Annapurna Circuit Biking 19 Days

Trip Overview

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. We visit many different villages, meeting the local hill tribes and enjoying frequent spectacular views of massive Himalayan peaks, including the Annapurnas and Manaslu. We 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 (5,416m) is a challenging ascend, surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountain sceneries in the world.

We begin our mountain biking trip after a day of sight-seeing in Kathmandu. First we reach Besi Sahar via ground transportation, from where we begin biking anti-clockwise around the Annapurna massif. The trail climbs gradually, allowing us to acclimatize to the high altitude, as we travel along the Marsyangdi Valley. After the crossing of the Thorong La, we descend to Muktinath, one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites. We descend down the valley reaching the Kali Gandaki River, with its panoramic views of Machapuchare (the "Fishtail" peak) and Tatopani. We finally return to Kathmandu on private transportation to celebrate our achievement.

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.

OUTLINE ITINERARY
Day 01:
Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (Distance: 38km, Altitude: 2,175m), via Bhaktaur. Overnight at Hotel.
Day 04: Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (34km, 1,345m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 05: Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 06: Ride from Besi Sahar to Jagat (18km, 1,360m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 07: Ride from Jagat to Tal (20km, 1,700m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 08: Ride from Tal to Chame (21km, 2,620m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 09: Ride from Chame to Pisang (17km, 3,230m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 10: Ride from Pisang to Manang (19km, 3,540m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 11: Rest day and acclimatization in Manang. Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 12: Ride from Manang to Yak Kharka (15km, 4,010m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 13: Ride from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (12km, 4,450m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 14: Ride from Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni (22km, 2,800m) via Thorung-La pass (5,416m). Overnighat at Guesthouse.
Day 15: Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani (42km, 1,190m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
Day 16: Ride from Tatopani to Beni (35km, 830m) and drive to Pokhara (820m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 17: Sightseeing in Pokhara (820m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 18: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m). Overnight at Hotel.
Day 19: Final departure from Nepal.

Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters)
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Age Holidays signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
(No meals included)

Day 02- Pre-trip Meeting and Sightseeing around Kathmandu valley
In the morning, after breakfast, At around 8am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. We will also supply you with our trek Duffel Bag, T-shirt and a Cap. For the meeting, please make sure you bring passport, two copies of 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 pre-trip meeting.

After the meeting and a hearty breakfast, your sightseeing trip will start at around 8:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We will also visit Bhaktapur Durbar Square, which is a collection of pagoda and shikhara – style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The attraction of the Bhaktapur Durbar Square is The Lion gate, The Golden gate, The Palace of fifty five windows, Art Galleries, The Statue of King Bhupatindra Malla.

The rest of our time in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and shopping in Thamel area. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 03 - Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (Distance: 38km, Altitude: 2,175m), via Bhaktapur
You check the bikes and equipments, after which we ride due east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, an ancient city full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. From here we head north-east to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and warm up before the Tibet tour. Overnight at a hotel.
Road Condition:  Paved road 100%
(Breakfast Included)

Day 04 - Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (34km, 1,345m)
We descent on Jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku where we will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. We lose elevation on the down hill tracks, which at some points require technical skills. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Road Condition: Off-road 65%, Paved road 35%
(Breakfast Included)

Day 05 - Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760m) by private tourist vehicle- 6 hrs
Early in the morning we set off to Besi Sahar, which is the starting point of our biking trip. We prepare for the tour, arrange porters, equipments, and so on. Optional warm-up ride in Besi Sahar. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(No meals Included)

Day 06 - Ride from Besi Sahar to Jagat (18km, 1,360m)
The trail soon turns to rough jeep track, and follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. We ascend steeply, gaining 800m in elevation. The first day is the perfect prelude to more thrilling riding in the days to follow. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Road Condition:  Off-road 30%, Paved Road 70%
Distance: 18.68 mi
Time: 5:38:17
Avg Speed: 3.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 6,966 ft
Calories: 1,485 C
Avg Temperature: 83.9 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 07 - Ride from Jagat to Tal (20km, 1,700m)
After some 7km the jeep track runs out and whence it is 11km of mainly push and carrying the bike up the steep rocky trails with a final 1km descent into the flat valley surrounding Tal. We are welcomed by marvelous sites and the remoteness of the region. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Road Condition: Off-road 100%
Rideable: 70%
Distance: 4.70 mi
Time: 3:35:59
Avg Speed: 1.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,087 ft
Calories: 519 C
Avg Temperature: 76.2 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 08 - Ride from Tal to Chame (21km, 2,620m)
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 potatoes field, the valley becomes narrow again. From Tal to Danaqu it will involve a large percent of push / carry with a very steep hard climb out of Danaqu. From here though it becomes more rideable with closer views of snow-capped peaks and a wide flowing trail to the finish. After a hard day's work to reach Chame, bikers can relax by the hot spring on the other side of the Marshyangdi River, enjoy baked bakery product, or even e-mail home from an internet café. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 60%
Distance: 14.77 mi
Time: 6:54:21
Avg Speed: 2.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 4,905 ft
Calories: 1,480 C
Avg Temperature: 60.8°F
(No meals Included)

Day 09 - Ride from Chame to Pisang (17km, 3,230m)
Ascend through pine forests as the trail open into a fertile agricultural valley. Rice fields and cow pastures mark a rather more hospitable stretch of terrain. The dirt trail leads you through villages and settlements, and you get the opportunity to meet with friendly locals and snotty children. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 50%
Distance: 8.79 mi
Time: 3:09:19
Avg Speed: 2.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,425 ft
Calories: 796 C
Avg Temperature: 71.4 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 10 - Ride from Pisang to Manang (19km, 3,540m)
The route goes through a dense forest in a steep, narrow valley and crosses the river via two bridges, one at 2,910m and the other at 3,030m. The trail continues along the river to Pisang, where the altitude is enough to bring on the first symptoms of altitude sickness or AMS. From Pisang, the route follows through a wide valley that opens up ahead of us. Bikers will pass through Humde (the highest commercial airport in the world) and Braga with its monastery rooted in Tibetan religion. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 95%
Distance: 9.24 mi
Time: 2:12:27
Avg Speed: 4.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,401 ft
Calories: 671 C
Avg Temperature: 62.6 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 11 - Ride from Rest day and acclimatization in Manang
It is necessary to spend a rest day here to acclimatize. Ascending too rapidly could have potentially fatal consequences. There are many short excursions possible from Manang and remaining active is encouraged to aid acclimatization. Overnight at a guesthouse.
(No meals Included)

Day 12 - Ride from Manang to Yak Kharka (15km, 4,010m)
Today we leave Manang through narrow, medieval-looking streets and then climb steadily up to Khusang. Although the trail is more rideable above Khusang (3,900m), the altitude now takes effect and pedalling becomes a very hard work. It is advised to go slowly enjoying the scenery and culture of this region. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 75%
Distance: 6.08 mi
Time: 2:31:39
Avg Speed: 2.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,066 ft
Calories: 575 C
Avg Temperature: 45.9 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 13 - Ride from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (12km, 4,450m)
We continue to ascend to higher altitude, and thus make our ride more strenuous as we reach Thorung Phedi. It is important to remain physically and mentally prepared for the highest climb of the following day. Take it easy and enjoy the scenery as we for sake distance for altitude. The scenery of the mighty hills surrounding you is sure to impress. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 45%
Distance: 4.29 mi
Time: 2:48:10
Avg Speed: 1.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,939 ft
Calories: 482 C
Avg Temperature: 41.5 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 14 - Ride from Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni (22km, 2,800m) via Thorung-La pass (5,416m)
A 4am start is necessary to cross the 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 top (approx 3km) and will be 100% carry for bikers. The effects of altitude can now be fully felt. Once at the top, the trail descends rapidly on a very steep slope (technical riding) for approximately 45 minutes to Muktinath (3,800m) and then on a less extreme gradient on fast, wide flowing trails to the valley floor, where we will be greeted by the medieval village of Kagbeni, last stop before entering Mustang. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 85%
Distance: 17.73 mi
Time: 7:58:54
Avg Speed: 2.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,299 ft
Calories: 988 C
Avg Temperature: 50.2 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 15 -Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani (42km, 1,190m)
Today we will descend from snow capped peaks to tropical lowlands. Leaving Kagbeni the trail follows a wide and flat river bed leading into the cobbled streets of Jomsom, with its bustling markets and airport. The trail then follows rough and rocky jeep tracks, descending through villages such as Marpha, and Khopang. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Rideable: 100%
Distance: 37.04 mi
Time: 6:25:47
Avg Speed: 5.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,873 ft
Calories: 1,765 C
Avg Temperature: 64.4 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 16 - Ride from Tatopani to Beni (35km, 830m) and drive to Pokhara (820m)
As we descend the temperature increases and the trail becomes less rocky. From Beni the final 15km is a long an undulating track that follows the course of the river and passes through paddy fields, lined with banana plants. Once at Khaniya Ghat we will rejoin the paved road, where a bus will be waiting for us to transfer to Pokhara (2 hours). Overnight at a hotel.
Distance: 11.53 mi
Time: 1:48:28
Avg Speed: 6.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,066 ft
Calories: 574 C
Avg Temperature: 62.8 °F
(No meals Included)

Day 17 - Sightseeing in Pokhara (820m)
Your sightseeing trip starts at 9am in the morning after breakfast. The places we visit are Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have a relaxing evening. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast Included)

Day 18 - Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m)
We return back to Kathmandu by a tourist bus. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.

You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting and bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities. Overnight at a hotel.
(Breakfast  and Farewell Dinner Included)

Day 19 - Final departure from Nepal
The trip concludes. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
(Breakfast Included)


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