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The Madi Khola gets a bad rep as a boat-breaker, but maybe this is because people tend to run it late into the season. At higher water, this is a fun, bouncy run with great boofs and some meaty holes. However, beware that late monsoon rains can flood this river to unrunnable levels overnight.
New Bridge to Landruk:
If putting in at New Bridge, expect to do some scouting. About two hours down, a rapid of particular interest requires an S-turn behind a large rock in the center of the channel and a good boof on river right. Beware the terminal hole on river left. Not long after this, you will reach Old Bridge, the walking bridge at Landruk, and the alternate put-in.
Landruk to Nayapul:
It is possible to complete this section in one day if putting in at Landruk in the morning. Some boat and land scouting is advised, but this section is mostly read-and-run, with small eddies and moderately technical rapids that will keep you on your toes. There is a great boof on river-right at the takeout near Nayapul, possibly the best on the river.
Local bus from Pokhara to Lumle, then by jeep to Landruk. (It is possible to hire a jeep in Lumle.) From Landruk, it is a short 2 to 3 hour hike to New Bridge, if you wish to put in further upstream. Take out below Nayapul and catch a local bus back to Pokhara.
A good run to do with a variable group. The New Bridge to Landruk section is significantly steeper and pushier than from Landruk down; more advanced paddlers can go upstream and meet up with the less ambitious paddlers around lunch time at Landruk/Old Bridge.
river updated in 2015 by: Zuzana Montagne