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Mountain Biking On The Annapurna Circuit

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highlights
  • Cross the 5416m-high Throng La Pass
  • Enjoy mountain biking on the route used by Yak Attack, the world's toughest bike race
  • Experience a 100km, 4000m descent
  • Soaking in the famous hot springs of Tatopani
To ride a mountain bike through the Annapurna Circuit is on the bucket list of many avid cyclists. Tick this off the list by joining us on a guided, 14-day cycling trip. Journey along one river valley and down another between some of the biggest mountains in the world while enjoying stunning sceneries and authentic highland villages, where you can experience the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people and enjoy delicious food.

Start out by exploring the backstreets and narrow alleys of Kathmandu before hitting the trail. Drive to Besisahar and start your uphill journey. Cross the Thorong La, the world's highest navigable pass, and descend down to Muktinath, a shrine revered by both the Hindus and the Buddhists. Relax in the hot springs of Tatopani before heading to Pokhara, from where a flight will take you to Kathmandu.

While the first five days of this trip mostly involve uphill cycling, as the saying goes, what goes up must come down. The route goes straight down to Jomsom from Thorong La. Enjoy some epic single tracks down through the famed Lubra Valley and beyond. After all, you did just spend five days climbing and humping your bike over a frozen mountain pass for nothing. At the very least we want you to enjoy the downhill journey.
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“This was one of the best trips that I have been on! Everything was organized and planned to perfection. The guides we had Aayman and Usha were amazing, encouraging and really helped to teach our group about their culture and the places we were visiting along the way. This trip is a challenge, but it is one of the most incredible experiences I have had!”
3 Star Hotel at International Guest House
We will arrange for your pickup from the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. You are free to explore the town before the traditional welcome dinner in the evening.
Meals
  • Dinner
5 hours 3 Star Hotel at International Guest House
Join us on a warm-up ride to explore some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley. Test your bikes and gear to make sure that everything is ready for the journey ahead. Cover around 40km at a steady pace in 3 to 4 hours of riding, exploring the rural parts of the valley, cycling on single tracks and seeing some temples before returning to Thamel for lunch. Last-minute bike adjustments and final packing for the trip after the return.
Meals
  • Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Guest house
Start the day at 8:00 am. Meet your group members at our workshop for fresh brewed Himalayan beans coffee before load up the bikes for a 6-hour drive to Besisahar. Stop along the way to enjoy the views and take some lunch. On arrival in Besisahar, take some time to explore the town and meet your porters to finalize trip preparations.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Tea House
Cycle uphill for a little more than 1,000 meters along the Marsyandi River. See steep-sided valleys terraced with farms and small villages in Tal, which is situated in a deep gorge, along with cascading waterfalls along the way.

Riding distance: 37.4km
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 hours Tea House
A challenging climb makes this section one of the longest and hardest along the trekking trail. The terrain is rugged but fun, with a dense jungle and rivers along the way. So take this stage steady and enjoy the ride.

Riding distance: 22.6km
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Tea House
The trail is uphill but becomes more rideable today as it widens into a jeep track. Forests give way to an arid, mountainous region. Enjoy great views of the Himalayas as you ride. It’s a good idea to take it steady to allow your body to acclimatize to the incressing altitude.

Riding distance: 29.7km
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Tea House
Take a day to acclimatize your body to the altitude and prepare for the hard days to come. Short hikes can be taken to explore the nearby area or visit high altitude lakes. You can also rest and relax throughout the day.

From this point onward, you will be heading into the true, mountainous wilderness. Manang is the heartland of the Manangi people and here you can sometimes see people engaged in the ancient sports of archery and pony racing.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4 hours Tea House
A short, gentle climb today from Manang will take you to Throng Phedi via Yak Kharka. Take time to admire the mountain views. There are a couple of section where you will have to carry your bikes but, for the most part, the trail is rideable.

Riding distance: 19km
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7 hours Tea House
Starting at around 5:00 am in the morning, you have to make the long haul carrying and pushing your bike up more than 1300 meters to Throng La, the highest navigable mountain pass in the world.

This is also one of the most challenging parts of the ride that will define the true spirit and passion of any mountain biker as you battle the altitude and the cold. You will not just be gasping from the altitude, but also in awe as this section of journey proffers excellent rewards with magnificent views of snow-capped mountains from Throng La and superb technical downhill on the other side that will have you grinning from ear to ear or, if you’re a bit nervous, perhaps browning your trousers!

Alas, you will arrive to a warm welcome and rest at Muktinath. The trail today is 50 percent ridable and you will be carrying your bike 50 percent of the time.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 hours Guest house
Leave Muktinath behind and traverse a small, little-used trekking trail. There is a small section of push as we reach up to Dhangladanda from where you get to enjoy spectacular views of the Himalayas.

What follows is an awesome section of switch-back single tracks that takes you down to the river bed in the Lupra Valley. Rejoin the main trail and head to Jomsom for lunch. It can be a bit tough riding in the wind, but you will have enough opportunities to stop and enjoy the views along the way.

The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on a river side. Take some time to explore its cobbled lanes and get the chance to learn more about the Thakali culture of the area. Stay overnight in the well-furnished Dutch Bakery. Apple brandy is a local product and a good nightcap to relax your mind and body after the days ride.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5 hours Guest house
Today's trail is mostly downhill again. The trail starts out gentle and flat, moving through pine forests and past small villages. Follow the river while enjoying some great views of the snow-capped peaks.

Stop to see Rupse Waterfall and have your lunch. Pick up the speed as the trail drops some 1,000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges. Reach Tatopani, a village famous for its rejuvenating hot springs. Take a soothing bath in a hot spring.

Riding distance: 36km
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6 hours 3 Star Hotel at Hotel Peace Plaza
A ride of around 25km on an open jeep track, flat for the most part but for a few ups and downs, and we leave behind the Annapurna region. Transfer by jeep back to Pokhara from Beni for a well-earned rest.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
3 Star Hotel at International Guest House
A midday flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and get ready for your last night in Nepal.
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.
Meals
  • Breakfast
what’s included
  • All airport transfers, including arrival and departure. Land transfer by private jeep as per the itinerary
  • 3 nights' accommodation in Kathmandu and 1 night's accommodation in Pokhara (3-star hotels). 9 nights' accommodation in tea houses along the route
  • All meals as per the itinerary
  • A qualified mountain bike guide (insurance and expenses included)
  • Porter service for 10 days
  • All permits and entrance fees
  • Domestic flights: Pokhara to Kathmandu
Optional Addons (Available during check-out)
  • Full Suspension Hire Bike
  • Hard Tail Mountain Bike
what's excluded
  • International airfares
  • Personal travel and rescue insurance
  • Personal expenses like drinks, internet and laundry
Tour details
Availability 01 Oct 2018
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Private and Group Tour
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language British & nepalese
Meeting/Start Point Pick-up at your hotel or location in Kathmandu, Nepal
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Who’s it for? People who mountain bike regularly, are fit and are looking for a multi-day mountain bike adventure that gets their heart rate going Fitness Factor: Good cardio fitness and bike-carrying strength and stamina required Skill Factor: Confident in rocky descents and not to bothered by exposure Comfort Zone: Homely tea houses, cozy fires and great food. Not exactly glamorous, but nothing off the charts! WiFi access in most places.
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