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.