The Western Bend - Karnali



Location
Nepal

Duration
10 days

Price
780 USD

Activity
Rafting

Season
Spring / Autumn

Rating

Difficulty
Moderate To Strenous

Min No of Pax
0

The Western Bend - Karnali

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Overview

Most experienced river travelers, who have rafted or kayaked down the Karnali- Nepal's mightiest river, agree that it is one of the best trips offered anywhere. Karnali lies in the western part of the nation in what is called the "Wild West" of Nepal, an area only recently opened for 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 level 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.

The expedition begins with a bus journey into the remote and almost untouched region of western Nepal and crossing through part of the Bardia National Park. If the idea of a 2 days bus ride doesn't appeal to you there is the option of flying to Nepalgunj (18 km south to Kohalpur) and catching an hour bus to meet the rest of the group at Kohalpur. Flying to Surkhet with little extra cost would be the second option. From here, we drive further, for about 4 hours, to get to the last stop Dungeswor (put in). The river section lasts 7 days, including one layover day. At the end of the trip, you can choose to take a detour to Bardia National Park for an unforgettable and true experience of Nepal. The Karnali, Nepal's mightiest river, descends through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent gorges. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river level to swell drastically, creating the extremes of whitewater rafting. Expect exceptionally big volume rafting through jungles inhabited by nomads traditionally known as the Routes, deserted beaches and small villages.

The Western Blend: Karnali

The Karnali, Nepal's mightiest river, descends through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent gorges. Seasonal snow melts and storms can cause the river level to swell drastically, creating the extremes of whitewater rafting. Expect exceptionally big volume rafting through jungles inhabited by nomads traditionally known as the Routes, deserted beaches and small villages.

Fixed Departure

CLASS III-V (-)

From DateTo Date
20 Oct 2019 29 Oct 2019
03 Nov 2019 12 Nov 2019
15 Nov 2019 24 Nov 2019
27 Nov 2019 06 Dec 2019
07 Dec 2019 16 Dec 2019

Includes

All meals transportation to the put-in point and back from the take-out point, all rafting equipment and accommodation on a twin sharing basis.

Excludes

Sleeping bags/ mattresses, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and insurance.

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