Ride the less travelled trails of Manaslu. The Annapurna circuit 20 years ago!
Length: 13 DAYS
and 12 Nights
Travel from Aarughat to Besi Sahar
Only for the very experienced!
Up to 200km of off-road trails
Bespoke departures, only for very experienced & hardy riders!
The Manaslu trip is definitely one for riders looking for adventure. Big sections of push and carry and basic accommodation make this mountain bike holiday only suitable for the very intrepid, but the feeling of total escapism from the beaten track are more than payback for the rigours.
▼ KATHMANDU, NEPAL ▼
▼ DAILY ITINERARY ▼
You will be met at the airport by one of the Mountain Biking Worldwide team members and transferred to a 3*+ hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. There will be time to unwind and unpack etc. before an informal evening meal with the rest of the riders and crew.
Following a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, riders will be issued with their MTB-Worldwide merchandise; this will include a kit bag for transporting belongings during the tour and a race jersey. There will then be time to check the bikes over, with one of the MTB-WW crew on standby to assist with any mechanical issues. The afternoon will be free for a relaxed sightseeing ride around some of the sights that Kathmandu has to offer. An early evening group meal will leave ample time for packing belongings for an early start the following morning. Bike bags and all luggage not required during the tour can be left at the hotel.
Whilst the riders enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the luggage and bikes will be loaded onto the coach for the transfer to Aarughat. The journey is approximately 122km and will take around 6 – 7 hours. On arrival we will check into the hotel, which leaves time in the late afternoon / evening to stretch the legs and explore the town.
Aarughat to Machha Khola – 25km Ride – 1000m Ascent
Leaving Aarughat we start to ascend! The first 13kms are very rocky, and after this there will be some push and carry sections. As the trail ascends towards our destination; to the right will be the Budhi Khola and to the left steep mountain sides, dotted with villages and interspersed with waterfalls. The accommodation now starts to become more basic as we start getting higher into the mountains.
We sleep at 850m above sea level.
Machha Khola to Jagat – 25km Ride – 1050m Ascent
Leaving Machha Khola the trails today will be approximately 80% push and carry, 20% riding. The trails today are rocky with some steep climbs. The landscapes are beautiful, on both sides there are big rocky hills with the narrow Budigankdaki river flowing through. Today will be harder than the first day due to the long non rideable sections.
We sleep at 1300m above sea level.
Jagat to Dyang – 25km Ride – 1100m Ascent
There will be 50% riding and 50% pushing in today’s climb to Dyang. The landscape will be similar to the previous days but with the addition of some small forest sections containing some great single track. The first 12km is the hardest with lots of push and carry but after Philim the trail improves and it’s an awesome ride to the nearby hotel. Dyang is a very small village with few houses.
We sleep at 1850m tonight.
Dyang to Namrung – 20km Ride – 1250m Ascent
Today the trails are all single track with 60% of riding 40% pushing and carrying. The views are amazing with many waterfalls. Namrung is a small village with views of the Lugar Himal.
We sleep at 2600m tonight.
Namrung to Samagaun – 17km Ride – 1200m Ascent
Heading towards Samagaun, the trail passes through beautiful villages with fantastic views of the Manaslu Himal. About half way there is a large monastery that is open to visitors. Arriving in Samagaun, there will be internet access again after 4 days of being technology free and the hotel is slightly less basic.
We sleep at 3500m tonight.
Samagaun to Dharamsala – 13km Ride – 1000m ascent
Today the first 4km of track is rideable, but then it’s push and carry to a place called Samdo and a lunch stop. After lunch it will be a total of 6km, which is all climbing. Most sections will be rideable but it will become increasingly difficult due to the altitude. The final 6km could take as long as three hours. Dharamsala is very basic and due to very limited accommodation we may have to stop in a tent this evening.
We sleep at 4450m tonight.
Dharamasala to Bhimthang – 14.5km Ride – 700m Ascent, 1400m Descent
Today is the hardest day of the whole trip and riders will need to be on the trail at 5.00am for the ascent over the Larke Pass (5136m). The route up to Larke Pass is 6.5km with 700m of climbing which can take more than 3 hours. All the effort is worth it however, as from the summit there are brilliant views of Larke Pick, Mount Manaslu, Ratna Chuli and many other mountains. After Larke Pass, 8km of trail with 1400m of downhill descends to Bhimthang. The first 2.5km of the descent is very steep with lots of rocks and icy sections but after this the trail become easier to ride and there will be great views of ice lakes and 7000m+ mountains. A large percentage of the route today will be push and carry with only a few sections that are rideable. On arrival to Bhimthang the hotel is slightly more comfortable than Dharamasala and is surrounded by a panorama of towering snow capped mountains.
We sleep at 3600m tonight.
Bhimthang to Chyamche – 32km Ride – 600m Ascent – 2300m Descent
Today will invariably be the longest of the trip. The first 8kms are very rocky and will involve mostly pushing and carrying the bikes. After this however the trail turns into flowing, long single track through forests descending to Tilcho. After Tilcho the trail crosses a suspension bridge and turns into jeep tracks all the way to Dharapani. This is the point where the Manaslu trail joins the Annapurna route where another 12km of fast undulating track leads to Chyamche.
We sleep at 1300m tonight.
Chyamche to Besisahar – 32km Ride – 700m Ascent – 1250m Descent
The trails to Besi Sahar will be wide jeep tracks, mainly downhill, which could be busy with other vehicles. The ride will be comparatively easy today compared with those at altitude, with all of the tracks being totally rideable. Upon arrival in Besi Sahar the MTB-WW crew will load the luggage and bikes onto the return vehicle whilst riders enjoy a well earned meal and cold drink. It will take approx 6 hours to arrive in Kathmandu along the sealed but scenic main highway.
In the evening there will be a farewell dinner for all riders and crew.
Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary.
▼ PACKAGE OPTIONS ▼
- 3 nights in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu
- 9 nights in MTB-Worldwide selected teahouses
- Most meals
- 9 days guided riding
- Coach transfer Kathmandu to Aaurghat, Besi Sahar to Kathmandu
▼ ESSENTIALS ▼
The Mountain Bike Worldwide team wants your holiday to not only be the adventure of a lifetime, but also a relaxing and fun experience, so here's our Essential & Frequently Asked Questions!
Two (or more) Qualified & Experienced Guides
We understand that everybody is different. Some riders will want to push hard, others will want to take in the views and learn about the surrounding area and cultures. All of our guides are selected not only for their fitness but also for their local knowledge. The passion for mountain biking, fun loving nature and local connections, that all our guides have, ensure that your adventure will be an incredible journey.
Sport Specific Nutrition
We know how important it is to remain properly fuelled during an arduous day in the saddle and so have teamed up with TorqFitness to provide all our adventures with a selection of energy products.For an additional $210, you can collect your Torq nutritional pack, of gels, bars, energy powder and recovery powder on location, saving you excess baggage charges and customs scrutiny. You will then only need to carry provisions for use during the day whilst the remainder will be transported by the support vehicles or porters.
The nature of your holiday is to have an adventure, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it. For all of our adventures we use the best accommodation that is available in the area. All our hotels / guesthouses have been personally vetted, so whether it’s a 3* hotel in the city or a basic teahouse in the mountains you can rest assured you will be warm, comfortable and well fed.
Each group will have at least 2 riding guides, that way if any riders want to push on and “race” the stage, the remainder of the group will still have an accompanying guide. Each group (where terrain allows) will also be closely accompanied by a support vehicle, carrying water, food, bike spares etc, with space to transport any rider to the hotel should the going get too tough. All our guides are mechanically adept and will be able to fix most bike problems out on the trail. There will also be a separate vehicle and guide to transport all the luggage and to ensure your hotel / guesthouse is ready for your arrival after a hard days riding.
Your detailed adventure information pack will list the exact meal arrangements but in general, all breakfasts and evening meals are included in the price of your trip. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, even in the remotest of areas, and as all trips are guided by experienced riders you can be assured of loaded plates of high carbohydrate quality food to fuel you through the day.
All in country transport costs related to the adventure are included in the trip cost.
During the actual adventure most evenings will be spent dining as a group, but pre, and post adventure we arrange a social get-together so that everybody can get to know each other and the guides, and share their experiences.
The Finer Details
All our adventures follow the same itinerary / route as the races in our World Challenge Series ensuring that we have extensive, first hand and current knowledge of all the finer details relating to the area. The MTB-Worldwide team together with their in country partners, check out the trails, hotels, local transport on an annual basis so that all racers and adventurers alike can be assured of an ultra smooth passage during their time away.
The MTB-Worldwide team are proud of their branding and want to share their vision with the world. On arrival, all MTB-Worldwide Holiday guests will receive a MTB-Worldwide t-shirt and a branded kit bag. They are yours to keep as mementos of your epic adventure and as a thank you for travelling with us.
Adventure Information Pack
Being avid mountain bikers, travellers and adventure enthusiasts ourselves, we know how important it is to be able to visualise your trip before arrival. All MTB-Adventures Holiday guests will be sent a detailed PDF trip specific information pack. This extensive document will arm riders will all the details they need to plan and prepare for their adventure, and will include a day to day itinerary, maps, photos, information relating to the country and much more.
Our knowledgeable MTB-Worldwide team are always on hand via email or phone to answer any queries that you may have related to the adventure, during the booking process or after you have booked.
We will keep you informed with regular updates from the adventure, and closer to departure, with specific details of the guides, hotels, meeting times etc. If you "opt in" we will also give you contact details of other riders joining the adventure so that you can start exchanging information and getting to know other riders before arrival.
We aim to make all adventurers feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer single room supplements for any rider that prefers to have a room to themselves (prices vary on destination).
MTB-Worldwide Holidays take riders into some of the remotest and wildest areas on earth”. The MTB-Worldwide team takes rider and crew safety extremely seriously and only uses the most reputable and properly equipped ground logistics teams on location. All our logistic teams also provide the support for our races and have a track proven record for customer service and safety. By travelling with MTB-Worldwide you can rest assured that your safety and well being could not be in better hands.
Compare Your Times
Via GPS data you will be able to compare your stage times with those of corresponding races and the top adventure timings will be featured in a MTB-Worldwide timings leader board on the website. Incentives – If after taking on a MTB-Worldwide Holiday, you feel like taking on one of the world challenge series races, we will give you a 10% discount of any of the race entry fees.
All the MTB-Worldwide team have flown to far flung destinations with their bikes, an know that it is not the most relaxing of procedures, from checking it in at one end to the nervous wait for it to arrive unscathed at the other. To make your MTB-Worldwide holiday even more stress free we have a range of high quality mountain bikes (nothing we wouldn’t ride ourselves) available to rent. Please enquire for prices.
What's NOT Included;
- International flights to and from the adventure country
- Country entry visa fees
- Equipment hire / rental
- Transport to the adventure pickup location
- Lodging before and after the adventure
- Trip / medical insurance (which is compulsory and must include helicopter evacuation in the event of an emergency)
- Medical expenses
- Alcoholic and soft drinks consumed during the adventure
- Personal items purchased during the adventure
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