NEPAL MOUNTAIN BIKING ANNAPURNA TILICHO LAKES MOUNTAIN BIKE
This mountain bike tour takes you into some of the truly remote regions of the Annapurna Himal. We start biking from lowland paddy fields, steadily gaining altitude as we pass through oak and pine forests that eventually give way to the high desert country at Manang (3579m). Strenuous biking is well rewarded at both low and high altitudes, on the approach to the Thorung La (5380m) as well as during the descent from it. Note that this tour includes a rideable rating, e.g. if a route is 80% rideable it means that 20% of the time you will be pushing or carrying your bike.
Best: May to October
Tour: 23 Days
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Tilicho Lakes Annapurna Itinerary
Day-1: Arrive KathmanduArrival and transfer to Hotel.
Day-2: Guided SightseeingFull day of guided sightseeing around the Kathmandu Valley.
Day-3: Drive: Kathmandu / Besishar (760m) / Khundi (790m)
After breakfast, we drive via Besisahar to Khundi by our private vehicle. This can take up to seven hours. Your adventure vacation truly starts the moment you reach Khundi. We stay overnight in local Lodge.
Day-4: Khudi / Bhaunadanda (1310m)Distance: 19km, 4 hrs
The changes in the valley's ecosystem and its physical characteristics quickly become evident. The incredible Himalchuli summit rises to the east. After crossing the river, we head to the east bank and pass through the village of Bhulbhule and then head north to Ngadi at 930m asl. We then continue to the ridge top settlement of Bahundanda at 1311m. The name of this village literally means "Brahmin Hill". Lodge.
Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m)Cycle: 12km, 45%, 6 hrs
We descend to the valley floor and then, after crossing the river, we climb steeply up a ridge to follow a trail which has been carved out of the rock wall of the valley. We pass through Khani Gaoon and Ghermu until we reach Sangye. From here, we continue along the West Bank of the Marsyangdi River through the village of Jagat to Chamje where we will cross the river to its eastern bank to enter the Manang District at the village of Tal. As we head up river, we will begin to notice the changes in the people as well as the land, architecture and culture. You will notice that there is a concentration of people of Tibetan origin, their houses are built of rock, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture is predominantly Tibetan. Lodge.
Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m)Distance: 21.8km, 60%, 7 hrs The trail from Tal crosses the Marsyangdi Khola to its West Bank after the village of Karte and continues towards the village of Dharapani. From Dharapani we continue up the river valley past the Gurung village of Thonje to the village of Bagarchap. Bagarchap means 'Butcher' place'. Continuing along the left bank, we climb up the heavily wooded Manang Valley past small settlements with excellent views of Manaslu and the peaks above Larkya La. We stay at the village of Chame, administrative headquarters of the region and the last major market before Jomsom. Chame also has a police check post and bank. Lodge.
Day-7: Chame / Pisang (3300m)Cycle: 16.4km, 48%, 6 hrs
From Chame the trail condition changes, somewhat. The continuing trail is not as well maintained as the one up to Chame. We pass through pine forests, over fairly level ground, through the village of Taleku to Bhratang. Like all villages since Dharapani these predominantly Buddhist villages have an entrance chorten and an exit chorten. Annapurna II can be seen to the south and you are now behind the main Himalaya peaks in their rain shadow area. After crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges we enter a spruce and fir forest that eventually gives way to a pine forest. After days in the gorge the forests provide a welcome change. Crossing the river to its left bank we reach at the village of Pisang. You may want to visit the village before dinner. Lodge.
Day-8: Pisang / Manang (3540m)Total Distance: 17.2km, 95%, 5 hrs.
We are now in the dry arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. Since this area falls in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya it seldom rains in the summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The population is mostly farmers and traders. People in this area keep comparatively less domestic animals and the consumption of meat is very limited There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang valley. The one we will follow keeps to valley floor, on the left bank. Spectacular views of Annapurna III and IV along with Gangapuran and Tilicho peaks abound. This is possibly the best day for viewing mountains. You will pass through the village of Hongde where there is a STOL airfield servicing the Manang district. Lodge.
Day-9: Manang / Khangsar (3,750m)Total Cycle: unrecorded, 50%, 5 hrs.
Today we will take a side trip towards Tilicho Lake. The route is rarely used by bikers. The terrain is difficult but is exquisitely beautiful. Lodge.
Day-10: Khangsar / Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,200m)Total Distance: unrecorded, 55%, 4 hrs Today we head along a single-track past Khangsar which will take us to the Tilicho Base Camp, surrounded by high snowy peaks. This section of the trail is narrow and requires careful concentration. Lodge.
Day-11: Early morning ride to the Tilicho Lake and back to Khangsar (3,750m)40%, The adventure never stops as today, we cross the 5000m altitude barrier. We ride up the rocky terrain and seemingly endless snow ramps toward the magical Tilicho Lake and then cycle back to Khangsar for overnight stay. Lodge.
Day-12: Khangsar / Manang (3540m)Total Distance: unrecorded, 50%, 4 hrs
We follow the same route back to Manang except. Overnight Lodge.
Day-13: Continue to Letdar
Day-14: Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m)Total : 19km, 910hm, 75%,
Today we continue through the, which eventually give way to a high arid desert at Phedi, at the base of Thorung La. Lodge.
Day-15: Cross Thorung La (5416m), Continue to Muktinath (3800m)Total : 22.4km, 966hm, Rideable 60%,
After leaving the river valley we set out early in the morning provided the weather is good and it is not snowing. From Phedi we ascend to an outcrop and the turn left towards Thorung La. A chain of rocks marks the pass. Beyond the pass you enter the river valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The descent from the pass to Muktinath is steep but not difficult. Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists who flock there annually for their respective festivals. A rest day here allows you the opportunity to explore the area and the ancient shrines. Of particular interest is the temple of the Hindu God Vishnu and the one hundred and eight waterspouts where devotees bathe. From Muktinath there are beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m). Overnight Lodge.
Day-16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)Total : 25.6km, Rideable 95%
We cycle along a level but rocky trail through juniper thickets to Jomson. In the late afternoon it gets very windy and so face masks are required. Take care to guard your eyes and cover as much of your skin surface as possible. Lodge.
Day-17: Jomsom / Kalopani (2530m)Total Cycle: 26.2km, Rideable 90%, 7 hrs
We cycle by the side of the Kali Gandaki river passing through the villages of Thakali, Marpha, Tukuche and Larjung. Then it is easy riding from here on in as they have built a jeep track to Kalopani. This is a beautiful village right below the base of Dhaulagiri mountain. The place is ideal to see panoramic views of the mountains including Nilgiri peaks and Annapurna I. Lodge.
Day-18: Kalopani / Tatopani (1190m)Total Cycle: 24.4km, Rideable 75%, 6 hrs
We enjoy the downhill before negotiating a technical section. We ride past a suspension bridge and continue through the dense pine forests. When we reach Ghasa there are some really good lodges. The trail ahead is steep until the Ruptse stream. Though it is early, we stop for a relaxing lunch and enjoy the scenery knowing that the trail ahead is much easier. We ride past the Dana village and after seemingly endless rice fields finally reach Tatopani. It is a small town at the north bank of Kali Gandaki River, famous for the hot springs and of course cold beer if you like. Lodge.
Day-19: Bike until Beni Bazaar (830m). Drive to Pokhara (79km)Total Cycle: 24km, 90%
The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River through the world's deepest gorge to reach Beni. This is a fun day, with an excellent trail and a section of new road. Beni is the headquarters of Parbat District and has many shops and hotels. From here we take a bus for the 78km to Pokhara. Overnight Lodge.
Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m)After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu (just half an hour). Our bikes will be sent back by jeep. Overnight Hotel.
Day-21: Kathmandu.Free day for shopping, etc. On the remaining time you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. Evening we invite you on a farewell dinner at Rum Doodle Bar. Stay at Hotel.
Day-22:Free day to explore, and enjoy
Day-23: Final Departure.
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