NAAR PHU & TILICHO HIGH PASSES
An unforgettable journey into the hidden valleys of Naar and Phu and over the challenging Mesokanto La.
The spectacular and remote Naar Phu Valley only opened up to tourists in 2002. This Valley, tucked away between Annapurna and Manasulu offers a rare glimpse into an unchanged culture and scenery, well off the beaten tourist path. The trails are rarely ridden by bikers and offer a unique challenge. The trip has the feel of a remote expedition, with simple, yet welcoming facilities on the way. The scenery is stunning and the rideable trails are super fun. There are some hard sections of carrying, but they are duly rewarded with fantastic downhills.
After crossing the Kang La, the ride crosses the Annapurna Trail at Manang before heading onto the Tilicho trail. Here you must cross the foreboding Mesokanto La, high above the aqua blue waters of Tilicho lake. Here you will feel like you are in the remote Himalayan wilderness.
This trip has many alternatives in length and can be ridden as Naar Phu only, Tilicho Only or combined with a longer trip around Annapurna and into Upper Mustang. Let us know if you need further information about the options.
This journey has its moments of hair raising cliff side trails, tough bike carrying sections and simply unforgettable downhills. Off the bike, the local culture is authentic.
Who’s it for? Riders who are looking of a challenge amidst the Himalaya’s. Bike Packers
Length: – 16 Days (14 Days Riding)
Fitness Factor: – Intermediate to High, there are some long carry sections on tough terrain.
Skill Factor: – High Skill Level on technical descents and loose rocky surfaces. Confidence on exposed trails.
Comfort Zone: – Rustic
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 Acclimatization and Warm Up Ride in Kathmandu
Day 03 Drive to Taal.
Day 04 Riding to Chame (Koto) (2670)
Day 05 Riding to Meta (3560m) 5 to 6 hours
Day 06 Riding to Kyang (3560m) 3 to 4 hours
Day 07 Riding to Naar (4200m)
Day 09 Riding Naar to Manang (3540m) via Kang La Pass (5300m)
Day 10 Riding Manang (3540m) to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m)
Day 11 Riding Tilicho Base Camp (4150m) to Jomsom via Mesokanto La (5121m)
Day 12 Enduro Day around Muktinath – Tini Goain, Dumbar Lake to Tuckche (Optional)
Day 13 Tuckche to Beni and on to Pokhara
Day 14 Pokhara Day Rest
Day 15 Travel to Kathmandu (International Departure possible on the same day)
Day 16 Departure
For full trip details , daily descriptions and price please kindly email us and we will get right back to you. Please kindly note that all our programs are customizable. We can also arrange extra accommodation, activities and services on request.
- Accommodation:- 3 Nights in Kathmandu, 1 Nights in Pokhara , 10 Nights in Teahouses
- Meals:- Breakfast (13), Lunches (12), Dinners (12). Tea and Coffee with meals only. Menu Choice – 2 items for Breakfast, 1 for lunch and 2 for dinner
- Transport:- All airport transfers, support vehicles and shuttles as per itinerary
- Pony Handler and Porters for transport of Luggage
- Guides :- 15 Day qualified mountain bike guide
- Flights:- Domestic Only – POK-KTM
- Permits:- TIMS, ACAP, NAAR/PHU Restricted Area
- All guides and porters insurance and expenses
PRICES DO NOT INCLUDE
- Drinks and meals outside of what is mentioned above
- Internet, laundry and other personal expenses
- Personal travel insurance
- International Flights
- Tips and Gratuities
TRIP STARTING PRICE: – US$2295 Per Person
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.
- 30 Days – USD40
- 90 Days – USD100
***Current travel situation in regards to Covid requires you to have a contract with a trekking company before arriving in Nepal, a PCR test pre departure and another on arrival. Please ask us for more details
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.
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 Upper Mustang 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 is 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 150mm travel all mountain style bike are ideal for this trip, but one that can climb.
• 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
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 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 and 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!
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.
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 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 teahouse, 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.
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 remoter regions like Annapurna/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.
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%.
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.
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.
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, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken.
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 licenses mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Scheme. 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.
Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated.
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.
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.
Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good 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.
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.
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)
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.
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.