Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour

14 Days

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour provides you with the most stunning experience cycling in the high altitude trials.

Nothing can be compared with the thrill of encircling the massive Annapurna I (8,091m/26,545 feet) and crossing the famous Thorung La Pass at 5,416 meters (17,770 feet) on a cycle. Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour is no doubt the best cycling and mountain biking trip in Nepal exploring Annapurna Region.

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour also known as Round Annapurna Biking Tour is the ultimate adventure tour in Nepal. The rocky trail above 5000+ meters is hard but the beauty of the massive Annapurna range will be something you won’t forget. Not only Annapurna but Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6443m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) and many other peaks will accompany us throughout our mountain biking trip in Annapurna.

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour starts with a 6-7 hours drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (175 km). We start riding from Besisahar. Our journey goes through rugged mountain trials and several high-altitude villages like Tal, and Chame to reach Manang. From Manang, we cross Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5,545 meters and traverse to Muktinath Temple. We continue riding through Kali Gandaki valley. Crossing Marpha and Tatopani, we will end our bicycle ride. From Beni drive through a narrow highway to reach Pokhara. We will go back from Pokhara to Kathmandu which is 200 Km, taking 7-8 hours.

Highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour

  • Mountain biking on one of the best high-altitude biking trials.
  • Experience the best possible view of mountains like Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6443m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m) and many other peaks.
  • Cross Thorong La Pass at 5,545 meters.
  • Participate in a journey that is done by very few.

Itinerary

Welcome to Nepal!!! Our representative will welcome you at the International airport and assist you to the hotel. You will have a comprehensive pre-trip meeting with your trekking guide. Consult and complete your last-minute shopping. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast drive to Besisahar through Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers following the green hills and several villages. Overnight at a hotel in Besisahar.

After breakfast start our ride to Dharapani. Crossing the suspension bridge, we will continue riding along the bank of the Marshyangdi river to reach Dharapani.

As we continue our ride, we leave the Marshyangdi river behind. We ride towards Annapurna II and Pisang Peak. Ride through steep hills and barley fields, crossing several waterfalls we reach Chame village (2,670 meters) where we will stay overnight.

After breakfast, we start riding uphill through pine and juniper forests. The panoramic view of Annapurna II and other mountains will follow you making your ride exciting. Reach Manang for an overnight stay.

This day is free to acclimatize our bodies in high altitudes. From Manang get a stunning view of Annapurna II, Annapurna III (7,55m), Gangapurna (7,454m), Tilicho (7,132m), Chulu East (6,059m), Chulu West (6,583m). A short hike to Khangsar is recommended.

Today is challenging as we ascend uphill at Yak Kharka (4,035 M). Ride through single trials of the rocky moraine. In many places, we have to carry our bikes. until we reach Thorong Phedi, overnight stay at Thorong Phedi.

We start our day early with a heavy breakfast. It takes approximately 4 hours to reach the top of Thorang La at 5,416 meters. From the top, the view of breathtaking mountain scenery will make your extreme Annapurna Circuit cycling ride a complete ride. From the top is downhill until you reach Muktinath. Overnight stay at Muktinath.

Early morning visit Muktinath Temple and start our ride towards Martha. Riding through a rugged trial we reach Lupra valley. Continuing our ride through Kali Gandaki valley we will reach Marcha where we will stay overnight.

After breakfast start riding through Kali Gandaki Valley. Pass many authentic villages, Mani walls, and Chortens before reaching Tatopani (Hot-spring). We will stay overnight at Tatopani. We will enjoy bath in natural hot water to relieve our exhausted bodies after an extremely adventurous ride.

After breakfast, we start riding an easy trail to reach Beni. From Beni, we will drive back to Pokhara. Overnight stay at Pokhara.

After breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel in Kathmandu.

After breakfast commences the exciting sightseeing tour of culturally rich Kathmandu City. We will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, and Swoyambhunath Stupa (Monkey Temple). Evening farewell dinner with cultural show.

Your trip ends. After breakfast, you will be transferred to International Airport to board your flight to your next destination.

What is new Covid-19 policy for travelling to Nepal?

Nepal is fully open without any restrictions. Nepal Government has issued a new advisory regarding travel restrictions on 01 March 2022 rescinding all previously issued restrictions. No need for quarantine to enter Nepal. The following criteria should have to be followed while traveling to Nepal:
1) Travelers must show documents regarding the last dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to Nepal’s arrival. If you are not vaccinated or partially vaccinated, you must bring a negative PCR/RT result, checked not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival.
2) The government of Nepal has removed the compulsion of PCR tests while traveling to Nepal, however, re-confirm with any other country you enter for transit.
3) You need a Covid-19 Crisis Management Coordination (CCMC) generated QR Code. You can either print the bar code or take a screenshot, and keep it safe while traveling to Nepal.

Can I get on arrival visa in Nepal?

On-arrival visa also called tourist visas facilitates multiple entries. One can get Tourist visas (On arrival visas) at TIA or any surface Entry/Exit Points established under the Department of Immigration.

Is this trip for me? How fit do I have to be for this trek?

This trek is suitable for every traveler with average health conditions. You need to be moderately fit, thus no previous experience is required for this trek. Lightweight training like swimming, jogging, cycling, etc comes very handy. It is recommended to hike at least 2 hours a day can really build stamina and increase the lung capacity which you are going to need while hiking at a higher altitude. Also, we suggest you consult with your physician before traveling if you have any medical conditions.

What extra documents do I need?

Please bring a copy of your travel insurance, three passport-sized photos, and a copy of your passport.

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, a professional and experienced representative from High Altitude Nomads will be at the airport. He/she will greet you and transfer you to your hotel.

What kind of accommodation can I expect in this trip?

We will provide a nice 3-star centrally located hotel for your accommodation in Kathmandu with breakfast included. While trekking, we use the best possible teahouse lodges providing basic accommodation and meals. We will provide single/ double rooms, occasionally dormitory rooms. We suggest bringing your own sleeping bag for trekking.

What kind of meals is available during our trek?

Nowadays food menus in teahouse lodges have developed and provided a wide range of eateries to hungry trekkers. The local items as Dal, Bhat (lentils, rice, curry, pickle), momos (Tibetan-style dumplings filled with veg, chicken, buff, or cheese), noodle soup, American-style breakfast with tea or coffee, cold drinks, hot beverages, and much more.

Is it a problem, if I am a vegetarian?

Mostly the teahouse serves vegetarian meals, which is also good for you while trekking in the mountain.

What about safety and security while trekking?

One has to take proper care of their belongings and ensure every personal possession is secure. It is important to secure your belongings, especially when you are sharing a room with another trekker.

What mode of transportation is used in this tour?

We use comfortable, private air-conditioned tourist vehicles for our entire tours. We have an exciting range of fleets for the transportation of our valued guests. We are just starting our initiative of sustainable tourism by using electric vehicles where able it is possible.

What is the usual group size for this tour ?

We believe in a small group tour. Every group consists of a minimum of 2 and not more than 10.

When is the best time to visit Nepal?

The best times to travel to Nepal for any tour are Spring (March to June) and Autumn (September to November). The clear skies and sunny day with the best mountain view make this time most favorable for all tours, trekking, and expedition-related programs.

Is your staff insured?

Yes, all our trekking crew including guides, cooks, Sherpas, and porters are well insured.

Is Altitude Sickness a risk in Nepal?

According to Medical News Today – Altitude sickness occurs when a person travels to a high altitude without gradually acclimatizing. It is most prevalent at 8,000 feet or higher and results from a shortage of oxygen.

The risk of Altitude sickness in Nepal depends on where you are going. Most of the cultural and historical sites in Nepal lie between 800-1600 meters and the National park in the terai region is even lower. This means you are not going to get any Altitude sickness in this area.

The possibility of altitude sickness arises if you are trekking to mountains above 2000-2500 meters. Even though good preparations, enough acclimatization, proper diet, and moving gently can be really effective.

What if I fall sick while trekking?

Your safety is our foremost priority. Our professional guides will be at your disposal 24/7 throughout your trip. Our trekking staff is well-trained in emergencies in mountains. Our staff will be well equipped with the necessary first-aid kit. In any emergencies, our guide will keep us updated and if needed we shall arrange an emergency evacuation as soon as possible.

Can I charge my gadgets in the trek?

You can get this facility at guesthouse lodges by paying an extra charge.

How long do we walk each day trekking?

Most of the trekking days in the Himalayas need 6-7 hours of walking. It includes a number of breaks and stopping for lunch somewhere along your trekking route. Our itinerary is designed to make your daily walk shorter as the altitude rises, helping your body to acclimatize.

On the major day of trekking or while crossing high-mountain passes, we might need to walk for 10-12 hours depending on our speed of walking.

Do I have to carry my own luggage on trekking?

Normally our cost includes a porter to carry your luggage. Porters typically carry 20-25 kg on teahouse trekking and 25-30 kg on a camping trek. We recommend you to carry your most needed items, fragile items yourself. For shorter treks (2-3 days), you can take the most necessary items in your backpack (carry yourself) and just have a guide.

What is the ratio of guides and porters in each group?

Normally we use one guide for guests up to 5 pax. For more than 5, there will be an assistant guide at your disposal. For every two people, there will be 1 porter, and the ratio of trekkers and porters be 2 trekkers:1 porter.

How cold does it get during trekking?

The mountain weather is very hard to predict. Normally night time colder than the daytime. In winter except for the frosting night but the days are warm and beautiful. Average temperatures in Nepal drop 6°C for every 1,000 m you gain in altitude.

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Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour