Kali Gandaki River Rafting


Trip Information

The most popular river suitable for rafting in Nepal is the Trishuli River. Trishuli River is the first choice of rafting for those looking for a short river trip, few exciting rapids, some moderate white water and impressive gorges. Rafting on this river can fulfill your thirst for adventure. The Trishuli is easily accessible from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Royal Chitwan National Park depending on your time and interest.

During the monsoon, Trishuli River provides a more adventurous ride with powerful rapids and whirlpools. There are several exciting rapids named as Snails nose, Teedari Malekhu rapid, Upset, Surprise, Monsoon, Monkey rapid, Ladies Delight, Pinball rapid, Highway and S-bend. This will offer you more fun and challenge during the high flow of the wild river. Rafting in Trishuli River will be your lifetime experience on cool white water coming down from the Himalayas. Here are three different itineraries each for one-day rafting program in Trishuli river.


Itinerary 1

After 3 to 4 hours of drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara, we will reach our starting point Charaundi (85 km from Kathmandu). Here, an experienced guide will explain you and provide general information and safety precautions during the trip. We will start rafting from Charaundi to Kurintar. On the basis of rapids you encounter, this rafting can be classified as grade 2 to 3. We will have our lunch on a beach then, we will enter the Trishuli gorge. As the canyon narrows the walls becomes steep, densely forested and along with this the current speeds up and rapids become powerful. After this exciting and challenging trip, you will drive back from Kurintar to Kathmandu or Pokhara by bus.



Itinerary 2

After an approx. 3 hours of drive from Kathmandu or Pokhara to Fishling, we will set out for our journey. An experienced guide will explain and will provide information about the trip ahead. We will start our raft from Fishling to Mugling. On the basis of the rapids your counter, it can be classified into 2 – 3 grade. We will have our lunch on a beach enjoying the unique sculptured boulders. After having lunch we will enter the Trishuli gorge. After this adventurous rafting trip, we will drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.



Itinerary 3

After an approx. 3 hours of drive from Baireni to Malekhu, we will set out for our journey. An experienced guide will explain and will provide information about the trip ahead. We will start our raft from Fishling to Mugling. On the basis of the rapids you are going to encounter, it can be classified into 2 – 3 grade. After this adventurous rafting trip, we will drive back to Kathmandu or Pokhara.


What is included?

  • All the transportation between airport and hotel
  • 2 nights in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu (Hotel Tashidharke inn or any other hotel of similar standard) with breakfast
  • Welcome and farewell dinners
  • All accommodation and meals during the stay in the trek
  • All domestic flight fares and airport taxes
  • An experienced English speaking guide and one porter for 2 persons each of the group
  • All necessary paper work and permits (National park permit, TIMS)
  • All government and local taxes

What is not included?

  • Nepal Visa fee (bring accurate USD cash and two passport photographs)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Extra night accommodation in Kathmandu because of early arrival, late departure, early return from mountain (due to any reason) than the scheduled itinerary
  • Lunch and evening meals in Kathmandu (and also in the case of early return from mountain than the scheduled itinerary)
  • Travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses (phone calls, laundry, bar bills, battery recharge, extra porters, bottle or boiled water, shower etc)
  • Tips for guides and porters



3 star hotels in Kathmandu will be provided and in days during the trek you will have standard tea houses as accommodations. Rooms will be on twin sharing basis and you will be charged extra if you need a single room. Cases may be different for solo travelers and odd numbered groups or genetically different peoples travelling together. Standard teahouses will be provided during the trip days.


During a Tea House trek you will usually have breakfast and dinner in the Tea House, lunch will be eaten at one of the trail side restaurants. Every Tea House serves the traditional Nepali meal Dal Bhat (rice and lentils), as well as a variety of different food items, such as rice, vegetables, noodles, potatoes and soup. Some have Nepali versions of western food such as pizza, pasta and French fries. Soft drinks, snacks and beer are available in most of the Tea Houses and trail side restaurants. And of course Nepali milk tea is served everywhere.


Best Season

The best seasons to join this trek are autumn and spring. The weather is clear and views are breathtaking. Winter obviously is a good choice but you need to withstand strong colds. Summer or Monsoon will be affected by rainfalls but a good choice if you are into botany.

Customer Reviews


An amazing trip with Ganesh Himal Hiking to Kathmandu, Mt. Everest BC, Pokhara and Chitwas

hil32015 | Spokane, Washington | October 26 , 2014

Rating: 5 - Excellent

We received outstanding personal service from Binod and his team at Ganesh Himal Hiking Team. It was an exceptional experience in every way. We were met at the airport, he gave us personal transportation along with many great tours to cultural sites in Kathmandu, he took us to some wonderful restaurants and he set us up in a very nice hotel in Thammel. Binod really knows how to take great care of his clients with a personal touch. We also loved meeting his mother, father and his family which added greatly to our cultural experience in Nepal.

Additionally, Binod's brother Bishnu, was our guide on our trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp. Bishnu took excellent care of my trekking partner and me throughout the trek to Everest Base Camp and back. Our trek was also an amazing cultural experience as well as a remarkable trekking experience! We loved the Nepalese people and, of course, we loved seeing the incredible scenery. Also, Binod personally guided us on a trip to Pokhara, Nepal where he arranged for us a guided rafting trip, a paragliding trip and a trip to Chitwan National Park where we did a tour on the back of an elephant spotting wildlife and we were able to attend a nice cultural program. The accommodations in Pokhara and the food were fantastic. I highly recommend Binod and his Ganesh Himal Hiking Team to anyone who is interested in receiving the best service and the best trekking and cultural experience in Nepal.

Visited October 2015

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Duration: 4 Days

Difficulty: Moderate

Activities: Rafting, natural excursion

Departure City: Kathmandu

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Trip style: Rafting

Country: Nepal

Group size: Min 2 pax

Best Season: Sep to Mar