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Annapurna Mountain Bike - 14 Days

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Annapurna Mountain Bike
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The astonishing Annapurna Mountain Bike Tour leads you to the most spectacular and interesting biking routes in the Annapurna region in western Nepal. Explore different villages of the Thakali and Gurung and experience their warm hospitality while relishing remarkable views of massive Himalayan peaks, including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs. Also visit the highest lake in the world, Tilicho Lake (4919m), and cross one of the highest passes in Nepal, Thorong La pass (5416m), bounded by a mesmerizing vista of the high Himalayas. If you are someone with the strength (physical and mental) to endure the challenges that turn into rewards then Annapurna Mountain Bike Tour awaits you.

This beautiful mountain bike experience will last for 14 days which will become an unforgettable experience in your life. Commence your mountain biking trip as you drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. This is the initial point of biking. From here, you start biking anti-clockwise around the incredible Annapurna massif. The views are certainly breathtaking, literally. The high altitude might make it difficult but it is worthwhile. The path ascents slowly, letting you acclimatize to the high elevations, as you travel along the Marsayangdi Valley. The mountain bike tour crosses through different sceneries, from lush sub-tropical forest, deep gorges and cultivated meadows, to woody alpines and high deserts. It is an out of the world experience to cycle on a cliff above a deep gorge to reach the pristine Tilicho Lake. And after crossing the challenging Thorong La Pass (5416m), you incline to Muktinath, one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage sites. You can take a bath at 108 holy taps to continue with the mythical facts that it washes off your sins. From here, you pass Lupra Valley to reach Jomsom, and then go downhill to Tukuche, Tatopani, and lastly, at Beni, your biking trip ends. A jeep will take you to Pokhara and the next day you return to Kathmandu.

As challenging the rocky terrain and technical paths are, this trip is well planned and facilitated by the team of experts at Himalayan Summit Treks and Expedition. A mechanical team joins you on all bike trips so that you needn’t worry in case of breakdowns. We can also provide you with excellent quality mountain bikes. Book your trip now to enjoy this thrilling adventure!

Day 1
Arrive in Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.

Welcome to Nepal. Our office representative will pick you up at Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Day 2
Cycle tour in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel

Today you take the guided tour to the world heritage sites of Kathmandu Valley. You will be driving to the places like Kathmandu Durbar Square, Boudhanath, Swayambhunath, and Pashupatinath temple. You will be able to experience the cultural and historical beauty of this place. The architectures are uniquely designed that are centuries old. Later, you will be given information about the details of the journey such as safety measures and we will also check your clothing and equipment.

Day 3
Drive to Besisahar (760 m).

Begin our journey by driving along the road to Dumre. Follow concrete road to Besisahar to view extraordinary mountain peaks and picturesque villages. After 7 hours ride and hypnotic view of Marsayangdi River, we reach Besisahar. Get astounded by the simplicity of the site and warm gestures by the locals. Overnight at a guest house.

Day 4
Ride from Besisahar to Tal (1,700 m). Distance: 37.4 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

After assembling our bikes, we commence our biking tour. Move uphill about 3 hours to Jagat. Climb sharply into the utter cliff-face some 200-300m above the riverbed. Incline down to the stone village of Jagat and into the compulsive beauty of Marsayangdi valley. Ride through the windy trails and forest. Cross a suspension bridge over Sangu Khola at Mipra then again at Syange over the Marsayangdi River. There is a waterfall nearby the bridge. Move along with the mighty Marsayangdi River and cross one more bridge before reaching Jagat. Continue riding through the forested trail to arrive in Tal. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 5
Ride from Tal to Chame (2,670 m). Distance: 22.6 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Cross the Mani wall and continue to ride to Bagarchhap via Dharapani. Bagarchhap is a Gurung village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist monastery. Continue to climb through pine and oak forests, pass through Danakyu, and ascend up to Tamang village which lies at the bottom of Lamjung Himal (6983m). With often rough and rocky trails, we climb up to Tyanja (2360m) and then continue through the forest. As we reach Chame, the headquarters of Manang district, we get blessed by the fine views of Annapurna II (7937m). Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 6
Drive from Chame to Manang (3,540 m). Distance: 29.7 km. Overnight at Guesthouse

Ride through deep forest in a vertical and narrow valley and pass Marsayangdi River on a bridge. We then pass another bridge with the sight of the mounting Pangdi Danda. Ride alongside Marsayangdi River through a pine forest to Bhratang. Climb uphill to Dhikur Pokhari and then to Pisang. Continue through the drier upper part of Manang district. The southern way from Humde includes less ascending than the northern route via Ghyaru. From Munchi, the track continues past the striking but partially hidden village of Braga to reach the nearby Thakali village of Manang. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 7
Acclimatization in Manang and Visit to Tilicho Lake. Overnight at Guesthouse.

After the initial hard ascent, our trail continues to get hard along the side of the elevation in a steady steep ascent before reaching the watershed. On the way, we can encounter the yaks grazing along our trail. On the other side is the Tilicho Lake, a large remarkable lake settled at the base of the north face of Tilicho Peak (7134m). The lake was noted as 'The Great Ice Lake’ by Maurice Herzog, the leader of a French expedition team. After spending some time at the lake, we will return back to Manang. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 8
Ride from Manang to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m). Distance: 19 km. Overnight at the teahouse

Leave Manang for further ascending to Yak Kharka. Continue to ride to the higher elevation. Riding becomes very hard due to altitude and the ruggedness of the terrain. So, ride slowly and carefully. Enjoy the background of the wide meadows. It is essential to remain physically and mentally ready for the uppermost climb of the next day. Overnight at the teahouse.

Day 9
Ride from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,760 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Distance: 22 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Start early to cross Thorong La Pass (5416m). The trail is uneven which makes it a tough climb. It will take approximately 4 hours to arrive at the pass. You will have to carry your bike to be here. The ascent is challenging, the effects of altitude can be felt, but the remarkable view of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri massifs seen from the top is worthwhile. Once at the top, rest and relish the feeling of victory to be at the top of Annapurna Circuit and prepare for the descent. After 45 minutes of riding, you arrive in Muktinath (3,760 m) where you can rest your tired body.

Day 10
Ride from Muktinath to Tukuche (2,590 m) via Lupra Valley. Distance: 32 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

Pay an early morning visit to the holy temple of Muktinath. Then, leaving the pilgrimage town of Muktinath, ride further to Dhangla Danda through a not often used trail. From the place, you will be riding on extraordinary single paths all the way down to the river bed in Lupra Valley. Then, paddle to Jomsom where you can rest for a while. From Jomsom, move to the old village of Tukuche via the apple orchards of Marpha. Discover the Thakali culture of the village and take a sip of the locally made Apple Brandy. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 11
Ride from Tukuche to Tatopani (1,190 m). Distance: 42 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

The initial part of the ride is stress-free, but after Rupse Chhahara the path drops about 1000 meters in altitude. This is the most demanding and pleasurable part of today’s ride. The downward trail takes you to Tatopani, the settlement known for its natural hot springs. Once there, go for an energizing hot bath. Overnight at guesthouse.

Day 12
Ride from Tatopani to Beni (899 m). Distance: 25 km. And Jeep Ride to Pokhara (830 m). Overnight at Hotel.

Today is the final day of riding. Enjoy as you paddle on the road to Beni municipality, the end point of Annapurna Circuit biking. From here, get on a jeep for Pokhara. In about 4 hours, you will reach the beautiful lake city where you can relax. Explore the lakeside area later in the day. Overnight at a 3-star hotel in Pokhara.

Day 13
Transfer to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

Fly back or take a vehicle to get back to Kathmandu. Enjoy the beautiful scenery along the way. Upon arrival, rest or stroll around the capital. Enjoy your farewell dinner at the hotel.

Day 14
Departure from Nepal.

Farewell day! We shall drop you at the airport before the scheduled time. We hope to see you again!

  • • Airport pickup and drop facility.
  • • Twin-sharing accommodation in three-star hotel at Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
  • • Twin-sharing accommodation in guesthouses during biking in Annapurna region.
  • • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar, from Beni to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • • Licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide
  • • Mountain bike for 9 days of riding (We have full-suspension bikes of Giant and Trek brands, and if you want to bring your own bike, you can)
  • • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trip (We assign one porter for two clients)
  • • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff
  • • Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS card.
  • • Welcome and Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with cultural dance program.
  • • All government taxes and official expenses.
  • • All meals during the biking tour.
  • • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • • Travel insurance .
  • • Nepal visa
  • • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • • Biking attire and other personal gears.
  • • Tips for biking staff
  • • Other expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.

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Price From USD$2,195/person
2,195
Total $ 2,195 USD

Trip Facts

  • Min 2 Pax
  • 4450 m
  • Mar- May , Sep - Dec
  • Hard