Manaslu, at 8,163 m, is the eighth highest mountain in the world standing isolated and yet in the very center of the Nepalese Himalaya and the trail around this majestic peak is perhaps one of Nepal’s “Best Kept Secrets” and not only that, the area which is little traveled by tourists is ripe for the exploration of Mountain Biking. Not only are there exceptional views in every direction but the low-to-high range of altitudes presents such varied flora and, most noticeably, a wide cultural spectrum, including strong influences from Tibet mixing with Nepali ethnic diversity. This a an expedition style trip with simple accommodation and tough trails. This trail is only suitable for strong and skilled riders. A real challenge to be enjoyed by the pure mountain bike adventurist.
Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 – Kathmandu to Arughat by Driving (608m)
Day 03 – Arughat to Machha Khola (869m)
Day 04 – Maccha Khola to Jagat (1340m)
Day 05 – Jagat to Lokpa (2440m)
Day 06 – Lokpa to Chhokkung (3030m)
Day 07 – Chhokkung to Mu Gumba (3710m) Day Trip
Day 08 – Chhokkung to Dyang (1800m)
Day 09 – Dyang to Namrung (2660m)
Day 10 – Namrung to Shama Gaun (3530m)
Day 11 – Shama Gaun to Samdo (3875m)
Day 12 – Samdo to Dharmasala (4460m)
Day 13 – Dharmasala to Bhimtang vi Larkay La (5135m)
Day 14 – Bhimtang to Dharapani (1860m)
Day 15 – Dharapani to Besishar and Transfer to Kathmandu
Day 16 – Departure
Who’s it for? Fit, Skillful Mountain Bikers who love a Challenge and don’t mind carrying to get to the good trails
Length:- 16 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Fitness Factor:- Good cardio fitness and bike carrying strength and stamina required
Skill Factor:- Confident’s in rocky descents, drops and steep sharp switchbacks, high skill level
Comfort Zone:- Simple, limited connectivity
Trail Notes for Manasulu Circuit
This is a hard trip, you need excellent fitness and a strong mental toughness to do this trip. There is lots of bike carry. But the downhills and other single tracks are worth the effort. The trails are for advanced riders. You will find rocky trails, stone steps, exposed cliffs as well as smooth fast descents, jungle sections and open Yak Meadows.
We do offer some porter assistance but be prepared to be a little self sufficient. Lodges and food are simple and very local, but good.
What is the average riding time per day?
Normally in this area we spend 4 to 6 hours on the trail, with a mix of carrying and biking. Expect to spend a good part of the day sweating it out on a hike a bike section and another good chunk of the day holding on for dear life on a seat of your pants descent!
Can this trip be shortened?
Yes in some cases this trip can be shortened, please do ask us. But we need to consider key points like proper acclimatization and also your personal riding fitness and skill level.
What sort of bike should I bring for this trip?
A light bike, easy to carry with enough suspension to rip steep and tight trails.
What spare parts can I get in Nepal?
We have a shop in Thamel where most spare parts for bikes are available, things like tubes, tires, chains, lubes and chain links can be brought. Specialist things like tubeless liquid, spare parts for 1 x 12 and brakes pads other than Shimano should be brought with you, or check with us first.
What is the accommodation like?
In Kathmandu and other major cities, the accommodation we use is 3 star with attached bathroom, hot water, WiFi and back up power. All other accommodation is home-stay like, simple but nice. This trip is about experience not luxury. Expect squat toilets outside, bucket showers and hard beds.
How do I pay for the trip?
If you decide to book this trip with Himalayan Single Track, we take 20% deposit at the time of booking paid by bank transfer. Balance should be paid on arrival by cash or credit card (3.6% service charge)
For full trip dossier please send us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org