Annapurna Circuit on a Mountain Bike

14 Days

Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 10, 2022 - October 23, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
October 27, 2022 - November 9, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
November 10, 2022 - November 23, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
November 27, 2022 - December 10, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
December 10, 2022 - December 23, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
December 27, 2022 - January 9, 2023 Available $1,400
4 Available
January 10, 2023 - January 23, 2023 Available $1,400
4 Available
January 27, 2023 - February 9, 2023 Available $1,400
4 Available

Tour summary

Explore the world renowned trekking trails of the Annapurna Circuit on your mountain bike in this popular mountain biking offering. Ride on a variety of trails starting from the sub-tropical forests and amazing culture of the mid-hills of western Nepal through the high altitude Tibetan villages of Manang and Mustang. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Manasalu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges from the majestic villages nestled right next to the mountains. Cap the riding experience with an unparalled ride up and down the Thorung-la pass (above 5300 m) ending at the otherworldly landscape of the Muktinath region. This is an experience every rider should have when exploring the Himalayas!

Overview

Explore the world renowned trekking trails of the Annapurna Circuit on your mountain bike in this popular mountain biking offering. Ride on a variety of trails starting from the sub-tropical forests and amazing culture of the mid-hills of western Nepal through the high altitude Tibetan villages of Manang and Mustang. Enjoy the breathtaking views of the Manasalu, Annapurna, and Dhaulagiri ranges from the majestic villages nestled right next to the mountains.

 

Explore the bucket-list destination of the Annapurna circuit

  • Stay at local homestays and teahouses along the famous Annapurna Circuit
  • Riding in diverse climates and trail types
  • Breathtaking views from villages in the lap of the Himalayas
  • Conquer the scenic and challenging Thorung-la pass (5416 m/17000+ ft.)

Itinerary

Our staff will welcome you at the Tribhuwan International Airport upon your arrival and transfer you to the hotel on a private vehicle. The evening can be spent exploring Thamel, a tourist hub offering numerous bars, shops and restaurant, as well as Basantapur, which gives you an instant taste of Nepali life. Later in the hotel, we will also brief you on trip details, safety and preparation for the adventure.
We set off on a 5-hour drive in the morning to the town of Besi Sahar, the starting point of our trip. You can observe the local way of life, bustling local markets, the mighty Trishuli River and the distant mountains during the drive. When we reach Besi Sahar, we will ready our bikes and ride to Khudi. The first views of the Annapurna range will be visible during the trip, with the Marshyangdi River (also called Khudi River) gushing below. The traditional Nepalese way of life will leave you enchanted during 22 kms of riding today in mostly jeep tracks. This is a great prelude to the exciting adventure in the days to follow.
Leaving Khudi, we follow jeep tracks again and reach the entry gate of the Manang district en route. There are some steep and rocky sections here where we’d have to carry or push he bikes. The region starts to get more remote and gives us the true taste of the marvelous Nepali life composed of different cultures. There is a fantastic waterfall along the way and you should definitely enjoy the chilling water here.
Riding the ascending trails through pristine forests, and passing Buddhist prayer walls we ride along marvelous green corn, barley and potato fields. There is some pushing and carrying involved here, especially till the village of Danagu, when the trail is more rideable, giving you better glimpses of the Himalayas. After almost 30kms of riding in a mix of jeep tracks, single tracks and rocky trails, we reach the district capital of Manang, Chame, where we can relax along the hot spring set on the Marshyangdi River. We’ll explore the region and taste products from a popular bakery and get in touch back home from an Internet café. The majestic views of Lamjung Himal, Annapurna II and Annapurna IV mark our stay at Chame.
As we climb higher, the increase in altitude can be felt with the effect you experience while riding. With trails that run through forests and narrow valley, we cross several suspension bridges en route. There are enormous massifs along the way, which is the heart of the Annapurna region. The trails run through a wide valley, passing through Humde, the highest commercial airport in the world. There are several monasteries along the way, and the famous Barga Monastery is worth a visit. Local peaks are another spectacle that will definitely draw your attention – there are several peaks over 4,000m and we’ll ride between two of these. The change in landscape and vegetation is very marked in Manang, the ancient and mystifying village with a very intriguing culture and lifestyle.
In order to acclimatize to the higher altitude, we’ll spend the day at Manang, situated at 3,500m. The air things out at this point, and it is necessary to let our bodies adjust to the change so as to avoid high altitude sickness. Manang has plenty to offer for sightseeing, so today we’ll explore this amazing village, visit Hundred Rupees Lama Monastery and hike to Gangapurna Lake. We’ll check the bikes and make sure it’s ready for more adventure.
We leave Manang through a maze of narrow alleys and medieval houses of Manang. As we climb up steadily to the village of Khusang, we say goodbye to Marshyangdi Valley and following the trails leading to Jarsang River, we reach Yak Kharka. Despite rideable trails, the higher altitude takes effect and pushing the pedals become an effort. We’ll take it easy and ride at a comfortable pace, enjoying the marvelous beauty of the otherworldly landscape and the giant Himalayan mountains. The settlements are sparser in this region and along the way we’ll encounter yaks in a large numbers grazing here, as well as an old mani, a Buddhist prayer-engraved wall. After the day’s hard work riding mostly through single tracks, we reach Yak Kharka village in early afternoon.
Climb to Thorung Phedi through trails that first drop and cross Jorsang River at 4,310m, and then ascend steeply. We ride through the picturesque village of Tenki Manang from where you get stunning views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho. Along the way, we cross several small wooden bridges over streams and ride through a narrow path heading towards Thorung Phedi. “Phedi” means base of a hill or a mountain; and Thorung Phedi is the base of the massive Thorung La Pass, which we cross the next day.
We start very early in the morning to dodge high winds to reach the top of the pass, at an altitude of 5,416m. The feeling of accomplishment at the pass is one to savor for a life time. Marvel on the panoramic vista of a chain of virgin snowcapped mountains far and beyond you see from this altitude. From the pass, we head down to Muktinath, where we come across trekkers and pilgrims, flocking from as far as India, on their way to this revered Hindu temple. Once at Muktinath, we’ll spend some time exploring the religious site and see the eternal flame that burns on natural gas source. “Mukti” means liberation and “nath” means a holy temple, so Muktinath is considered to be a temple of soul liberation. Besides Hindu hermits and pilgrims we’ll see some Tibetan traders as well.
From Muktinath we ride along a very enjoyable downhill track descending to the Kaligandaki River valley floor. We’ll make a quick pit stop at Marpha, a village with legendary apple orchids. Make sure to taste some Marpha Brandy here as well as a range of apple products like apple pie and dried apple skin. We call it a day at Tukuche village, an ancient Thakali tribe settlement, and spend some time exploring the region and learning about the culture and history of the village. Tukuche lies right beneath the Tukuche pea and Dhaulagiri, with amazing views of Mt. Nilgiri and massif icefalls of Dhaulagiri’s east face.
We begin riding from Tukuche to Tatopani through some fantastic downhill sections. Tatopani translates to “hot water” and rightly so, the hot springs at Tatopani are quite a treat. This is a fabled place to relax your mind and body, so pamper yourself after a great day of biking in this fantastic region. Located besides the banks of the Kali Gandaki river, the hot dip in Tatopani will help loosen up your muscles amidst the surrounding natural beauty.
After a relaxing time at Tatopani, we ride for about 1.5 hours on jeep tracks to reach Beni, a small but vibrant market town. We’ll spend some time exploring the town and then drive back to Pokhara on a 2-hour drive. It’s a bumpy drive and you can enjoy the scenic views you get along the away. Once we reach Pokhara, we can do some boating on the Phewa Lake, having a pleasant time and reflecting on our thrilling adventure around the Annapurna region. In the evening, loosen up your muscles and free your mind with an hour-long full body massage.
Our staff will take you to the airport for an early morning flight to Kathmandu, and transfer you to the hotel. We’ll have some time for sightseeing in the afternoon. Some of the places we visit include UNESCO World Heritage Sites like Bouddhanath (the largest Buddhist shrine in the world), Pashupatinath (the holiest Hindu temples in the world), and Swayambhunath (a popular stupa perched on a hillock overlooking the city). Shopping can be done in the late afternoon, then in the evening, we invite you to a farewell dinner at a traditional Nepalese restaurant which hosts cultural performances, and you’re more than welcome to join the merry. We toast a round or two of locally brewed drinks to celebrate our biking achievement and to good health! Holidays should never have an ending date. So extend your trip and whet your appetite for adventure with a host of activities including trekking, bungy jumping, mountain flight, rafting, hiking, Chitwan jungle adventure, Lumbini heritage trip and shopping tours. These can be arranged before or after the biking adventure.
The trip concludes. Our staff will drop you off at the Tribhuwan International Airport and wish you bon voyage for the rest of your journey.

Costs

The Trip Cost Includes

  • All the required permits and paperwork
  • Pick-up or drop-off service from and to the airport
  • Hotel stay in cities, homestays or local teahouses during trips
  • Transportation costs within the country including domestic flights (if needed)
  • Transportation, food, accommodation, daily wages and insurance of guide(s) and porter(s) during the trip (tips to supplement our guides earnings is highly encouraged)
  • First Aid Medical Kit (Your guide will carry the Medical Kit but we also advise to bring yourself for your own use especially if you have specific medical requirements.)

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and Visa charges
  • Your travel and medical insurance
  • Your gear and/or equipment (unless request for rental during booking/inquiry)
  • Emergency expenses such as expenses on chartered helicopter
  • Personal Expenses such as shopping, bar bills, hot shower, telephone, or laundry
  • Services not mentioned or not promised by the agent/agency

Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 10, 2022 - October 23, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
October 27, 2022 - November 9, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
November 10, 2022 - November 23, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
November 27, 2022 - December 10, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
December 10, 2022 - December 23, 2022 Available $1,400
4 Available
December 27, 2022 - January 9, 2023 Available $1,400
4 Available
January 10, 2023 - January 23, 2023 Available $1,400
4 Available
January 27, 2023 - February 9, 2023 Available $1,400
4 Available

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