Join Secrets of the Himalaya's on a motorcycle tour of the world famous Annapurna Circuit Trek, the eastern side. We tour by motorbike along the Annapurna Circuit route up to Braga Village of remote Manang District with views and views of Himalayan scenery along the way. We ride on Enfield motorbikes. The Enfield brand is originally from Britain and now exclusively made in India (imagine a Harley Davidson type motorbike of the Subcontinent). The epic journey follows along Nepal’s most popular trekking circuit in the Annapurna Region...one of the world's most favored destinations for tourism and adventure.
After a tour of ancient Kathmandu Valley's wonders, we make a leisurely ride (sometimes on rugged, unpaved roadways) up along the eastern side of the majestic Annapurna Range before returning with a detour to the dazzling hilltop station known as Bandipur. The ride begins by following the Trishuli River Valley beyond Kathmandu Valley on the Prithvi Highway. At about the halfway mark to Pokhara, a major city, on the Kathmandu to Pokhara highway, we exit and head east to follow the Marsyangdi River Valley through a wide range of scenic landscapes as we slowly climb to Braga Village of Manang District. We include a visit to a natural hot springs along the way for a soothing soak. The roadway is rugged at times. However, with a support crew and seasoned guide, we expect no unsurmountable challenges other than perhaps, at times, overwhelming awe and beauty of non-stop scenery of Himalayan landscapes as we take it all in with our senses (and cameras, too).
The Secrets of the Himalaya Motorbike Tour of the Annapurna Circuit to Manang District passes through astonishing natural diversity and also reveals diverse cultural traditions and the lifestyles of the area. Vehicle roadways have shortened the original Annapurna Circuit trek route and we take advantage of these new roadways up to Manang and the fascinating village of Braga -- our final destination before turning around. The Secrets of the Himalaya journey includes visits to ancient monasteries, temples and dazzling attractions including Braga Gomba (monastery) and caves used by the Tibetan yogi-saint Milarepa (a half-day hiking journey from Braga). Another side-route option from Braga is visiting Ice Lake, a high elevation lake a few hours by foot up into the desolate highlands above Braga.
The historical, natural and cultural treasures of the Annapurna Region make it a favorite destination in the Himalaya--now acessible by roadway, albeit a rough route at times. Visitors will have unsurpassed panoramas in one of the world’s most beloved trekking areas and all with the joy and freedom of motorcycle touring. Please find more information about the fascinating Annapurna Region of Nepal in the following article by Secrets of the Himalaya founder, Alonzo Lyons, in Nepal's leading cultural magazine, ECS Nepal: Rebirth of the Annapurna Circuit
The itinerary of the 11-day Motorbike Tour of the Annapurna Circuit to Braga is the recommended timeframe for acclimatization to higher elevations and to complete this fascinating tour while allowing for extra days for truly drinking in the experience and adding enough time to fully enjoy the experience of exploring the Annapurna Region. Modifications for people with less time are available, too. Just let us know the timeframe and flexibility, and a Secrets of the Himalaya specialist can make a customized schedule according to preferences and style.
Please contact us any time with questions or concerns and booking details using the inquiry form below (or [email protected]). We look forward to hearing from you, and ultimately, Secrets of the Himalaya truly hopes to have the pleasure of riding with you on this fascinating motorbike tour to one of the Himalaya's most revered tourist destinations, The Annapurna Circuit up to ancient Braga.
Adventure in the Annapurna Region is calling, and Secrets of the Himalaya is ready to answer that call with you. We provide the Enfield bikes, a skilled guide, mechanic and support crew...Nepal provides the adventure. Please arrive to Nepal, soon...adventure awaits in the Himalaya.
Please use the quick enquiry form below for more information about the Motorbike Tour of the Annapurna Circuit to Braga. Our next fixed departure runs from March 26 to April 5th. Adventure is calling from the Himalaya...
Day 01Arrival at Kathmandu’s International airport (1350 m / 4450 ft)Welcome to Nepal. You will be greeted at the arrival area of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Kathmandu's international airport by our representative and escorted to your hotel. Take time to refresh yourself after your international travel. The first evening is open to enjoy as you like, rest and relax at the hotel or explore the surroundings.
Day 02Sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley and familiarity session with Enfield bikesAfter a leisurely breakfast, our skilled guide leads a tour of Kathmandu Valley’s highlights and attractions, including magnificent World Heritage Sites of cultural and historical significance. After the tour, we will hold a pre-departure discussion with our Tour Leader Aman and crew. We will transfer to the bike garage and inspect your bikes and make a test ride for familiarity.
Day 03Ride to Besisahar and Bhulbhule (800 m / 2720 ft) After breakfast we make a scenic ride to our first destination. As we travel outside the valley, picturesque views include farmland, jungle and occasional glimpses of snowy peaks. We leave the main highway at Dumre and continue the drive heading north to Besisahar and on to Bhulbhule.
Day 04Ride to Tal (1664 m / 5460 ft) After breakfast ride to Tal. We reach an idyllic village named Tal as we enter Manang District. Tal at a section of the Marsyangdi River that is very slow and wide and almost appears as if it is a lake. The village lies in an open valley and has a Buddhist monastery and large, nearby waterfall.
Day 05Ride to to Chame (2710 m / 8891 ft) After breakfast ride to Chame. The trail climbs up through forest to a splendid ridge. We have great views of the Annapurna Range here as well as Lamjung Himal. Chame is the headquarters of Manang District and a busy market town. With a hot springs along the riverside, it is a great place to take a soak and rejuvenate.
Day 06Ride to Braga (3474 m / 11,398 ft)After breakfast ride to Braga. We begin with a climb to a ridge with outstanding sights of the valley of Manang and Tilicho Peak. From here we descend to the airport and large market at Humde. The trail is pleasant with great views of Annapurna III and Annapurna IV along the way. We pass scenic fields and reach the idyllic village of Braga with an ancient monastery and more to explore.
Day 07Rest Day and Explore around BragaWe include a day for acclimatization and to explore the fascinating options around Braga including Ice Lake, Milarepa Caves and much more to choose from.
Day 08Return Drive to Tal (1664 m / 5460 ft) After breakfast, a return ride to Tal.
Day 09Ride to Bandipur (1036 m / 3400 ft)After breakfast ride to Bandipur. Bandipur is an enchanting, Newar hamlet perched on a hilltop near Dumre. It overlooks the Marsyangdi River Valley and is a sensational place to unwind. The mountain panorama is magnificent along with ancient forts, temples and one of Nepal’s largest caves to explore, too, if time and interest is sufficient.
Day 10Ride to KathmanduAfter breakfast we depart to Kathmandu passing through scenic fields and villages along the way to the ancient capital of the Himalaya. The rest of the time is available to explore the city on your own, search for souvenirs for friends and loved ones back home, and relax and enjoy yourself after the remote, high elevation trekking. In the evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner together.
Day 11International Departure from KathmanduOur representative will escort you to the airport for your departure back home. We are sure that you will have enjoyed the experience and our services. As you travel to your own country, hopefully you will remember us and Nepal very fondly. Farewell friend.
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