Manaslu Circuit Bike Tour
Overview The Manaslu Circuit Bike Tour is an exhilarating and adventurous journey that takes cyclists through the breathtaking landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. Spanning approximately 300 kilometers, this challenging tour encircles the world's eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, offering a unique and less-traveled alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit. Starting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, cyclists embark on a scenic drive to Soti Khola, the trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit. From here, the real adventure begins as participants pedal their way through picturesque villages, terraced fields, dense forests, and glacial rivers. The diverse topography presents varying degrees…
The Manaslu Circuit Bike Tour is an exhilarating and adventurous journey that takes cyclists through the breathtaking landscapes of the Manaslu region in Nepal. Spanning approximately 300 kilometers, this challenging tour encircles the world’s eighth highest peak, Mount Manaslu, offering a unique and less-traveled alternative to the popular Annapurna Circuit.
Starting in the vibrant city of Kathmandu, cyclists embark on a scenic drive to Soti Khola, the trailhead of the Manaslu Circuit. From here, the real adventure begins as participants pedal their way through picturesque villages, terraced fields, dense forests, and glacial rivers. The diverse topography presents varying degrees of difficulty, with steep ascents and thrilling descents adding to the adrenaline rush.
Throughout the journey, cyclists gets treatment with awe-inspiring views of snow-capped peaks, including Manaslu itself, soaring majestically into the skies. The trail also leads through the culturally rich and ethnically diverse settlements of the region, offering opportunities to interact with friendly locals and immerse in their traditional lifestyle.
Cycling the Majestic Manaslu Circuit: Conquering Larkya La Pass and Embracing Nature’s Serenity
Crossing the challenging Larkya La Pass at a staggering altitude of around 5,160 meters is a highlight of the tour. The pass rewards riders with jaw-dropping panoramas of surrounding peaks and valleys. It demands both physical endurance and mental resilience but ultimately leaves cyclists with a sense of accomplishment.
Besides the natural beauty, the Manaslu Circuit cherishes them for its remote and less-crowded nature compared to other popular biking routes in Nepal. The pristine environment and limited commercialization allow for a closer connection with nature.
Accommodation options along the trail range from cozy teahouses to camping, providing cyclists with a chance to relax and recharge after a day of pedaling. Local cuisine further enriches the experience, offering a taste of traditional Nepalese flavors.
To ensure a successful journey, it’s essential for cyclists to be well-prepared and possess intermediate to advanced mountain biking skills. Additionally, obtaining necessary permits from the Nepalese authorities is vital, as the region falls under restricted areas.
Conclusion and Summary
Overall, the Manaslu Circuit Bike Tour is an extraordinary adventure that combines the thrill of mountain biking with the allure of Himalayan beauty and cultural exploration, promising an unforgettable experience that lingers in the hearts of adventurers for years to come.
You have to carry your bike 50% of the time, but when you lay tread on dirt amidst some of the tallest mountains in the world you will revel in the fact that it is just your wit, skill and stamina against this encompassing environment. Manaslu is the trail of the future for mountain bikers in Nepal and we where overwhelmed by the sheer joy and surprise of the local people who welcomed us as the first cyclists into the area with pure bewilderment. So go there and discover the rich culture and hospitality of the hardy mountain people and push your limits beyond anything you ever imagined on this unforgettable journey.
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying a signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel
Load up the mountain bikes and drive to Arughat which takes around 7 hours with beautiful scenery along the way as you cut through the foothills of the Himalaya and into the heart of Dhading District. We ride 20 mins to the hotel. Take some time to explore the beautiful Newar village of Arughat. Overnight at hotel.
Mixed trails of single track and jeep track which is 60% ridebale take us along the ridge above the Buri Gandaki River. The ride is about 25km mostly flat with some small ups and downs. Overnight at night.
A solid five hours of technical trail today sees us cross the Machha Khola and follow its banks upwards to a hot springs at Tatopani. We climb steadily along the river, 50% of this trail is rideable and there are some tough carry sections. At Jagat, there is a police check-post where your trekking permit will be checked. The trail is a little bit scary, very narrow single track with a big cliff drop and we need to be careful as the trail is heavily used by donkeys. Overnight at hotel.
We progress gently uphill and again cross the Budi Gandaki River as we head towards Philim and on to Lakuwa. 45% of today’s trail is rideable. Along the way there are some beautiful views of Ganesh Himal and the river. The town its self is small and beautiful. Overnight at hotel.
Today there is some super single tracks as we enter into the Upper Tsum Valley. From the valley, the Ganesh Himal range can be seen directly to the south where it provides spectacular views of the Baudha and Himal Chuli peaks to the southwest. The day long with large altitude gain and some sections of carrying the bike. Overnight at hotel.
Mu Gumba is the largest monastery in the region and is located at the highest and farthest point in the Tsum valley. It takes us three hours to ride up and two hours back down. A beautiful day of nice trails and scenery and 855 rideable. We can also see Yak Caravans heading into Tibet. This Valley is like being in a different world, a flat bowl in the middle of the mountains, a magical place. Overnight at the hotel.
A really great day of riding with 80% rideable single tracks and lots of downhill with a few scary cliffs. This is one day you will really enjoy and one of the best days riding on the trail through old-growth Pine Forests. Overnight st hotel.
Ride from Dyang to Namrung takes about five hours to six hours. In the beginning, you ride an almost flat path and then the trail moves uphill all the way to Namrung through forest. In this trial 50% is rideable and lot of carrying section to Namrung. overnight in camp.
Uphill some section very nice riding ,very good scenery. Namrung to Samagaon takes about four hours. You follow the right bank of the river, with views of Peak 29 ahead. As you continue on the main trail you soon reach the barley fields of Sama Gaon. You see excellent views of Samdo (Pang Phuchuli); Nagdi chuli, Simnang Himal, Manaslu glacier, Manaslu ice fall and you can see Birendra Kunda is an ice lake nearby the Manaslu Base Camp. Overnight at the hotel.
Two hours of mostly flat riding and a lot of carrying allows us to acclimatize to the altitude, a quite short day.
Another short acclimatization day of riding and 80% of carrying as we climb higher into the mountain on the shoulders of Manaslu. Overnight at the hotel.
Early in the morning, you begin to trek up and carry a steep ascent to Larkya La. From here, you can enjoy the views of Larkya peak, Mt. Manaslu, Ratna chuli, Cheo Himal and many other snow-capped mountains and peaks. Crossing this pass, you follow a steep downhill path through rock and ice. On the way, you will encounter many ice lakes. Bimthang is a broad and level valley with a number of Mani walls and deserted houses. Overnight at hotel.
An awesome and well rewarded day with 80% rideable and downhill single tracks. You will love this day as we re-join the main Annapurna trail at Dharapani. Today is about 6 to 7 hours of brilliant riding. Overnight at hotel.
45km of fun downhill riding on rugged jeep tracks as we ride along the Maryland River to the transport hub at Besishar. From here we transfer back to Kathmandu by Jeep. Overnight at hotel.
Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
â€¢ Full board
â€¢ Airport Pick up on arrival and drop off after the trip
â€¢ Mountain bike and gears (please ask specification after letting us your bike size)
â€¢ An experience English speaking local Mountain Bike Guide
â€¢ Porters to support your luggage.
â€¢ Food and accommodations (first day dinner to final day breakfast)
â€¢ TIMS and Permit
â€¢ All the transportation
â€¢ Safe drinking water
â€¢ Food, accommodations, salary, insurance and transportation for supporting staff/crew.
â€¢ Visa fee to Nepal
â€¢ Flight to and from Nepal
â€¢ Domestic flights Ktm to Pkr/ and Pokhara to Kathmandu.
â€¢ Dual suspension Mountain Bike
â€¢ Alcoholic drinks
â€¢ Beverage/soft drinks and mineral water in mountains
â€¢ Travel, activity, medical and emergency evacuation insurance
â€¢ Tipping for guides, porters and supporting staff
MANASLU CIRCUIT MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURS:
Mountain Biking in the Manaslu Circuit is not for everyone, but it also offers a unique experience for pure adventure seekers, a chance to get right off the beaten track and ride were very few riders have ridden before. This region offers some of the most unbelievable trails for technically skilled riders who are willing to push and carry for the rewards.
DAY 01: Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 02: Kathmandu to Arughat
DAY 03: Arughat to Machha Khola
DAY 04: Machha Khola to Jagat
DAY 05: Jagat to Lakuwa
DAY 06: Lakuwa to Chhokkung
DAY 07: Chhokkung to Mu Gumba
DAY 08: Chhokkung to Dyang
DAY 09: Dyang to Namrung
DAY 10: Namrung to Shama Gaun
DAY 11: Shama Gaun to Samdo
DAY 12: Samdo to Dharmasala
DAY 13: Dharmasala to Bhimtang
DAY 14: Bhimtang to Dharapani
DAY 15: Dharapani to Besishar and Transfer Back to Kathmandu
DAY 16: Departure
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