Annapurna Circuit by Mountain Bike

14 Days

An Unforgettable Journey around the Annapurna Circuit

Annapurna Circuit is far and away one of our most popular trips. It has a lot more to offer other than just psychical challenges and high-altitude 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-hearted hospitality of the Nepalese people, and enjoy delicious food. Nowadays the trails are predominantly rugged jeep tracks, but the scenery is still breathtaking and the riding is Epic.

For many, this is a bucket list tour. The trip starts with the adventurous drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar, from where the pedaling starts. This is by no means an easy trip, continuous uphill in the altitude is a struggle for most people during the first half of the trip. But it’s the moments in between, stopping to rest and enjoy the astounding views, soaking in the atmosphere of the Himalayas, meeting the local people and just enjoying the simplicity of life are some of the enjoyable things about the trip.

The fitter you are for this trip, the more you will enjoy it. While you can go along at your own pace and take as much time as you like, we do recommend that you have good fitness and are a competent cyclist to get the most out of this trip. Our program is also highly customizable to suit the needs of you and your group.

While our classic program is 14 days we can also offer custom options to this itinerary. You can link to Tilicho Lake or Naar Phu or even make an extended trip into Upper Mustang. Just drop us a line and will customize the Annapurna Circuit program for you.

You will be riding through the highest mountain range in the world, the Himalayas, and cross the mighty Throng La at 5464 meters. There is nothing like this!

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Annapurna Circuit

Overview

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Also if you are looking for a more indepedant trip around Annapurna, let us know and ask about our “bare bones” package.

Trips Highlights

  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5464m
  • Mountain Biking one Of the Worlds Longest Downhills
  • Discovering the Vibrant Mountain Culture
  • Soaking in the Hot Springs at Tatopani

Itinerary

Upon your arrival in Nepal, a member of our team will meet you at the Airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We have a meet and greet with the Guide for a trip briefing and gear check. We also take you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhart (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of tasty side dishes).

Dinner

We head out into the Kathmandu Valley to explore the rich culture around the city and enjoy some nice warm up riding to get the trip started. For most riders, we take them up to Dhadgaon and into the Shivapuri National Park, it’s a really nice 4 to 5 hour ride that ends in Boudhanath Stupa for some lunch and sightseeing. Boudhanath is one of the largest Stupas of its kind in Asia and it offers a unique insight into Buddhist Culture.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Starting the day at 8am we meet at our workshop for freshly brewed Himalayan Beans coffee and then load up the bikes for the 6 to 8 hour drive to Besisahar. We stop along the way to enjoy the views and take some lunch. On arrival in Besisahar we take some time to explore the town and we also meet our porters and finalize our trip preparations. The drive can get a bit rugged, but just think, you won’t have to sit in a jeep for a while after this. Besisahar is the gateway to Annapurna, and the last big metropolis you will see until you reach Beni at the end of the trip.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we ride, just over  a 1000 meters of uphill. The trail takes us along the Marsyangdi River, it’s a beautiful section of the ride and 100% rideable. In Tal there is some nice scenery with steep sided valleys terraced with farms and small villages. Tal is situated in a deep gorge and you can see cascading waterfalls along the way. The waterfalls are a highlight of the day, the relentless uphill on the other hand, not so. But one pedal stroke at a time will get you there.  Tal is our resting place for the evening.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Another  challenging day of climb makes this one of the longest and hardest sections along the route. The terrain is rugged jeep tracks but fun. There is great jungle and river scenery so take this stage steadily and enjoy the ride.  Once you start to get over 2000 meters, you will notice it becoming harder to breath and the slower you go the better you will acclimatize.  The stupa at the entrance to the village is a sight for sore eyes, and a nice welcome to an overnight stay in a cozy teahouse.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail still climbs but becomes more rideable and less steep today as it widens out into more of an open valley.. The jungle opens up into the arid mountain region and you can get great views of the Himalaya as you ride. It’s a good idea to take it steady to allow your body to acclimatize.  

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a day to acclimatize and prepare for the hard days to come. Short hikes can be taken to explore the nearby area, visit high altitude lakes, rest, relax and chill out in Manang, maybe you will not want to leave! From here you will be heading into the true mountain wilderness. Manang is home to the Manangi people and here you can sometimes see the ancient sports of archery and pony racing.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A short and gentle climb today from Manang to Yak Kharka and then on to Throng Phedi, take time to admire the mountain views as you go along. There are a couple of sections to carry your bike but for the most part, the trail is rideable.  You are now heading up over 4000m and it can become a struggle, the trails gets narrower as we leave the jeep track behind. The hillsides become snow covered and the valley begins to close in around you as you climb onward and upwards. Thorong Phedi is not the most comfortable place to sleep, it can be overcrowded, but the atmosphere and hospitality are always great as you meet fellow trekkings/bikers all about to embark on the last push to the mighty Throng La!

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beginning from around 4am in the morning, you have to make the long haul, carrying and pushing your bike up more than 1300 meters to Throng La, this is one of the most challenging parts of the ride that will define the true spirit and passion of any mountain biker as you battle the altitude and the cold. But you will not just be gasping from the altitude, but also gasping in awe as this section of the journey proffers excellent rewards with magnificent views from Throng La of the snow capped mountains and superb technical downhill on the other side that will have you grinning from ear to ear, or if you’re a bit nervous perhaps browning your trousers! Alas you will arrive to a warm welcome and rest at Muktinath. Today 50% carrying, 50% rideable. If you need help with your bike, you can hire a pony along the way.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving behind Muktinath we traverse the hillside along a small, little used trekking trail, there is a small section of push as we reach up to Dhangla danda from where you get spectacular views of the Himalaya. What follows is an awesome section of switchback single tracks that takes you down to the river bed in Lubra Valley. Rejoin the main trail and head to Jomsom for lunch. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. The trail rolls into Marpa, a lovely old village off the road. Take some time to explore the cobbled lanes and explore the Thakali culture of the area.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and meanders in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the impressive waterfalls at Rupse Chhahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani, the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Once in Tatopani you can enjoy a soothing bath in the Hot Springs and perhaps a local massage will not go astray, or a cold beer for that matter!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A ride of around 25 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills as we leave behind the Annapurna Region. From Beni we transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well-earned rest and perhaps a beer, a good meal and some fun times out and about!

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Midday flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and have an afternoon of shopping and then get ready for your last night in Nepal.

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Breakfast

Includes/Excludes

Cost Includes

  • All Airport Transfers
  • Mountain Bike Guide
  • Porters to Carry Luggage (Upto 13kg per person)
  • Meals as per Itinerary
  • Domestic flights
  • Accommodation as per Itinerary
  • Permits
  • Private Transport

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to Nepal
  • Flight to and from Nepal
  • Mountain Bike Rental
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Beverage/soft drinks and mineral water in mountains
  • Travel and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for guides, porters and supporting staff

Fixed Departure Dates

TRIP DATES AVAILABILITY PRICE SPACE LEFT
October 20, 2024 - November 2, 2024 Guaranteed $1,999
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November 1, 2024 - November 14, 2024 Guaranteed $1,999
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April 18, 2025 - May 1, 2025 Guaranteed $1,999
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Annapurna Circuit by Mountain Bike
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Trip Facts

  • XC Style Mountain Biking
  • Intermediate and above
  • Private Jeep Transfers
  • Intermediate and above
  • 3 Star Hotels & Teahouses
  • Kathmandu
  • Spring and Autumn/Early Winter
  • Meals included
  • 2 to 12