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Nomadic lines Manaslu Circuit & Tsum Valley

Mountains are calling and we must go...
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Manaslu 8153m, the Eighth highest mountain in the world. And cross around the circuit on a mountain bike may sound crazy and scary to the most. But is something special that the words are hard to find to describe it. Many people say they don’t believe that it’s feasible at all, but we’ve been operating many mountain bike trips since December 2012. Trails around here consists of raw single track, in some areas it requires to hike a bike. But the gravity you get here is epic. There are not many places that you can simply ride in the lap of the world’s eighth highest mountain Manaslu.

Like in the Annapurna, the Altitude at Manaslu Circuit starts with the lowest point at Arughat600m to the highest point of the trail at Larkya La5163m. Some people even like to say it’s the New Annapurna Circuit, because of the similar terrain. But we think Manaslu has its own charm, cultural diversity and it’s more strenuous than the Annapurna, simply one of a kind. We normally connect Tsum valley while we run this trip.

Tsum Valley has been open to the foreigner since 2009 only. In terms of tourism it’s still relatively grooming in its early days. Since it was heavily devastated on earthquake in April 2015. This place needs even more support through Tourism to get back on its feet again in the future. So join us for riding the awesome natural trails of Manaslu and Tsum Valley. And contribute a little to the sustainable tourism to re-build the amazing villages around the Mountains. This area is another single track heaven in Nepal. And riding to Manaslu Ciruit and the Tsum valley certainly qualifies for the real big mountain Enduro.

“Simply the best location for the riders who wants to challenge their physical abilities and the skill level of the MTB, which you might have never experienced anywhere before”.


Altitude and Acclimatize

On this trip, we will ride from the low land Arughat6500m to the highest point Larkya La 5163m in the Manaslu Circuit. We will be visiting the highest point Mu Gumba3700m in the Tsum Valley before we head towards the Larkya Pass. This itinerary is designed to adapt for better acclimatization, so our clients won’t have issues to deal with AMS (Acute mountain sickness) on this tour.

What bike should I bring for this trip, if I cannot bring my own bike, is it possible for rental?

An All Mountain or Enduro full suspension bike, fork travel from 140-150/160 would be ideal to play, but a good Hard-tail even with a 100mm-120mm fork can always do a job.

If you are planning not to bring along your own bike on this trip, we can arrange you a suitable bike for rental. The price may vary upon the quality and nature of a bike; please write to us for price and details. However, we always encourage you to bring your own bike.

Price and the requirements to get restricted area permit to visit Upper Mustang?

You need to be at least 2 person to apply for the restricted area permit. The application has to be made through a registered tour company in Nepal, which we are… The permit for Upper Mustang cost USD500/- for the first 10 days and it will cost USD50/- more per day for additional days.


What kind of accommodation would it be during the trip? Wi-fi?

2-3 star quality hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and well-located comfortable guest houses/lodges on trails in the mountains, with hot shower and private bathroom. All the hotels and guest house/lodges have Wi-fi, even in the mountains. Wi-fi is often free for hotel guests in most of the places.

Dietary Gluten/Allergy issues

International food/cuisine will be served along with local delicacies in various restaurants & bars in Kathmandu and Pokhara, perhaps just a little less choices in the mountains. Please, let us know that if you have any kind of diet request or you are allergic to certain things. We will try our best to facilitate such kind of requests.

Things to put on your backpack for daily rides

10lt, 12lt or even 16lt backpack is suitable for this trip. Hence, we provide porter service for the luggage transport from one point to another throughout the tour.

Wind/water proof Jacket

One extra cycle jersey or sweatshirt

Sunscreen lotion

Some power bars and energy drink

Sun glass and buff

Camel Bag or water bottle for hydration?

Knee pad is recommended

Mobile phone/camera and some cash…

 Safety Insurance

Mountain biking is an adventure sport where risk and hazard may happens in no time. We carry the first- aid kit with us and do the basic first aid.

A sufficient medical travel insurance is mandatory and must arrange prior the trip from the country of origin. Your insurance should be able to cover all the medical expenses, including Emergency Helicopter Evacuation, if unwanted incidents occurs.

You are on your holiday and so we’d like you to have fun as much as possible and in the same time we would like you to spend a trouble free holiday while mountain biking in Nepal.

Alcohols are not permitted to consume during the ride. Beers? After ride…

Respect the nature and the culture, be responsible and enjoy the ride

Trip Overview

Ride: All mountain, Enduro

Group Size: 2-10

Trip grade: Moderate Hard and challenging! Recommended for Experienced Riders...

Duration: 14-18days

Altitude: lowest point Arughat 650m to highest point Larkya Pass 5163m

Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel in the cities and Tea house/lodge on the trail. We normally ride from 5 to 6 hrs a day.

Trip Contact: *Please email us for further information about the price and trip details for this Big mountain enduro trip. ridenepal@himalayandirt.com

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