Marshyangdi River Rafting

Marshyangdi 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 (KTM to KTM)
                          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 back to Kathmandu

Numbers of pax: Minimum 6 persons

Trip Price: Contact Us

Marshyangdi River Rafting


  • Exhilarating class IV to V rapids
  • Breathtaking views of Annapurna and Manaslu peaks
  • Immersive experience in pristine wilderness
  • Cultural encounters with Gurung and Manangi communities
  • Teamwork and bonding on the river
  • Scenic campsites under starry skies
  • Experienced guides ensuring safety
  • Convenient proximity to Kathmandu
  • Marshyangdi River Rafting offers an exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping adventure through one of Nepal's most thrilling and scenic river journeys. Flowing down from the Annapurna Mountains, the Marshyangdi River provides a challenging and rewarding rafting experience for both novice and experienced rafters alike.

    Marshyangdi River Rafting originates from the northern slopes of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges in central Nepal. The river winds its way through breathtaking valleys and gorges, offering mesmerizing views of snow-capped peaks, terraced fields, and traditional villages. The rafting route typically starts from the town of Besi Sahar in the Lamjung District and concludes at the confluence with the Trishuli River near Mugling.

    Marshyangdi River Rafting is known for its exhilarating rapids and challenging sections, making it a popular choice for adventure seekers. The river is graded as a class IV to V river, meaning it has intense rapids with large waves, rocks, and hazards that require precise maneuvering. Due to its difficulty level, participants are recommended to have some prior rafting experience or be physically fit and ready to take on the thrilling journey.

    As rafters navigate through the tumultuous waters, they are treated to awe-inspiring views of the Annapurna and Manaslu mountain ranges, including iconic peaks like Annapurna II (7,937 m) and Lamjung Himal (6,983 m). The lush green valleys, cascading waterfalls, and terraced farmlands add to the picturesque charm of the trip. The pristine and untouched landscapes along the riverbanks offer a unique opportunity to immerse in Nepal's natural beauty.

    The Marshyangdi River Rafting journey also provides opportunities for cultural experiences. Rafters may encounter traditional villages along the river, where they can observe the rural lifestyle and interact with the friendly locals. The region is predominantly inhabited by the Gurung and Manangi communities, known for their warm hospitality and rich cultural heritage.

    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 Bimal Nagar
    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: Marshyangdi Rafting itinerary and days can be short in this situation.