Karnali River Rafting

The Karnali River is known by many experienced river rafters who have rafted or kayaked down the Karnali as one of the best white water trips anywhere.

Rising in the vicinity of Tibet’s holy Mount Kailash, the Karnali gushes through a series of magnificent gorges and canyons from the high Himalayas as it descends slowly into the forests of western Nepal. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river level to swell drastically and create the extremes of white water rafting.

In high water the Karnali is a serious undertaking with huge rapids. Even at lower levels the river is not easy, 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’ where there is a rapid at almost every bend. Truly though, any season suits the Karnali.

More of a expedition than a rafting trip we begin with a bus journey into the remote and almost untouched region of western Nepal,crossing through part of the Bardia National Park. An alternative is to fly to Nepalgunj then make a 5 hour bus journey to Surkhet. From here there is another drive of around 4 hours, to get to Kalyani Danda, the last stop. The river section lasts 7 days including one rest day. At the end of the trip, you can choose to take a detour to Bardia National Park for a Safari.

Itinerary in Detail 

Day 01:Arrival at Kathmandu International Airport and transfer to hotel

Day 02:This day is spent on Preparation for the journey to come.

Day 03:Fly from Kathmandu to Biratnagar and from Biratnagar to Suketar (2300m) Taplejung

Day 04:Trek from Taplejung to Mitlung.

Day 05:Trek from Mitlung to Chirwa.

Day 06:Trek from Chirwa to Sekhatum.

Day 07:Trek from Sekhatum to Amjilesa.

Day 08:Trek from Amjilesa to Gyabla.

Day 09:Trek from Gyabla to Ghunsa.

Day 10:Trek from Ghunsa to Khambachen.

Day 11:Trek from Khambachen to Lhonak.

Day 12:Trek from Lhonak to Pang Pema.

Day 13:Trek from Pang Pema to Kanchenjunga Base Camp.

Day 14:Rest day at Base Camp for acclimatization

Day 15-34:Climbing period of Kanchenjunga

Day 35:Trek from Base Camp to Pang Pema.

Day 36:Trek from Pang Pema to Lhonak.

Day 37:Trek from Lhonak to Ghunsa.

Day 38:Trek from Ghunsa to Selely.

Day 39:Trek from Selely to Mirgin La to Tseram.

Day 40:Trek from Mirgin La -Tseram to Oktang-Torotan.

Day 41:Trek from Oktang -Torotan to Omje Khola.

Day 42:Trek from Omje Khola to Mamanke.

Day 43:Trek from Mamanke to Bhanjyang.

Day 44:Trek from Bhanjyang to Lali Kharka.

Day 45:Trek from Lali Kharka to Suketar.

Day 46:Fly from Suketar to Kathmandu.

Day 47:Rest day in Kathmandu.

Day 48:Transfer to airport for your onward destination.


(The cost varies with the number of trekkers in the group. Please contact us with the number of trekkers for the exact quote)