PRICE
From US$ 990 pp


DURATION
14 Days (10 Days Riding)


DEPARTURE DATES
2022 –
 28th Sept, 1st Nov
2023 –
 14th Apr, 12th May, 27th Sept, 8th Oct, 1st Nov


GROUP SIZE
Min 2 – Max 12 

Chitlang Cheese & Daman Vistas

A Classic MTB Trip around Nepal’s Iconic Annapurna Circuit.

This trip is the perfect introduction to Nepal. A family friendly Soft Adventure that travels through the cultural and visual highlights close to Kathmandu Valley. This trip covers hiking, sightseeing and gentle mountain biking. Discover the beautiful Chitlang Valley, stay in an authentic homestay and visit some of the most important temples in the area. The tour is fully vehicle supported so you can take it at your own pace.

Who’s it for? Riders who are looking of a challenge amidst the Himalaya’s. Bike Packers

Length: – 14 Days (10 Days Riding)

Fitness Factor: – Intermediate to High, there are some long carry or pedal up sections.

Skill Factor: – Medium Skill Level on technical descents and loose rocky surfaces. Confidence on exposed trails.

Comfort Zone: – Authentic and Local



Day 01: Arrival in Nepal

Upon your arrival in Nepal, a member of our team will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We have a meet and greet with the Guide/Trekking team for a trip briefing and gear check. We also treat you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Day 02: Kathmandu Sunrise Sightseeing

Early morning is a great time to enjoy the morning religious rituals, people chanting Bhajans and Mantras and performing Kora, local people rushing off with their small business baskets, the smell of local Chai, and many more. Kathmandu is a diverse city that is a juxtaposition between the old and the new. While the city looks busy, dusty, and bland on the outside, she has many hidden secrets to divulge to the city explorer.

This Hidden City ride allows you to discover the hidden temples, Stupas, Local Markets, and backstreets of the city.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 03: Chandragiri Cable Car to Chitlang Biking

After breakfast, we leave the hotel and make the short drive to the cable car. We travel to the top and explore the temple here. From here it’s about a 9km downhill bike ride to the beautiful Chitlang valley. We can do a short hike in the afternoon to explore the area. We stay overnight in the Chitlang Cheese Farm, do a farm tour and get to try some of the local goat’s cheese.

Accommodation: Cheese Farm Homestay

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 04: Biking from Chitlang to Khulekhani and Drive to Damon

Today is a fun and easy ride, rolling most of the way through the picturesque Chitlang Valley towards the man made dam at Khule Khani. You pass through villages and farmlands as well as the grassy rolling hills of the sheep farm, or one tree hill as it is called. We have lunch on the lake shores and then drive the 2 hours to Daman. Daman is a beautiful hill station town known for its panoramic views of the Himalayas all the way from Everest in the East to Annapurna in the West.

Accommodation: Hotel

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 05: Biking from Damon back to Kulekhani Dam and Drive to Pharphing

Today we go on a little off-road biking adventure. It is mostly downhill through terraced rice fields, farmlets and small Tamang Villages. We head for the Dam at Khulekani. On the way we visit the impressive Mohini Waterfall. There is a short climb to get up before we cycle downhill again to the dam and get picked up by our jeep which will take us on the 2 hours drive to Pharphing. We stay overnight at the quaint Solid Rock Guest House.

Accommodation: Local Guest House

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 06: Visit Dholu Monastery and Hike to Bungamati via the Powerhouse and Lepa Colony

Today we hike to the Monastery and explore the Buddhist Culture, then head down through the terraced rice fields to the powerhouse. From the powerhouse we climb up to Bungamati, an ancient Newa Village. The hike takes about 4 hours and traverses the Valley. You get to see aspects of Newa, Tamang and Buddhist Culture. From Bungamati we make the short drive back to our hotel in Kathmandu and join our guide for the last night dinner in Nepal.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Day 07: Departure from Nepal

Today we say farewell and transfer from the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight or you can stay on in Nepal for further adventures.

Accommodation: None

Meals: Breakfast

VISA INFORMATION

Entry visa to Nepal can be obtained either from the relevant embassy or consulate prior to your departure or at the airport on arrival to Nepal.

Visa on arrival can be applied for via the Immigration website. Just fill in the details online and then print a copy and bring it with you. Payment is made on arrival.

Visa on Arrival Fees:-

15 Days – US$30
30 Days – US$50
90 Days – US$125 


ARRIVAL INFORMATION

The international airport in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan is located about 7km from the city center. Most of our package tours include an airport pick up. Other options are to get a pre paid taxi from the desk at the airport. The rates are fixed and fair.

INSURANCE

Travel Insurance that covers evacuation from above 5000m is required for this trip. The current entry rules to Nepal also require your insurance to cover Covid related issues. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for you to join this trip. You must present a copy of your policy upon arrival in Nepal. Two companies we recommend for travel insurance are World Nomads and Covermore.

BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE

On the Annapurna Trip, the trails are a mix of rocky sections and powdered dirt/sandy sections, the trails are generally very dry and abrasive in most places. There are long climbs on most days and some bike carry and push involved in some places. Along the trails there will also be some river crossings.

Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos.

We recommend the following specifications:-

• Full Suspension 110mm to 130mm travel xc bikes are ideal for this trip.

• Tire recommendation is 2.2 to 2.3 something like a MAXXIS High Roller or Schwalbe Nobby Nic or equivalent is ideal for this trip.

• Tubeless is recommended and we also recommend you bring a little extra Liquid.

• Hardtails are also okay for these trip’s if that is what you ride.

You should provide for your OWN BIKE:-

Chain Links, Spare Chain

Dry Chain Lube

Mech Hanger or Drop Out for your model of bike

Brake Pads for your Model

Brake fluid for your Model of Brake

FOOD/MEALS

The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary for the local staple Dhal Bhart (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle and optional Meat Curry) to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs and all kinds of soups and locally made flat breads, Oats and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit is generally limited in these areas.

Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling, nutritious and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit and relevant energy items. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before the trip.

A note on food related Illness:- Most people coming to Nepal get some form of stomach upset. But there are ways to avoid this, in most cases it is not from the food in the teahouses, here are our tips to stay healthy:-

Stay away from oily food in the mountains. Most of us are not used to lots of oily food for every meal and combined with the physical exhaustion, cold and altitude it can lead to upset stomachs. Try and choose light options like Dhal Soups, Soups, boiled and poached eggs, hearty porridge, pasta and rice (non-fired) dishes. Be careful with your hands, wash, sanitize and wash again!

DRINKING WATER

This is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard and we do not like our clients to use them. HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles.

Our office in Kathmandu has free water refills. You should bring along some form of water purification. HST will not be purchasing bottled water for this trip.

ACCOMMODATION

During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in others bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-

• Limited Internet and 3G is available in 70% of the areas. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.

• Power and access to charging – All teahouse have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some teahouses a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.

• Hot water is available in all teahouses, but can vary depending on sunshine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it.

Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3 star with all facilities.

CURRENCY

The NPR – Nepalese Rupee and it comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Notes with 1 and 2 paisa coins. Most places in tourist areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara will accept USD, EURO, POUNDS and other major currencies.

For travel in more remote regions like Annapurna and Upper Mustang you should carry local currency in smaller denominations.

ATM’s withdrawing up to 30,000nrs at a time can be found everywhere in the tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara and also there is one ATM in Jomsom and Manang. Beware the local banks charge 300nrs to 500nrs per transaction above any charges your own bank may charge you.

MONEY EXCHANGERS

Can be found all over the tourist areas and you can negotiate a little for better rates. On The street money exchangers give a much better rate than banks and hotels.

CREDIT CARDS are accepted in bigger hotels and business, the local service charge is normally 4%.


What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable. 

How will my bike be transported?

Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold. 


What Happens if I get Sick?

If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken. 


What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification. 

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated. 

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads. 

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications. 

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so. 

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day. 

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.

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