Karnali Rafting from Kathmandu to Kalyandada via Birendranagar involves a 22 hour bus journey. (Or a one hour flight to Birandranagar, on additional cost, then a 2 hour bus journey). From Kalyandada there is a 2 to 3 hour trek to Kareleghat, the put-in point for rafting on Karnali river. Porters transport all the rafting equipment and other necessities for the river trip. The 180km river action takes between 6 to 7 days. Bus transportation is provided from the take-out point of Karnali river rafting at Chisapani to either Pokhara (10 hours) or Kathmandu (16 hours). There is a orientation meeting early in the evening before the trip, providing you with an opportunity to ask any questions you may have, to meet your fellow rafters and your raft guide and team.
KarnaliThe lowland trek combined with some of the most beautiful canyons found in Nepal makes Karnali rafting/kayaking one of the most memorable river trips available in this country and it is often a favorite river trip of guides and rafters alike. There is a wide variety of fauna and flora including dense forests, jungle and also remote villages.
After monsoon rains the rapids of Karnali river are demanding and huge, though relatively straightforward. As the river flows through some quite narrow canyons the flow of the water increases, as does the frequency of the rapids. In low water the demands on the rafter are more technical, though equally exciting.
Karnali rafting is an ideal trip for those wanting a more unique experience of Nepal, stunning scenery, great river action and all the benefits of a long river trip in Nepal. It has the added advantage of the take out point being ideally situated for those wishing to visit Bardia National Park. Karnali river is one of the best river in Nepal for fishing!