Overview

Float down Nepal’s longest and largest river – the Karnali River. The river’s origin is the sacred Mount Kailash in Tibet. It is easily Nepal’s most remote river to run. Passing through dense jungles of Nepal’s ‘wild west,’ you are sure to a chunk of the region’s rich biodiversity. The rapids range from Class III to Class IV and are sure to give you a rush of adrenaline. Experience the thrilling chutes and drops of the Karnali. Leave your worries behind you for a week and a half and immerse yourself in the experience of rafting.

From Kathmandu, take a short morning flight to Nepalgunj, during which you will have extraordinary mountain views from your window. Our car brings us to Surkhet and we stay a night there in a hotel. The next day, we drive further to Sauli. The amount of travel time that it takes to get to our departure point is a testimony to its remoteness. 

Before we know it, it’s time to hop in the massive river. For the next week, we cruise the heavy rapids of the Karnali. The river has a perfect balance of smooth, relaxed floating and exciting drops that soak the whole crew. Have a blast with us, spending the days hanging on for dear life and the nights sitting by a campfire and looking at the stars.

The allure of this rafting excursion is the area that surrounds it. The river leads into Bardiya National Park, arguably the best place in Nepal for wildlife viewing. Throughout the park, there are hundreds of bird and mammal species, including the Royal Bengal tiger and one-horned rhinoceros. In the Karnali River, you might see the rare, majestic Gangetic dolphin. A week of floating through the remote Terai region of Nepal brings us to Chisapani. Throughout the excursion, you are guaranteed to see animals that you have never seen before. It is a truly unforgettable experience. From Chisapani, we provide transportation back to Kathmandu.

While you are in the area, it is highly recommended to combine this trip with a Bardiya Safari Tour. Bardiya is an incredible place, often described as what Chitwan was 30 years ago. Three days in the jungle and you are nearly certain to see a tiger, or at least some rhinos, elephants and other wildlife. Bardiya is a must-see if you are in the area.

If exploring Bardiya does not interest you, combine the trip with paragliding, bungee jumping, and/or a trek. Let us know your interests and we will manage the perfect combination package for you!

Karnali River Rafting can be experienced by adventurers of all ages. River rafting requires no previous experience, just a desire to have some fun. Rafting can be done all throughout the year. Even during monsoon season, the rains bring even more thrilling rapids. Breeze Adventure arranges the rafting excursion with complete management. Please, feel free to contact us for more detailed information. 

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
  • Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to Surkhet.
  • Day 03: Drive from Surkhet to Sauli. Driving 5 hours.
  • Day 04: Rafting from Sauli to River Bank.
  • Day 05: Rafting from River Bank to God House.
  • Day 06: Rafting from God House to Seti Dovan.
  • Day 07: Rafting from Seti Dovan to Jamuna Village.
  • Day 08: 3 Days Rafting from Jamuna Village to Chisapani.
  • Day 12: Drive from Chisapani to Kathmandu.

Detail Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival at Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.
    • Kathmandu
    • Guest House
    • 1400m
  • Day 02: Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to Surkhet.
    • Surkhet
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Guest House
    • 1000m
  • Day 03: Drive from Surkhet to Sauli. Driving 5 hours.
    • Sauli
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
  • Day 04: Rafting from Sauli to River Bank.
    • River Bank
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
  • Day 05: Rafting from River Bank to God House.
    • God House
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
  • Day 06: Rafting from God House to Seti Dovan.
    • Seti Dovan
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
  • Day 07: Rafting from Seti Dovan to Jamuna Village.
    • Jamuna
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
  • Day 08: 3 Days Rafting from Jamuna Village to Chisapani.
    • Chisapani
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • Tented Camp
  • Day 12: Drive from Chisapani to Kathmandu.
    • Kathmandu
    • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
    • 2/3 Star Hotel
    • 1400m

Cost Details

Cost Includes

Flight to Nepalgunj

All Ground Transportation During Trip

One night’s accommodation in hotel in Surkhet.

Tent Camp & supplies (kitchen, toilet, sleeping bag, etc.).

Government-authorized experienced guide.

Insurance, food, accommodation, and wage for the guide.

Hygienic meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the excursion.

All equipment (sleeping bag, warm layers, etc.)

Rafting equipment (rafts, life jackets, wetsuit during winter, safety equipment, etc.)

Safety Kayak

River Permit

First Aid Kit

Maps

Service charge and government taxes

Cost Excludes:

International airfare

Meals in Kathmandu

Hotel in Kathmandu

Your personal expenses, shopping, etc.

Tips for guide and porter

Extra accommodation and meals outside of itinerary

Costs from unexpected occurrences (i.e. cancellations, weather problems, damages of property, illness, etc.)

Personal Insurance