The “Annapurna Circuit” is considered one of the most enchanting trails for mountain biking trips in the world. This trip embraces some of the most stunning biking tracks that is inclusive of rigorous ascends, adrenaline pumping descends and awe-inspiring single tracks. The mountain bike trail starts at 600 meters above sea level and reaches up to a staggering height of 5416 meters, of Thorong-La pass. Making your way from lush green paddy fields of lower land to the alpine terrain of Thorung – La you will certainly realize that the ride is not a child’s play. However, you will quickly be breath taken by the never ending beauty of Annapurna mountains and the surrounding. Time and again you will traverse on Jeep Tracks, hiking trails; sometimes covered with snow, and single tracks. Furthermore, you will feel jubilant making your way in and out of Manang and Mustang’s harsh climatic condition. However, it’s not long before the hardship of ride and the weather is forgotten with the help of the warmth radiated by communities nestled along the trails. These mountain dwellers that have been living on the high terrains of Nepal display impeccable humanity, unchanged culture and rustic practices which help you discharge your fatigue in no time. Annapurna Circuit Mountain biking is recommended to experienced bikers who are in search of sheer mountain biking opportunity in Nepal and the world.
|Trip Code: BT-148||Total Duration: 14 days|
|Destination: Annapurna Region||Best Time: March - May & Sept - Dec|
|Trip Grade: Very Tough||Group Size: Minimum 4, Maximum 16|
|Max Elevation: 5,416 meters|
Arrive in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel in Thamel. Thamel is a popular touristic setting which offers convenience of food, beverages, hotels and entertainment at your doorsteps. Depending on the time of your arrival in Kathmandu, a tour briefing and introduction with your guide will be arranged. Later in the evening, along with completion of necessary paper works for the permits we as well will enjoy our dinner. Hotel SH Altitude: 1340 meters
After an early morning breakfast in Kathmandu, we head due north into the Kathmandu valley. You will explore fantastic trails encompassed by the surroundings in Kathmandu and at a very leisurely pace. Behind the scenes, our mechanic and team will take opportunity on this ideal day to give a final rundown on bike maintenance and checks as well as make the required permits and pack necessary logistics. SH (B) Cycling Distance: approx. 20 kilometers Altitude: 1340 meters
Your Annapurna Mountain biking trip begins on this day by boarding a bus to Besisahar. The drive takes approximately 6 hours and we begin our journey only after breakfast. It is advised to carry light snacks and water for the journey, although the bus will make multiple stops for lunch and refreshments. Upon arrival in Besisahar, you will check in to a guest house and rest your bags. Depending on your arrival time, you will either explore the town or go for a small warm up ride in the countryside. Guest House SH (B & D) Total Distance: 187 kilometers Duration: approx. 6hrs Altitude: 760 meters
After breakfast you will set off for the first time on bike, on the Manang-Dumre Jeep track, following the Marsyangdi River upstream. Once you reach Bhulbhule the road inclines gradually until Syange. From Syange steep uphill section starts and continues all the way to Chemche. From here on you will have to be cautious of the vehicles and caravans of mules that ply on this mountainous road until you reach Chamche. You will furthermore continue on the Jeep track, this section of the trail is the longest uphill section of the day, which is as well a landslides prone region. Soon after this arduous section you will be welcomed by a rustic gate of Taal. From this point onwards you are in the district of Manang. It is in Taal where we would call it a day and unpack ourselves. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Cycling Distance: 37 kilometers Altitude: 1700 meters
The road to Chame is uphill from Taal and much of your energy will be sapped during the last three hours of ride. It is important not to forget to fill up your camel back and pack some energy bars. It is strongly advised to keep by the wall at all times from here onwards. Furthermore, keep close attention to passing by caravans as they are notorious and well known for changing their course suddenly. After a long tedious ride you catch your breath in the village of Timang. But, before you reach Timang you will have to burn all your energy to overcome 35 degrees gradient inclination of a forested trail. From here your rest stop is another good 3 to 4 kilometers ride but easier on the legs. You reach Chame which at 2630 meters and check into the Guest House. BH (B, L & D) Cycling Distance: 23 kilometers Altitude: 2670 Meters
Fresh smell of alpine forest immediately after you cross the steel road bridge at Chame village gives you a hunch of slowly being in the altitude. Right out of the village and you will make your way through dense Pine forest to reach beautiful village of Pisang. You leave behind the main trail that leads to Humde and fork right to follow the trail to upper Manang, towards the village of Ghyaru. Soon after you cross the bridge at Pisang, you will enter terrain with shrubs which further leads to a stunning turquoise lake on your right. Time and again you will play hide and seek in the pine forests which opens to the suspension bridges and better views. You will start to feel the first affect of altitude from here on. Nevertheless, a well marked trail continues to snake up to the village of Ghyaru, which is situated at an altitude of 3670 meters. At Ghyaru, you will be rewarded with the views of beautiful Marsyangdi valley down below. On the other hand, the towering peaks of Annapurna in the south and a flat axe like shaped mountain called Swarga Dwari (Heaven's Gate) in the east set up the show. On the side note, the village of Ghyaru originally was famous by the name of YAK RU, which as per the folklores was named by a wandering Lama from Tibet. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Distance: 33 kilometers Altitude: 3670 meters
If the weather permits, early sunrise and the panoramic view of mountains is eye pleaseing. The primary inhabitants of Ghyaru are believed to be the descendants of Tibet and you will see them doing their chores while pushing the bike through the icy paths before the trail becomes ride able again. You will continue to ride the trail and go past the 600 years old ruins of Bandi Lhama Durbar . The all ride able downhill trail brings you to the village of Perkyung. The trail further flats out to the village of Braka. Here you will meet the main road that leads to Manang. The broad jeep road follows the beautiful Marshyangdi River. Another one and half miles ride from Braka takes you to the village of Manang, where you check into a Hotel and call it a day. For you information, Manang village has almost all the modern amenities you need, such as internet cafe and bakery. Yes, a Bakery shop! You can quench your cravings for sweet deserts or few freshly baked rolls and breads right here in this village. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Distance: 16 kilometers Altitude: 3540 meters
We take an additional day in Manang and get acclimatized before ascending to the higher grounds and towards Thorong-La. This is well deserved rest day in Manang and without any activities. However, we encourage you to take a short hike up the Gangapurna Lake and the surrounding peaks. These small trips to higher altitude help you in the acclimatization process. A restful but an active day will certainly help you gain confidence and comfort to push your pedal on days to come. The rest day provides an amazing opportunity to capture your journey on camera lenses. You may not want to miss this opportunity as you are surrounded by 8000 meter peaks on today’s day. Guest House BH (B) Altitude: 3540 meters
Past Manang you will see altitude picking up more rapidly, so you need to be more cautious riding beyond this point. A steady climb of 2 kilometer after Manang brings you to Ghusang, at 3900 meters. Keep your feet steady as you will start to feel real pressure on your legs as you maneuver slippery icy uphill trails, almost all the way to Thorong Phedi. It is a short distance to Thorong Phedi but has been the most difficult for a lot of riders as a result of not getting along with riding in the altitudes. You have to watch for any early signs of AMS at this stage. It is absolutely important to ride the bikes on energy saving mode as you would require plenty for the next day ascend to Thorong-La pass. We highly recommend you hydrate well and hit the sack early and get proper rest. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Distance: 22 kilometers Altitude: 4450 meters
You will start the earliest of all days while on the trail and in the morning, around 4:00am. The before dawn ritual is to cross Thorong-La Pass (5416mts) which takes long and which is technically challenging. The idea is to cross the pass by the dawn, otherwise the wind gust is strong in the late morning which adds salt to the injury. The first 5 kilometers ascent to reach the top of Thorong-la is painfully slow and arduous as you will have to carry your bike on your back and in the dark. After a quick photo sessions (most likely selfies), you descend down the steep slopes to Muktinath. Although it is downhill, this section of the trail until you reach the bottom of Thorung – La is very technical and exhilarating. From the bottom until the holy site of Muktinath, it is a tog gear race. You ride further on the wide and winding motor able track to Kagbeni, which is our pit stop for the day. In Kagbeni, you would get opportunity to enjoy some of the modern facilities and even drink a fresh cup of 'Cappuccino'. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Distance: 22 kilometers Altitude: 2800 meters
This section provides one of the fastest and best downhill rides. Keep close eye on the vehicles passing while negotiating bends, as they may be carrying heavy load of construction materials. After one heck of mostly downhill ride you will reach the destination of the day. Tatopani, means hot water in Nepali and sure enough there is a natural hot water spring waiting for you at the end of the day. It is believed that dipping yourself in the hot water pool and staying there for a while wears off the fatigue and helps you reinvigorate yourself. Guest House BH (B, L & D) Distance: 92 kilometers Altitude: 1190 meters
You will begin a hot and dusty ride towards the tropic of Beni, which is somewhat challenging after getting along with riding high up in the mountains. The option to start early in the morning is because we will not have to suffer much from the scorching heat of the day. Once you reach Beni you will take a local bus to transfer to the tourist town of Pokhara. Hotel SH (B & L) Cycling Distance: Approx 22 kilometers Driving: 4 hours Altitude: 820 meters
You will take an early morning tourist bus to Kathmandu. Once in Kathmandu you will be transferred to your hotel. Farewell dinner in the evening. Guest House SH (B) Distance: 200 kilometers Driving: Approx 6 -7 hours Altitude: 1340 meters
- Cycling Guide
- All permits
- Local bus to Besisahar and Tourist bus from Pokhara to Kathmandu
- All Accommodation
- 3 meals a day during biking days only
- Bed and breakfast basis in Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Luggage transfer (Max of 18kg per clients)
- Bike and Accessories
- Private transport
- Pokhara – Kathmandu Air fare, departure tax and excess baggage charge.
- Mineral water, Soft and Hard Drinks
- Emergency Evacuation Fee (Including helicopter rescue)
- Insurance and items of personal nature
The entry in bold, at the end of each day, indicates the type of accommodation normally used.
- CH: Comfortable Hotel, Lodge- twin rooms with en suite facilities, reliable electricity and water supply, good service and some added amenities
- SH: Standard Hotel, Lodge or Gite - no-frills hotel, usually with twin rooms and en suite facilities. Service and amenities are generally adequate.
- BH: Basic Hotel, Lodge or Gite, Mountain Hut, Village House - Can be communal, often consisting of just a bed and shared facilities. Bed linen not normally provided. Running water, toilets and electricity may be inconsistent or non-existent. Cleanliness is not always assured.
- Single Accommodation: If you wish to have a single room, a single supplement of US$ 275 is payable at time of booking. Please check day to day itinerary for more information!
- Unmatched Accommodation: In case of any unmatched clients, they will straight be categorized to the Single Supplement category and added to the Final Invoice.