Karnali River Rafting


Trip Information

Karnali river is Nepal's longest river originated from Mount Kailash, Tibet. Karnali river flows towards south through west of the country. Naturally, it flows through the rugged course, adding thrills to the trip.

For this, 9 days trip, you'll encounter Nepal's water-heaven with letting fear of raft out and exploring old-growth forests & wild life. Karnali also supports lives of Dolphin & catfish, which adds extra speciality to Karnali Trip. Camping with scentic beauty & falvouring Nepal's brand Apple recipes in Karnali.

Ganesh Himal Hiking Team, will provide high quality self-bailing rafts, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejacket and first aid kit and we will also provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared foods and drinks. Equipments which we provide are of highest quality, cleaned and well maintained. A rafter needs to bring the suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, a warm clothes, towel, sun block creams. We will take care of the safety for our clients. Our guides are licensed with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal.


Day 1: Drive to Butwal

We will meet at the office with your bags. We will travel by bus to reach Butwal. The bus journey takes about seven hours. We will arrive Butwal in the evening. Butwal is a major city in the south western region of Nepal. It is a hub connecting to different parts in the western and far western region of Nepal to the capital. We will spend overnight at a camp in Butwal.


Day 2: Drive to Surkhet

After a pleasant night in Butwal, this day we will drive to Surkhet. We will set our journey to the mid-western region of Nepal, Surkhet. The distance from Butwal to Surkhet is about 360 kilometers which will take about seven hours. We will spend our night at a camp in Surkhet.


Day 3: Trek from Surkhet to Dhanigad

After having breakfast at Surkhet, the trek starts. Today, we will walk from Surkhet to reach Dhanigad ahead for about five hours. We will pass through local villages exploring their culture and lifestyles. We will spend overnight at a camp in Dhanigad.


Day 4: Trek to Koreleghat

We will continue our trek to Koreleghat on this day. The trekking will offer you an opportunity to observe the scenery of natural landscapes, local villages and farms. It will be the final day of trekking. We will start rafting from the next day. Camps will be set up on the bank of Karnali in Koreleghat.


Day 5: Rafting Begins

Koreleghat is the put-in point for rafting. Before starting the actual rafting adventure, we will have a short briefing on the rafting techniques, safety measures and equipments. The river gives the team time to build. There are several rapids and water flows with high force so you need to be careful. We will enjoy the rafting whole day and set camp to spend overnight by the bank of river.


Day 6: Rafting continues

This day, rafting continues in the wideness of Karnali facing the adventures and changes of rapids in water. We may sometimes forget to breathe while handling the technical difficulties. With a team work, we will be able to tackle all the difficulties. If required, we will take sufficient breaks for taking rest. We stay overnight in a camp by the river.


Day 7: Rafting to Seti Dovan

This day is also adventurous and full of challenges as the previous day. We will handle many challenges of rapids while floating on the whitewater section of the river. Adoring the adventurous rafting, we will stay near the Seti Dovan area in a camp.


Day 8: Rafting through Bijura village

We continue our rafting with the excitement and enjoying the spectacular views of the natural landscapes. The journey in the white water of Karnali is adventurous with splendid views of forests and nature. We pass through Bijura village.


Day 9: Final day

This day, we come to the end of trip. We come out of the waters after reaching Chisapani. A vehicle will drive you back to Kathmandu and we will separate after reaching Kathmandu with the lots of mesmerizing, thrilling memories of trekking and rafting.


What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during the raft trip. The food served will be western and continental.
  • River permit charges and all government taxes
  • Necessary equipments including high quality self-bailing rafts, life jackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bags for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipments
  • Safety kayak boats
  • Necessary staffs (Guides, helpers, cooks etc)
  • Expenses for tented accommodation at river beach with camp fire
  • Food, accommodation, transportation, insurance and salary of all staff

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters



3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together. Standard teahouses will be provided during the trip days.


During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.


Best Season

The best seasons to join this trek are autumn and spring. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Winter obviously is a good choice but you need to withstand strong colds. Summer or Monsoon will be affected by rainfalls but a good choice if you are into botany.

Customer Reviews


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 9 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Rafting, Banana Cuisine

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Rafting

Country: Nepal

Region: Far Western

Group size: Min 1 pax

Best Season: Any Season

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