Rising form the Northern slopes of the Annapurna Himal, the river passes through the arid Manang region before roaring its way into the lower foothills to join with the Trisuli River. This monster of a river is also tagged “The Raging River” in the local tongue and offers up what is considered as the best white water rafting and kayaking experience in the world.
Not only renowned for is raging rapids and fast flowing water, the Marsyandi is also a beauty when it comes to scenery, nature and culture. From every sweeping bend of the river you get tantalizing glimpses of the snow capped peaks back by dropping terraced rice fields and tiny, tradional housed villages. The water runs a clear turquoise blue and is dotted with boulders that have been sculptured by nature herself. This is one serious rafting or kayaking trip that is not for the faint of heart, the Marsyandi is truly a river that demands respect from those who choose to run it.
Rafting : With one rapid flowing into another, massive undercut boulders, a strong current and some steep drops, this is a truly exhilarating river for rafting. The river dishes out a sever adrenaline overload to any who dare to paddle it, and with an experienced crew this is certainly a choice river for serious rafter, or those who have previously had their taste for white water wetted! If you are looking for a white water challenge, magnificent scenery and pristine water then this is the trip for you.
Kayaking : As a kayaking river, the Marsyandi is a very challenging but enjoyable river and in many renowned international kayakers opinions, it is one of the best rivers in the world to Kayak, with its endless white water, splendid scenery, pleasant camps and gob-smacking views of the Himalaya. It’s certainly a kayaking river that you should take your time on and enjoy the huge potential for river play and the impressiveness of your surroundings.
IV / V
1 or 2 days
Departs : GRG Office, Thamel, Kathmandu at 6.30am on request. 4 hour drive to the put in. Returns : GRG office, Thamel, Kathmandu.
From: Bhule Bhule. To: Turture.
Volume in November: 800cms (2800 cfs)
Nov - May
You will leave from Kathmandu early in the morning after having loaded up the bus. A short three hour drive takes us to our put in point at Dolaghat. After lunch we will set up the rafts, give you a safety briefing, load the gear raft and set off down the river. It is a fairly easy start to the trip, with just a few Grade 2 rapids. We will take a break after an hour or so to visit a local Hindu temple which your guide will show you around before we reach our camp on Butterfly Beach. A relaxing first day takes us away from the busy roads and into the heart of the villages. We will set up our camp, have some yummy food and enjoy watching the stars overhead on a beautiful white sandy beach. You can help us to prepare the vegetables if you wish, or spend the afternoons fishing, reading, playing football, doing yoga or simply relaxing on the beach. There's plenty to do to keep you occupied!
After packing up the camp we have a slightly more exciting day with two big class rapids "No exit" (Grade 3) and "Meatgrinder" (Grade -4) as well as many smaller wave trains to keep us moving. The Tamba Kosi joins the river increasing the volume just before we reach our camp. You will also have the opportunity to try a few cliff jumps, explore some bat caves and track for tiger footprints. In the evenings for those who have never tried kayaking we can give you some lessons in rolling, crossing the river and other necessary skills so that you can paddle down in the days that follow if you wish.
The river starts to build up in volume today with more rivers spilling into it. Just below the confluence of the Likhu Khola we negotiate the "Anxiety" series of rapids, including, pre, post and "High Anxiety". Again plenty of time to play in the warm waters, keep an eye out for those cheeky monkeys, enjoy the scenery and perhaps have a little go at kayaking. Once we set up camp you will have the chance to play football with the locals, walk through the jungles and explore. Local villagers who will no doubt join us for a sing song around the camp fire once the sun goes down.
Todays the day you have all heard about..."Hakapur" the biggest rapid we will encounter on this journey. We will stop at the village before we hit the rapid to stock up on supplies. We'll then head down to scout the rapid. Depending on the season and water levels, this rapid may or may not be runnable. If it is, be prepared to get wet! Then just as you get your breath back its time for Hakapur II, which can sometimes be more exciting that the originial! We will camp at the confluence of the Sun Kosi and Dudh Kodi tonight which is the river running from Everest. Here you will meet our long time Baba friend, a Holy man who has lived in a cave here for the passed five years and boy does he have some stories to tell!
In the coming few days you can expect "Jaws" I, II & III' , "Rhino Rock" and “Jungle Corridor” which is basically 10km of non-stop rapid with big bouncy waves finished off with "Rollacoaster" which if you are in the mood is a safe place for us to flip the raft! A highlight of these days is the big impressive waterfall we will stop at for a well deserved shower.
The "Big Dipper" and "Black Hole" are the last big rapids on the river and a fitting finale to the Sun Kosi. You will notice the difference in scenery as the jungle dissapears along with the mountains making way for the flat Indian Plains. For those that dare, you will also have to opportunity to jump for a 30ft bridge into the river below and depending on the water levels.
Just after the confluence of the Arun and Tamur rivers we will stop at a Holy Hindu temple to view the sights. After this it is a quick 20 minute flat paddle to the take out, Chatra, where we will unload the gear one final time and jump in our bus/plane back to Kathmandu. We will go to a local hotel for dal bhat before the long journey home. If you are getting the plane you will arrive back in Kathmandu around 7pm that evening, if however you are on the bus....
After 15 hours overnight on the bus, we should arrive back in Kathmandu early on the 9th morning. Please note if you are kayaking with us and want to bring your own kayak, then please feel free to do so, but if you are joining a trip with us we do NOT charge for kayak hire!! Click here to choose your boat.