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Biking on Annapurna Circuit - World Best Biking Trail

DURATION14 Nights/15 Days
BEST MONTHAll Months except Dec-Jan


If you could imagine the hardest trail and most beautiful trail for the mountain biking then Annapurna circuit is the best example. This trail has so much uphill, downhill and single track in most of the places. Someday you may have to carry your bikes whole day and someday you may have to bike downhill all the day. The maximum altitude you reach is Tilicho Lake which is 5500 meter. We have organized this biking trip for many of our groups. We recommend this trip only for the professional riders or the people who does mountain biking regularly. This is one of our most adventurous packages in Nepal.   

Day 1: Kathmandu Arrival - 1300m
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport at Kathmandu. On arrival meet, assist and transfer to the hotel by our representative. Welcome drinks on arrival and briefing of tour program by one of the representative from Aarya Village Travel.

Day 2: Kathmandu Sightseeing (B)
After breakfast start full day sightseeing in UNESCO heritage sites. Sightseeing at Bouddhanath Stupa- a very important religious site for the followers of Buddhism. It is located northeast from the Kathmandu city center. The Stupa is regarded as the centre of faith for the Buddhists. This is also the largest Stupa of Nepal. The Stupa rich in Buddhist arts and cultural heritage is also a popular pilgrimage site; Pashupatinath Temple is a famous, sacred Hindu temple dedicated to Pashupatinath and located on the banks of the Bagmati River. This temple is considered one of the sacred temples of Hindu faith. This "extensive Hindu temple precinct" is a "sprawling collection of temples, ashrams, images and inscriptions raised over the centuries and Patan Durbar Square- Enlisted in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites is a distinct place for arts and architecture that is reflected on each temple, monument and palace building that were mostly built during the Malla period between 16th, 17th and 18th century. The square offers myriad opportunities for visitor willing to study and research artistic and architectural masterpieces, history and culture of Patan. Rest of the time is free on your own.

Bouddhanath stupa-visitPatan-durbar-square

Day 3: Kathmandu to Besi Sahar by drive (5 hours) and ride to Khudi (B, L, D)

Altitude: Kathmandu (1345m) - Besisahar (830m) - Bhulbhule (840m)-Khudi (780m)

Riding Time: 3 to 4 hours

Riding Distance: 22 km

Level: Medium

Route Composition: Jeep track (100%)

We set out from Kathmandu after breakfast in private car (or bus depending on the size of the group) and head towards Besisahar, the starting point of our trip. You can observe the local way of life, bustling local markets, the mighty Trishuli River and the distant mountains during the drive. When we reach Besisahar, we will ready our bikes and ride to Khudi. The first views of the Annapurna range will be visible during the trip, with the Marsyandi River rushing below. The traditional Nepali way of life will leave you enchanted during the 22km ride today on mostly jeep tracks. This is a great prelude to the exciting adventure in the days to follow.

Day 4: Khudi to Tal (B, L, D)

Altitude: Khudi (780m)–Nadi Bazar (930m)- Jagat (1360m)- Chamje (1400m)- Tal (1700m)

Riding Time: 3 to 4 hours

Riding Distance: 19 km

Level: Medium

Route Composition: Jeep track (100%)

Leaving Khudi, we follow jeep tracks again, and reach the entry gate of Manang district en route. There are some steep and rocky sections here, where we’ll have to carry or push our bikes. The region starts to get the more remote, and gives us a true taste of the marvelous Nepali life composed of different cultures. We climb through an oak forest on the east bank of the river. Once over the ridge, we will arrive in a wide plateau at the village of Tal, a site of an ancient lakebed. There is a fantastic waterfall along the way and you should definitely enjoy the chilling water here.

 Day 5: Tal to Chame (B, L, D)

Altitude: Tal (1700m)- Dharapani (1900m)- Thoche (1900m)- Timang (2750m)- Latamro (2400m)- Koto (2650m)- Chame (2630m)

Riding Time: 4 to 5 hours

Riding Distance: 29 km

Level: Difficult

Route Composition: Jeep track (100%)

Riding the ascending trails through pristine forests and passing Buddhist prayer walls, we ride along marvelous green fields of corn, barley and potatoes. There is some pushing and carrying involved here, especially till the village of Dangu, from where the trail is more ride-able, also giving you better glimpses of the Himalayas; Annapurna II (7,937) and Lamjung Himal (6,932) ahead of us, and Manaslu (8,154) and Ngadi Chuli (7,871) behind us. After amost 30km of riding on a mis of jeep tracks, single trancks and rocky trails, we reach the district capital of Manang, Chame, where we can relax along the hot spring set on the Marsyangdi River. We’ll explore the region and taste products from a popular bakery, and get in touch back home from an internet café. 

Day 6: Chame – Manang (B, L, D)

Altitude: Chame (2630m)- Talekhu (2720m)- Bhratang (2850m)- Dhikuri Pokhari (3060m)- Lower Pisang (3300m)- Humde (3280m)- Manang (3540m)

Riding Time: 4 to 5 hours

Riding Distance: 32 km

Level: Challenging

Route Composition: Jeep track (30%)/ Single track (70%)

A great day of trail riding lies ahead today. With trails that run through forests and a narrow valley, we cross several suspendion bridges. There are enormous massifs along the way, which is the heart of the Annapurna region. The trials run through a wide valley, passing through Humde, a village with one of the highest commercial airports in the world. There are a number of monasteries along the way and the famous Barga Monastery is worth a visit. Local peaks are another spectacle that will definitely draw your attention- there are several over 4,000m. The change in landscape and vegetation is very marked in Manang, the ancient and mystifying village with a very intriguing culture and lifestyle.

Day 7: Rest Day in Manang (B, L, D)

We spend this day riding around Manang and the neighboring villages, acclimatizing to the high altitude. This is an important day which will prove beneficial when we cross the Thorung La in two days’ time. We’ll also take the opportunity to get our bikes cleaned and lubed for the rest of our adventure. Manang has plenty to offer for sightseeing, so today we’ll explore this amazing village. Visit Hundred Rupees Lama Monastery and hike to Gangapurna Lake. The view of the whole Annapurna range and the enormous icefall that crashes and rumbles down from the Gangapurna are quite splendid. 

Day 8: Manang - Yak Kharka  (B, L, D)

Altitude: Manang (3540m)- Tangki Manang (3600m)- Ghusang (3950m)-Yak Kharka (4000m)

Riding Time: 2 to 3 hours

Riding Distance: 11 km

Level: Difficult

Route Composition: Single track (100%)

We leave Manang through medieval houses. As we climb up steadily to the village of Ghusang, we say goodbye to the Marsyangdi valley and following the trails leading to Jarsang River, we reach Yak Kharda. Despite ride-able trails, the higher altitude pedals become an effort. We’ll take it easy and ride at the comfortable pace, enjoying the marvelous beauty of the otherworldly landscape and the giant Himalayan Mountains. The settlements are sparser in this region, and along the way, we encounter yaks grazing in large numbers, as well as an old mani, a Buddhist prayer-engraved wall. After the day’s hard work riding mostly through single tracks, we reach Yak Kharka village in the early afternoon.

Day 9: Yak Kharka - Thorang Phedi (B, L, D)

Altitude: Yak Kharka (4000m)- Ledar (4230m)- Thorung Phedi (4450m)

Riding Time: 2 to 3 hours

Riding Distance: 10 km

Level: Medium

Route Composition: Single track (100%)

Today, we climb to Thorung Phedi on trails that first drop and cross Jorsang River at 4,310m before ascending steeply. We ride through the picturesque village of Tenki Manang, from where you get stunning views of Annapurna, Gangapurna and Tilicho. Along the way, we cross several small wooden bridges over livly streams, and ride through a narrow path heading towards Thorung Phedi. “Phedi” means base of a hill or a mountain; and Thorung Phidi is the base of the massive Thorung La Pass, which we cross the next day.

Day 10: Thorung Phedi - Thorung Pass - Muktinath (B, L, D)

Altitude: Thorung Phedi (4450m)- High Camp (4833m)- Thorung La Pass (5416m)- Phedi Muktinath (4200m)- Muktinath (3760m)

Riding Time: 5 to 6 hours

Riding Distance: 11 km

Level: Difficult

Route Composition: Single track (100%)

Today is the biggest day of this great epic. This is the day we have been preparing, and we’ll need every bit of that energy we’ve conserved in the last two days to get through this. The day is divided in two parts. The first section up to Thorung Pass is all push and carry, while the second section is a technically challenging, awesome 1600 meter descent. We make a pre-dawn start today to avoid the strong afternoon winds at the Thorung Pass. The trail becomes steep immediately upon leaving Thorung Phedi, and the low level of oxygen at such high altitude makes the climb even tougher. The gradient eases slightly after a while and we reach the pass in about 5 hours. The views below into the Kali Gandaki valley are dramatic. Stretching below is the head of the valley and the brown/purple hills of Mustang leading to Tibet. Across the valley is the Dhaulagiri (8,175m) and the Tukuche Peak (6,920m) standing tall, and either side of the pass is towered by twin 6500 meter peaks. This is where the second part of the day begins, and all that effort from the first part is well rewarded with a spectacular 1600m descend down into Muktinath on technical single tracks. Once at Muktinath, we’ll spend some time exploring the religious site, and see the eternal flame that burns on a natural gas source. “Mukti” means liberatin and “nath” means a holy temple, so Muktinath is considered to be a temple of soul liberation. Besides Hindu hermits and pilgrims, we’ll see Tibetan traders as well.

Day 11: Muktinath to Tukuche (B, L, D)

Altitude: Muktinath (3760m)- Jomsom (2720m)- Marpha (2670m)- Tukuche (2586m)

Riding Time: 3 to 4 hours

Riding Distance: 27 km

Level: Medium

Route Composition: Jeep track (60%)/ Single track (40%)

After exploring the famous Muktinath, we make a leisurely start to the day descending down the Kali Gandaki Valley. Initially through arid country in the same geographical and climatic zone as Tibet. We pass through small villages with typical Tibetan architecture and after about an hour and half of pure downhill fun on the valley floor, we reach Jomsom. Jomsom town spreads along both the banks of the Kali Gandaki and you will be able to enjoy views of the Nilgiri Peaks (7061m and 6940m), Tilicho Peak (7,134m) and the Dhaulagiri Range. After a short stopover for lunch in bustling Jomsom, we ride down the valley for about an hour to Marpha, a village with lots of apple orchards. Make sure to taste some Marpha brandy, and a range of apple products like apple pie and dried apple skin. We ride through the farms below Marpha and continue down the Kali Gandaki reaching Tukuche village, an ancient Thakali settlement. Spend some time exploring the region, learning about its culture and history. 

Day 12: Tukuche - Tatopani (B, L, D)

Altitude: Tukuche (2586m)- Kobang (2550m)- Larjung (2500m)- Ghasa (2010m)- Rukse Chahara (1650m)- Tatopani (1190m)

Riding Time: 4 to 5 hours

Riding Distance: 40 km

Level: Medium

Route Composition: Jeep track (100%)

We begin riding from Tukuche to Tatopani through some fantastic downhill sections. We follow the Kali Gandaki’s west bank to Larjung and climb up through a juniper and cypress forest to reach Kalopani for lunch. After Kalopani, the trail descends steeply through a forest to Ghasa and soon after we enter the steepest and narrowest part of the world’s deepest gorge - between the two 8000 meter peaks of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. Upon reaching Dana, a Magar village, the trail descends down to Tatopani where riverside hot springs await your arrival. Tatopani translates to “hot water” and rightly, the hot springs at Tatopani are quite a treat. This is a fabled place to relax your mind and body, so pamper yourself after a great day of biking in this fantastic region. Located besides the banks of the Kaligandaki River, the hot dip amidst the surrounding natural beauty will definitely help to unwind your muscles.

Day 13: Tatopani – Beni - Pokhara (B, L)

Altitude: Tatopani (1190m)- Thadi Khoriya (1030m)- Rani Pauwa (1100m)- Galeshwar (1170m)- Beni (830m)- Pokhara (900m)

Riding Time: 1 to 2 hours

Riding Distance: 18 km

Level: Easy

Route Composition: Jeep track (100%)

Just like the last few days on this trip, the last day of our epic journey, is mostly downhill. We follow a dirt road through riverside villages to Beni, a small but vibrant market town. We’ll spend some time exploring the town and then it’s onwards to Pokhara. Upon checking in at a deluxe hotel, we can relax in the pool, get a well deserved massage or go for a late night rendezvous in the lakeside tourist district. 

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu (B)
After Breakfast drive back to Kathmandu. Check in hotel. Rest of the day is free for rest and refreshment in the hotel. Evening take your own time for last minute shopping and scrolling around the touristic places.

Day 15: Departure (B)
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight a representative from Aarya Village Travel will transfer you to the airport for final departure to your home country.

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    Includes Cost Includes:
    1. Transport: Private car with a/c
    • Airport transfers
    • One full day sightseeing in Kathmandu
    • Private Jeep from Kathmandu to Besiseher and Beni to Pokhara
    • Pokhara to Kathmandu in flight or in private car

    2. Accommodations: 3 star, 4 star and 5 star
    • Kathmandu (3Ns)
    • Pokhara (1N)
    • Tea House Accommodation during trekking (10Ns)

    3. Meals:
    • All breakfasts
    • Lunch: all lunches during trekking
    • Dinner: all dinners during trekking
    4. Mountain Biking Package:
    • Tea House Accommodations, English Speaking Professional Mountain Biking Guide and all his expenses, Mountain Bike (Brands: Cube, Trek and Giant hard tail or full-suspension bikes; your choice), serve hot water three times a day, route maps
    5. Guide
    • An experienced English speaking tour guide in Kathmandu

    6. Taxes, service charges and Entrance Fees:
    • All the applicable services charges, government taxes, ACAP, TIMS and entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu
    Excludes Cost Excludes of above program:
    1. International Airfare, Nepal VISA Fees ($25 per person), Excess baggage charge in Domestic flight, Travel Insurance
    2. Sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
    3. Cost for Porter: USD 30 per porter per day who can carry maximum 30 kg of luggage
    4. Meals not listed in the itinerary
    5. Gratuities, tips to guides, drivers, bellboys, etc
    6. Personal expenses such as laundry, drinks, fax, telephone call, optional activities, etc
    7. Payment Transfer Charge
    8. Hotels check out as per the hotel rules.
    9. Any extra expenses incurred from flight cancellation or delay, sudden price escalations in hotels, transport, flight or any other items, any form of rescue