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For mountain bikers we offer one of the greatests adventures in the Himalaya which guarantees the ultimate high altitude challenge. Traverse high into the snow covered mountains on a journey of discovery, culture, scenery and simply unbeatable mountain biking.
This trip can be organized as of 4 persons throughout the year (best period september till may).
SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
• Water proof/wind proof jacket suitable for riding, optional Down Jacket
• Long thermals (2 sets in Winter Season), a couple of T-Shirts and shorts or trekking trousers
• Light Fleece Jacket or a Warm Jumper
• Cycle clothing – long sleeve and short sleeve tops, full and half cycling shorts, arm warmers, leg/Knee warmers, thermal cap, knee and elbow pads are recommended
• Hat, sunglasses, sun cream, toiletries (Bio Degradable is recommended)
• Windproof/water proof cycling gloves (full), Helmet (Both are Compulsory)
• Chap stick, moisturizer cream, toilet paper, Hand wipes and sanitizer
• Good shoes for both walking and cycling (Stiff race type SPD shoes are not recommended go for a walking style SPD Shoe), also a pair of sandals or flip flops for around the tea houses
• Warm socks, woolen hat and a scarf/Muffler
• Buff, bandana or some kind of face covering
• Own medicines including re-hydration salts and any personal medication required (Our Guides carry full first aid kits)
• Camel Pak or water bottles (Minimum 2 Liters)
• Water proof pack cover, Sleeping bag (Optional) or Sleeping Sheet
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu, + D, overnight in hotel
We will arrange pick up for you at the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel International Guest House. Time in the afternoon for exploring the town, bike fitting and then we will have a traditional welcome dinner.
Day 2: Exploring Kathmandu, + B, L, D, overnight in hotel
Join us on a warm up ride exploring some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some temples and return to Thamel for lunch, last minute bike adjustments and final packing for the trip.
Day 3: Bike tour from Kathmandu to Besishar, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
Starting the day at 8am we meet at our workshop for fresh brewed Himalayan beans coffee and then load up the bikes for the 6 hour drive to Besishar. We stop along the way to enjoy the views and take some lunch. On arrival in Besishar we take some time to explore the town and we also meet our porters and finalize our trip preparations.
Day 4: Besishar (760m) to Tal (1700m), Distance:- 37.4km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
Today we ride, a little more than a 1000 meters of uphill. The trail takes us along the Marsyandi river, it’s a beautiful section of the ride and 100% rideable. In Tal there is some nice scenery with steep sided valleys terraced with farms and small villages. Tal is situated in a deep gorge and you can see cascading waterfalls along the way.
Day 05: Tal (1700m) to Chame (2670m) Distance:- 22.6km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
A challenging climb makes this one of the longest and hardest sections along the trekking trail. The terrain is rugged but fun. There is great jungle and river scenery so take this stage steady and enjoy the ride.
Day 06: Chame (2670m) to Manang (3540m) Distance:- 29.7km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
The trail still climbs but becomes more rideable today as it widens back into a jeep track. The jungle opens up into the arid mountain region and you can get great views of the Himalaya as you ride. It’s a good idea to take it steady to allow your body to acclimatize.
Day 07: Manang rest, exploration and acclimatization day, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
Take a day to acclimatize and prepare for the hard days to come. Short hikes can be taken explore the nearby area, visit high altitude lakes, rest relax and chill out in Manang, maybe you will not want to leave! From here you will be heading into the true mountain wilderness. Manang is home to the Manangi people and here you can sometimes see the ancient sports of archery and pony racing.
Day 08: Manang (3540m) to Throng Phedi (4450m). Distance:- 19km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
A short and gentle climb today from Manang to Yak Kharka and then on to Throng Phedi, take time to admire the mountain views. There are a couple of section to carry your bike but for the most part, the trail is rideable.
Day 09: Throng Phedi (4450m) to Muktinath (3760m) via Throng La (5416m) Distance:- 22km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
Beginning from around 5am in the morning, you have to make the long haul carrying and pushing your bike up more than 1300 meters to Throng La, this is one of the most challenging parts of the ride that will define the true spirit and passion of any mountain biker as you battle the altitude and the cold. But you will not just be gasping from the altitude, but also gasping in awe as this section of the journey proffers excellent rewards with magnificent views from Throng La of the snow capped mountains and superb technical downhill on the other side that will have you grinning from ear to ear, or if you’re a bit nervous perhaps browning your trousers! Alas you will arrive to a warm welcome and rest at Muktinath. 50% Carrying, 50% rideable.
Day 10: Muktinath (3760m) to Tukuche (2590m) via Lupra Valley, Distance – 32km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
Leaving behind Muktinath we traverse the hill side along a small, little used trekking trail, there is a small section of push as we reach up to Dhangladanda from where you get spectacular views of the Himalaya. What follows is an awesome section of switch back single tracks that takes you down to the river bed in Lupra Valley. Re-join the main trail and head to Jomsom for lunch. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on the river side. Take some time to explore the cobbled lanes and explore the Thakali culture of the area. We stay overnight in the well furbished German Bakery. Apple Brandy is a local product and a good night cap to relax your mind and body after the days ride.
Day 11: Tuckuche (2590m) to Tatopani (1190m) Distance:- 42km, +B, L, D, overnight in teahouse
Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and meanders in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the impressive waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani, the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Once in Tatopani you can enjoy a soothing bath in the Hot Springs and perhaps a local massage will not go astray, or a cold beer for that matter!
Day 12: Tatapani to Beni and return to Pokhara, overnight in hotel
A ride of around 25 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills as we leave behind the Annapurna Region. From Beni we transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well earned rest and perhaps a beer, a good meal and some fun times out and about!
Day 13: Transfer by domestic flight to Kathmandu, overnight in hotel
Midday flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and have an afternoon of shopping and then get ready for your last night in Nepal.
Day 14: transport to airport for flight home
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.