Kathmandu. The Great Karnali Quest 2024, organized jointly by the Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies, Nepal River Conservation Trust, and Karnali Basin Conservation Foundation, is set to take place in Nepal from March 8 to 13. This international-level rafting competition spans a record-breaking 248 kilometers along the Karnali River, making it the longest rafting race in the world.
In a press conference held in Kathmandu, it was revealed that the event aims to promote tourism in the Karnali region. The competition, which is open for registration from February 5 to 24, has attracted 16 international teams so far. The organizers have confirmed the participation of six international teams in the event.
Megh Ale, the Chairman of The Great Karnali Quest, expressed his commitment to promoting rafting in the Karnali region and connecting the brand, economic tourism, and the vast potential of Karnali’s long-term tourism. Ale emphasized the need for the government to actively contribute to the conservation of the Karnali River.
Ale further shared that six members would form a team for The Great Karnali Quest Rafting Race, and each participating team is required to pay a registration fee of $450. The competition offers a prize of $3,000, with an expectation to reach $4,000 depending on additional contributions. The event will also feature a live broadcast.
Shiv Adhikari, the President of the Nepal Association of Rafting Agencies, highlighted challenges in tourism development due to political interference in the Tourism Board’s activities. Despite budget allocations, there have been issues in implementation. Adhikari expressed hope for collective efforts to ensure the success of The Great Karnali Quest as a significant project for the region.