Karnali River Rafting
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The Karnali, Nepal's mightiest and pristine river, descends through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent gorges. In traditional Nepalese fashion, dozens of porters carry our equipment for two days as we trek to one of Nepal's most isolated and least explored areas. Exceptional big volume rafting through tropical jungles inhabited by the nomads traditionally known as "Route", deserted beaches and small villages.
Most experienced river travelers who have rafted or kayaked down the Karnali - Nepal's mightiest river, will agree that it is one of the best trips offered anywhere. Karnali lies in the western part of the kingdom in the what's called the " Wild West" of Nepal, an area only recently opened to tourism.
Rising in the vicinity of Tibet's holy Mount Kailash, the Karnali carves the Himalayan landscape into a series of magnificent gorges and canyons as it descends slowly into the forests of western Nepal. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river levels to swell drastically and create the extremes of white water rafting.
In high water the Karnali is a serious undertaking with fairly straightforward, yet huge rapids. Even at lower levels it is still not a walk in the park, as the rapids become more constricted and the gradient steeper. One highlight of this classic river journey is a 7 km long gorge "Thrill-a-minute roller-coaster ride" with rapids at every bend. Truly though, any season suits the Karnali.