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|Trip Name: Marshyangdi River Rafting||Trip starts- ends: Kathmandu –KTM|
|Destination: Western Region, Nepal||Duration: 4 Days|
MARSHYANGDI RIVER RAFTING
The Marshyangdi river”, drains the northern slope of the Annapurna mountains. It was only opened 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 good line, The Marshyangdi needs fact reactions from the crew to get through this pin ball machine river. The Marshyangdi quickly forges raft crews of complete strangers into true teams. Located on the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit, The Marshyangdi River has long been famous for the beautiful views. With each twist and turn the steep sided gorge walls frame a new mountain backdrop.
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.
If it's adventure you seek, you'll find it on this trip with one day of easy trekking and five days of intense rafting. Only recently opened for commercial rafting (many rapids have not been named yet), the Marshyangdi is one of the next generations of rivers in Nepal, steeper and with a much more continuous stretch of rapids.
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"
Day 1 :
(Kathmandu - Khudi - Bhulbhule)
Leaving Kathmandu in the early morning, a long eight-hour drive to Khudi. There is no rafting on this day, but the trek is enjoyable with beautiful views and typical Nepali villages along the way. At Khudi, all the gear is unloaded and a short hike follows. Once Bhulbhule is reached, camp is set up at one of the vantage points from where great views of the Himalaya can be had. Sunset views are inspiring.
Day 2 :
(Bhulbhule - Ngadi - Khudi)
This day starts with a short trek to the put-in point, Ngadi. Sights and sounds on this trek are engaging. Soon after lunch, the action begins as the trip actually starts here. Marsyangdi is full of thrills and spills and any keen rafter will vouch for it. The adventure gets off to a good start as many rapids appear soon after. Rapids Instant Karma, Twinkie, Adrenaline, and Big Butt provide unimaginable thrills. The river is unforgiving; any mistake has to be paid for by a knock down. The first halt on the river banks is at Khudi where the camp is set up.
Day 3 :
Each day the river looks bigger. Accordingly, the ride gets bumpier and there is much maneuvering to do. The area is surrounded by lush green jungle and the boat crashes through canyons. After five hours of fun on the rapids and canyons, it is time to stop for lunch on a choice sandy beach. After lunch more adventure follows on the rushing waters of the Marshyangdi which takes the rafters to the camping site before Middle Marsyangdi Hydro Dam, on one of the most beautiful and comfortable sandy beaches.
Day 4 :
(Dam - Paundi -Turture)
This day begins with a transfer to Paundi which is beyond the Dam. As this concrete structure comes in the way, there is a break in the river journey and everything has to be carried across to a point further down from it. The next put-in point is at Paundi from where another 3 hours of rafting begins encountering Class III rapids. This wonderful trip ends at Turture. However, those wishing to carry on further down have an optional fifth day on the river. This day is an enjoyable scenic float from Turture to Bimalnagar with no rapids to tackle.
Note: Rafting could be possible from little bit upper section (Ngadi) at someday of November & March. In such case trip duration will be 5 days including a combination of few hours trek from Khudi to Ngadi and rafting to Khudi.
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