The Annapurna Circuit by Bike is one of the world’s best trek offering varieties than any other equivalent biking trip, in term of length, in the world. It takes us from sub-tropical zone up to the very edge of the arid Tibetan plateau. The ultimate mountain biking adventure in the Annapurna region comprises of high traverses into the snow covered mountains with maximum opportunity for discovering the hidden wonders and being the part of simply unbeatable mountain biking experience in the Himalayas. This is unparalleled biking that combines the Marsyangdi Valley and the sacred Kali Gandaki Valley. This trip encircles the entire Annapurna range.
The climax of Annapurna Circuit biking is crossing the formidable Thorong La Pass (5416m). It is at the very edge of the Tibetan plateau and affords unsurpassed panoramic views of Annapurna peaks. We visit Muktinath Temple, a holy shrine for Hindu as well as Buddhist. We pass Dhaulagiri Ice flow fall and the world's deepest gorge. The Kali Gandaki River has made deepest gorge between Dhaulagiri and Annapurna peaks. Hot springs await us at Tatopani.
Joining Arrangements & Transfers
All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Please look at our logo at the arrival gate.
While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary. We choose hotels not to far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central located so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.
Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $3 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex
Our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and we do not charge a single supplement. We believe single travellers should not have to pay more to travel. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the entire trip. If you prefer to have your own single room then you have to pay single supplement, however the single room is only possible in Kathmandu not on the trek.
Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.
We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages and Deserts are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included if you have booked the hotel with us. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the biking trip.
A Typical Day
Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s ride. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of biking, some days are shorter. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s ride to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most bikers/trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.
Group Leader & Support Staff
The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and there will be support truck for luggage and incase people can’t ride.
Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Swiss Frank, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks for all. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Swiss Franc, Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.
Guidance on Tipping
Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip. At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the biking crew.
Your baggage on trip will be carried by Vehicle so we normally don’t have exact allowance, however on the flight to Jomsom is maximum 10+5 hand carry so make sure you are in Limit. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trip at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara.
This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3800m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday.
The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.
MOUNTAIN BIKING CHECKLIST
The following basic equipment checklist should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment down to a minimum. NB. This is just a check-list. We are not asking you to bring everything on this list; much will depend on personal preference. April-May is not a cold month in Nepal and most of the places we ride is hot during the day and cool in the morning and evening. Except 2-3 nights it will be mostly very warm so do not bring lots of warm clothing.
Passport & Visas
A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.
All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $40 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $120 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.
Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?
We need your passport copy or details (exactly like in Passport, all name has to be there) to make the necessary permit, issue the flight tickets and arrangement. Please make sure we have this one month ahead of your trip.
Health & Vaccinations
You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up.
The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.
Electricity Supply & Plug
We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:
Preparing For Your Trip
It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking/biking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking/biking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.
October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking& biking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking/biking. The last 2 days can be a little hotter while riding. Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -3ºC at high passes. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres.
Mustang Region Map. 1:50,000. Nepa Maps
A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definite map for Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour.
Not to forget?!
Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humors and an appetite of adventure and discovery!
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You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. Like your personal architect creating your one-of- a-kind home, our Travel Specialists will execute the trip of a lifetime. It's all up to you - logistics, pace, budget, dates, performances, visits, explorations, meals and lodging are hammered out down to the finest customized detail. Please fill in our tailor-made request form.
If you do not want to join a group then you can also make this a private trip with your friends and family one at your own schedule. Considering this, Trekking Team Group organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.
After the pre-trip meeting, you will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious examples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of century’s old temples and palaces. Overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.
After early morning breakfast scenic drive to Besishahar from Kathmandu. Take fresh air and enjoy the staggering beauty of an area surrounded by high hills. On your drive you can see beautiful scenery Marsyangdi valley. You can enjoy spectacular views of himalayas. Overnight at hotel.
Early morning wake up and take a hot breakfast, assemble your bikes and start cycling towards Tal. The beginning trail follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. As you ascend uphill, you gain about 1,000 meters in elevation along with cascading waterfalls. Tal offers you picturesque scenery with terraced fields and local villages.
Today is the hard and challenging day of riding because of the longest sections covering 2,710m elevation. The terrain is rugged but fun. In Chame, you will get a chance to see higher Oak and maple tree along with the majestic major Himalayas by riding. Spend your night at Chame guest house.
Early morning heavy breakfast and off on the trail. The trial takes through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley. Ride through trails and broad forested valley floor a small stool airstrip and a village of about 200 houses and Barge Monastery which is the largest in the entire district and reach Manang. Spend your night in Manang.
Today is the day for acclimatization and exploration of Manang, though it is a rest day you can ride to surrounding height up to 4000 meters to adapt the altitude in coming days as you will face high altitude in next days. Manang is home to the Manangi people and here you can sometimes see the ancient sports of archery and pony racing. Beside that you can also do some sightseeing around such as Lake, Monastery and Chhorten. The views of the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the glacial lake below it are spectacular. From Left to right the peaks are Lamjung, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, the false peak of Annapurna III and Gangapurna above the glacier.
Early morning after breakfast begin your cycling from Manang to Thorang Phedi through Tengi valley, leaving the Marsyangdi valley along the Jarsang Khola valley. Continue to ascend to higher altitude. Enjoy the scenery and culture of the region. Passing through Yak Kharka which means Yak pastures and cross the river on the mountainside, which will lead you Thorung Phedi. Overnigh in hotel of Thorong Phedi.
Today is the biggest and challenging day as you have to wake up early in the morning and get ready to feel the altitude. Being ready with gears start your journey early in the morning climb will be hard but you will take it easy. Guide always advise you to enjoy each and every step as you rarely step on this height in your life. The effect of the altitude can be relief by the Jaw dropping views from the Thorong-La (5416m) Pass. Once you reach on the top, enjoy the view then trek down to Muktinath. Overnight in a guest house.
Leaving behind Muktinath, your next destination will be Tukuche. Ride towards Dhangladanda through a less used trail, from where you get spectacular views of Himalayas. Switch back single tracks that take you down to the river bed in Lupra valley. Then paddle to Jomsom where you will rest and have lunch. From Jomsom onwards, move to an old village of Tukuche. Explore the Thakali culture of the village and take a sip of Apple Brandy.
After heavy hot breakfast begin your cycling from Tukuche to Tatopani going through downhill section along with gentle, flat and winds in and out of the valley sides through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks and beautiful waterfalls. Upon arriving Tatopani relax your body and muscles taking natural water hot spring bath at Tatopani.
From Tatopani, you will be heading towards Beni. Today is an easy ride of about 18 kms. Following the Kaligandaki River, the trails throw some exciting riding with its dirt trails with heavy rocks around. Spend some time exploring the Beni town and drive back to Pokhara. Spend your night in hotel of Pokhara.
Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu, enjoy panoramic mountains views. Spend the rest of the day exploring, shopping or just relaxing in Kathmandu's numerous cafes and rooftop restaurants before spending the evening celebrating your achievements.
Your final day in Kathmandu is very free. You can do whatever you like. Many prefer for shopping while some other want to explore cultural aspect of the Kathmandu valley. Our local guide helps you find appropriate place for shopping as per your need and interest. Farewells! Our airport representative will accompany you to the airport see you off.
Nov 26 2018
First, mountain biking the Annapurna Circuit was an adventure of a lifetime, and I would recommend Trekking Team to anyone that I would recommend this trip. However, I would recommend trekking/MTBing the Annapurna Circuit to very few people that I know. You must be in very good physical condition and be willing to admit you're not in good enough physical condition. You must be willing to overlook the dirt (dust, trash and sometimes disgusting bathrooms) to enjoy the beauty. You must be willing to explore the local cuisine to fully enjoy the adventure. You must be willing to accept the available lodging that is never much better than a nice hostel and can be not much better than a roughly built shack. You must be willing to deal with cold.
If you can get over those hurdles, the adventure is worth it. Shreehari was responsive and helpful in the time leading up to the trip, and the trip itself was well organised. Trekking Team met us at the airport and handled all logistics related to lodging, transportation, and scheduling (providing either a guide or free time in Kathmandu as we choose) until we were back in the airport. The handoff to our MTBing guide was well coordinated.
The guide and porter were excellent and made sure we were taken care of at every step of the ride. The guide had been on over 50 trips to the Annapurna Region and seemed to know every local we met on the trip.
This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.
IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.
Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects.
Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.
One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.
Partnership (Volunteering Program)
The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.