Winding down the Karnali
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.paddlenepal.com/kayaking-karnali-river-10-days for reservations.