Trisuli Rafting & Kayaking - 1-2 Days

The Trisuli is Nepal’s best river for day trips. Located centrally between Kathmandu, Chitwan and Pokhara, it’s the perfect way to break up a long bus journey to your next destination. Why sit on a bus for 8 hours when you can raft half of it! It’s one of the most popular day trips in Nepal and is great for everyone, all year round.

Highlights

  • A great way to travel: avoid the bus and travel by river
  • Impressive gorges
  • Great for year-round rafting and kayaking
  • Combine with other activities such as canyoning and camping
  • Take beginner kayak lessons in the same area
  • Paddle through impressive gorges all whilst keeping an eye on the local wildlife

Detailed itinerary

Fast facts
Duration 1-2 days
Grade (class) III-IV
Put-in/Take-out Chauraudi/Kuring Ghat
Best season Year-round

The Trisuli is normally run as a day-trip. This itinerary is what a typical day trip with GRG’s Adventure Kayaking would look like.

You will depart from Kathmandu at 6.30 am (alternative transportation arrangements can be made from Pokhara or Chitwan if necessary). It’s a quick, 3-hour drive to our put-in point. Depending on the time of year, will determine where we start from (for example, in the monsoon, we will run double the distance than in other months).

Our normal starting place is in a small village called Chauraudi. You’ll be given a cup of Nepali tea as your guides get everything ready for the trip. You’ll then be given your equipment, (helmet, life jacket and paddle) and be walked down to the beach for a comprehensive safety briefing where you will be told what to expect for the day. Then you’re off: four hours of big, bouncy rapids with nice swimming spots, incredible scenery and cliff jumps.

Trisule in the monsoon
The monsoon is the best time to paddle the Trisuli
Cliff jumping on the river
It's not all about the rafting, stop for a cliff jump half way down
Paddling down river
Paddle forward team!
Trisule waves
All kitted out and ready to hit the waves

We stop half way down on a sandy beach for a fresh lunch of salad, bread, and pasta. Then we are off again: ten big rapids are on this next stretch of water.

Once we reach our take-out point (normally Kuring Ghat), you can change into dry clothes. You will then have the option of staying overnight at our riverside camp or continuing on your journey to Kathmandu, Chitwan, or Pokhara.

If you decide to stay overnight, we will show you around our camp, get you a nice cup of tea and show you to your tent. Dinner will be served around 7 pm and you’ll enjoy the evening, along with other guests and our guides, under the stars and with a great campfire.

The following morning, you can either catch the bus for your onward journey, enjoy another day of rafting, try our canyoning, kayaking, or go on a day hike in our local villages.

Best season

One of the best things about the Trisuli river is that no matter what time of year it is, it always offers a great ride. Whether it’s the monsoon and waters are double their size, or winter when the river turns more technical, you will always have a great trip on the Trisuli.

Experience required

Due to the ‘pool drop’ nature of this river, no previous experience is required. It is great for the novice paddler looking to get out and explore Nepal by river. Great for families, friends, or even experienced paddlers looking for a warm up before they hit some big Himalayan rivers.

Paddlers at take out
Happy paddlers at the take out
Trisule rapids
The Trisuli is full of big bouncy rapids
sandy beach
Just one of the beautiful white sandy beaches, perfect spot for lunch

Accessing this river

This is one of the most accessible rivers in Nepal, which also makes it one of the most popular (especially on Saturdays when you get the Nepali crowd coming down to enjoy the river). It is a short three-hour drive from Kathmandu along the main highway to Pokhara. Tourist buses run past here daily, so transport to and from the river couldn’t be easier.

Accommodation & meals

If you decide to turn your day-trip into an overnight adventure, there are many options. More and more rafting companies are setting up riverside camps (for example, GRG has a new camp in a secluded spot along the river perfect for relaxing in the evenings).

This opens up opportunities for a day of canyoning, kayaking or hiking. Or, if you are looking for something a bit more upmarket, Riverside Springs offers a variety of accommodation options.