Rafting in Karnali River
1. Kali Gandaki River Rafting
A beautiful unspoilt river with good white water, deepest gorges, wildlife and a feeling of remoteness are the special offerances of Kaligandaki River Rafting. It is recommended for people looking for an exciting medium-length raft trip; and as a self sufficient kayak trip for intermediate and expert kayakers.
We would like to combine this river-rafting with a trek, in the Annapurna Mountains. Also consider continuing down the lower Kali Gandaki to Chitwan National Park.
Location: Nepal, Asia
From: Beni (820m)
To: Mirmi Dam (760m)
Distance: 60 km (37miles)
Days: 03 days
From ktm: 4 hours
Best season: Mid Sep-Dec, Mar-May
Grade: Av. Gradient 5m/km (25ft. a mile)
Day 01 Drive to Bangluung by private bus and have a lunch. After lunch it is straight ino th grade 4 rapid little Brother followed quickly by big Brother. We camp at one of nature’s five star sites wtih mind blowing views and dacning waterfalls
Day 02 Today is continuous grade 3 to 4 world-class white water with rapids like Rafter’s Refund and Oar Breaker. Wave trains and holes abound early in the day so watch our it you don’t want to flip! Adrenalin junkies knock yourself out but don’t forget to keep glancing back upstream to catch views of the amazing Annapurnas. Once camped, the village of Seti Beni is just a short walk upstream and guarantees to delight with its stone flagged lanes and curious youngsters skylarking.
Day 03 As we continue downstream, the river cliffs narrow eerily above us and we enter a somber canyon glistening with wet black rocks. You experience what can only be seen from the water, so drink it all in as we drift towards our take out point.
Rafting on full board basic with compliment of rafting crew, all necessary camping and rafting gear (including sleeping bag, life jacket), overland transportation, Rafting permit, rafting crew insurance, emergency first aid kit.All meals, transportation to the put in point and back from the take out point, all rafting equipment and accommodation on twin sharing basis.
Any personal expenses (bottled soft drinks, telephone charges, video/camera fees, etc.), domestic and international airfares, medical costs, rescue charges, tips for crew, airport departure tax, Visas and visa extension costs and which is not mentioned above. Sleeping bag / mattress, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and insurance.
2. Karnali River Rafting
Karnali is longest and one of the largest river in Nepal. It springs from the base of Mt. Kailash, the western part of Tibet, the center of the universe, for both Buddhist and Hindu believers. Flowing south into Nepal, it forms the major drainage system of the western districts of Nepal. It is one of the finest BIG volume rafting and Kayaking trip in the world. A classic expedition and definitely the best combination trip: short two days trekking, rafting, kayaking, fishing, wild life safari, remoteness and unpopulated “Wild West”.
Sauli is the rafting starting point, for the rafting in Karnali River. The river drops into imposing canyons filled with powerful big volume white-water. These canyons flow into scarcely populated areas of pristine jungle teeming with abundant bird and wildlife. Just enough easier water to regroup and prepare for the next big challenge separates rapids like “Captivity”, “Flip and Strip” and “Gods House”. Towards the end of the trip the river gradient begins to ease as the Karnali leaves the mountains and flows out into the Gangetic plains of Terai. Jungle thickens and the river broadens than pristine beaches become bigger and more beautiful.
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu Put-in-Point: Sauli
Take-out-Point: Chisopni, Bardia
Outward travel: 1hour flight and 3 ½ hours drive 2 days trek
Best season: Nov/Dec, March/April
Duration: 13 days(Kathmandu-Kathmandu)
Day 01 Fly Kathmandu>Nepalgunj and drive to Surkhet. Meet at meeting point as per our scheduled programs. Transfer to Kathmandu Airport, check in and 1hour fly to Nepalgunj. As soon as we reach to Nepalgunj Airport our private transport will waiting us, ready to leave for Surkhet. We traveling through southwestern plain of the Terai till the Kolpur (one of the larger city of Bardia and road head from right to surkhet hill 3½ hours. Meet with logistics and other river staffs and it will be organized for following nights. Surkhet is central principal town of Birendra Nagar, locating District Hospital, Post office and Bank (but you can’t use any credit Cards) accepts cash to cash. There is a small rural Airstrip but very rare to get direct flights.
Day 02 Surkhet/Sauli. After breakfast, we will be riding gears loaded truck as far as the dot road goes, perhaps until the syauli village and lunch en route (it’s depend on availability…be flexible). Truck ride is quite interesting passing through forest, villages and spectacular sceneries. After lunch we will be hiking down to rafting put-in point. It’s depends with how we timing, if we are still in time we will start same day, otherwise we pitch the camp here.
Day 03 after this point we have no names for the camping places. However the river gives teams to build and there is enough challenging rapids and water flow to allow for learning errors. We still manage to get at least one great grade IV rapid in and camp. Get an exciting for tomorrow.
Day 04 rises with nice and hot cup of tea or coffee and pack up, have breakfast then get set. This is the type of day people imagine, when they think of Himalayan white-water it is BIG and continuous. The team building is put into full practice and when your raft captain shouts “all forward” he really means it! Enjoy the rowing all the time and camp in this sensational setting.
Day 05 Daily routines are as usual, rise with cup of tea or coffee, pack up, have breakfast and get ready to move on. Day is more of same including the notorious GOD’S HOUSE rapid. Don’t forget to take in the bird life, which is equally as abundant as the lush vegetation. Camp and relax.
Day 06 It is not over yet! Keep paddling hard! You are really experiencing the best of the “wild west” and yet another great day with full action packed and breath taking sceneries
Day 07 this is the day almost on holiday for you, as we have set on program a rest day, so you can take time to enjoy your surroundings e.g. fishing if we have rots, a short hiking, playing, relaxing or seating and writing on a great sandy beach.
Day 08-09 we have seen the rapids dying off as we came out of the gorge. We come across the west Seti confluence where the river is broadens. From here next two and half days you have chances to enjoy your journey admiring the country and villages as you come across. You will have seen the safety kayakers in action and will no doubt be inspired, so here you can ask with your guide to for some supervised instructions, or stay on the raft and learn more about the river. Now here we are at Karnali Chisopani Bridge the final conclusion camping. You see there is more to a rafting expedition than just rafting.
Day 10 as we have programmed, after last breakfast of rafting at chisopani see up the rafting staffs, Rhino Lodge Bardia’s staff will pick up us and transfer to Lodge …Km and Lunch. In the afternoon 1 or 2 activities according to programmed by lodge and dinner at lodge.
Day 11 full day Jungle activities, at evening, Tharu cultural dance with B/B Q dinner.
Day 12 Dolphin Excursion, Packed lunch, dinner at lodge.
Day 13 Light Breakfast, short Tharu village walk, Lunch and transfer to Nepalgunj and fly back to KTM.