Trishuli is Nepal's most popular rafting river; easy access from Kathmandu and Pokhara, scenic valleys and impressive gorges, exhilarating rapids and easier sections as well as the right amount of time all make it the perfect trip for first-time or experienced rafters.
Unfortunately, the river's popularity means that it is crowded and the beaches are disturbed during the normal rafting season. However, there is some good news as well. During the monsoon months, the Trishuli changes character completely as huge runoffs makes the river swell and shear like an immense ribbon of churning ocean. When the river is running high and wild, there are hardly any rafters around. Rafting in the Trishuli is without doubt the most exciting thing you can do in Nepal during monsoon, and quite possibly one of the best two days of big water rafting trips offered anywhere in the world.
Departure point: Kathmandu/Pokhara
Duration: 2 Days
Rafting Distance: 40 Kms
Rafting start point: Charaudi
Rafting finish point: Simaltal/Gaighat
Outward travel time: 2.5 Hours
River grade: III
Return travel time: 3.5 Hours
Best Season: Oct-Nov/ May- Mar
DAY 01 KATHMANDU DRIVE TO RAFTING STARTING POINT 2-3 HRS & 3 HRS RAFTING IN TRISHULI RIVER:
We leave Kathmandu at about 0700 Hours and drive approximately 2-3 hrs to Charaundi, our put-in point. After the crew assembles the raft, they will explain the safety equipment and proper procedures. During the day, we run a numbers of rapids, that rate to 2 to 3. All the rapids have been given Nepali and English names: our guide can relate the story behind each one. We lunch on a beach remarkable for its unique sculptured boulders. Shortly after lunch we enter the Trishuli gorge. As the canyon narrows the walls becomes steep, densely, forested, the current accelerates and the rapids increase in the size and frequency. This is the time to hang on.
After such a stimulating experience, it is humbling to see a Majhi (Fisherman) building his precarious traps in such turbulence. Our last rapid, Jholungepul, is named for an extensive suspension bridge. Here we often encounter an enthusiastic audience, they line the bridge excited to see us pass beneath. The geologic formation is tremendously interesting and not worthy. We camp at Kurintar on wildness beach on the Trishuli Valley. Everyone is welcome to help our crew with camp chores. Once the tents are pitched a savoury dinner will be prepare over stoves and singing, dancing and playing the Games.
DAY 02 3 HRS RAFTING IN TRISHULI RIVER & BACK TO KATHMANDU OR EITHER JOIN TRIP TO CHITWAN NATIONAL PARK:
Our second day has a leisurely pace. After Breakfast, we continue down the Trishuli stopping to suit our interests. We spend the whole day within its forested canyon- one of the many in the Mahabharat range. We eat lunch beside the river and have time to explore birdwatch, photograph and learn about the local people.
The area is inhabited by Magars and Gurung farmers, noted for noted for their friendliness and charm and we have an opportunity for visiting a Vieira and we end our River trip and drive back to Kathmandu/Pokhara/Chitwan.