Karnali River Expedition

Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali, springs forth from the base of Mt. Kailash in Tibet, the center of the universe for both the Buddhist and Hindu religions. As it carves its path south through the Himalayas, it forms the major drainage system of the western districts. Shortly after the starting point at the village of Sauli, the river drops into imposing scarcely populated canyons filled with powerful white water rapids and remote pristine beaches. One of the finest BIG volume river trips in the world, the Karnali provides a classic environment for LTA Worldwide Travel’s river rafting & kayaking expedition in Nepal’s remote, unpopulated, “Wild West”.

Towards the end of the trip as the river gradient begins to ease and the jungle thickens the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows out into the Gangetic plains of the Terai.

Difficulty 4 / (5)
From Sauli To Chisapani ,Distance 180 km
River Days, 7
From Kathmandu, 2
Av. Gradient 20 ft per mile
Best Season Oct-Dec, Feb-May
One of the finest river rafting and kayaking expeditions in the Himalayas. Spectacular, remote, jungle-clad canyons with abundant wildlife.

Rafting in Nepal
Rafters need no previous experience.

Kayaking in Nepal
This is a great river for the advanced kayaker. Rapids are pool-drop with spectacular surfing. If you are an advanced intermediate contact us and inquire about a personal kayak instructor / guide.

DAY 1 –  07:00hrs departure. Drive to Surkhet and spend the night in a hotel.

DAY 2 –  Drive as far as the road goes. Trek in the afternoon to the put in – load rafts, camp.

Day 3 – 5 – Enter and negotiate the jungle corridors of the Karnali. Continuous white water rapids – photo opportunities – great action – breath taking scenery.

DAY 6 –  Rest day, time to enjoy your surroundings, relax on a beautiful sandy beach or trek into a remote village.

DAY 7 – 8 –  Drift by the confluence of the Seti river and travel toward the Indian planes.

DAY 9 –  Raft / kayak to take out, Chisopani. Transfer Berdita National Park.

Day 10-  Drive to Kathmandu (Flight option available at additional cost)

Passport Information

Your passport must have at least six months valid duration at the time of travel. We will also need a copy of your passport for our files in the UK. We also advise you carry photo copies off your passport whilst travelling.

Visa Information

For all up-to-date visa information please visit: www.nepembassy.org.uk You can get your Visa upon arrival in Nepal or you can send off for it in advance by printing of the application form from the website listed above. The Visa takes a minimum of 2 weeks for you to get it back.

Medical Information

For all up-to-date medical information please visit: www.masta-travel-health.com This website will inform you which inoculations you need for the countries you are travelling to, and all advice on medical kit you may want to take with you. Inoculations must be done at least 6 weeks prior to your trip departure.

Flight Information

Live the Adventure has a dedicated flight account manager at STA Travel who understands the intricacies of our travel itineraries. If you complete the form on our Check Flights page it will be sent to STA Travel and also to Live the Adventure. If you would prefer to talk through any details with Live the Adventure first i.e. before completing the STA Travel Flight Enquiry Form below, please call us on 01746 718 436. We are very happy to talk through and recommend arrival and departure scenarios to fit in with your choosen travel itineraries, as well as different flight options and stop overs before you confirm or book your international flights and help make your flight booking process as smooth and as hassle free as possible.

Once your flights are booked, we will also need a copy of all your flight information.

Insurance Information

We have worked with many companies that supply insurance for our trips. Should you need any assistance with this we can put you in contact with them. We advise that you take your insurance out straight away so that if anything was to happen from now to the trip departure date then you will be able to claim. Your insurance must cover you for the whole of the trip and all the activities listed in your Trip Itinerary. We will need you to send us a full copy of your insurance policy before your trip departs it. Please refer to the terms and conditions pages on our website for further details of the cover required.

River Rafting & Kayaking in Nepal Trip Cost:  Please enquire

This cost includes:
All River guides
All safety equipment
All camping equipment
All meals and accommodation on the River
Internal transportation as described on your itinerary
Accommodation on a B&B basis in Kathmandu on the first and last night on twin/double occupany basis

This cost does not include:
International flights
Personal spending money
Guide gratuities
Meals in Kathmandu
Any soft or alcoholic beverages

Privately Guided Closed Trips: This trip can be privately guided for a minimum of 8 people with dates can be chosen to suit you.



Please contact us to check availability before completing this booking form. A 25% deposit is required with all bookings.  Once we have received your completed booking form and deposit you will receive a full set of joining instructions including kit list.

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Karnali River Expedition


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This trip can be arranged as a private itinerary, dates to suit you, for a minimum of 8 people.


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