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Hike, Bike and Raft Around Annapurna

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Best Season: Sept - Nov , Mar - June
Min Age : 16
Max People : 16

Trek around the Annapurna Circuit via Pisang and Manang.  Enjoy some of the world’s best downhill mountain biking. Biking on the road through villages and rolling hills, cycling along the beautiful Kali Gandaki River we will see the thundering whitewater rapids. Whitewater rafting on Kali Gangdaki the beautiful scenery on this remote river makes it a fantastic short multi-day river trip. It passes through narrow gorges, alongside tumbling waterfalls and lush jungle. Whitewater rapids such as ‘Big Brother, Little Brother, Good Morning and Landslide just to name a few, will give you feelings of exhilaration and excitement. As we descend this stunning mountain view on background. Natural hot springs near the river below the village. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word describes. It is popularly believed that taking a bath in the Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases and rheumatic problems. Of course, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well.  Famous locally brewed apple brandy at Muktinath and Marpha feel the chilly headwind in Muktinath with its cultural majesty. Picturesque Manang and set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Annapurna (7,454 meters) to the South – Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. Spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village with its short air-strip and the great peaks of Annapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho and on the right Chulu east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk forward to Humde and pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style.

Tour Details

Experience Nepal: beautiful nature, rustic villages, downhill mountain biking and Class IV+ rafting.
Trekking begins from Besishahar, a village located between Kathmandu and Pokhara. We follow two major rivers, the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi, through a series of impressive gorges. Making our way into the upper Annapurna region, we pass traditional homes and locals in cultural dress. Towering peaks line the sky and children race to meet us with hands folded in “Namaste” greeting. Our challenge is Thorong La Pass (5,416m), the highest point on our trip that leads down into the holy city of Mukinath. Buddhists and Hindus travel here to pray and bathe in 108 water spouts.

After relaxing for the night, our mountain biking begins with a thrilling descent. With technical single tracks and wide-open Jeep roads, this area has options for all abilities and skill levels. We then glide down to Marpha where we can sample local apple brandy and visit ancient monasteries. Those with sore bodies will love the natural hot springs at Tatopani, and tired muscles will be restored before we take to the waters in Maldunga.

We’ll spend three days navigating whitewater rapids in the Kali Gandaki before coming home Pokhara’s lively night scene.

Departure & Return Location

Tribhuvan International airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Cost Includes

  • Hard tail Mountain Bike
  • Accommodation: 14 nights in tea houses and camping during rafting
  • Meals: Breakfast (17), Lunch (16), Dinners (16), coffee and tea
  • Transport: Private or local Vehicle from Pokhara or Kathmandu to Besishahar and return to Pokhara
  • Qualified english speaking Mountain Bike and Rafting Guide
  • Permits and all the entry fee
  • Food and Accommodation (while trekking, biking and rafting)
  • Trekking Guide and Porters while you on the trek
  • Mattress, Dry bag, Tent, Paddle and Gear boats when you doing rafting
  • All the cooking and kitchen equipment when you doing rafting
  • Satellite phone
  • Comprehensive wilderness first aid kit
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Kathmandu (we can organize extra nights if people require)
  • 1 Nights hotel in Pokhara
  • Biking equipment and repairs kits with specialist bike guides.
  • Professional standard river guides and safety kayaker for rafting section
  • Twin share room basis accommodation
  • All the camping gear while you doing river journey
  • Airport pick up
  • Private or public bus, van or car to start of trekking

Cost Excludes

  • Nepalese visa (this costs US 65$ for 30 days and you need two passport photos) this can be issued on arrival in Kathmandu international airport.
  • Extra snacks while doing activities and meals in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Extra Beverages for on the trip i.e.) alcohol and soft drinks.
  • Travel Insurance with comprehensive helicopter rescue plan
  • Any optional tours or activities during the free time
  • Airport tax’s
  • International flight to Nepal
  • We recommend tipping the local guides at the end of the trip please as it’s an expectation
  • Meals not listed on day to day itinerary
Itinerary

Drive to Beshishahar or Bhulbule(830m/2,723ft)

Today is the day you been waiting for well. We will start our multi-activity journey after our lovely breakfast. Here we leave Kathmandu for our multi Annapurna adventure drive by local bus to our trek starting point Bhulbule via Beshishahar through the beautiful Nepalese countryside. After we reach Bhulblue we will then start trek to Nagdi which around two hours and stay overnight in Nagdi.

Trek to Bahundanda (1,310m/4,298ft)

Today’s journey will be uphill as we walk along the Marsyhangdi river crossing some local wooden & bamboo bridges reaching some wonderful villages for lunch passing through a waterfall through the riverbank before reaching at Bahundanda for overnight. This is a nice village on top of a hill and you may have the chance to explore the evening time to the local village around the school areas if you are not that tired from your walk.

Trek to Chamje (1,410m/4,626ft)

Hopefully, we will have a nice sunrise view in the morning and a quick breakfast. The trek descends to Syange village crossing fields and local villages, a short downhill walk brings you Syange village is reached after crossing a long suspension bridge, and our trek continues gradually uphill from the river and the last steep climb to get to Jagat for lunch stop. From here an hour further walk on the rocky path & long scenic waterfall across the river and finally brings you to the Chamje where you will stay overnight.

Trek to Dharapani (1,960m/6,430ft)

After a walk past Chamje villages brings us into a suspension bridge over the raging Marshyangdi river. After crossing the bridge it’s another steep climb for another couple of hours to a place called Tal. The village is situated on the gorge-valley by the side of the river Marshyangdi and decorated with a beautiful waterfall & sandy spread river. Further, the trek follows the upstream up to the Dharapani, which is through rocky trails and crossing a few suspension bridges and small teashops bring you to quite a large village at Dharapani where you will be staying in for overnight.

Trek to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft)

We continue our trek further to Chame. From where changing the vegetation, people and the landscapes changes and the air will gets cooler, the trail then climb through pine forests to Bagarchhap, the first village on the trek with typical Tibetan architecture. After a pleasant walk to Bagarchhap, the altitude slowly gains as we come at Danaque and to the alpine region passing through farm, orchards and beautiful pine forest with views of towering peaks of Lamjung and Annapurna II, the trail follows the river Marshyangdi upstream passing by the villages of Latamanang and Koto before further half an hour brings you at Chame village which is head quarter of Manang district with grand view of Annapurna II and stay overnight.

Trek to Pisang (3,200m/10,496ft)

After well decerve breakfast and amazing view we will continue our walk he trails leads from the other side of the river on the northern bank passes through pine woods and small villages with few ups and downs till you reach the orchard village of Bhartang for apple garden. We continue on the gradual path up to a bridge, from the bridge a short steep climb through the pine forest brings you at the top of the ridge of Dhukur Pokhari for the lunch. After walking out of the tree line a great view of Pisang peak on the north and the Chulu peak can be seen with Pisang village below you, from this top a gentle descent of one hour brings you to windswept village of Pisang for evening visit upper Pisang for the Tibetan style of houses and monastery with panoramic view of the Annapurna range and valley we will stay overnight Pisang.

Trek to Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)

Today is day you have been doing this hard work to see all amazing view and wonderful placse , The trek starts with pleasant walk through pine forest and the scenic view. The walk climbs gently up for half an hour and reaching the top, stop at a ridge to get our first view of the Manang valley, This grand spot offers a spectacular views of the valleys, Humde village with it’s short air-strip and the great peaks of Gangapurna, Annapurna II & III, Tilicho and on the right Chulu east, on the back Pisang peak. The walk forward to Humde and pleasant walk up to the Braga village for traditionally built up Tibetans style of houses and if can be visited the monastery, it has an outstanding display of statues, Thanka paintings and the religious manuscripts, stay overnight in Manang and expolre the manag village.

Rest or acclimatization day at Manang (3,500m/11,482ft)

we will do bit a sleep in and have very leisurely breakfast and full day rest for acclimatize and explore Manang. The village of about 500 flat-roofed houses is the picturesque set amongst some spectacular scenery -Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,555 meters), Gangapurna (7,454 meters) to the South – Tilicho (7,132 meters) and the Grand Barrier to the West – Chulu West (6,583 meters) and Chulu East (6,059 meters) to the North. After explore and relaxing day at Manang, stay overnight.

Trek to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft)

journay has to be continue for our next activities so after a wonderful time at Manang, the trail leads to a slow climb up for an hour to the Tenki Manang for enclose view of the Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho peak. The track gently winds up offering inspiring views and through terrains with juniper bushes as the only surviving vegetation around this region and will brings you at Yak-Kharka village and stay overnight.

Trek to Throng Phedi (4,400m/14,432)

We will start going downhill slowly from now on at our own pace to get to Phedi. We still have some amazing views of mountains and landscapes. After an hour walk we will reach Ledar and continue to climb along the east bank of the Jorsang Khola, then descends and crosses the stream on a wooden bridge to get a small tea shop. We stop for wonderful a view and tea breaks, we follow a narrow path across a high, unstable slope before heading to Thorong Phedi for the overnight. Phedi, which means ‘foot of the hill’, is a common Nepali name for any settlement at the bottom of a long climb staying overnight.

Trek to Muktinath (3,800/12,467ft) via Throng La (5,416m/17,765 ft)

As we have all been walking for more than weeks now so it will be the longest and hardest day of the whole trip. We start our walk early in the morning with packed lunch and the trail becomes steepest initially and reaches high camp. Walk on your own pace viewing with sunrise and glimpse of the mountains. We continuing walk to the top takes 3-4 hrs to the Throng top and with a great feeling of victory take a short break for picturesque scenery and down to the Mustang part of mountains and the Kaligandaki valley far below to the West. Finally, we made to Muktinath after 6-7- hrs long walk and stay overnight in Muktinath.

Note: In the evening, we will meet our professional Mountain Biking guides and bikes and get fitted out for cycling next Bike from Muktinath to Marpha 3- 4 hours. Ride on gently sloping terrain and a wide jeep track, back into the lush surroundings of the Himalayan foothills to the village of Marpha, Overnight at the guesthouse at Marpha.

Bike to Marpha (2,670m/8,760ft)

Top off a tiring biking day with a sip of the famous locally brewed apple brandy at Muktinath feel the chilly headwind in Muktinath with its cultural majesty, and reward your adventurous soul with a relax in when we reach to Marpha with warm brandy with hot water.

Bike to Tatopani (1190 m)

After a wonderful day bike to Tatopani takes its name from the hot springs near the river below the village. You can enjoy the hot spring at Tatopani as the word describes. It is popularly believed that taking a bath in the Hot Spring helps you to get rid of skin diseases and rheumatic problems. Of course, it gives you physical and mental refreshment as well, Overnight in Guesthouse at Tatopani.

Bike to Meldunga , Begin our rafting journey .

We will ride mostly downhill on the road through villages and rolling hills, Cycling along the beautiful Kali Gandaki River we will see the thundering whitewater rapids. This will take 2 or 3 hours, meet the Whitewater Rafting crew staff and have lunch after that you will be getting fitted out with equipment for whitewater rafting. Camp on the riverbank.

Note: Half-day bike and Half day rafting

Raft Kali Gandaki

The beautiful scenery on this remote river makes it a fantastic short multi-day river trip. It passes through narrow gorges, alongside tumbling waterfalls and lush jungle. Whitewater rapids such as ‘Big Brother, Little Brother, Good Morning and Landslide just to name a few, will give you feelings of exhilaration and excitement. As we descend this stunning river, we will camp on the riverbank each night.

Raft Kali Gandaki

We will do More amazing whitewater as we descend through one of the deepest gorges in the world and we take out at lunchtime and have lunch after that Drive approximately 4 hrs to Pokhara, Stay overnight in Pokhara and Group celebration dinner.

Return to Kathmandu

Drive back to Kathmandu which is around six hours, alternatively if people have time restraints or simply people don’t want to go by road there is the option to fly back to Kathmandu which takes around 45 minutes. This is an additional cost of around $130 USD per person which AHN staff can organize for you upon arrival in Nepal. If going by road, this is included in your trip cost and you will arrive in Kathmandu around 2 o’clock in the afternoon. Enjoy some last-minute shopping.

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