Beyond the Annapurnas

11 days, MAX ALTITUDE 5000M, 880km (APPROX)

October 7th – 17th 2019

March 30th – April 9th 2020

October 7th – 17th 2020

price: £3175.00 1 rider shared TWIN room (each) 

£3595.00 with single supplement

*please enquire for pricing of travelling by jeep

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 70% dirt tracks
  • Reaching heights of 14,764ft
  • Ride the Deepest Gorge in the World; The Kali Gandaki
  • Ride on local trails off the beaten path with high passes of over 5000m
  • Hot water Springs at Tatopani
  • UNESCO world heritage sites like Gorkha Palace and Hanuman Dhoka
  • Pokhara – optional activities; white water rafting; zip line, bungee jump, paragliding & ultralight flight
Get ready for a wild adventure into the Lower Mustang region of Nepal. This area is most likened to the Tibetan plateau as the landscape is vast and barren like a high altitude desert. Journey through a mixture of wild and rugged terrain, starting from the bustling city of Kathmandu. Visit the historic settlement of Gorkha, where the first King of Nepal started the unification of the country, it is also home to the Gurkhas. Ride between the peaks of the Annapurna mountain range, stopping off at hot springs. Traverse through the deepest gorge in the world and onto the barren planes of the high Himalaya. The roads are a mixture of paved and unpaved, with a lot qualifying to be some of the most dangerous in the world. This ride is not for the faint hearted! Day 1 Kathmandu Free day for arrivals Usually flights are overnight so you should allow an extra day for the journey to Kathmandu. Once you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport we will pick you up directly from the airport transfer you to your 5* hotel. There will be the opportunity for exploration of the ancient city in your own time this day depending on your time of arrival. Accommodation: Hotel Annapurna (or similar): https://annapurna-hotel.com/ Day 2 Nuwakot (approx. 80km) 4hrs riding time approx. Today there will be familiarisation with the bikes in Kathmandu before riding out of the valley on a varied mix of mountain roads, paved, unpaved, gravel and sand as we head over hill passes and through tropical valleys to Nuwakot Durbar, a historic palace used by the late King Pritivi Narayan Shah.  Accommodation: The Famous Farm (or similar): https://rural-heritage.com/accommodations/the-famous-farm/ Day 3 Gorkha (approx. 130km) 6hrs riding time approx. Riding on a mixture of highways, sandy tracks and dirt tracks today, besides the river which flows from the East side of Mount Manaslu (26,759ft). After a bit more jeep track we’ll come back to tarmac roads to take us to the historic town of Gorkha, home of the fierce Gurkha warriors. Accommodation: Gorkha Gaun http://www.gorkhagaun.com/ Day 4 Pokhara (110 km approx.) 3.5 hrs riding time approx. Passing through tropical forests and riding on jeep tracks we take the back route to Pokhara riding by Begnas and Rupa ‘Tal’ (lakes). We briefly join up to the Prithivi Highway, once featured in the BBC’s documentary “The world’s most dangerous highways”  which then leads us in the laid back lakeside town of Pokhara. Staying at Fishtail Lodge tonight in 5* comfort. Accommodation: Fishtail Lodge (or similar) http://fishtail-lodge.com/fishtail/ Day 5 Kalopani (121km approx.) 6.5hrs riding time approx. Today we traverse World’s deepest Gorge, the Kali Gandaki. There will be many hairpin turns and we will follow jeep tracks most of the way and onto the start of the Tibetan plateau. Arriving later at Kalopani where views of the mighty Dhaulagiri (26,795ft) and Annapurna I (26,545ft) can be had. Accommodation: Teahouse Day 6 Marpha (100km approx.) 5hrs riding time approx. We’ll be heading to the ultimate spiritual destination in Nepal: Muktinath, which is a high altitude sacred temple where Hindus, Buddhists and Jains come on pilgrimage. There are 108 freezing cold water spouts which if you run through them will cleanse you of all your sins! Later we’ll ride north on small jeep tracks higher up onto 14,764ft and explore the high altitude desert terrain. Returning to the picturesque white-washed village of Marpha to rest for the night and indulge in their famous apple juice and apple pie. Accommodation: Teahouse Day 7 Marpha (4-5hrs approx. riding time) Exploration of the local jeep tracks and new roads being built around the area. Passes of over 5000m and lots of incredible views. Accommodation: Teahouse Day 8 Pokhara ( 143km approx. riding time 7hrs approx.) Return to Pokhara Accommodation: Fishtail Lodge (or similar) http://fishtail-lodge.com/fishtail/ Day 9 Pokhara (Rest Day) Pokhara is the centre for adventure sports in Nepal, we can arrange for you to try paragliding, white water rafting, ultralight ride, bungee zip and the world’s longest zip line. Accommodation: Fishtail Lodge (or similar) http://fishtail-lodge.com/fishtail/ Day 10 Kathmandu 200km (6hrs riding time approx.) Today we’ll be back on the Prithvi Highway all the way to Kathmandu,  it’s a busy highway with a lot of traffic. Once back you can relax, enjoy a dip in the pool and then we’ll head out for a celebratory meal this evening in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel Annapurna (or similar): https://annapurna-hotel.com/ Day 11 Departure Time to say farewell to Nepal and your guides. We will arrange for you to be dropped back to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Cost Includes
  • Bike rental (Honda CRF250L or other bikes available, all fuel, all meals and soft drinks, all handpicked accommodation (the best available hotels or lodges), friendly English speaking guides, support vehicle, permits, all transfers, mechanic/follow up rider (for groups of 4+)
Cost Excludes
  • International flights, visa, any extra activities( ie. Bungee jump etc.), personal travel insurance, tips, alcohol

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