Nepal’s longest and largest river, the Karnali rises in the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Tibet, in the glaciers of Mapchachungo, at an altitude of about 3962 m above sea level. The river flows south through least explored areas of pristine jungle abundant with wildlife, birdlife and fish. The Karnali Basin hosts some of Nepal’s famous national parks: Shey Phoksundo National Park, Rara National Park, Dhorpatan Hunting Reserve, and Bardia National Park.
The Karnali River with its graceful class III to awe-inspiring class V rapids, offers a classic expedition with its big volume whitewater combined with short trekking, fishing and jungle safari activities in a remote and unexplored Far West Nepal.
The first half of Karnali river journey offers excellent white water excitement, commonly described as “a thrill a minute roller coaster ride”. So it becomes more than just a rafting trip. It is an expedition. The river rated grades IV to V class huge series of continuous wild rapids. The second half of the trip settles down into some more moderate & gentle rapids and eventually a relaxed float rewarded by pristine and wilderness.
Arms of the Karnali River flow through the famous Bardia National Park – a jungle, which is rich in wildlife such as tigers, rhino, crocodiles, deer, sloth bear, monkeys, birdlife, mahseer fish and more.
If you are looking for an adventurous and remote self-support river expedition with extreme white water excitement, combined with a long, peaceful and relaxing float into pristine wilderness – then rafting in Far West is the right choice. A jungle safari in Bardia National Park or fishing in the Karnali River can easily be added to your trip.