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Marshyangdi 4 Days

 

Marshyangdi 4 Days

Class IV-V

The Raging River: "Raging River" in the local dialect and this aptly describes one of the best whitewater runs in the world. We trek through charming Gurung villages and emerald fields to Ngadi. Children play excitedly as we pass, snow - capped Himalayan giants surround us and the champagne river churns and bubbles below. Few rivers rival this for exhilarating whitewater, and sustained sections of steep technical rafting test out teamwork.

GRADE: IV to V (October to December)
GRADE: IV+ (February to April)

LOW SEASON: March to April
HIGH SEASON: October to December
Off Season Months (trip cannot be done): June to September & January to February

Group Size: Trip Cost
(per client on double occupancy)

Cost Includes:
All meals, transportation to the put in point and back from the take out point, all rafting equipment, staff, and accommodation on twin sharing basis, and Nepalese staff insurance.

Cost does not Include:
Sleeping bag/mattress, visa fees, international and domestic airfares, airport departure tax, accommodation, lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu, personal clothing, personal travel insurance, alcoholic beverages, telephone, laundry, charges for delays caused by situations beyond our control such as bad weather, natural disasters, political unrest, emergencies and rescue fees.

Our expedition starts and ends in Kathmandu.

Can Anyone Do Whitewater Rafting?
No experience is required for whitewater rafting.

Itinerary:

Please note there will be a pre-departure meeting at our office in Kathmandu the day before departure at 6 PM. This is a chance to get the group together over a drink and discuss the Raging River expedition. At the meeting you have a chance to meet some of the guides and we can answer any final queries, give out personal gear bags and collect money for the beer kitty. Afterwards we will probably all wander to a nearby restaurant for a relaxed meal.

If you are arriving from Pokhara, our staff there will arrange for your transportation to our meeting point in Besisahar, and brief you about the trip.

Day 1
A 6 AM meeting time at our office in Thamel is a preview to the early mornings to come. After warming up with tea and coffee, arranging last minute valuable and luggage storage, we walk 10 minutes to our chartered bus, and settle in for the 3-hour bus ride to Dumre. At Dumre Bazaar we stop to stretch our legs, fuel up on 'chiya', and pick up fellow members of the group arriving from Pokhara. From here it is another 2.5 hours to Besisahar. Despite the sometimes-daunting condition of the road, the bus trip is quite interesting, giving you your first glimpse of what an expedition in Nepal is all about. The scenery, as we wind our way up the Marsyangdi valley, is varied and splendid. The true test of a river guide is their ability to make bus rides not only bearable, but also outright fun. Ours succeed brilliantly.

When the bus arrives in Besisahar, we stop, unload the gear and enjoy a hearty lunch. From here on, we begin our trip in earnest. Our Sardhar (head porter) shows up with a crew of farm boys, women and men who will carry all the expedition gear to our camp at Kudi. These wiry people with quick smiles and quiet manners have left their farms for the chance to earn some cash money. Gear is divided up, prices haggled, and these stouthearted men and women then pick up loads with their necks, which can exceed their body weight, and head on up the trail. It's enough to want to make you join a health club. It is quite impressive to watch a 60-kilo man carry an 80-kilo raft hanging off a strap that runs across his forehead. We take care to look after the porters and ensure that there are at least three people to one raft, so that they can switch off when needed. These are heavy loads. Being a basically soft lot, we are happy to have only a light daypack. It is a beautiful 2.5-hour walk, paralleling the river and providing spectacular views of Manaslu and the surrounding mountains. We arrive at Kudi 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
Our first day on the river begins with a leisurely breakfast and a 2.5-hour hike up to our put in point at Ngadi. Lunch is served, rafts are pumped, gear handed out, and the safety talks begin.

A raft trip down the Marsyangdi is so much more than a vacation. It is an education. Our river guides spend time explaining the finer points of how to paddle through whitewater and stay in the raft as it bucks and contorts through the rapids. For those who missed a point in the previous lesson, there is a lesson on how to swim through whitewater, using your flotation device and paddle to keep your head up and your feet to push off rocks. The guides will also teach you what they are looking for when they run the river-the innocuous looking rise in the water that hides a hole, or the way you can use the pillow of water rebounding off a rock to push the raft where you want it. The more you know, the safer it is. Whitewater rafts are amazingly versatile and stable craft, and in the care of an expert raft guide it is possible to run exhilarating lines safely and confidently. Your guide is a professional, someone who has devoted their life to learning and running whitewater rivers. Under his or her careful indoctrination the raft crew learns how to work as a team, perfecting these skills on such challenging rapids as Instant Karma, Twinkie, Adrenaline, and Mama's Big Butt by Bhulbhule. Teamwork is what makes it possible to run any river safely, and this extends beyond your raft. All the rafts and safety kayakers work as a team, communicating with and supporting each other- it's impressive to watch. You are never in a rapid alone.

Our introduction to the Raging River is short and sweet, as we head from Ngadi back to last night's campsite at Kudi. The first ride is just a hint of what follows for the next 3 days. rapids are continuous, very challenging, and very committing.

Day 3
The first full day on the Marsyangdi offers more rapids than many weeklong trips offer in their entirety, and it doesn't stop after the first day. Crews are working together more precisely, knowing exactly how to respond to the guides' commands and less apprehensive than the day before. The crystal blue water thunders down steep cataracts for mile after mile, with lush jungle clinging precariously to the canyon walls and surreal mountains suspended high above the forested ridges. This is such a new river with so many rapids that many are waiting for a reason to be names. who knows, you might get to name one.

We rise early for hot drinks while breakfast is prepared, and watch the river that will be our playground of intense whitewater rafting for the next 5 hours. Mid-day, we take a break for lunch to refuel and continue our descent. The white sandy beaches below Besisahar make for the most comfortable nightspot around. Another evening on the river-relaxing, discussing the day's events, relaxing, eating, watching the night sky, and more relaxing.

Day 4
Plunges us 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. As we drift by it is lined with more people than a suspension bridge is designed to take, as word of our rafting has spread downstream. For a short section after Phaliya Sanghu the river relaxes, the rapids are more open and nowhere as powerful. Soon the river narrows down to turn a corner into Kiwi Cupcake. Kiwi Cupcake is a maze of boulders and steep powerful drops, with no clear lines. Any run to the bottom without getting wrapped or stuck is a good one. We end the day at Bhoteodar, where we camp on the banks in the cove of a Shiva temple. Grazing holy cows and the ringing of temple bells.

From our last campsite we drift down through terraced fields of rice. The river opens up a lot and it is good to relax and reflect on the beauty of this pristine area.

Early in the afternoon, after 3 hours of rafting, we reach our takeout point near Bimalnagar, where our bus meets us for a 4-hour return to Kathmandu.

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