Hike & Bike Annapurna Circuit

  • Annapurna mustang mountain bike.
    Annapurna mustang mountain bike.

Overview

Dates/Trip duration:

15th February 2017 to 1st March 2017
10th March 2017 to 25th March 2017
9th April 2017 to 24th March 2017
3rd May 2017 to 18th May 2017
5th June 2017 to 20th June 2017
1st August 2017 to 16th August 2017
20th August 2017 to 4th September 2017
5th September 2017 to 20th September 2017
25th September 2017 to 10th October 2017
15th October 2017 to 29th October 2017
1st November 2017 to 16th November 2017
18th November 2017 to 3rd December 2017
15th December 2017 to 30th December 2017

15th February 2018 to 1st March 2018
10th March 2018 to 25th March 2018
9th April 2018 to 24th March 2018
3rd May 2018 to 18th May 2018
5th June 2018 to 20th June 2018

Open dates and custom itinerary are also available.

Description:

Annapurna’s Throng-la (5416m) pass has been a dream for the trekkers around the world. It has been considered one of the most popular trekking routes on the planet. Since it has access to jeep trails the hiking trails became accessible to ride a mountain bike in this high altitude. Our Hike and bike Annapurna is the best combination and choice among hike and bike lovers. Hiking on the Manang parts along the Marshyangdi River Up to Muktinath via Thorong-la (5416m) and rewarding Mountain biking after Muktinath through most popular biking playground Mustang region is the unique experience we call ‘2 in 1 trip’ is the best experience to experiment the Himalayan Mtb ride, hike and culture exposure in this unique and virgin part of the world. Each n every parts of the route will be a jaw dropping sceneries and culturally shocking experiment. We will hike and ride from deepest gorse to the one of the highest pass in the world along with beautiful villages, monastery, Temples, Rivers, waterfalls, Himalayan desert, sub-tropical and alpine forest. Hike and Bike Annapurna is good combination to experience the difference in on the ‘once in a life time experience’.

Physical / Technical Difficulty:

The majority of the biking in this trip is downhill & the technical difficulty can be somewhat up to you. We’ll seek out the best single-track trails but there is also always the option of taking the easier jeep trail if you’d prefer. We’ll take our time trekking up to the Thorung Pass (to avoid issues with altitude sickness) and we feel that most people of reasonable fitness and at least some cycling experience should be able to complete this route. Do remember though that this is a real high altitude adventure and it’s definitely not one for the faint hearted!

Background - The Annapurna Circuit:

The Annapurna Circuit has held the title of Nepal’s most famous trekking route for almost as long as people have been seeking adventure in this part of the world and it’s not hard to see why... Circling the spectacular Annapurna Massif of numerous 6,000-8,000m peaks, the trek passes through two geographically & culturally distinct river valleys which are separated by the infamous & challenging 5,416m Thorong La Pass at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau.

Passing from paddy fields to dusty high altitude desert then to pine forest and through subtropical jungle and encountering towering cliffs, waterfalls and pristine mountain villages along the way it’s the variety of terrain and landscape that is what has really made this route stand out as unique for so long.

In recent years the construction of Jeep trails accessing the majority of the circuit has brought many changes to the region but most significantly to us, as mountain bikers, it’s made possible a high altitude biking that cannot be matched anywhere else in the world!

Suggested Itinerary

Remember, it is only an outline/example itinerary.

Here we understand that every rider is different so we design each trip to cater for the specific need of the group/individual. Faster, chilled, or cruising…whatever your style, it’s your holiday/trip.

Day 1: Welcome to Nepal! Hike and Bike Round Annapurna
Landing into the Himalayan country, Home of eight 8000ers including Mount Everest top of the world and the birth place of Lord Buddha. Arrival in Kathmandu Airport, welcomed by our representative and transfer to the Hotel.
After arrival in Hotel we may do sightseeing in Kathmandu valley based on your arrival time. Sightseeing will be on world heritage site
Day 2: Transfer to Pokhara by van/Jeep
Today we will leave the hustle and bustle Kathmandu behind and move peacefully toward peaceful Pokhara where we are located. We’ll drive through sub tropical hills, terrace, river beds and wonderful villages. We will have lunch on the way. We will stop to enjoy the views to take glance and snapshots.
Day 3: warm up bike ride/ hike or sightseeing in Pokhara valley
After a long drive yesterday today is the day to move your body and relax your mind. There is choice either to ride a bike or day hike in Pokhara valley. We will give your option to visit Sarankot, world peace Pagoda or Methlang Village.
Day 4: Drive on Private Jeep to Beshisahar to Taranche then hike to jagat(1300m)
Today is our big day to start the big adventure. We will wake up early in the morning and get ready for the trip. We will drive on Jeep to Beshisahar, here in this town will have lunch and then drive to Taranche then hike to Jagat. Staying in a local guest house.
Distance: 18 Km Hiking
Day 5: Jagat to Dharapani (1860m)

A great day to hike as we cross through suspension bridges, changes in landscapes and sceneries, we will feel that our gradient is getting higher than yesterday as we are heading to the Himalayan region. The Marshyangdi river valley will be narrower as we ascent up we can choose either trek on people walking trail or Jeep trail. We will be staying in a local guest house.
Distance: 19 km

Day 6: Dharapani to Chame (2670m)

Starting the day after breakfast we will again battle with up hills through Marshyangdi river valley. We will walk through apple garden, villages, terraces we will walk on mule track and jeep trails with pine forest. It is steep up will at Danakyu after these trails will be a bit smoother and we will reach the headquarters of Manang district. After reaching at Chame we will be rewarded by Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Here in Chame we will have internet access to be touch with our near and dears one. Staying in a local guest house.
Distance: 17.5 km

Day 7: Chame to Pisang (3200m)

Leaving Chame behind and following pine forest trails and uphill will be amazing views around. We will be smiling not caring the up hills until Dhikurpokhari after this village trail will be a bit smoother. The view will be even better as we are climbing. We can feel the fragrant of Himalayan pine forest with stunning view unfolding around. It’s a amazing experience. We will stay in Pisang overnight in a guest house.
Distance: 17 Km

Day 8: Pisang to Manang (3540m)
Today is easy day comparatively previous day because trails will be mostly flat along the river and pine forest with amazing geology. We will see monasteries, paddies, villages and one of the highest commercial airports (Humde) in the world. Trails is scenic we will heading to Mugje and joyfully hiking up to Manang.
Distance: 19km

Day 9: Rest day in Manang

Today is our rest day to acclimatize to altitude, though it is a rest day we will do hike to surrounding height up to 4000 meters to adapt the altitude in coming days as we will face high altitude in next days. There are also short excursion around to stay active is highly recommended. We will also do some sightseeing around such as Lake, Monastery and Chhorten.

Day 10: Manang to Phedi (4450m)

Today is the day after our recharge in Manang for the acclimatization. we leave Manang behind it will be uphill on people walking trails we will meet local people riding horse on to the trail. We will be walking trail will be narrow and steep. We will stop at Gunsang or continue to Yak kharka. After yak Kharka we will walk crossing bridges and after short up hills we will reach on the Bottom of Thorong-la. It’s called Phedi. Stay overnight in a guest house.
Distance: 17 Km

Day 11: Phedi to Muktinath (3800m) Thorong-La (5416m)

Today is the biggest and challenging day as we have to wake up early in the morning around 4.30 Am and get ready to feel the attitude. Being ready with gears we will start our journey early in the morning climb will be hard but we will take it easy. We always advise you to enjoy each and every step as you rarely step on this height in your life. The effect of the altitude can be relief by the Jaw dropping views from the Thorong-La (5416m) Pass. Once we reach on the top we will enjoy the view then trek down to Muktinath. Overnight in a guest house.
Distance: 19 Km

Day12: Biking from Muktinath to Marpha (2670m)

Today is the day we will visit temples and Monastery and eternal flame. After this the bike adventure begins from here! We are very cool as we already have finished all the most challenging part of our days on hike! Now time to enjoy the rides through Mustang valley and smile with almighty Himalayas. We have option today either to choose one of the best single tracks of Mustang the Lupra valley or just follow easy jeep trails with amazing view. We will ride on skyline through temple, monasteries, prayer flags and Kali Gandaki river valley. We will be staying in Apple capital.
Distance: 30 Km

Day 13: Biking from Marpha to Tatopani (1130m)

Today is the day we are heading toward low land from thin air. Our lungs will get more air into it and you will feel different topography and geology then yesterday. We will ride through authentic Nepali foothills villages with some jeep and single trails. We’ll ride through Kaligandaki river Valley the deepest gorse of the world. We’ll end our ride today in the hot spring town called Tatopani. We will have opportunity to retreat our muscle/ body into the natural hot spring.
Distance: 44 Km

Day 14: Biking from Tatopani to Beni to Sarankot (1592m) (ride and Jeep drive)

From Tatopani we’ll ride through Kaligandaki river bed along the dirt road we have no optional ride trails. We’ll roll through villages, temples and bushes. The ride will be final ride in Mustang region. Once we reach to Beni our van will be waiting us to transfer to Sarankot. We stay in a local guest house to superb view of the Annapurna Himalayan range.
Distance: 32 Km approx bike.

Day 15: Sarankot to Pokhara lakeside (800m)

We will have one of the best sunrise and 3 eight 8000ers views along with others peaks from Sarankot 360 degree view point in the morning and after having breakfast we will ride down to Pokhara valley with our local trail and have a lunch in our Lakeside. After this ride we will chill out and relax afternoon.
Distance: 15Km approx. end of the trip!

Day 16: Rest day in Pokhara or drive back to Kathmandu (by tourist bus or car based on group size) or extend your holiday.

Information: Our accommodation during the trip will be equivalent to 2 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara, shared basis (single supplement available) and up in the Mountains accommodations will be at local guest houses/teahouses. Food will be a balanced diet and will include local and international dishes you can choose from menu card each day in different taste. All the transfers are by a private Jeep-van (based on group size).

In the event of unexpected circumstances such as natural calamities, bad weather PMTBA reserves the right to modify the program.

Pricing

Price1650 Euros

Price includes:

Airport Pick up
Experienced English speaking mountain bike guide
Hard tail Mountain Bike (Hydraulic Disc Brakes)
Full accommodation (14 nights) and Meals (from starting day dinner and breakfast lunch on the final day)
All the taxes and permits for visiting national park and monuments, ACAP permit and TIMS.
Private Jeep transportation from Beni to Pokhara
Porters/pony to carry luggage
Optional: Renting full suspension bike for all the trips costs additional extra 300 Euros.

Price excludes:

Nepalese Visa
Flights to and From Nepal
Emergency evacuation
Alcoholic and Non alcoholic beverage
Travel, activity and medical insurance
Personal safety, MTB gears and equipments
Tipping to Guides and supporting staff
Any other items not mentioned as included