Annapurna Mountain Biking Belt, Nepal
This fantastic mountain biking holiday in Nepal follows the route of one of the undisputed great trails of the world, the Annapurna Circuit, into the heart of some of the most sensational mountain scenery on the planet. With new sections of ‘jeep road’ through the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki valleys, the trail is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for intrepid mountain bikers. Climbing through a series of dramatic panoramic zones, this is an undeniably tough trip, with long sections of carrying and pushing at altitude. However, there is also a lot of whooping and hollering to be had on some stretches of amazing riding, with fast dirt trails and rocky singletrack around a glorious centrepiece of the Annapurnas. This is also a great cultural journey as we encounter the crinkled, friendly smiles of remote Nepali and Buddhist people and gain an insight into their ‘lives in the sky’. Accompanied by an expert Nepalese biking guide, the group will make use of lodges throughout the circuit and all baggage will be portered between overnight stops. After an acclimatization day at Manang and a further 2-day approach to High Camp, the stamina-sapping climb to the Thorung La (5416m) will take everyone’s breath away – as much for the gob-smacking views as for the lack of oxygen! This is followed by an amazing 1600 metres descent to the collection of temples at Muktinath, one of the holiest sites in Nepal. From here, it’s pretty much all rideable and mostly downhill as we blast through the world’s deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki on a wild, rugged jeep track with hulks of mountains towering either side of us. Our journey comes to an end at the surfaced road in Beni, where we can kiss the tarmac and celebrate a unique and amazing achievement, with memories which will stay with us for a lifetime!
One of the great adventures in the Himalaya and the ultimate high altitude challenge for any mountain biker. Traverse high into the snow covered mountains on a journey of discovery, culture, scenery and simply unbeatable mountain biking.
We will arrange pick up for you at the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Time in the afternoon for exploring the town, bike fitting and then we will have a traditional welcome dinner.
Join us on a warm up ride exploring some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some temples and return to Thamel for lunch, last minute bike adjustments and final packing for the trip.
KATHMANDU TO BESISHAR BY VEHICLE
Starting the day at 8am we meet at our workshop for fresh brewed Himalayan beans coffee and then load up the bikes for the 6 hour drive to Besishar. We stop along the way to enjoy the views and take some lunch. On arrival in Besishar we take some time to explore the town and we also meet our porters and finalize our trip preparations.
BESISHAR (760m) TO TAL (1700m) Distance:- 37.4km
Today we ride, a little more than a 1000 meters of uphill. The trail takes us along the Marsyandi river, it’s a beautiful section of the ride and 100% rideable. In Tal there is some nice scenery with steep sided valleys terraced with farms and small villages. Tal is situated in a deep gorge and you can see cascading waterfalls along the way.
TAL (1700m) TO CHAME (2670m) Distance:- 22.6km
A challenging climb makes this one of the longest and hardest sections along the trekking trail. The terrain is rugged but fun. There is great jungle and river scenery so take this stage steady and enjoy the ride.
CHAME (2670m) TO MANANG (3540m) Distance:- 29.7km
The trail still climbs but becomes more rideable today as it widens back into a jeep track. The jungle opens up into the arid mountain region and you can get great views of the Himalaya as you ride. It’s a good idea to take it steady to allow your body to acclimatize.
MANANG REST, EXPLORATION AND ACCLIMATIZATION
Take a day to acclimatize and prepare for the hard days to come. Short hikes can be taken explore the nearby area, visit high altitude lakes, rest relax and chill out in Manang, maybe you will not want to leave! From here you will be heading into the true mountain wilderness. Manang is home to the Manangi people and here you can sometimes see the ancient sports of archery and pony racing.
MANANG (3540m) TO THRONG PHEDI (4450m) Distance:- 19km
A short and gentle climb today from Manang to Yak Kharka and then on to Throng Phedi, take time to admire the mountain views. There are a couple of section to carry your bike but for the most part, the trail is rideable.
THRONG PHEDI (4450m) TO MUKTINATH (3760m) VIA THRONG LA (5416m) Distance:- 22km
Beginning from around 5am in the morning, you have to make the long haul carrying and pushing your bike up more than 1300 meters toThrong La, this is one of the most challenging parts of the ride that will define the true spirit and passion of any mountain biker as you battle the altitude and the cold. But you will not just be gasping from the altitude, but also gasping in awe as this section of the journey proffers excellent rewards with magnificent views from Throng La of the snow capped mountains and superb technical downhill on the other side that will have you grinning from ear to ear, or if you’re a bit nervous perhaps browning your trousers! Alas you will arrive to a warm welcome and rest at Muktinath.
50% Carrying, 50% rideable.
MUKTINATH (3760m) TO TUKUCHE(2590m) VIA LUPRA VALLEY Distance – 32km
Leaving behind Muktinath we traverse the hill side along a small, little used trekking trail, there is a small section of push as we reach up to Dhangladanda from where you get spectacular views of the Himalaya. What follows is an awesome section of switch back single tracks that takes you down to the river bed in Lupra Valley. Re-join the main trail and head to Jomsom for lunch. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on the river side. Take some time to explore the cobbled lanes and explore the Thakali culture of the area. We stay overnight in the well furbished German Bakery. Apple Brandy is a local product and a good night cap to relax your mind and body after the days ride.
TUKUCHE(2590m) TO TATOPANI (1190m) Distance:- 42km
Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and meanders in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the impressive waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani, the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Once in Tatopani you can enjoy a soothing bath in the Hot Springs and perhaps a local massage will not go astray, or a cold beer for that matter!
TATAPANI TO BENI AND BACK TO POKHARA
A ride of around 25 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills as we leave behind the Annapurna Region. From Beni we transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well earned rest and perhaps a beer, a good meal and some fun times out and about!
TRANSFER TO KATHMANDU
Midday flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu. Check into the hotel and have an afternoon of shopping and then get ready for your last night in Nepal.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
PRICE INCLUDES –
- 3 Nights in Kathmandu (3 Star)
- 1 Night in Pokhara (3 Star)
- 09 Nights in Teahouses while biking
- ACCAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)
- TIMS (Trekking Information Management System)
- Kathmandu Sightseeing Entry Fees, Tatopani Hot Springs
- Pokhara to Kathmandu
- All airport taxes and Service Charges
- Excess Luggage Charges up to 7kg Over weight
- Meals during the biking trip
- Traditional Nepalie Welcome Dinner
- Filtered Organic Coffee – Our guides carry locally produced coffee and filters
- Airport Transfers (All)
- Private Vehicle Kathmandu to Besishar
- Private Vehicle Beni to Pokhara
- 13 Days Qualified Mountain Bike Guide (MBLA Certificate and Wilderness First Aid)
- 10 Days Porter, Pony and Pony Handler
- Support Guide for group over five people
- All Guide and Porter expenses and insurance
- Full use of Workshop for assembling, washing and packing bikes
- Travel tool box carried by guides on tour
Price is dependent on group size, please inquire. Thank you