Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu upon your arrival and transfer you to the Hotel Shakti, Thamel on a private vehicle. We will then start the race registration and bibs distribution at Himalayan Medics followed by refreshment. We drive to Nagarkot by 5:00PM.
Race days in Nagarkot Hills, on the eastern edge of Kathmandu Valley
We head to Pokhara on a private vehicle. Pokhara is a picturesque lakeside city that boasts amazing views of the mountains and hilly terrain.
Pokhara (900m / 2953ft) – Jomsom (2720m / 8924ft) – Ekle Bhatti (2820m / 9252ft) – Kagbeni (2810m / 9220ft) We pack up and head to the airport for our flight to Jomsom. There are several flights from Pokhara to Jomsom in the morning before the high winds in Jomsom pick up late morning. Upon landing, we assemble our bikes and spend some time riding through the cobbled streets of the bustling town. We then head off to Kagbeni, riding the relatively flat section along the river trail.
Kagbeni (2810m / 9220ft) – Jharkot (3550m / 11647ft) – Muktinath (3760m / 12336ft) After an early morning breakfast, we start riding uphill and gain almost 1,000m in elevation. The region is dry and arid, almost desert-like, with awe-inspiring sceneries of the mountains at the horizon. We will come across trekkers and pilgrims, flocking from as far as India, on their way to Muktinath, one of the most revered Hindu temples in the world. Once at Muktinath, we’ll explore the religious site and see the eternal flame that burns on natural gas source.
Muktinath (3760m / 12336ft) – Muktinath Pass (4000m / 13124ft) – Lupra (3028m / 9935ft) – Ekle Bhatti (2820m / 9252ft) – Jomsom (2720m / 8924ft) – Marpha (2670m / 8760ft) From Muktinath we ride along a very enjoyable downhill track descending to the Kaligandaki River valley floor. We’ll make a quick pit stop at Marpha, a village with legendary apple orchids. Make sure to taste some Marpha Brandy and a range of apple products like apple pie and dried apple skin.
Tukuche (2586m / 8485ft) – Kobang (2550m / 8367ft) – Larjung (2500m / 8203ft) – Ghasa (2010m / 6595ft) – Rukse Chahara (1650m / 5414ft) – Tatopani (1190m / 3905ft) We begin riding from Tukuche to Tatopani through some fantastic downhill sections. Tatopani translates to “hot water” and rightly so, the hot springs at Tatopani are quite a treat. This is a fabled place to relax your mind and body, so pamper yourself after a great day of biking in this fantastic region. Located besides the banks of the Kali Gandaki River, the hot dip amidst the surrounding natural beauty in Tatopani will definitely unwind your muscles.
Tatopani (1190m / 3905ft) – Thadi Khoriya (1030m / 3380ft) – Ranipauwa (1100m / 3609ft) – Galeshwar (1170m / 3839ft) – Beni (830m / 2724ft) – Pokhara (900m / 2953ft) After a relaxing time at Tatopani, we ride for about 1.5 hours on jeep tracks to reach Beni, a small but vibrant market town. We’ll spend some time exploring the town and then drive back to Pokhara on a 4-hour drive. It’s a bumpy drive and you can enjoy the scenic views you get along the away. Once we reach Pokhara, we prepare for our flight back to Kathmandu in the evening.