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Seti River Rafting

Trip Length: 11 Days
Put In Point: Gopeghat (Dadeldhura)
Take Out Point: Chisapani (Bardiya)
Region: Karnali
Best Season: Spring/Autumn
River Class: III/IV
Meals: All meals on rafting days

Trip Highlights

  • White water rafting in the beautiful countryside
  • Adrenaline pumping rapids and bends, and fishing points
  • Rafting through deep gorges, high cliffs, and lush forests
  • Cap the river adventure with jungle safari in Bardiya National Park
  • Trained and experienced crew, and safety kayaks throughout the trip


Many people mistake this river with Set River that originates in Annapurna range and flows through Pokhara Valley. This tributary of Karnali River, however, originates near Nepal-Tibet border in Bajhang district and flows through the far-western Nepal before meeting Karnali River. Despite its remoteness, the river is easily accessible, thanks to the airstrips in Dhangadhi and Chainpur of Bajhang district. Beautiful white beaches for camping, views of mountain peaks like Api and Saipal in the northern horizon, deep gorges, beautiful sceneries, wildlife viewing and plenty of fishing opportunities make this river one of the best in the country for white water rafting. As the river flows through wild and least-explored terrains of Nepal, there are some big rapids. In certain sections, succession of rapids keep the rafters busy. The river adventure begins with an hour-long flight to Dhangadhi and about five-hour drive to the put in point at Gopeghat. The take out point is near the magnificent Chisapani bridge following which rafters will spend a night or two at Bardiya National Park, chasing tigers and bears.
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Getting there

This is one of the remotest river expeditions in Nepal. Getting to the put in point is a fun in itself. Take an about an hour-long flight to Dhangadhi Airport. You will meet your rafting crew at airport itself and start driving toward Dipayal. You will reach the put in point in the evening.

Meals and Accommodation

You will stay in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on sharing basis. Breakfast is complimentary. During river trips, however, you camps will be set up at beautiful beaches along the river. You rafting crew will cook and serve you three meals a day during the river journey. Cargo boat carries your food, camping and kitchen equipment together with you. Most of the lunches, however, will be packed ones. It depends on your rafting schedule. Evenings will be fun as the crew members will sing and dance around the campfire. Next morning, everything will be packed and loaded on the cargo boat.

Best Season

The best season to enjoy Seti River rafting is from October to the end of November, followed by April to June. In October-November the river will be high after the monsoon rains making the river a wild ride through different rapids. The April-June, before the monsoon begins, will be a bit quieter. Regardless of the season, the river offers you one of the best whiter water experiences as it passes through gorges, forests full of wildlife and some of Nepal’s least explored areas.

Packing List

  • Swimsuit
  • Sunscreen
  • Shorts, T-shirt
  • Sun glasses with sports strap
  • Hat
  • Sandals or trainers
  • Camera (can be stored in our dry bags/box whilst rafting)
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Personal Toiletry
  • Personal medication
  • Sleeping bag and mattress
  • Dry, warm clothes for the evenings
  • Pajamas
  • Headlamp
  • Book, deck of cards or small travel games

Trip Itinerary

Day 1
Arrival in Nepal

Upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, meet our representative who will extend you warm welcome and transfer you to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. In the evening, there will be a trip briefing session at your hotel.

O/N: Hotel
Day 2
Fly to Dhangadhi and drive to Gopeghat

After early breakfast, our representative will drive you to Kathmandu airport for a flight to Dhangadhi. The flight takes about 70 minutes. Upon arrival at the airport, board a waiting car/bus and start your journey toward Gopeghat of Dadeldhura. The drive is pleasing as you gradually leave the plains of Tarai and start climbing up toward the Seti River valley. It takes around six hours to each your rafting put in point at Gopeghat. The drive also helps you familiarize with rural Nepal. Your camp will be set up near a river crossing at Gopeghat.

O/N: Tent
Day 3
Raft to Pipala Bazaar

Your whitewater adventure begins today after a short briefing by your river guide. Star floating from your punt in point at Pipala Bazaar. There are some beautiful rapids on the day. As this is your first day in the river, you will raft for a shorter distance today. Your camp will be set up at Pipala Bazaar near Dipayal.

O/N: Tent
Day 4
Raft to Naridang

Your whitewater adventure begins today after a short briefing by your river guide. Start floating downward from your put in point at Pipala Bazaar. The float initially is easy, but it becomes adventurous once the river starts getting narrow and you start encountering rapids. There are plenty of rapids and bends in today’s section. After a float of nearly six hours, you will reach Naridang. Your camp will be set up at a beautiful beach. After lunch at your camp, you can try fly fishing in the Seti River.

O/N: Tent
Day 5
Raft to Lode Beach

Continue your adventure through the beautiful landscape of the Seti River Valley. The trip pumps your adrenaline as there are some difficult rapids and bends in this section. You float through the beautiful countryside of the far-western Nepal much of which still remains unexplored. A float of around six hours will take you to your camp at Lode Beach.

O/N: Tent
Day 6
Raft to Karnali Confluence

Another adventure day. After negotiating adventurous rapids and bends, you float to a gorge where Seti River meets the mighty Karnali River that originates in Tibet. Your camp will be setup near by the confluence. The main attraction today is going to be fishing. The Seti-Karnali confluence is the best habitat of Himalayan Mahasheer which can grow up to 2.75 meters and weigh up to 50 kg. After fishing and taking photograph, we release the catch in the river as we follow the principles of eco-friendly and sustainable tourism.

O/N: Tent
Day 7
Raft to Todal Ghat

Your penultimate day in the river. After meeting Karnali River, the river widens and the float becomes easy. However, it passes through narrow gorges at places with high cliffs rising on both sides of the river. There are some difficult rapids to negotiate through in this section. You will spend the night at a beautiful river beach in Todal Ghat.

O/N: Tent
Day 8
Raft to Chisapani

Your last day in the river. It’s an easy float to Chisapani marked by a beautiful single suspension bridge. You can simply bask in the sun and drink some beers as the boat floats downward. Upon arrival at Chisapani, board a waiting car and drive to Bardiya National Park as our crew take care of the gears and equipment.

O/N: Jungle Lodge
Day 9
Jungle Safari

After an adrenaline pumping river adventure, enjoy jungle activities in one of the most preserved jungles in western Nepal. Bardiya National Park is known for its healthy population of Royal Bengal Tiger. If you are lucky, you can encounter this mighty beast in its natural habitat. You can enjoy elephant safari jeep safari or jungle walk. Experienced jungle guides take you deep into the jungle so that you can see different wildlife species in their natural habitat.

O/N: Jungle Lodge
Day 10
Drive to Nepalgunj and Fly to Kathmandu

Start driving to Nepalgunj Airport after having breakfast at your lodge. The drive takes about couple of hours. The flight takes about an hour. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to your hotel. Remaining time is free for independent activities. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner in your honor to celebrate the success of the amazing river adventure.

O/N: Hotel
Day 11

Your last day in Nepal! Our representative will escort you to the airport for your return flight. While returning back, you will have plenty of time to reflect on the amazing time that you had in Nepal.

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