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Annapurna Circuit Biking

Annapurna Circuit Biking

13 Days
  • Trip Detail at-a-Glance

  • Biking Strenuous

    This trip is rated strenuous and is for experienced cyclists in above average physical conditions.

    This should only be undertaken by those with some previous mountain biking experience. You should be physically fit to tolerate the effects of higher altitudes as you ascend over 5,000m which involve some steep climbing against head winds. Biking at this level lasts for several days. This strenuous trip will give you a close insight into the traditional Nepalese culture along the laps of majestic mountains.

    Biking Strenuous

  • Trip Code: ATH343
  • Best Season: February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
  • Country Visited: Nepal
  • Trip Start: Kathmandu
  • Trip Ends: Kathmandu
  • Destination: Thorong La Pass/Muktinath
  • Trip Route: Kathmandu-Besishar-Tal-Chame-Manang-Thorong Phedi-Thorong La Pass-Muktinath-Tukuche-Tatopani-Beni-Pokhara-Kathmandu
  • Trip Style: Lodge to Lodge Mountain Biking and Trekking
  • Activity: Mountain Biking, Sightseeing and Trekking
  • Max. Altitude:
    5,416 m /17764.48 ft
  • Group Size: Min. 2 pax
  • Activity Per Day: Approximately 4 to 6 hrs mountain biking per day
  • Trip Category: Mountain Biking
  • Trip Highlight

    • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m
    • Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie and apple wine in Jomsom
    • Sight-seeing in Muktinath and exploring the popular hiking routes in the area
    • Bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
    • Crystal-clear mountain range visible from Pokhara
    • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure

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 Thorung 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 Overview

  • Day 01 - Arrive in Kathmandu (1,400 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.

The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. Our trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.

NOTE: During the trip; weather, local politics, transport or a multitude of other factors, that are beyond our control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially altered; if alterations are necessary the leader will decide what is the best alternative, taking into consideration the best interests of the whole group. Where a change does occur, we do everything we can to minimize its effect, but we cannot be responsible for the results of changes or delays.


 Please note that in this types of rides where you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle and don't need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light, not too much travel in the suspension, and usually hard-tails (only front suspension). The terrain can be fairly rough, but not extreme. These trips require more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region we offer, so can be enjoyed by riders of all levels. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

What makes this trip different ?

Ace the Himalaya works closely with and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal Foundation, a non-political and non-profit social organization. We contribute our support to the remote village of Arupokhari (Gorkha, Nepal) through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.

Donation
Ace the Himalaya donates a percentage of business profits to the foundation on a yearly basis, which supports the ongoing maintenance cost required for Bhairabi Primary school, a community-based school in Arupokhari (plus few other schools in the region).

Sponsorship
One of the major activities of Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted with full collaboration with Ace the Himalaya.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace the Himalaya and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capital for education, health and community development in  Arupokhari village of Gorkha district, western Nepal.

For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org