Karnali River – 10 Days

Departure Date



10 Days



Maximum Seats

Duration: 10 days
Price: $1055
Depature Date : 2023
Class: III-V
Activity: Rafting
River: Karnali

The Karnali lies in the western part of the nation in what is called the “Wild West” of Nepal, an area only recently opened for tourism. It is Nepal’s mightiest river and most experienced river travelers, who have rafted or kayaked down the Karnali, agree that it is one of the best trips offered anywhere.

Rising in the vicinity of Tibet’s holy Mount Kailash, the Karnali carves the Himalayan landscape into a series of magnificent gorges and canyons as it descends slowly into the forests of western Nepal. On this river you can expect exceptionally big-volume rafting through jungles inhabited by nomads, deserted beaches and small villages. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river level to swell drastically and create the extremes of whitewater rafting.

In high water, the Karnali is a serious undertaking, with fairly straightforward yet huge rapids. Even at lower levels, it is still not a walk in the park as the rapids become more constricted and the gradient steeper. One highlight of this classic river journey is a 7km long gorge, “thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride,” with rapids at every bend. Although we must admit, any season suits the Karnali.

Spring 2024 Departure Dates

  • 11th Mar - 20th Mar

  •  26th Mar - 4th Apr  

  •  7th Apr - 16th Apr

  • 21th Apr - 30th Apr  

  • 02nd May - 11th May

  • 26 Oct- 04 Nov     

Fall 2024 Departure Dates

  • 07 Oct-16 Oct     

  • 18 Oct - 27Oct     

  • 26 Oct- 04 Nov     

  • 09 Nov- 18 Nov     

  • 21Nov - 30 Nov

  • Shorts / half pants

  • T-shirts

  • Sport sandals or comfortable shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet

  • Quick dry long shirts

  • Swimwear

  • Track pants / comfortable long pants

  • Warm fleece

  • Jacket (waterproof shell)

  • Socks

  • Comfortable Shoes for trekking and rafting (Tamur River)

  • Warm hat (in cold months) and sunglass

  • Travel towel

  • Toiletries/Sunscreen / sunscreen lip protection

  • Mosquito repellant

  • Water bottle

  • Head lamp / flash light

  • Personal first aid kit

  • Sleeping bag (if you do not have one – we will provide a complimentary rental)

  • A little cash for treats,

What's Included

  • Transportation to the put-in point and back from the put-out point

  • Lunch

  • Internationally certified rafting guides and safety kayakers

  • State-of-the-art rafting equipment and safety gear (including dry bags, helmets, life vests, etc.)

  • River permits

What's Not Included

  • Personal insurance

  • Emergency evacuation

  • Clothing and footwear

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Any expenses/items of a personal nature

The Western Bend

Meeting time/Place:
06:00 am/ Sales office, Kathmandu

Departure time:
06:30 am from Sales office, Kathmandu

Put in Point:
Dungeswor, Dailekh

Take out point:

Rafting distance:
180 km

River Grade:
IV – V

Time on Water:
5-6 Hours each Day with 1 Layover

 Bus ride to the Put-in:
2 days

Return Journey:
Overnight ride

Full Board

Flight Option:
Available both ways

Age restrictions:
15 – 70 years old

Spring –   Mar-May

Fall –      Oct – Dec

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Tour Name Price Per Adult Price Per Child Available Seats Departure Date Duration
Karnali River – 10 Days $ 1,055 $ 0 100 Anytime 10 Days

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