Karnali is Nepal’s longest river and a big volume river. For rafters it is one of the best in the world. It rises in Tibet (China) and flows along with its tributaries through far western remote hills and forests of Nepal. It covers the distance of 507 kilometers. It carves its way through the Tibetan plateau and through the Himalaya into Nepal’s lush western forests. After the snow melt, this river becomes a raging torrent with huge rapids which offers brilliant rafting and kayaking. A highlight is the 7km long gorge which is one long raging rapid that sucks you in one end and spits you out the other(in one piece). This is one of the Nepal’s must do Rivers Rafting on the river Karnali has been recently opened to tourism.
Karnali river provides lots more Grade 4 and above including well-known rapids such as Flip & Strip, Jailhouse Rock, Juicer and the notorious God’s House – a Grade 5 monster with a hole the size of a bus. Holes are areas of whitewater that rush over drops in the river. The water rolls back on itself creating a hydraulic tumbling motion that can swallow kayaks and slam a raft upside-down in a heartbeat.
Arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport where you will be welcomed by Trek Himalayan representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the afternoon is free until evening when you’ll be briefed about rafting followed by welcome drinks .Overnight in Kathmandu
Your guide will meet you at your hotel in the morning to begin your city tour of Kathmandu.You will visit the Boudhanath temple, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal, Pashupatinath, a Hindu pilgrimage site, and possibly view cremation ceremonies along the banks of the Bagmati River. Continue drive to Patan Durbar Square to see the ancient Nepalese architecture and end your tour after lunch.Then, you will visit the Patan museum. Overnight in Kathmandu
We drive to Surkhet, Mid-West of Nepal in the early morning and stay overnight in camp. Our first camp will be right next to a beautiful, refreshing spring where you can bathe and meet the local people who are busy with their daily chores.
After a hearty breakfast, we start driving further west on a dirt road for another 7 hours to Tallo Dhungeshwor. After lunch we walk to the put-in point at Sauli. A great walk highlights spectacular scenery, and then… you hear the roaring sound of the river! We set up our camp at the river bank.
After a comprehensive safety briefing we start our rafting on the Karnali River. The river starts on an easy but entertaining level, with rapids getting more exciting in the afternoon. Cotton Pony, Sweetness and Light will be the first few rapids you will tackle.
After breakfast we begin our second day rafting expedition experiencing Jail House Rock, Inversion and some other major rapids today. Along the way, we explore waterfalls and in the late afternoon pass through a deep gorge. Deer are commonly seen drinking water on the river banks. We will enjoy the ride all day and overnight camp in a sensational setting.
This is extreme white-water rafting at its best. The whole day is spent running many large and exciting rapids (God’s House) in a team work. You will enjoy looking around the bird life as abundant as the lush vegetation. Overnight in camp
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 breathetaking scenery. If you like, you can also enjoy fishing. Some villages are seen along the river bank.
Take a rest day so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings and relax on a great sandy beach. You hear an orchestra of birds to sooth your feelings.
Today you will see the rapids dying off as you come out of the gorge. We pass out the confluence of other small river where the Karnali River broadens. Today and the next day we will have a chance to enjoy our river journey admiring the ancient villages you pass. You will also see the other kayakers in action and will no doubt be inspired. Overnight in camp
This is the final day of river. We end this trip in the early afternoon at Chisopani Bridge & lunch is served there. Then, we drive to Bardia National Park. Upon arrival at the Park, the resort representative will meet you and transfer to the resort. In the lobby you will be offered complimentary refreshment drinks and the operation manager will brief you about the package program and facilities. Overnight in resort
Enjoy dugout canoe trip or visit to the Elephant Breeding Farm. After breakfast an ox-cart ride or a jeep drive around the park. After breakfast visit to Crocodile Breeding Center, Elephant ride & visit Tharu village & Dinner
After tea/coffee, go for bird watching tour. Back to the hotel for breakfast and after breakfast make departure to Kathmandu.
On this pleasant day you may have a full day at leisure either relax at hotel or explore the around Thamel. Or, you may do your last minute shopping for souvenirs or gift to your family, friends or relatives.
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