We meet at Ride and Dare headquarters for a short Q & A, briefing and review of traffic laws before touring the beautiful Phewa Lake. You will meet your ride team and test drive your bike.
Before saying goodbye to Pokhara we will enjoy an early breakfast while taking in the scenic views of Phewa Lake. After breakfast we head to Sarangkot on 93 km of paved road to the village of Beni making for an easy early ride. Get ready, at Beni we head off road for 38 km to Tatopani and settle in for the night.
Rising early we head 10 km to Rupse Falls stopping briefly for photos. This road is very challenging and continues along the Kali Gandaki. Passing through many small villages, this area is famous for apple production, villages are clean and houses are constructed from wood and stone. This day we will travel 38 km to an altitude of 2670 m. We will stop in the Thakali village of Marpha for the night. The Thakali resettled in Pokhara and in the surrounding valley and are famous for their business acumen. Take time to visit the local Buddhist Monastery. It is on this day that the spectacular Nilgiri Range becomes ever present.
Day 4 is the pinnacle of this trip. This day is culturally and visually rich with monasteries, caves, local people and panoramic mountain views. There is some improvement on stretches of road but we are still primarily off road, at points having to ford the Kali Gandaki. After crossing the river we will pass through the city of Jomson and Kagbeni on our way to the Hindu temple, Muktinath. Muktinath, a Vishnu Temple, is the highest temple in the world at an altitude of 3,800 m. The air thins near Muktinath and the views are stunning. At the temple you can take a dip in the holy pond (Kunda) where it is believed that negative karma will be washed away. Free yourself from sins and bring salvation by bathing beneath ALL 108 VERY COLD taps where water flows direct from the Kali Gandaki River. The faithful will bathe three times under all 108 taps. Visit the Jwala Mai Temple, important to both Buddhists and Hindus. A small amount of natural gas sustains the perpetual flame, it is here that all elements are present. We head back to the cobblestone streets of Kagbeni and an altitude of 2804 m.
The adventure isn’t over yet, Day 5 is a challenging, off road day along the bank of the River Gandaki. The road is rough but the views are pastoral. Green hills, valleys and small villages are scattered along the route. Today Annapurna South makes an appearance and stays with us through the day. We spend the night in Dana, a small, rustic village.
Last day, from Dana to Beni 49 km of dusty rock road. Beni brings lunch and the road continues to Pokhara, curving but paved, for an easy final three hours. Evening ends with sharing a final meal, our experiences and traditional music.