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The Karnali river is Nepal’s longest and largest river and with its tributaries, it drains most of the Far west of Nepal – the ‘wild west’. The area that it flows through is wild and relatively unpopulated with some of the most pristine jungle scenery in Nepal, and abundant wildlife.
The rapids are also pretty wild, with the river building to its climax in these lower canyons. The valley narrows into a series of canyons, the river speeds up’ and there are big rapid, one leading into another, almost continuously down to the Seti river. The river winds through some magnificent un-spoilt scenery, eventually emerging onto the plains flowing through the Royal Baridia National Park to join the Ganges.
The Karnali is more constrained by its canyon walls giving bigger more continuous and serious rapids. This constrained nature of the river means that any increase in volume has a more pronounced effect on the difficulty of the rapid and this makes it a river that is best run at low and medium flows – in higher water the Karnali is a serious commitment.
Day 01:We meet at our office with your personal gears. This is a long road suffer so be prepared with water, tit bit etc. we travel to the far west and arrive in Surkhet very late evening or early hours of the morning. You are able to have a sleep here.
Day 02: After breakfast, we will take a truck as far the road goes until about Lunchtime. After lunch, we walk all afternoon to Sauli, the put-in point . A great walk which highlights just how "out there'' you really are. You pass the local villages and spectacular scenery, then… you hear the river!
Day 03: The river gives the team time 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 class IV rapid in. We camp and get excited about tomorrow.
Day 04: This is the type of day that people imagine when they think of Himalayan water. It is BIG and it is continuous. We enter into the jungle corridor. This is a narrowing jungle clad gorge and it is all ours. The team building is put into full practice and when your guide shouts "all forward" he really means it! Enjoy the ride all day and camp in this sensational setting.
Day 05:More of the same including the notorious GOD'S HOUSE rapids. Don't forget to take in the bird life, which is equally as abundant as lush vegetation. Camp and relax.
Day 06: It isn't over yet! Keep paddling hard! You really are experiencing the best of the west on yet another day of great action and breath taking scenery.
Day 07:This is holiday after all, so we have programmed a rest day. You can take a time to enjoy your surrounding and relax on a sandy beach.
Day 08:While paddling through the marvelous river gorge, we have chance to face the challenge of heart-touched rapids before the river's confluence with Seti (western Seti).
Day 09:The day of tranquility to enjoy the scenery and ethno-cultural life the real Nepalese people. You will also be inspired and instructed how to rolling and running kayaks by our expert kayakers. So that, you will have enjoyed not only the rafting but also the diverse activities.
Day 10:Having paddled so many days in this river of paradise, we will unwantingly give up paddling after Lunch. Our bus is waiting for us. Those who are going to Bardia National Park (highly recommended) for Jungle Safari, this is the place fro to Bardia.
Day 11: Departure to Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Long with our high quality self-bailing rafts, we provide helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit. We provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. ground transport, accommodation lodge or Tents and sleeping mats are also provided. Sleeping bags can be supplied upon request.
Camping Please bring with you shorts and a T-shirt or swimwear for on the river, suitable footwear for wearing in the raft, warm clothing for the evenings, a towel, sun block and your camera. A flashlight is also useful.