Manaslu

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The Manaslu trip is definitely one for riders looking for adventure. Big sections of push and carry and basic accommodation make this adventure only suitable for the very intrepid, but the feeling of total escapism from the beaten track are more than payback for the rigours.

  • 13 days / 12 nights
  • Aarughat to Besi Sahar
  • Cross the Larke Pass at 5136m
  • 204km, 8600m ascent
  • Bespoke 2017 departures
  • Between 18th March & 18th May
  • Between 1st October & 1st November
  • Grade 6 - Only for very experienced and hardy riders
Duration: 13 days / 12 nights Location: Nepal Price: From $2150

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Daily Itinerary

Day 1

You will be met at the airport by one of the Yak Attack Team 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.

Day 2

Following a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, riders will be issued with their Yak Attack merchandise; this will include a kit bag for transporting belongings during the tour and a Yak Attack race jersey. There will then be time to check the bikes over with one of the Yak Attack 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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4
Route: Aarughat to Machha Khola - 25km, 1000m ascent

Leaving Aarughat we start to ascend and the first days riding. 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.

Day 5
Route: Machha Khola to Jagat - 25km, 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

Day 6
Route: Jagat to Dyang - 25km, 1100m ascent

There will be 50% riding and 50% pushing in today’s climb to Dyang. The landscape will be similar as 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.

Day 7
Route: Dyang to Namrung - 20km, 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.

Day 8
Route: Namrung to Samagaun - 17km 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.

 

Day 9
Route: Samagaun to Dharamsala - 13km, 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.

Day 10
Route: Dharamasala to Bhimthang - 14.5 km, 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.

Day 11
Route: Bhimthang to Chyamche - 32km, ascent 600m, descent 2300m

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.

 

Day 12
Route: Chyamche to Besisahar - 32km, 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 Yak Attack 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.

Day 13

Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary.

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