At a Glance
The Mighty Karnali is for intermediate-advance level kayakers, seeking an adventure of a lifetime. –The Karnali is the longest undammed river of Nepal, whose waters emanates from Tibet and flow into Bardia National Park. This 10-day expedition is for those seeking outdoor adventure and challenge coupled with an immersive experience in diversity of wildlife as well as diversity in culture. With a continuum of exhilarating whitewater, you will be pushed physically every day until it’s time to chill out on the pearly white sandy beaches under the night sky. The Karnali host an array of flora & fauna and is one of three main river systems in Nepal that hosts the highest elevation for any cetacean in the world; the Ganges River Dolphin.
Depart from Pokhara to Surkhet by private bus. This is a 16 hour bus ride. A great way to see the landscape of Nepal’s Churia Hills. (option to fly to Nepalgunj/ Surkhet from Kathmandu available.)
After breakfast in Surkhet, we will drive to the put-in at Dhugeshwore, where we will have a night of camping and getting to know your HOC crew.
Within the first half of your Karnali journey, you will experience the thrilling non-stop ride of excitement through Nepal’s “wild west.” Teeming with magnificent canyons, wildlife and indigenous communities of the watershed, you’ll never want to leave.
In the latter half of the trip, the voluminous raging river’s momentum slows down with more moderate rapids surrounded by an even more biologically diverse pristine wilderness.
You’re now in the highest elevation of any cetacean habitat in the world!
On the opposite side of the take-out is the famous Bardia National park – home of the royal Bengal tiger, one horded rhino, Ganges River dolphin, Asian Elephant and much much more.
The Karnali is world renown for her immense beauty as well as the thrill of whitewater and should not be missed.
- Day 01-09: Breakfast, Snacks, Lunch and Dinner
- Day 10: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch
- Round trip transportation
- Relevant River, Mountaineering, and Conservation Area permits
- Daytime Guided Hikes in the itenerary
- Industry standard first aid kits
- Professional English speaking licensed guides highly trained and safety certified under international standards in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Aid/ Responder
- Professional safety kayakers highly trained and safety certified under international standards in Swift Water Rescue and Wilderness First Aid/ Responder
- International name brand ISO/CE certified kayaking equipment including helmets, PFDs, paddles, splash tops, drybags and wetsuits
- Camping gear and equipment including tents, sleeping bags, foam mattress, etc.
- Access to trip photos
- Donation to IUCN-Nepal’s freshwater biodiversity programs
- Personal items including swimwear, footwear, towel, and toiletries
- Insurance (we provide insurance for our HOC team – however, ALL clients must be properly insured through an emergency medical travel plan and present the necessary information while signing the Waiver/ Release Form prior to the trip’s departure**
- Unrelated accommodation, transportation, permits, visas, travel documents, departure taxes etc…
- Tips for guides **if you feel that our crew did a great job, you are invited but not obligated to offer a personal tip**
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Important Trip Information
Depending on your expedition/trip with HOC, the transportation from either Pokhara or Kathmandu to the starting point is typically included in the price. Please check your itinerary/ feel free to contact us for clarification.
By road: Nepal has basically two types of road transportation local and private where we mostly recommend you to use private transport with the green number plate which represents for tourist only. This is a more reliable and efficient mode of travel. Should you need a bus ticket, private car/ jeep, let us know and we can book that for you. (We can also book public transport, which is quite the adventure!)
By air (domestic): Unless stated in your trip itinerary with HOC, air travel is an add-on purchase. Should you need a flight, let us know and we can book that for you.
Generally, most adventures in Nepal are based in remote areas and high places that are unimaginably inhabited. We have different star hotels available Kathmandu and Pokhara but during your expeditions, you will stay in either or a combination of local teahouse lodges, riverside campsites/ backcountry camp spots.
Local lodges, better known as Teahouses are simple but comfortable with the availability of all the features like toilets and washing facilities.
For rafting treks and camping treks, we will set up a nice campsite where you can enjoy wonderful views and have a lovely time around a bonfire at night. Rafting camps will be set up on sandy beaches. Camping is generally made when we don’t have any hotels available to rest your weary arms/ legs and relish the beauty of the countryside in remote Nepal.
We believe that what one consumes has a significant impact on the world around us. Throughout our trips, we try our best to eat locally grown and organic foods filled with nutrition to reward our bellies for a hard earned meal. Our farm-to-table practices foster a strong connection with the local subsistence fishing/ farming communities, allowing them to reap the benefits of watershed tourism in their area.
Check out our Instagram to see the grub served throughout our trips.
Should you have any dietary needs, such as vegetarian, vegan and or kosher**, please do let us know (at least 24 hours before the trip) and we can make that happen for you.
**Kosher meals are under the hashgacha of HaRav Yechezkiel Lifshitz Shlit”a
Six factors can affect whether you suffer altitude illness and how severe it can be:
1. Rate of ascent. The faster you climb, the greater the risk, so ascend slowly.
2. Altitude gained (especially sleeping altitude). The higher you sleep, the greater the risk, so stick with the mantra, “Climb high, sleep low.”
3. Length of exposure. The longer you stay high, the greater the risk.
4. Level of exertion. Hard exertion, without rest or hydration, increases the risk, so rest and hydrate regularly.
5. Hydration and diet. High-fat and high-protein diets and dehydration may increase the risk. Stick to a high-carbohydrate diet.
6. Inherent physiological susceptibility. Some people are simply more likely to become ill, and we don’t know why.
There are three common types of altitude illness. Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is the most common, and left untreated can progress into high-altitude cerebral edema (HACE), which can be sudden and severe. Finally, high-altitude pulmonary edema (HAPE) is less common but more serious.
Signs and symptoms of AMS
• Loss of appetite
• Nausea, vomiting
• Disturbed sleep
Treatment of AMS
• Rest (light exercise is OK)
• Pain medication for headaches
• Descend if symptoms worsen or signs of HAPE or HACE develop
• Avoid sedatives
Signs and symptoms of HAPE
• Signs of AMS
• Shortness of breath on exertion, progressing to shortness of breath at rest
• Dry cough progressing to wet, productive cough
• Increased heart and respiratory rate
• Rales, sounds of fluid in the lungs
• Treatment of HAPE
• Descend at least 2,000 to 3,000 feet until symptoms abate
• Oxygen may be helpful
Signs and symptoms of HACE
• Signs of AMS
• Lack of muscle coordination
• Severe lassitude
• Nausea and vomiting
• Neurological signs such as vision disturbances, paralysis, seizures, hallucinations
• Altered mental status
Treatment of HACE
Remember, the ultimate goal is not the summit; it’s the journey. The mountain will still be there next time, and the memories will always stick with you.
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all HOC guests. We recommend that you check the information before you travel and make sure your plan covers you for all of the areas of your interest. (Should you request a recommendation for a plan, please contact us.) Before embarking on any of our trips, you will sign a waiver stating your policy information, number and expiration of your traveler’s insurance. –Make sure your plan covers everything in your itinerary!
We recommend that you check your government’s advice for their latest travel information before you travel any of the places and make sure your travel insurance covers you for all areas your itinerary covers. You better keep your passport and money in the neck wallet or money belt when you travel for the safety of your passports, air tickets, and money. You don’t need your expensive jewelry to be with you on a travel so keep it at home. Your leader will accompany you on all the activities, however if you have an own interest on different activities on a leisure time you can pursue but remember this activities you undertake are not the part of our trip itinerary.
We have an aim to connect people to people no matter from which place from you are. Exchanging culture and learning about each other’s tradition with the heart full of respects. It is important to remember that what may be acceptable behavior, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another.You should be considerate of Nepal’s customs, traditions, religion and culture. It is better you dress modestly and respectfully especially when entering places of worship. You can bargain at market it is more fun when you put smiles on your face. You can learn some local language and don’t hesitate to use it. Simple greetings can make a huge difference. Buy locally made products which support local artisans and helps keep traditional crafts alive. We recommend you to ask and receive permission before you take picture of people including children.
All of our River guides are well trained in first aid for backcountry conditions, where medical facilities are more than an hour away as well as well trained in swift water rescue and are prepared to enter moving water to perform “go” rescues. Through both pieces of training, they’re able to identify risks, self-rescue, and perform the various options for rescuing others, as well as the decision-making process required to chose the most appropriate rescue approach coupled with treating the victim in an efficient and resourceful manner.
We carry a first aid kit with the standard medicines permitted to be administered by SOLO Wilderness First Responders. We recommend you to consult your doctor at least 2 months prior to the beginning of your trip. We suggest protection against malaria, tetanus, typhoid etc. Acute mountain sickness is caused by going up high too fast and can be dangerous if all the warning signals are ignored. Altitude sickness has a potential to affect all the travelers from 2500m and higher. In case of serious sickness or a casualty, we will do everything to transfer you to nearest hospital. Regarding your safety the leader or your trip guide will be always around and will instruct you with every possible danger that can say hi to you on your adventure.
We provide you a highly qualified and trained leader who can manage your trip to be more wonderful. All of our guides/ naturalists have a strong grasp of the English language. They are certified in Wilderness First Aid and Swiftwater Rescue. Each of our guides have thorough knowledge regarding the ecoregions you will be exploring on your expeditions. Many of them are indigenous and have traditional knowledge and spiritual connections to the places you will be exploring too! Ask them questions about local flora/ fauna/ cultures etc.
In order to match your requirements, the leader will be selected officially. The other crew member who seems very helpful and polite will be there at your service at any time. Click here, to learn more about our impressive crew!
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