: Drive to Surkhet

Day 2: Drive to Sauli and start rafting

Day 3 - 6: Rafting

Day 7: Lay-over day

Day 8 - 9: Rafting and take out at Chisopani

Day 10: Arrive back in Kathmandu

Note: Optionally you can take a flight to/from Nepalgunj at your own cost.

Day 1 Drive to Surkhet

The Karnali trip starts from Kathmandu or Pokhara, where we take a bus to the starting place. The busride will take about 16 hours, so make sure you take some water and snacks for on the way. You arrive in Surkhet late in the evening or early next morning.

Day 2 Drive to Sauli and start rafting

Have some breakfast and a rest and then we continue to the put-in point in Sauli, where you arrive around lunchtime.  After lunch you start a short rafting trip to the first night's camp at the Karnali river bank.

Day 3-6 Rafting

The next 4 days we will be rafting down the river, through jungles and canyons, with many grade IV rapids. Combine great whitewater with beautiful sceneries, remote sandy beaches, small ethnic villages and lots of wildlife.

The first section of the river is extremely wild with continuous rapids for about 4 hours untill lunch. Then float another hour before setting up the camp on the beach. The following days are still big and continuous, with thrilling rapids like Jungle Corridor and God's House and camping in the middle of the jungle. 

Day 7 Lay-over day

During the trip there will be one layover day to relax on the beach, dry your clothes and get some well deserved rest.

Day 8-9 Rafting and take out at Chisopani

As we come out of the gorge, the rafting will be more relaxed, with time to enjoy the sceneries and to spot some wildlife. We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. 

On the last day we take out from Chisopani, pack everything on a bus, have one last lunch at the river and drive (or fly) back to Kathmandu. Since you are close to Bardia National Park you might want to extend your trip with a nice jungle safari before heading back to the city.

Day 10 Arrive back in Kathmandu

The night bus enters the main city of Kathmandu, where we say goodbye and you can enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Note: Optionally you can take a flight to/from Nepalgunj at your own cost.

Included

NOT included

One day trip

Optional

Camping trip

Price: €800 Per person 

Season: Sept-May

Duration: 10 Days 

Starting point: Pokhara (optional flight Kathmandu)

Ending point: Pokhara (optional flight Kathmandu)

Difficulty level: Grade IV/IV+

Accommodation: 7 Nights tent / 2 nights bus (or hotel)

Day 1: Drive to Surkhet

Day 2: Drive to Sauli and start rafting

Day 3 - 6: Rafting

Day 7: Lay-over day

Day 8 - 9: Rafting and take out at Chisopani

Day 10: Arrive back in Kathmandu

Note: Optionally you can take a flight to/from Nepalgunj at your own cost.

Day 1 Drive to Surkhet

The Karnali trip starts from Kathmandu or Pokhara, where we take a bus to the starting place. The busride will take about 16 hours, so make sure you take some water and snacks for on the way. You arrive in Surkhet late in the evening or early next morning.

Day 2 Drive to Sauli and start rafting

Have some breakfast and a rest and then we continue to the put-in point in Sauli, where you arrive around lunchtime.  After lunch you start a short rafting trip to the first night's camp at the Karnali river bank.

Day 3-6 Rafting

The next 4 days we will be rafting down the river, through jungles and canyons, with many grade IV rapids. Combine great whitewater with beautiful sceneries, remote sandy beaches, small ethnic villages and lots of wildlife.

The first section of the river is extremely wild with continuous rapids for about 4 hours untill lunch. Then float another hour before setting up the camp on the beach. The following days are still big and continuous, with thrilling rapids like Jungle Corridor and God's House and camping in the middle of the jungle. 

Day 7 Lay-over day

During the trip there will be one layover day to relax on the beach, dry your clothes and get some well deserved rest.

Day 8-9 Rafting and take out at Chisopani

As we come out of the gorge, the rafting will be more relaxed, with time to enjoy the sceneries and to spot some wildlife. We pass the confluence with the Seti River where the river broadens. 

On the last day we take out from Chisopani, pack everything on a bus, have one last lunch at the river and drive (or fly) back to Kathmandu. Since you are close to Bardia National Park you might want to extend your trip with a nice jungle safari before heading back to the city.

Day 10 Arrive back in Kathmandu

The night bus enters the main city of Kathmandu, where we say goodbye and you can enjoy the rest of your holiday.

Note: Optionally you can take a flight to/from Nepalgunj at your own cost.

Included

NOT included

One day trip

Optional

Camping trip

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