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karnali-river-rafting Trip

River Rating

You can choose the intensity of the trip. We can go from rafting to pure white water rafting. We use a rating scale of 1 (easier) to 6 (most difficult). A number 1 rating is a relaxing river, easy, winding and no obstacles; a number 5 river however has prolonged sections of rapids and drops which require strong paddling and preferably some rafting experience. Rafting in Nepal is fast becoming one of the most popular adventure trips in Nepal. It is a paradise for river runners and beginners alike.

When you think of Nepal what do you think of? The Himalayas, Hindu Temples, and Trekking? However as a result of these tremendous mountains and glaciers there are breathtaking waterfalls leading into kholas and modis (rivers) which offer some of the best rafting in the world. The combination of mountain scenery, exhilarating rapids, warm water, and fascinating cultural opportunities make Nepal one of the premier places to go white water rafting. Zen Adventure Nepal offers fun and exciting rafting trips on the best rivers in Nepal. The best time for rafting in Nepal is usually September to early December and March to June. This is when the weather is best and the water is the warmest.

Zen Adventure Nepal Treks runs two different types of river trips depending on how long you want your trip to be and what river you want to raft. The first type is a day trip on the river. We provide transportation to and from the river as well as a full day of rafting. This is the perfect trip for anyone who wants to get a feel for white water rafting or doesn’t have time for an overnight trip. Generally we run most of our day trips on the Trishuli and Bhote Koshi rivers.

Our second type of trip consists of several days of rafting while camping overnight next to the river. This gives you plenty of time to swim and relax on some of the white sand beaches on the river. We have porters to set up camp and a personal cook who will prepare your meals. Camping trips require a minimum of 6 to 8 clients in a group. During high season we have many trips leaving several times a week so it isn’t hard to find a group. And like every Zen Adventure Nepal Treks trip, we want to provide you with the vacation of a lifetime so tell us what you want. We can combine rafting, trekking and jungle adventures (or all if you wish.)

Karnali Rafting: This trip is considered to be the most beautiful and enjoyable trip in all Nepal. There is a great mix of jungle scenery and lowland forests. It is the also Nepal’s longest one river journey in the ‘Wild West’ having some challenging rapids and beautiful landscape sceneries. The river lies far west of Kathmandu in a very rural area that has recently been opened to foreigners. It is a class 4 river that takes a week to run. There is also the option to visit Bardia National Park and explore the jungle at the end of the trip (see jungle adventures). Total journey on this river covers 7 days and the rest is 3 days traveling. Our guides are experienced rafters who have run all the rivers we offer and have the skills to provide you with a safe and enjoyable trip. A Safety-Kayak will act as chase.

Highlights: 10 Days, High-Adrenaline, 4/5 class expedition, best Sept.-May, Put-in Dungeshwor, Terminus Chisapani. Tented Camping. Transportation Tourist Bus or Private Transport (per your request).

Special Note: Generally rafting trips start every day after breakfast from the camp site, lunch breaks are on the way and finally we will stop at the next campsite in time to prepare properly according to daylight conditions or activity level demands. A one (1) day trip typically starts by noon and ends by 3pm in order to transfer back to point of origin.