Marshyangdi River- Rafting Nepal, Whitewater Nepal, Kayaking Nepal

Marshyangdi River- Rafting Nepal, Whitewater Nepal, Kayaking Nepal

Marshyangdi River of Nepal is known as one of the best whitewater adventure trip for rafting/kayaking through narrow gorges and canyons among all over the world’s rafters.

Marshyangdi River Rafting is popular rafting trip package in the world, not only in Nepal. It is one of the best whitewater runs in the world. Locally, it is used to say that Marshyangdi is the raging river in Nepal.

One of the best classes for kayaking rivers in the world-continuous, exhilarating whitewater with magnificent mountain backdrops is the Marshyangdi River Rafting. Rafters are taken on a wonderful adventure, meeting local people in their villages followed by a rafting trip that offers continuous with bouncing white water rapids.

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.The river rages through narrow gorges and canyons and past stunning Annapurna Mountains, 3rd highest mountain in the world.

It was only opened to rafting in 1996 and yields some of the most exciting class iv-v white water in Nepal. 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” This is really one of the best river stop flowing free for rafters and kayakers.

But there may arise in problem nowadays for Marshyangdi River Rafting that may cause to less use rafting in Marshyangdi River. That is the hydropower projects built making dam in Marshyangdi River. This is sad for rafter and kayakers in Marshyangdi River because initial work for middle dam has started already.

Let’s raft on Marshyangdi River in few years. Unfortunately this trip is no longer run commercially due to a dam that flooded half of the river’s raftable section and drained the other half. Although the river below the dam does still run it is sporadic and difficult to time. Marshyangdi River rafting is considered to be the hardest or the most challenging River for rafting.


Marshyangdi River is descending from looming Himalayan giants of famous Annapurna region. It passes through along the route of round Annapurna trekking, beautiful villages, guarding temples on the river bank with uninterrupted class 4 to 5 rapids.

Marshyangdi River is an ideal choice for those wanting an intense and extreme rafting trip and is better suited to those who have had previous rafting experience. Marshyangdi River is recommended for expert kayakers and rafters.

It may be hard experience for new rafters. If you are looking for the most exciting short white water adventure in Nepal and want to escape the crowds – then the raging Marshyangdi is your best option! Recommended for expert kaykers and rafters.

Some facts about Marshyangdi River Rafting
Country Nepal
Activity Rafting in Nepal
 Duration 1 or 2 days
 Departs Pokhara
 Put-In Bhule Bhule (3 ½ hours from Pokhara) Note – there is a dam ½ way so we have 4WD road support) or Nagdi
 Take-Out Turture (2 ½ hours back to Pokhara / 40 minutes to Bandipur / 2 hours to Chitwan)
 River Grade IV/-V (a thrilling, challenging & technical non-stop river adventure)
 Best Season Oct – May
River Distance 47 km
Water Volume 225 to 500 cumecs
Accommodation Lodge/Camp
Best Season Nov – Dec or March – May
Climate Great climates
Trip Grading Streneous
Duration 5 day(s)
Transportation Private Vehicle/Public Bus
Itinerary of Marshyangdi River Rafting

Day 01 :There is no direct flight to the bank of Marshyangdi River from Kathmandu. If you want to fly, then you should go to Pokhara. You should drive from Kathmandu to Dumre and Dumre to Bensisahar by bus or truck, whatever available.

It may take 8 hours drive to Besisahar from Kathmandu and then to Khudi to set up overnight camping at Bensisahar. After reaching Bensisahar, gear will be unloaded and one of their staff will show up with a porter who will carry all the expedition gear to your camp at Khudi.

You 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 02 : Trek start from Khudi to Ngadi then back to Ngadi by raft for your night camp. After breakfast, you 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. You may finish today back at Khudi and have a well-earned dinner.


Day 03: Start adventure-rafting trip from Khudi and raft up to the sandy beach below Bensisahar. 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 there.

Day 04: As done before and camp in Bhotewodar
After breakfast you 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. You end the day at Bhotewodar, where you camp on the banks in the cave of a Shiva temple.

Day 05: Bhotewodar to Kathmandu. The river becomes very mellow and goes through a high walled gorge with birds and vegetation that can only be described as breath taking. You 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.

Trip Price of Marshyangdi River Rafting:

This is not an official website of any Travels, Tours and Trekking Agency of Nepal. It is just informative blog. So you don’t need to depend about the trip price to Marshyangdi River Rafting on this blog.

But we can tell you that trip price may be different on basis of trekking agency. The price may vary from trekking agency to trekking agency. However the price of Marshyangdi River Rafting trip may depend on the following some determinants:

  • Accommodations in Kathmandu and other cities where you stay during the trip to Marshyangdi River Rafting.
  • Mode of Transportation to Marshyangdi River. (car / van / bus / bike / flights)
  • Duration of Marshyangdi River Rafting Trip
  • Number of crews (Guides, porters, Sherpas, Cook(s))
  • Travelling time (Season)
  • Extra services you booked.

Note: The itinerary to Marshyangdi River Rafting can be customized according to your duration of holiday. Similarly accommodation of hotel can be changed (upgraded or downgraded). It depends on your budget. So we recommend you to fix the trip price before you book your trip to Marshyangdi River Rafting.

You will get best price after your inquiry: We suggest you for enquiry any authorized and licensed trekking agency in Nepal. Keep in mind; don’t deal with unauthorized trekking agency.

We know about value of money and world economy so fell free to share with trekking agency about your tentative budget for this trip so they can mention and compromise with price. They may run cheap trip to Marshyangdi River Rafting trip and expensive trip when you wish to pay more and need extra deluxe service.

Trip price may contain following services
  • All International standard rafting equipment as necessary. E.g. self bailing rafts, helmets, life jackets, kayaks, plastic paddles and spray jackets etc.
  • Freshly cooked all meals, drinks, breakfast, lunch, dinner with tea or coffee.
  • Camping gears;
  • First aid kid box
  • Accommodation in two men tent & all necessary fees
  • Kitchen tent, Dining tent, toilet tent,
  • Ground transportation going by tourist Bus or return after the trip tourist bus or local Bus depending upon the mode of transportation available at put-in and pull-out point, staffs.
  • Well-trained and highly experienced rafting guides, cooks, and other helper staff, captain and kitchen crews.
  • All necessary fees, Government/Local taxes, all river rafting fee and tourist service charge,
Trip price doesn’t contain following services
  • Any type of personal expenditure such Alcoholic beverages and drinks, phone, and laundry or things of personal use
  • Helicopter rescue charger.
  • Tips, Gifts and all bar bills.
  • Private Transport
  • Food & accommodation cost in case of any natural accident caused by weather.
  • Private vehicle.
  • Rescue & your personal insurance such as travel, cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects. You are advised to insure for it.
What the Trekking Agency Company provides during trip of Marshyangdi River Rafting:

Along with their high quality self-bailing rafts, they provide you helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits, lifejackets, and first aid kit. They provide plentiful, healthy and hygienically prepared food and drinks. They also provide tents and sleeping. Sleeping bags can be supplied upon request. All the equipment is of the highest quality, clean and well maintained.

Things you need to Bring for Marshyangdi River Rafting
On the Raft:
  • T -shortsSun hat/cap
  • Trainer/Teva type sandals
  • Shorts
  • Sunglass
  • Water bottle
  • Swimsuit
  • Toiletries/special medications
Off the Raft:
  • Long trousers
  • Towel
  • Dry shoes/socks
  • Warm fleece jacket
  • Warm shorts
  • Good sleeping bag
  • Sun block
  • Torchlight
What you need to tell the Trekking Agency

Please tell them whether you are a swimmer, non-swimmer, or not very confident in the water. It is important to inform them of any medical conditions that may affect your well being on the trip.


The Trekking Agency Company takes the safety of its clients very seriously. All their guides are licensed, with many years of experience on the rivers of Nepal. All are trained in CPR, First Aid and advanced river rescue techniques.

Passport and Visa:

All tourists to Nepal except the Indian nationals must hold valid passports and visa. Indian nationals don’t need a visa to enter Nepal, but must have proof of identity. All other nationals require a visa, obtainable in advance form Nepalese Embassies or consulates, or upon arrival at the border or at Tribuvan International Airport.

The tourist visa can be obtained from Nepalese Embassy or Consulate abroad. Don’t forget to bring two passport size photos and a payment of visa fees. The process is the same for the ‘gratis’ visas. The visa fees cannot be paid by credit cards. The visa application forms are available in the passport control lounge.

They are also distributed in the aircrafts before landing. Tourists can extend their visa at the Department of Immigration, Tridevi Marg, Kathmandu or at Immigration Office, Pokhara.

Foreign visitors other than the Indian nationals are required to pay their hotel bills and air tickets in foreign currency. However the other payments must always be made in Nepalese currency. You can buy Nepalese currency at foreign currency exchange counter at the Tribhuwan airport, Kathmandu.

Different banks are also opened to serve as the foreign currency exchange counters at different places of Nepal. Foreign currencies must be exchanged only through the banks or authorized foreign exchange dealers. Tourists other than Indian are not allowed to import or export the Indian currency.

The rate of exchange of the foreign currencies is determined by the Central Bank of Nepal, Nepal Rastra Bank and is announced in the press daily.

Fee exemption of tourist visa:
  • For tourists from China, India, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives and  Pakistan
  • For the tourists, who have already stayed in Nepal for 15 days or more, visiting Nepal for the second time during the same visa year.
  • For tourists staying in Nepal for 3 days (72 hrs) or less.
  • Children below 10 years of age.
Contact Office of Immigration:

In Kathmandu

Department of Immigration, Exhibition Road (near the City Bus Park), Kathmandu, tel. 494273, 494337.

In Pokhara

Pokhara Immigration Office, inside the tourist information centre at Damside, just 200 metres from Bank Chowk. Opening times as mentioned below.

Working Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,

Working Days: Monday to Friday.

Local Currency: Nepalese Currency is Nepalese Rupee. A Nepalese Rupee is subdivided into 100 paisa. The denominations of currency notes are available in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000 Rupees. Similarly, coins are available in 1, 2, 5 and 10 rupees, which are in circulation.

Time: Nepal is 5 hours 45 minutes ahead of GMT and 15 minutes ahead of Indian standard time.

You are recommended to see also:

  1. Rafting in Nepal – Tamakoshi River Rafting
  2. Rafting in Nepal – Seti River Rafting
  3. Rafting in Nepal – Kali Gandaki River Rafting
  4. Rafting in Nepal – Karnali River Rafting
  5. Rafting in Nepal – Bhote Koshi River Rafting
  6. Rafting in Nepal – Sun Koshi River Rafting
  7. Rafting in Nepal – Arun River Rafting
  8. Rafting in Nepal – Trishuli River Rafting
  9. Rafting in Nepal – Tamur River Rafting

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Jitendra Sahayogee

I am Jitendra Sahayogee, a writer of 12 Nepali literature books, film director of Maithili film & Nepali short movies, photographer, founder of the media house, designer of some websites and writer & editor of some blogs, has expert knowledge & experiences of Nepalese society, culture, tourist places, travels, business, literature, movies, festivals, celebrations.

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