The Classic Annapurna Circuit

Trip Highlights

The Classic Annapurna Circuit 14 days

Tilicho Lake4920m (Recommended side trip, Optional)

 

 

One of the most Popular Trekking routes now has a lot to offer for MTB. This ride is more of a cross-country ride with a good amount of technical single-track; the varied terrain offers something for everyone. While the lower sections of the trails are mostly off-road Jeep tracks, as you get higher the trail becomes exclusively single-track. There are some sections where you need to hike-a-bike, but the rewards after this is huge. For example the adrenaline inducing downhill single tracks from the mighty Thorong-La.

We ride through five different districts (Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi and finally Kaski) and two different zones (Gandaki and Dhaulagiri) of Nepal. The altitude varies from Beshishahar800m, to the highest point Thorong-La Pass5416m. The lower sections of the trail are hot and humid, but the upper section could give you quite a challenge with a high altitude and lower temperatures. In this trip you will see the changes in the vegetation almost every day. The Annapurna Circuit has some of the best trails in Nepal and with stunning views in every corner.

 

Tilicho Lake4920m Worlds Highest Lake challenging

It is highly recommended to visit Tilicho Lake while you are in the area. This is a perfect place for Enduro riding, where the trails are mostly single-tracks with lots of natural switchbacks. The amazing landscape and its stunning views are always refreshing. An encounter with a herd of blue sheep is no surprise in these areas. It’s definitely a one of a kind place, which you won’t regret to visit, and it’s simply even better while you can shred those amazing single trails.

 

This is a general outline; there are several different ways to experience this trip and it can also be tailored as per client preferences. However, if there are any kinds of changes to the itinerary needed during the trip, possibly due to bad weather, change in terrain conditions due to Natural Disaster, internal flight disorder, Himalayan Dirt reserves the rights to do the alteration to make it convenient and safe for our clients and crew.

 

Ride: All mountain/XC

Group size: Any…

Difficulties: Moderate Hard

Altitude: lowest point Beshisahar 800m to highest point Thorong La 5416m

Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel in the cities and Tea house/lodge on the trail.

Please Note! If you would like to visit Tilicho Lake4920m (world’s highest lake), which is highly recommended, 2 and half more days will be added on this Itinerary.

We normally ride from 5 to 7 hrs a day.

 

*If there are any kinds of changes to the itinerary needed during the trip, possibly due to bad weather, change in terrain conditions due to Natural Disaster, internal flight disorder, Himalayan Dirt reserves the rights to do the alteration to make it convenient and safety for our clients and crew.

 

Please email us for price and more information in details about this Classic Mountain Bike Trip.

Trip Overview

The Classic Annapurna Circuit 14 days

Tilicho Lake4920m (Recommended side trip, Optional)

 

 

 

Detail Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu

We will pick you up at the airport, transfer you to the hotel and pre-briefing about the trip.

Day 2: Drive to Beshisahar expected 6hrs drive

Meet your guide at the hotel and we load up the bikes and ready for a Road trip.

Day 3: Ride Beshisahar800m to Tal1700m

Trail: Off Road Jeep Track all the way.

Day 4: Ride Tal1700m to Chame2800m

Trail: Off Road Jeep Track all the way.

Day 5: Ride Chame2800m to Manang3500m)

Trail: Jeep Track and some good single track. We will be riding behind the Annapurna.

Day 6: Ride Manang3500m

Rest/Acclimatize day, perhaps a short hike to Chhangyur up to 4000m.

Day 7: Ride and hike a bike Manang to Thorong Phedi4600m

Trail: Single tracks, along with Hike a bike

Day 8: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath3750m via Thorong-La Pass5416m

Big day today…

Trail: push/carry to the top of the Pass and awesome single track downhill to the end.

Day 9: Ride Muktinath to Marfa2600m via Lupra3850m

Trail: Mostly single tracks till Eklebhatti, then join the main jeep trail.

Day 10: Ride Marfa to Tatopani1100m

Trail: Comprise of Jeep tracks and single tracks, including ride inside the pine forest.

Day 11: Ride Tatopani to Beni700m and Drive to Pokhara

Trail: 1 and half hour ride on an off Road Jeep Track to Beni.

Day 12: Pokhara

Sightseeing, Paragliding or even hire a boat on Phewa lake and just relax. optional!

Day 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu

Afternoon flight to Kathmandu. Enjoy your free time and perhaps some last minute shopping…

Day 14: Depart for home…

FAQ

Altitude and Acclimatize

On this trip, we will ride from the low land Besisahar800m to the highest point Thorong La 5416m in the Annapurna Circuit. This itinerary is designed to adapt for easy acclimatization, so our clients won’t have issues to deal with AMS (Acute mountain sickness) on this tour.

What bike should I bring for this trip, if I cannot bring my own bike, is it possible for rental?

An All Mountain or Enduro full suspension bike, fork travel from 120-140-150/160 would be ideal and lots of fun to play, but a good Hard-tail even with a 100mm fork can always do a job.

If you are planning not to bring along your own bike on this trip, we can arrange you a suitable bike for rental. The price may vary upon the quality and nature of a bike; please write to us for price and details. However, we always encourage you to bring your own bike.

What kind of accommodation would it be during the trip? Wi-fi?

2-3 star quality hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and well-located comfortable guest houses/lodges on trails in the mountains, with hot shower and private bathroom. All the hotels and guest house/lodges have Wi-fi, even in the mountains. Wi-fi is often free for hotel guests in most of the places.

Dietary Gluten/Allergy issues

International food/cuisine will be served along with local delicacies in various restaurants & bars in Kathmandu and Pokhara, perhaps just a little less choices in the mountains. Please, let us know that if you have any kind of diet request or you are allergic to certain things. We will try our best to facilitate such kind of requests.

Things to put on your backpack for daily rides

10lt, 12lt or even 16lt backpack is suitable for this trip. Hence, we provide porter service for the remaining luggage from one point to another throughout the tour.

  • Wind/water proof Jacket
  • One extra cycle jersey or sweatshirt
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Some power bars and energy drink
  • Sun glass and buff
  • Camel Bag or water bottle for hydration?
  • Knee pad is recommended
  • full face helmet is optional
  • Mobile phone/camera and some cash…

 

 

Safety Insurance

Mountain biking is an adventure sport where risk and hazard may happens in no time. We carry the first aid kit with us and do the basic first aid.

A sufficient medical travel insurance is mandatory and must arrange prior the trip from the country of origin. Your insurance should be able to cover all the medical expenses, including Emergency Helicopter Evacuation, if unwanted incidents occurs.

You are on your holiday and so we’d like you to have fun as much as possible and in the same time we would like you to spend a trouble free holiday while mountain biking in Nepal.

Alcohols are not permitted to consume during the ride. Beers? After ride…

Respect the nature and the culture, be responsible and enjoy the ride…

 

 

Please write to us for further information about price and trip details.

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