The Trisuli has basically two emotions: a raging temper during monsoon, and a smiling face the rest of the year. Rafters love them both for different reasons. If this is your first time rafting, you may wish for a gentle introduction. If not, you may come for one wild ride from August to mid-October. Just choose an established rafting company.
Rafting trips generally set off from the small village of Bhaireni. Further along, at Benighat, the Trisuli merges with the roaring Buri Gandaki River, creating impressive rapids. Rafting trips break for the night between Benighat and Charaudi, about 20km downstream. Some trips continue on to Chitwan National Park.
If you plan on staying along this stretch, your hotel can arrange a trip. Alternatively, you can book through a Kathmandu tour provider, although they will choose your accommodation as part of the package. Costs depend on the length of the trip, which ranges from two hours to several days. A short two-hour trip costs around US$20, while a four-hour trip is around US$35.
It is possible to trek south from Hugdi, halfway between Benighat and Mugling, to Chitwan National Park, a walk of around five days.
There is enough variety in the riverside resorts to suit any budget. Be forewarned that the cheapest resorts tend to be the truly local ones, which are descended upon by hordes of partiers on weekends. And they do make a mess.
The only viable restaurants are in the resorts, which are only too happy to accept guest diners. However, there is also a local delicacy beyond: smoked river fish, as sold from long wooden rakes along the highway, particularly near Malekhu.
Heading west, the Prithvi Hwy follows the valley of the Mahesh Khola until it meets up with the Trisuli River at Bhaireni. The next big settlement is Malekhu, 20km down the road. The Trisuli merges with the Buri Gandaki at Benighat 6km from here. Another 36km takes you to Mugling, the infamous junction town where the Prithvi Hwy meets the main highway south to the Terai – infamous because it is where legendary traffic jams commence. About 8km further down the Prithvi Hwy lies another dusty junction town, Abu Khareini. This is the access point for buses to Gorkha as well as the starting point for the climb to Manakamana Temple.