Karnali River Rafting

Duration10 Days
Trip GradeClass IV/V
Group SizeMin. 2 Pax
StartsDungeswar Drive or Flight to Nepalgunj
EndsChisopani or Flight to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj
Travel StyleRafting, Sightseeing
Best TimeOctober – November or end of March – June

For multi-day rafting Regulus Suggests its guests Karnali River Rafting. It is rafting in the wilderness where you get the opportunity to spend life in some of the remote destinations of Nepal. Karnali River is the longest and largest river in Nepal.  The dense jungles, rich in biodiversity, villages with unique traditions and cultures, and sharing experiences with the ethnic group in a remote area are some of the highlights of Karnali River Rafting.


  • Epic whitewater rapids combined with relaxed float
  • Dramatic variety of intensely remote and pristine scenery
  • Awesome whitewater in combination with a gentle float trip
  • One of the most remote river expeditions in Nepal
  • Taking out at Bardia National Park, Nepal's largest jungle park
  • A 7 km gorge - basically one really long rapid!

Karnali River Location

Karnali is located in the Far Western Development Region of Nepal. It (Karnali Zone) is also known as Wild West in Nepal. The government of Nepal recently gave permission for rafting in the Karnali River. So, from this perspective, it is regarded as a virgin site for rafting where there are lots of things to explore.

Karnali is one of the popular rivers of Nepal that flows from Tibet. Mount Kailash is the source of the Karnali River. It is regarded as a sacred river in Tibet. The river cuts Himalayan landscapes and flows at rapid speed through various gorges and canyons before reaching the Western Part of Nepal.

Best Season For Rafting Karnali River 

Among experienced rafters and kayakers, Karnali is the much-preferred destination. Adventurers after experiencing Karnali Rafting simply agree that it is authentic river rafting where you fight against all the odds to enjoy the ultimate thrill and excitement. Rafting here also gives you an opportunity of fishing where you will get big fish.

The best time to enjoy the rafting in Karnali river is mid of the month October to the end of November and from the month of April to June.

Some facts about Karnali River Rafting 

Put-In        Dungeswar (17 hours drive from Kathmandu)

Take-Out  Chisapani (13 hours drive back to Pokhara)

One can catch a flight from Kathmandu to Nepaljung, where you will meet your rafting crew at the airport. It is mostly preferred to make the trip shorter with a 5-hour drive to the put-in.

The other side of Karnali river rafting is that after the adventure you can enjoy Jungle Safari in Bardia National Park where one can witness one of the endangered species of wild animals—the Royal Bengal Tiger.

For Karnali rafting price do contact us because the price depends on the number of rafters, duration of time, and which way to go to Karnali.

Trip PlanExpand all

Welcome to Nepal, a representative from Regulus Nepal will be there at the Tribhuvan International airport to meet & greet you and transfer you to the hotel by private vehicle. You will be given a short briefing about the tour programs on the following day. In your free time, you can either take a rest or can walk around the local market & explore the Thamel area (the main tourist hub of Nepal). Overnight at the hotel.

Max. Altitude: 1400 mMeals: DinnerAccommodation: 3 star hotel

We will drive to Surkhet from Kathmandu, which takes about 16 hours. We will spend the night there.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: 3 star basic hotel/lodge

After breakfast, we will head towards Dhugeshwor, which is a 6 to 7 hours drive from Surkhet.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

Preparations for the rafting will begin on the 4th day, where we have to through the rapid called “1st Inquiry”. You will be guided by the professionals for safety and paddling instructions. We will camp on the river bank this day.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

After all the preparation and fulfilling breakfast, we’ll start our journey. We will come across big rapids like Jailhouse today.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

The adventure of rafting in Karnali will begin on the 6th day. We will hit some rapids of God House, Juicer, Flip and Strip. After rafting further down the river we will reach the conference of Seti Beni, which will be our campsite for the day.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

This is our Layover day. We will remain un raft at SetiBeni for this day.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: tent

We will raft almost the entire day today. You will get to witness some enchanting sceneries and hit a few small rapids which will be like relaxing after two days of a thrilling experience. After paddling down further we will reach Jamuna village; the campsite for day 8. 

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

Our rafting trip will continue from Jamuna village and we will camp and relax at an unspoiled beach today.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

We will continue to raft this day while enjoying the beautiful sceneries and relaxing throughout the journey as the frequency of the rapids starts to decrease. We will set our camp at some instant distance above Bheri Confluence.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: Tent

On the final day of our rafting trip, we will reach Chisapani. You can either drive back to Kathmandu or Bardiya National Park for a jungle safari of 2 days, or you can fly back to Kathmandu from Nepalgunj.

Meals: breakfast, lunch & dinnerAccommodation: 3-star Hotel
Cost Details
  • Rafting fees and river permit.
  • Meals (L, D, F) during your rafting trip 
  • Accommodation in a tented camp (2 in 1) with a campfire
  • Required rafting equipment & gears.
  • Two-way private transportation.
  • Necessary staff & their expenses during a rafting trip
  • An English-speaking experienced and certified licensed holder rafting guide
  • Professionally trained and certified safety kayakers.
  • All government taxes, official expenses & service charges
  • First aid kits for emergencies
  • Entry Visa fee and any kinds of immigration charges in Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal.
  • International Flight Fare to/from Kathmandu, Nepal.
  • Extra Night meals and accommodation on your early arrival or late departure also any domestic flight delays.
  • Extra luggage charges.
  • Personal expenses like Laundry, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, hot showers, phone calls, charging, boiled water/bottled waters, etc Rescue in emergency services.
  • Individual buying and souvenirs.
  • Rent or Purchase any type of equipment or gear.
  • Purchase special medicines and kits.
  • Tips for rafting guide & rafting crews
Dates & Availability
Additional Info

What To Bring For Karnali River Rafting 

  • Shorts pants, trimmed Pants, Fleece trousers
  • Sunscreen, Sunglasses & Sun Hat
  • T-shirt
  • Sport sandals
  • Towel & Toiletries
  • Water bottles
  • Camera & spare batteries
  • Soap & Shampoo
  • Flashlight
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