We started our adventure from Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal.
To get to the traditional starting point of the trek at Besisahar, we endured a seven-hour, 170-km bus ride from Kathmandu to Dumre (two hours of which was just getting out of the gridlocked city), then another two hours by local mini-bus for a bumpy 50-km ride to Besisahar.


Lunch at dusty Dumre.



dumre to besisahar local bus

Bikes travel on the roof of the local Dumre-Besisahar bus. Mike P is a bit worried about how his carbon baby is going to handle the rough ride ahead.

Dumre to besisahar local bus

The bus was packed to the seams, and coloured with local flavour – a loud drunk trying to chat up Mike, a baby vomiting, street-food peddlers with their clanking pots and pans, and noisy kids on their way home from school….. And the ‘personal scent profiles’ of the passengers that pervaded the air … very interesting. Well, can’t really complain …. the fare was only a measly R200 (less than USD2)


Some of the colourful passengers boarding the bus


The road from Dumre to Besisahar


Hotel Tukuche Peak Besisahar

Like most Nepali towns, Besisahar is a nondescript, scruffy little dot on the map. But we didn’t care. We were finally here on the Annapurna Circuit, impatient to start our 2-wheeled adventure. Here, we’re outside the hotel we stayed in at Besisahar. It was located exactly where the bus from Dumre stopped to unload us.


Next: The ride begins — Besisahar to Syange.


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