Cycle in the Himalayas at altitudes over 17,000 feet in this thrilling trip around Mount Annapurna. You will be in Manang and Mustang, the legendary region which lies beyond the Himalayas, in one of most arduous journeys there is in the world.
We will pick you up as you land into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.
Representatives and guides of Mountain Kick will meet with you at your hotel. We will take you around famous landmarks of Kathmandu in a tourist vehicle. Visit royal courtyards, monasteries and temples which have been included in Unesco World Heritage List for their cultural, historical and religious significance.
We will ride to Nagarkot hill station this day as preparation for our longer trip ahead. We will meet up early and do a final check on your bike and gears before heading east. We ride through the historical town of Bhaktapur, where centuries-old royal courtyards still stand in their former glory. As we pass this town, we have to ride uphill till we reach Nagarkot which offers an excellent view of the Himalayas. The first day is always tiring so rest well in Nagarkot.
We take a vehicle for Sankhu and stop there for lunch. From here, we ride downhill to Kathmandu making our way through vast farmlands in the rural parts of Kathmandu.
We drive west to Besisahar in a public bus and it takes about seven hours to get there. You will be treated with beautiful views of Mount Annapurna II, Mount Macchapuchhre and Mount Lamjung from this town.
Most part of the road to the village of Jagat is pretty good and offers a smooth ride. But there is section of off-road track that runs alongside the Marshyangdi Rivers which is offers an experience of a tough riding in the mountains for the first time in our journey.
This will be a tough day of riding and walking uphill. We cycle for about two-thirds the distance in a pretty decent track but then comes a rocky trail through which we have to carry our bicycles till we reach Tal. The panoramic view of the Himalayas will act as motivation for you to carry on.
We will pass through a Buddhist prayer wall in the beginning of our ride for blessings ahead of the exhausting trip we are about to embark on. We ride through vast farmlands till we reach Danaque from where it is a rocky terrain uphill where we have to carry our bicycles. After making the climb, we can again ride till Chame. There is a hot water spring at Chame that will ease your pain a little.
We ride uphill through forests first and then vast farmlands as we pass through several villages to reach Pisang village. Half of the way is very good for riding but the other half is challenging and we will have to walk for most parts.
Majority of the day will be spent making thrilling rides on the sides of steep mountains but thank god that almost all of it is ride-able. We will gain quite an altitude as we ride alongside rivers to reach Manang. Here we will ride past world’s highest commercial airport, the Manang Airport, and the ancient Buddhist monastery of Braga.
Spend the day sightseeing in Manang. You will again have to climb more than 1,500 feet the next day so rest well.
We will ride uphill to Khusang and this will be a tough climb which will take a toll on your body. However, the forests and the mountains provide a very good distraction from your fatigue. Three-fourths of the track is ride-able.
This will definitely put a lot of pressure on your legs but we will pass through several villages and stops to keep you fresh. Consider views of the Himalayan peaks as pain relief.
This is a very long and hard day of cycling. We start before sunrise and ride through a windy trail for about four hours to Thorong-La Pass, the highest point in our travel. A steep downhill trail takes us to Muktinath (3,710 m/12,172 ft) from there. The Muktinath Mandir is one of the holiest shrines for both Hindus and Buddhists as is believed to be the home of the god of liberation, Lord Muktinath (Lord Shiva). A lot of devotees, including holy Sadhus, make the pilgrimage to this place. We again ride downhill to Kagbeni, a village made up of mud houses. The beautiful Mustang Valley below and the Himalayan range above are clearly visible from Kagbeni.
We make a heavy descend today all the way from the Himalayas to the lowlands. The whole road is ride-able as most of it is either cobbled or graveled. We pass through Jomsom, a tourist town that lies on the either side of the Kali Gandaki River. The landscape from Jomsom is all waterfalls and steep mountain ridges alongside the Kali Gandaki River. Further downhill, apple orchards will come into view as we move towards Marpha which is famous for its apple brandy. The Annapurna massif will be on the background throughout the trip as we pass through some more forests and villages to reach Tatopani. “Tatopani”, translates into “hot water” in Nepali, and you will spend the evening in the natural hot water spring here that will heal your body of all the pain of cycling so much.
The road is very gentle and moves alongside the river as we move downhill to Beni. From Beni, we will drive to Pokhara in a tourist vehicle. We reach Pokhara in the afternoon and the beautiful city on the bank of the Phewa Lake offers an amazing nightlife to relax you after spending more than two weeks cycling in the Himalayas.
There are plenty of places to visit in Pokhara like the Devi’s Falls, the Bat Cave, the World Peace Pagoda, the Phewa Lake, the Sarangkot Hill and many more. Pokhara is a great place to go shopping in the day and partying in the night.
We drive to Kathmandu in a luxurious tourist bus and make stops on the way for lunch and snacks. It takes seven hours and the view of the Himalayas in the distance will surely remind you of your travel there. We will host a farewell dinner for you before you leave.
You will be on a plane back home and we will be there to see you off. Thank you and come again.
In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 50.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.
Do not forget
As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.READ MORE ABOUT CSR