Raft and Ride Challenge, Nepal
Ride ‘n Raft Apr 20192018-11-07T13:38:29+00:00

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Ride and Raft … Mountain Bike through world’s deepest river gorge before jumping into rafts to tackle the white water!

  • Fast intense challenge on bikes and rafts in a world class setting
  • Great 1000m drop from Muktinath to Kagbeni; no pedalling!
  • Over 140km on quality mountain bikes, 42 km of white water including ‘Big Brother’
  • Very experienced Guides, full mechanical support
  • All food on trek, full support pre-trek, FREE holdall

This challenge requires a high level of physical and mental fitness involving a sustained period of intense activity. But wow, what an experience!

Test your bike around the trails of the Kathmandu Valley before we take an early morning flight to the start point at the mountain airstrip of Jomson. The flight is simply breathtaking flying up the very valley you’ll be riding back down.

The mountain bike section will cover approx 145km, starting with a relatively gentle and flat ride to Kagbeni. Then it’s a tough climb to Muktinath (3760m, the most northern village on the Annapurna Circuit). The next 3 days is a mainly downhill (starting with that 1000m descent), sometimes quick, often curving and definitely undulating along the river until you reach the town of Beni (1100m).

Then you hit the river, rafting for 3 days, hitting grade III and IV rapids including ‘Big Brother’. Your nights will be spent camping on the sandy beaches along the river, enjoying your evening meal by the camp fire.

This Raft ‘n Ride Challenge includes well maintained ‘Giant’ mountain bikes, accompanied by a qualified mountain bike guide and mechanic. The rafting section is fully supported by trained crew and all safety equipment and training will be provided.

A great and unusual challenge in a world class setting.


Ride the world’s deepest river gorge – nestled between 2 x 8000m peaks, the Kali Ghandaki river flows through the deepest river gorge in the world. You ride into it and then along it.

Drop 1000m in 1 day – from Muktinath (3700m), you ride down to the valley floor in a matter of hours; exhilarating stuff.

Raft and Ride Challenge, Nepal
Raft and Ride, Nepal, Kali Ghandaki

Fundraising and Itinerary


Self Fund

Deposit – £500 on booking
Interim self payment – £800
payable 1 Sep 2018
Final balance of £1300 payable 27 Jan 2019

Total trip cost – £2600

Raise as much as you can for your charity

Flexi Fund

Deposit – £500 on booking
Balance payment – £800
payable 1 Sep 2018

Cost to client – deposit + balance = £1300

Fundraise £2600 in sponsorship
to be complete by 27 Jan 2019
£1300 is retained by the charity
£1300 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Min Sponsorship

Deposit – £500 on booking

Fundraise £4200 in sponsorship
to be complete by 27 Jan 2019
£2100 is retained by the charity
£2100 pays for the remaining balance of the trip 

Fundraising Options Explained

Under this option, you pay the entire cost of your trip yourself, directly to us on the dates stated.
You then raise at least the stated amount (as sponsorship) for the charity by 13 July. You can continue to fundraise after 13 Jul.

You pay us the deposit PLUS the stated balance on the stated dates.
In addition, you commit to raising the stated amount of sponsorship for the charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining fees for your trip will be paid to us by the charity.
You will be asked to complete a Pledge Form with the charity. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.
Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity by 13 Jul 2019. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

You pay your deposit and then commit to raising a minimum amount of sponsorship for your chosen charity. From that sponsorship, the remaining balance for your trip will be paid.

The completion of a Pledge Form is required. It sets out the target dates and any guidelines required; this is a requirement of your booking.

Your chosen charity will support your fundraising throughout and all sponsorship money you raise must be paid to them upon receipt. Generally, the sponsorship target is set to ensure that a minimum of 50% of the money you raise is retained by the charity. All money raised above the target will also be retained by the charity. Your fundraising target must be met, and paid to the charity, a min of 10 weeks prior to your departure date. This enables them to pay the remaining balance for your trip with no financial risk to themselves.

Ride ‘n Raft Itinerary

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

What the price includes:

  • 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
  • One way domestic flight Pokhara – Jomson, including transfers
  • One way domestic flight Pokhara – Kathmandu, including transfers
  • Rafts, full safety equipment, qualified Rafting Guide
  • 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

What the price excludes

  • 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
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Challenge Information

>  Trip length – 14 days UK – UK.
>  Ride/Raft length – 7 days.
>  Biggest risk factor – riding and rafting accidents.
>  All meals whilst riding and rafting, b’fasts in hotels.
>  Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara, tea houses (lodges) on trek.

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 – Most airlines work on e-tickets now (the flight reference No (we supply) and your surname). There are no paper tickets. We supply you with the flight details and how to check in on line (or at the airport) as part of the process.

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.

Min group size is 2 pax.

The price quoted is for a group size of 4 as this Challenge is best done with that sort of number due to the rafting.

For a group size of less than 4 pax, add £150 pp.

Once the trip is guaranteed to depart, it will not be cancelled due to a lack of numbers even if it falls below that of the min number stated.

This trip is classed as Challenging due to the inherent risks associated with both activities (mountain biking and rafting). You need to be generally fit to cope with the demands that riding and rafting require in this sort of terrain.

The riding is not technically based; no single tracks specifically designed for bikes.

We would recommend you adopt a regular training regime on the lead up to your trip as the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy it.

Temperatures during the day (sun up) will vary between 15°C and 25°C and the night temperatures will drop to single figures, potentially just below zero.

Risks – Both of these activities can be dangerous.

Falling off a mountain bike any time is serious enough but at speed going downhill on what is rough, potentially rocky ground can cause serious injury. You should ride responsibly and within yourself taking into account the conditions at all times. You are advised to wear protective clothing.

The white water rafting encounters grade III and IV rapids from the start. Whilst no previous experience is required (full training in the raft is given), the risk to injury is still there.

Go to this link for white water grade definitions.

Signing up to this trip is an acceptance of the risks.

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


      • B’fast is supplied in hotels, full board on trek.
      • Breakfasts are a choice of cereals, porridge, toast, eggs, etc.. plus a hot drink.
      • There is a tea/coffee/biscuits break mid morning.
      • Lunch is usually light such as sandwich or mixed rice.
      • Evening meal is two courses; starter + main meal or mail meal + desert. Hot drink.
      • Meals whilst rafting will be slightly different due to the restrictive nature of the logistics but still provides a good solid meal plan; you won’t go hungry.
      • High energy bars? – if you have a preference or requirement to eat high energy bars, you are advised to take them with you.


      • Hotels – twin share basis, same sex.
      • Tea House lodges – on the ride, twin share basis, same sex.
      • Tents – rafting, 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).

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 regional airport options are possible. 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.

Included as part of this trip is:

A one way domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomson. A fantastic early morning 20 – 25 min flight over the Annapurna region and flies up the Kali Ghandaki river so you can see the terrain below you. This aircraft will be small; about 18 seats.

A one way domestic flight Pokhara to Kathmandu. A slightly larger aircraft, usually 30 – 40 pax capacity. Up to 30 min flight time.

Lukla airport, Everest Region

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.

INCLUDED – All taxes and fuel supplements associated with international and domestic flights.

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