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We have shown the itinerary on the basis of a complete holiday purely for illustrative purposes. Naturally as tailor-made Nepal holiday specialists we would be happy to discuss additional options, whether it be other activities, more/less sightseeing, alternative/upgraded accommodation etc dependent upon your interests, preferences and time available. We even tailor-make a suggested 'what to pack' list for you based upon your ultimately chosen Nepal tailor-made holiday too.
Day 1 - Arrive Kathmandu
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you'll be met and receive a private transfer for the short distance into central Kathmandu and to the "KGH" Hotel in the heart of the Thamel district. You'll be given a briefing on your forthcoming adventure, and in the evening can take dinner at your leisure in one of the many choices of cafes & restaurants in Kathmandu, although the open air courtyard cafe of the KGH Hotel is as good as anywhere,
Day 2 - Drive to Besishar
It's around 7 hours by road to the small town of Besisahar and with a lunch stop en route this essentially takes up the whole day.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Besisahar
Day 3- Ride to Chamje
Things start off somewhat moderately on theis epic bike expedition as you ride on the jeep road that rises relatively gently alongside the Marsyangdi River. The ride distance is approx. 27km , with around 940m ascent and 250 descent to Chamje (1400m).
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Chamje
Day 4 - Ride to Dharapani
Quite a challenging day on a rocky and at times steep, very rough jeep road. At times you'll need to carry your bike as some sections are unrideable. The distance today is around 12km to Dharapani (1865m) and involves around 425m ascent. An experienced rider should be able to ride about 75% of todays journey.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Dharapani
Day 5 - Bike to Chame (well mostly bike)
The scenery becomes increasingly spectacular as you continue your ascent of the Marsyangdi Valley to Chame. About a quarter of today involves carrying/pushing and approaching Chame (2710m) the steeper sections of today are behind you and there's some pleasant riding through forests to end the day, as well as some hot springs if needed! The total distance today is around 20km with about 880m of ascent.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Chame
Day 6 - Bike to Manang
The trail becomes a bit less rocky thankfully as you ride up through forests on trails, with the odd suspension bridge crossing too. Eventually the forests give may to a more open landscape and there's the bonus of a bit of downhill riding to Pisang. But, there's still more climbing to do on what is quite a challenging day of riding and carrying to get to Manang (3540m). About 60% of today is rideable and the distance covered is about 23km with approx. 750m of ascent.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Manang
Day 7 - Acclimatisation Day in Manang
There are great views of the various peaks that form the Annapurna Massif, and that's just as well as today must be a necessary acclimatisation day for the higher altitudes and greater challenges that lie ahead.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Manang
Day 8 - Ride to Letdar
After a bit of riding it's a push and carry up to Gunsang. The reward is a sweet section of fast riding to Churi Lattar. But, there's the sting of some pushing and shoving to get up to Letdar (4200m) and at this altitude you'll feel like it's quite the effort. At this point you may find yourself asking the question "why did I choose this"? Around half of todays 12km journey is rideable and there's about 800m of ascent.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Letdar
Day 9 - Bike to High Camp
If you asked yourself yesterday why you were dragging your bike with you, you'll be asking the same question again and perhaps even louder. It's a short, sharp climb up to High Camp, broken up with a lunch break at Thorung Phedi. The majority of today is in fact pushing/carrying and involves about 750m of ascent to High Camp at around the 5000m mark.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, High Camp
Day 10- The terrible Thorung La
No doubt about it, this is the crux of the entire trip and as it has always been for those that have trekked the Annapurna Circuit, the crossing of the Thorung La, the literal high point of the journey. The pass at 5416m is a good 3 hour push on a path that does eventually relent. For all your efforts so far, reaching the pass is a very satisfying moment and is additionally rewarded with gobsmacking views. But, now it's time for some downhilling. It's all very mixed as you head down towards Muktinath. There's some interesting sections of technical singletrack and a bit of pushing too. But, eventually you reach Muktinath (3800m) and you'll be very pleased about that. There's about 550m of ascent and 1600m of descent today and a bit more than half of the 15km is rideable.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Muktinath
Day 11 - Down (yes down) to Marpha
It's a blistering descent from Muktinath down a recently metalled road into Mustang. There's the a couple of options of some singletrack detours if you're not going too fast to have missed them. Down to Jomsom on the jeep road and into the upper reaches of the Kali Gandaki Valley. The riding then will feel fairly level, although you are in fact descending to reach the delightful village of Marpha (2670m). Woo hoo....all of today is rideable and with around 1300m of descent it's a mighty enjoyable 28km of riding.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Marpha.
Day 12 - Down to Tatopani
You're now riding down through the world's deepest gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna. Trees and vegetation soon begin to appear. At first the riding is fairly level, if not a bit rough and rocky sometimes on jeep road and other times on the stony floor of the Kali Gandaki. Not too far after Larjung there's a blistering descent down the rough jeep track through Ghasa and you'll notice that it is starting to feel warm again as you ride on into Tatopani (1190m). There are some hot springs in Tatopani to soothe your aching body that you have punished hard over the past few days. Todays distance is about 50km, all rideable and with about 1650m of descent.
Accommodation: Trekkers Lodge, Tatopani
Day 13 - Bike to Galeshowr and transfer to Pokhara
Your stilll descending, but as the jeep road undulates there's still pedalling to do. Things start to get a little sandy too on the jeep track and requires concentration. But, after a couple of hours you reach the settlement of Galeshowr. From here, the 'road' sees quite a bit of traffic, so this is the ideal place to end your epic mountain bike adventure. Transferring by private vehicle you should be in Pokhara by late afternoon. No doubt ready to say 'hello' to a hotel!
Day 14 - Fly to Kathmandu
A short private transfer to Pokhara Airport for the short flight back to Kathmandu. A private transfer will take you from the airport back to the KGH Hotel. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. You could of course add extra days to this holiday and include various other activities, or if you're after some more biking there are some awesome day rides in the Kathmandu Valley area that could be incorporated.
Day 15 - Depart Nepal
A private transfer will take you to the airport for your return international flight.
Of course there's no reason to depart today, your Nepal holiday can be readily tailor-made.
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