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Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Tour

 

Tour Highlights:

  • Amazing high altitude ride crossing Thorung La Pass (5,416m)
  • Dense rhododendron and pine forests plus apple orchards
  • Hike to Gangapurna Lake fro stunning mountain views
  • Riding through diversely variant landscapes
  • Ethnic villages, temples and monasteries decorated with multi-coloured prayer flags
  • Natural waterfalls including hot water
  • Interaction with the local people and information about their typical lifestyle, culture and tradition

 

Mountain Biking outing is one of the adventure sport activities that are highly demanded and enjoyed by the domestic and international adventure seekers. Along with the development of the roadway tracks to connect the high Himalayan with the flatlands, biking expeditions in Nepal are organized. It is completely an organized tour to help the visitors witness the cultural and natural wonders of the country. Mountain cycling excursion is a different experience from trekking or hiking to a high altitude location as it contains adventure and socio-cultural exploration.

There are many popular bicycling trails throughout the country which are growing tourism destinations for their mountain views, amazing landscapes, lush valleys and dense diverse forests. The foreigner tourists are fond of riding their mountain bikes on the challenging trail to reach the top of a tourism destination to observe the serene beauties of nature and culture. The top rated all-terrain bike trails in Nepal are Kathmandu Valley riding tour, Pokhara Kathmandu biking excursion, Annapurna circuit mountain biking tour, Mustang Muktinath cycle tour and Lower Everest region mountain biking route.

Among such well-recognized mountain biking tours, Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking tour is the most loved and chosen one for the wonderful rewards. During this cycling tour to Annapurna Circuit, you cannot only have the splendid mountain views but the high Himalayan settlement areas keeping their culture and tradition intact. The diverse species of flora and fauna of Annapurna Conservation Area are other attractions of this riding tour. You ride along the Marsyangdi River valley to Manang and Mustang Valley up to Beni, the gateway to Upper Dolpo region trekking via the Kali Gandaki Gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

Although a quite challenging it is to ride along the hilly off-roadway, the mesmerizing outlook of the snowcapped peaks, the arid landscapes and the religious shrines are rewarding. During the ride along Annapurna Circuit, you can have the breathtaking vistas of the glittering mountains like Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri Massif, Nilgiri, Machhpuchhre, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche Peak, Tilicho Peak and many more. The passion of reaching the top destination located on a hilltop helps you paddling and sometimes even, pushing the mountain bikes forgetting the hardships.

The classic mountain biking tour to Annapurna Circuit starts from Beshisahar after a drive from Kathmandu, then leads you further higher via the Marsyangdi River Valley offering you with the enthralling snowy peaks. Reaching Thorung La Pass by riding and pushing the bicycle is not everyone’s cup of tea but only the daredevil mountain bikers filled with determination and physical fitness plus strength become successful. While riding through the Thakali, Chemjong, Gurung and Manangi villages of the Annapurna region, you come to realise the rich culture and tradition of these ethnic communities.

Among hundreds of trekking and tour agencies organizing mountain biking tour to the popular Annapurna Circuit region, Nepal Trekking Routes has designed 16 days’ package to assist you choose the best Nepal tour trip. The quality services and care of the NTR crew members who are passionately dedicated to give you the maximum satisfaction make you Nepal tour in mountain bike more memorable and worth experiencing. The team member of the NTR gives you full details about the natural and cultural heritage sites so that this trip becomes lifetime achievement. We also organize the mountain biking trip packages throughout the country in a professional way, so, to grab this opportunity, contact us via email, phone calls, WhatsApp and online booking services.

 

FAQs:

  1. Does your company provide mountain bikes on hire?

Yes, surely, we provide Giant and Cube mountain bikes, which are suitable for hard trails. The full suspenson bikes in XS, S, M, L and SL sizes are available with us.

  1. Can I get the gears with the bike?

Yes, you can get the gears like helmet, spare tube, pump, bottle case, mechanical kits and padlock with the bike. However, you yourself have to manage the personal gears such as globes, biking shorts, knee pad, etc.

  1. Can I rent the bike for multiple days?

Yes, indeed you can rent the bike for multiple days. And you know the benefit? If you hire the bikes for multiple days, the charge is lower than the usual.

  1. Is security deposit required while renting bikes?

You don’t have to deposit cash for security while renting bikes but the document that gives your whole personal information.

  1. What documents should I submit to rent the bikes?

To rent the bike, you should submit any document that gives your detailed personal information. It may be the passport or driving licenses or any other identity card.

  1. Are the bikes in condition?

Yes, sure, all the bikes we provide on rent are in proper condition capable to cover the entire riding tour. They are repaired on regular time and replaced the damaged parts so that it won’t give trouble in your trip.

  1. How can I repair the bike in case there is damage?

As you are going through the countryside trail which doesn’t have mechanical services to repair your bike in case it is damaged. So, you have to amend the bike right then and there. If you are bringing your own bike, don’t forget to bring mechanical tools with the bike. And if you hire the bike from us, the trekking guide takes the required mechanical tools with him so that the maintenance services are available on the spot.

  1. What is the size of a group?

The minimum size of a group should be at least two members and up to 12 people. Actually, ‘larger the group, cheaper the cost!’

  1. Are the guides experienced?

Nepal Trekking Routes has the well-experienced guides who have spent multiple years working in this field. They are certified and can speak English and some also have good command over other international languages.

  1. How can I manage my luggage?

Don’t worry about your luggage because it will be transported to the overnight station via a jeep or bus or any other means of transportation. You can just carry your backpack with the emergency stuffs that your require during the off-road terrain bicycle.

  1. Can I bring my own bike for mountain biking tour in Nepal?

Yes, of course, it is a great idea if you are planning to bring your own bike for mountain biking excursion in Nepal. But once consult with us to bring the right type of bike according to the terrain and the trail to the destination you want to reach.

Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival (1,350m)

On your arrival day, the representative of Nepal Trekking Routes picks you up at the Kathmandu International Airport and escorts up to the hotel booked for your accommodation. In the leisure time, you can take a short stroll aroudn the tourist hub, Thamel and neighbouring areas. NTR organizes a welcome dinner at a typical restaurant around Thamel as a part of reception.

Day 02: Guided Sightseeing Tour around Kathmandu Valley

Today, after breakfast, the tour guide of NTR presents at the hotel to take you for guided sightseeing tour around Kathmandu valley. There are many UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the Capital City waiting for your arrival. You can take a short hike to Swayambhunath Stupa or the Monkey Temple to have a 360-degree panoramic view of the entire Kathmandu valley. However, be careful with the monkeys as they can snatch your stuffs and climb up the trees! You can also take a visit to Patan Durbar Square, Pashupatinath Temple and Bouddhanath Temple to relish the ancient art and artefacts. In the evening, the guide for your Annapurna Circuit off-road bike Tour gives you all the information about the trip.

Day 03: Drive to Beshisahar (760m) and Ride to Syange (1,100m) - 20 km/11 Hours

Early in the morning, you start the journey to Beshisahar, the gateway to Annapurna Circuit trekking region, in a private jeep by enjoying the Himalayan views and wonderful landscapes. Driving for about seven hours along the Prithvi Highway, you reach Beshisahar and formally begin your cycling tour of Nepal.

Day 04: Ride to Dharapani (1,860m) -18 km/4 Hours

Following the off-road, you ride up to Syange for the night station. The trail goes along the Marsyangdi River banks, natural waterfalls, dense rhododendron and pine forests by riding past some small villages. After riding the rugged road for about 4 hours, you reach Dharapani for the night rest.

Day 05: Ride to Chame (2,670m) -18 km/5 Hours

You begin your trip today by riding along the jeep trail that goes past some small villages, Himalayan forests and a few suspension bridges over the Dudh Khola. By enjoying the serene beauty of the Tamang villages of Thanchowk and Koto, you reach Chame, the administrative headquarters of Manang district, for the overnight stay

Day 06: Ride to Pisang (3,200m) -19 km/5 Hours

Following the uphill  road that winds along some dense forests of rhododendron and juniper bushes, you will ride up to Pisang. Rejoicing the stunning vistas of Annapurna Himalayan Range, Lamjung Himal and other unnamed peaks, you ride past a beautiful village called Dhikurpokhari. Riding slowly by witnessing the ecstatic beauty of the surrounding, you finally reach the Thakali and Gurung Himalayan town of Pisang to end today’s journey.

Day 07: Ride to Manang (3,540m) -19 km/5 Hours

Today’s ride is quite interesting and thrilling as well because you are going to reach the town of Yetis (abominable snowman that exists in some myths perhaps!). The trail goes along some thick pine forests and villages nearby surrounded by the Himalayas, Buddhist prayer flags, mani walls, chortens and the caravan of yaks and horses, which are the carriers of goods in the high altitude settlement areas. While riding along the comfortable trail on the flat Himalayan valley, you can relish the Himalayan lifestyle, culture and tradition along with your adventure.

Day 08: Rest Day in Manang

As it is the rest day in Manang, you don’t have to worry about reaching a particular destination situated on a higher altitude. You aren’t riding the uphill route any more but will be exploring the amazing cultural and natural heritages of Manang Valley. You can take a short hike to Gangapurna Lake situated at the elevation of 3,500m, which shows you the majestic peaks of Annapurna Massif and other peaks nearby. Similarly, you take side trips to the Buddhist Monasteries and mountaineering school where the adventure lovers are found being trained for peak climbing and mountaineering. You can also try the typical Thakali food item with the fermented green vegetables’ pickle.

Day 09: Ride to Yak Kharka (4,050m) -10 km/4 Hours

The riding of the day is quite tougher because somewhere the bike carries you and somewhere you carry the bike i.e. riding and pushing equally! By meeting with the herds of yaks and horses grazing in the pastureland, you continue the uphill trail. You can see the people going back and forth Yak Kharka on a horseback. The continuous strides of the horses refuel you with more energy to complete the ride as quickly as you can.

Day 10: Ride to Thorung La Phedi (4,450m) -7 km/3 Hours

Even though you are covering the shortest distance of the entire Annapurna Circuit Bicycle tour, it is a tougher day as well. The trail is hard and rugged that you have to push the bikes in some sections of the road. The route goes along the naked landscapes that are green only in monsoon season. After crossing a small rivulet, you reach Thorung La Phedi (‘Phedi’ means the ‘bottom of the hill’) for the night accommodation at a lodge.

Day 11: Ride + Push to Thorung La (5,416m) and Ride to Muktinath (3,800m) -23 km/8 Hours

Today is the toughest day of the entire mountain biking tour to Annapurna Circuit as you have cross the highest point of this tour. You reach the top of Thorung La Pass (5,416m) all the way by pushing the bike along the steep dusty road. Once you are on the top, you forget the hardships of pushing the bicycle as the rewards of the picturesque mountains, valleys and human settlement areas are really more valuable than the exercise you do during the journey a little earlier. After you quench the thirst of the most spectacular vistas and recharging your physical and mental strength, you ride downwards to Muktinath. Muktinath is a holy shrine for both Hindus and Buddhists who make the pilgrimage to here. The natural flame that never goes out is the central attraction of Muktinath Temple along with the 108 water spouts which are believed to give salvation if you take a holy bath.

Day 12: Ride to Marpha (2,670m) via Lupra Valley (2,790m) -30 km/6 Hours

As the ride ahead from Muktinath is easier and more comfortable because you will go downhill on your bike, you don’t have to be more worried. So, you can enjoy the morning view of the snowy peaks shining in the early sunshine and also the crowd of the devotees to take a bath in the water spouts and worship the deity for some time. Then, you start the downhill journey towards Marpha, the ‘Apple Capital of Nepal’ by leaving Lupra Valley far behind. On the way, you can see the peaceful mani walls, chortens and prayer flags that are biding you farewell as you are going to leave their valley and enter into another valley, the Kali Gandaki River Valley. While spending night in Marpha, you can taste the apple products including the local liquor brand ‘Marpha’ sitting in the apple orchards and enjoying the Annpaurna Massif and Dhaulagiri Massif.

Day 13: Ride to Tatopani (1,190m) -42 km/6 Hours

Today is the longest distance you will measure but the duration is short and difficulty is low. Riding along the Kali Gandaki valley, you go past some ethnic villages reflecting authentic Nepali culture and tradition in the best forms. Finally, you reach Tatopani (Hot Water) which is a stopover during Annapurna region trekking famous for natural hot water spring. You can take a shower in the naturally hot water that gives you relaxation from the travel  fatigue and cures skin diseases if any!

Day 14: Ride to Beni (1,000m) - and Drive to Pokhara (910m) - 18/8 Hours

You are almost done with the adventurous riding tour around Annapurna region because today is the last  day for riding downhill towards Beni. By riding past some cultural villages of the Kali Gandaki River Valley, you reach Beni which is the gateway to Upper Dolpo region trekking. From here, you catch a bus to Pokhara and keep your bike on the hood of the bus. Now, by taking a nap, you drive to the beautiful lakes city Pokhara for the night station. You can relish the food items of your choice and appetite here in Pokhara. You can also experience the nightlife of Pokhara strolling around Lake Side with your people. You can also celebrate the completion of the adventurous journey to Annapurna circuit trail on your  bike!

Day 15: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu -25 Minutes

Today, you have a scenic flight to Kathmandu from Pokhara by enjoying the astounding view of the snowcapped mountains Annapurna, Masalu, Ganesh and Langtang region unveiling their coat in the morning sunshine. After the plane lands at Kathmandu International Airport, the crew member of NTR accompanies you up to the hotel booked for your rest. After becoming fresh, you can go shopping around the Thamel area to collect the souvenirs and garment items to present to your kin and kith in the home country. In the evening, NTR organizes a farewell dinner party as a part of hospitality to make your trip with us a lifelong bond of friendship!

Day 16: Final Departure

This is the final day of Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking tour 16 days’ itinerary. So, the representative of NTR escorts you up to the Kathmandu International Airport as per your flight schedule. We wish you a happy and safe journey ahead with a hope to see you next year!

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