Our Ride and Raft offers you a unique challenge to travel from the wild and rugged alpine desert of the upper reaches of the Kali Gandakhi River to the action packed rapids of the sub tropical lowlands of the river.
This is an adventure which requires a high level of physical and mental fitness as it involves a sustained period of intense activity. But wow, what an experience!
The adventure starts before you even leave Kathmandu as you test your bike around some of the trails in the Kathmandu Valley. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore some of the more rural parts outside the city as well as the opportunity to sightsee around the cities many sites.
To reach the start of your challenge you will take an early morning flight from Pokhara to the mountain airstrip at Jomsom. These flights tend to take place early in the morning before strong winds pick up and prevent the small aircraft from flying safely. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wing tips almost touch the snow capped peaks below.
The mountain bike section of this trip will cover approximately 145km, starting with a relatively gentle ride to Kagbeni, a Tibetan village which forms the gateway to Upper Mustang. A climb to Muktinath (3760m), takes you to the most northern village on the famous Annapurna Trail and deep into the majestic heart of the Himalayas. From here it is a mainly downhill 3 days, sometimes quick, often curving and definitely undulating trail along the river until you reach the town of Beni.
Then you hit the river running! You will be taking to your raft for 3 days, hitting grade 3 and 4 rapids along the way, including ‘Big Brother’. Your nights will be spent camping on the sandy beaches along the river, enjoying your evening meal by the camp fire.
This trip includes the hire of a Giant mountain bike. All hire stock is replaced on an annual basis to ensure their suitability to perform in the harsh Himalayan environment. During the mountain bike section you will be accompanied by a qualified mountain bike guide and a mechanic to keep you on the move. The rafting section is fully supported by trained crew and all safety equipment and training will be provided.
- Ride 145km of Himalayan mountain bike trails reaching an altitude of (3760m)
- Some epic days of downhill biking will take you down the Kali Gandakhi Valley
- 42km rafting on the Kali Gandakhi River with grade 3 and 4 rapids including ‘Big Brother’
- An intense and exhilarating challenge testing your physical and metal strength
- Qualified and experienced support crews + new Giant bikes and mechanic support
Clothing and Equipment – No specialist equipment is required. Please refer to our Kit List webpage.
Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).
Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in
Day 3.Bike fitting and test ride Kathmandu Valley
This morning you will collect your mountain bike and meet your guide for a briefing. He will then take you on a warm up ride exploring some of the trails in the Kathmandu Valley. This will give you a chance to test your bike and gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. After lunch you will have time for any last minute adjustments and shopping for your trip. B
<pDay 4. Drive to Pokhara
Its an early morning departure from Kathmandu as you head west along the Trisuli River and through the tropical lowlands to Pokhara. The journey will take approx. 6 hrs including stops and you should arrive at your hotel in the early afternoon. This afternoon you can rest, explore the lakeside or take your bike for a ride around the shore. B
<pDay 5. Pokhara – Kagbeni (14km ride, altitude 2800m)
You wake up for sunrise and an early 22min flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m). The flight into the heart of the Himalayas is breathtaking as you pass the snow capped peaks and catch a glimpse of Dhawalagiri. After breakfast in Jomsom it’s time to make final bike preparations and then you start with a gentle 14km ride along the Kali Ghandakhi River to the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni. This is the gateway to Upper Mustang and we will spend the night in the famous Red House. B,L,D
Day 6. Kagbeni – Muktinath (18km ride, altitude 3760m)
After an early breakfast, today will be mainly uphill as you follow the trail on the north side of the gorge. We stop at the ancient monastery at Jhong for lunch before the final push to arrive at your tea house in Muktinath around mid afternoon. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the Monastery and Temples, two of the holiest in Nepal. B,L,D
Day 7. Muktinath – Tukuche (32km ride, altitude 2560m)
Another early start today to beat the winds that pick up at roughly 11am but unlike yesterday, it’s mostly a downhill gradient. Time to enjoy the views as you head back down to the valley floor and then a 6km flat section back to Jomsom and the undulating trail along the river to Marpha for lunch. From here the trail rolls to Tukuche, a lovely old village by the river where you spend tonight in a local tea house. B,L,D
Day 8. Tukuche to Tatopani (36km ride, altitude 1190m)
Today’s trail starts gently as it winds along the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages following the river. After lunch at Rukse Chaahara, the trail speeds up as it drops 1000m with sweeping curves, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Once you arrive in your night stop Tatopani, you can enjoy a soothing bath in the natural Hot Springs. BLD
Day 9. Tatopani – Maldhunga and Rafting (45km ride)
A final ride today of roughly 45km is on open jeep tracks which roughly undulate. As the valley opens up near Beni, you cross the river on your bike for the final time, join the main road and head to Maldhunga where you will meet your rafting crew for lunch.
Lunch will be followed by a safety talk and some required training before you set off on the first leg of your rafting journey. The first rapid today is Little Brother, followed by Big Brother (the largest on your trip) and then Rafters Refund. This evening you will camp on a sandy beach and relax by the camp fire ready for the following day. B,L,D
Day 10. Rafting
This morning you will wake up to the relaxing tones of the river and a welcome cup of tea or coffee. Today you will continue your journey down stream with action packed rapids and hopefully not too many unplanned swims! A leisurely lunch on a sandy beach will give you time to rest before completing todays rafting and heading to your final camp along the river. B,L,D
Day 11. Rafting – Pokhara
Your final morning on the river is an enjoyable time of gentle paddling and a chance to try kayaking if you fancy. You reach the take out point at Seti Beni around mid morning where you will be met and driven back to your hotel in Pokhara for a very welcome hot shower! B,L,D
Day 12. Pokhara
Free day in Pokhara to relax and recover. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. B
Day 13 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After early breakfast, domestic flight transfer to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free. B
Day 14 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, B
This could be a morning or evening flight. Morning flights will arrive UK same day, evening flights next day.
Day 15, Arrive UK, if an evening flight out of Nepal.
Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner