Highway to Heaven
Annapurna is one of the most beautiful and famous trekking and biking destinations in the country. Enjoy this spectacular ride with us. Details below.
DAY 1- ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
We will arrange pick for you at the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Time in the afternoon to build out the bike for next day then we will have a traditional welcome dinner at evening. with all together including the trip leader and guides. This will be an introduction and at the same time we will also give you short briefings about the trip.
DAY 2- KATHMANDU TO BESISHAR BY VEHICLE
Starting the day at 8am we meet at hotel for breakfast and then load up the bikes for the 5 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 visit the town and we also meet our porters and finalize our trip preparations.
DAY 3- BESISHAR (760m) TO TAL (1700m) Distance: 38km
Today we ride, 1800 meters of uphill takes us along the river, it’s a beautiful section of the ride and 100% rideable along Marsyandi River. 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. We entering the Manang district this day!
DAY 4- TAL (1700m) TO CHAME (2670m) Distance: 26km
A challenging climb makes this one of the longest and hardest sections along the trail. The terrain is rugged but fun. There is great jungle and river scenery so take this stage steady and enjoy the ride.
DAY 5- CHAME (2670m) TO MANANG (3540m) Distance: 30km
This day we have a very nice ride The trail still climbs but not so long and hard and all 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, because from today we start to feel high altitude.
DAY 6- MANANG REST DAY, EXPLORATION AND ACCLIMATIZATION
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 7- MANANG (3540m) TO THRONG PHEDI (4450m) Distance: 16km
A short and gentle climb today from Manang to Yak Kharka, 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. Still it is challenging to ride because of the high altitude!
DAY 8- THORONG PHEDI (4450m) TO MUKTINATH (3760m) VIA THORONG LA (5416m) Distance: 17km
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 trip 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. Views of 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 9- MUKTINATH (3760m) TO TUKUCHE(2590m) VIA LUPRA VALLEY Distant: 25 km
Leaving behind Muktinath we traverse the hill side along a small, little used trekking trail, there is a small section to push our bikes as we reach up to Dhangladanda. From here you get spectacular views of the Himalaya. What follows is an awesome section of switch back singletrack 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 10- TUKUCHE(2590m) TO TATOPANI (1190m) Distance: 42km
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 11- TATAPANI TO BENI AND BACK TO POKHARA
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 12- REST DAY IN POKHARA
A free day in Pokhara lakeside to rest, relax and enjoy this beautiful setting. If you are still seeking adventure then there are some great options for you like paragliding, white water rafting and pony riding around the lake.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast
DAY 13- TRANSFER TO KATHMANDU
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.
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast
DAY 14- DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.