13-Day Mountain Biking at Annapurna: from Kathmandu

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 and tribal villages as well.

-Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara
-Cross the Thorung-la pass at 5,416 meters
-Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie and apple wine in Jomsom
-Sightseeing in Muktinath and exploring the popular hiking routes in the area
-Bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
-Enjoy the sunrise at Poon Hill with magnificent mountain views
-See the crystal-clear mountain range visible from Pokhara
-Enjoy a farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success.


Day 01 – Arrive in Kathmandu (1,345 meters)
An airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. He will be displaying an ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel in your private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

Day 02 – Pre-Biking Meeting and Drive to Besisahar (760 meters)
In the morning, after breakfast, there is a pre-biking meeting at the office in Kathmandu where you’ll be introduced to your biking guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. You’ll be provided 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 form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore 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 equipment.

Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

Day 03 – Ride from Besisahar to Tal (1,700 meters). Distance: 37.4 kilometers
The beginning trail follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. As you ascend uphill, 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 meters). Distance: 22.6 kilometers
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 meters). Distance: 29.7 kilometers
Ascend through pine forests as the trail opens into a fertile agriculture valley. The dirt trail leads through villages and settlements and you get the opportunity to meet with friendly locals and children. From Pisang (3,230 meters), 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
No riding today. Just explore the Himalayan town to acclimatize to the 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 meters). Distance: 19 kilometers
Leave Manang and then start climbing towards Yak Kharka (4,010 meters). Continue to ascend to higher altitude. Pedaling becomes 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 meters) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Distance: 22 kilometers
Wake up very early for the 4:00 AM start which is necessary to cross Thorong La Pass. The trail can get windy making it difficult to cross the pass. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the pass (approximately 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 meters) where you can rest your exhausted body.

Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

Day 09 – Ride from Muktinath to Tukuche (2,590 meters) via Lupra Valley. Distance: 32 kilometers
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 meters). Distance: 42 kilometers
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 meters). Distance: 25 kilometers. Jeep Ride to Pokhara (830 meters).
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, reach the destination. When in the city, rest and explore.

Overnight at a guesthouse. No meals included.

Day 12 – Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Approximately 6 Hours)
Return to Kathmandu by tourist bus. Check into your hotel and then get ready for your last night in Nepal.

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. Your airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

What’s Included?

-Pick-up/drop off * Ground transportation
-Twin sharing accommodation in a three- or four-star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara. Breakfast included. and lodges/guesthouses at biking routes.
-All standard meals during the trek (18 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 11 dinners)
-A farewell dinner on the night before departure
-Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle, including monument entry fees
Support vehicle, where possible, during the biking trip
-Licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size: 1 guide for up to 7 pax 1 guide and 1 assistant guide for 8 to 12 pax 2 guides for 13 to 20 2 guides and 1 assistant guide for 21 and above
-Mountain bike (Brands: Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes; your choice)
-Local staff and porters
-Expenditure of the field staff
-Our free kits
-Entry permits
-Government taxes

What’s Not Included?

-International airfare and airport departure tax
-Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person)
-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 and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.
-Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara – about USD 20 per person per day
-Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks. Items of personal nature like laundry
-Biking attire and other personal gears
-Tips for biking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
-Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section
When you get there
Meeting point
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu

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Know before you go
• Most people will feel some affect of altitude, shortness of breath and possibly a light headed, which is fairly common. We ensure minimal risk by building in rest days into our trekking itineraries.
• The itinerary can also be customized.
• The trip is designed for more experienced riders.
• Insurance is must.
• Different factors like weather, local politics, technical problems, etc can affect this trip.

Please do not forget to bring:
• Passport
• Four copies of passport size photos
• Travel insurance policy
• A pen and a notepad to take notes

per person
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Easy cancellation

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