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Karnali river – the trans-boundary river originates near Mansarovar of Tibetan Platue and follows down through Nepal’s Himalayas to the Indian Gangetic plain – is the longest river in Nepal and offers one of the most adventurous white water rafting experiences in Nepal.
Mountain Delights Karnali River Rafting trip of ten days is ideal for wild experience be it the river, or the landscape and cultural explorations. Less visited, and less developed region of Nepal in terms of physical infrastructure and social, Karnali region offers novel travel experiences. This 180 Kms of river action in the rapids of 5– / 5 Class through gorges of Mahabharat range will be the most exhilarating and sensational river experience.
The rafting trip begins with long bus drive to beautiful valley of Surkhet in western Nepal and another short ride to Dhungeshwar/ Sauli – the rafting put-in-point. Then raft down to Chisapani – put-out-point passing through canyon, sandy beaches, villages, farms, and wide river basin spending nights in the serene sandy beaches. You can add Bardia National Park trip of about four days and make complete two weeks exploration trip in this pristine western region of Nepal.
You drive to Surkhet from Kathmandu/Pokhara or other place. Surkhet is about 600 kms (373 mi) west of Kathmandu – the national capital, and have only International airport until now. Surkhet is a beautiful valley and one of the inner Tarai Valleys of Nepal. After this long day/night drive, rest in Surkhet.
Alternately, you can fly to Nepalgunj and then drive to Surkhet (about 108 kms).
After breakfast, drive to Dungeshwar which takes some 5 hours. Dungeshwar is located in the confluence of Loohre and Karnali River at 544m/ 1784 ft. The drive is through the unspoiled scenic villages and farms where very little foreigners travel.
After the lunch, you will raft small stretch and stop at the bank of the Karnali River.
After breakfast you enjoy the first real day of Rafting adventure in the Karnali river. Follow the instruction given by your guide. You will come across with some bounces and rapids – as big as class IV rapids to welcome you. Overnight stay in the river bank camp.
After morning breakfast prepared by our crew, you start another challenging day in which you raft towards God-House. The day is typical of the Himalayan White Water rafting – filled with adventure, big and continuous float, scenic river gorges in the mountain and valley. You enter into the narrowing forest corridor with picturesque setting. Overnight stay in the God House area’s sensational setting.
You still hit some rapids of God’s House and some more such as Juicer, Flip, and Strip. Enjoy the bird life in the corridor, various rapids and rafting for the day. Evening reach to Seti Dovan – a section where another river meets – and enjoy the rest of the time with crew in the camp.
It is almost a whole day rafting in which you witness some captivating sceneries. Keep paddling with some small rapids but it is like a relaxing day after previous two thrilling rafting exercises. You always keep busy enjoying the surrounding of the Karnali river basin and George. Reach Jamune village, and overnight in the camp.
It’s a rewarding day for you to enjoy in the sandy beach, dry your clothes, and enjoy the surrounding area of the village.
As Karnali River follows down towards the southern slopes, rapids automatically begin to normalizing. Continue to raft pass the confluence of Bheri River at Ghatgaun – where the river broadens. Overnight stay in the river bank camp.
Today is the last day of the rafting trip. We raft down to Chisapani until the lunch time. The section is also equipped with jungle, villages, and hill.
Once you complete the trip, you return to Kathmandu, or you proceed to your next destination.
Bardia National Park can be the best add-on of this trip. After this thrilling Rafting trip you can enjoy one of the best national parks of Nepal where Royal Bengal Tiger is prime attraction. This 3 Nights and 4 Days jungle programme is highly recommended to you.