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Departure -  Karnali

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Most experienced river travellers who have rafted or kayaked down the Karnali - Nepal's mightiest river, will agree that it is one of the best trips offered anyhwere. Karnali lies in the western part of the kingdom in the whats called the " Wild West" of Nepal, an area only recently opened to tourism.

Karnali - Red Rock CanyonRising 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.

Ultimate Descents Nepal funds a school along the banks of the Karnali river. A portion of every Karnali trip is donated to the school. Your expedition will not only be a great experience, but a meaningful contribution to the future by providing supplies for the school children. If you would like more information about this and other non-profit activities we organize, please do not hesitate to contact us.

International Departure Dates

River Karnali - Tamakoshi - Sunkoshi
Days 10
Class III to V(-)
Cost (US $) 500

Cost includes: All meals, transportation to the put in point and back from the take out point, all rafting equipment and accommodation on twin sharing basis.
Cost does not include: Sleeping bag/ mattress, alcoholic beverages, personal expenses and insurance.

Spring 2006

12 Mar - 21 Mar

  24 Mar - 02 Apr
* 04 Apr - 13 Apr
* 15 Apr - 24 Apr
** 27 Apr - 06 May
** 11 May - 21 May
*** 22 May - 31 May

Fall 2006

22 Sept – 01 Oct (10days)

* 04 Oct – 13 Oct
* 16 Oct – 25 Oct
* 28 Oct– 06 Nov
* 08 Nov – 17 Nov
* 21 Nov – 30 Nov
  03 Dec - 12 Dec
* Medium high flows.
** Due to pre-monsoon storms and snowmelt, expeditions at these times will be high flows.
*** With monsoon season, the river gets wild and very high, so expect more challenging rivers…




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