Nepal Bike Tour

Tilicho Lakes Annapurna Mountain Bike Tour

The Tilicho Lakes mountain bike tour takes you into some of the truly remote regions of the Annapurna Himal. We start biking from lowland paddy fields, steadily gaining altitude as we pass through oak and pine forests that eventually give way to the high desert country at Manang (3579m). Strenuous biking is well rewarded at both low and high altitudes, on the approach to the Thorung La (5380m) as well as during the descent from it. Note that this tour includes a 'rideable rating,' e.g. if a route is 80% rideable it means that 20% of the time you will be pushing or carrying your bike.

Tilicho Lakes Mountain Bike Overview

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Drive: Kathmandu / Besishar (760m) / Khundi (790m)

Day-4: Khudi / Bhaunadanda (1310m) Total Cycle: 19km

Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m) Total Cycle: 12km, 600hm, Rideable 45%

Day-6: Tal / Chame (2670m) Total Cycle: 21.8km, 985hm, Rideable 60%

Day-7: Chame / Pisang (3300m) Total Cycle: 16.4km, 600hm, Rideable 48%

Day-8: Pisang / Manang (3540m) Total Cycle: 17.2km, 400hm, Rideable 95%

Day-9: Manang / Khangsar (3,750m) Rideable 50%, Time: 5 hrs

Day-10: Khangsar / Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,200m) Rideable 55%

Day-11:Early morning ride to the Tilicho Lake and back to Khangsar (3,750m) Rideable 40%

Day-12: Khangsar / Manang (3540m) Rideable 50%

Day-13: Continue to Letdar (4200m)

Day-14: Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m) Total Cycle: 19km, 910hm, Rideable 75%

Day-15: Cross Thorung La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) Total Cycle: 22.4km, Rideable 60%

Day-16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m) Cycle: 25.6km, Rideable 95%

Day-17: Jomsom / Kalopani (2530m) Cycle: 26.2km, Rideable 90%

Day-18: Kalopani / Tatopani (1190m) Cycle: 24.4km, Rideable 75%

Day-19: Bike until Beni Baazar ( 830m). Drive to Pokhara (79km) Total Cycle: 24km, 90% ride-able

Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m)

Day-21: Kathmandu.

Day-22: Fly back After breakfast, we transfer you back to the airport for your onward departure flights

Day-23: Depart Kathmandu

Tilicho Lakes Tour

Nepal Mountain Bike Tour Detailed Itinerary

Day-1: Kathmandu
Kathmandu overnight at the Hotel

Day02: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu and some preparations for the climb.

Day-3: Drive: Kathmandu / Besishar (760m) / Khundi (790m)
After breakfast, we drive via Besisahar to Khundi by our private vehicle. This can take up to seven hours. Your adventure vacation starts the moment you reach Khundi. We stay overnight in a localLodge. (BLD)

Day-4: Khudi / Bhaunadanda (1310m) Total Cycle: 19km, 4 hrs
The changes in the valley's ecosystem and its physical characteristics quickly become evident. The incredible Himalchuli summit rises to the east.After crossing the river, we head to the east bank and pass through the village of Bhulbhule and then head north to Ngadi at 930m asl. We then continue to the ridge top settlement of Bahundanda at 1311m.The name of this village literally means "Brahmin Hill". Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m) Total Cycle: 12km, 600hm, Rideable 45%, Time: 6 hrs
We descend to the valley floor and then, after crossing the river, we climb steeply up a ridge to follow a trail which has been carved out of the rock wall of the valley.We pass through Khani Gaoon and Ghermu until we reach Sangye. From here, we continue along the West Bank of the Marsyangdi River through the village of Jagat to Chamje where we will cross the river to its eastern bank to enter the Manang District at the village of Tal.
As we head up river, we will begin to notice the changes in the people as well as the land, architecture and culture.You willnotice that there is a concentration of people of Tibetan origin, their houses are built of rock, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture is predominantly Tibetan. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-6: Tal / Chame (2670m) Total Cycle: 21.8km, 985hm, Rideable 60%, Time: 7 hrs
The trail from Tal crosses the Marsyangdi Khola to its West Bank after the village of Karte and continues towards the village of Dharapani.From Dharapani we continue up the river valley past the Gurung village of Thonje to the village of Bagarchap. Bagarchap means "Butcher's place". Continuing along the left bank, we climb up the heavily wooded Manang Valley past small settlements with excellent views of Manaslu and the peaks above Larkya La. We stay at the village of Chame, administrative headquarters of the region and the last major market before Jomsom.Chame also has a police check post and bank. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-7: Chame /Pisang (3300m) Total Cycle: 16.4km, 600hm, Rideable 48%, Time: 6 hrs
From Chame the trail condition changes, somewhat. The continuing trail is not as well maintained as the one up to Chame.We pass through pine forests, over fairly level ground, through the village of Taleku to Bhratang.Like all villages since Dharapani these predominantly Buddhist villages have an entrance chorten and an exit chorten.Annapurna II can be seen to the south and you are now behind the main Himalaya peaks in their rainshadow area.After crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges we enter a spruce and fir forest that eventually gives way to a pine forest.After days in the gorge the forests provide a welcome change. Crossing the river to its left bank we reach the village of Pisang. You may want to visit the village before dinner. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-8: Pisang / Manang (3540m) Total Cycle: 17.2km, 400hm, Rideable 95%, Time: 5 hrs
We are now in the dry arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. Since this area falls in the rainshadow area of the Himalaya it seldom rains in the summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time.The population is mostly farmers and traders. People in this area keep comparatively less domestic animals and the consumption of meat is very limited

There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang valley.The one we will follow keeps to the valley floor on the left bank.Spectacular views of Annapurna III and IV along with Gangapuran and Tilicho peaks abound.This is possibly the best day for viewing mountains.You will pass through the village of Hongde where there is a STOL airfield servicing the Manang district. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-9: Manang / Khangsar (3,750m)
Total Cycle: unrecorded, Rideable 50%, Time: 5 hrs
Today we will take a side trip towards Tilicho Lake. The route is rarely used by bikers. The terrain is difficult but is exquisitely beautiful. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-10:Khangsar / Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,200m)
Total Cycle: unrecorded, Rideable 55%, Time: 4 hrs
Today we head along a single-track past Khangsar which will take us to the Tilicho Base Camp, surrounded by high snowy peaks. This section of the trail is narrow and requires careful concentration. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-11:Early morning ride to the Tilicho Lake and back to Khangsar (3,750m)
Rideable 40%,
The adventure never stops as today, we cross the 5000m altitude barrier. We ride up the rocky terrain and seemingly endless snow ramps toward the magical Tilicho Lake and then head back to Khangsar for overnight stay. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-12:Khangsar / Manang (3540m)
Total Cycle: unrecorded, Rideable 50%, Time: 4 hrs
We follow the same route back to Manang making a slight deviation. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-13: Continue to Letdar (4200m)
After Manang, the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La. We climb a little further and then contour slowly past various pastures to Yak Kharka (literally meaning Yak Pastures) to stay at Letdar. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-14: Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m)
Total Cycle: 19km, 910hm, Rideable 75%,
Today we continue to a high arid desert at Phedi, at the base of Thorung La. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-15: Cross Thorung La (5416m), Continue to Muktinath (3800m)
Total Cycle: 22.4km, 966hm, Rideable 60%,
After leaving the river valley we set out early in the morning provided the weather is good and it is not snowing.From Phedi we ascend to an outcrop and turn left towards Thorung La.A chain of rocks marks the pass. Beyond the pass you enter the river valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The descent from the pass to Muktinath is steep but not difficult.

Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists who flock there annually for their respective festivals.Of particular interest is the temple of the Hindu God Vishnu and the one hundred and eight waterspouts where devotees bathe.From Muktinath there are beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m). Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m)
Total Cycle: 25.6km, Rideable 95%,
We cycle along a level but rocky trail through juniper thickets to Jomsom. In the late afternoon it gets very windy and so face masks are required. Take care to guard your eyes and cover as much of your skin surface as possible. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-17:Jomsom / Kalopani (2530m)
Total Cycle: 26.2km, Rideable 90%, Time: 7 hrs
We cycle by the side of the Kali Gandaki river passing through the villages of Thakali, Marpha, Tukuche and Larjung. Then it is easy riding from here on in as they have built a jeep track to Kalopani. This is a beautiful village right below the base of Dhaulagiri mountain. The place is ideal to see panoramic views of the mountains including Nilgiri peaks and Annapurna I. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-18:Kalopani / Tatopani (1190m)
Total Cycle: 24.4km, Rideable 75%, Time: 6 hrs
We enjoy the downhill before negotiating a technical section. We ride past a suspension bridge and continue through the dense pine forests. When we reach Ghasa there are some really good lodges. The trail ahead is steep until the Ruptse stream. Though it is early, we stop for a relaxing lunch and enjoy the scenery knowing that the trail ahead is much easier. We ride past the Dana village and after seemingly endless ricefields finally reach Tatopani. It is a small town at the north bank of Kali Gandaki River, famous for the hot springs and of course cold beer if you like. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-19:Bike until Beni Baazar ( 830m). Drive to Pokhara (79km)Total Cycle: 24km, , 90% ride-able

The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River through the world's deepest gorge to reach Beni. This is a fun day, with an excellent trail and a section of new road. Beni is the headquarters of Parbat District and has many shops and hotels. From here we take a bus for the 78km to Pokhara. Overnight Lodge. (BLD)

Day-20:Fly to Kathmandu (1310m)
After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu (just half an hour). Our bikes will be sent back by jeep. Overnight Hotel. (B)

Day-21: Kathmandu. Free day for shopping, etc
On the remaining time you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. Evening we invite you on a farewell dinner at Rum Doodle Bar. Stay overnight at Hotel. (BD)

Day-22: Fly back
After breakfast, we transfer you back to the airport for your onward departure flights

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Tilicho Lakes Tour

Nepal Visa Information

Tourist entry visas can be obtained for the following duration from Nepal Embassy/ Consulate or Mission offices abroad, or at the following entry points in Nepal:

Tribhuvan International Airport,
Kathmandu Kakarvitta,
Jhapa (Eastern Nepal)
Parsa (Central Nepal)
Sindhupalchowk (Northern Border)
Bhairahawa (Rupandehi, Western Nepal)
Nepalgunj (Banke, Mid Western Nepal)
Dhangadhi (Kailali, Far Western Nepal)
Mahendranagar (Kanchanpur, Far Western Nepal

Tourist Visa Fees Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency

Tamang Heritage Trek
Duration 23 Days
Best time April to October
Sleeping Hotels and Lodges
Altitude 5416m

Nepal Visa Information

Trek Grade: 3CFP
Very long days with steep paths, boulders , rock and ice. Glaciers and snow will be encountered at high altitude. Increased presence of rocky glacial moraines and ice ridges.

Note that this tour includes a 'rideable rating,' e.g. if a route is 70% rideable it means that 30% of the time you will be pushing or carrying your bike.Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes up to 6000m. High risk of altitude sickness Snow gullies and ridges of around 45 degrees. Altitudes up to 6000m. High risk of altitude sickness.

Good cardio vascular fitness is needed with weight and circuit training and running. Lots of hill cycling. Backpacks will weight about 4-5kg and contain water, camera and essentials. Cycle weight loss in the region of 4kg.

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Dates and Costs

All of these treks are arranged on a private basis. Costs vary based on the number of people.

For current prices

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Price includes
Local English speaking guide
Private transfers
Entrance fees
Bike Guide
Flight: Pokhara - Jomsom, and Pokhara - Kathmandu
ACAP personal entrance fees
Accommodation in lodges while on Annapurna area.
Excess baggage (including that for bikes) on Pokhara-Jomsom flight
All meals while trekking
Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (twin sharing, including breakfast).
One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu valley (for Kathmandu joining)
All ground transfer as per our itinerary
Dinner with Nepalese Cultural program (for Kathmandu joining)

Prices excludes
International flights
Required airport taxes
Visa's and vaccinations
Porters tips
Bike Hire
Items of clothing, sleeping bags and miscellaneous drinks, etc.
Airport Taxes (see below)
Extra expenses and/or additional days caused due to unexpected events (delays, porterage because of land slides and other natural events.)

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