12 Days days Biking on Annapurna Kaligandaki Valley
Biking on Annapurna Kaligandaki valley is an ideal choice to enjoy the sub-alpine and Trans Himalaya climatic zone at a single time. Annapurna Kaligandaki Valley is one of the geographically and culturally rich valleys of Nepal. Harmony among the different cultural community settling around this region is another big thing to enjoy. In addition, Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri both above 8000m is the perfect way to see the majestic Himalayas of Nepal.
The biking on Annapurna Kaligandaki valley starts in the trans-Himalayan climatic zone of Jomsom and continues to Kagbeni and Muktinath. The landscape is windy, barren and you can see high-grade of natural erosion. The biking trip descends to the subalpine region of Tukuche, Larjung, and Lete. You can enjoy the beautiful and majestic Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri range as you descend. Kalopani, Tatopani, and Beni have a lower temperate and temperate climatic landscape with high humidity. Then finally, you drive to Sarangkot from Beni and enjoy the last day of biking to Pokhara.
People of the lower region accept Hinduism and the upper part of the biking trail follows Buddhism. Gurung, Thakalis, and long back migrated Tibetan are the major cultural groups who have settled on upper part of region. The Kaligandaki valley is also the gateway for the hidden kingdom of Nepal Mustang.
Moreover, construction of the road has both positive and negative impact on Kaligandaki valley and Upper Mustang biking. As matter of fact, construction of road has made easy to transport bike and parts, but busy traffic on off-road can make the ride dusty. However, without a doubt biking in Annapurna Kaligandaki valley can be absolutely thrilling and adventurous. Interestingly, biker can start from Jomsom to Pokhara or Pokhara to Jomsom. It is easy and efficient to start after flying to Jomsom from Pokhara and descend to the valley.
Day 1 International Arrival in Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu, Permit preparation day, briefing by official executive, handing assignment to guide
Day 3 Drive/ Flight to Pokhara(850m)
Day 4 Flight to Jomsom(2715m) and ride to Kagbeni(2800m)
Day 5 Kagbeni to Muktinath(3760m)
Day 6 Ride from Muktinath to Marpha(2670m)
Day 7 Ride from Marpha to Kalopani(2110m)
Day 8 Biking from Kalopani to Tatopani(2670m)
Day 9 Biking from Tatopani to Beni and Drive to Sarangkot(2800m)
Day 10 Bike from Sarangkot to Pokhara(3760m)
Day 11 Drive/Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu(1300m)
Day 12 International Departure
Note: This is a standard itinerary proposed for general bikers which can be modified until then, that do not violate our business ethics and norms. We will always seek verification from our field experts before approving your itinerary.
Detailed Day to Day Itinerary
We will drive you straight to your hotel in private vehicle as soon as you land at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu.We will give short briefing on our final agreed program and if you are the first time traveler in Nepal we provide general information on restaurant, ATM, money exchangers until we meet for next day.
There are various major cultural, historical and religious places around Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur for a day sightseeing. Pashupatinath, Bauddhanath, Swayambhunath, Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu Durbar Square and Patan Durbar square are our top lists, since most of them are listed on UNESCO world heritage sites. Later in the evening we will arrange dinner with your biking guide so you can know each other and talk about your biking itineraries.
If you want to drive to Pokhara it is always better to start in the morning after your breakfast, it will be little tiring day due to 6-7 hour drive. Driving from Kathmandu offers you to enjoy interesting zigzag road of hilly part of Nepal along with diversified culture, landscape and people all the way to Pokhara. The flight is short from Kathmandu to Pokhara but you can have leisure time to spend around lake-side of Pokhara, which is always a happening place for the visitors.
We take a short early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom the headquarter of Mustang. During the flight you can see magnificent Annapurna ranges from window craft on the right hand side. All the administrative and government work in the Mustang district is operated here. The landscape looks like to a section of Trans-Himalaya region. After passing Jomsom the landscape becomes more barren and isolated. The river bank is widely eroded due to the Kaligandaki river and the sandy bank becomes more vague and stretched. After couple of hour easy biking and you will reach Kagbeni.
As you ride more forward the trail becomes more interesting .The land looks like more desert barely with any vegetation around. You will pass an old settlement Jharkot as you climb gradually further for an hour to reach Muktinath. Muktinath is holy site equally important to Hindu and Buddhist pilgrims. You can see lot of Hindu and Buddhist people taking bath in icy cold water. This is the highest point that you will reach in this part of biking adventure. You will see magnificent view of Mount Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri and Tukuche peak from here.
You can see massive Mount Dhaulagiri(8167m) dominating the wide Kaligandaki valley. While biking down you can notice the fraction of Trans Himalaya zone till you reach Marpha enjoying the view of Nilgiri ranges. The region is primarily inhabitant of Thakali people. Jomsom and Marpha is the landmark for apple production. Marpha is typically neat and clean small village with cluster of uniform houses.
The biking trail is gentle down by the bank of Kaligandaki river on dry and dusty path. We pass many small settlements of indigenous Thakali people enjoying entirely new landscape on this region. Nilgiri ranges, Tukuche peak,Dhaulagiri are seen on horizon while we gradually enter upper temperate region accompanied by juniper, pine, fir forest. The valley gradually deepens making Kaligandaki river speedier as we bike down to Kalopani.
Beautiful Tukuche peak,Nilgiri peak,and Dhaulagiri are seen on your back as our biking continues downhill. Kaligandaki River disappears down in between deep gorges. The biking continues with green lush vegetation accompanied by waterfalls and towering hills. Gradually the farming terraces appears and the biking trail becomes more flat familiar and gentle. Annapurna south AnnapurnaI emerges just before reaching Tatopani a hot spring spot. Grab your things and soothe your body on natural hot spring with chill beer.
The temperature becomes more warm and humid as you continue your biking from Tatopani to Beni. You follow Kaligandaki river from Tatopani to Beni. The environment becomes friendlier and you can see towering hills on both of your side with dense tropical forest.Reaching upon Beni we take private transportation to reach Sarangkot.
After magnificent view of early sunrise in Sarangkot our biking begins downhill to reach Pokhara. Upon reaching Pokhara you can have your leisure time on your own on lakeside. Pokhara is always happening place in the evening for visitors so you can take short evening walk.
From Pokhara either you can take a short flight or take a private transportation to Kathmandu in accordance to the agreement we made before the start of biking tour.
Our office representative will be in your hotel 3 hour prior your flight time to drop you at Tribhuvan International Airport.
- All Airport Transfers.
- Accommodation in Kathmandu & Pokhara with Bed and Breakfast.
- Tea House Accommodation during Biking.
- 3 Meals in Biking Breakfast Lunch & Dinner.
- Air and Road transportation as per the agreement made.
- All the necessary biking staffs and porters for the biking including 1 English speaking biking guide.
- All the paper works and documents required for the biking including all the permits.
- Sleeping Bag.
- Salary, wages, food, accommodation and transportation of all the Nepalese staffs during biking.
- Insurance of all the Nepalese staffs during biking.
- First Aid Kit Bag(specially for Nepali staffs).
- All local taxes and fares.
What's not included?
- International Flight Fare.
- Visa fees.
- Travel Insurance (mandatory) of all the clients that needs to cover medical and Helicopter evacuation.
- Expenses of Personal nature (Laundry bill/Telephone bill/Equipment Charging Bill/Bar bill etc).
- Expenses incurred due to the unexpected situation (Strike/Natural calamities).
- Tip to biking staffs.
- All Expenses not mentioned on Cost Includes section.
Free cancellation up to 60 days prior departure, after which the deposit becomes non-refundable.