Rafting in the River Budi Gandaki

Rafting in the River Budi Gandaki

The Budi gandaki river has its source within Nepal and drains the eastern slopes of Manaslu and the Ganesh Himal before flowing south through a steep-sided valley to join the Trisuli river a little above Mugling. This river has a rather easy gradient down from Arughat Bazaar when compared to some other rivers. It flows through an open valley and allows views of mountains towards the north. just below Arughat Bazaar is the put-in point on this river.

The Budi Gandaki river is an easy Class 2 and 3 that can be an alternative starting point for the Trisuli run. This can be combinied with a 2-day trek in Gorkha, the region where the Shah dynasty of Nepal came from. there are great views of manaslu and the Ganesh Himal during the trek. The put-in point at Arughat can be reached by driving Dhading besi. The river descends through typical Nepali villages which gives the rafters a good opportunity to get familiar with local cultures.

The Budi Gandaki flows south though a steep-sided valley to join the Trisuli. Most people are familiar with this confluence as it is visible from the highway to kathmadu. here the blue waters of the Dudi Gandaki joins the usually more muddy waters of the Trisuli. The river trio ends at Charaudi.

The best time to go is from October to December or february to April.

(Source: Nepal Tourism Board)