Karnali River Rafting

10 Days

Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali, originates from Mount Kailash in Tibet, a sacred site in both Buddhist and Hindu beliefs. As it flows south into Nepal, it becomes a crucial drainage system for the western districts, descending into dramatic canyons with powerful white water before meandering into remote areas of pristine jungle teeming with wildlife, birds, and prized fish like the mahseer.

The first segment of the Karnali River journey, often described as a “thrill a minute roller coaster ride,” offers exhilarating white water excitement through the “wild west” of Nepal. The latter part of the trip transitions into more moderate and gentle rapids, culminating in a relaxed float through untouched wilderness. The Karnali River concludes its course at Bardia National Park, renowned for its remoteness and rich biodiversity, including tigers, rhinos, crocodiles, deer, sloth bears, monkeys, diverse birdlife, and mahseer fish.

Considered one of the finest rafting rivers globally, the Karnali offers a truly authentic and remote self-support river expedition. Combining extreme white water excitement with a long, tranquil float through pristine wilderness, this journey is an ideal choice for those seeking an immersive and unforgettable river adventure.


Duration: 8-10 days Trip Grade:
Country: Activity: River Rafting
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Karnali River Rafting

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    • Bhutan
    • India
    • Nepal
    • Tibet
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    • Jungle Safari in Nepal
    • Rafting in Nepal
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