Karnali rafting

Karnali River Rafting


  • Awesome whitewater in combination with gentle float trip
  • One of the most remote river trips in Nepal
  • Taking out at Bardia National Park, Nepal’s largest jungle park
  • A 7 km gorge – basically one really long rapid!


Adventures in Nepal don’t get much better than the Karnali River Rafting. Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali, begins its life near to Tibet’s holy Mount Kailash. It carves its way through the Tibetan plateau and through the Himalaya into Nepal’s lush western forests. After the snow melt this river becomes a raging torrent with huge rapids which offers brilliant rafting and kayaking. A highlight is the 7km long gorge which is one long raging rapid that sucks you in one end and spits you out the other (in one piece!). This is one of the Nepal’s must do rivers.

Not only is the river a gem for its white water, but it’s course travels through a relatively underpopulated area. A true remote expedition. Filled with pristine jungle allowing the paddler good chances of viewing the abundant wildlife like deer, leopards, tiger, jackals, mongoose, monkeys and small brown bears. Although the river is remote, the bus ride and short trek to the start point is pleasant and extremely scenic making it a worth while all round trip. If your looking for an adventure then it’s got to be Karnali River Rafting!

The take out of the Karnali is right by Bardiya National Park. Why not extend your stay for a few nights and go on safari as well?

Rafting :

Rafters need no previous experience to raft the Karnali. Everybody is welcome to come and experience Nepal’s river life.

Kayaking :

This is a great river for the advanced kayaker. You need to be a confident Class IV paddler with a solid roll to kayak this river. Plenty of big rapids and surfing waves to keep you entertained. If you are a beginner kayaker coming on a rafting trip, we will give you the opportunity to try out kayaking on some of the easier sections of the river.

Please note if you are kayaking with us and want to bring your own kayak, then please feel free to do so, but if you are joining a trip with us we do NOT charge for kayak hire!! Click here to choose your boat.

You’d be mad to miss out on an opportunity to join us on the Karnali for some exhilarating river rafting



5th - 14th October 2024
21st - 30th October 2024
4th - 13th November 2024
18th - 27th November 2024
Private groups and other dates also available on request.


10th - 19th March 2025
7th - 16th April 2025
28th April - 7th May 2025
16th - 25th May 2025
5th - 14th June 2025
Private groups and other dates also available on request.









 IV / V

10 days

GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 9am on fixed departures

To: Chisopani

Volume in November : 300cms (10500 cfs)

October – November or end of March – June

USD $1050 / GBP £850 Per Person

Karnali River Rafting



  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, air matresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents etc. No additional charge for sleeping bag hire.
  • All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided. Read our FAQ to see what tasty treats we will serve you.
  • Transportation to and from the river by bus. Optional flight to and from the river on request.
  • All equipment, including PFD’s, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc all at international standards and regularly checked.
  • If you are kayaking, then the cost also includes kayak hire Porters.
  • River permits.
  • Gear Raft support.
  • Extensive medical kit.
  • Trip photos *make sure you bring a USB stick along with you.

  • Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc… Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, camers…)
  • Personal insurance.
  • Alcohol and additional snacks.
  • Personal Travel insurance. To travel with GRG’s you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity you are participating in, we have the necessary insurance for our crew but you must have your own seperate policy)
  • Optional tips for guides.

    • Swimsuit
    • Sun cream
    • Shorts or cropped trousers and T-shirt you don’t mind getting wet
    • Clothes for traveling in before and after the trip
    • Sun glasses with sports strap
    • Capped hat if you wish
    • Teva style sandals or trainers
    • Warm fleece for after the trip
    • Camera (can be stored in our dry bags/box whilst rafting)
    • Small amount of money for snacks and treats if you wish
    • Water bottle
    • Towel
    • Personal medication
    • Sleeping bag and mattress (if you do not have, please ask and we can provide for you free of charge)
    • Dry clothes for the evening(s). Make sure you bring warm clothes with you as the night times can get cold, especially in the winter months.
    • Warm hat, gloves and scarf for the winter months
    • Pajamas (Thermal Pajamas are recommended in the winter months)
    • Small wash kit – biodegradable products are preferred if you have them
    • Torch
    • Book, deck of cards or small travel games
    • Personal medication (please let us know of any pre-existing medical conditions before participating in any whitewater trip)
    • A small amount of money for treats here and there
    • Photocopy of your passport & visa 


    "We picked to go on the Karnali trip with GRG because we have heard through many people before hand that we would have the best experience with GRG. The trip was amazing, every day we had AMAZING food, enjoyed the beatiful scenery and the big rapids along with the really cool and experienced crew of staff from GRG. If you are looking for a good whitewater experience in Nepal I would definitely recommend them."
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