Karnali River Rafting

12 Days

The Karnali River Rafting has gained popularity as a rafting destination due to its fast-flowing water and narrow gorges. Originating from Mt. Kailash in Tibet, Karnali is the largest and longest river in Nepal.

If you are seeking an exhilarating and scenic rafting experience, the Karnali River Rafting is the perfect trip for you. It offers breathtaking views and an adrenaline-pumping rafting adventure. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit the Bardiya National Park at the end of the trip. The swift and lively water will enhance your overall experience as you navigate through various jungles and set up camps.

This journey will undoubtedly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The crystal-clear waters of Karnali flow amidst lush green hills, creating a picturesque landscape. Rafting in Karnali will expose you to class III, IV, and V rapid sections. Moreover, Karnali is renowned for its fishing opportunities.

The trip commences with a day-long drive to Surkhet, followed by another day’s drive to Sauli, which serves as the starting point for the rafting adventure. From Sauli, you will enjoy continuous rafting for 3 to 4 days until reaching Jamuna Village. A day’s break will be taken at Jamuna Village before resuming rafting the following day towards Chisapani, where the journey concludes. In your remaining time, you can explore the popular Bardiya National Park. Throughout the rafting trip, we will set up camps for overnight stays. Finally, we will return to Kathmandu from Chisapani, which also involves a long drive.

Karnali River Rafting Outline Itinerary

  • Day 01: Arrival in Nepal
  • Day 02: Sightseeing and preparation for trek
  • Day 03: Drive to Surkhet
  • Day 04: Drive to Sauli
  • Day 05: Rafting and camping on the beach
  • Day 06: Rafting and set up between jungle
  • Day 07: Camping at the Seti Dovan
  • Day 08: Camping in Jamuna Village
  • Day 09: Rest day
  • Day 10: End of the raft at Chisopani
  • Day 11: Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 12: Departure

Trip Info

  • Most Places
  • 2320m
  • Whole Year
  • Thamel, Kathmandu
  • 16


  • Starting Point: Surkhet
  • Ending point: Chisapani
  • Trip Difficulty: Difficult
  • No of Days: 12 days
  • Best Season: Spring and Autumn
  • Accommodations: Camping and Hotels
  • Average raft per day: 4 to 5 hours
  • Group size: 1-15 max

Karnali River Rafting Highlights

  • Rafting in the longest and largest river of Nepal.
  • Explore the untouched part of the Far Western region.
  • Visit the Bardiya National Park.
  • A thrilling experience in the rapidly flowing white water.
  • Camp nights in the middle of jungles.
  • Really long rapid of 7 km gorge.
  • Wild and classic experience.

Detail Itinerary

Meals: Dinner

Hello from Nepal!!

It’s your arrival day in Nepal. Our representative will pick you up from the airport and drop you at the hotel. You can take a shower have some rest and manage your stuff in the hotel. We will meet you at the dinner in the evening and introduce you to the group. You can enjoy a delicious local Nepali cuisine dinner.

Overnight stay at the hotel of Kathmandu.

Trip Duration: 7 to 8 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will take a day to embrace the beauty of Kathmandu. We will start off with a plate of warm breakfast. Then we will start to sight see the popular cultural heritages and historical sites available in Kathmandu like: Pahupatinath Temple, Swayambu Monkey Temple, Boudhanath, Patan Durbar Square, Basantapur Durbar Square, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, etc.

Finishing the sightseeing day we will return back to the hotel and prepare the bags for the trip. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Drive Duration: 13 to 15 hours

Travelled km: 596.3 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Early in the morning we will pick you up from the hotel and we will join the drive to Surkhet. We will be driving towards the far western side of Nepal. The journey goes through flats of the terai region. We will pass through rivers, hill views, and small villages. The journey is long so we will reach Surkhet by the evening.

If some disturbance came during the way or it will take a bit long we might reach Surkhet by the next morning. Overnight stay in Surkhet.

Drive Duration: 5 hours

Travelled km: 180 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will have our breakfast in Surkhet and continue to drive to Sauli. The Karnali region is very far from Kathmandu, it lies in the end part of Nepal so we will have longs drives to reach there. We will take a lunch break at Dungeshwar. During this drive you can see the unspoiled and untouched beautiful village sites.

After reaching Sauli we will go for a short rafting to reach the bank of Karnali and set up our camps for the night.

Rafting hour: 4 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today we will officially begin our rafting. We will begin the day with a sweet breakfast, and then set off for the rafting. Today we have a wild section to complete. The river flow is wild in his part of the river. We will get at least one great class IV rapid in. We will be rafting for around 4 hours today.

Then we will take a break and continue an hour of rating to reach the beach. We will set up the camp and spend a night there.

Rafting hours: 6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today you will be able to get the real taste of rating in Himalayan water. We are going for a continuous rafting ride and enter the jungle clad. With all efforts and team work we will complete this rafting. Today has a rough section.

You will get to enjoy the thrilling raft journey. For the night, we will set up our camp in between the jungle.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Today we will have some breakfast in our camp and then head towards Seti Dovan. Continuing our raft through lush vegetation, we will reach Seti Dovan. We will set up our camp here for the night. You can enjoy this beautiful untouched place and explore it.

Rafting Duration: 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Continue our paddle; we will head towards Jamuna Village today. After having breakfast, the whole crew will set off to the river. You will have some of the greatest view during the rafting. After we reach the Jamuna Village, we will set up our camps and sightsee the village areas.

Overnight stay in the camp.

Day 9 :
Rest day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

You might have been tired by the continuous rafting for longs days. So today you can rest and relax, take a day off. You can enjoy the nearby places of the village. It is an optional day but if you are not tired and want to continue the journey, you are always welcome to do so. Overnight stay in Jamuna Village.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

We will end our thrilling raft at the Chisopani Bridge. The rafting continues to Seti River and passing the village we will stop at the Chisapani. You can also have a visit to Bardiya National Park. You can see many types of wild animals and unique species there. Or you can even choose to go back to Kathmandu in night bus which is optional.

Overnight stay in Chisopani.

Drive Duration: 9 to 10 hours

Travelled km: 527 km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Finishing our adventurous journey, we will head back to Kathmandu. It is a long ride to Kathmandu from here. We will take short lunch break in the middle and continue to drive. We might reach Kathmandu by the evening. We will drop you at the hotel. You can have dinner and rest well.

Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

Day 12 :

Today you will be leaving Nepal. It is the end of the thrilling and adventurous journey in the rivers of Nepal. Our representative will help you drive to airport as per you flight time. We wish you a safe journey and hope to see you again in Nepal.


Price Includes

  • Airport pick up & final departure by private vehicle.
  • All needed ground transportation mention on the itinerary.
  • An excellent government licensed holder guide including all his meals, accommodation, salary, transportation, insurance & many more…
  • All needed permit & national park fees.
  • Government tax & service charge.
  • All monument and tourism entrance costs.

Price Excludes

  • Tips to guide
  • Extra an activities, in case if you have an extra day on your holidays.
  • All kind of drinks as like mineral water, beer, tea, coffee, juice, Coke, Fanta, and hard drinks.
  • Travel insurance.


How danger is Karnali River for rafting?

No, Karnali River is not at all a danger river for rafting. In fact, Karnali is listed in the top most popular rafting rivers of Nepal. The river is swift flowing and has long durations of rafting in the remote parts of Nepal but it is totally safe to raft in Karnali River.

The government has also provided permits to rafting companies to establish in this area.

How long will it take to complete this Karnali River Rafting?

Since Karnali lies in the ending part of Nepal, it will take you long to complete the journey. If you use flights then the days might be less. It will take you 2 days to reach the starting point of rafting. If you are travelling by bus it will take long 10 to 12 hours of drive each day until you reach the main point.

And you will also be rating for 4 to 5 days so in total it might take you 10 to 14 days in average to complete this trip.

Where does Karnali River lie?

Karnali River lies in the Far western part of Nepal. The river lies between the Himalayan ranges of Dhaulagiri in Nepal and Nanda Devi in Uttarakhand. The Karnali River is the longest as well as the largest river of Nepal. The river lies in the rain shadow of mountains.

Can I join rafting alone in Nepal?

You can join the trip alone but at the time of rafting you will have to mix up with the other teams. Rafting is not meant to be alone. We never recommend you to raft alone in the swift flowing rivers of Nepal.

You will always be rafting in a team which also includes the experts and instructors.

Why should I join Karnali River Rafting?

Karnali River is best for some classic and high range river rafting. You can raft for longer days in this route. The river flow speed id high to give you grade IV section of rafting. It is the longest river of Nepal which will give you a longer period of rafting.

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Karnali River Rafting
From $2,000
/ Adult