To Mountain Bike Annapurna is on the bucket-list of many avid cyclists. This challenging high pass route through the Himalaya’s certainly has its appeal to mountain bikers.
Our guides keep telling us to take out the first day of this brutal climb up to Manang, but we keep saying to them, no matter where you start to Mountain Bike Annapurna, the first day is tough! Not to put you off, but this circuit is exactly that. It’s essentially five days of climbing to the heights of Throng La (5416m). Sometimes the way up is rough and rocky, sometimes covered in Ice and Snow, it is nothing short of Brutal! That’s why it’s also the route chosen by Yak Attack, the toughest bike race in the world.
BUT as the saying goes, what goes up must come down and indeed coming down is what we do best! Our route does not go straight down to Jomsom like many others do. We take you on some epic single tracks down through the famed Lubra Valley and beyond. After all, you did just spend five days climbing and humping your bike over a frozen mountain pass, so at the very least we want you to enjoy the downhill.
By far and away, to mountain bike Annapurna is one of our most popular trips offered by Himalayan Single Track. Of course it has a lot more to offer other than the psychical challenges and the trails. It’s a journey along one river valley and down another between some of the biggest mountains in the world! The scenery is stunning and along the way you will pass through many authentic villages, experience the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people and enjoy the delicious food and mind boggling views.
Who’s it for? People who mountain bike regularly, are fit and are looking for a multi-day mountain bike adventure that gets their heart rate going.
Length: – 14 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Fitness Factor: – Good cardio fitness and bike carrying strength and stamina required.
Skill Factor: – Confident in rocky descents and not to bothered by exposure.
Comfort Zone: – Homely tea houses, cozy fires and great food … Not exactly glamorous, but nothing too off the charts! WiFi access in most places.
Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 Warm Up Ride in Kathmandu
Day 03 Kathmandu to Besishar by Jeep
Day 04 Besishar(760m) to Taal(1700m) – 37.4 km
Day 05 Taal(1700m) to Chamje(2670m) – 22.6 km
Day 06 Chamje(2670m) to Manang(3540m) – 29.7 km
Day 07 Manang Rest and Acclimatization
Day 08 Manang(3540m) to Throng Phedi(4450m) – 19 km
Day 09 Throng Phedi(4450m) to Muktinath(3760m) via Throng La(5416m) – 22 km
Day 10 Muktinath(3760m) to Tuckche(2590m) Via Lubra Valley – 32 km
Day 11 Tukuche(2590m) to Tatopani(1190m) – 42 km
Day 12 Tatopani to Beni and Transfer to Pokhara
Day 13 Transfer to Kathmandu
Day 14 Departure
We also offer:-
Annapurna The Wrong Way Round
Why? Because we know mountain bikers like to be a little bit naughty! This ride is a super challenge in every sense, including a slight (yet measured) altitude risk. But like all hard things in life, the rewards are sublime, the down on the wrong way is even more EPIC!
Believe it or not we get request’s for shortened versions of the circuit offering a bigger fitness challenge, so if you are super fit, slightly crazy and are looking for something even more brutal, harder and faster send us an email and ask us about Annapurna Madness.
Are you Looking for a Bigger Challenge? Have a look at “The Ultimate Himalaya” Annapurna + Upper Mustang Tour.
For full trip details and price please kindly email us and we will get right back to you. email@example.com
Trail Notes for Annapurna Circuit
The Jeep ride to Beshishar takes around 7 hours and is the longest transport on the trip.
On the riding trail, there are some river crossing where you could possibly get wet feet, so bring some lighter fast drying shoes as there is nothing worse than riding with cold and wet feet! Or pack some flip flops in your day pack.
The trail is a mix of rocky sections and powdered dirt/sandy sections, the trail is very dry and abrasive in most places and as mentioned above has many river crossings.
Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos. The first two days are tough climbing days, so be mentally prepared.
If you are BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE we recommend the following specifications:
Full Suspension 110mm to 160mm travel all mountain style bikes are ideal for this trip.
Tire recommendation is 2.2 to 2.3 something like a High Roller or Knobby Nick or equivalent is ideal for this trip. Tubeless is recommended and we also recommend you bring a little extra Liquid. Hard tails are also okay for this trip if that is what you ride. Most importantly the bike should be comfortable and light to climb with.
It is okay to bring Carbon Fiber Bikes, we provide adequate packing and padding for this during transport.
During the trip we will be staying in LOCAL TEA HOUSES. In most cases we will provide private, twin sharing rooms with attached bathrooms and sometimes there will be sharing bathrooms. Unless you book single supplement the room will have two separate beds. Double beds are not common in Tea Houses so if you are a couple you might have to push the beds together… but be careful … the walls are Thin! In Throng Phedi, even if you have single supplement, it might not be possible to get a private room, in this case common rooms will be given. The town is small and accommodation limited.
Internet and 3G is available all over the area with the exceptions of Throng Phedi. The signal may not always be fast but it is there. Some Teahouses will charge you extra to use the internet.
Power and access to charging – All Tea Houses have this and you can charge phones, cameras and lights. In some Tea Houses a small charge is applicable for this. But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.
Hot water for showers is available in all Tea Houses except for Throng Phedi, but can vary depending on sun shine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he/she will make sure the hotel provides it. The Hot Water Charge IS INCLUDED in our standard trip prices.
Laundry Service is only available in Manang and hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary for the local staple Dhal Bhat (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle and optional Meat Curry to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs and all kinds of soups and locally made flat breads, Oats and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit is generally limited in these areas.
Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling and nutritious and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit and relevant energy items.
Drinking Water is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard. Since 2017 HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles. Please bring water purification tablets with you for the trip. While in Kathmandu you can fill up your water bottles in our workshop.
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Our standard operating hotels are – International Guest House in Kathmandu and Hotel Peace Plaza in Pokhara. They have the following facilities:-
Twin Shared Rooms with Attached Bathroom
Electricity and back up
Room Service if required
Three Star Level
Breakfast is included in all Hotels
Can We Upgrade the Hotels to four or five star? Yes we can … just ask us and we will give you a quote.
Can we arrive before the trip’s departure date? Yes you can just let us know and we can also arrange additional night’s hotels(At the hotel rate).
I don’t have time can the trip be shortened? Yes, please do send us an email and let us know your time frame, we are more than happy to alter itineraries to suit your riding needs.
Is the pre-trip ride day in Kathmandu Compulsory? Yes, we like to enforce this for two reasons, to make sure the riders have the skill set to complete the journey safely and enjoy it and to also check the bikes are all in top working order. Also if it looks like we have a big division in rider skill or fitness levels in the group, it allows us to choose to send a support guide to allow the group more freedom.
What if I have Trouble Carrying my Bike over Throng La? Our porters hired for the trip do not carry your bikes, only your bags, we can hire additional porters in Throng Phedi to help you carry your bike up and over the pass. The local fixed rate for this is US$50