Also known as the ‘raging river’, many hydro projects run in this river. It is also a well-known destination among adventure seekers.
Marsyandi is a mountain river in Nepal with a length of 150 km. After the consolidation of two other mountain rivers, Khangsar Khola and Jharsang Khola, in the northwest of the Annapurna Massif near Manang village. The glaciers of the Annapurna Himalayan range, the Manaslu Himalayan range, and the Larkya Himalayan sub-range are the significant sources of this river. Passing through four districts: Manang, Lamjung, Gorkha, and Tanahu, it is also one of the major tributaries of the Gandaki that joins the Ganga.
Marsyangdi, meaning ‘raging one’ when translated to English, stands true to its name. This river rises on the northern slopes of Annapurna Himal, flows through an aris valley around Manang, and then swings south to join the Trisuli river at Mugling. Along with various hydropower projects running here, it is also famous for water sport adventures among tourists. Marsyangdi and its tributaries like Nyagdi and Dorti are known for their fresh taste of snow trout.
With three hydropower projects already in operation (the 69MW Marsyangdi Project in Tanahu, the 70MW Middle Marsyangdi Project in Upper Marsyangdi, and the 50MW Project in Lamjung), eleven more hydro projects have been proposed on the mainstream of the river. Although from an economic perspective the projects are benefiting the country, it seems to be affecting the ecosystem of Marsyangdi River. About 20km of the river is drying up affecting the population of snow trout, the habitat of Himalayan honey bees, and also the cultural sentiments of locals (as this river is a cremation base for Hindus and Buddhists).
It is one of the rivers, very much recommended for expert kayakers and rafters. One must drive to Besisahar to start the rafting trip that follows to Chepe River- Marsyangdi River- Turtle Bazaar- Bimalnagar. While floating on water and enjoying the adventure, you will not forget the beautiful backdrop of Manaslu and Annapurna Ranges. The natural scenic view is breathtaking.
One can also customize their itinerary and add a trek to the Annapurna Conservation Area and Sanctuary where you can explore the rich biodiversity and wildlife. You will enjoy the float and the ride into the nature that Marsyangdi has to offer you.