Annapurna Mountain Biking | Annapurna Circuit Cycling

25th Apr 2022
Photo of Annapurna Mountain Biking | Annapurna Circuit Cycling by Santosh Khatri
Photo of Annapurna Mountain Biking | Annapurna Circuit Cycling 1/2 by Santosh Khatri

Trip Highlights

Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m

Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie, and apple wine (Marpha) in Marpha, 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

Trip Information

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking is an adventure cycling package in which you ride at an altitude of 5000+ metres watching over the snow-covered mountain pass, called Thorong La Pass. Thorong La is the highest point you reach in this package. The biking route passes through rough terrain, stones, pebbles, steep up and downhill trails which are challenging. This Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking package gives you an adventurous biking experience in the Himalayan region of Nepal. In fact, this is also an uphill biking trail, in which you have to carry a cycle for 4 hours, while from the top of the pass, all you do is cycle downward to Beni.

A THING TO BE NOTED: Before or during the trip, there are certain factors like weather and political situations that are unexpected barriers and out of our control, which will compel us to change your itinerary. In such a case, please try to understand these barriers, but our purpose will always be to follow the itinerary that has been listed in this website that you have gone through before booking the trip.

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Mountain Ascend Treks works in cooperation with local porters and tea-houses by giving them jobs and using their services and in this way, it uplifts the economic conditions of the people.

Photo of Annapurna Mountain Biking | Annapurna Circuit Cycling 2/2 by Santosh Khatri


Day 1: Arrival In Kathmandu (1400 M) (Overnight At Hotel With Breakfast)

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find us outside the airport with the banner of Mountain Ascend Treks. If you arrive in the evening or in the middle of the night, we take you straight to the hotel by vehicles, such as cars, vans, depending on the number of passengers. On the contrary, you will be taken to our office, where we will talk about your trip in detail, telling you about do’s and don’ts. If you have free time during the day, then you can use it to visit the places that are around your hotel, most probably, you will be staying in Thamel, which is a lively town for tourists. You can also ask any questions related to your trip.

If you have made a half-payment to us then you are requested to pay the remaining balance now. As you come to our office, please bring your passport, which has a validity of 6 months, including three copies of passport-sized photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance paper. This is followed by the signing of the paper of your trip, as well as the non-liability disclaimer paper. We will provide you with a free duffel bag and a T-Shirt.

Day 2 Warm Up Ride In Kathmandu

This technical ride, which takes about 5 to 6 hours, starts from Kathmandu, heads to Budhanilkantha and then to Kapan, and returns back to your hotel in Kathmandu. The route goes through two Buddhist monasteries. If you are interested and have time, you can visit the gompas(monasteries) and interact with nuns and monks.

Day 3: Drive To Besisahar6 T0 7 Hours (760 M) ) (Overnight At Hotel With Breakfast)

Meeting and Drive to Besisahar (760 m) (overnight at hotel with breakfast) After having breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel, and from Kathmandu, it is a 5-hour drive to Besisahar, the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Biking, where we meet our porters for carrying luggage and other necessary things. This drive shows you how people have been living in rural areas, as well as their lifestyles.

Day 4: Ride From Besisahar To Tal (1,700 M). Distance: 37.4 Km (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Ride from Besisahar to Dharapani (1,700 m). Distance: 37.4 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) After having breakfast, all we have to say is get, set, and go and ride on a trail that follows the Marshyangdi River that ascends uphill that reaches an elevation of 1000 m plus, and that goes through beautiful villages, where we will stop for lunch. Not only the villages are beautiful, but also the waterfalls and the Marshyangdi River.

Day 5: Ride From Tal To Chame (2,670 M). Distance: 22.6 Km (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Ride from Tal to Chame (2,670 m). Distance: 22.6 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) As we ride, we leave the Marsyangdi River behind, but we see the beautiful view of mountains, such as Annapurna II and Pisang Peak, as well as go through green corn, barley, and potato fields, and eventually reach steep hill before stepping into Danaque, from where the biking trail is wide and easy. Ahead, there are lots of waterfalls, and the biking trail heads off to Chame.

Day 6: Ride From Chame To Manang (3,540 M). Distance: 29.7 Km (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Ride from Chame to Manang (3,540 m). Distance: 29.7 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) The biking trail ascends through pine trees in the valley and becomes dusty as we ride on the trail that goes through small villages that leads us to new places from where we see the panoramic view of mountains, including Annapurna II, in addition to the lush green forest and beautiful meadows from where we head off to Manang, our next stop.

Day 7: Acclimatization Day In Manang And Visit Tilicho Lake (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Acclimatization Day in Manang and Visit Tilicho Lake (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Today, we will spend the day by doing sightseeing and visiting villages, as well as by hiking. We can also hike to the Tilcho Lake, which was referred to by the leader of the French expedition as ‘The Great Ice Lake’, and we will take 3 hours to reach this lake, which holds an important place for the Hindus.

Day 8 Ride From Manang To Yak Kharka 4050m, Distance: 10 Km, Biking: 3-4 Hours

We will have a tough ride today. We may need to push our bikes uphill at Yak Kharka (4035m). Riding on a rocky trail, we will encounter yaks grazing in the field and local people riding horses on our way to Yak Kharka. Overnight at a lodge in Yak Kharka.

Day 9 Ride From Yak Kharka To Thorung-La Phedi 4450m, Or High Camp 4900m, Distance: 8.5 Km, Biking: 2-3 Hours

It’s shorter in distance but harder trails to go due to altitude and narrow rocky trails. We will ride through single trails and rock sections with amazing views, something that is different than previous days. It will be hard to see greenery unless you are in monsoon time. You may need to get off from bike push and carry in some parts which are a part of your day. After crossing a little river then we push a climb that will take us to the Thorung-la Phedi. Phedi means the bottom part of the climb. Overnight at a lodge in Thorung La Phedi.

Day 10: Ride From Thorong Phedi Or High Camp To Muktinath (3,760 M) Via Thorong La Pass (5,416 M). Distance: 22 Km (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Ride from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,760 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Distance: 22 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Reaching the top of the Thorong La Pass takes 4 hours, but when we reach there, we will be filled up with complete joy, and you might love to take a lot of photos because of the view of the breath-taking mountains before heading to Muktinath, and it is all the downhill from the top of the pass.

Day 11:Ride From Muktinath To Marpha 2670m Via Lupra Valley, Distance: 30 Km, Biking: 5-6 Hours

An early morning visit to Muktinath Temple and you can also bathe under the 108 water sprouts, which is supposed to wash your sins away. After spending some time at the temple, we continue our bike ride and head towards Marpha. We will have easy rides ahead from today. Riding on rocky trails, we pass many mani walls and chhortens before we enter Lupra Valley. Chasing the stunning view of the Himalayas, we ride through Kali Gandaki Valley to reach the Apple Capital of Nepal, Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple by-products. Overnight at a lodge in Marpha.

Day 12:Ride From Marpha To Tatopani (1,190 M). Distance: 42 Km (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Riding through Kali Gandaki Valley, we pass many authentic Nepali villages on our way to Tatopani. We will have a long ride today as we will be riding to different topographical settings than the ones on previous days. After reaching Tatopani, we enjoy the bath in a natural hot spring to relieve our tensed muscles. Overnight at a lodge in Tatopani.

Day 13: Ride From Tatopani To Beni (899 M). Distance: 25 Km. And Jeep Ride To Pokhara (830 M) (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Ride from Tatopani to Beni (899 m). Distance: 25 km. And Jeep Ride to Pokhara (830 m) (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Today is the last of Annapurna Circuit Biking, and the biking is easy to do, as well as enjoy the municipality features of Beni. This is the ending point of the biking, and the biking trail before this point is downhill in nature, and from this point, we take a jeep to go to Pokhara, the city of lakes.

Day 14: Drive From Pokhara To Kathmandu (Approx. 6 Hours) And Farewell Dinner (Overnight At Hotel With 3 Meals)

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Approx. 6 Hours) and Farewell Dinner (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) It is a 7-hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant, where you can see a Nepali dance. There will be Nepali music as well as Nepali songs. There are a lot of tourism activities that you can do in Nepal. Some of these are jungle safari, biking, and mountain flight. You can extend your trip if you have the time.

Day 15: Departure From Nepal (Transportation And Breakfast Are Included)

Departure from Nepal (transportation and breakfast are included) Today is the last day of your trip. We make sure that you reach the Tribhuvan International Airport on time for departure. You will be taken approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. We can always be in touch through emails. Since Nepal is the cheapest tourist destination in the world for any tourism activities, Mountain Ascend Treks is always ready to help you