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Annapurna Circuit Biking – 13 Days

Hop onto hot tyres for this extraordinary trip takes you to some of the most stunning and exotic biking routes in Nepal.

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Mountain Biking, Sightseeing and Trekking
Trip Duration: 13 Days
Max Altitude: 5,416 m /17764.48 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Level:
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Besishar - Tal - Chame - Manang - Thorong Phedi - Thorong La Pass - Muktinath - Tukuche - Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara - Kathmandu

Trip Information

This extraordinary trip takes you to some of the most stunning and exotic biking routes in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit mountain biking tour passes through a variety of different landscapes, from lush sub-tropical rainforest, deep valleys and cultivated fields, to wooded alpine and high deserts. Visit many different villages, meeting the local hill communities and enjoying frequent spectacular views of massive Himalayan peaks, including Annapurnas and Manaslu. Reach the lowland villages, dense oak forests, deep gorges and lovely isolated hamlets to the lap of the mighty high mountains and the Tilicho lake – one of the highest altitude fresh water lakes. To top it all, the crossing of the Thorong La pass (5,416 m) is a challenging ascent, surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountain sceneries in the world.

Begin your mountain biking trip after driving from Kathmandu to Besisahar via ground transportation. This is the starting point of biking (and also that of trekking). From here begin biking anti-clockwise around the Annapurna massif. The trail climbs gradually, allowing you to acclimatize to the high altitudes, as you travel along the Marsyangdi Valley. After the crossing of the Thorong La Pass, descend to Muktinath, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites. From here, cross Lupra Valley to reach Jomsom, and then descend down to Tukuche, Tatopani and finally at Beni where your biking ends. A jeep will transfer you to Pokhara and the next day return to Kathmandu.

As demanding the rugged terrain and technical tracks are, this trip is designed for the more experienced riders, and not recommended for beginners. It will be grueling but surely worth every drop of sweat.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 02 – Pre-Biking Meeting and Drive to Besisahar (760 m). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 03 – Ride from Besisahar to Tal (1,700 m). Distance: 37.4 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 04 – Ride from Tal to Chame (2,670 m). Distance: 22.6 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 05 – Drive from Chame to Manang (3,540 m). Distance: 29.7 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 06 – Acclimatization in Manang and Visit to Tilicho Lake. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 07 – Ride from Manang to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m). Distance: 19 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 08 – Ride from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,760 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Distance: 22 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 09 – Ride from Muktinath to Tukuche (2,590 m) via Lupra Valley. Distance: 32 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 10 – Ride from Tukuche to Tatopani (1,190 m). Distance: 42 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 11 – Ride from Tatopani to Beni (899 m). Distance: 25 km. And Jeep Ride to Pokhara (830 m). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 12 – Transfer to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 13 – Departure from Nepal.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,345 m)

    Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. He will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 02 - Pre-Biking Meeting and Drive to Besisahar (760 m)

    In the morning, after breakfast, we host a pre-biking meeting at our office in Kathmandu and introduce you to your biking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. We will provide you with a duffel bag and a cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of your passport-size photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the meeting.

    Take a six-hour ride to Besisahar. It is the starting point of the biking trip. There make necessary preparations and meet the support team which includes porters for carrying your luggage and equipments.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 03 - Ride from Besisahar to Tal (1,700 m). Distance: 37.4 km

    The beginning trail follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. As you ascend uphill, you gain about 1,000 meters in elevation. Today is the perfect prelude to more thrilling riding in the days to follow.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 04 - Ride from Tal to Chame (2,670 m). Distance: 22.6 km

    Leaving Tal, there is a mani wall (dry stone wall inlaid with Buddhist prayer slates) in the middle of the path. These should always be passed on the left going clockwise. After going through green corn, barley and potato fields, the valley becomes narrow again. From Tal to Danaque it will involve a large percent of push / carry with a very steep hard climb out of Danaque. From here though it becomes more ride-able with closer views of snow-capped peaks and a wide flowing trail to the finish.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 05 - Drive from Chame to Manang (3,540 m). Distance: 29.7 km

    Ascend through pine forests as the trail opens into a fertile agriculture valley. The dirt trail leads you through villages and settlements and you get the opportunity to meet with friendly locals and snotty children. From Pisang (3,230 m), the route follows through a wide valley that opens up ahead of us.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 06 - Acclimatization in Manang and Visit to Tilicho Lake

    You won’t ride further today. Just explore around the Himalayan town to acclimatize to high altitude. Ascending rapidly could have potentially fatal consequences. There are many short excursions from Manang. One of them is a visit to Tilicho Lake. It will take about 3 hours of your day. Remaining active is encouraged to aid acclimatization.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 07 - Ride from Manang to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m). Distance: 19 km

    Leave Manang and then start climbing towards Yak Kharka (4,010 m). Continue to ascend to higher altitude. Pedaling becomes a very hard work due to elevation. So, go slowly. Enjoy the scenery and culture of the region. It is important to remain physically and mentally prepared for the highest ascent of the next day.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 08 - Ride from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,760 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Distance: 22 km

    Wake up very early for the 4-am start which is necessary to cross Thorong La Pass. The trail can get windy later making it difficult to cross the pass. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the pass (approx 3 km). You will have to carry your bike to get there. The climb is demanding, the effects of altitude can be felt more and more as you ascend but you will be awe-struck by the spectacular views of the landscape. Once at the top, rest, enjoy the feeling of getting to the highest point of Annapurna Circuit and be ready for the amazing downhill ride. After 45 minutes of technical riding, you will be in Muktinath (3,760 m) where you can rest your exhausted body.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 09 - Ride from Muktinath to Tukuche (2,590 m) via Lupra Valley. Distance: 32 km

    Exit the pilgrimage town of Muktinath and ride towards Dhangladanda through a less-used trail. From the viewpoint, you will be riding on impressive single tracks all the way down to the river bed in Lupra Valley. Then, paddle to Jomsom where you will rest and have lunch. From Jomsom onwards, move to an old village of Tukuche. Explore the Thakali culture of the village and take a sip of Apple Brandy.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 10 - Ride from Tukuche to Tatopani (1,190 m). Distance: 42 km

    The starting of the trail is easy to ride, but after Rukse Chaahara the trail drops about 1000 meters in elevation. This is the most challenging and enjoyable part of today’s ride. The downhill trail takes you to Tatopani, the village known for its hot springs. Once there, enjoy a refreshing hot bath.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 11 - Ride from Tatopani to Beni (899 m). Distance: 25 km. And Jeep Ride to Pokhara (830 m).

    Today is the last day of riding. Enjoy as you paddle towards Beni municipality, the end point of Annapurna Circuit biking. From here, take a jeep for Pokhara. In about 4 hours, you will reach the destination. When in the city, rest and explore.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

  • Day 12 - Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Approx. 6 Hours)

    Return to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Check into your hotel and then get ready for your last night in Nepal.

    We host farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing) in the evening.

    You have the option to extend your trip with Chitwan jungle safari, rafting and bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight and other activities.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 13 - Departure from Nepal

    The trip concludes here. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle

  • Twin-sharing accommodation in a two or three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast

  • Twin-sharing (and occasionally dormitory style) accommodation in guesthouses during biking in Annapurna region.

  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar, from Beni to Pokhara and from Pokhara to Kathmandu

  • Aarohi Holiday’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide (The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by group size)

  • 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

  • Aarohi Holiday duffel bag and cap.

  • Annapurna Conservation Park permit and TIMS card.

  • Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with cultural dance program.

  • All government taxes and official expenses.


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara and all three meals during biking in Annapurna region.

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Your travel insurance (Compulsory for the trip and should cover helicopter rescue). (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport-size photos. USD/Euro in cash is handy)

  • All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.

  • Biking attire and other personal gears.

  • Tips for biking staff and driver (Tipping is expected).

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.


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