Karnali River Rafting

Trip Facts

  • Cost Start FromContact Us
  • Duration 22 Days
  • Trip Difficulty Moderate
  • TransportationNA
  • DestinationNepal
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About Trip

Karnali River Rafting is a highly technical raft through the Karnali River offering huge and demanding rapids accompanied by a great landscape and rural cultural villages. The bus ride from Kathmandu to Kalyandada via Birendranagartakes around 22 hours which can be broken down to a flight to Birendranagar from where Kalyandada is a two-hour drive.

We take a three-hour trek to Kareleghat, the put-in point for rafting on Karnali River. All the rafting equipment and other necessities for the river trip are transferred by porters without much haste. There is an orientation meeting early in the evening before the trip, where you ask any questions concerning the trip and also meet your fellow rafters and your raft guide and team. The raft is a tough 180km river action that takes around six to seven days. Bus transportation is provided at Chisapani, the take-out point of Karnali river rafting to either Pokhara (10 hours) or Kathmandu (16 hours).


The trek along lowlands of Karnali combined with some of the most beautiful canyons found in Nepal makes Karnalirafting/kayaking a memorable river trip available in this country and is a favorite river trip of guides and rafters as well. The route passes through remote villages and awide variety of fauna and flora including dense forests.

The rapids encountered in Karnali River are demanding and huge after monsoons, though relatively straightforward. The course of the river passes through some narrow canyons where the speed of flow increases along with the frequency of the rapids. Low water rafting demands more technicality of the rafter and is equally exciting.

Karnali River Rafting is an ideal trip forunique experience of Nepal: stunning scenery, great river action along the long rivers. The location of taking out point is ideally situated for those wishing to visit Bardia National Park is an added advantage. Karnali River is also considered one of the best in Nepal for fishing.

What we provide

Along with our high-quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit.

We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. Tents and sleeping mats are also provided. Sleeping Rafting Gearsbag can be supplied upon request.

All the equipment used during the journey is of the high quality, clean and well maintained.

What to bring

A pair of shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for the river, suitable footwear for the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel, sun block and your camera is all that is required. A flashlight would also be useful.

What you need to tell us

Please tell us if you are a non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. Also, it is essential that you inform us of any medical conditions that may affect your well being on the trip.

Don’t forget to request vegetarian meals if required.


White Water Nepal takes the safety of its clients very seriously. All our guides are licensed, with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal and other European countries. All are trained in CPR, First Aid, and advanced river rescue techniques.

Detail Itinerary

Trip Note

Above itinerary can be re-designed as per your interest & preferences. Let us know whether you would like some changes