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Trishuli River Rafting
Travel to Nepal
country_image As per the Hindu legend the Trisuli River orginated by Lord Shiva driving his trident (in Nepali 'Trisul') in the hill just above the Gosainkunda to creat three springs when he needed a cool rast in the Lake Gosainkunda. Trisuli river starts from Betrawati (625m) and flows to Narayanghat (170m) covering distance of 141 kms. The river is approchable from Kathmandu by vehicle in 2 to 4 hours' drive and the river days would be from 4 to 7. The difficulty in class is 3+ to 4. 

This river is most popular rafting river with impressive gorges, exciting rapids, some easier sections, and easily acceessible from Kathmandu and Pokhara. This river is also recomended for intermediate kayakers. Not far from Betrawati, Trisuli joins the Bhote Kosi that flows from Tibet; the two rivers joining in some pretty fearsome looking gorges that are visible on the way up to the Langtang Trek. 

By Betrawati the gradient has eased and after this it becomes a more mature and powerful river which later adds many other major rivers to its flow - the Buri Gandaki, the Marshyangdi, and the Seti. When the Kali Gandaki joins it, shortly before the plains, it changes its name to Narayani. Here, it is a mighty river - peak flows in the Monsoon have been measured at 25,700 cu.mecs (extream, instantaneous discharge); about 900,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 50 times the typical flow of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Normally the flow on the main rafting section of the Trisuli is about half that of the Grand Canyon, and in many ways the rapids are smaller scale versions of those on the Colorado; they are formed mainly by boulder outwash from tributary streams and are characterised by big green shoots, holes either side, and huge exploding waves down the bottom. 

The river has carved some very impressive gorges in its lower part as it cut its way through the 2000m high Mahabharat Range. These gorges are also the route followed the Prithivi Highway, the first national highway that linked Kathmandu to India. The opposite side to the road is relatively wild and uninhabitated and pleanty of wildlife is seen here, a profusion of colourful birds, including eagles and vultures - especially true if continue on down into Chitwan National Park where you may see crocodiles and rhino by the riverside. 

Rafting in the Trisuli:  
A rafting trip in Trisuli needs no recomendation: thousand of thrilled rafters have written home and recomended the trip to their friends. For many people it represents the ideal compromise trip: just the right length of time, exhilarating rapids, but not too difficult, easily accessible from Kathmandu and at reasonable price. The rapids on the Trisuli are mainly big, bouncy and relatively safe: 'flips' (where the raft capsized) or other accidents are rare in normal water conditions, and also it is possible to walk around the few difficult rapids. 

There is a wide choice of different length trips on offer, from a one week relaxed trip all the way from Trisuli Bazar to Chitwan to half day 'testers' specials. Trisuli Bazar is normally only a starting point in higher water conditions - Sept/Oct or April/May. For many people the optimum length trip is 3 days, starting at or near Malekhu and taking out near Gaighat. This gives you a full and satisfying experience - you run all the major rapids, watch the river grow as its tribtaries join, marvel as it cuts its way through impressive gorges, then leave it just before when it spreads out over the great plain of the Ganges. 

In case of time constraints, then a one or two day trips can be done - these can also save travel time if scheduled as a breakof the journey from Kathmandu to Pokhara or Kathmandu to Chitwan. These short trips can vary from fairly relaxed float trips, avoiding the more difficult rapids, to one day 'roller coaster' specials. The latter can run some of the best of the white water but pose obvious dangers and can be a rather vicarious experience. 

•    One Day trip:-  
o    Starting Point: Charaudi & Ending Point: Fishling or Kuringhat. 

o    07.00 Hrs: Drive from Kathmandu to Raft starting point, Charaudi, 82 kms on the way to Pokhara, which takes about 3 hours. After breifing by your raft guide, the raft trip commences around 11 a.m. After a short while we hit class 3 rapid called "Twin Rock" and other rapids and then stop for lunch. 

o    After lunch, we resume our river trip and hit rapids called "Upset" and "Surprise" which are of Class 3 & 4. At around 3 to 3.30 p.m. we conclude our day trip and hot drink will be served at the ending point and drive back to Kathmandu or, to Pokhara or, to Chitwan depending upon your rest of the itinerary. 
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