Detailed Itinerary

 Welcome to the enduro adventure of a lifetime! The Manang District of the Annapurna Ranges, Nepal, beckons with world-class mountain biking trails, rich culture, and mind-blowing alpine scenery. 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.

Absolute Arrival Day  7 Oct, Sat
Transfers from airport to Kathmandu hotel/guesthouses* (*provision of meals dependent on arrival times)
Rest and relax
Overnight in Kathmandu accommodation

Briefing / Prep Day 8 Oct, Sun
Breakfast at Kathmandu accommodation
Gather for briefing + race pack collection + admin
Lunch; packing and equipment organisation
Welcome dinner
Overnight in Kathmandu accommodation


Travel Day 9 Oct, Mon

Early breakfast
Bags ready to load by 0600 (transfer to jeep/4WD truck meeting point)
Leave Kathmandu; lunch in Kurintar (1100-1200)
Reach Taal (1900); dinner & overnight in Taal hotel

Acclimatisation Ride Day 10 Oct, Tue
Breakfast
Leave Taal at 0800
Taal > Bhratang (0800-1100); lunch at Bhratang (1100-1200)
Bhratang > Lower Pisang (reach 1300), assemble bikes (by 1400)
Ride Lower Pisang > Manang (1400-1700)
Check-in @ Manang hotel: clean-up & maintenance
Dinner & overnight in Manang hotel

Race Day 1 -11 Oct, Wed
Early breakfast
Uplift = start walking by 0630, reach chorten by 0830 (briefing 0830-0845; first rider starts at 0900)
Warm-up on untimed descent (so-called Stage 0) = Gangapurna 1st half (chorten to teahouse)
1st stage = Gangapurna 2nd half (teahouse to bridge)
Aid station @hotel
2nd stage = Above Manang town (white chorten into town)
Wrap-up by 1200
Recovery in Manang hotel: lunch, clean-up, maintenance
Overnight in Manang hotel

Race Day 2 – 12 Oct, Thu
Early breakfast
Uplift = gather at jeep station by 0630, transport up to monastery (60mins), reaching 0730-0800
Transfer = hike/bike to Siri Kharka high slope (4300m alt), reach by 0930, briefing 0930-0945, first rider starts at 1000
3rd stage = high slope> ruin > monastery
Transfer = down thru Khangsar, towards suspension bridge (4th stage), clear Khangsar (aid station) by 1130
4th stage = fork > suspension bridge, all clear by 1230
Cool-down transfer = ride back to Manang
Wrap-up by 1330
Recovery in Manang hotel: lunch, clean-up, maintenance
Pack bags this afternoon/evening
Overnight in Manang hotel

Race Day 3 – 13 Oct, Fri
Early breakfast
Uplift = bags out by 0600; start ride by 0630, ride to base of Millerepa (0700); start Millerepa hike/bike; get to monastery by 0900; briefing 0900-0915; first rider starts at 0930
5th stage = monastery > chorten
6th stage = chorten > field, all clear by 1030
Transfer = cross bridge, go to Bhraka, ascent to Julu Plateau
7th stage = Julu Plateau > main road
Cool-down transfer = ride back to Pisang
Wrap-up by 1330
Recovery in Pisang hotel: lunch, clean-up, maintenance
Dinner & overnight in Pisang hotel

Group Ride Day – 14 Oct, Sat
Early, small breakfast
Bags out by 0630; assemble for group ride by 0700 (on road); exploratory option via Dhikur Pokhari
Main breakfast stop @ Bhratang (apple farm & resort)
Lunch stop @ Timang
Reach Taal (1500)
Dinner & overnight in Taal hotel

Return Travel Day -15 Oct, Sun
Breakfast
Bags out by 0630; depart 0700
Lunch stop @ Kurintar (1300-1400)
Continue to Kathmandu, with dinner along the way; reach Kathmandu 2000
Riders disperse to hotel/guesthouses; overnight in Kathmandu accommodation

Awards Day -16 Oct, Mon
Breakfast; rest & relaxation in daytime
Lunch @accommodation
Awards ceremony (transport provided) starts at 1700
Official celebration dinner after awards (1900)
Overnight in Kathmandu accommodation

Departure Day – 17 Oct, Tue
Breakfast
Transfers to airport or other accommodation (pre-arrangements necessary)