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The Madi Khola is a steep gem of a river a short ride from Pokhara. Travel by taxi or local bus to Chasu. If the dam is not finished, you can hire porters here for a three to four hour hike to Sondha. The fast, technical whitewater upstream of Chasu will make the short trek well worth your while.

We recommend staying overnight in Sondha for a fresh start in the morning. Upstream of Sondha, gradient increases rapidly, and river access becomes more difficult. Just a short walk upstream of the village, a clean 5 ft. boof makes for a good put-in rapid. Advance scouting is recommended if you head much further upstream, as you will be moving fast once you hit the water.

Boys run through a rice paddy in the village of Sondha

The village of Sondha near the put-in of the Madi Khola

From Sondha, continuous class 4+ whitewater with sparse eddies makes for a quick first mile. Before you know it, the river will enter a landslide debris field where scouting is once again advised. Watch out for sharp boulders in this juicy section that verges on class 5. Depending on what the monsoon has done here, you may encounter a few portages.

Below the landslide, the gradient eases off, as does the stress factor. Enjoy bouncy read-and-run rapids and plenty of good boofs. As you pass the dam site, the river will run continuous and fast for several more miles before easing off to class 3 boogey-water closer to the takeout.

Takeout upstream of the road bridge at Karputar (the first road bridge you come to). A guest house on river right, just at the takeout, is a great place to refuel and rest before heading back to Pokhara. Better yet, wake up early to catch the local bus over the pass to Besishahar and hit up the Marshyandi before heading back to the city.

Taxi/local bus from Pokhara to Chasu (approximately 3 hours by taxi). Potential to hike to upper put-in at Sondha to extend the run. Minimize travel by combining with a trip to the Marshyandi via local bus from takeout at Karputar to Besishahar.

This is a good run for earlier in the season, maybe October, when other rivers are still too high. Maybe still ok in early November.

river updated in 2015 by: Zuzana Montagne