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.
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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.