The Karnali River has the distinction of rising from the base of the holy Mt. Kailash in Tibet which is visited by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims each year. The Karnali is also the mightiest and longest river in Nepal. With its milder Class III to spectacular Class V rapids, this is one incredible ride. Rafting here can be combined with fishing and jungle safari which is the ultimate river experience for any adventurer.
The karnali trip takes one through wild territory where no civilization is encountered along the river for days on end. The remoteness of the river adds to the sobering experience in the wild. Langur and Rhesus monkeys are a common sight and other wildlife that may be seen are: leopards, bear, martins, deer, crocodiles and gharials. Besides rafting, the Karnali is also famous for its beautiful Golden Mahseer, a most sought after fish.
Karnali has huge rapids and demands to be taken seriously. As the river reaches the lower regions, it flows at a greater gradient allowing for an exciting ride as the rapids become more constricted. The river rewards thrill seekers with a series of rapids along a 7 km roller-coster ride through the gorge. What's more, the Karnali can be taken on in any season which is unusual for a country with monsoon floods.
10 Days Karnali Rafting
Day 01: Surkhet (Flight to Nepaljung or drive 16 hrs)
Day 02: Tallo Dhungeshwor (Drive for about 6 hrs)
Day 03: First Enquiry (exciting rapids and lovely beach to camp)
Day 04: God's House (rafting and camping near the day's mojor rapid)
Day 05: Seti Dovan (Full of action)
Day 06: Jamuna Village
Day 07: Rest day (village walk, wildlife spoting)
Day 08 - 09: Bheri Confluence (Enters into Bardia National Park)
Day 10: Chisopani (Ends at Chisopani Bridge)
Extra Days' Option: Safari tour in Bardia National Park
Those seeking more adventure go on to spend a few days in the splendor on nature at the Bardia National Park where safari take visitors on a grand tour of the forest to catch wildlife in their natral habitat.
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