Connecting the two holy shrines of Gangotri and Badrinath, this trail traverses from one glacier to the other to cross the high pass of Kalindi just under 6000m. The walk is mostly over the moraines and the snow fields with deep crevasses and gives great opportunities to view the high altitude wildlife and camp by some small glacial lakes. Walking at an average altitude of 4500m for about 10 days and sleeping at freezing temperatures this trip is a lot more than a trek. Only for experienced trekkers !Flowing from near Tibet’s holy Mt. Kailas, the Karnali offers powerful high volume rapids with names like “First Blood”, “God’s House” and “Flip and Strip”, in a setting of wild forests and steep, narrow gorges. After a week of negotiating the Karnali’s upper gorges and pummeling whitewater, we spend two nights at Bardia National Park and another two nights exploring Kathmandu, Thamel and its environs.
For the eight days and 180 kilometers we won’t see a single sign of the modern world making it Nepal’s finest multi day river rafting. The rapids earlier on in the trip are comparatively easy, but as you enter the main canyon, be prepared for a thrill-a-minute adventure. There is a rapid waiting for you every corner. The Karnali’s headwaters come off of Mount Kailas in Tibet, the center of the universe for both Buddhist and Hindu religions, and then slice through the Himalayas in a series of magnificent and isolated gorges and forests.
From easy-going class 3 to continuous and powerful Class 4+/5 rapids, there are miles of beautiful scenery, pristine beaches, and deep gorges. Adventure travelers on the Karnali have seen Langur and Rhesus monkeys, leopards, bear, martins, and giant catfish, as well as freshwater dolphins and Bengal tigers. To sum it up, one of the finest rafting and kayaking trips in the Himalayas. Spectacular, remote, jungle-clad canyons with abundant wildlife. Our guides will run this expedition with our Nepalese partners at Equator Expeditions, run by well known adventurers Mahendra Thapa and Gerry Moffatt