Wind­ing down the Kar­nali

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DE­SIGNED FOR IN­TREPID RAFTERS will­ing to pad­dle for up to four to six hours a day, Pad­dle Nepal’s 10-day Kar­nali River Raft­ing tour is a proper wilder­ness ex­pe­ri­ence. Sec­tions of what they call “a thrill-a-minute roller­coaster ride” are fol­lowed by more mod­er­ate rapids and stretches of slack wa­ter, rolling through gorges and forests be­fore ar­riv­ing at Bar­dia Na­tional Park on the coun­try’s south­ern bor­der. Also called Ghaghara, the Kar­nali is a trans­bound­ary river orig­i­nat­ing on the Ti­betan Plateau near Mansarovar and f low­ing even­tu­ally into the Ganges in In­dia. Mea­sur­ing 507km, it is the long­est river in the coun­try. While the trip is suit­able for kayak­ers of all abil­i­ties – though a level of phys­i­cal fit­ness is re­quired – there are plenty of big rapids and surf­ing waves to keep the more ex­pe­ri­enced en­ter­tained. Begin­ners shouldn’t worry ei­ther as they are put through train­ing prior to the trip. A level of team­work and in­de­pen­dence are also ex­pected: par­tic­i­pants put up their own tents and pick up af­ter them­selves. An overnight bus to Dungeswar pre­ludes the trip and is in­cluded in the price that starts at US$905 in­clud­ing tax. You need only bring your per­sonal be­long­ings as Iso-cer­ti­fied safety equip­ment( for non-swim­mers) and camp­ing gear are pro­vided. Visit www.pad­­ing-kar­nali-river-10-days for reser­va­tions.

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