Round Annapurna (15 Days)

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Round Annapurna (15 Days)

Duration: 15 Days

Best Season: March-May, September-November

Altitude Range: Max 5416m at Thorongla Pass

Difficulty: Extreme

Group Size: Min. 4 person

Average Daily Distance: 35km

Support: Guide-cum-mechanic and Porters

BRIEF ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel.

Day 02: Kathmandu – Nagarkot (38km with 650m altitude gain)

Day 03: Nagarkot-Shanku-Boudhanath-Kathmandu/Sleeping Vishnu (34 – 40km with 650 m. descent)

Day 04: Drive to Besi Sahar

Day 05: Besi Sahar to Taal – Rideable: 70% Altitude: 760m – 1700m Distance: 37km

Day 06: Taal to Chame (Manang District)

May 07: Chame to Manang

Day 08: Rest day in Manang

Day 09: Manang to Thorong Phedi

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni via Thorung la pass.

Day 11: Kagbeni to Tatopani

Day 12: Tatopani to Beni and Drive to Pokhara

Day 13: Rest day in Pokhara

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (drive or flight)

Day 15: Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to hotel in Thamel. Touristy city offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. In the evening over dinner, there will be a tour briefing. Hand over your passports and return tickets to your guide to make the trekking and biking permits and to re-confirm your return flight ticket.

Altitude Distance Road Condition

2175m.

Approx 40km

Day 02: Kathmandu – Nagarkot (38km with 650m altitude gain) After an early morning breakfast in Kathmandu, we ride east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is an ancient city, full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. From here we head northeast to Nagarkot on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. We gradually climb 20km to Nagarkot, on the valley rim, passing steep terraced farmland and houses that seem to be clinging to the hillside. When we reach the summit we will be able to see the Himalayan mountain range and on a good day, mount Everest too. We stay in a guesthouse on the ridge.


Altitude Distance Road Condition

760m.

Approx 30-40km

Off Rd. 65% | Paved Rd. 35%

Day 03: Nagarkot-Shanku-Boudhanath-Kathmandu/Sleeping Vishnu (34 – 40km with 650 m. descent) The day starts with an exciting descent on Jeep tracks. We pass through many rustic villages, mountain views on the right on clear day! We reach the beautiful ancient newari town of Sankhu. From here we are on tarmac road towards Boudhanath Stupa, here we will have lunch and then ride back to Kathmandu or ride towards (Budhanilkantha) Sleeping Vishnu temple and then to Thamel.


Altitude Distance Road Condition

2175m.

Approx 40km

Off Rd. 30% | Paved Rd. 70%

Day 04: Drive to Besi Sahar Preparation for the tour, arrange porters, equipments etc. O/N Guest House.


Altitude Distance Road Condition

1700m.

Approx 37km

Off Rd. 30% | Paved Rd. 70%

Day 05: Besi Sahar to Taal – Rideable: 70% Altitude: 760m – 1700m Distance: 37km The trail soon turns to rough jeep track, and follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. After approx 25 km the jeep track runs out and from then its 11km of mainly push and carry up steep rocky trail with a final 1km descent into the flat valley surrounding Taal.


Altitude Distance Ride able

1700m – 2570m

Approx 21km

33%

Day 06: Taal to Chame (Manang District) Leaving Taal, there is a mani wall (dry stone wall inlaid with Buddhist prayer slates) in the middle of the path. These should always be passed on the left going clockwise. After going through green corn, barley and potatoes field, the valley becomes narrow again. From Taal to Danaqu it will involve a large percent of push / carry with a very steep hard climb out of Danaqu. From here though it becomes more rideable with closer views of snow capped peaks and a wide flowing trail to the finish. After a hard day’s work to reach Chame, competitors can relax by the hot spring on the other side of the Marshyangdi River, enjoy baked bakery product, or even email home from the internet cafe.


Altitude Distance Ride able

2570m – 3540m

Approx 33km

75%

Day 07: Chame to Manang The route goes through a dense forest in a steep, narrow valley and crosses the river via two bridges, one at 2910m and the other at 3030m. The trail continues along the river to Pisang, where the altitude is enough to bring on the first symptoms of altitude sickness or AMS. From Pisang, the route follows through a wide valley that opens up ahead of us. Competitors will pass through Humde (the highest commercial airport in the world) and Braga with its monastery rooted in Tibetan religion.

Day 08: Rest day in Manang It is necessary to spend a rest day here to acclimatize. To ascend too rapidly could have potentially fatal consequences. There are many short excursions possible from Manang and remaining active is encouraged to aid acclimatization.

Altitude Distance Ride able

3540m – 4450m

Approx 22km

68%

Day 09: Manang to Thorong Phedi Today we leave Manang through narrow, medieval looking streets and then climbs steadily up to Khusang. Although the trail is more rideable above Khusang (3900m), the altitude now takes effect and pedalling becomes very hard work. It is advised to go slowly enjoying the scenery and culture of this region.


Altitude Distance Ride able

5416m – 2800m

Approx 22km

93%

Day 10: Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni via Thorong La pass (5416m) A 4am start is necessary to cross the Thorong La pass: the trail can get windy later making it difficult to cross the pass. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the top (approx 3km) and will be 100% carry for bikers. The effects of altitude are now fully felt and the majority of international competitors will be unable to move at anything but a snail’s pace. Once at the top, the trail descends rapidly on a very steep slope (technical riding) for approximately 45 minutes to Muktinath and then on a less extreme gradient on fast, wide flowing trails to the valley floor, where we will be greeted by the medieval village of Kagbeni, last stop before entering Mustang.


Altitude Distance Ride able

2800m – 800m

Approx 92km

100%

Day 11: Kagbeni to Tatopani Today we will descend from snow capped peaks to tropical lowlands in just over 90km. Leaving Kagbeni the trail follows a wide and flat river bed leading into the cobbled streets of Jomsom, with its bustling markets and airport. The trail then follows rough and rocky jeep tracks, descending through villages such as Marpha, and Khopang.

Day 12: Tatopani to Beni and drive to Pokhara As we descend the temperature increases and the trail becomes less rocky. From Beni the final 15km is along an undulating track that follows the course of the river and passes through paddy fields, lined with banana plants. Once at Khaniya Ghat we have rejoined the sealed road we left 230km ago and a bus will be waiting to transfer us to Pokhara (approx 2hours).

Day 13: Rest Day in Pokhara

Day 14: Pokhara to Kathmandu (drive or flight)

Day 15: Departure

Prices FROM in £:

  • groups of 1 to 5, from £1499*/person
  • groups of 6 to 10, from £1399*/person
  • groups of 11 to 15, from £1299*/person
  • groups of 16 to 20, from £1199*/person
  • groups of 21+, from £1099*/person

Price Includes

  • Tourist Bus to Besi Sahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • All Accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Porters
  • Biking Guide with mechanical backup
  • Food & Accommodation on twin sharing with full board basis
  • All entrance fees to national parks, heritage sites, permits etc.

Price Excludes

  • Support vehicle
  • Soft/hard drinks
  • Emergency evacuation fee
  • Insurance
  • Other items of personal interest.

* All prices are Sunshine World Ltd’s own prices and we reserve the right to change them at any time

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