Save the Karnali River Expedition

Save the Karnali River Expedition

15 Sep 05:00 - 08:00 - Kathmandu
Ultimate Descents Nepal


Save the Karnali River Expedition 2018
Join the internationally renowned Scientists, Conservationists, Journalists and Celebrities in this exceptional expedition starting from Mt. Kailash, Tibet passing through Nepal and reaching to Ganges River, India.

The Karnali river is a perennial, torrential, turbulent and undisturbed river of the Himalayas, which is one of the three major rivers of Nepal, the other two being Gandaki or Narayani River and Sapta koshi River. It originates from Mansarover and Rakes Lake and receives much snow fed rivers such as Mugu Karnali and Humla Karnali at Himalayan belt. The Karnali is an ancient stream. It existed before the rise of the Himalaya and carved its path as the mountains rose during collision of the Indian and Eurasian tectonic plates. The Karnali River carves its way from the headwater glaciers of Mapchachungo near the Tibetan Plateau through the peaks, mountains and hills of the Himalayas.

The biological resources are Fish and wildlife that are adapted to the various aquatic and terrestrial environments are encountered in the stream and along the banks of the Karnali River. Although the least explored of all rivers in Nepal, the Karnali is known to provide habitat for 179 fish species 95% of those are native species with three endemic species discovered to date. Nepali fisheries biologist believes there are many more fish species to be discovered in the Karnali system. Multiple wetland-dependent mammals found in the jungles of the Terai depend on the flooding and sedimentation processes of the Karnali River to create and maintain their habitat.
The spiritual inspiration comes from the physical beauty of Mt. Kailash is not only fascinating, it is also the ultimate pilgrimage destination for Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Bon religions from around the world. For all four religions, Mount Kailash is the spiritual epicenter. Every year, thousands of devotees make the pilgrimage to the holy Mt. Kailash for spiritual purification.
The Karnali River valley hosts a historic trade route with Tibet. Salt from Tibet was traded for rice grown in the lowlands. Animal husbandry and trade along this route continues today and supports the people of the high Himalayan Mountains as they trade yak and sheep meat, milk, cheese and fiber.
Almost all of the rivers in the nation have been exploited/ reserved for hydropower development and in few decades it would be no wonder that no river in the country would remain in its pristine form. River conservation activist and adventure tourism entrepreneurs are worried about the brand name ‘white water rafting’ as the hydropower development would leave no river free flowing.
Karnali has been categorized as one of the top five rivers as per International rafting standards.
Not necessarily that river have to be exploited for power, our rivers could be a good agents of link between Indian and China. Conservationist maintained that the last free flowing river in Nepal should be declared as a Himalayan river heritage. They also urged the government to declare Karnali watershed as the national park and promote ecotourism.
It is quite strange that the local people dwelling in far-flung corners and even deprived of good basic education are seen to be aware of the importance of our water resources and are showing their concern about the losses to the nation in case the Upper Karnali diversion project is implemented. We urgently need to prevent damming and the cultural, economic, and environmental devastation it would cause. NRCT and Waterkeeper Alliance are working in cooperation to coordinate an expedition to document the rich environmental and cultural heritage of the Karnali River Basin and the potential negative impacts of hydropower. We are determined to create a path that protects the river and the people, cultures, economies, and fish and wildlife that depend on it.
Together we can make the vision of a protected cultural, historic, and wild river corridor following the historic salt trade route from the Tibetan Plateau along the Karnali River through Nepal to the Ganges River in India a reality.

River Only Cost: $1520
Stay at Bardiya: $220
Airfare (Optional): $183 (Approximately)
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