PRICE
From US$ 1989 pp.
Price is group size dependent 

DURATION
15 Days (13 Days Riding)

DEPARTURE DATES
Departure dates on Request

GROUP SIZE
Min 2 – Max 12 

Naar Phu & Tilicho Lake 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.

Highlights

 – Crossing the Thorong La Pass

 – Mountain Biking one Of the Worlds Longest Downhills

 – Rafting on one of Nepal’s Most Beautiful Rivers

 – Journeying through the Deepest Gorge in the World

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

Length: – 14 Days (12 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 – Arrival in Kathmandu

Upon you arrival in Nepal a member of the Himalayan Single Track team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. In the evening we have a meet and greet with the guide to do the final checking for the trip and enjoy a traditional Nepalese dinner. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Dinner


Day 02 – Warm Up Ride in Kathmandu

Today we prepare for the trip and check all the gear and bikes. We ride out 3 to 4 hours in the Shivapuri National park and down the Heli Pad trail.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03 – Drive to Tal by Jeep

Takes the best part of all day, we leave early and hopefully reach there before dark. After Besisahar the journey is rough and rugged.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 04 – Riding to Chame (Koto) (2670)

22km – 3 to 4 Hours uphill on jeep tracks. The pace is steady as we pedal up alongside the Maraysandi River. You will feel the altitude as we climb. Today follows the main Annapurna Circuit and for the most part is on a jeep track, with some sections of side trails through villages.
Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 05 – Riding to Meta (3560m) 5 to 6 hours

Back track a little to Koto, from here we leave the Annapurna Circuit and head into Nar Phu Region. Today is mostly climbing. The trails are 60% ridable and 40% carry.

The first section takes us through a pine forest and is mostly rideable to the lunch stop. After lunch we face cliff side single tracks with some landslide areas, here care should be taken and the last steep section to Meta is quite challenging push/carry section. The trail opens out to a wider valley vista and the snowy mountains of Kangar and Pisang Peaks can be seen.

The accommodations here are simple but clean and homely.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06 -Riding to Kyang (3560m) 3 to 4 hours

Today’s trail is only around 13km, and has some uphill. It mostly singletracks up the valley to Kyang. We are going to take it easy to Acclimatize.

You cycle past Buddhist Chortens and have good views of Phu along the way. 2 hours Beyond Kyang is the Ancient village of Phu (4080m) Here you can visit the Dzong (Tibetian Style Fortress). This side trip can be done in this afternoon or the following morning. Phu is the highlight of the trip and worth spending time there. Though currently the accommodation is limited and its better to sleep in Kyang for the acclimatization and facilities.
Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07 – Riding to Naar (4200m)

Leaving Kang, we roll back down the valley towards Meta. To Mahendra Phul (the bridge) its single track downhill. After the bridge it’s mostly climbing and sections of pushing with some nice ridable sections also. It’s a total of 15km and takes 3 to 4 hours. There are good views along the way. Once you get to the Mani Wall it’s a lovely ride into the village of Naar.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 08 – Riding Naar to Manang (3540m) via Kang La Pass (5300m)

Leaving Naar we head along a nice single track to Kangla basecamp which is steady uphill but mostly rideable. Once we cross a suspension bridge things get a little narrow and steep and we have to push up to the pass.

After the pass, the first 1.5km is steep and tight switchbacks which might be better to be walked. After that the rest of the way is good single track downhills, with nice flow all the way to Humde airport at 3280m.From Humde it’s a steady inclined pedal up to Manang 40 mins to 1 hour.

Riding distance is 21km and it takes 6 to 7 hours.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09 – Riding Manang (3540m) to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m)

You can ride all the way from Manang to the village of Kangsar (3743m) to get to Kangsar we turn off the main Annapurna Trail and enter the trail to Tilicho. After Kangsar it gets steep and we have to Push/Carry up to Shree Kharka. After Shree Kharka we have to cross the landslide area, the area is currently being stabilized and its mostly downhill singletracks and a good part rideable. It takes a total of 5 to 6 hours to reach Tilicho Base Camp where we overnight in a Teahouses. There are really good views of Gangapurna and Annapurna III.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10 – Riding Tilicho Base Camp (4150m) to Jomsom via Mesokanto La (5121m)

Today is a long day and we must carry snacks along the way. Expect to be moving for 11 to 13 hours in total.

From Tilicho base camp we still have to climb up to the lake, its steep and sketchy and it takes 3 to 4 hours going slowly. The lake is situated at 4900m. We can take rest here and enjoy the views of Tilicho Peak and the Annapurna Ranges.

We move on towards high camp. Before we get to the Mesokanto Pass proper, we have to cross the Eastern Pass at 5340m. The views throughout are stunning. Once over the pass, the first 200m is very steep and better to push/walk the bike. The rest is 2600m of switch-backing descent, some steep, some with good flow all the way to Tinigoan or Jomsom, whichever you prefer to stay. It’s an epic day and a rewarding challenge.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 11 -Enduro Day around Muktinath – Tini Goan, Dumbar Lake to Tuckche

This is a fun day of vehicle assisted riding around some of the best single tracks in the region including Lubra Valley. Enjoy a day of not having to pedal uphill. End the day in the beautiful hospitality of Marpha.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 12 – Tuckche to Beni and on to Pokhara

A long, fun downhill, mostly on Jeep Track. If you are a serious technically skilled rider you can tackle the staircase trail on the opposite side of the river. Around 49km all the way downhill.

Once in Beni we drive the 2.5 hours to Pokhara.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – Pokhara Day Rest

Take a free day in Pokhara to enjoy this chilled out lakeside vibe with dramatic views of the Himalaya looming above the town. You can join in some other adventure activities like Stand Up paddle boarding on the lake, Paragliding, Zip Line or Yoga/Meditation.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Day 14 – Transfer by Flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

We have a relaxed morning in Pokhara before taking the early afternoon flight back to Kathmandu. Transfer to the airport and join our team for a farewell dinner. 

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner



Day 15 – Departure from Nepal

Our trip ends here, we transfer you to the airport for your onward flight.
Accommodation: None

Meal Inclusions: 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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