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Karnali River Rafting

Facts of the trip

Trip Code: KRR22
Trip Duration: 10 days
Max. Altitude: 2000
Grade: Challenging
Program Type: Rafting
Trek Start Point: Kathmandu
Trek End Point: Kathmandu
Accommodation: Teahouse / Camping
Meals: Breakfast, lunch , Dinner with tea/coffee
Mode of Travel: Land
Transportation: Car / Bus / Flight
Minimum Pax: 4+
Best season: March - June / September-November
Karnali River Rafting:-Karnali River Rafting is  located in far west of Nepal is one of the most isolated and least explored areas of the Himalays. Only recently opened to foreigners, this region offers some tremendous challenges and rewards.
Karnali River Rafting , Nepal’s mightiest river, descends through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent gorges and pristine forest. It rise high in Tibet near Mount Kailash, the four-sided mountain which is holy to Buddhists and Hindus as the center of the universe and the source of four mighty rivers-the Sutlej, Brahmaputra, the Indus and the Karnali. Emerging onto the Terai the river flows through the Royal Bardia Wildlife Park and continues across the Northern Plains of India to the Bay of Bangal.
We drive from Kathmandu about 10 AM and get Surkhet about five Am next day morning. Then we have a breakfast at Surkhet and take a three hours drive to Kalyandanda through dirt road. We will have lunch here and walk about 1 and half hour to Great Loop.
In traditional Nepalese fashion, dozens of porters carry all our equipment as we trek along narrow trails to the “Great Loop”of the Karnali. Loading all food and gear into our raft, we venture onto the river to challenge some of the world’s best whitewater. A “thrill a minute roller coaster ride” takes us through a spectacular sun drenches land of steep wooded canyons, deserted beaches, and small villages.
Langur Monkeys study our progress from the verdant forest and Himalayan Tahr, black bear, deer, jackals, and elusive leopards are still abundant. Gharial and Mugger crocodiles bask in the final canyon. The Karnali is also renowned as one of Nepal’s premier fishing river with Masheer, a form of fresh water perch, and giant catfish.
The Karnali combines small trekking in a seldom visited part of the Himalayas and exceptional rafting through tropical jungle, and the option of a wildlife safari in the best reserve in Asia. This is a classic big volume river at all flows. If you are looking for a long wilderness expedition this is the journey for you.

Most experienced river travellers who have rafted or kayaked down the Karnali – Nepal’s mightiest river, will agree that it is one of the best trips offered anyhwere. Karnali lies in the western part of the kingdom in the whats called the ” Wild West” of Nepal, an area only recently opened to tourism. 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. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river levels to swell drastically and create the extremes of white water 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 7 km long gorge “Thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride” with rapids at every bend. Truly though, any season suits the Karnali.


Day 01 Drive to Birendra Nagar (Surkhet) from Kathamndu

Day 02 After breakfast rafting team moves via minibus to put-in point Dungeshwar

Day 03: It’s the day to take challenge with Karnali River

Day 04: After breakfast constant bumping into the Karnali

Day 05: Constant bumping into the Karnali rapids continues including notorious GOD’S HOUSE rapid. Camp at Seti Dovan over night.

Day 06: Keeping paddling into Karnali rapids you will experience what is Himalayan whitewater rafting.

Day 07: Its free day for paddle you too.

Day 08 & 09: Paddling starts with morning sun, bumping with Karnali

Day 10: With morning rafting we will come to an end of the rafting put-outs at Chasipani of Bardiay

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu from Chisapani, Bardiay about 23 hours.

Day 12 : Finally trip concludes reaching Kathmandu.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 01 Drive to Birendra Nagar (Surkhet) from Kathamndu about 23 hours by bus. You have to pass your first night inside the bus throughout the drive.

Day 02 After breakfast rafting team moves via minibus to put-in point Dungeshwar with 5 hours drive. Unspoiled scene of far western villages, farms and mountains will welcome you with natural stroke. After lunch there will be briefing about security, terrain and rapids by leader and guides. Over night in camp at the bank of Karnali.

Day 03: It’s the day to take challenge with Karnali River. Team organizes warm up rafting you will be trained for constant bumping on river rapids. Karnali has great class IV rapid. Over night in camp with full of excitement for next day.

Day 04: After breakfast constant bumping into the Karnali rapids of starts. Its the day to experience what people imagine about Himalayan whitewater. Its BIG and continuous passing through the Jungle Corridor rafting moves ahead as guide shouts “all forward.” Over night in camp.

Day 05: Constant bumping into the Karnali rapids continues including notorious GOD’S HOUSE rapid. Camp at Seti Dovan over night.

Day 06: Keeping paddling into Karnali rapids you will experience what is Himalayan whitewater rafting. Along side Karnali river you will view breathtaking natural setting. Over night in Camp.

Day 07: Its free day for paddle you too. All rafting team will enjoy great sandy beach with camp fire with its natural beauty.

Day 08 & 09: Paddling starts with morning sun, bumping with Karnali you as well as team will pass the confluence with Seti River. These two day gives chance to enjoy journey admiring the country and villages. These two days you will enjoy smooth rapids of Karnali with tented camp nights.

Day 10: With morning rafting we will come to an end of the rafting put-outs at Chasipani of Bardiay. Our trip concludes with lunch. It’s the point from where you can start visiting Bardia National Park (highly recommended!) or back to Kathmandu.

Day 11: Drive back to Kathmandu from Chisapani, Bardiay about 23 hours.

Day 12 : Finally trip concludes reaching Kathmandu.

Start Date End Date Price In US Dollar($) AVAILABILITY Booking
A private departures on any day all around the year can be arranged for this trek/tour, for more details and dates E-mail info@nepalfreelanceguide.com

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Your Program Duration = 10 days Days
All the Prices are in GBP (£) Per Person.

Cost Include

Cost Included

  • Private Transportation.
  • Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • River Permit for rafting
  • 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 and  medical   equipment.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook, Kitchen staff etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire Safety Kayak.
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership.
  • First aid kid box.

 

Cost Exclude

Cost not included

  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
  • Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip.
  • Emergency evacuation.
  • Things of personal use.
  • Member insurance.
  • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange).
  • Tips to Staff ( if you are happy with our staff service during the Rafting)
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  • Dammaru Niraula was our guide and confidant for our recent visit to Nepal. We went on a humanitarian visit to build a hothouse in the village of Phortse in the Khumbu region of Nepal but also included some trekking on a personal level before and after our project. Dammaru was a vital link in getting the project off the ground and…

    Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group  Australia
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  • Dammaru Niraula Trekking Guide Trip Leader I have had an association with Dammaru over the last three years. My first trek with Dammaru was to the Solu Khumbu region where he tailored a trek to suit our request to climb some remote passes and stay off the main tourist routes where possible. His knowledge of the area was very impressive and his attention to our safety was always his major concern. The second trek I did with Dammaru two years…

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  • Dear Dammaru I have been trekking to Ghorepani poon hill on Jan 07 for 6 days with Mr. Dammaru. Poonhill is so beautiful, so all I can do is just taking pictures on poon hill. If you were planning to trek in Nepal, I…

    Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
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  • I was a member of a group of nine friends from Northamptonshire in 204 from the UK, on a trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Apart from one member, we were all approaching or over the age of 60 and were all well aware of the difficulties we could encounter at Thorong La which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769…

    Philip Pomeroy  Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • Philip Pomeroy Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • British
  • My husband and I embarked on a trip to Nepal in October 2006. We were hoping to avoid the large tour groups and were referred to Himalayan Holidays based in Kathmandu as a provider of customized tours. We had looked on the net to determine the tour we wanted to undertake and spoke to many people and eventually decided 6-day on Ghorepani Poon…

    Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie  South Australia
    • Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie South Australia
    • Australia
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  • Dammaru Niraula was our guide and confidant for our recent visit to Nepal. We went on a humanitarian visit to build a hothouse in the village of Phortse in the Khumbu region of Nepal but also included some trekking on a personal level before and after our project. Dammaru was a vital link in getting the project off the ground and then as a support person in Nepal before, during and after. He completed the following tasks with the utmost professionalism and patience. Arranged transfer of a large number of funds from Australian bank account to Nepalese bank account. Communications with the village before we arrived to ensure the walls were built. Organized our itinerary and necessary bookings for the trekking part of our journey for 8 adults. Once we arrived in Nepal he then assisted us in purchasing all the gear we needed for the finishing of the hothouse. e.g. Polycarbonate roof sheeting and the many other bits of hardware necessary. Transport of the roofing etc to Phortse village via helicopter, plane, yak, and porter. As well as being a part of the project Dammaru also was our trekking guide for the duration of our trip of 5 weeks. He organized everything for us from the hotel, in Kathmandu and everything in between our trek to base camp. He is honest, reliable and always puts the customer first. I would have no hesitation in recommending Dammaru to anyone who is considering a trip to Nepal.

    Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group  Australia
    • Testimonial from Bell Howse with hothouse group Australia
  • Dammaru Niraula Trekking Guide Trip Leader I have had an association with Dammaru over the last three years. My first trek with Dammaru was to the Solu Khumbu region where he tailored a trek to suit our request to climb some remote passes and stay off the main tourist routes where possible. His knowledge of the area was very impressive and his attention to our safety was always his major concern. The second trek I did with Dammaru two years later. This trip was the culmination of a long term project to build hothouses in a village deep into the Solu Khumbu region. www.himalyanhothouse.org To complete this project Dammaru had a pivotal role in developing contacts, sourcing materials helping to manage the project finances. During the preparations for the Hothouse project, we found Dammaru to be honest, prompt and very hardworking. He also showed a great understanding of our requests and needs for the project to be successful. During the trek, itself Dammaru co-ordinated seven of our group and six porters as well as an extra climbing guide. He also acted as a very effective interpreter and liaison with the people of the village of Phortse. On a personal level, Dammaru is the most genuine man with a big heart. He shared the passion for our project and its humanitarian ideals. Once again our safety during the whole trek was his main concern. A phrase often used by Dammaru sums up his professional work ethic. Service is most important. I would not hesitate to recommend the services of Dammaru Niraula if you plan to undertake a trek or similar activity in Nepal.
    Ian Thwaity with hothouse group Australia
    • Ian Thwaity with hothouse group Australia
    • Australia
  • Dear Dammaru I have been trekking to Ghorepani poon hill on Jan 07 for 6 days with Mr. Dammaru. Poonhill is so beautiful, so all I can do is just taking pictures on poon hill. If you were planning to trek in Nepal, I would recommend you as one choice. His personality and professional guide skill makes me fun of Trekking and Nepal. so I am planning to go to Nepal again this August. He may meet all demand of you request on your trekking trip even though you join in the big group.  Because he has more over 10 years experience of  trekking guide for Many English and Japanese speaker. Actually, I have never met such a good Japanese speaker guide and I had no chance to speak in English with him. I can recommend him to all people who need great experience guide with English or Japanese. so you can get satisfaction for a great guide. Very Thanks,
    Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
    • Testimonial from Hajime / Tokyo.
    • Japan
  • I was a member of a group of nine friends from Northamptonshire in 204 from the UK, on a trek of the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal. Apart from one member, we were all approaching or over the age of 60 and were all well aware of the difficulties we could encounter at Thorong La which sits at an altitude of 5,416 meters (17,769 feet). Our group was led by Dammaru Niraula and we were most impressed by his leadership qualities. He introduced us gently to the lower altitudes and gradually encouraged us on longer and more arduous days of trekking. At Manang, he encouraged us to take a day trek up the lower slopes of Gangapurna and Annapurna III (see my photo below) and afterward to attend an altitude safety lecture in Manang. We are all convinced that, without his careful attention to altitude safety, we would not all have completed the trek over Thorong La and some of us at least would have joined the many trekkers who are forced to descend suffering from altitude sickness. We will always be eternally grateful to Dammaru and his team of Sherpas. Like many Nepalese, Dammaru has a very quiet and gentle nature with a keen sense of humor and fun. At first, he appears to be shy and reserved but is constantly attending to the needs of his guests, assessing their temperaments and abilities and adjusting the itinerary accordingly. After a few days in his care, you come to realize that you are in the hands of an experienced, competent and understanding mountain guide. I can recommend him too highly and know that he will continue to offer excellent trekking facilities in the Himalayas.
    Philip Pomeroy  Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • Philip Pomeroy Holcot, Northamptonshire, UK.
    • British
  • My husband and I embarked on a trip to Nepal in October 2006. We were hoping to avoid the large tour groups and were referred to Himalayan Holidays based in Kathmandu as a provider of customized tours. We had looked on the net to determine the tour we wanted to undertake and spoke to many people and eventually decided 6-day on Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. We live in a plain and therefore training for the trek was a challenge in itself. We spent our weekends climbing up and down a 700metre high hill that was regarded as sufficiently steep for our training needs. However, we were unsure of what to expect in Nepal and were concerned about our levels of fitness for the trek that we had in mind. We were introduced to our guide, Dammaru at the hotel we were staying in Kathmandu and our anxieties were quickly alleviated. This diminutive gentleman exuded confidence and assured us that he was able to accommodate our individual fitness levels and ensure that our time in his country was hassle free. And indeed he did! Without it being particularly noticeable, Dammaru controlled the tempo of our daily treks in order that the enjoyment factor always exceeded any physical discomfort. His relationship with the locals was both real & genuine which meant we never felt like intruders or uncomfortable in their presence. Dammaru's keen negotiation skills with the local tea house proprietors' meant the delay between arriving & unwinding from the challenges of our daily treks was minimal with the accommodation always being appropriate to our needs. His professionalism was faultless. He provided us with a wealth of information on all aspects of the history, culture, flora, and fauna of this remarkable country. Not only was he a fantastic guide, but his cheeky grin and sense of humor ensured Dammaru to be a fantastic traveling companion. Our dealings with Dammaru exceeded all expectations and we hope to make a return visit to this stunningly beautiful country.

    Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie  South Australia
    • Peter Smith & Jane Fairlie South Australia
    • Australia
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