‘River Karnali’ –  ‘Holy Water from the Sacred Mountain’

Karnali river rafting is known as the longest and the largest river with tributaries. The river wild Karnali is finest big volume white water adventure trip in the world, popular between thrill seeking rafters. At Karnali River one can enjoy the biggest as well as the most interesting white water rafting in Nepal. The wild karnali becomes more wild after it is joined to Seti River. During the rafting, a rafter could get enough time to relax and view the greenery of forest areas. Karnali River has many different fish species such as the Golden Mahseer and the Rainbow Rout. It makes a journey more impressive and extra interesting.

Karnali The lowland trek combined with some of the most beautiful canyons found in Nepal makes Karnali rafting/kayaking one of the most memorable river trips available in this country and it is often a favorite river trip of guides and rafters alike. There is a wide variety of fauna and flora including dense forests, jungle and also remote villages.

After monsoon rains the rapids of Karnali River are demanding and huge, though relatively straightforward. As the river flows through some quite narrow canyons the flow of the water increases, as does the frequency of the rapids. In low water the demands on the rafter are more technical, though equally exciting.

Karnali rafting is an ideal trip for those wanting a more unique experience of Nepal, stunning scenery, great river action and all the benefits of a long river trip in Nepal. It has the added advantage of the take out point being ideally situated for those wishing to visit Bardia National Park. Karnali River is one of the best river in Nepal for fishing!

Season                                Grading       Water Volume

September – December          5                  Approx.550 cumecs

January – May                         5-               Approx. 300 cumecs

June – August               Not runable        Approx. 1350 cumecs



Karnali Rafting from Kathmandu to Kalyandada via Birendranagar involves a 22 hour bus journey. (Or a one hour flight to Birandranagar, on additional cost, then a 2 hour bus journey). From Kalyandada there is a 2 to 3 hour trek to Kareleghat, the put-in point for rafting on Karnali River. Porters transport all the rafting equipment and other necessities for the river trip. The 180km river action takes between 6 to 7 days. Bus transportation is provided from the take-out point of Karnali river rafting at Chisapani to either Pokhara (10 hours) or Kathmandu (16 hours). There is an orientation meeting early in the evening before the trip, providing you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, to meet your fellow rafters and your raft guide and team.


Cost Details

Cost Included

  • All meals during the rafting and trekking period.
  • All necessary rafting permit.
  • All ground transportation bus/van.
  • Guide, cook and other helper, their wages, meal, insurance etc.
  • All rafting, kitchen and camping equipment.


Cost Excluded

  • Cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during trip.
  • All hotel accommodation
  • Emergency evacuation Insurance.


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