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Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking

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Trip Fact

Trip Name:

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike

Best Month:

Sep - Nov & Mar - May

Max Elevation:

5,416 m

Trip Duration:

13 Days

Trip Starts/Ends:

Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Grade:

Moderate to Chellanging

Meals:

BLD

Accommodation:

Hotels & Lodge

Group Size:

1+

Destination:

Nepal

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking tour is a truly unforgettable experience that combines adventure, culture, and stunning natural beauty. It's a must-do for mountain biking enthusiasts looking for an epic adventure in the Himalayas.

Annapurna Circuit is one of the classic and most satisfying trek and tour destinations in Annapurna Region which was opened to foreign trekkers for providing the opportunities to explore the scenery of both the Northern and Southern part of Annapurna Himalayas since 1977. 

Nowadays the road is connected to Manang from Kathmandu and from Pokhara to Mukti Nath. so, this Annapurna Circuit is the perfect destination for mountain bike riders to explore the beauty of nature and culture in the Himalayas. 

Nowadays the road is connected to Manang from Kathmandu and from Pokhara to Mukti Nath. so, this Annapurna Circuit is also the perfect destination for mountain bike riders to explore the beauty of nature and culture in the Himalayas. However, it requires careful planning, preparation, and respect for the terrain and local conditions as well as consulting experienced bikers or local guides can greatly enhance your biking tour experience.

It offers outstanding scenery of the high Himalayan Ranges and the Tibetan Plateau, which are populated by different ethnic groups like Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people. They have their different cultures and religions. You will cross by mountain bike from North to South Himalaya, over the difficult Thorong-La pass. Thorong-La pass is at an altitude of 5416 meters. Visit the holy place of Mukti Nath to see Hindus and Buddhist monuments.  

Mountain Biking rides across the beautiful landscapes, villages, forests, suspension bridges, rivers, waterfalls, Mani walls and many more. You have to expect a few places to carry your bike to Thorong-La top because the trail is steep up and narrow. 

This Annapurna Circuit Mountain tour starts from Besisahar and heads up through Syange, Jagat, Dharapani, Chame, Manang, Thorong Phedi and Thorong-La Pass to get to Muktinath. Dharapani is ending place of Manaslu Circuit Trek. From Muktinath descent to get Pokhara through Jomsom, Marpha, Kalopani, Tatopani and beni.  

Why choose Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking? Highlights!

Choosing the Annapurna Circuit for mountain biking is best choice for mountain biking enthusiasts. It offers a truly remarkable experience, combining the thrill of biking with the stunning scenery and cultural richness of the region. 

Here are some highlights of the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking tour:

Scenic Landscapes: The Annapurna Circuit is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, including lush valleys, cascading waterfalls, terraced fields, and panoramic views of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Cultural Exploration: Along the way, you'll pass through traditional Nepalese villages inhabited by diverse ethnic groups, such as the Gurungs, Thakalis, and Manangis. This allows for a unique cultural experience as you interact with the locals and learn about their way of life.

Challenging Terrain: The Annapurna circuit offers a mix of terrain, from smooth tracks to challenging off-road sections, providing a thrilling experience for mountain bikers of all levels.

Thorong La Pass: Altitude at 5,416 meters (17,769 feet), Thorong La Pass is one of the high and famous mountain pass in the world and a highlight of the Annapurna Circuit. Crossing this pass on a mountain bike is a challenging but rewarding experience.

Muktinath Temple: The Annapurna circuit takes you to the sacred temple of Muktinath, a place of great religious significance for both Hindus and Buddhists. The temple's stunning location adds to its allure.

Natural Hot Springs: After a challenging trip of biking, you can relax and refresh in the natural hot springs at Tatopani, which are believed to have healing properties.

Varied Itinerary Options: There are varied itinerary option depending on your fitness level and time constraints, you can choose from various itinerary options, ranging from a shorter, more accessible route to a longer, more challenging one.

Why choose Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking with us?

Choosing to do the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking tour with us at High Pass Adventure offers several advantages and unique features such as of local expertise, personalized service, and a focus on safety and quality that enhance your overall experience:

Local Expertise: We are a local company based in Nepal, and our team has extensive knowledge and experience in organizing mountain biking tours in the Annapurna region. We are familiar with the trails, terrain, and local culture, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for our clients.

Customized Itineraries: We offer customized itineraries tailored to your preferences, fitness level, and time frame. Whether you're looking for a challenging adventure or a more leisurely ride, we can create a biking tour that suits your needs.

Professional Guides: Our team of experienced and certified mountain biking guides will accompany you throughout the tour, providing guidance, assistance, and ensuring your safety at all times.

Quality Equipment: We provide high-quality mountain bikes and safety gear for all our clients, ensuring a comfortable and safe biking experience.

Cultural Immersion: In addition to biking, we offer opportunities to immerse you in the local culture, including visits to traditional villages, interaction with locals, and cultural experiences along the way.

Accommodation and Meals: We arrange accommodation in comfortable lodges and teahouses along the route, providing you with a comfortable place to rest and delicious meals to refuel after a day of biking.

Support Team: Our support team is always on hand to assist you with any issues or concerns you may have during the tour, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Important Note:

There are times when difficulties like bad weather, regional politics, transportation, or other circumstances are beyond our control. It could include a change to our schedule. It is extremely unlikely that the schedule would vary significantly, though. The Guide and Trekking leader will choose the finest modifications if they are required. You can confer and decide to consider the group's overall satisfaction. When a change does occur, we do everything we can to reduce its impact, but we cannot be held accountable for the outcomes of modifications or delays. Our trekking staff members are knowledgeable and courteous, and they make every effort to address any issues that may arise.

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Altitude Profile

Itinerary Expand All Close All

High Pass Adventure Pvt. Ltd. welcomes you to Nepal, one of the company staff will be waiting outside the baggage hall of the Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu. You have to look for the person carrying A4 size paper with your and our company name. This person will take you to the hotel in Kathmandu from the airport. Check into the hotel, rest, freshen up, and be ready for the meeting with your programs in our trekking office.

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

After having breakfast at kathmandu hotel, our guide will pick you to take to Besisahar.  It takes about a 5/6-hour drive to Besisahar. Besisahar is the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Biking. You will drive into the Trisuli and Marsyangdi Valley with countryside scenery. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
760

After having breakfast, you should prepare a bike for riding to your next destination. The route follows the Marshyangdi River that ascends through beautiful scenery of Village, Waterfalls, and hills. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1700

Today you will have a wonderful day riding a bike through green fields, beautiful villages, forests, and potato fields. The biking road is not tough to Get to Chame, but it requires little ascending. You will see wonderful mountain views of Annapurna two, Lamjung Himal and some green hills. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2670

From the Chame starting the higher elevation of the Annapurna Circuit. The biking route gratual ascends to Manang through pine trees in the upper Marsyangdi Valley.  That day you will have to see the panoramic view of mountains including Annapurna II and lots of other popular mountains. In addition to the lush green forest, local villages and beautiful meadows are the other highlights of the day. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

Today, we will spend the day sightseeing with visiting villages, monasteries, lakes, and viewpoints by walking. Or you can ride your bike to Tilicho Lake, which is 6/7 hrs far from Manang by biking.  You can make a decision with your guide or leader to go there. If you have an extra day of this trip, it would be great to visit Tilicho Lake. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3540

We will have a tough ride today due to high elevation. We may need to push our bikes somewhere till Thorong Phedi. This day you have to expect to ride on a rocky and narrow trail. The bike ride is with amazing views of the mountain. This day is something different than previous days. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
4450

Ride from Thorong Phedi or High Camp to Muktinath (3,760 M) Via Thorong La Pass (5,416 M). Distance: 22 Km, Overnight At teahouse

This day is a difficult part of the whole trip because you may have to push up and down your bike.  It takes about 6/8 hours to get to the Muktinath. Today the biking route is mostly rocky and narrow. You will be filled up with complete joy with breath-taking scenery after getting to the Thorongla top. After enjoying your time on the top, you will descend to Muktinath. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
3760

If you like to visit the Muktinath temple, you have to leave early in the morning to visit Muktinath Temple to bathe under the 108 water sprouts, worship God Vishnu which is supposed to wash your sins away. After spending a few minutes at the temple, you will return to the hotel for breakfast. From the hotel, we continued our bike ride and headed towards Marpha village. We will have easy rides ahead from today because the biking route is easy and passes many Mani walls, villages, and Chortens. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
2670

Today is also easy downhill riding to Tatopani through Kali Gandaki Valley. You will pass many authentic Nepali villages, farmland, forest and waterfalls 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, you will enjoy the hot bath in a natural hot spring to relieve your tensed muscles. 

Food
BLD
Accomodation
Tea House
Elevation
1190

Today is the last day of the Annapurna Circuit Biking tour with easy riding to the Beni. Beni is the ending point of your biking trip. From the Beni you will catch your vehicle to get to Pokhara for overnight stay.  

Food
BL
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
830

Driving from Pokhara to Kathmandu takes about 6/8 Hours or 25 minutes by airplane. Your guide drops you in a hotel in Kathmandu, you will get fresh for a farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with Nepali culture dance. 

Food
Breakfast
Accomodation
Hotel
Elevation
1350

Your trip to Nepal is coming to an end today. When it's time for your flight to depart, a member of our High Pass Adventure crew will transport you to the Kathmandu International Airport. High Pass Adventure can assist you with your next vacation and adventure activities in Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, and India if you're seeking to take an additional trip to Nepal.

Food
Breakfast

What Is Included ?

High Pass Adventure have working best Mountain Biking guide and porter for the trekking. We are providing an excellence service to our customer. All our costs are net and very clear on cost include-excludes. We have paid best salary to Trekking, Tour guide and porter which is more than government fixed amount. Our entire customers are satisfied from our service. For the more details please feel free to contact us.

Cost Includes

  • Mountain Bike.
  • Helmet. 
  • Mountain bike Guide with General Mechanical Knowledge.
  • Hotel accommodation with B/B plan in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Tea-house accommodation during Biking trip
  • Three time meal and one cup tea with meal
  • Repairing Tools.
  • National park and conservation Entry fee for mountain bike and person.
  • Spare parts.
  • All government tax if any.
  • All ground transportation as per itinerary
  • Medical kit bag with simple medicine
  • Domestic Flight as per itinerary

What Is Excluded?

  • Nepal visa fee
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Extra night hotel accommodation in Kathmandu other than itinerary
  • Personal nature expenses.
  • Emergency evacuation charge.
  • Monastery and Temples Entry fee. 
  • Alcoholic beverage.
  • Mineral Water.
  • Tips for guide

Traveller Useful Information

Getting There: Nepal 

Between China's Tibet Autonomous Region and India, Nepal is a landlocked Himalayan nation. It has eight of the top ten mountains in the world, including Mount Everest. There are numerous points from China and India where one can enter Nepal by land. Tourist visas for Nepal are available on arrival at all Indian and Chinese borders if you are traveling there by land. There are numerous foreign airlines providing nonstop connecting flights to Nepal if you're arriving by air. Nepal Airlines, Turkish Air, Thai Airways, Gulf Air, Qatar Air, Jet Airways, Air India, Biman Bangladesh, Lufthansa, Oman Air, Travel Dubai, Air Arabia, and Air China are a few of the well-known airlines that fly to Nepal. From China or India, one can also go overland. Please check your flight and get in touch with us before arriving in Nepal. At the airport in Nepal, you can easily obtain an on arrival visa.

Visa and passport information

Except for Indian passport holders, all foreign visitors to Nepal need a visa; however, you must have a passport with a six-month validity date in order to apply for a tourist visa. At the Tribhuvan International Airport and the Chinese-Indian border in Tibet, visas are available on arrival. To apply for a visa to enter Nepal, you must have a color photograph in PP size. Please click this link for more details about Visa Information. 

Money exchange rate and prices

If you're seeking for the best foreign exchange rates and locations in Nepal, you may easily exchange the majority of your foreign currency at a local bank or authorized money exchange facility in a well-known tourist destination. The Nepal Rastra Bank controls all exchange rates (Center Bank of Nepal). You can exchange small amounts of money at the hotel if you want to. Because our banks will not take dirty or old notes, kindly bring clean and fresh notes.

In order to avoid the time-consuming processes associated with cards and traveler's checks, Nepalese people typically prefer cash in hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, and other locations. You can use an ATM to get cash (in Nepali Rupees) if you have a credit or debit card. In the main tourist city, there are a number of ATM counters with 24-hour service. If you use a card, the maximum withdrawal amount is between 30,000 and 35,000 rupees at once, plus a processing fee of 500 rupees. 

You must convert your money in Kathmandu or Pokhara before the hike because the majority of trekking routes do not offer a facility for international currency exchange. Additionally, inquire about the amount of money required for a Himalayan trek from your trekking operator or guide.

Safety and security

When traveling in Nepal, safety and security are crucial issues to consider both on the way to in and out. We are here for you at all times, and we promise to provide the greatest service to all of our cherished clients. Our guides have extensive training in the field of trekking and broad understanding of first aid items. Because it rises more than 4000 m above sea level, it is essential for hiking in Nepal. Because health is crucial, if a trekker becomes ill from the high altitude, our knowledgeable guide discusses the necessary medications and decides to continue the trek while organizing the emergency rescue.

You must be cautious when hiking trails pass one other because they are not wide enough to do so. During the busiest trekking season, there are lots of porters, yaks, mules, and Jokpe along the trail. You must stay on the safe side if you encounter them on a bridge or in a confined space because otherwise they may force you over the edge.

Safe drinking water

For a healthy body while traveling and staying hydrated, clean water is essential. It will be the most effective method of completing the Himalayan journey. If not, getting sick and having diarrhea is simple. Almost everywhere during the Nepalese tea house trip, but not during the camping trek, sells bottled water. Unfortunately, bottled water is very pricey. 

Please bring good water bottles (for boiling water) and water purification tablets or water filter bottles since plastic bottles are detrimental for the environment. Reusable water bottles are a good idea because they help keep the mountain clean. If you are concerned about finding a typical water tap to fill up your bottles in the trekking region of Nepal, they are very simple to locate. It can be found in rivers, streams, and lodges.

Travel insurance and insurance policy

Nepal hiking tours: The difficulty levels of the Himalayas range from easy to tough. As a result of the Himalayan climate changing, there is a risk of high altitude and potential mishap. 

Trekking in the Nepalese Himalayas demands practical trekking abilities at high altitudes (above 4,000 meters), so travel insurance is essential. If an accident occurs during a trip and requires medical attention or evacuation, the cost of returning to a city and receiving treatment may be significant. Therefore, you must ensure that your insurance covers the price of an air ambulance, medical care, and any risks associated with travel, such as delayed flights and lost, stolen, damaged, or missing baggage. Your complete itinerary while visiting Nepal should be covered by your insurance policy. Make sure your insurance policy covers hikes higher than 5,500 meters. If not, you will be responsible for all unforeseen costs associated with your trek through Nepal. 

All trekkers must send a copy of their certificate from their comprehensive travel insurance policy to High Pass Adventure as part of the booking process for trekking and climbing in Nepal.

High altitude sickness information

Mountain sickness is another name for high altitude sickness. You must be aware of high altitude sickness symptoms since they arise rapidly if you hike or ascend to a higher elevation. Here are some details if you're curious as to why it occurs. The air pressure is the main cause of altitude sickness. Your body needs time to adapt to the shift in air pressure when you travel to higher elevations since the air pressure decreases and there is less oxygen present. According to doctors, If you are at sea level, it begins at 8,000 feet (2400 meters).

1) Types 
There are three types of altitude sickness:

Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS): it is very common and symptoms feel like a tiredness, dizzy, headache, thirsty, muscle aches, nausea 

High Altitude Pulmonary Edema (HAPE): it is effect in the lungs, which can be very dangerous and hard to do life threatening

High Altitude Cerebral Edema (HACE): it is effective in the brain and most difficult to treat and you need to go to hospital attention the right way. 

2) Cause 
Following are the causes of high altitude sickness:

Generally living near sea level and travel to a high elevation 

Had the sickness before

Climbing quickly

Not being acclimatized to the altitude

Drinking alcohol when you ascend 

Medical problems of heart, nervous or lungs 

3) Symptoms
These symptoms will appear depending on your speed to climb and how hard you push. Symptoms range from normal to serious. They can affect the nervous system, lungs, muscles, and heart.

Here are symptoms of High Altitude Sickness:

Difficulty sleeping

Dizziness 

Fatigue

Headache

Loss of appetite

Nausea or vomiting

Rapid Pulse (Heart Rate)

Short breath with action

Blue color of skin or gray soft skin 

Chest tightness or blocking

Confusion

Dry cough or coughing with blood

Cannot walk in a straight line 

4) Prevention 
Important keys to preventing of High Altitude Sickness are:

Climb the mountain gradually. 

Stop every 2,000 feet (600 meters) of climb above 8,000 feet (2,400 meters) and one or two nights sleep there.

Sleep at a lower altitude when possible.

Make sure that you have the ability to quickly descend if needed.

Learn how to recognize early symptoms of mountain sickness.

If you plan on climbing quickly, or climbing to a high altitude, ask your provider about medicines that may help.

If you are at risk for a low red blood cell count (anemia), ask your provider if your planned trip is safe. Also ask if an iron supplement is right for you. Anemia lowers the amount of oxygen in your blood. This makes you more likely to have mountain sickness.

5) While climbing, you should follow these rules:
Drink plenty of water

Climb slowly.

Take it easy

Do not drink alcohol.

Eat regular meals that are high in carbohydrates.

Sleep lower elevation 

Take a medication (diomax) according to doctor 

Client Reviews

Patrice

Patrice

Austria

Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour - Memorable Experience

16th July, 2023

We were five people in a group for the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike adventure in October 2018. We chose High Pass Adventure Trekking as our biking company for our trip. The mountain biking trip is guided by Sundar who has been many times. So he made the trip enjoyable and memorable in our life. So This was an amazing trip! The itinerary is well designed with every day 4-5 hours of ride, and an acclimatized day in Manang. Roads are surprisingly challenging but the acclimatized day made it easy to push over the Thorong La Pass. If you are thinking about mountain biking in Nepal, go with High Pass Adventure Trekking and use a guide sundar you will get a lifetime experience you will never forget!!!! I highly recommend to all who are planning a annapurna circuit cycling tour that you need previous biking experience to do the Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour.
 

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