The area can be reached by public bus from Dhangadhi (3,5h) and by
bus, bicycle and rickshaw from Tikapur (30min).
The source of the Karnali River lies high up in the Himalayas. It is one of four rivers that rise near the holy Mount Kailash in Tibet. On its journey down to the south, Karnali is wild and rapid, offering excellent white water excitement. When the river reaches the flat Terai, it settles down into more moderate and gentle currents and eventually becomes a wide, majestic stream. Traveling on the river in this area is a relaxed float surrounded by pristine wilderness. More information about rafting and boating trips on the Karnali River can be found here.
In the Far Western Terai, just south of Tikapur, the Karnali River is joined by three streams which make it the ideal habitat for one of the oldest species of aquatic animals on earth: the Ganges river dolphin. There are only four river systems worldwide that are inhabited by the rare freshwater dolphin. One of them is the Ganges River and its tributaries including Far West’s Karnali and Mohana River. You are most likely to see the dolphins during monsoon season when the river is swollen since this is the time the dolphins migrate. There are probably up to 60-70 individuals and they can be easily spotted when they come to the surface to breathe. If you are interested to learn more about this rare species, you can visit the Dolphin Conservation Centre in Dunghanatole.