TRIPS

DEPARTING
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TRIP DIFFICULTY
  • Intermediate
COMMENT

Will commence after monsoon, from 1st Oct 2016 onwards due to flooding and landslides in the rafting sections

Peddle ‘n’ Paddle Kaligandaki

This trip offers a unique experience, to travel from the upper reaches of the Kaligandaki River down into the lush subtropical regions of Nepal. Experience the pure adventure as you fly into the heart of the Annapurna Region on a local flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. Look out the window, you can almost touch the mountains. Bike up the valley to the holy temple of Muktinath before riding your way down the Kaligandaki valley in an epic two days of downhill biking. Finally take to the river itself for three spectacular days of rafting.

DAY 01  ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
We will arrange pick for you at the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Time in the afternoon for exploring the town and then we will have a traditional welcome dinner.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Dinner

DAY 02  BACK ROADS AND TRAILS OF KATHMANDU
Join us on a warm up ride exploring some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some temples before returning to Thamel for lunch, last minute bike adjustments and shopping for the trip.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03  DRIVE TO POKHARA
Depart early from the Hotel in Kathmandu. Leave behind the valley and drive down along the Trisuli River and through the tropical lowlands to Pokhara. In Pokhara take the afternoon to rest and explore the tranquil lake side, or perhaps an afternoon ride around the edge of the lake.
Accommodation:- 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions:- Breakfast

DAY 04  POKHARA TO KAGBENI – Riding Distance 14km. Altitude 2800m
Wake up for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before we head to the airport. It’s about a 22 min flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya, take a peek out of the window for fantastic views of Dhawalagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wingtips almost touch the snow capped peaks, fly right between the Himalayan giants and you feel your adventure has really begun as the small plane banks left and touches down in Jomsom. In Jomsom, we have breakfast and spend some time getting the bikes ready for the journey. Enjoy an easy acclimatization ride of 14km to the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat and traces the Kaligandaki River right up to the boundary of Upper Mustang. Stay overnight in Red House, one of the oldest Inns in the region.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05  KAGBENI TO MUKTINATH – Riding Distance 18km. Altitude 3760 meters
Get up early to see the sunrise and have breakfast. Today we cycle uphill for the most part. Leaving behind the beautiful village of Kagbeni, warm up your legs and start to climb. We follow the trail on the north side of the gorge and climb up on a dusty jeep track towards the foreboding Throng La Pass. We stop and explore the ancient monastery at Jhong and have some lunch basking in the sunshine and enjoying the mountain Views. The final push after lunch is short and we should arrive in Muktinath around mid afternoon. Spend some time here exploring the Monastery and Temples, two of the holiest in Nepal. Stay overnight and enjoy the local culture of this bustling town.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06  MUKTHINATH TO TUKUCHE – Riding Distance 32 km. Altitude 2560 meters
Our day kicks off with some brilliant downhill and after yesterdays challenge, you will welcome fun jeep tracks and trails with a mostly downhill gradient! We have to start early as the wind gets up after 11 am making riding a bit more challenging. Chill out on this section and enjoy the views. For experienced riders there are single track options. Savor the moment as you whizz past trekkers, the Himalayan wind in your face and miles of downhill before your wheels. Once in the river Valley it’s a 6km flat stretch to Jomsom followed by undulating trails along the river to Marpha. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. Take lunch in the beautiful and ancient town of Marpha famous for growing apples and making apple brandy! The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on the river side. Take some time to explore the cobbled lanes and explore the Thakali culture. We stay overnight in the well furbished German Bakery. Apple Brandy is a local product and a good after dinner night cap to relax your mind and body after the days ride.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07  TUKUCHE TO TATOPANI – Riding Distance 36 km. Altitude 1190 meters
Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and winds in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the lush waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Once in Tatopani you can enjoy a soothing bath in the Hot Springs and perhaps a local massage will not go astray, or a cold beer for that matter!
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08  TATOPANI TO MALDHUNGA & RAFTING
A ride of around 45 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. The valley opens up near to Beni and we cross the river for the last time, rejoining the main road. From Maldundha we take lunch and meet our rafting team. Once lunch has been eaten, the guides will give you a safety talk. The first rapid of the day is Little Brother and then big brother the biggest and maddest of the trip, followed by Rafters Refund, but by this time it’s already too late to turn back! The evening is spent camping on a sandy beach just below a village. We will have a camp fire, drift wood permitting and a well earned meal…..and did I hear someone say “Rum Punch”?
Accommodation:- Tented Camping
Meal Inclusions:- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 09  RAFTING
Waking up to the peaceful sounds of river life is an amazing experience. Once you crawl out of your tent or out from under the raft, hot tea and coffee will be ready and waiting for you. It’s time now to pack up the tents and load our gear before a hearty breakfast to fill our bellies for the days rafting. We have an action packed day of rapids and unplanned swims. Taking lunch on a sandy beach gives us all time to rest and play in the shallow water before heading on to our night time camping place.
Accommodation:- Tented Camping
Meal Inclusions:- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10  RAFTING AND TO POKHARA
We have a pleasant morning of playing in some waves on the river and a gentle paddle across the placid waters before the dam. A great time for playing games, having a crack at kayaking or swimming. Around midmorning we will reach our take out point just below Seti Beni for the bus ride back to Pokhara. We arrive in Lake Side in time
for a hot shower just before happy hour where we share tales of our river adventure.
Accommodation:- 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions:- Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11  FREE DAY IN POKHARA
Welcome back to civilization, the place for hot showers, cold beers and great food. Pokhara is the chill out capital of Nepal, take your pick of lazy lake side cafes, strolling around the shops or perhaps some adventure is more to your liking, half day rafting trips, paragliding or Parahawking are other options to fill in your day.
Accommodation:- 3 star Hotel
Meal Inclusions:- Breakfast

DAY 12  TRANSFER TO KATHMANDU
Take the midday flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and have an afternoon of shopping and then get ready for your last night in Nepal.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast

DAY 13  TRANSFER TO AIRPORT
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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BEST TIME
March, April, May & Sept, Oct, Nov

SPENDING MONEY
You will need to carry with you spending money for things like alcohol, snacks, internet usage and other purchases along the way. Also tipping is expected in Nepal for guides and porters if you are happy with the service provided. You will have to carry the money with you from Kathmandu/Pokhara as there are no ATM’S along the way.

PORTERS
Porters for carrying your bags during the biking are included in the price of the trip. So all you will need to carry during the day is a day pack with your personal items. Porters will not always be with you or arrive at the Tea House at the same time as you so make sure you carry a warm jacket with you. Porter allowance is one porter per two people with a load limit of 13kg per person.

DRINKING WATER
Drinking water is not included in the price of the trip and you are responsible for your own drinking water. Mineral water in one liter bottles can be brought easily in Pokhara and Kathmandu and also along the biking trail, but for environmental reason we encourage you to treat your own water. Filtered water is readily available in all hotels and tea houses. You should carry some form of water purification tablet with you. We recommend two 1 liter water bottles or one two to three liter bladder for this trip.

TEMPERATURES
In the Annapurna Region the higher up you go the colder it gets. This trip travels through three climatic zones. Up around Mukitnath the average temperatures are as follows – Jan to March 14 to 0 degrees Celsius, April to Sept 20.9 to 2 degrees Celsius, Oct to Dec 17 to 0.4 degrees Celsius. Down in the lower regions where you will be rafting the summer months it can get up to 37 degrees Celsius and in the Winter remain mild around 18 degrees Celsius with cool night time temperatures down to 5 degrees.

ACCOMMODATIONS
We provide 3 star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In these hotels you will get Deluxe rooms with attached bathrooms, breakfast, Wi-Fi access and all normal hotel facilities. 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 other bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and there are not always hot showers, in some places hot showers incur extra charge. There will be electricity for charging cameras and phones, but it is limited. During the rafting you will be camping for two nights, all equipment will be provided for you, but you should bring your own sleeping bag.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
• Water proof/wind proof jacket suitable for riding and trekking in
• Long thermals, a couple of T-Shirts and shorts or trekking trousers
• Hat, sunglasses with head,neck strap, sun cream
• Windproof/water proof cycling gloves (full)
• Chap stick
• Good shoes for both walking and cycling
• Warm socks, Buff or bandana
• Helmet, Knee and Elbow Pads (Optional)
• Own medicines including re-hydration
• Camel Pak or water bottles that fit your drink cages
• Water proof pack cover
• Light Fleece/Warm Jumper
• Cycle clothing – long sleeves and pants, arm warmers
• Rafting clothes, swim wear and Sandals (Teeva Style)
• Small travel towel

TRIP REQUIREMENTS/DOCUMENTS
Personal Travel Insurance
Copy of Passport
2 Passport Sized Photos
Signed Copy of Himalayan Single Track Booking from and disclaimer

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PRICE INCLUSIONS
• All land transport in private vehicle including airport transfers
• 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary
• All accommodation in best available teahouse while biking
• All meals as per itinerary
• Professional Mountain Bike Guide
• Mountain Bike
• Rafting Guides, Safety Kayakers, all rafting and camping equipment
• All permits and entry fees
• Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom and Pokhara to Kathmandu
• Porters for carrying your bags during the biking
• Welcome dinner and traditional Dance

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
• Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses
• Sleeping Bags
• Personal Travel and Evacuation Insurance (Compulsory)

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