The Marshyangdi river rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himal, flows east through an arid valley around Manang, and then swings south to join the Trishuli river at Mungling. One of the most outstanding class-5 rafting and kayaking river in the world. Continuously exhilarating white water with magnificent mountain backdrops Locally, it is used to say that Marshyangdi is the raging river in Nepal and describes one of the best whitewater runs in the world. One of the best class 4 kayaking rivers in the world-continuous, exhilarating whitewater with magnificent mountain backdrops. Recommended for expert kaykers and rafters. 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”.
Trip Itinerary :
Day 01: We take a private bus to Besisahar, which takes around 7/8 hours. First night camp in and around Besisahar.
Day 02: After breakfast we start trekking for 2 hours to Khudi – have lunch. Your expedition leader and guides will brief you and train you. Pay attention as you are straight into the rapids and this river has a way of underlining any mistakes! This is a most knuckle gripping section of the Rivers so enjoy it. We finish today at Besisahar and have a well-earned dinner no doubt a rum punch to help it down.
Day 03: From today you have to be prepared to continuous bumping into the challenging rapids and it doesn’t stop after the 1st day. 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. You have to run on these rapids and tackle the intense whitewater rafting for the next 5 hours. Lunch will be provided on the way and then continue descent to the camping site in the sandy beach.
Day 04: After breakfast we paddle down to Paundi where we encounter class 4/-5 rapids and plenty of grade 3. 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 take out point at Bimal Nagar by lunchtime where our transport is waiting to take us back to Pokhara or Chitwan or Kathmandu.