Mountain Bike Annapurna Circuit

14 Days

An Unforgettable Journey through the Annapurna Himalaya

Overview

By far and away this is 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.

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 a 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!

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 treat you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhart (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

Dinner

Join us on a warm up ride exploring some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley. Test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 5 hours of riding we will cover around 35km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some temples and return to Thamel for lunch, last minute bike adjustments and final packing for the trip.

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.

8 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we ride, a little more than 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.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A challenging climb makes this one of the longest and hardest sections along the trekking trail. The terrain is rugged but fun. There is great jungle and river scenery so take this stage steadily and enjoy the ride.

5 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The trail still climbs but becomes more rideable today as it widens back into a jeep track. 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, takes time to admire the mountain views. There are a couple of sections to carry your bike but for the most part, the trail is rideable.

 

4 hours
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Beginning from around 5am 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. 50% carrying, 50% rideable.

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 switch back single tracks that takes you down to the river bed in Lupra 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 Marpha, a lovely old village on the river side. 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
April 20, 2023 Guaranteed $1,970
3 Available
May 4, 2023 Available $1,970
12 Available
June 15, 2023 Available $1,970
12 Available
October 26, 2023 Available $1,970
12 Available
November 9, 2023 Available $1,970
12 Available
November 24, 2023 Available $1,970
12 Available

Frequently Asked Question

What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable.

How will my bike be transported?

Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold.

What Happens if I get Sick?

If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken.

What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification.

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated.

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads.

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications.

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so.

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day.

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

Mountain Bike Annapurna Circuit

Trip Facts

  • Jeep, Airplanes, Mountain Bikes
  • 3 Start Hotels and Teahouses
  • 5416 meters
  • Kathmandu
  • Mar, Apr, May, Sept, Oct, Nov
  • Mountain Biking
  • Intermediate
  • Moderate
  • 2-12