Riding a bike in high rocky Himalayan terrain is definitely in the bucket list of many adventurists. Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Trip is a classic bike trip to explore the beauty of the Himalayas. This extraordinary trip takes you to some of the most stunning and exotic biking routes in Nepal. Annapurna Circuit biking tour passes through a variety of different landscapes, from lush subtropical rainforest, deep valleys and cultivated fields, wooded alpine and high deserts. Visit many different villages, meeting the local hill communities and enjoying frequent spectacular views of massive Himalayan peaks, including Annapurnas and Manaslu. Reach the lowland villages, dense oak forests, deep gorges and lovely isolated hamlets to the lap of the mighty high mountains and the Gangapurna lake – one of the beautiful altitude freshwater lakes. To top it all, the crossing of the Thorong La pass (5,416 m) is a challenging ascent, surrounded by some of the most magnificent mountain scenery in the world.
The spectacular view of gigantic mountains like the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri (8167m), Manaslu (8156m), Nilgiri (7061m), Machhapuchhre (6993m), Hiunchuli (6443m), Lamjung Himal (6983m), Tukuche peak (6920m), Tilicho peak (7134m), and many other Himalayas accompany the riders as they ride past traditional villages on the tough trails of the Annapurna Circuit. Here you will enjoy the timeless culture and rich flora and fauna of our heritage as you explore such wonders as the Kathmandu Valley, the monuments or the temple complexes.
Day 1 - Landing at Kathmandu
On your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, our representatives will pick you up with your name on a sign board and will escort you to the hotel.
At the hotel, we have organized a small welcome program just for you.
Day 2 - Sightseeing Kathmandu
After breakfast, we will be taking you to a short walk around Kathmandu Durbar Square, Kumari’s Palace and the Durbar Square Museum that once used to be a palace where the kings lived.
On this day, we will be having a short briefing on entire journey for the great expedition ahead. We will also be visiting local hire shop to pick up last minute equipment required.
Day 3 - Biking to Syange
On this day, we will begin our biking journey to Annapurna Circuit. We will drive on a private vehicle to Besisahar which is also Known as the starting point of Annapurna Circuit. From there, we will be riding our bike to reach Syange.
Day 4 - Syange to Dharapani
Continuing our ride along the jeep trail, we head towards Dharapani. We ride along beautiful Marsyangdi River and pass majestic waterfalls and dense forests of rhododendron and pine. On our uphill ride to the Himalayas, we will come across some small villages on our way to Dharapani.
Day 5 - Reaching Chame
On this day, we will ride bike through many different villages and forest trails that will allow us an opportunity to see the Himalayas by closer in distance. The Annapurna, Lamjung, Manaslu and other peaks that will make our tired leg stronger by motivating us to ride further. We will reach in the Chame village which is the administrative town of Manang district.
Day 6 - Chame to Pisang
There is a long, peasant and mostly level ride along the forests during the 4 hours biking to Pisang. The pine-scented trail rounds a bend to reveal the first views of dramatic Paungda Danda rock face, a tremendous curve slab of rock. The trail follows through the river valley with good views along the way of Pisang peak and Annapurna II at Pisang. Pisang marks the beginning of the region upper portion of the Manang district.
Day 7 - Biking to Manang
It’s about 4-5 hours trail. From upper Pisang, the high trail enters pine grooves to reveal views of the small turquoise lake. The trail does a dogleg through the charming village, passing with views of painted Mandalas and dragon mouth spouts. Hiking through the fields of grazing yak and the wide variety of crops. This large Tibetan settlement provides good views of Annapurna II/III/IV, Gangapurna and Tarkekang. Stay at 3570m.
Day 8 - Acclimatization at Manang
Today is acclimatizing/rest day. We hike to Chhunker viewpoint where we get to relish the view of the pristine Gangapurna Lake with a backdrop of the Annapurna Range, Tilicho Peak (7134m), Pisang Peak (6091m), Chulo Peak (6584m), Thorong Peak (5416m), and so on. Then we retrace back to our lodge for lunch, a typical Thakali meal. After lunch, we drive to Cave Gompa (4500m), which is again an excellent viewpoint to enjoy the Annapurna Range panorama. Then, we return back to the lodge for the overnight stay.
Day 9 - Biking to Yak Kharka
We are heading to the real Himalayan trails as we leave the forest and low altitude behind. So be prepared for the less oxygen and harder track. Trails will be harder comparatively to the previous days but take it easy and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas. It’s an immense opportunity of your life to admire the glory of mountain. We will take is easy and slowly get used to with altitude ride. We will see the grazing Yaks on the way to Yak Kharka.
Day 10 - Yak Kharka to Thorong-La Phedi
It’s shorter in distance but harder trails to go due to altitude and narrow rocky trails. We will ride through single trails and rock section with amazing views something that is different than the previous days. It will be hard to see greenery unless you are in monsoon time. You may need to get off from bike push and carry in some parts which are a part of your day. After crossing a little river then we push a climb that will take us to the Thorung-la Phedi. Phedi means the bottom part of the climb. Overnight at a lodge in Thorung La Phedi.
Day 11 - Muktinath
Muktinath is a pilgrimage centre for Buddhists and Hindus; you will see Tibetan traders as well as Sadhus from the far south of India. The shrines, in a grove of trees, including a Buddhist monastery and the Vishnu temple of Jiwala Mayi. An old temple nearby shelter spring and natural gas jets, which provides Muktinath with the famous eternal flame. The earth – water – fire combination accounts for Muktinath's great religious significance. Spectacular views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Tukuche peak and several other 8000mts peaks are visible.
Day 12 - Biking Trip to Marpha
Today is the best day of your ride if you are single track lover. We will ride through one of the best single tracks that Himalayas has to offer. We will have optional ride that individual can choose their ride according to skills and fitness. We will stay in Marpha town which is one of the Apple capitals of the district. We can celebrate your holiday with apple pie, cider and locally produced apple brandy. We will get difference architect of the medieval era.
Day 13 - Marpha to Tatopani
Riding through Kali Gandaki Valley, we pass many authentic Nepali villages 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, we enjoy the bath in natural hot spring to relieve our tensed muscles. Overnight at a lodge in Tatopani.
Day 14 - Tatopani to Beni
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 15 - Cycling to Pokhara
It is a day to reach Pokhara again. Riding section via main highway with mix up of flat, up and down hill. Annapurna Himalayan ranges are scenic from on the way. The most beautiful Pokhara valley and surrounding are scenic from top of the villages. Evening is free for you to stroll around Lakeside.
Day 16 Back to Kathmandu and Final Departure
In the early morning, we will be returning back to Kathmandu from Pokhara. Then it will be an end to this incredible adventure story. Biking to Annapurna Circuit has officially came to an end!
Approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight time, our representative will transfer you to the airport.
We will be staying at 3 Star Standard hotels which have deluxe suite in Kathmandu and Pokhara and the best available teahouses during the trek. All accommodations are on twin-share basis. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 300.
All meals will be provided during trekking while only breakfast will be available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. There will also be welcome and farewell dinners for guests. While on the short trek, we have breakfast and dinner in the tea-houses/lodges we spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. The teahouse menu includes Nepalese, Tibetan and the more common continental cuisines for us to choose from.
This trek’s itinerary is planned with a high degree of awareness of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). Experts agree that gaining elevation without proper consideration of AMS could be fatal. The higher the altitude, the less oxygen will be in the air. Therefore, our body needs time to adapt to an environment with less oxygen.
For this tour, there will be one tour guide. We can run the tour for groups of any size, but usually, it is a maximum of twelve people as we've found this to be the best size for a successful trip. If you would like to make a group booking for more than twelve people together, we can arrange this too.
Messenger Travel & Tours is definitely committed to porter rights. We make sure that all our porters are well treated, well paid and we provide the level of shelter, clothing and footwear that these harsh environments demand. Porters who become sick are treated with the same care and attention as other team members and we have previously used helicopters - at our expense - to rescue porters from dangerous situations. We support the work of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG), making our resources available to them to help improve the working conditions of the porters.
Best Time to Travel
The best time for the ABC Trek and Fly Back by Helicopter 9 days trip are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November) seasons. The temperature is moderate in these seasons and guarantees amazing views through the trip. Although this trek can be undertaken during winter, the cold temperature might not be suitable for everyone.
Note:There will be 2(percent) additional discount per person, if the group of people exceeds the minimum group of people (Min 12 Pax)