Great karnali Quest Karnali Rafting Expedition – 13 Days

Departure Date



13 Days



Maximum Seats

Duration: 13 days
Price: $1225 person for rafters
Price: $1350 person for kayakers
Depature Date : 2023
Class: III-V
Activity: Rafting
River: Karnali

Day-to-day general itinerary

Day1/ 21st Nov
Meet the group at our sales office in Kathmandu at 06:00 am. Valuable storage with us if you trust or can be done with your hotel. Walk down to the main road to hop on your rafting bus.6:30 am depart from Kathmandu. B/F on the way or can be done in Kathmandu, just arrange a night before. Continue the bus ride, stop for Nepali lunch at local hotel along the Mahendra H/W. Continue the journey, tea time arou4 pm. Continue ride till we reach to the local town call Kohalpur for the night (we eat dinner at this place). So we expect 16-17 hrs of bus ride in total or might be less depending on traffic.

Day2/22nd Nov
Tea and B/F at the same hotel or somewhere else, TL decides. If it needs, we drive to the Nepalgunj airport to pick up the client. To and from the airport is about an hour. Once we have every one, we begin our bus ride to the last big town call Surkhet where we eat Nepali lunch. We need airport pick up at Surkhet if we have client flying from Kathmandu. Last minutes shopping can be done here. From here we drive to Karnali River Ragham our put-in point, takes 8/9 hrs approx. We would reach the river by Evening. Unload the gear bus. Set up camp. There will be briefing on camp system/safety. Dinner will be served by 8 pm.

Day 3 /23rd Nov:
Observe the rituals ceremony of the Great Karnali Quest (preparation, reception, inauguration – showcase the Khasa culture with Deuda, the ceremony begins with an opening speech or announcement explaining the purpose and goals of the event. Participants and spectators may gather near the water’s edge to watch the race. Throughout the ceremony, there is usually a strong emphasis on the cause and the positive Impact the events aim to save the last and free flowing crystal Himalayan River the Karnali.

Day 4 / 24th Nov
Race flag from Rakam and then we prepare ourselves for the continue river Journey. After tea/coffee pack up your dry bag (guides will show you). Have breakfast, load/rig the rafts. Safety brief delivering / training and practice on paddling. Be ready for some massive waves. Camping after hitting the big rapid @Dap

Day 5/ 25th Nov
Raft down to Dungeshwor.

Day6 / 26th Nov
After tea/coffee pack up your dry bag (guides will show you). Have breakfast, load/rig the rafts. Be ready for some massive waves. Camping after hitting the big rapid call Sweetness and Light on river right.

Day7/ 27th Nov
Rafting (some major rapids are Shake Rattle and Roll, Human for Lunch, Jail House Rock, Inversion. Camp on Scorpion Beach).

Day8 28th Nov
Layover (chances to be on kayak/short hike depending on your TL) on the same beach.

Day/9- 29th Nov
Raft and camp (hit some big rapids such as, God’s House, Juicer, Freight Train and more). River West Seti joins into Karnali.

Day/10- 30th Nov
Raft on flat water section mostly (a bit relaxation but great chance to be on Kayak for learners).

Day/- 1st Dec
Raft and relaxation. Camping would be close to Bheri river confluence.

Day/12- 2nd Dec
Short rafting and take out at Chisa Pani (Karnali Bridge at Bardia National Park). Unload, de-rig rafts, have lunch at local hotel. Option to visit the National park. Bus journey back to Kathmandu, takes approximately 17 hour there is a flight option (Nepalgunj-Kathmandu). Take out point to airport is 2 hrs drive by private van

Day/13- 3rd Dec
Arrive back Kathmandu in the morning. Find your hotel. Grab your stuff from our office if it needs. We have post trip meal party in the town.

Furthermore, if you are hectic with long bus ride, there is flight options to be chose- both ways

KTM-Nepalgunj ($ 129 one way / $ 258 for round) KTM-Surkhet ($ 213 one way) Please also note that return flight from the trip would only be recommended for Nepalgunj to you.

Spring 2023 Departure Dates

  • 06 Mar-15 Mar   

  •  07Apr -16Apr   

  •  12 Mar- 21Apr     

  • 24 Apr-03 May     

  • 05 May-14 May

Fall 2023 Departure Dates

  • 07 Oct-16 Oct     

  • 18 Oct - 27Oct     

  • 29 Oct- 07 Nov     

  • 09 Nov- 18 Nov     

  • 21Nov - 30 Nov

  • Shorts / ½ 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-Karnali

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

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

Put in Point:
Rakham , 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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