Marshyangdi River Rafting

River Facts

Difficulty in Nov: Class 4 ( 5-)
From: Ngadi (Alt.890m)
To: Bimalnagar (Alt.390m)
Distance: 52Km (33 miles)
River days: 3
From Pokhara: 1 .1/2 hours
Avg gradient : 10m/km(50 ft a mile)
Volume in Nov: 80cms (2800 cfs)
Best season: Nov-Dec, Mar-Apr


one of the best class 4 kayaking rivers in the World- continuous, exhilarating whitewater with magnificent mountain backdrops, Recommended for expert kayakers and rafters. Note that a new dam is being built at Phalya Sanghu-this will ruin the Marsyangdi for Kayaking and rafting – so run it whilst you can.

The River

The Marsyangdi rises on the northern slopes of the Annapurna Himalaya, flow east through an arid valley around Manag, and then swings south to join the Trisuli river at Mugling. Marsyangdi means “raging river” 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 unrunnable.

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 never need rear view mirrors “. The Marsyangdi is photographer’s sculptured boulders, some spectacular white water, green valley sides, and a magnificent backdrop of the world’s highest mountains. It’s worth mentioning that although the valley has rough road up it, and is quite densely populated, you don’t see this when you are paddling because the river is incised about 100ft into the valley floor.

The lower Marsyangdi gorges from Bimalnagar down to Mugling are an excellent river trip but a dam was built some ten years ago to generate electricity for Kathmandu and so the water flows on this lower river are unpredictable and now mainly limited to post monsoon.

River Map

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Marshyangdi River Rafting Map