Nepal 2016 – Karnali white water raft
Join us for this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience some of the finest white water rivers in the world and trek the amazing Nepali wilderness
As we discovered in November 2015 Nepal as a holiday destination is fantastic. A kingdom steeped in history and dominated by the majestic Himalayas, it enthralls all who enter.
Having had such an epic adventure we have decided to run another white water trip. Moving from the East of Nepal our next adventure will be to the West of the magical country on the Karnali river.
The Karnali River (meaning, Holy Water from the Sacred Mountain) originates in Tibet on Mt. Kailash and gushes down the mountains to form Nepal’s largest and longest river. Located in a less traveled region (the “Wild West” of Nepal), a Karnali River trip provides both a remote and relaxing whitewater rafting adventure and a fascinating cultural experience.
- Collection from Kathmandu airport on arrival
- Optional Sight-seeing trip
- 1 night accommodation in Kathmandu
- Internal flight to Nepaljung plus transfer to camp.
- 6 days of rafting
- Return internal flight from Nepaljung to Kathmandu
- £850 all inclusive and including internal flights
- All abilities welcome. 2 hours previous rafting experience preferable
Although it’s not as well-known as other rivers in Nepal, the Karnali River has some of the biggest, most fun whitewater rafting in the country. Rapids on the Karnali River crescendo perfectly, so with easier rapids on the first day, paddlers have the time to develop a team rapport and learn how to paddle together before trying their skills at the first big rapid, “Sweetness and Light.” By the second and day, the river gorges and the white water gets more difficult. Rafters get a chance to challenge the quintessential big-water Himalayan rapids such as “Jailhouse Rock,” “Inversion,” “Humans for Lunch,” and “Shake Rattle and Roll.” The river climaxes at the notorious rapid, “God’s House,” however there are still plenty of fantastic rapids downstream such as “Juicer,” “Flip-n-Strip,” and “Freight Train.” Towards the end of a 112 mile Karnali River rafting trip, the Karnali River is joined by the Seti River where it widens and rafters have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the spectacular scenery. A chance for you to leave the stresses and strains of modern living behind. Rafting trips on the Karnali River allow for ample time to soak in some of the most pristine jungle scenery in the world. The Karnali River flows through narrow gorges as well as wider plains as it makes its journey through the foothills of the Himalayas to the Ganges River. The Weather To dispel myths, Nepal is a lovely WARM destination. So, despite being home to some of the world’s highest peaks, it is still on the same latitude as Florida so we will be rafting in warm, sunny weather. The temperature will be between 20-35C and the water temperature will be 17C. Our trip is shortly after the monsoon so the rivers are guaranteed to be full and lots of fun!
WEDS 12TH OCTOBER: Depart UK
THURSDAY 13TH OCTOBER: Day 1
You will be met by a member of the OFC local team at the airport and then transferred to your hotel in Thamel, Kathmandu. You will then have time to settle in, shower and have some downtime. If you are up for it, and depending on the time that you arrive, we can take you to one of the temples nearby to watch the sunset before enjoying a nice meal in one of the many restaurants and bars in Thamel.
Included: Airport pickup and transfer from the airport. A night’s hotel accommodation
FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER: Day 2 After breakfast we board our flight to Nepalgang, in the “Wild West” of Nepal. Our bus will meet us here and take us through the fascinating town of Surkhet to the start of our short hike into the river. By late afternoon, we’ll have the camp set up ready for a big day in the morning.
SATURDAY 15TH: Day 3 After a comprehensive safety talk we put on the river. Today we see a gradual introduction of whitewater as we take to the river for about 4 hours. We pause for lunch at a beautiful waterfall, giving us the chance for some fabulous photo opportunities. After lunch we encounter our first major rapid, “Sweetness And Light” which leads us in to our evening campsite.
SUNDAY 16th: Day 4 After breakfast, we have a fantastic day of whitewater to look forward to, starting with “Shake Rattle and Roll” and “Humans For Lunch”! En route, we stop at Jungleghat, a fairly major village en route to Tibet for a timely cup of “Chi”. About 10 minutes downstream from the village are the rapids “Jailhouse Rock” and “Inversion.” Shortly after, we relax for lunch, and float down to our camp at Scorpion Beach, where we enter a beautifully forested canyon with cascading waterfalls. Included: All meals
MONDAY 17TH OCTOBER: Day 5 today we head down river to take on the biggest whitewater of the journey. “Godshouse” is our first rapid for the day and GREAT fun! We continue downstream to enjoy the towering waves of “Juicer” and “Flip ’n Strip” before we stop for lunch. After our lunchtime siesta, the rapids keep on coming thick and fast, in the form of “Snapshot”, “Freight Train” and the “Red Rock Canyon” before we hit some calmer water further downstream.
Included: All meals
TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER: Day 6 The whitewater action of the previous few days gives rise to some calmer water and the chance to really relax and bask in the warmth of the sun, take in the ever changing scenery.
WEDNESDAY 19TH: Day 7 Another day where we gently float along at river speed while fishermen show off their catch and summon us to come and buy as we drift on past. They are as puzzled by our presence there as we are of their ways. Dug out canoes ferry passengers across the river and young children swim out to our raft with the prospect of “hitch hiking” further down stream. Tonight is the last evening on the river and one to treasure as you lie under the stars being lulled to sleep by the endless sound of moving water.
FRIDAY 21ST OCTOBER: Day 9 It’s time to take the boats out of the water and transfer back to the airport for our flight back to Kathmandu. Tonight is our last night and we our accommodation is back in Thamel where we stayed on the first evening.
SATURDAY 22ND OCTOBER: Day 10 Return to the UK
Included: transfers to the airport
- All camping equipment including tents, shelters, air mattresses, sleeping bags, tarps, personal tents, toilet.
- All meals and water whilst on the river. Tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juice will also be provided.
- Internal flight to and from Kathmandu.
- All equipment, including helmets, dry tops, throw bags, dry bags, pelican boxes, wetsuits, paddles, etc. All equipment is international standard and regularly checked
- All staff, including highly qualified & licensed Guides and professional Safety Kayakers, are fluent in English and hold up to date First Aid training.
The cost also includes;
- River permits
- Gear Raft support
- Extensive medical kit
- Trip photos – make sure you bring a USB stick along with you
What’s not included:
- Flights from the UK to Kathmandu
- Unrelated travel, visas, insurance, travel documents etc.
- Items of a personal nature (toiletries, personal medication, clothing, cameras etc)
- Personal insurance
- Alcohol and additional snacks
- Optional tips for guides
Travel insurance. To travel with us you are required to have adequate insurance for the activity
£850 including internal flights.
” When I read ‘trip of a lifetime’ I thought it might be a good time but OFC wasn’t lying. I have to be honest and say that it was beyond expectations. From start to finish I had a smile on my face and enjoyed every second.
This was my first rafting trip and I was a little worried but as soon as we met our guides and ran through the safety instructions I felt comfortable. If you have never been white water rafting before then get ready for an adrenaline rush..!!
Nepal is a beautiful country and I can’t wait to go back.
Thanks Jon and the rest of the OFC crew.”
This is my first rafting trip – is it safe?
Our professional guides will teach you everything you need to know. Before each activity, we provide a full safety briefing and demonstration, making sure everyone on board knows exactly how to follow the guide’s instructions and how to actively participate as a team. We will also teach you how to be rescued by our safety kayakers in case you fall out of the raft. With years of experience our guides are the best in the industry and they will take very good care of you!
Of course, every adventure activity carries an element of risk which is what makes it exciting. With our intensive international training, state of the art equipment and comprehensive emergency preparedness, we have reduced the risks as much as possible and feel extremely confident in operating fun, exciting and safe adventures.
How are the rivers rated for their rapids?
Water volume and technical hazards determine a rapids grade.
- Class I-II are small and simple waves.
- Class III/III+ are exciting, but not too difficult or technical.
- Class IV/IV+ provide a great adrenalin rush with the chance of falling out or flipping the raft.
- Class V is extreme, challenging, potentially scary and usually requires a great deal of scouting and is the highest level we run in Nepal with only our absolute best guides in charge.
Please understand that Mother Nature makes the rules in all outdoor pursuits, and often rivers, trails, roads change making rapid levels constantly fluctuate from season to season.
What kind of food can I expect when out rafting?
We are very proud of our crew’s culinary ability! We offer both Western & Nepali dishes with both vegetarian and non vegetarian options. Meals are always provided as buffet, so you can help yourself to what you like and avoid what you don’t. Treated stream drinking water is always provided.
Breakfast includes tea, coffee & hot chocolate ready early as well as cornflakes with powder milk and sometimes yogurt. Then we have full cooked breakfast with a variety of options ranging from eggs, toast, breakfast potatoes & veg, pancakes, porridge, fruit etc.
Lunch includes a combination of bread, cheese, salami, tuna, sardines, baked beans, variety of salads, fresh fruit and biscuits etc.
Once we arrive at camp we have tea, coffee & hot water prepared as quickly as possible, followed by snacks such as popcorn, papadum and sometimes soup.
Dinner includes a combination of pasta , curries, steamed or stir fried vegetables,the option of local Nepalese dhal bhat and even the odd BBQ.
What kind of footwear do I need?
For trekking you will need comfortable walking boots/trainers.
For our rafting & kayaking trips, a sport sandal which stays on your foot is the best option. Some common brands are Teva or Chaco which are available here in Nepal.
What happens with my luggage?
We will provide you with a stuff sack to pack what you wish to bring on the river with you. Once we arrive at the put-in point, we will put all stuff sacks in our 99% water proof dry bags. Any valuable items, or things you wish to have access to through the day, such as cameras, medicine, extra eye contact lenses & sunscreen etc, will be packed in smaller waterproof bags.
Your extra luggage can be left at our office in Kathmandu.
How fit do I have to be?
A basic level of physical fitness is required on all of our trips.
What do I need to bring?
Please note that when on any outdoor adventure, it is smart to bring quick dry, natural and breathable clothing and to pack in layers to be prepared for change in weather.
If you have any other questions you would like to ask then please do not hesitate to contact us.