Annapurna Circuit Cycling – Annapurna Mountain Biking

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$ 1900.00

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Duration

13 days

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Trip Highlights

  • Crossing the Thorong La Pass at 5,416 m
  • Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie, and apple wine (Marpha) in Marpha, Jomsom
  • Sight-seeing in Muktinath and exploring the popular hiking routes in the area
  • Bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
  • Crystal-clear mountain range visible from Pokhara
  • Farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure.

Trip Summary

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking is an adventure cycling package in which you ride at an altitude of 5000+ metres watching over the snow-covered mountain pass, called Thorong La Pass. Thorong La is the highest point you reach in this package. The biking route passes through rough terrain, stones, pebbles, steep up and downhill trails which are challenging. This Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking package gives you an adventurous biking experience in the Himalayan region of Nepal. In fact, this is also an uphill biking trail, in which you have to carry a cycle for 4 hours, while from the top of the pass, all you do is cycle downward to Beni.

A THING TO BE NOTED: Before or during the trip, there are certain factors like weather and political situations that are unexpected barriers and out of our control, which will compel us to change your itinerary. In such a case, please try to understand these barriers, but our purpose will always be to follow the itinerary that has been listed in this website that you have gone through before booking the trip.

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Mountain Ascend Treks works in cooperation with local porters and tea-houses by giving them jobs and using their services and in this way, it uplifts the economic conditions of the people.

Trip Itinerary

After your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, you will find us outside the airport with the banner of Mountain Ascend Treks. If you arrive in the evening or in the middle of the night, we take you straight to the hotel by vehicles, such as cars, vans, depending on the number of passengers. On the contrary, you will be taken to our office, where we will talk about your trip in detail, telling you about do’s and don’ts. If you have free time during the day, then you can use it to visit the places that are around your hotel, most probably, you will be staying in Thamel, which is a lively town for tourists. You can also ask any questions related to your trip.

If you have made a half-payment to us then you are requested to pay the remaining balance now. As you come to our office, please bring your passport, which has a validity of 6 months, including three copies of passport-sized photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance paper. This is followed by the signing of the paper of your trip, as well as the non-liability disclaimer paper. We will provide you with a free duffel bag and a T-Shirt.

Meeting and Drive to Besisahar (760 m) (overnight at hotel with breakfast) After having breakfast, your guide will pick you up at the hotel, and from Kathmandu, it is a 5-hour drive to Besisahar, the starting point of Annapurna Circuit Biking, where we meet our porters for carrying luggage and other necessary things. This drive shows you how people have been living in rural areas, as well as their lifestyles.

Ride from Besisahar to Dharapani (1,700 m). Distance: 37.4 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) After having breakfast, all we have to say is get, set, and go and ride on a trail that follows the Marshyangdi River that ascends uphill that reaches an elevation of 1000 m plus, and that goes through beautiful villages, where we will stop for lunch. Not only the villages are beautiful, but also the waterfalls and the Marshyangdi River.

Ride from Tal to Chame (2,670 m). Distance: 22.6 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) As we ride, we leave the Marsyangdi River behind, but we see the beautiful view of mountains, such as Annapurna II and Pisang Peak, as well as go through green corn, barley, and potato fields, and eventually reach steep hill before stepping into Danaque, from where the biking trail is wide and easy. Ahead, there are lots of waterfalls, and the biking trail heads off to Chame.

Ride from Chame to Manang (3,540 m). Distance: 29.7 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) The biking trail ascends through pine trees in the valley and becomes dusty as we ride on the trail that goes through small villages that leads us to new places from where we see the panoramic view of mountains, including Annapurna II, in addition to the lush green forest and beautiful meadows from where we head off to Manang, our next stop.

Acclimatization Day in Manang and Visit Tilicho Lake (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Today, we will spend the day by doing sightseeing and visiting villages, as well as by hiking. We can also hike to the Tilcho Lake, which was referred to by the leader of the French expedition as ‘The Great Ice Lake’, and we will take 3 hours to reach this lake, which holds an important place for the Hindus.

We will have a tough ride today. We may need to push our bikes uphill at Yak Kharka (4035m). Riding on a rocky trail, we will encounter yaks grazing in the field and local people riding horses on our way to Yak Kharka. We will ride through single trails and rock sections with amazing views, something that is different than 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 4900m Distance 8.5 km biking 4-5 hours.

Ride from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,760 m) via Thorong La Pass (5,416 m). Distance: 22 km (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Reaching the top of the Thorong La Pass takes 4 hours, but when we reach there, we will be filled up with complete joy, and you might love to take a lot of photos because of the view of the breath-taking mountains before heading to Muktinath, and it is all the downhill from the top of the pass.

An early morning visit to Muktinath Temple and you can also bathe under the 108 water sprouts, which is supposed to wash your sins away. After spending some time at the temple, we continue our bike ride and head towards Marpha. We will have easy rides ahead from today. Riding on rocky trails, we pass many mani walls and chhortens before we enter Lupra Valley. Chasing the stunning view of the Himalayas, we ride through Kali Gandaki Valley to reach the Apple Capital of Nepal, Marpha. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple by-products. Overnight at a lodge in Marpha.

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 a natural hot spring to relieve our tensed muscles. Overnight at a lodge in Tatopani.

Ride from Tatopani to Beni (899 m). Distance: 25 km. And Jeep Ride to Pokhara (830 m) (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) Today is the last of Annapurna Circuit Biking, and the biking is easy to do, as well as enjoy the municipality features of Beni. This is the ending point of the biking, and the biking trail before this point is downhill in nature, and from this point, we take a jeep to go to Pokhara, the city of lakes.

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (Approx. 6 Hours) and Farewell Dinner (overnight at hotel with breakfast, lunch, and dinner) It is a 7-hour drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. In the evening, you will have a farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant, where you can see a Nepali dance. There will be Nepali music as well as Nepali songs. There are a lot of tourism activities that you can do in Nepal. Some of these are jungle safari, biking, and mountain flight. You can extend your trip if you have the time.

Departure from Nepal (transportation and breakfast are included) Today is the last day of your trip. We make sure that you reach the Tribhuvan International Airport on time for departure. You will be taken approximately 3 hours before your scheduled flight. We can always be in touch through emails. Since Nepal is the cheapest tourist destination in the world for any tourism activities, Mountain Ascend Treks is always ready to help you

Cost Includes

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle
  • Twin-sharing accommodation in a two or three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara including breakfast
  • Twin-sharing (and occasionally dormitory style) accommodation in guesthouses during biking in the Annapurna region.
  • Ground transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar, from Beni to Pokhara, and from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Mountain Ascend Treks’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide (The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by group size)
  • The required number of local staff and porters to carry your luggage during the trip (We assign one porter for two clients)
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for our field staff
  • Mountain Ascend Treks duffel bag and cap.
  • Annapurna Conservation Park permits and TIMS card.
  • Farewell dinner in a Nepali restaurant with a cultural dance program.
  • All government taxes and official expenses.

Cost Excludes

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • Travel insurance which covers emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal entry visa- You can obtain the visa easily upon your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying $40 and $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
  • Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks.
  • Personal biking equipment.
  • Tips for biking staff and drivers (you will absolutely want to show your gratitude to your sherpas and porters).
  • Any other expenses that are not mentioned in the ‘Price Includes’ section.

FAQ

Why Choose Mountain Ascends Trek ?

We have an experienced team of guides on the mountain and great ground staff in Kathmandu to make sure you are well taken care of from the moment you arrive. You can always contact us 24/7 on our international helpline and all of our support team rotates through Nepal on a seasonal basis so you can be sure you are getting knowledgeable first hand advice.

All of our guides work for us full time and have on average 8+ year’s experience trekking in the Himalayas. We are one of the few companies in Nepal to get a Wilderness First Aid Certification for all of our trekking guides. Our guides have also attended a special course dealing with acclimatization issues on the mountain . (meet the team)

Where is Annapurna Base Camp located?

Annapurna Base Camp is located in Kaski District of Gandaki Province in Nepal. The Annapurna Base Camp is around 81 kilometers north of Pokhara. You can either take a bus from Pokhara to Kimchi and then start walking to Annapurna Base Camp, or hire a jeep and drive to Ghandruk and begin your Annapurna Base Camp expedition.

Is Annapurna Base Camp Trek open?

Yes! After the Covid-19 pandemic faded throughout Nepal, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek is finally open to travelers. During Nepal’s lockdown, the trek was closed, leading to a decline in tourism. However, many tourists can now go to Annapurna Base Camp Trek.

Is Annapurna Base Camp safe?

The trek to Annapurna Base Camp is significantly safer than the Annapurna Mountains, which are quite risky. It is one of the most pleasant and enjoyable journeys that anyone can undertake in terms of altitudes, duration, adventure, and challenges.

How much does it cost to trek to Annapurna Base Camp?

Depending on the package, route, operator, and facility you choose, the Annapurna Base Camp Trek might cost anywhere from $400 to $700 per person. The Annapurna Base Camp Trek is one of Nepal’s most affordable treks, offering amazing adventure and once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

WHO CAN GO? Are there any age limits for Annapurna Base Camp Trekking?

There’s no age limit for trekking to Annapurna Base Camp, as long as trekkers are physically fit and determined! We have had families with kids as young as 7 years do the Annapurna Base Camp Trek and our eldest trekkers have been in their late 70s as well. However, children under the age of seven and seniors over the age of 70 are not suggested to do Annapurna Base Camp Trek due to the high altitudes and prolonged journey duration.

What permits are required for Annapurna Base Camp Trek?

ACAP (Annapurna Conservation Area Permit)  and TIMS (Trekkers Information Management System) cards are the mandatory permits required for trekking in the Annapurna Region. Both of these cards are available through the Nepal Tourism Board in Kathmandu or Pokhara. These permits can be obtained for less than 50 USD.

PAYMENTS & EXTRA COSTS When I pay the remainder of the money on arrival in Kathmandu, how do you take that money? US cash or credit card?

We accept all major currencies. You can pay the balance in cash or with a credit card. Please note we charge a 13% fee for credit card payments so it’s much better to pay your balance in cash.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit while trekking?

Generally, most places in Nepal don’t take credit cards so they are of limited use. There are ATMs in Kathmandu and you can get a good exchange rate withdrawing rupees. The ATMS in Kathmandu generally charge a $5 USD service fee in addition to any charges that you might incur from your bank. These ATMs also often have a limit of 25,000 rupees per day (about $215 USD).

What extra costs can I expect?

Our trekking packages are pretty much all inclusive from the time you arrive in Nepal. We generally suggest you plan on about $300 or $400 for extra expenses including tips. Extra expenses include items such as: Your Nepal Visa, sleeping bag or down jacket rental, showers, Wifi, snacks and charging electrical devices at tea houses along the way. We also suggest you plan on having extra funds available in cash or on a credit card in case your flight to Lukla is canceled and you decide to charter a helicopter.

What about extra hotel nights?

We can arrange extra hotel nights for you in Kathmandu before or after the trek at additional cost. Please let us know before you arrive in Nepal so we can make the arrangements as required. (Read our blog post.)

PHYSICAL FITNESS How difficult is trekking?

Trekking in the Everest Region is challenging, but it is a challenge which most people can rise to with some training and determination. The trek consists of 5 to 8 hours of walking a day. In general, we start trekking around 8 am and reach the destination for the day around 4 pm.

How fast do you go on the trek?

We encourage everyone in the group to keep a slow pace at our pre-trek briefings. It’s about enjoying the mountains and not a race to the next tea house. The head guide will normally stay at the back of the group with the slowest trekkers.

What is the Best Fitness Program to Prepare?

In terms of physical conditioning before the trek, it’s best if you can do some cardio related workouts like running and distance walking. It’s ideal if you can take the time to go on a few weekend hikes around your area too. We have a training guide for Everest Base Camp on our website that may have just the information you’re looking for. https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/secure-yourself/
https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/travel-basics/
https://www.mountainascendtreks.com/be-a-pro-traveller/

What physical criteria will ensure I'm fit enough to trek?

Those with acute or chronic health conditions impacting their stamina, range of motion, coordination, or balance may have difficulty completing the trek. If you are in doubt about your own physical readiness, consult a physician well in advance of booking your trip

PREPARATION & PACKING What are the next steps once I pay the deposit?

Once you have paid the deposit the next step is for you to send us a scan or photo of your passport along with arrival flight details. We can’t book your Lukla flight or get your trekking permit until we have the photo or scan of your passport so please send this to us as soon as possible .
What type of insurance should I have? Where can I obtain a policy?
Travel insurance is mandatory and obtaining it for the days you are trekking is your responsibility. Please email us your proof of insurance before arriving for the trek.

Do you rent sleeping bags or down jackets?

We can provide a -20C sleeping bag for a $20 rental fee during the trek and down jackets are $15 USD. These will be available at the briefing the night before your flight to Lukla and you can just let the team know that you need one.

What about the duffel bag for the porters?

We will provide a duffel bag for you in Kathmandu. The duffel bag will be carried by the porters on the trek and will be your luggage item on the flight. Often the porters get ahead on the trail and your duffel will not be available until you reach the tea house in the evening so you will need to carry a day pack while hiking with the items you need during the day.

How big should my day pack be?

Generally, we recommend a day pack of about 40 L, or roughly the size of a school backpack to hold your extra layers as well as essentials for the day.

What about weight limits?

The main limitation on the weight is the luggage limit on the flight from Kathmandu to Lukla which is 10kg (22lbs) and another 5kg (11lbs) for a carry-on for a total of 15Kg or 33lbs.

What should I do with passports, medications and valuables?

Make sure to keep all of the items in your carry on during the flight. You don’t want to be without important documents or medication if your luggage is delayed for some reason. You should carry these in your day pack on the trek as well.

Can I leave luggage in Kathmandu during the trek?

Yes, you can leave any luggage at the hotel during the trek.

Is there a possibility of getting separate rooms for the trip? If so, how much extra will this cost?

We can arrange a private room in Kathmandu. In some of the villages on the trek, it may be possible to have a private room (no extra cost) and we will do our best to arrange that. However, during busy times of the year there is a limited amount of lodging available in some of the villages so it’s generally impossible to arrange private rooms. This is the case even if you’re willing to pay extra since the tea house owners will not give out a private room if it means someone else goes without a room.

Where will our drinking water come from?

We provide all the meals on the trek, but don’t provide water. The best option is to treat the local water either with chlorine/iodine tablets or to use a steri pen. The tea houses will give you good quality free water and you can also get along the trail but you will need to treat it. If you are using the tablets make sure they dissolve completely (about 30 mins). On most treks you can buy mineral water along the trail. A liter of mineral water at lower elevation tea houses costs around $1 USD but at higher elevations can cost up to $4 so the cost can add up.

What kind of meals are offered on the trek?

We let trekkers choose a meal and hot drink from the menus at the tea houses. Typical meals include; omelets, toast, boiled eggs, noodle soup, fried rice, macaroni, momo, vegetarian curries, pizza or chow mein. The traditional Nepali Dal Bhat which consists of rice, lentils, and a vegetable is all you can eat and always a good choice. Meat on the mountain is not hygienic and we suggest trekkers stick with vegetarian options.

Can you accommodate vegetarian or other special diets?

This is not a problem and in fact we recommend that everyone stick with a vegetarian diet on the trek as the local meat is not refrigerated properly. If you have special dietary requirements just let us know and we will make sure to assist with the proper menu.

Can I charge electric devices on the trek?

They have electricity at the tea houses in the common areas. They do charge an extra fee of $1 to $4 an hour for charging.

What type of adapter might I need?

A lot of the tea houses have the power strips with the American outlets. If not then either a C or D type outlet is good. You can check out all the details on the different outlets If you have time in Kathmandu you can buy at least the common adapters for just a couple of dollars.

What about wifi or phone calls?

Some of the lower elevation tea houses offer wi-fi for an extra charge of $3 to $10. Another option is to get a Nepalese SIM card in Kathmandu for both internet and calls. Even if you have a SIM card data use is mainly limited to lower elevation tea houses. You can also use your guide’s phone for international calls as long as you reimburse him for the charges which tend to be fairly reasonable.

What are the Toilet facilities in the tea house/guesthouse?

Most of the tea houses have western style flush toilets and cold running water. In almost all cases the bathrooms are shared and not attached to the individual rooms. Some of the higher elevation tea houses have the Asian style toilets which consists of a ceramic basin on the ground

HEALTH AND SAFETY What about acclimatization and altitude?

The best way to avoid problems with altitude is to ascend slowly and all of our Everest treks are designed to average about 300m or 1000ft a day in elevation gain which helps to minimize any elevation problems and is the rate recommended by high altitude doctors. For a complete list of symptoms please review our Welcome to Nepal Brochure. All of the guides are well experienced at recognizing symptoms related to AMD and each carries a pulse oximeter and will monitor your blood oxygen level on a regular basis.

What about sun protection?

It may seem counterintuitive, but your skin is in more danger of sun damage on the mountains than while at the beach! The sun’s intensity increases dramatically as we rise in altitude, and fresh snow reflects exponentially more UV rays than does the sand. You will need to protect your skin with clothing and sunblock. A sunblock specifically for mountain conditions is recommended. If you wear prescription eyeglasses it’s recommended that you get your prescription fitted to sunglasses. It’s best to wear a hat and cover up while trekking.

What happens if I get sick or injured while trekking?

We take all possible precautions to proactively ensure the safety and wellness of our trekkers, but rest assured that our guides are trained and experienced in dealing with emergencies. If necessary, your guide will utilize your travel insurance information to call a rescue helicopter, and you will be flown to Kathmandu for medical attention.

What happens if I have symptoms of altitude sickness on the trek?

Having minor symptoms of altitude sickness such as a headache are quite common and you can continue trekking. However, if you develop additional symptoms it’s critical that you don’t continue trekking to a higher elevation. We can often arrange to have you walk down to a lower elevation and wait several days for the symptoms to resolve before continuing with the next group. Note that additional charges apply for extra days on the trek.

If I am sick can I continue the trek next day after a day of rest?

If you are sick and need to rest for a day we can often place you in the next trekking group coming up the mountain. We would rather see trekkers take extra time on the trail then risk altitude sickness by pushing themselves too fast. Please talk to your guide about this and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What safety measures are in place?

All of our guides are certified by the Red Cross and also have an international WAFA certification. Wilderness Advanced First Aid is comprehensive medical training designed for remote professionals or wilderness leaders who venture into remote and challenging environments. Our guides are all equipped with pulse oximeters and in addition to keeping a close watch of your condition they will take daily readings of your blood oxygen saturation levels. In addition our guides carry a basic first aid kit and have a mobile phone. In an emergency situation the guide will coordinate rescue efforts with the office in Kathmandu where our team is available 24/7.

How cold does it get on the trek?

Temperatures vary quite a bit in the Everest Region depending on the season. Temperatures in Lukla at the start of the trek are actually quite warm from March to May and from September to November and trekkers often wear t-shirts and shorts. Everest Base Camp is cold year round and even during the warmer months you can expect lows at night below freezing. During the winter months it can reach -25C or colder at night and it’s important to have warm clothes and a good sleeping bag. Our packing list for Everest Base Camp should have you well prepared for even the coldest months

What sort of footwear is recommended?

Comfortable, sturdy trekking shoes or boots are a must. Look for shoes with ankle support, and ideally your footwear will have Gore-Tex or similar lining, along with thick soles. This will ensure that your feet stay warm and dry, and that you are comfortable walking on rocky paths. It’s always best to break your boots in before you arrive and make sure they are comfortable. If you start to get a blister it’s best to stop immediately and cover it with duct tape or moleskin.

Is the food and water in Nepal safe?

All of the water in Nepal needs to be treated before drinking. If you want to avoid treating the water you can buy bottled water on the trek or in Kathmandu. Whether trekking or in Kathmandu its best to avoid uncooked vegetables. To be on the safe side make sure all your meals are cooked and avoid meat on the mountain.

How much money should I bring along?

Our treks are all-inclusive and cover accommodation, food, park fees, permits, and many other costs, as a means of making your adventure as stress-free and convenient as possible.. Travelers generally bring a small amount of pocket money to cover bottled water, snacks, or tea beyond your included meals, souvenirs, tips, or donations to monasteries along the route (if you are inclined to give one). Trekkers find that around $15 to $20 USD a day is reasonable for these extras although if you’re on a tight budget you can get by with less.

Do you have any extra charges for solo travelers?

We don’t have extra fees for solo travelers who join an existing group. However, if you are the only one who signs up for a departure date we do charge an extra $20 per/day as a porter fee. If an extra fee applies our team will let you know about the extra fee before you book or the extra charge will be added automatically when you book the trek online. If additional guests do sign up and join your trek this fee will be waived when you arrive in Nepal.

Can I get a refund if I don't finish the trek?

It’s sometimes the case that trekkers finish ahead of schedule or they end up stopping the trek early for health or personal reasons. If this is the case please understand that we do not offer any refunds for unused days on the trek. Please understand that our costs are the same as we have an obligation to pay our guides and porters for the time they have committed.

Can I add extra days to my trekking trip?

This is certainly possible if you have arranged a private trek with us. If you are doing a group trek please ask us in advance on how this might be arranged and we will do our best to find a good solution.

Who else is in my trekking group?

If you’re concerned about the number of people signing up for a group or have questions about the other trekkers in the group please ask us. We never share personal data but we can give you a general idea on nationalities, sex and approximate age ranges.

I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

If you have extra days after the trek please ask our ground team in Kathmandu for assistance with arranging day tours around the city. We also organize short 3 day trips to Chitwan for safari.

Altitude

5,416 m

Trip Level

Extreme

Best Season

March, April, May, September, October, November

Route

Kathmandu - Besisahar - Chame - Manang - Tilicho Lake - Muktinath - Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara - Kathmandu

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