Itinerary

After a hearty breakfast, you will be taking an early morning flight to Pokhara which is about 30 minutes. Upon reaching the scenic city of Lakeside, Pokhara you have the day to yourself. There are a ton of things to do in Pokhara. You could visit famous landmarks that are just within the periphery of Pokhara. Paragliding, mountain biking, hot air balloon ride are some other things you could try. Sit by the Phewa lake, enjoy a beer with a comprehensive menu of food for you to choose.

Today’s going to be a long ride from Pokhara to Dharapani. First, you take a jeep to Besisahar and then pass through the small town of Chamje, located at 1311m. It takes about 3-4 hours to reach Chamje from Besisahar. You get to see beautiful views of the valley with sightings of mountains and spectacular waterfalls all along the way. After Chamje, you reach Tal, another scenic village with a beautiful waterfall. You reach Dharapani after leaving Tal. Relax your sore muscles from all the long ride today and take rest. Overnight at a lodge.

This is the first day of your ride. You begin to ride after breakfast from Dharapani. You’ll ride through many different villages and forest trails today. Just after leaving Dharapani, you will be at Thoche which is the confluence with Dudh Khola and Manaslu circuit trail. The trail climbs steeply through oak and pine forests from Danaque near a huge waterfall. Further on, after gaining 500m you reach Timang, then continue through alpine forests where you start to feel the cool breeze. Take a break and enjoy the views of Manaslu. The steep ascent will take you through rhododendron trees and past the traditional village of Thanchowk, at the junction of the Nar-Phu valley. From here, you ride through pine and oak trees to get to Chame, the headquarters of Manang. The place is situated on the banks of Marshyangdi river and you find a ton of teahouses, lodges, and shops here. Overnight in Chame.

The day starts with good views of the Lamjung Himal while you have breakfast. The trail from Chame goes through deep forest in vertiginous drops down to the narrow valley and cross a bridge to get to the south bank of Marshyangdi Khola. You see the view of the soaring Paungda Danda rock face from here. The trail then continues to ascend passing small villages, pine forests and apple orchards till you reach a high, rocky area perfect for lunch—Dhukur Pokhari. From here, you’ll come to a long mani wall by a bridge and the lower windswept village of Pisang with views of the Annapurna and Manaslu ranges.

The ride today ascends up a steep ridge through forests that lead to the views of Humde village and the Manang valley with the Tilicho peak in the backdrop. After passing the Humde village, you continue through expansive plains and woodlands before you reach another valley known as the Sabje Khola valley where you get amazing views of the Annapurna range. The trail continues to Mungji past the beautiful village of Bragha, where there are many lodges, museum, and an HRA post. Continue riding along the trail to reach the large village of Manang. You’ll have opportunities to explore more of the area and the culture of the place tomorrow as it is going to be a rest day at Manang. Overnight at a lodge.

Today you spend the day acclimatizing in Manang. So, take advantage of being able to sleep in late before breakfast. You can choose to be at ease in the large village and spend the day roaming around the busy streets and interacting with the locals there. The view of Gangapurna glacier is magnificent from the hill behind Manang and the panorama of the Manang valley with the Annapurna range is one not to miss. You can also choose to take a more strenuous hike up to Ice Lake, which will take 5-6 hours and the views are equally amazing. Make sure to check up on your stuff and buy necessary items that you could break or lose in Manang as it is a major trading center of the area. At the end of the day, you have a lovely dinner and take a good rest at the lodge.

After having breakfast at Manang, the trail goes steadily up through Tengi and Gunsang continuing along the Jarsang Khola valley with magnificent views of snow-capped peaks. The vegetation becomes sparser and shorter as you ride higher until you finally reach Yak Kharka. From Yak Kharka the trail is a slow and gradual climb with scenic views and many avalanche zones to Thorung Phedi. Take in the dramatic mountain landscape of turquoise blue glacial-fed basins and steep cliff drops. This terrain is the shared habitat for the Himalayan Monal, blue sheep and the elusive snow leopard. You ride up a ridge then descend down to Marshyangdi river where you’ll cross a bridge and reach a small tea shop. Then, you’ll follow a small trail that leads to Thorung Phedi. Once you reach Thorung Phedi, you can either choose to relax and rest there or ride up to the Thorung High View Camp for acclimatization. Overnight at Thorung Phedi.

Today is the most challenging day of our ride as we have to beat the winds and pass the grueling Thorung-La Pass which stands at 5416m. You’ll have to carry your bikes to the top of the pass which takes about 4 hours. The ride is worth the effort since the views over Kaligandaki and Mustang valleys, and the panoramic views of the surrounding peaks are spectacular. The descent is as back-breaking as the ascent as the trails are vertically steep and are slippery sometimes. After riding down on a grassy slope through a series of sharp turnings you reach Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for Buddhists and Hindus. Muktinath, surrounded by rocky mountains with excellent views of Dhaulagiri and other peaks, is our destination for today. Take a good rest and sleep at a lodge in Muktinath.

After breakfast, you visit Muktinath Temple where you will have the opportunity to go to the main temple and enjoy the serenity there. The trail then descends through a desert-like landscape to the village of Jharkot, where you can visit one more monastery and take in the beauty of ancient caves. The road then follows down steeply to the medieval-looking village of Kagbeni. After Kagbeni, it is a mostly dusty and flat ride to Jomsom, the major center in the Mustang region. Jomsom has an operating airport and does regular flights to Pokhara usually in the morning. Then, ride south of Jomsom along the main road beside the Kali Gandaki river after breakfast. The village of Marpha is clean and pretty surrounded by orchards and watered by paved canals. Marpha is famous for its Thakali food, apple pie, cider, and brandy. You can also find a way up to Dhaulagiri Base Camp from Marpha. Spend your evening going to the monastery there and relish the beauty of the village from atop the monastery. Overnight at a lodge in Marpha.

Today’s ride is going to be undemanding but a long one with no real challenges along the way. After riding most of the journey alongside the road, you reach Kalopani, a pleasant village offering breathtaking views of Annapurna range, Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak. Delightful lunch at Kalopani at back in the trail again. You hardly notice the descent today as it is very gradual. After passing Ghasa, there will be a considerable increase in the number of vehicles and you have to keep making way for them. An alternative would be to cross the suspension bridge to ride down the eastern side of the valley. You start to see changes in the weather, it becomes warmer, and also a dramatic change in the scenery as you start to see the verdant conifer forests again once you get closer to Tatopani. You pass through Guithe and Dana village before reaching the spectacular Rupse Chhahara (waterfall). There is a natural hot spring at the heart of Tatopani so don’t forget to pack your swimsuits. A well-earned soak in the hot springs is a great way to relax.

A jeep will be waiting for you outside the teahouse in Tatopani, heading towards the rafting point. Get ready for a fun-filled paddling adventure in class III+/IV rapids! In the evening, you will camp under the stars along the riverbank.

Rise and shine! Once the camping gear is packed on the rafts and you’ve eaten a hearty breaky, we’ll start on the river. The day is a mixture of calm and class III/ IV rapids coupled with splendid views of Annapurna I and Hiunchuli mountains. The lush vegetation and trailing plants hanging from the cliffs on both sides of the river create unique riparian habitats for aquatic insects. Ask your naturalist for a chance to explore the water quality with a recreational macroinvertebrate study. They’re a bunch of indigenous science nerds and will love exploring with you! Overnight at Grijmi Beach.

Your third day on the river. After breakfast, you start bumping into rapids and reach a holy village in the mid-way called Seti Beni. The river has deposited a massive rock which has made a confluence of religious significance to Hindus and also to the local people there. The rapids in this place calls for an audience that cheers up to the team in the rafts. With all the exhilarating experience, the serenity of the mountains and the cultural attachment to the place, the trip concludes and you take a bus back to the scenic city of Lakeside, Pokhara. Have a chilled beer by the Phewa lake, and take in the beauty of the place.