Wednesday, 30 July 2014 12:34 am

Marshyangdi River Rafting

The marsyandi river rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himal, flows east through an arid valley around manang and then swing south to joint the Trisuli river at Mugling.

Marsyandi means ‘raging river’ in local dialect, and this aptly describes it. Some of the river above Ngadi has been kayaked – the 1980 British Expedition started from Tilicho Lake at 4920m – but much of the upper river should probably be considered as unrunnable.

The scenery is magnificent with every bend of the river opening up fresh vistas of some of the world’s highest mountains, but these are behind –as someone said “great views but you need rear view mirrors”. The Marsyandi is a photographer’s sculptured boulders, some spectacular white water, green valley sides, and a magnificent backdrop of the world’s highest mountains. It’s worth mentioning that although the valley has a rough road up it, and is quite densely populated, you don’t see this when you are padding because the river is incised about 100ft into the valley floor.

Marshangdi River Rafting's the put in point nangdi for the Marsyangdi River is 6 hours west of Kathmandu by a private bus. Porters transport all the rafting equipment and other necessities for the trip. Transportation from Pokhara can also be arranged. The 65km of river action takes 3 days. Bus transportation is provided from the take-out point at Bimalnagar to either Kathmandu (4-5 hours) or Pokhara (3 hours).

Sample Itinerary:

Day 01: Drive for about 8 hours from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Then we hike to Khudi in time to set up camp, relax and find the best spot to view the surrounding Himalayas at sunset.

Day 02: After breakfast, we trek for a couple of hours to our put-in point Ngadi. Lunch will at Ngadi and briefing by the instructor. As soon as you enter the river, you are straight into the rapids. This is the most We encounter many knuckle-gripping rapids such as Instant Karma, Twinkie, Adrenaline, and Mama’s Big Butt by Bhulbhule. We end our rafting trip at Khudi and dinner and overnight.

Day 03: Today you will continuous bump into the challenging rapids. The crystal blue water thunders down steep as waterfall for mile after mile, with lush jungle clinging insecurely to the canyon walls and surreal mountains suspended high above the forested ridges. After 5 hours of adventure, lunch will be served on the way and then continue rafting till the white sandy beaches below Besisahar where we camp for the night.

Day 04: After breakfast we hit directly into whitewater again. At Phaliya Sanghu the whole river is squeezed between vertical walls, which rise 200 ft to a suspension bridge across the river. For a short section after Phaliya Sanghu the river relaxes, the rapids are more open and nowhere as powerful. We end the day at Bhotewodar, where we camp on the banks in the cave of a Shiva temple.

Day 05: The river becomes very mellow and goes through a high walled gorge with birds and vegetation that can only be described as breath taking. We reach our out-point at Bimal Nagar where we have lunch, then drive towards onward destination.

No. of Days

Best Season

Grade*

Water Flow

Departure Date

4-5 DAYS

Sep - Dec

5-

50-480

on request

 

Jan - May

4+

30-100

on request

 

Jun - Aug

NR

250-600

on request


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