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Himalayan Downhill

Test your legs on biking trails in the mighty Annapurna region. Feel the Himalayan wind rush by while covering over 100 miles of terrain in this beautiful area.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit Shivapuri National Park to ride single track and jeep trails through the jungle.

  • Enjoy hot springs, visit temples, and explore local villages high in the Himalayas.

  • Explore the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara before and after your ride.

PRIVATE DEPARTURES

This itinerary is for private expeditions only. Pricing is based on group size. See pricing chart below. 

* See more on difficulty levels here.

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ITINERARY SUMMARY

Day 1: Arrive to Kathmandu
Day 2: Bike around Shivapuri National Park
Day 3: Travel to Pokhara
Day 4: Fly to Jomson and bike to Kagbeni
Day 5: Bike to Muktinath
Day 6: Bike to Marpha
Day 7: Bike to Tatopani
Day 8: Bike to Beni and travel by SUV to Pokhara
Day 9: Free day in Pokhara
Day 10: Travel to Kathmandu
Day 11: International Departures


Please note: Expedition dates indicate when you should arrive and depart Nepal. Arriving early or departing late? Click here to purchase an additional day with lodging and airport transfers. See our Cancellation Policy.

WHAT TRAVELERS ARE SAYING

 
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We loved our guides and guides in training. The itinerary provided a culturally rich experience and brought Nepal to life, while also connecting us to the nature of the himalayas. OneSeed was very accommodating and had AMAZING customer service.
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I would definitely recommend OneSeed to anyone visiting Nepal. Commitment to community and the friendly authentic local guides made this the trip of a lifetime. My favorite part was the time I spent with our incredibly warm and kind guide Bishnu.
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I will most definitely recommend OneSeed Expedition to my friends! I loved everything about this trip from the small group, the microfinancing that OneSeed does, the insurance they provide for their guides and guides in training, and the amazing things they have planned and organized for us in the cities.

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Day 1:  KATHMANDU

A OneSeed representative will pick you up from the airport. After settling in at your lodge, spend the evening exploring the neighborhoods of Patan, home to the spectacular Durbar Square. This area contains a beautiful collection of temples, statues, palaces, and opportunities to buy souvenirs and local crafts.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: airport transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 2:  KATHMANDU 

After breakfast, head to Shivapuri National Park to ride 23 miles on single track and jeep trails through the jungle. Before entering the park, visit an ancient temple and sacred sites of Budhanilkantha. Observe the magnificently carved stone idol of sleeping Vishnu from the outer periphery of the pond. Once in Shivapuri National Park, explore the jungle trails, waterfalls, and streams while you bike through Shivapuri watershed and conservation area. This spot is great for bird watching and on a clear day you may be able to see the snow-capped Himalayas. After your ride, return to Kathmandu for a briefing and gear check before enjoying a hearty welcome dinner.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; welcome dinner (vegetarian options are available for all meals); transportation; mountain bike rentals and guides; national park entry; accommodations

 
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Day 3: KATHMANDU To POKHARA

Take a bus to the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara where you will have time to walk and explore. Pokhara is the entry point for the Annapurna region and the second most visited city in Nepal. Walk down to the lake to see the colorful boats and people paragliding above. Choose from many of Pokhara’s sights including two famous Hindu temples (Tal Barahi and Bendebashani). Or visit the International Mountain Museum devoted to the mountains of Nepal, the mountaineers who climbed them, and the people who call them home.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; transportations; accommodations

 
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Day 4: Pokhara to Kagbeni

Take a stunning morning flight to Jomsom before hopping on your bikes for a 7.5-mile uphill ride to the mountain town of Kagbeni on the banks of the Kaligandaki River. Kagbeni is the gateway to Upper Mustang and provides a look into a traditional way of living in the region. It played a big role during trans Himalayan salt trading periods between India and Tibet. The red Buddhist monastery in the middle of the village is worth to visit after your ride.

Total Biking: approximately 7.5 miles (12 km)

Peak Altitude: 10,147 ft  (3092 m)

Inclusions: all meals; domestic flight; airport tax and excess baggage charge for bikes; biking guides; mountain bikes; transportation for luggage; accommodations

 
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Day 5: Kagbeni to Muktinath

After enjoying breakfast and a hot tea or coffee, gear up for another great day of riding. Continue your ascent with a 10-mile ride from Kagbeni to the town of Muktinath. Visit a sacred temple with 108 spouts of waters and soak in the beautiful views of the valley. After two days of riding with an elevation gain of almost 4,000 ft, retire to your teahouse for the night for some much needed rest.

Total Biking: approximately 10 miles (16 km)

Peak Altitude: 12,464 ft  (3800 m)

Inclusions: all meals; mountain bikes; biking guides; transportation for luggage; accommodations

 
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Day 6: Muktinath to Marpha

Leave Muktinath for an exciting 21-mile bike ride to Marpha. The route has two options: a jeep track for intermediate riders and a single track for advanced riders. The ride is mostly downhill, so enjoy the breeze as you rush down through the valley. Ride into Marpha in the afternoon. In 1966, a horticultural farm was established in the village and introduced local families to the apple production. Now Marpha is now known for it's apple pies, apple cider, apple crumbles, and more. Visitors can tour a local distillery to learn how brandy is made. It is also worthwhile to visit the monastery and sitting for a daily puja (worship ceremony) before retiring for the evening.

Total Biking: approximately 21 miles (33.8 km)

Peak Altitude: 12,464 ft  (3800 m)

Inclusions: all meals; mountain bikes; biking guides; transportation for luggage; accommodations

 
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Day 7: Marpha to Tatopani

Continue the descent by following the river on jeep or single track trails. Today’s ride is a longer day (30 miles), but plan to stop midday for lunch at the beautiful waterfall in Rupse Chartra. Once in Tatopani, enjoy a dip in the local hot springs before enjoying a warm meal and heading to bed.

Total Biking: approximately 30 miles (48.3 km)

Peak Altitude: 8,789 ft  (2679 m)

Inclusions: all meals; mountain bikes; biking guides; transportation for luggage; accommodations

 
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Day 8: Tatopani to Pokhara

After breakfast in Tatopani, bike 14 miles to Beni where you will take a private car to Naudhadha. From there, hop back on your bike and enjoy the beautiful views of Pokhara and its surrounding lakes as you descend 7 more miles into town. Head out to explore the beautiful city of Pokhara in the evening.

Total Biking: approximately 21 miles (33.8 km)

Peak Altitude: 4,002 ft  (1220 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch; mountain bikes; biking guides; transportation for luggage; car transfer; accommodations

 
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Day 9: POKHARA

Take a rest day, enjoy a hot shower, and spend the day by the lake. This is a great time to get some final sightseeing in.

Peak Altitude: 2,900 ft  (884 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; accommodations

 
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Day 10:  Pokhara to Kathmandu

Travel by private car back to Kathmandu for a farewell dinner with your guides and fellow travelers.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; lunch, farewell dinner; transportation; accommodations

 
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Day 11:  KATHMANDU 

Time to say goodbye! A OneSeed representative will take you by private car to the airport for your flight departure.

Peak Altitude: 4,593 ft  (1400 m)

Inclusions: breakfast; airport transfer

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • personal items

  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)

  • international airfare and meals during travel

  • snacks during trek

  • beverages outside of designated meals

  • alterations to standard itinerary

 

INCLUSIONS

  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to their expedition start date

  • 3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu

  • 3 nights accommodation in Pokhara

  • all accommodations on trek (double occupancy w/ shared bathroom)

  • breakfast, lunch and dinner on the trek

  • mountain bike (Giant Anthem, Giant Trance, Giant XTC or ATX Models)*

  • trekking permits and entry fees

  • farewell dinner

  • guide and porter services

  • baggage transport (limited to 22lbs/10kg)

  • all ground transportation in Nepal

  • guided bike excursion to Bhudanilkhanta

  • one-way air transportation to Jomsom

  • international airport transfers on Day 1 and Day 11

 

*Client is responsible for any damages to bike (up to $2300 for full replacement) due to any non-mechanical reasons

All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the guide. For complete terms and conditions, see here.


Trip Extensions

WHAT TO BRING

 

You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. We'll take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.

Packing System: This expedition includes bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag.

Don't forget

 

We need you to have everything on the list below for our expedition to go smoothly, so there is no one item that is more important than another. Double-check your entire list and make sure to have/review these important items below.  It's important to note that trekking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

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Valid Passport

Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your arrival date in Nepal.

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Medical insurance card

Should anything happen, we can get you the care you need.

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Required Vaccinations

It is important to receive required (or recommended) vaccinations before traveling abroad. Check the CDC's recommendations for Nepal here.

 

The List (check it twice)

Expedition Gear

  • Change of clothes for Kathmandu - to be kept in storage during expedition

  • Medium/Heavyweight down jacket

  • Fleece jacket or vest

  • Rain jacket

  • Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)

  • Synthetic biking T-shirt

  • Wool or synthetic hat

  • Gloves

  • Waterproof shoes to be used for biking

  • Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)

  • Sandals/Crocs/Old sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)

  • Day pack

  • Water bottle

  • Headlamp

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunglasses

  • Quick-dry towel

  • Personal toiletries and medicine

  • Sleeping bag w/ 15-20ºF rating

  • Toilet paper in ziplock bag

  • Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Padded biking shorts

  • Biking gloves

  • Knee and elbow pads

Documents and Logistics

  • International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu

  • Flight information submitted

  • Passport valid 6 months from start date of expedition

  • Photocopy of passport

  • Two (2) passport-sized photos for trekking permits

  • US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)

  • Medical insurance card

  • Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.

Other (optional)

  • Reading material for the evenings

  • Hotel reservations for extended time in Nepal (if applicable)

  • Guidebooks

  • Camera

  • Bandana (for dust and wind)

  • Energy bars

  • Outlet adapter (available to purchase in Kathmandu)

  • Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables

ELEVATION

*Measured in feet

CLIMATE OVERVIEW

 

Peak season to travel to the Annapurna region falls between September and November and then again between February and April. The weather will vary at different altitudes, but in the town of Ghorepani, which is located at 9,393 feet; June is the hottest month of the year with averages as high as 68°F. Winter months like January can get a cold as 25°F.

The monsoon season falls during the summer months of June, July, and August, when rainfall can be as high as 5.5 inches per month. The rest of the year is relatively dry with only 1 inch of rain.

 

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*Measured in Fahrenheit

Frequently Asked Questions


Does it matter what time I arrive or depart?

If you arrive/depart at any time on the scheduled start/end dates of your trip, OneSeed will arrange for airport transfers. Pickup will be arranged to efficiently transfer clients with flight times in close proximity (generally within one hour of each other). If you plan to arrive before the scheduled start date or stay past the end date of your trip, you will need to coordinate your own airport transfer or purchase a trip extension through OneSeed.

Do I need a visa? And what about passport requirements?

Visas are required in Nepal and can be purchased in cash at the airport upon arrival ($30 USD for up to 15 days, $50 USD for up to 30 days). Please keep your passport and visa with you at all times during your expedition. You must bring two (2) passport sized photos for your trekking permits. Visit the State Department website for Nepal travel information. Your passport must be valid for six months after your country departure date. It should also have at least one blank page for any necessary stamps.

What happens if my trip is altered due to unforseen circumstances?

Per the Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver Agreement, if your expedition must be altered at any point, you are responsible for any additional costs.Canceled flights and transportation strikes happen. We do our best to ensure that your experience is unaltered by handling the situation efficiently and smoothly. For complete terms and conditions, see here. We recommend reviewing optional trip cancellation and interruption insurance to cover expenses in these instances. Some instances that have come up are:

  • A twisted ankle one week before a trip
  • Power outages in the Atlanta airport leaving travelers stranded
  • Burst appendix!
  • Earthquakes or floods cutting a trip short

DO I NEED ANY IMMUNIZATIONS OR MEDICINE?

Talk to your physician and follow recommended CDC guidelines for Nepal. Some travelers choose to use prescriptions such as Diamox to treat altitude sickness. We recommend talking to your doctor about the use of any prescription medicine.

WHAT BIKES AND EQUIPMENT IS PROVIDED?

You will be provided with a full suspension bike (either a Giant Anthem or Giant Trance X), a helmet, first aid kit, and all tools, spare parts and servicing of bikes.

WILL WE NEED TO FILTER WATER?

Safe drinking water will be provided to you along the trail. When in Kathmandu and other villages, be sure to only drink bottled water and do not use tap water to brush your teeth. Our goal is to reduce the number of single-use plastic water bottles on our expeditions. Your guide will be equipped with a SteriPen to purify water on the trail.

WHAT FOOD SHOULD I EXPECT TO EAT ON THE TRAIL?

REMEMBER: Avoid street food when you first arrive to Nepal! You do not want to begin your trek with unnecessary stomach issues. Food on the trail is rich in carbohydrates and protein since you'll be burning calories like a champ. Visit our blog post on tea houses in Nepal for a full list of food options. OneSeed is able to accommodate most allergies and dietary preferences. If you didn't include this information on your registration form, please email info@oneseedexpeditions.com. We recommend any vegan travelers bring extra protein bars.

WHAT ARE THE ACCOMMODATIONS LIKE ON THE TRAIL?

Check out our blog post for a comprehensive overview of what to expect on your trek --> Tea Houses in Nepal: Everything You Need to Know About Accommodations on the Trail

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel 60 days or more prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will be able to reschedule or be reimbursed the full cost of this adventure net the non-refundable deposit of $1000.00. If any cancellation is made less than 60 days prior to your scheduled departure for this adventure then you will lose the complete value of your experience.

If your expedition must be canceled by OneSeed due to circumstances outside of your control (e.g. natural disasters, weather, etc.), we will work with you to reschedule at no extra cost. If rescheduling is not possible, you will be reimbursed the total amount of your purchase less 20% of trip cost.

All discounted and promotional offers made through third-party partners are 100% non-refundable and non-transferable.

DO I NEED TO TIP MY GUIDE?

Tipping culture and etiquette vary from country to country. On multi-day expeditions, a great amount of organizational work is done by support staff who work around the clock to ensure travelers have the best possible experience. We have developed this blog post to act as a guide for tipping in Nepal.

WHAT IS THE ELEVATION? IS ALTITUDE A CONCERN?

The highest elevation you will reach on your trek is 12,464 ft. Trekking or biking at high altitudes can become a concern above 10,000 ft which is why we advise riding at your own pace, drinking plenty of water, and the importance of self-care on the trail.

DOES SOMEONE TRANSPORT MY LUGGAGE?

DYou will carry a daypack on your bike and car will transport your luggage. Your daypack should contain any clothes needed for that day and any personal belongings like your camera or passport.

CAN I LEAVE SOME OF MY LUGGAGE IN THE HOTEL DURING THE TREK?

You will be staying at the same hotel before and after your trek in Kathmandu. Leaving an extra bag at the hotel during your trek is free of charge.

HOW SHOULD I TRAIN FOR MY TREK?

Daily mileage can range from 7-30 miles per day. These expeditions require an average level of fitness and the ability to bike over variable terrain on dirt roads. We always recommend that travelers break in their biking shoes before the expedition. Taking training rides that mimic the mileage and amount of time you will be trekking in Nepal is highly recommended.

WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE?

Weather is always unpredictable which is why we recommend a comprehensive packing list. A sunny warm day can turn on a dime and end in rain. It never hurts to prep for both! Visit the terrain section above to see average temperatures and weather forecasts for the Annapurna region.

ANY OTHER TIPS?

We always ask that you stay safe on the trail by drinking plenty of water, eating well, and communicating openly with your guide about any issues that arise. Be sure to take care of your belongings, be respectful of your travel companions, practice your Nepali with people you meet along the way, and respect the natural landscape that you're exploring.


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