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Karnali River Rafting - 9 Days

Karnali river rafting refers to wide and Wild River rafting in Nepal. Karnali is one of the biggest and longest rivers of Nepal. With this adventure, you can enjoy one of the finest big volume rafting and kayaking trips in Nepal. This is the combination of mysterious trekking and white water rafting create everyone wilderness.  One of the finest big volume river trips in the world, Karnali River provides a classic expedition into Nepal’s remote, unpopulated Wild West. Karnaliratingis one of the most memorable river trips not only for new explorers, but Karnali River is also rafting favourite of frequent rafters.

Karnali River flows through some quite narrow canyons by which the flow of the water increases, as does the frequency of the rapids. Karnali river rafting is more guarded by its canyon walls giving bigger more continuous and serious rapids. The flow of the water is forceful which provides great adventurous and thrilling rafting experience. Commencing Karnali river rafting requires a strong heart and rafting experience or training.

General Information about Rafting Programmed

Team composition:

We operate rafting trips for the private team of your friends and family so you can enjoy your private trip without having to deal and confront with others people with different interests and attitude. Normally, we take 6-8 people including rafting guide in a raft

Rafting guide:

We have a team of highly experienced English speaking rafting guides professionally trained and thoroughly versed in topography and nature of the river. They have absolute expertise in whitewater rafting, swift water rescue and emergency wilderness first aid.

Classification of rivers:

Maintaining the highest standard of safety and service, river trips have been classified in accordance with the status of water flow, rapids & remoteness.

CLASS I Easy: Small rapids, fast moving water with riffles and small waves, few obstructions, minimal risk to swimmers and possibility of self-rescue.

CLASS II Novice: Gentle straightforward rapids with wide and clear channels and slight manoeuvring required.

CLASS III Moderate: Exciting rapids with irregular waves and hazards, strong eddy and current and skilled manoeuvring required.

CLASS IV Very difficult: Raging Rapids, powerful manoeuvring required and turbulent water flow.

CLASS V Extremely difficult: Long and very violent rapids with several hazards, unavoidable waves and holes or steep, congested chutes with complex, demanding routes, a high degree of danger to swimmers, expertise and reliable high-quality equipment required for safe passage.

CLASS VI Unburnable: with this extremely difficult rapids, high chances of death and destruction of equipment and very slim chances of rescue.

Name of Rivers Class:

Trishuli II+ to IV 
Seti Karnali III to IV+ 
Seti III 
Bheri III+ 
Arun IV 
Sunkoshi IV+ 
Tamor IV to IV+ 
Kali Gandaki IV to V 
Karnali IV+ to V 
Marshyangdi IV+ to V 
Bhotekoshi V 
Tamakoshi V TO V+

Duration of rafting:

Generally, rafting hours is 4-5 hours a day. In case, rafting trip is extended for more than a day, the rafting hours will automatically be more. Duration and rafting highlights are mentioned in all our detailed itineraries. Relevant tips/information will be briefed to you before you embark on any of our trips.

Day on the river:

We usually start our day after thorough briefings on the safety measures by a river guide. Generally, we raft for 4-5 hours a day. Around a midday, after we have our share of glorious rafting experience with the challenging rapids, we stop for lunch at the sandy beach. On a multiday trip, we set up a camp by the riverside. Once we arrive at the camping site, we can wander around nearby locality or simply relax basking in the splendour of nature. Spending the night at the Riverside.

Meals & drinking water during rafting:

For a river trip exceeding more than a day, breakfast, dinner and lunch will be served at a campsite including tea, coffee and snacks. A team of cook and kitchen staff prepare healthy and nutritious meals under the strict hygienic procedure. Boiled and treated water shall be supplied to you before you board the raft.

Meals & accommodation in Kathmandu:

We have specially negotiated rates a range of hotels, we can offer the best deal to suit your every budget and preference. If you also book your hotel with us in Kathmandu breakfast is usually included in our package cost. 

In Kathmandu, plenty of best and quality restaurants serve Nepali, oriental and continental dishes. We are able to recommend a good one depending on your taste preference. A good continental lunch or dinner at a good restaurant approximately costs USD 6-10.

Clothing & equipment:

You are required to bring some shirts, T-shirts, socks, hat, suntan lotion, sunglasses with string, river shoes or flip-flop, flashlight, personal medication, a couple of shorts and pants for the evening and morning, a sweater or a jacket.

The company provides raft (number of rafts depends on the size of group), safety devices, sleeping bags, mattress tents & kitchenettes.


Satellite Treks and expedition always regard the safety of rafters as the utmost priority. Prior to venturing into a rafting trip, rafters are thoroughly briefed about the safety measures and rafting guidelines.
A rafting trip is piloted by a river guide professionally trained in emergency wilderness first aid and swift-water rescue. Rafters venture into a river trip with safety jackets, flotation devices, helmets and river-friendly clothes. We use high-quality inflatable rubber raft capable of giving extraordinary performance, agility, stability and manoeuvrability. Our rafts can swift through the wildest and strongest of waves and guarantee hundred per cent safeties.

Extension or side trips:

In addition to your trek, we can organize extensions both within Nepal and other neighbouring countries. You may want to combine any rafting trip with a jungle safari in Nepal or Nepal Cultural Tours. Maybe a trip to Tibet, India or Bhutan, whatever it is or wherever it is, we can make all the arrangements for you with standard service and reasonable rate.


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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Flight from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj and drive to surkhet which takes 45 minute flight and two or half hour to three hours from airport, stay overnight at Hotel in Surkhet.


  • Rafting guide and necessary assistants, rafting equipment's such as tent, mattresses, helmet, life jacket etc. Rafting permit, surface transportation, all meals, rescue assistance, Insurance for the Nepali staffs.


  • Personal expenses, Insurance, Tips, Alternative transportation in case of heavy rain, landslide, strike, and road blockade etc.

Trip Facts

  • Duration: 9 Days
  • Trip Grade: Very Strenuous
  • Grade for autumn: September to December First week
  • Grade for spring: March first weeks to May first week
  • Possible Operation: Autumn & Spring
  • Rafting Days: 9 Days
  • Entrance Day: Fly to Napalgunj - drive 2.5-3 hours-Surkhet- 2 days Treks to Kareleghat )
  • Put-in Point: Kareleghat (5-6 hours trekking from Dhanigad)
  • Put-Out Point: Chisapani, Karnali
  • Temperature: Autumn (from 7° to 20° C) Spring (from 18° to 30° C)
  • Optional Trips To: Bardia National Park, or Far western reason exploring by trekking, Tour
  • Size of Group: Minimum 6 persons
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