Marsyangdi & Seti
1. Marsyandi River Rafting
The Marsyangdi River is one of the most outstanding grade IV Kayaking Rivers in the world. Continuous, exhilarating white-water with magnificent mountain backdrops, Marsyandi drains through the northern slope of the Annapurna Himal. It flows East through an arid valley around Manang and then swings south to join the Trisuli River at Mugling. Marsyangdi means ‘Raging River’ in local dialect. It was opened to commercial rafting in 1996 and demands 100% commitment from both crew and guide. It is totally different from the big volume rivers like Sun Kosi and Karnali, the rapids are technical and require a very different approach. Need 100% power and a good line, fast reactions from crew to get through this pinball machine and quickly forges raft crews of complete strangers into true teams.
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure point: Kathmandu or Pokhara
Take-out-Point: Bimal Nagar
Outward travel: 5 ½ hours drive
Best season: Nov/Dec, March/April
Distance: Approximately 45 km
Duration: 3 days (Kathmandu –Kathmandu)
Day 01 Kathmandu –Besishahar
Day 02 Besishahar –Tarkughat
Day begins with hot cup of tea or coffee, after breakfast we break campsite and starts on our expedition down on the Marsyangdi. We start straight away encountering the rapids, one after another. Rapids are not named but one rapid follows straight after another with lots of technical and fast maneuvering required but great fun. A beautiful blue and white-water glinting in the sunshine and looking back up river magnificent and constantly changing views of the Annapurna and Manslu ranges. We have packed lunch. After lunch we continue floating to Tarkughat. By the timewe reach Tarkughat camp will be set, tea and biscuits will be serve on your arrival. Dinner will be prepared. Just before dinner enjoy your Rum punch.
Day 03 Tarkughat/Bimalnagar/Kathmandu or Pokhara
2. Seti River Rafting
This is a really unique and pleasant picturesque river passing through two beautiful and contrasting scenic areas. Relatively small in volume, blue and warm water, we strongly recommend this as a ‘warm up’ River for intermediate kayakers. Seti rises on the southeast slopes of the sacred Mountain Fishtail and then flows to south, as a fairly typical Nepalese mountain river.
Location: Nepal, Asia
Departure from: Kathmandu or Pokhara.
Take-out-Point: Gaighat, Jugeri or Devghat
Outward travel: 5 hours from Kathmandu, 2 ½ hours from Pokhara
River Excursion: 2 nights 3 days
Best season: October – May
Day 01: After traveling from Pokhara or Kathmandu we reached at Damauli, rafts are rigged and then we will set off down the Seti Khola. We spend all the time within its forested canyon. The reach vegetation we see is a remnant of the vast forested area, which once covered the middle hills of Nepal even now, we are objects of curiosity to the villagers. Traveling by rafts is a perfect way to view undisturbed wildlife and bird watching. When we stop for lunch we have time to explore, photographing, Swimming or relaxing. Later in afternoon we encounter a small but technical rapid of Sarangghat. The Sarangghat village is a colorful middle hills village of Gurungs and Magars, who are renowned for generations of service with the British and Indian Gurkha forces. Camp will set up bellow the village on the left bank of Seti River?
Day 02: Sarangghat – Ghumaune
Same as your Trekking camping trips, you will be wake up with a cup of tea and soon you rise up breakfast will be serve. After breakfast you will be hiking up to the Dharampani village, a vantage Mountain View point of Sanbhanjyang, at an altitude of 1000 meters above the sea level, from where you can see almost the massif of Annapurna. Back & forth approximately 3½ hours. As you come back from your excursion trip, lunch will be serving at campsite and then set for your second day river expedition trip. The boats will be reloaded already. After lunch you will set off down in the river and floating approximately 1½ hours. Another beautiful scenic campsite will be set off just before the biggest rapid of Seti khola. Those who do not want to hike up, they can stay and roaming around tills the lunchtime.
Day 03: As usual you will be wake up with cup of tea, (packing should have to be done before you come to breakfast). Soon you leave the campsite you will encounter the last and technical grade III+ rapid of the Setikhola, then short after you enter the Trisuli River. Here the middle hills recede and the Terai plain opens in front of us. The topography gives away to sandstone and gavel deposited by antecedent rivers. You can reach Jugeri for lunch if trip continues to Devghat otherwise can be taking-out at Gaighat. After lunch if trip continues you will have an opportunity to visit the unique religious community of deveghat and each year draws thousands of pilgrims in the ashram to worship. It’s a Hindu shrine. At this point where the Kaligandaki joins with Trisuli, and further down with Narayani, continue to Ganga, Varnasi India.