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Marshyangdi River Rafting

Trip Introduction

Marshyangdi River Rafting:
Marshyangdi River Rafting is one of the most challenging steep rivers for thrilling white water rafting in Nepal. Marshyangdi rafting splendor views of the Himalayas, landscape, culture, vegetation, technical, thunders rapids, colorful valley of Marshyangdi. Marshyangdi river rafting can be done within 2-3 days but we Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition will generate Marshyangdi rafting itinerary according to adventure seekers holiday schedule and wish with amazing life time experience.
Marshyangdi rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himal, flows east through an arid valley around Manang and then swings south to join the Trisuli River at Mugling. Marshyangdi means ‘Raging River’ in local dialect and this aptly describes it. Some of the river above Ngadi has been kayaked-the 1980 British Expedition started from Tilicho Lake at 4920m, but much of the upper river should probably be considered as un-runnable.
For most of the trip from Ngadi down to Bimalnagar the river is incised as a winding gorge in to the valley floor about 50 meters deep with sloping well wooded sides. Only a few villages are visible from the river and at times you could almost be on a river in Idaho or British Columbia. As the river turns fresh views unfold behind of the Manaslu and Annapurna ranges- a magnificent backdrop. There are beautiful campsites.
The lower Marshyangdi gorges from Bimal Nagar down the Mugling used to be an excellent river trip but a new dam has been built own stream of Bimal Nagar to generate electricity for Kathmandu and so there is now almost no water left in this section of the river and it can no longer be recommended. Both the dam and the powerhouse are vital to the economy of Nepal and are sensitive security areas. Any incident could badly rebound on other river runners and you will appreciate why we ask you to stay away from this lower section of the river.

Group Size : Minimum 06 Pax Max - altitude : 000
Destination : Other Activities Fitness level : Adventure
Arrival : Kathmandu Departure from : Kathmandu
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner During Trip
Accomodation : Tents
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport
Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)
Day 03: Kathmandu- Khudi – Bulbule
Day 04: Trek from Bulbule to Ngadi then Raft from Ngadi to Khudi
Day 05: Raft from Khudi to Dam
Day 06: Raft from Dam to Turture via Paundi
Day 07: Final departure to your homeland or onward destination

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport
Upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, a representative from Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition will receive and transfer you to your hotel. After you are greeted with welcome drinks at the hotel, we will have to quick meeting to discuss the necessary formalities regarding your trip. You can then check in to your room, freshen up and rest. Or if you are not one of those “lay back” types, you can take a stroll around the vicinity of your hotel and get the feel of this hyperactive capital city of Nepal. On the streets, people seem to be on sheer rush, barely noticing one another, but if you utter “Namaste”, they will definitely reciprocate with a smile; well that’s Nepal’s culture. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Includes: Bed & Breakfast
Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)
A short stroll in the evening yesterday might not have acquainted you with Kathmandu. So we want to make sure that you know this city as you know yourself. Once done with your breakfast, let’s hop in to our reserved vehicle and then on for a comfy ride with one of our experienced city guides. You will be visiting the most renowned historical/cultural landmarks in Kathmandu. Our guide will take you to the Pashupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Swayambhunath (the Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square. All these sites are enlisted in the UNESCO world’s heritage list. After this informative and interesting tour, we drive back through the busy and noisy streets of Kathmandu to the serene premises of your hotel. We will stay overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
Includes: Bed & Breakfast
Day 03: Kathmandu- Khudi – Bulbule
Early in the morning, we will take a ride after a short breakfast and it takes eight-hour from Kathmandu 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 Bulbule is reached, the camp is set up at one of the vantage points from where great views of the Himalayas can be had. We will stay overnight at Tent in Bulbule.
Includes: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 04: Trek from Bulbule to Ngadi then Raft from Ngadi to Khudi
This day starts with a short trek to the put-in point, Ngadi. Sights and sound on this trek are engaging, soon after lunch, the action begins as the trip actually starts here. Marshyangdi 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 Mama’s Big Butt provide unimaginable thrills. The river is unforgiving; any mistake has to be paid for by a knockdown. The first halt on the river banks is at Khudi where the camp is set up.
Includes: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 05: Raft from Khudi to Dam
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 boar 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 take the rafters to the camping site before middle Marshyangdi Hydro Dam, on one of the most beautiful and comfortable sandy beaches. We will stay overnight at Tent in Dam.
Includes: Bed, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Day 06: Raft from Dam to Turture via Paundi
This 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 it 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 Bimal Nagar with no rapids to tackle. From here Chitwan is only a short distance away from where rafters can enjoy wildlife safari in Asia’s most well – preserved National Park or drive back to Kathmandu. You will be transferred to your designated hotel. You will stay overnight at the hotel Kathmandu.
Includes: Bed, Breakfast & Lunch
Day 07: Final departure to your homeland or onward destination
Unless you intend to extend your trip, this will be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule.
As you wave us goodbye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder, everything seems so familiar now, because you had come here as a tourist, but you are going back as a friend. Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again.
Includes: Bed & Breakfast


Cost Includes
  • Government license holder experienced rafting guide ( trained in wilderness first aid & altitude sickness)
  • Tented camp during the rafting
  • Three-time Meal (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) during the rafting.
  • Group Medical supplies (first aid kit will be available)
  • All necessary paper works, office service charge, and Government Taxes
  • Local transportation to and from the starting and ending points of rafting by tourist bus/Private Car/ Van depends on the group size.
  • Necessary equipment as high-quality self-bailing rafts, lifejackets, helmets, plastic paddles, wetsuits (only during the winter) on certain rivers
Cost Excludes
  • Any services in Kathmandu.
  • Mineral water, Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks during the whole trip
  • Hotel accommodations & meals if you stay anywhere at the hotel for the whole trip.
  • Personal Expenses such as Laundry telephone bills, sweets, snacks, beverages, and bar bills.
  • Emergency evacuation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tipping for staff and driver.
  • International airport pick up and drop (if you order we can arrange)
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section.

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The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition which can be readily customized to match the guest’s preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades, and other unforeseen contingencies. Besides, the domestic flights in Nepal could be subjected to delays or cancellations owing to adverse weather conditions or technical glitches. It is worth mentioning that the flights cannot be operated in the condition where the visibility is less than 1600 meters. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alternation, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Swagat Holiday Treks & Expedition cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.
The accompaniment of a skilled rafting guide shall ensure your safety. If you are not a confident swimmer or not so accustomed to water sport, we can provide you with life jackets.

  • T-shirt
  • Swimwear for on the river
  • Warm clothing for the evening including a fleece or a pullover
  • Sunscreen and lip protector
  • Sunglasses ( with retaining device) and cap
  • Towel and toiletries (environment friendly is best)
  • Personal medication
  • Flashlight
  • Footwear
  • Reading book
  • Fishing hook ( you can fish in the Himalayan River)

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