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RIDE AND RAFT NEPAL

RIDE AND RAFT NEPAL

Our unique challenge to Ride and Raft the Kali Gandakhi River

This is an adventure which requires a good level of physical fitness as it involves a sustained period activity. But wow, what an experience!

Highlights:

  • Ride 145km of Himalayan mountain bike trails reaching an altitude of (3760m)
  • Some epic days of downhill biking will take you down the Kali Gandakhi Valley
  • 42km rafting on the Kali Gandakhi River with grade 3 and 4 rapids including ‘Big Brother’
  • An intense and exhilarating challenge testing your physical and mental strength
  • Qualified and experienced support crews + new Giant bikes and mechanic support

Bikes tested in Kathmandu, you will arrive into Jomson’s tiny airstrip after two light aircraft flights. The mountain bike section of this trip will cover approx 145km, starting with a relatively gentle ride to Kagbeni, a Tibetan village which forms the gateway to Upper Mustang. Then it’s a climb to Muktinath (3760m), overnight and then ‘bomb’ down the following day. The route continues along the deepest river gorge in the world for 3 days until you reach Beni.

Then you hit the river running! You will be taking to your raft for 3 days, hitting grade 3 and 4 rapids along the way, including ‘Big Brother’. Your nights will be spent camping on the sandy beaches along the river, enjoying your evening meal by the camp fire.

Full support all the way, training given where required and qualified instructors.

At A Glance   

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2600
Land Only, from £1950
Trip Duration 14 Days UK - UK
Trip Length 6 days
Max Altitude 3760m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, Tea Houses, Tents
All meals on trek/ B'fasts hotels

Our unique challenge to Ride and Raft the Kali Gandakhi River

Wow, what an experience!

Highlights:

  • Ride 145km of Himalayan mountain bike trails reaching an altitude of (3760m)
  • Some epic days of downhill biking will take you down the Kali Gandakhi Valley
  • 42km rafting on the Kali Gandakhi River with grade 3 and 4 rapids including ‘Big Brother’
  • An intense and exhilarating challenge testing your physical and mental strength
  • Qualified and experienced support crews + new Giant bikes and mechanic support

Bikes tested in Kathmandu, two domestic flights later you will arrive into Jomson’s tiny airstrip. The mountain bike section is approx 145km, including a monster 1000m descent in one day. Once those 5 days are done, it’s straight into the raft for 3 days, hitting grade 3 and 4 rapids along the way, including ‘Big Brother’. Your nights will be spent camping on the sandy beaches along the river, enjoying your evening meal by the camp fire.

Full support all the way, training given where required and qualified instructors.

At A Glance

Flight Inclusive Cost, from £2600
Land Only, from £1950
Trip Duration 14 Days UK - UK
Trip Length 6 days
Max Altitude 3760m
Grading
Accommodation Hotels, Tea Houses, Tents
All meals on trek/ B'fasts hotels

Top Quality Bike provided

All Meals On Trek

FREE 90l holdall

Domestic Flights
Included

Hotels/Tea Houses

Camping

ATOL Protected

Trip Information

Trip Information

Day 1 – Depart UK

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu

Day 3.Bike fitting and test ride Kathmandu Valley

Day 4. Drive to Pokhara

Day 5. Pokhara – Kagbeni (14km ride, altitude 2800m)

Day 6. Kagbeni – Muktinath (18km ride, altitude 3760m)

Day 7. Muktinath – Tukuche (32km ride, altitude 2560m)

Day 8. Tukuche to Tatopani (36km ride, altitude 1190m)

Day 9. Tatopani – Maldhunga and Rafting (45km ride)

Day 10. Rafting

Day 11. Rafting – Pokhara

Day 12. Pokhara

Day 13 – Pokhara – Kathmandu

Day 14 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, B

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Day 1 – Depart UK
Fly from London bound for Kathmandu (overnight flight).

Day 2 – Arrive Kathmandu
On arrival in Kathmandu, you will be collected by our Representative and transferred to the hotel.
Our friendly staff are on hand to provide any advice or assistance you need. Time to explore your surroundings and generally settle in

Day 3.Bike fitting and test ride Kathmandu Valley
This morning you will collect your mountain bike and meet your guide for a briefing. He will then take you on a warm up ride exploring some of the trails in the Kathmandu Valley. This will give you a chance to test your bike and gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. After lunch you will have time for any last minute adjustments and shopping for your trip. B

Day 4. Drive to Pokhara
Its an early morning departure from Kathmandu as you head west along the Trisuli River and through the tropical lowlands to Pokhara. The journey will take approx. 6 hrs including stops and you should arrive at your hotel in the early afternoon. This afternoon you can rest, explore the lakeside or take your bike for a ride around the shore. B

Day 5. Pokhara – Kagbeni (14km ride, altitude 2800m)
You wake up for sunrise and an early 22min flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2720m). The flight into the heart of the Himalayas is breathtaking as you pass the snow capped peaks and catch a glimpse of Dhawalagiri. After breakfast in Jomsom it’s time to make final bike preparations and then you start with a gentle 14km ride along the Kali Ghandakhi River to the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni. This is the gateway to Upper Mustang and we will spend the night in the famous Red House. B,L,D

Day 6. Kagbeni – Muktinath (18km ride, altitude 3760m)
After an early breakfast, today will be mainly uphill as you follow the trail on the north side of the gorge. We stop at the ancient monastery at Jhong for lunch before the final push to arrive at your tea house in Muktinath around mid afternoon. This afternoon you have the opportunity to explore the Monastery and Temples, two of the holiest in Nepal. B,L,D

Day 7. Muktinath – Tukuche (32km ride, altitude 2560m)
Another early start today to beat the winds that pick up at roughly 11am but unlike yesterday, it’s mostly a downhill gradient. Time to enjoy the views as you head back down to the valley floor and then a 6km flat section back to Jomsom and the undulating trail along the river to Marpha for lunch. From here the trail rolls to Tukuche, a lovely old village by the river where you spend tonight in a local tea house.  B,L,D

Day 8. Tukuche to Tatopani (36km ride, altitude 1190m)
Today’s trail starts gently as it winds along the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages following the river. After lunch at Rukse Chaahara, the trail speeds up as it drops 1000m with sweeping curves, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Once you arrive in your night stop Tatopani, you can enjoy a soothing bath in the natural Hot Springs. BLD

Day 9. Tatopani – Maldhunga and Rafting (45km ride)
A final ride today of roughly 45km is on open jeep tracks which roughly undulate. As the valley opens up near Beni, you cross the river on your bike for the final time, join the main road and head to Maldhunga where you will meet your rafting crew for lunch.

Lunch will be followed by a safety talk and some required training before you set off on the first leg of your rafting journey. The first rapid today is Little Brother, followed by Big Brother (the largest on your trip) and then Rafters Refund. This evening you will camp on a sandy beach and relax by the camp fire ready for the following day.  B,L,D

Day 10. Rafting
This morning you will wake up to the relaxing tones of the river and a welcome cup of tea or coffee. Today you will continue your journey down stream with action packed rapids and hopefully not too many unplanned swims! A leisurely lunch on a sandy beach will give you time to rest before completing todays rafting and heading to your final camp along the river. B,L,D

Day 11. Rafting – Pokhara
Your final morning on the river is an enjoyable time of gentle paddling and a chance to try kayaking if you fancy. You reach the take out point at Seti Beni around mid morning where you will be met and driven back to your hotel in Pokhara for a very welcome hot shower! B,L,D

Day 12. Pokhara
Free day in Pokhara to relax and recover. Pokhara is a lovely relaxed town, located on the banks of Lake Phewa. The opportunities are numerous from the adventurous paragliders and microlites, to a slow boat on the lake to strolling along the shops. B

Day 13 – Pokhara – Kathmandu
After early breakfast, domestic flight transfer to Kathmandu. The remainder of the day is free. B

Day 14 – Kathmandu – Depart Nepal, B

Note – B: Breakfast L: Lunch D: Dinner

Dates & Prices

Dates With Flights Without Flights
Spring 2018 £2600 £1950
Autumn 2018, Spring 2019, ask for details

Deposit – £250
Group Size – 4 – 12.

Sole Occupation – see tab below.

Services Included:

  • International flights London – Kathmandu – London
  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights, twin share B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara, 3 nights, twin share B&B basis
  • Tea house (lodge) accommodation whilst biking, 4 nights, twin share all meals basis
  • Camping whilst rafting, all meals
  • Fully qualified English speaking local guide + Mechanic for bikes
  • High quality mountain bikes, fitted to height and weight
  • All road transport as required
  • Domestic flights Pokhara – Jomson and Pokhara – Kathmandu, including transfers
  • All domestic airport transfers as required
  • Full support on bikes and rafting
  • All necessary permits (activity and National Park)
  • Challenge Manual containing everything you need to know
  • Full support before and during your trip

Services Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

Services Included:

  • Return airport transfers in Kathmandu
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, 3 nights, twin share B&B basis
  • Hotel accommodation in Pokhara, 3 nights, twin share B&B basis
  • Tea house (lodge) accommodation whilst biking, 4 nights, twin share all meals basis
  • Camping whilst rafting, all meals
  • Fully qualified English speaking local guide + Mechanic for bikes
  • High quality mountain bikes, fitted to height and weight
  • All road transport as required
  • Domestic flights Pokhara – Jomson and Pokhara – Kathmandu, including transfers
  • All domestic airport transfers as required
  • Full support on bikes and rafting
  • All necessary permits (activity and National Park)
  • Challenge Manual containing everything you need to know
  • Full support before and during your trip

Services Excluded

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa (see further details in this document)
  • Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu/Pokhara
  • Bottled/boiled water, soft drinks or alcoholic drinks
  • Tips for trek staff
  • Personal spending including laundry, shower or battery charging

The sole occupation charge is only payable if you request the service. If requested – £210.

The fee covers sole occupation for:
3 hotel nights in Kathmandu
3 hotel nights in Pokhara

It does NOT cover sole occupation for accommodation on trek as this cannot be guaranteed. You may request it from the Guide who will manage this with the local accommodation on a night by night basis. The chances are, it will be available. A small fee will be payable.

If you a lone traveller, you will be not be charged any form of ‘single supplement’ by default but placed into a twin room (same sex). If there happens to be an odd one out, someone gets sole occupation at no cost.

If the above group dates do not suit, you can request alternative dates to suit you. Read more>>

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It’s All In The Detail

Passport – Must be valid for at least 6 months when you apply for your visa. Information source is the FCO Travel Advice Nepal.

Visa – A tourist visa is required for Nepal. Included as part of your confirmation is a document explaining the options for obtaining your visa.

Flight Tickets – paper tickets are rare these days; all e-tickets. All you need to check in is your passport and PNR Reference No (which we provide you with). From that your boarding passes are provided. We either provide your boarding passes (by email) or you check in on line yourself (or at the airport).

Travel Insurance – Mandatory on our trips. We will ask for proof of cover. We do not sell travel insurance. Go to our Information webpage for our unbias advice and tips.

You will need to be generally fit to cope with the rigours of this trip.

Mountain Biking – you don’t need to be a specialist biker as all riding is done on solid tracks capable of taking a 4×4 vehicle for example. There is no technical single track riding involved. There is always a risk of falling on mountain bikes such is the inherent nature of the activity. There is a significant 1000m descent on 1 day that if allowed, the bike can pick up fast speeds. Please ride within your capabilities and responsibly. You will be on the bikes for a good number of hours per day so it is advisable to be used to riding for long periods and perhaps to be taking your own saddle.

Rafting – 3 days, 2 nights. Full training will be given in the raft (safety equipment provided) prior to setting off down the river. No prior experience is necessary. This experience hits grades 3/4 rapids.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C.
At the beginning of the trek, the night temperatures will be much colder (below zero) due to the higher altitude (Jomson is at 2850m, Muktinath 3750m). As the bike ride progress, you will drop in altitude. The end of the ride (Beni) is at 1100m, so the temperatures will get warmer as the days go by.

This is a great adventure combination and perfectly achievable by the averagely fit person who exercises regularly, is used to a mountain bike and up for the challenge.

After booking, you will be asked to complete an Emergency Details Form which will include your medical history. If we have any doubts about your ability to take part in the challenge, we may ask you to provide a letter of fitness from your GP, therefore we would recommend that if you have any concerns, you speak to your GP prior to booking.

Fitness Concerns? – Call us on 01529 488159 or 07725 943108

Food

  • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board throughout the trip.
  • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
  • There will be breaks for snacks to refuel the body!
  • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
  • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.

Accommodation

  • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
  • On bikes – tea houses, twin share basis, same sex.
  • Rafting – tents, twin share basis, same sex.
  • Declared couples (ie married) will be paired together.
  • If there is an odd number, someone gets lucky with sole occupation at no additional cost.
  • Sole occupation cost – £210 (hotels only).

International Flights – Our default flights are London Heathrow (LHR) – Kathmandu (KTM). We use a variety of high quality airlines using one stop (there are no direct flights to KTM from London). Included luggage allowance in the aircraft hold is a min of 20kg but more commonly 23 – 30kg.

London not convenient? – Other UK regional airport options are possible, such as Manchester, Glasgow and Cardiff. We appreciate the potential inconvenience of London if you live far away. Whilst using regional airports may attract supplements due to higher flight costs, that cost may be offset by the cost and time of travelling to London. Please ask for advice on 01529 488159.

Domestic Flights – Included as part of this trip are 2 x one way domestic flights:

  • Pokhara to Jomson – this is to take you to the start point. Fantastic 20 min flight over the lower Annapurnas and in part along the route you will ride down on bikes.
  • Pokhara to Kathmandu – taking you back to Kathmandu post trip (25 – 30 mins).

The advice here is given in good faith from trusted sources; we are not medical professionals. Check with your Medical Practice if you are up to date with the primary courses.

Vaccinations for Nepal:

  • Usually advised for Nepal: Diphtheria; Hepatitis A; Tetanus; Typhoid
  • Consider: Cholera; Hepatitis B; Japanese Encephalitis; Rabies
  • Yellow Fever – consult the website below
  • Information source – http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/asia-(east)/nepal.aspx
  • Malaria – very much depends where you go in Nepal. Generally speaking if you going onto Nepal’s southern border with India (the Terai), then you may need anti-malarials. If you just going into the mountains, then the risk is very low. Consult the fitfortravel website above for a malaria map coverage.

FREE Vaccinations – the following are usually FREE on the NHS as they are considered the greatest risk if brought into the country:
Cholera, Diphtheria, Polio, Tetanus and Hep A (be aware some of those are combined vaccinations).
Information source – http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/1071.aspx?CategoryID=67

The others you are likely to have to pay for.

We recommend budgeting approx £400 for miscellaneous expenses during your trip. This includes meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, supplementary snacks and tips etc. but this amount does depend on your personal spending habits and your wish to buy souvenirs.

We recommend either carrying additional spare cash OR a debit/credit card as a back up. The latter (credit card) should always be carried for emergencies.

Nepal’s currency is the Nepalese Rupee (NPR). The currency is not on the open market and therefore you will not be able to obtain any prior to arrival.

We recommend that you do change your cash into NPR as local purchases will be much cheaper. Most major currencies are acceptable for exchange in Nepal (cash) including Sterling, US Dollars and Euros. Traveller’s Cheques are not accepted in Nepal. Note that you will exchange a fair amount of your money soon after arrival and if you prefer not to carry all your money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM’s in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card, although be aware that they can be unreliable.

There are money exchanges at the airport (both before and after immigration), however you will get far better rates in local exchanges in Thamel (where the hotel is located). There is no commission charge on exchanges and you will find rates to be similar in the area.

During the bike ride, you will be able to buy snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and even beer on most days. You will also be able to charge mobile phones and other batteries in tea houses for a small fee as well as pay for showers. Be aware that tea houses may struggle to change larger denomination notes in the hills so collect smaller notes during your first few days in Kathmandu.

If needed, you will be able to change money (foreign currency to NPR) in Jomson.

Further generic information on subjects such as travel insurance and high altitude trekking can be found on our Information webpage.

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