Rafting in the River Trishuli

Rafting in the River Trishuli 

The river Trishuli was named after the ever-present 'Trident' of Lord Shiva, a popular God of the Hindus. Given its easy access from Kathmandu and Pokhara, this  river  is  also Nepal's most popular for  whitewater rafting. Ideal for novices as well as the  experienced, the Trishuli flows though fascinating valleys, amazing gorges, rolling rapids,  while  it also has relaxing sections making the  trip  a great experience.   The  usual  trip  lasts from  a day to three  days.

Although most rivers  are  unsuitable for rafting during certain seasons,  the Trishuli is open  to keen rafters  even during peak  monsoon. The swollen waters present their own  challenges making the Trishuli an exciting.

Some  of the  well-known rapids  encountered are : Snail's nose, Malekhu rapid, Ladies Delight, Highway, Upset, surprise, S-Bend and Pinball Rapid.


Two Days on the Trishuli

Day 1 - Charaudi
Soon after breakfast, at about 7 .30 am the  bus  leaves Kathmandu  heading for  Charaudi,  the  put-in point.  After a 2 1/2 hour drive, Charaudi is reached where a crowd of friendly local people eagerly wait to watch the proceedings. The  sight of foreigners  all geared  up for rafting fascinates them.  The crew prepares the rafts, after which  all head towards the  river for Safety Talk  and lessons on how to use paddles.

On the first day a number of Class I to Class III rapids  are encountered. Rat.. ings are all given on the  international rating scale. Two hours  down  the river is a beach with strange shaped boulders that resemble sculptures and this is the lunch spot. Outdoor lunch by the river is always an enchanting experience. It also gives everyone a break from  paddling and time  to take  in the  scenery and sounds of the natural surroundings. Paddling down after lunch, a large gorge is encountered, the Trishuli gorge, which is narrow and the walls very steep causing the river to accelerate through it. Naturally the rapids here are more ferocious and also more frequent. This  is an exciting section and time to hold on tight.

We  finally  come   across  a rapid named  after a very  old  suspension bridge,  Jhoolunge  Pul.  Looking up one can  see  a crowd of locals chattering with excitement as they watch the adventurous foreigners tackle the river on rubber boats. One thing to watch  for along the riverside, are the geological formations that look intriguing.

At the end of the day, it is time to stop and  set up camp at Kuringhat, which is a very popular weekend getaway for expatriates and locals as well. The crew gets busy pitching up tents and  everyone is welcome to help  in  whatever chores  need  to get done.  A feeling of togetherness is encouraged which adds a lot to the enjoyment of the trip. Dinner  is prepared under gas fires  and  it is also the  time  to come  together and share experiences.  Camping out under the brilliant stars on the riverside with the roar of the river as a backdrop is an amazing experience.  Campsite dinners can be quite entertaining when people share their personal tales.
Day 2 - Kuringhat
 
Comparatively,  the  second  day starts at a leisurely pace. Soon after an early breakfast,  it  is time  to  move  and the wonderful Kuringhat is  left  behind for yet more adventures on  the  river.

There   are  numerous bouncy rapids along this  stretch and  the  views are splendid.  Enjoy the sights of emerald hillsides and golden paddy fields of the Nepalese countryside.

One and a half hours down river is the confluence of the Trishuli and the rumbling Marsyangdi.  Coming from  west Nepal, the Marsyangdi is a very popular river for white water rafting. Being more technical  than  the Trishuli,  it  attracts a lot of avid rafter .  The  trip however, doesn't  end here  and rafting  further down, a place called Tea Pot is reached.

The exhilarating river run comes to an end here and guests either drive back to Kathmandu or head on down to Chitwan for a safari in the pristine jungles of the Chitwan National Park, Asia's most well-preserved wildlife habitat.

(Source: Nepal Tourism Board)