Muktinath and Manang
Are you ready to challenge the Himalayas? Then this route is for you! A large part of the way is rocks, sand, mud, and rivers. We climb higher and higher through breathtaking serpentines, until we reach the clouds. From the tropics to the timeless glaciers and backward. And twice like that – up and down. Up and down all over again. You will be surprised how fast you make progress in driving a bike.
Feel like a time traveler and look into the middle of nowhere. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and touch the eternal. Make your mark on the deepest canyon in the world. Examine the ancient temples, archaic way of life and customs of the hospitable mountaineers.
Day 1. We meet you at the Kathmandu airport, drive to the hotel, and after a short rest take a walk around the city. We go sightseeing, choose souvenirs, and plunge into the big city bustle. In the evening, you get short instructions about the rules of driving a bike in Nepal. There are many details, and you need to understand them in order to avoid trouble on the road. Well… You are ready! Your bike is ready too and invites you into an adventure!
Day 2. Let’s go! Today we break out of the stifling embrace of Kathmandu and rush off towards the big mountains. Serpentines and valleys, over and over again. Getting used to the bike and road traffic. Today we have asphalt road to the town of Besisahar. We rest and gain strength here. Tomorrow there will be no asphalt. The mountain road with all the ‘joys’ begins.
Day 3. This is the most difficult day on the route. Today you get to know yourself better and check your driving skills. We don’t want to put you in fear, just keep an adequate speed and the distance between the travelers. Needless to say that the views are fantastic, so do not put your camera away. Even though a photo can’t capture what the eyes see, but you will still have unforgettable images. We spend the night in Chame.
Day 4. Today the road is easier and the views are even more beautiful. A great day for the trip through the conifer forests from Chame to Manang. After lunch, we return to Chame, as our luggage waiting for us there. The offroader can drive as far as Chame, from there a walking trail only…
Day 5. Chame – Besisahar or Bandipur, today’s route depends on our overall speed. Down, down, down. We get out of the clutches of the giant mountain and descend into the valley of Marsyangdi River. The first part of the off-road adventure ends. Tomorrow we open the second part of our exciting journey.
Day 6. We have the asphalt road to Pokhara, where we need to re-do the permits as they are one-use. In the evening, we arrive in Tatopani and wash of our tiredness in the thermal springs.
Day 7. Our favorite off-road, sand, and stones are here again. We drive through the canyon between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, from the tropics to the timeless glaciers. We have lunch in Jomsom and see the sunset at the cozy streets of Kagbeni.
Day 8. In the morning, we overcome more than 1200m up and get into the sacred Muktinath Temple. Time to think about the eternal and cleanse our karma. Having dinner with yak steak and drinking special tea only available in the Bob Marley café; then beginning to move back down. After the fresh frosty wind, the night in the hot springs cheers us up and gives strength to further adventures!
Day 9. Time to go back to civilization. Today our path lies to Pokhara. On the way, we stop at the most beautiful places, with a good view of the Himalayas. Evening in Pokhara – bars, restaurants, dancing, and fun.
Day 10. At last a full day of rest. You are tired, we have done the hard way, and now we relax. You can do it actively and paragliding, or go rafting, or you can have it easy and enjoy some massage, go for a ride around the lake on a boat, go fishing, or something like that.
Day 11. We have rested and gained new experiences, so it is time to go back to the capital. The day passes on asphalt and though valleys, hills, and serpentines. The last look at the Himalayan ridge, and in the evening, we are in Thamel. Gifts, souvenirs and joint dinner in a restaurant. Remembering our adventure, sharing photos and videos!
Day 12. We take you to the airport, and wish each other all the best. If you fly in the evening, we have time to visit a couple of the most beautiful sights in Kathmandu.