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Karnali River Rafting

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Trip Facts

Put in: Sauli
Best season: Nov to Dec, 
Take Out: Chisapani    
Minimum person: 6 pax   
Distance: 180 km
Difficulty: class 4+ & 5 +

Actual Adventure is organizing The Karnali River Rafting since 2009. This is one of the the great rafting package among the entire packages. Being the Long and Large River with tributaries feeding than any other River. This is the biggest river for commercial rafting trip in Nepal. It is situated in the most remote western region in Nepal. So it becomes more than just a rafting trip. It is an expedition. This river is rated grade4+ to 5+ class huge series of Continuous wild rapids. In the banks of river are lined with coniferous forest and lower reaches that has all but disappeared from regions of Himalayas. The river runner has reported Sightseeing of much wild life including the exclusive and mysterious route people also. Any bond can enjoy the fishing of great catfish and golden masheers.

Day 01: Drive Kathmandu to Surkhet,
We travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/early hours of the next morning. We are able to have a sleep here.


Day 02: Arrive at Sauli (start point of rafting)
after early breakfast, we will take a truck as far as the road goes until about lunch time [this all depends on availability be flexible]. After lunch we walk all afternoon to the put-in point at Sauli. 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: Rafting
After having heavy breakfast. We get ready for wild ride. This section of the River is terribly wild. Continuous rapid makes rafter forget to breathe. We will take Lunch around at 1:00 pm afternoon and camping at 3:00 pm. O/n at Camp.

Day 04: Rafting
This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is big and 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. O/n at Camp.


Day 5: Rafting
more of the same including the notorious GOD'S house rapid. O/n at Camp.


Day 6: Rafting
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. O/n at Jamuna village on Camp.


Day 7: Rest day at River bank
a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach.


Day 8 - 9: Rafting Period
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, the next day and a half is 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. 


Day 10: Final Day of Rafting
This is the final day of river Rafting. We end this trip in the early afternoon at Chisapani Bridge & lunch is served there. You will get night bus to back to Kathmandu or you can enjoy in Bardia National Park, which is famous for bird watching and jungle activities.

Cost includes

  • Ground Transportation.
  • Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • River Permit.
  • Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.

Cost excludes

  • International airfare,
  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during
  • the whole trip,
  • Things of personal use,
  • Member insurance,
  • Kathmandu hotels accommodations & meals,
  • Tips to Staffs
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