The "raging river", drains the northern slope of the Annapurna mountains. It was only opened to rafting in 1996 and yields some of the most exciting class iv-v white water in Nepal. This river demands 100% commitment from both crew and guide. It is totally different from the big volume rivers like the Sun Koshi and Karnali, the rapids are technical and require a very different approach.
Big volume rivers need power and a good line, the Marsyangdi needs fast reactions from the crew to get through this pin ball machine river .
The Marsyangdi quickly forges raft crews of complete strangers into true Equator teams. Located on the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit, the Marsyangdi river has long been famous for the beautiful views. With each twist and turn the steep sided gorge walls frame a new mountain backdrop.
|Departure Point :||Kathmandu/Pokhara|
|River Start Point :||Nagdi|
|River Finish Point :||Bimal Nagar|
|River Grades :||Class iii-v|
|Travel Finish Outward :||8 Hours|
|Return Travel Time :||4 Hours|
A pre-departure meeting to answer any questions, arrange timings for the departure and meet the team over a glass of rum (or two) is held the night before.
After breakfast, we leave by private bus to Besisahaar. The last four hours of this ride takes us off the "good" tarmac roads and tends to be a little bouncy in places ( I hope this is a subtle enough hint). After reaching Besisahaar we unolad the gear and enjoy a hearty lunch. One of our staff will show up with a porter who will carry all the expedition gear to our camp at Khudi. We arrive at Kudi in time to set up camp, relax and find the best spot to take in the magnificence of the surrounding Himalayas at sunset.
Have breakfast then we start trekking for a couple of hours to our put in point Ngadi. Lunch will be served, rafts are pumped, gear handed out after and your expedition leader will brief you and train you on land about safety and paddling. Pay attention as you are straight into the rapids and this river has a way of underlining any mistakes! This is the most knuckle gripping section of the river so enjoy it. We encounter rapids as Instant Karma, Twinkie, Adrenaline, and mama's Big Butt by Bhulbhule. We finish today back at Khudi and have a well earned dinner no doubt a rum punch to help it down.
Today will be the first full day trip on the Marsyangdi which offers more rapids than many weekling trips offer in their entirety, and it doesn't stop after the first day. The crystal blue water thunders down steep cataracts for mile after mile, with lush jungle clinging precariously to the canyon walls and surreal mountains suspended high above the forested ridges. This is a river with so many exciting rapids that many are waiting for a reason to be name ... who knows you might get to name one. Today we start with hot drinks and then have breakfast - get ready to tackle the intense whitewater rafting for the next 5 hours. We go for the action have Lunch break and then continue our descent. The white sandy beaches below Besisahar make for the most comfortable nightspot around. Another evening on the river-relaxing, discussing the day's events, relaxing, eating and watching the night sky.
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 Bhoteodar, where we camp on the banks in the cave of a Shiva temple.
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 take out point at Bimal Nagar by lunch time where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara. Those who want to continue to Kathmandu, can catch the local bus from here too.