Yak Ru High Altitude Mountain bike Tour in Nepal

USD$2400 (early bird sign-up price before 31 December 2018)
USD$3000 (standard price from 1 January 2019 onward)

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Duration: 15 days

06 April – 20 April 2019

 

gangapurna lake in manang yakru tour

gangapurna lake in manang

Embark on an incredible adventure on the roof of the world exploring the Annapurna Range’s best trails with Dawn Till Dusk & RAW Epics, renowned bespoke guided MTB trip providers of Asia!

This is an all-inclusive 15-day trip with 9 full days of Himalayan singletrack riding, and visits the same terrain and trails (and more!) as the Yak Ru Enduro, the world’s highest MTB enduro race!

We cover everything you need: food and accommodation; all land transport & airport transfers; certified WFR and high-altitude trained safety crews; and our experienced, friendly, professional, English-speaking guides & logistics specialists. A mind-blowing riding and cultural experience awaits you: come with us as we show you some of the best big-mountain enduro style trails you can handle on your bike – in an awe-inspiring alpine landscape steeped in history, spirituality, and natural beauty.

Inclusions:
– 4 nights boutique hotel accommodation in Kathmandu
– 10 nights accommodation in Jagat, Manang, & Ngawal at our favorite alpine guest lodges and tea-houses
– All* meals (breakfasts, lunches, & dinners), including on-trail refreshments
*additional alcoholic drinks not included
– 9 epic days of professionally guided riding on world class Himalayan trails
– All trekking/tourist access permits
– All land transport from arrival until departure, including airport/accommodation transfers; and logistics between Kathmandu & tour locations.
– High Altitude Awareness talk by Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA) in Manang (3500 meters)
– Experienced and certified local guides – 1 per group of 6 guests
– Bike maintenance support, including access to a full tool inventory
– Plenty of 4WD shuttle uplifts with professional and safe local drivers
– Rich cultural immersion – including archery festival participation; visits to monasteries/monuments; and tree-planting reforestation involvement
– Plenty of chances for wildlife sightings, including blue sheep, vultures, Himalayan eagles, and possibly the elusive snow leopard!
– Full access to high-res photo and video library (online)
– An authentic certificate of achievement for completing the Yak Ru High Altitude Tour

Itinerary

Welcome to the Manang District of Annapurna Ranges, Nepal – where the best of the best mountain bike trails are right here! Our tour commences when we pick you up from Kathmandu Airport (Tribhuvan International Airport), and concludes when we drop you off at the same airport.

Horse grazes in Braka village

Horse grazes in Braka village

Day 1 – Arrival (1300m altitude) – 06 April 2019
Arrive at Kathmandu Airport; transfer to Kathmandu accommodation. Dining options dependent on your time of arrival.

Day 2 – City Sights (1300m altitude) – 07 April 2019
Explore local attractions such as the Swayambhu, Kathmand & Patan Durbar Square on a walking tour of the city. Spend the time souvenir hunting, trying out local eateries, or simply unwinding by taking a stroll along the streets of Thamel, the bustling tourist district. We’ll catch up in the evening at a local watering hole to have a few smooth drinks and get the low-down on our upcoming expedition from our guides and logistics fixers.

Day 3 – Travel (motorized travel ranging 700-1800m altitude) – 08 April 2019
We’re up early to catch our transfer from busy Kathmandu to the town of Besishahar, and then onward to the village of Jagat where we’ll spend the night. The drive is scenic, rugged, and awe-inspiring – with several photo-taking spots along the way. As we progress, our guides will share with you essential info about the history, culture, and geography of the area.

Day 4 – Acclimatization (motorized travel ranging 1800-2800m altitude; 2800-3200m altitude, up to 3hrs riding) – 09 April 2019
The ascent to the high country progresses. We’ll stop for lunch along the way, then continue to Dhukkur Pokhari. We will make this alpine village our camp for the night and further acclimatize. For those who would like to hike and stretch their legs, now would be a good opportunity. We will also assemble the bikes and test them before our ride tomorrow.

Day 5 – Acclimatization Ride (motorized travel ranging 2800-3700m altitude, up to 30 Minutes of driving then Biking) – 10 April 2019
After and early morning breakfast, we take the jeep up to Humde Danda and ride the remainder of the way – via the mountain access track – to Manang, our base for the next 5 days. This essential, steady-paced acclimatization ride sets the stage for the rest of the riding on this trip – which will be more gravity-oriented. Along the way, take in the views of the vast mountains rising up on both sides of the valley.

-Hikers will start ahead of the riders in the morning with a hiking guide.

Yakru rider on a rest day explores Manang

Yakru rider on a rest day explores Manang

Day 6 – Khangsar Alpine (3400-4300m altitude, up to 6hrs riding) – 11 April 2019

Stock up your supplies for a big day out! We shuttle up to the nearby town of Khangsar, where we then ride/hike higher up to Shree Kharka and beyond to 4300m altitude. A wild, descending traverse is the reward, taking us through a remote, abandoned village and into the neighboring valley. A connecting ascent puts us above the hamlet of Gunsang and on the main route back to Manang – a trail shared with tourist hikers and locals with their livestock
-Hikers follow the bikers on the same trail
Manang Exploration (3400-4000m altitude, up to 3hrs riding)
The first true downhill of the trip takes place high above Gangapurna glacial lake. A morning ascent to the high Chorten (religious monument) at 4000m altitude takes us to the start. The first part of the descent is rich with route options down scattered rock gardens and singletrack, before opening up to an alpine pasture where you may find horses or buffalo grazing. Stop for a relaxed mid-morning tea break at the mid-descent teahouse before continuing on the trail with a different flavor: loose switchbacks and steep traverses overlooking a magnificent scree slope.
After lunch, it’s uphill again to visit the chorten directly above Manang town, followed by a scenic descent back to street level to cap off our first full day of riding.
-Hikers will also follow the bikers on the same Trails

Khangsar eploration

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Day 7 – Manang Exploration (3400-4000m altitude, up to 3hrs riding) – 12 April 2019

The first true downhill of the trip takes place high above Gangapurna glacial lake. A morning ascent to the high Chorten (religious monument) at 4000m altitude takes us to the start. The first part of the descent is rich with route options down scattered rock gardens and singletrack, before opening up to an alpine pasture where you may find horses or buffalo grazing. Stop for a relaxed mid-morning tea break at the mid-descent teahouse before continuing on the trail with a different flavor: loose switchbacks and steep traverses overlooking a magnificent scree slope.

After lunch, it’s uphill again to visit the chorten directly above Manang town, followed by a scenic descent back to street level to cap off our first full day of riding.

-Hikers will also follow the bikers on the same Trails

Day 8 – Milarepa Monastery (3400-4200m altitude, up to 4hrs riding) – 13 April 2019
Visiting the sacred cave of Milarepa is the highlight for today. We ride out of Manang, crossing a farm before coming to the big climb of the morning. The reward: outstanding views of Milarepa monastery, standing before an immense glacier beneath the peak of Annapurna III. The only thing that beats the scenery is the exciting descent that awaits: steep, loose, and fun along beautiful ridgelines, pine forests, and scree slopes. We then take an easy ride back to Manang via an alternative route.

Milerapa descent

Milerapa descent

Day 9 – Mountaineering School / Tibetan School Exploration (3400-3700m altitude, up to 5hrs riding) – 14 April 2019

From Manang, a morning crossing of Marsyangdi river and we are riding along the Yak pastures admiring centuries old mountain caves. Ride past a small lake at Mountaineering school towards the power house and ride back down via single track. Cross over Marsyangdi river via a suspension bridge and make a social stop at the Tibetan School. After some light refreshments, ride more single track which leads towards the direction of Nagawal. A Jeep transfer at the base of Ngawal village will uplift us the last 5 km up to Ngawal village Resort (a resort where we will be based out of for the next 2 days) where a sumptuous dinner and relaxing drinks by the fireplace beckon.

Day 10 – Ngawal Freeride (3700-3500m altitude, up to 5hrs riding) – 15 April 2019

Setting off from Ngawal, we work through the trail system sitting just below the town, making multiple shuttle runs as we sample different descents and work on our technique through some truly unique terrain. Loose corners, rocks, stream crossings, and wonderful pine forest singletrack all combine for a great day out unlike any you have experienced so far. Return to Ngawal for the evening, and to prepare for the next day ahead.

Day 11 – Ghyaru Traverse (3800-2800m altitude, up to 5hrs riding) – Chame – 16 April 2019

An early morning uplift drops us at Red Fort near Ghyaru. Our traverse takes us along the mountainside trails overlooking the Manang valley, passing through the namesake village of Ghyaru, from which our event Yak Ru derives its name. A rest stop here is essential before we explore the big descent east of the village. This is a trail seldom visited by MTB riders, and we’ll be among the first to be dropping into it as we regain the trail to Upper Pisang. Gentler, more picturesque singletrack awaits us upon our return to the valley, easing us into the tail end of the day where rest and recuperation is the order of the evening at the District Head quarter in Chame.

quaint Ngawal

quaint Ngawal

Day 12 – Chame to Jagat (2800-1700m altitude, up to 7hrs riding) – 17 April 2019

A massive day of descending is ahead of us: over 40km and 2000m of elevation loss to reach Jagat! Along the way, we‘ll stop for brunch at Timang. The route downhill is an exciting mix of rock gardens and steep cliff exposure, punctuated by stream crossings and waterfalls. The village of Jagat is the welcome overnight rest-stop that concludes the penultimate & longest day of riding.

-There is not hike today. Everybody travels in the jeep except riders.

Day 13 – Return Travel (motorized travel ranging 1700-800m altitude) – 18 April 2019

We pack up the bikes here in Jagat and load up the vehicles before making our way out of the high country. We’ll pass Besishahar once more before our final leg back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, settle back into the urban life – you and your equipment will be transferred to your accommodation for a good night’s rest.

beautiful Tal village

beautiful Tal village

Day 14 – Kathmandu Terminus (1300m altitude) – 19 April 2019

A free and easy day where you are free to roam around (more souvenir hunting) or just settle in and relax after the days of adventure in the mountains. A farewell celebratory dinner is scheduled to bring our journey to a fitting close.

Day 15 – Departure (1300m altitude) – 20 April 2019
Here is where our Yak Ru program ends. Extend your stay in Kathmandu/Nepal from this day onward, or catch our transfers back to Kathmandu Airport (Tribhuvan International Airport) for flights out of the country.

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