Karnali is also known as the longest and biggest river of Nepal, emerges at Mt. Kailash, an holy mountain, and flows through the scenic flora and fauna. It features an easy one-day trekking from the nearest road access to the put in point. Along the journey, to encounter with the challenge of 3-5 class rapids is one pleasure and equally to experience the remote life through the dense of forest is another vitality of this trip. Just enough easier water to regroup and prepare for the next big challenge separates rapids like “Captivity”, Flip and Stripe, Gods House. Towards the end of the trip the river gradient begins to ease as the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows out in to the Genetic plains of the Terai. The dense of forest thickens as the river broadens, and the pristine beaches become bigger and more beautiful.
Departure Point : Kathmandu
Commencing Point : Sauli
Ending Point : Chisopani
Travel time outward : 14 hrs
Returned travel time : 12 hrs
River Grade : III to IV+
We meet at the Head office at 7AM with your personal gears. This is a long road suffer so be prepared with water, tit bit etc. we travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late/ early hours of the morning. You are able to have a sleep here.
After breakfast, we will take a truck as far the road goes until about Lunchtime. After lunch, we walk all afternoon to Sauli, the put-in point . A great walk which highlights just how “out there” you really are. You pass the local villages and spectacular scenery, then… you hear the river!
The river gives the team time to build and there is enough challenging rapids and Water flow to allow for learning errors.We still manage to get at least one great class IV rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.
This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is BIG and it is 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! Enjoy the ride all day and camp in this sensational setting.
More of the same including the notorious GOD’S HOUSE rapids. Don’t forget to take in the bird life, which is equally as abundant as lush vegetation. Camp and relax.
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 breath taking scenery.
This is holiday after all, so we have programmed a rest day. You can take a time to enjoy your surrounding and relax on a sandy beach.
While paddling through the marvelous river gorge, we have chance to face the challenge of heart-touched rapids before the river’s confluence with Seti (western Seti).
The day of tranquility to enjoy the scenery and ethno-cultural life the real Nepalese people. You will also be inspired and instructed how to rolling and running kayaks by our expert kayakers. So that, you will have enjoyed not only the rafting but also the diverse activities.
Having paddled so many days in this river of paradise, we will unwantingly give up paddling after Lunch. Our bus is waiting for us. Those who are going to Bardia National Park (highly recommended) for Jungle Safari, this is the place from to Bardia.
Arrive early in the morning in Kathmandu or Pokhara. What a tremendous journey!!!