Cycling Annapurna Circuit is cycling in the path of High Mountains. The route you will be riding on a steep, technical track, over long suspension bridge, high mountain pass and classical trekking trails. It is life time experiences peddle in shadow of the highest peaks on earth with lots of rocky trails. The Annapurna Circuit is tales of its incredible beauty, the dramatic landscapes and of the legendary people inhabiting this remote and mystical land. Cycling begin from Besisahar 2,493 miters altitude. It passes several cultural villages with heavily settled different cast group peoples shows different cultural activities. Reaching at the top of highest pass, Thorong La (5,416m) on your mountain bike is life time achievement. Mountain Biking in Annapurna Circuit has listed as alternative adventurous option inside Annapurna conservation area. About two weeks cycling through the rugged mountain road via Besisahar, Chame, Pisang, Manang village to Thorong La, down to Muktinath and back to Pokhara.
Entire cycling tour is sleeping and eating foods from local tea houses. There are plenty tea houses on the way which are tourist standard simple one. It is short riding every day because of high altitude and technical track. Guide com mechanic from Nepal highland treks play major roles to lead you and help in any maintenances of mountain bikes. There will be enough porters to carry your goods during riding.
It is possible to rent your bike in Kathmandu or carry your own from your home. You need real mountain bike for this trail. The route is suitable for real riders, who have previous experience of cycling and physically fit. Some part of the track is not riding but carrying yourself and cross highest mountain peak Thorong La. The itinerary and plan suggest by Nepal Highland Treks can change as per client’s request. Another cycling path at Annapurna is in lower Mustang area from Jomsom Muktinath which is more suitable for beginners and it is for fun riding.
Day 01:Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel
Day 02:Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing in major highlights, familiar ride with your mountain bike and final preparation of the trip. Overnight at Hotel
Day 03:Drive to Khudi via Besisahar (183km – 7 Hors/ 790m). Overnight at local tea house
Day 04:Cycling to Bahundanda from Khudi. (19km – 4/5 hours) 1,310m. Overnight at local tea house
Day 05:Cycling to Tal from Bahundanda. (12km – 6 Hours) 1,700m. Overnight at Local tea house
Day 06:Cycling to Chame (22km – 7 Hours) 2,670m. Overnight at local tea house
Day 07:Cycling to Pisang (16km - 7 Hours) 3,300m. Overnight at local tea house
Day 08:Cycling to Manang (17km - 7 Hours) 3.540m. Overnight at local tea house
Day 09:Rest and acclimatization in Manang. Hiking and cycling around. Overnight at local tea house
Day 10:Cycling to Thorong Phedi (19km - 7 Hours) 4,550m. Overnight at Local tea house
Day 11:Cycling to Thorong La pass (5,416m) and down to Muktinath (22km - 7 Hours) Overnight at local tea house
Day 12:Cycling down to Kalopani via Marpha and other villages. (50.4km - 8 Hours) Overnight at local house
Day 13:Cycling to Tatopani. (23km - 4 Hours) Enjoy natural hot spring. overnight at tea house
Day 14:Cycling to Kushma (7 Hours). overnight at Hotel
Day 15:Cycling back to Pokhara. overnight at Hotel
Day 16:Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at Hotel
Day 1Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to HotelRepresentative from Nepal Highland Treks pickup you from Tribhuban international airport and transfer to hotel. Is it about 7 kilometers from airport to hotel and it takes 25 minutes. If time permits, check your bike.
Day 2Day in Kathmandu. Sightseeing in major highlights, familiar ride with your mountain bike and final preparation of the trip. Overnight at Hotel After breakfast in Hotel, our tour guide will lead you in Kathmandu valley sightseeing. Visit Bhaktapur durbar squire, Bauddhanath and Pashupatinath temple. Back to hotel and test ride with your bike around with guide. final preparation and pack your bike for tomorrow to start your trip.
Day 3Drive to Khudi via Besisahar (183km – 7 Hors/ 790m). Overnight at local tea houseIt is drive with local bus or by private jeep. Road from Kathmandu to Besisahar is highway with paved road and Besishahar to Khudi is rough road. You can plan to drive with local bus or with private jeep with your bikes at the roof.
Day 4Cycling to Bahundanda from Khudi. (19km – 4/5 hours) 1,310m. Overnight at local tea house The first day of riding is short riding on jeep track following Marshyangdi River. Entire way is lush green valley and some beautiful waterfalls. We stop at lodge by lunch our today, to get used to with bikes and landscape.
Day 5Cycling to Tal from Bahundanda. (12km – 6 Hours) 1,700m. Overnight at Local tea house The trail winds gradually uphill to Tal today. Riding path is beautiful with green valley and waterfalls. We enter at first village of Manang Tal. Valley start to been lush and start rising elevation from here. Tal village offer you picturesque scenery with terraced fields and local houses.
Day 6Cycling to Chame (22km – 7 Hours) 2,670m. Overnight at local tea house Today is considered as first hardest day of riding. The trail follows the Marshyangdi River bank. Climbing towards Timang (2,360m) continue onwards pine and fir forest. View from on the way is incredible of valleys and stunning Himalayas. Annaurna II(7,937m), Mount Manaslu (8,156 and other peaks.
Day 7Cycling to Pisang (16km - 7 Hours) 3,300m. Overnight at local tea house through the dense forest along with bank of Marshyangdi River enter narrow valley. The scenic view of crops land and mountains during this walk. Reach at Upper Pisang. Village is surroundings with some of the old monasteries.
Day 8Cycling to Manang (17km - 7 Hours) 3.540m. Overnight at local tea house Ride through big hills, Jungle and wetland. Cross small Budhhist stupa, Monasteries and Lama’s School on our walking and reach Manang. Manang is biggest village in the Trans Himalayan range of Nepal. Ethnic Gurung and Ghale peoples from here called Manangis. Minorities of Buddhist Lamas who came here from Tibet, Dolpo and Mustang are the inhabited of Manang
Day 9Rest and acclimatization in Manang. Hiking and cycling around. Overnight at local tea house We spend a day acclimatizing in Manang by doing some walks or cycling and sightseeing around the village with your guide. We will visit Monastery and go to Gangapurna Glacier Lake during our walk. Towards the end of the day, we return to our accommodation for a night's rest at Manang
Day 10Cycling to Thorong Phedi (19km - 7 Hours) 4,550m. Overnight at Local tea house Leave Manang and then start climbing towards Yak Kharka (4,010 m). Continue to ascend to higher altitude. Cycling becomes a very hard work due to elevation. So, go slowly. Enjoy the scenery and culture of the region. It is important to remain physically and mentally prepared for the highest ascent of the next day to cross highest mountain peak Thorong La
Day 11Cycling to Thorong La pass (5,416m) and down to Muktinath (22km - 7 Hours) Overnight at local tea house Start very early for the 4 am, which is necessary to cross Thorong La Pass. The trail can get windy later making it difficult to cross the pass. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the pass (approx 3 km). You will have to carry your bike to get there. The climb is demanding, the effects of altitude can be felt more and more as you ascend but you will be awe-struck by the spectacular views of the landscape. Once at the top, rest, enjoy the feeling of getting to the highest point of Annapurna Circuit and be ready for the amazing downhill ride. After 45 minutes of technical riding, you will be in Muktinath (3,760 m).
Day 12Cycling down to Kalopani via Marpha and other villages. (50.4km - 8 Hours) Overnight at local houseToday is the long day and down hill riding to Kalopani from Muktinath. we start quite earlier. it is fun riding down via typical villages like Marpha, Jomsom and others. we stop several times to explore local villages, monastery and eating Lunch. Riding path is all jeep track along the bank of Kaligandaki River.
Day 13Cycling to Tatopani. (23km - 4 Hours) Enjoy natural hot spring. overnight at tea houseIt short riding to Tatopani today. Most of the cycling track is downhill involving some interesting monuments. Beautiful waterfalls, typical cultural villages, scenic mountain, wide Kaligandaki River valley and many more. Reach at Tatopani by Lunch time. Enjoy bath at natural hot spring.
Day 14Cycling to Kushma (7 Hours). overnight at HotelAbout 20 kilometer rough road and down hill reach at Beni Bazzar. Riding road at the bank of Kali gandaki River is in between two high hills. Afre beni it is riding on paved road (highway) up to Kushma Bazzar. Local villages, greenery landscape and peoples activities on the way is interesting. we also have option to ride and half way drive to reach Pokhara by today evening.
Day 15Cycling back to Pokhara. overnight at HotelIt is day to reach Pokhara again. Riding section via main highway with mix up of flat, up and down hill. Annapurna Himalayan rages are scenic from on the way. The most beautiful Pokhara valley and surrounding are scenic from top of the villages. back to Pokhara and check in Hotel. Evening walking at Lake side.
Day 16Drive or fly back to Kathmandu. Overnight at HotelAfter your breakfast in Hotel, start sightseeing in Pokhara. International mountain museum, David fall, Gupteswor Mahadev cave and boating at fewa lake. Afternoon drive with private transportation or fy back to Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. Evening fair well dinner at Typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance and Nepali foods.
Day 17Departure Till departure time, free and we drop you to international airport for your final departure. It is important to reach at airport before three hours from your original flight time