(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Kathmandu||International Guesthouse||D|
|Day 2||Kathmandu – Pokhara||The Butterfly Lodge||B|
|Day 3||Pokhara – Kagbeni||New Asia Lodge||B, L, D|
|Day 4||Kagbeni – Muktinath||Hotel Grand Shambala||B, L, D|
|Day 5||Muktinath – Marpha||Hotel Sunrise||B, L, D|
|Day 6||Marpha – Tatopani||Old Kamala||B, L, D|
|Day 7||Tatopani – Pokhara||The Butterfly Lodge||B, L|
|Day 8||Pokhara – Kathmandu||International Guesthouse||B, D|
|Day 9||Kathmandu Departure||N/A||B|
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will greet and meet you ton transfer to your hotel which is located in the heart of the tourist district of Kathmandu, Thamel (approximately a 30-minute drive). Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to explore the streets, sights and shops of Thamel or to relax after your journey, before joining your guides for an early evening welcome meal, where they will explain more about the coming day’s tour and activities.
Whilst the riders enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the luggage and bikes will be loaded onto the tour vehicle for the transfer to Pokhara (the bikes will continue to Jomsom ready for your arrival on Day 3).
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Kathmandu domestic airport for the 60-minute flight to the Lakeside town of Pokhara.
On arrival in Pokhara, after checking into the hotel, there will be plenty of time in the afternoon and evening to stretch the legs and explore the town.
After an early breakfast, a short transfer will be made to Pokhara airport to catch a scenic morning flight to Jomsom, which takes approximately 20-minutes. The flight takes you above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalayas. This is where you can get your first real glimpses of the mighty Himalayas, including the breathtaking mountain views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna range.
Once you have landed in Jomsom, the guides will take you for tea and you will be able to get kitted up for the ensuing ride. The riding today will be an easy 14km on mainly flat terrain to allow your body to adapt to the increase in altitude as you are now at 2700m above sea level. The night’s accommodation will be at the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni.
Biking distance: 14km
Today, you will leave Kagbeni and start an uphill ride to Muktinath at 3900m, following the trail to the north side of the gorge and climbing on a dusty jeep track towards the Thorong La Pass via the village of Jhong. You can stop here to catch your breath and explore the ancient monastery, followed by lunch basking in the sunshine and enjoying the stunning mountain views. The final section after lunch is short and you should arrive in Muktinath around mid-afternoon. You can spend this time to explore the local village including monasteries and temples with your guide, or simply have some time to rest.
Biking distance: 18km
An early breakfast and start today to avoid (as much as is possible!) the high winds in the valley that start to pick up around 11.00am. They can make the ride very tough! The day starts with a slow ascent up to Lupra Pass, where you will get to see the breathtaking views of Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna ranges.
After the pass, you will ride a fast stretch of downhill until you reach the river valley, from where there is a 6km flat section leading to Jomsom and lunch. After lunch the trail undulates along the river until you reach Marpha but for the more experienced and technical riders there are some alternate beautiful single-track options to take.
Marpha is famous for growing apples and making apple brandy and cider, so be sure to sample some local produce in the evening.
Biking distance: 26km
It’s a much flatter ride today after the downhill exhilaration of yesterday. You will now be in central Terai, a region of hot subtropical plains, and the surrounding vegetation reflects this. Sal (hard wood) and Kal (silk cotton) trees line the roads to the Royal Chitwan National Park, which was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
At Tadi, the route diverts onto a dirt track to the outskirts of the national park area at Saurahaand Tonight you will stay at a hotel in the park. The park is the largest and most famous wilderness in Nepal and covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem. It boasts more than 43 species of mammals and is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. It is also home to 450 species of birds and 45 types of amphibians and reptiles.
Biking distance: 42km
Today the ride will take you on jeep tracks which are predominantly flat but have a few ‘Nepali flat’ sections of up and down to remind you that you are still in the Himalayas! The final destination is Beni where the guides will load the bikes up, and you will transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well-earned rest and perhaps a beer or 2!
For those who want to continue the journey to Pokhara by bike, rather than the bumpy jeep ride, there is an option to ride all the way to Pokhara from Tatopani, although this will mean an extra 77km of riding.
Biking distance: 23km or 100km
You can enjoy leisurely early morning breakfast, before packing up and heading to Pokhara airport for an early flight back to Kathmandu.
The rest of the day is yours for sightseeing or souvenir and present shopping, but you are invited to a farewell dinner in the evening with your guides and the rest of the tour members.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.