Hike bike and raft poonhill

13 Days

Explore the Lower Annapurna Region by Foot, Bike and Raft. This is an incredible Soft Adventure.

This trip covers one of the most popular short trekking routes in Nepal, Poonhill. Along the way we visit Nepal’s first cable car and one of the holiest temples, Manakamana. This easy family trek boasts some of the best Himalayan panoramas on offer. The trek takes us through beautiful Rhododendron forest and Gurung Villages, where you can discover the culture of mountain life in Nepal. The trek ends in Tatopani, where you can soak in the hot springs before embarking on a fun easy bike ride to the rafting point. Our rafting takes us on the Kaligandaki and through the world’s deepest gorge. Enjoy nights camping out on white sandy beaches under the stars. This is an unforgettable soft adventure for families and first time travelers/trekkers.

Overview

Explore the Lower Annapurna Region by Foot, Bike and Raft. This is an incredible Soft Adventure.

This trip covers one of the most popular short trekking routes in Nepal, Poonhill. Along the way we visit Nepal’s first cable car and one of the holiest temples, Manakamana. This easy family trek boasts some of the best Himalayan panoramas on offer. The trek takes us through beautiful Rhododendron forest and Gurung Villages, where you can discover the culture of mountain life in Nepal. The trek ends in Tatopani, where you can soak in the hot springs before embarking on a fun easy bike ride to the rafting point. Our rafting takes us on the Kaligandaki and through the world’s deepest gorge. Enjoy nights camping out on white sandy beaches under the stars. This is an unforgettable soft adventure for families and first time travelers/trekkers.

Trips Highlights

  • – Summit Poonhill for Panoramic Views of the Himalaya
  • – Nepal’s Best Short Trek
  • – Biking in the Himalayas
  • – Rafting through the Deepest Gorge in the World

Itinerary

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

Leaving Kathmandu behind we drive about 4 hours to Manakamana, this is a well known cable car. From here we visit a temple at Manakamana, one of the holiest of its kind in Nepal. From the top, the views of the Himalayas are beautiful. After exploring here, we drive the 20 mins to Camp Himalika where we enjoy a luxury riverside camp for the evening.
Accommodation: Camp Himalika
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Today we drive 4 hours to Pokhara, enjoying the changing scenery along the way. On arrival at Pokhara we check into the hotel and take a wander along the lake shore for sunset. Pokhara boasts some excellent views of the Himalaya.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Today we do some sightseeing around Pokhara. Cross the peaceful lake in a boat and then make the short 30min hike to the World Peace Pagoda. In the right weather conditions you can get the iconic photos of the Himalaya reflecting in the lake. After having some lunch, we then hike down to Davis Falls and the Tibetan refugee camp. Return back to the hotel to rest and prepare for the upcoming trek.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

We drive just over an hour to Nayapul where our trek begins. At first the trek starts out steady, following the river, before it climbs upwards on a stone staircase. We slowly make our way to Ulleri which is our destination for the night.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

It’s not far today but it is all uphill. Trekking through beautiful old growth Rhododendron forests for most of the way. We pop out of the forest at the lovely blue roofed village of Ghorepani. Take some rest and enjoy exploring the Gurung Culture of this area.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

Wake up before sunrise and make the 1 to 2 hour trek in the dark to the Summit of Poonhill. As the sun rises the mountains reveal themselves. The views from here are some of the best on any trek in Nepal. Take some time to photograph and enjoy before returning to Ghorepani for Breakfast. Now the trek goes downhill, all the way to the soothing hot springs of Tatopani.
Accommodation: Teahouse
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner

A ride of around 32 km on an open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. The valley opens up near Beni and we cross the river for the last time, rejoining the main road and heading to meet our rafting team. We have lunch, get a briefing on river safety and the basics of rafting and then Hit the River.
Named after “Kali” the goddess of destruction, the Kaligandaki is said to be one of Nepal’s most holy rivers. Originating high on the Tibetan Plateau the “Mighty Kali” plunges down through the Himalayas, carving out one of the deepest gorges in the world between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Mountains.
With exciting white water rapids, spectacular mountain views, traditional villages, endless suspension bridges, waterfalls, pristine jungle rich in wildlife, deep gorges, cultural temples and beautiful white sandy beaches for camp, we consider this to be the best all round river adventure in Nepal.
Accommodation: 2 Nights in River Camps
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

A ride of around 32 km on an open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. The valley opens up near Beni and we cross the river for the last time, rejoining the main road and heading to meet our rafting team. We have lunch, get a briefing on river safety and the basics of rafting and then Hit the River.
Named after “Kali” the goddess of destruction, the Kaligandaki is said to be one of Nepal’s most holy rivers. Originating high on the Tibetan Plateau the “Mighty Kali” plunges down through the Himalayas, carving out one of the deepest gorges in the world between Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna Mountains.
With exciting white water rapids, spectacular mountain views, traditional villages, endless suspension bridges, waterfalls, pristine jungle rich in wildlife, deep gorges, cultural temples and beautiful white sandy beaches for camp, we consider this to be the best all round river adventure in Nepal.
Accommodation: 2 Nights in River Camps
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

Our last day on the river involves a bit more paddling as we cross the still water to the Dam where we end our rafting trip and make the 3 hour drive to Pokhara. On arrival in Pokhara we have a dinner to celebrate the success of our trip.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch / Dinner

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
Included meals: Breakfast

Today we transfer you to the Pokhara airport for the short 23mins flight to Kathmandu. A member of our team will collect you from the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. Take some time for last minute shopping or exploring this vibrant city.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast

Today we say farewell and transfer from the hotel to the airport for your outbound flight.
Accommodation: None
Included meals: Breakfast

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up on arrival and drop off after the trip
  • Mountain bike and gears (please ask specification after letting us your bike size)
  • Mountain Bike Guide and Porter
  • Food and accommodations (first day dinner to final day breakfast)
  • TIMS and Permit
  • All the transportation
  • Safe drinking water
  • Food, accommodations, salary, insurance and transportation for supporting staff

Cost Excludes

  • Cost Excludes
  • Visa fee to Nepal
  • Flight to and from Nepal
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Dual suspension bike( 400 euro extra for the biking trip)
  • Beverage/soft drinks and mineral water in mountains
  • Travel, activity, medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for guides, porters and supporting staff

Frequently Asked Question

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.

From $2,259
/ Adult

Trip Facts

  • Jeep, Airplanes
  • Three star hotel and mountain lodges
  • 4067 meters
  • Kathmandu
  • Spring, Autumn
  • biking
  • All meal during the trek
  • English, Spanish, French, Chinese
  • Moderate
  • 2-12
  • 16
  • 65