Karnali rafting



  • Traveling 270 km from the lush hills near the Tibetan border, down through jungle, all the way to the flat plains near the Indian border
  • Cultural immersion into Nepali life
  • Enjoy nature’s showers with epic waterfalls
  • Camp on white sandy beaches
  • Visit remote Hindu temples along the way


It’s no secret that we LOVE the Sun Kosi river, out of all the expeditions we run this is our favourite and as such we find ourselves there time and time again. Whilst traveling to this area, we are greeted everyday by friendly locals, some of whom we have come to know very well. Without except, on every trip we travel here, the locals always ask for our advice on their medical ailments from simple things like washing and treating wounds to much more serious problems.

As raft guides, we obviously go through basic medical training and always carry an extensive first aid kit, and people there have come to reply on our experience and the equipment we carry. But we felt that there was something more we could be doing, which is why we have put this itinerary together

Our idea is to take a raft full of Doctors, Nurses, Dentist’s, Opticians down the river with us to treat the locals from the area as we travel down. And we need YOU to help us. If you are a qualified medical professional and are looking to do something a little bit different with your holiday time, we want to hear from you!

We will set up temporary medical camps in remote locations as we travel down and offer free healthcare to those in need in the area. For many people in this area, healthcare is out of reach in terms of location and finance

This is an incredible unique adventure volunteer experience and although we are here to do a very important job, it is also a lot of fun! This river has been rated one of the top 10 river journeys in the world, and you are going to find out exactly why!



25th March - 5th April


1st - 12th October










III+ / V

14 days

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

From: Dolalghat
To: Chumligtar (4 hour drive to Kathmandu or Pokhara)

Volume in November : 400cms (1400 cfs)

Sept-Nov or end of April – June




  • 3 nights accommodation in Thamel, Kathmandu
  • Airport pick up and drops offs
  • Internal Flight from Biratnagar to Kathmandu
  • Welcome group meal
  • All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers all fluent in English and holding up to date First Aid Qualifications.
  • All camping equipment including toilet tents, shelters, 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 the river by bus.
  • All equipment, including PFD’s, helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc all at international standards and regularly checked.
  • Porters.
  • River permits.
  • Gear Raft support.


  • Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc… Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, camers…)
  • Personal insurance
  • Alcohol and additional snacks.
  • 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.

    This is a question we get asked a lot. And the honest region is because we travel through here a lot during our rafting trips and have fallen in love with the area and the people and wanted to give a little bit more back.


    "The Sun Kosi trip was great. We were so well looked after both on and off the river. On the river the safety kayaking was absolutely solid which is so important when you're tackling stuff that's well outside your comfort zone - knowing that the people with you know the river inside out and if something does go pear-shaped will be there almost instantly to help sort it out. Off the river too, the attention to our comfort, hapiness and well-being was spot on. From transporting our kayaks to lining up a taxi back from the airport, from setting out the candles on the beach to making sure we had enough food - we were properly taken care of. The team were great and were a huge part in making it such a great trip."
    tamur expedition nepal
    Glenn Jarman


    • 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 



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