About Karnali River Rafting

The Karnali River runs through the undiscovered Wild West of Nepal.  It is considered Nepal’s largest and longest waterway. In fact, the river has origins at snowy Mount Kailash to the northwest of Nepal in remote Tibet. Kailash is a sacred peak with great religious significance. Hindus regard it as the very home of Shiva and Parvati and the center of the universe itself. Floating along the Karnali’s waters in far western Nepal will be an experience of a lifetime.

The waters plunge down from the snowy mountains and through green foothills as they make their way to the fertile plains. Of the many choices we offer for river running from east to west, the Karnali River is one of the most remote and exciting adventures. It is not easily accessed which makes it even more of an alluring experience undertaken by few. The river takes rafters through charming valleys, exciting rapids, relaxing currents, and inviting beaches. Drifting down the Karnali River can also be the perfect way to unwind and refresh after a long trek or to simply escape life on the solid ground for a while.

Our river rafting adventures are both thrilling and safe, suitable for all levels. The valleys we raft through and their rivers offer a rejuvenating blend of smooth waters and rugged rapids.
As we float along the Karnali we take in all the beauty Nepal has to offer including rural farmland, lush landscapes, jungles, remote villages, glimpses of white peaks and perhaps observing wild animals in their natural settings. Nepal’s diverse landscape offers something spectacular at every bend in the river. The Karnali reaches Bardia National Park with rare and exotic wildlife and a visit to the park before or after a rafting adventure is an ideal combination.

A great length of the Karnali is available for rafting, and we have many options for a rafting adventure, up to a week and longer and from easy stretches to thrilling chutes and drops. The Karnali can be rafted at any time of the year and even in the monsoon when the extra flow provides more excitement.

The river adventure is broken up by slow-paced rest stops on sandy beaches for meals and a resort camp under the starry skies.

Throughout the excitement, we follow the highest safety standards and have your well-being as our top concern.  Our journeys are safe and enjoyable. Our crew of trained specialists has years of experience guiding on this river and we provide the best gear and are always accompanied by safety kayakers looking out for you.

Please Note: There are additional options for more exploration in the area that can follow a river adventure including trekking, a Bardia jungle safari and more. If you have the time and the interest, just let us know and we can combine this rafting trip with other adventures.  

Outline Itinerary

  • Day 1Fly from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to Surkhet. Overnight at hotel.
  • Day 2Drive from Surkhet to Sauli. Driving 5 hours. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 3Rafting from Sauli to River Bank. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 4Rafting from River Bank to God House. Overnight at tented camp
  • Day 5Rafting from God House to Seti Dovan. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 6Rafting from Seti Dovan to Jamuna Village. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 7-10Rafting from Jamuna Village to Chisapani. Overnight at tented camp.
  • Day 11Drive from Chisapani to Kathmandu.
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What's Included

Price Includes

  • All ground Transportation including airfare.
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits   (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety equipment.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc) including their food, salary, accommodation, insurance, transport etc.
  • Tented accommodation with camp fire.
  • First aid kid box.
  • River Permit.
  • Government taxes.

Price Excludes:

  • Bar bill and beverage.
  • Hotel accommodations & meals, if you stay anywhere at the hotel during the trip.
  • Any personal expenses.
  • Member insurance should include medical and evacuation.
  • Tip to Staffs.
Departure note

Our Karnali River Rafting adventures can be arranged at any time of year and we have frequent departures from Kathmandu that can be personalized to accommodate specific wishes and timetables. 

Useful Information


All the tented camp accommodations as per the itinerary are included in the package cost. And all the accommodations are as per twin sharing basis unless you are of different gender. The private tent can be provided upon request with some additional charge.


Nepal is such an easy place to get several vegetarian options so no worries if you are a vegetarian or vegan. You can enjoy typical Nepali food as well as continental, Italian, Indian and Tibetan. Freshly cooked and hygienic dinner and breakfast are served at the camp and packed lunch will be served on the way to the next destination which will be prepared by our own chef. All the meals (B/L/D) are on full board basis during the rafting trip.

Rafting/Kayak Guide

An experienced and licensed Rafting and Kayak Guide will accompany you for the entire trip. Each boat with maximum 8 passengers will have a professional guide and a backup Kayak for safety and betterment in service. Our team believes that our customer care is the first priority.

Best Seasons

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best months for traveling in Nepal for trekking and other activities. Where normally days are sunny, the temperature is perfect, the sky is clear and Mountain remains crystal. But for the Rafting, Monsoon (June to August) and Autumn is the best time where the flow of the river and rapid is great.

Ground Transportation

Highway in Nepal is safe, however, sometimes transport can be halted due to landslide, strike or by political unrest. Add a cushion of a few extra days in your onward travel schedule, advised as a margin of safety for your international flight from Nepal. We, therefore, advise that you schedule at least an extra day cushion in your itinerary to avoid conflicts with international flights out of Nepal. In that case, High Camp Adventure can arrange activities with your additional days in Kathmandu before your flight home.