Marshyangdi River Rafting

Marshyangdi river expedition

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5 Days Kathmandu to Kathmandu

  • River Grade: 3 to 5
  • Group Size: Min. 2 persons
  • Best Time: Jan to May, Sep to Dec
  • River Distance: 47

Trip Grade: Trip Grade

Moderate Plus Level

This trip grade involves trekking up to 7 hours a day below 5000 meters for the duration of 15-19 days trip.

Marshyangdi river rafting; locally, there is saying that Marshyangdi is the raging river in Nepal and describes one of the best whitewater runs in the world. Marshyangdi river is one of the best grade four kayaking rivers in the world; continuous, exhilarating whitewater with magnificent mountain backdrops. This is also 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.

River Facts

  • Grade for Autumn: Oct – Dec 3 to 5
  • Grade for Spring: Feb – May 3 to 4
  • Possible operation: Autumn & Spring
  • Departure: Fix and on request
  • Rafting days: 05 days (Kathmandu to Kathmandu) OR 04 days (Pokhara to Pokhara)
  • Entrance by: 8 hours drive to Bensi Sahar for km. drive from Ktm.
  • Put-in point: Nagdi
  • Put-out point: Bimal Nagar
  • River distance: 47 km.
  • Optional trips to: Drive to Chitwan National Park or trekking to Annapurna region or drive or fly back to Kathmandu
  • Numbers of pax: Minimum 2 persons

Marshyangdi River Rafting - itinerary

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.

Day 1: Drive 8 hours to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then to Khudi to set up Camp. After reaching Besisahar we unload the gear and 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 Khudi in time to set up camp, relax and find the best spot to take in the magnificence of the surrounding Himalayas at sunset

Day 2: Trek start from Khudi to Ngadi then back to Ngadi by raft for your night camp. After breakfast, 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.

Day 3: Start adventure-rafting trip from Khudi and raft up to the sandy beach below Besisahar 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. The white sandy beaches below Bensisahar make for the most comfortable nightspot around

Day 4: As done before and camp in Bhotewodar 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 5: Bhotewodar to 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

Note: Rafting itinerary can be changed as per different situation.


Cost: for the up-to-date and competitive pricing, please contact us...

Note: The above information is just a guide and standard pattern of what we provide. The trip can be tailored at your request to accommodate your specific requirements. On adventure trips of this type, weather, transport or a multitude of other factors beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are needed the person in charge will make a decision what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does arise, we do everything we can to reduce its effect, but we cannot be liable for the results of changes or delays.

Service Includes

  • Ground Transportation, (From Kathmandu tourist bus after rafting Local bus).
  • Meals, Western and continental food (breakfast, lunch, dinner) during your rafting trip.
  • River Permit.
  • Necessary equipment as high quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers, dry bag for gear, camera barrels and all safety and medical equipment.
  • Necessary Staffs (Guide, Helpers, Cook etc).
  • Tented accommodation in beautiful river beach with camp fire.
  • Safety Kayak.
  • Food, accommodation, insurance for all staff and their transportation.
  • Expedition elements include professional guides and leadership
  • First aid kid box.

Service Excludes

  • Mineral water, cold drinks and alcoholic beverages during the whole trip.
  • Hotel accommodations & meals at if you stay anywhere at the hotel during whole trip.
  • Emergency evacuation.
  • Things of personal use.
  • Member insurance.
  • Private Transportation (If you want extra US$150 up 5 people).
  • International airport pick up drop (if you order we can arrange).
  • All airfare
  • Tips to Staffs.
  • Sleeping bag (NRS.50 per night).

Please bring:

  • T-shirts.
  • Swim wears for on the river.
  • Warm clothing for the evenings including a fleece or a pullover.
  • Sunscreen and lip protector.
  • Sunglasses (with retaining device) and/or a cap.
  • Towel and Toiletries (environmentally friendly is best).
  • Personal medication.
  • Flashlight.
  • Footwear.
  • Reading book.
  • Fishing hook.

Nepal Visa info :

Visa for Nepal, you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. Please kindly bring two passport size photos and passport copy along with you. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 30 days can be obtained by paying US $ 40 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entry for 90 days can be obtained by paying US $ 100. If you need more info on visa for Nepal then please kindly feel free to ask with us or browse our Nepal info page.

Further Information
Our website contains as much information as possible about this trip. However, if you have any questions regarding trip, please feel free to contact us. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours. If you want to book a trip, you can send us an email or contact us directly by phone: 0977 98510 36844 (Ram Kumar Adhikari).

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