• Hiking and Biking in Annapurna Circuit
  • Hiking and Biking in Annapurna Circuit
  • Hiking and Biking in Annapurna Circuit
  • Hiking and Biking in Annapurna Circuit

Hiking and Biking in Annapurna Circuit - 16Days

  • Group size 1 - 10 pax
  • Max-Altitude: 5416m / 17768.81ft
  • Destination : Nepal
  • Fitness level : Moderate
  • Arrival on: Kathmandu
  • Departure From: Kathmandu/Pokhara

Trip Highlights

  • Legendary pass and challenging trails
  • Amazing hiking and awesome ride
  • High altitude ride
  • Thorong-La Pass - 5416 meters 
  • Pine forest, Apple orchard
  • Wow moments each day as we ride through diverse terrain and topography
  • GangaPurna Glacier Lake
  • Temples and Monasteries with prayer flags  
  • Waterfalls, flora and fauna
  • Jaw-dropping views
  • Natural hot spring to soak in as therapy after a long ride 
  • Meeting locals and embracing their lifestyle

Trip Description

If you are looking to combine your trekking and mountain biking, then this the right tour for you. We begin the trip hiking from Besisahar ascending all the way to the Thorong-La pass via awesome challenging mountain trails and amazing sceneries. Once we reach to Muktinath after the pass then we begin an amazing downhill mountain biking all the way to Pokhara.
Thorong- La Pass (5416m) has been a dream for trekkers around the world. It is considered one of the most popular trekking routes on the planet. Since it has access by jeep trails, it became accessible to ride mountain bikes at high altitude. Our Hike and Bike Annapurna is the best combination and top choice among hike and bike lovers who do not want to push their bike over the high pass. Hiking on the Manag section along the Marshyangi River up to Muktinath via Thorong-la Pass and the rewarding mountain biking after Muktinath through the most popular Mustang region is a unique experience. 
This‘2 in 1 trip’ is the best opportunity to experiment with Himalayan riding, along with a hike and cultural experience in this unique and virgin part of the world. Each and every part of the route will have jaw-dropping scenery and authentic exposure to traditional rural life in Nepal. We will hike and ride from the deepest gorge to one of the highest passes in the world! Along the way, you will see beautiful villages, monasteries, temples, rivers, waterfalls, Himalayan desert, sub-tropical and alpine forest. It is the best combination for a ‘once in a life time experience.’
Average ride distance: 20 to 35 Km in a day
Average hike distance: 10 to 15 Km in a day
Food, accommodation and internet:  there will be 3 star hotels in Katmandu and Pokhara and local guest house and home stay in Mountains. It will be nice and clean room with hot water and Wi-Fi access in most of the places. You can choose the different food from the menu each and every day to try new and different tastes. We are open to book the 5 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per your wish.
Best time of the year:  we organize the trip all year around as every month all the year round is unique. However, spring (late March, April, May) summer (June, July Aug) and autumn (September, October, November and early December is the best). 
Flexibility, safety and customer care:  we are proud to be the local company that allows us to offer more flexibility in our itinerary and dedication to customer care and service. We are socially oriented company rather than only business, in our 17 years of mountain biking/hiking tour operation history there is no single recorded of severe altitude sickness and major injury/accident. Our first and foremost priority is taking good care of our clients to make sure every client are safe, sound, happy and having fun each and every day while in the trip. 
Guides and crew: all our guides’ local folks who are well trained and national and international license holder as a Mountain bike and trekking guide. 
Female MTB guides: we are the company training and empowering youth and girls in mountain biking and outdoor tourism. We also have ladies guides if our female guests like to come along with female guides. 

Proposed Trip Itinerary

Please keep in mind; this is only an outline/sample itinerary. We understand that every rider is different, so we design each trip to cater to the specific needs of the group/individual. Easy, Moderate, Advanced, faster, chilled, or cruising…. Whatever your style – it’s your holiday/vacation/trip not a boot camp! We are here to listen, consult and understand your needs. We believe on your day you decide!

Welcome to Nepal! Greeting at Kathmandu airport by our colleagues, then transfer to a guest house. After check in, we will be wonder around to see the lifestyle of Thamel streets or have a rest in your Hotel based on available time we will be able to do the sightseeing, Kathmandu is the city with great history of Kings, culture, architect, temples, monasteries and many more…. We really like to show you the best of the Kathmandu that has to offer in culture and history. There are Museums, monasteries and temples we can visit.
We will be heading to Pokhara leaving crazy Kathmandu behind and move peacefully toward the land of beauty and adventure where we are located. We will drive through subtropical hills, terraces, riverbeds and wonderful villages. We will have lunch along the way and stop to enjoy the view and take snapshots.
After the long drive yesterday, today is the day to move our body and relax our mind. There are choices to either ride a bike or hike to Sarangkot or Pumdi Village, where there will be the option to ride and hike around.

Today is our big day to start the adventure. We will wake up early in the morning and get ready for the trip. We will drive by Jeep to Nadi via Besisahar, have lunch on the way then hike to Syange.

Distance: 15 km aprox.
Hiking hour: 3 to 4 hours

On this great hike we cross over suspension bridges, villages, paddies. While crossing through changes in landscape and there we may meet the hiker, donkeys and local people and waterfall along the way. We will feel that our gradient is getting higher than yesterday as we are heading to the Himalayan region. The Marshyangi River Valley will be narrower as we ascend. We can choose to either trek on people walking trails or Jeep trails. We will be staying in a local guest house.

Hiking distance: 16 Km aprox.
Hiking hours: 4 to 5 hours

We will start the day after breakfast and again battle with up hills through the Marshyangi River Valley. We will walk through apple orchards, villages and terraces on mule track and jeep trails into the pine forest. After a steep uphill at Danakyu the trails will be a bit smoother and we will reach the headquarters of Manag District. At Chame, we will be rewarded by views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal. Here in Chame, we will have internet access to be in touch with your near and dear ones. Staying in a local guest house.

Distance: 17.5 Km approx.
Hiking hours: 4 to 5hours.

Leaving Chame behind and following pine forest trails toward Himalayas, there will be spectacular views all around. We will be smiling not caring much the challenge of up hills until Dhikurpokhari. After this village, the trails will be a bit smoother. The view will be even better as we are climbing. We can feel and smell the fragrant Himalayan pine forest with stunning views unfolding all around us. It’s an amazing experience.

Distance: 17 Km approx.
Hiking hours: 4 to 5 hours.

Today is an easy trail compared to the previous days challenging trails. Now it will be mostly flat along the river and we will feel the difference from the pine forest. We will have opportunity to see monasteries, Himalayan farm land. In Humbde, we will cross through one of the highest commercial airports in the world. On scenic trails, we will enjoy the joyful hiking up to Manang.

Distance: 19 Km aprox
Hiking hours: 4 to 5 hours.

Today is easy day to get acclimatized to the altitude. Although it is a rest day, we will do a short hike up to 4000 to 4500 meters to adapt to the height for the next days. There is also a short excursion around the area, staying active is highly recommended. We will also do some sightseeing to the Ice Lake, Monastery and Choorten.

We are heading to the real Himalayan trails as we leave the forest, greenery 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 to 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 hike. We will see the grazing Yaks on the way to Yak Kharka.

Biking time: 4 to 5 hours
Distance: 10 approx km

It’s the shortest day in distance but harder trails to go due to altitude and narrow rocky trails. It will be hard to see greenery unless you are in monsoon time. We will be walking along river after crossing a little bridge then we will climb that takes us to the Thorong-la Phedi. Phedi means the bottom part of the climb.

Biking time: 3 to 4 hours
Distance: 7 approx km

Today is the biggest and most challenging day as we have to wake up early in the morning around 4 am and get ready to feel the altitude. Being ready with our gear, we will start our hard journey but we will take it easy. We always advise our guest to enjoy each and every step as you rarely step at this height in your life. The effect of the altitude can be relieved by the jaw dropping views from the Thorong-La Pass. Once we reach the top, we will enjoy the view, and then trek down to Muktinath.

Distance: 19 Km aprox
Hiking hours: 9 to 10 hours.

Today our hiking ends and riding starts! We will visit temples, monasteries and the eternal flame and then start biking. We are very cool as we have already finished the most challenging parts of our hike! Now it’s time to enjoy the rides through Mustang Valley and smile at the almighty Himalayas. We have the option today either to choose the best single tracks in Mustang, the Lupra Valley or just follow easy Jeep trails with amazing views. We will ride on the skyline through temples, monasteries, prayer flags and the Kali Gandaki River Valley. We will be staying in the Apple capital tonight.

Distance: 30 Km approx.
Biking hours: 4 to 5 hours.

Today, we are heading toward the low land, leaving thin air behind. Our lungs will get more air and you will feel better with seeing different topography and geology. We will ride through authentic Nepali foothill villages on some jeep track or single trails along the Kali Gandaki River Valley, the deepest gorge in the world. We will end our ride today at hot spring called Tatopani. Natural hot spring can be a remedy to treat our tired muscle, just go and immerse you into the pond and get relaxed.

Distance: 44 Km aprox
Biking hours: 5 to 6 hours.

From Tatopani we will ride through Kali Gandaki river bed along the dirt road - we have no optional trails. We will roll through villages, temples and bushes. This will be our final ride in the Mustang region. Once we reach Beni our van will be waiting to transfer us to Sarangkot then ride down to Pokhara.

Distance: 32 to 36 Km approx.
Biking hours: 4 to 5 hours.
Driving hours: 3 to 3.5 hours.

Rest day in Pokhara or fly/ drive back to Kathmandu (by tourist bus, car or jeep based on group size) or extend your holiday.

If you like to make your own customized itinerary please contact us with many questions.

Important Notes

Above mentioned itinerary is just an outline and will be flexible day to day based on our daily physical demands and wishes. Please send us an email if you like to make changes as per your plan and schedule.

In the event of unexpected circumstances such as natural calamities, bad weather, political issues PMTBA reserves the right to modify the program in order to keep our guests safe, sound and happy.

Cost Includes

  • Airport Pick up on arrival and drop off after the trip
  • Mountain bike and gears (please ask specification after letting us your bike size)
  • Mountain Bike Guide and Porter
  • Hiking guide and porter
  • Food and accommodations during  the trip
  • TIMS and Permit
  • All the transportation on private Jeep/van
  • Safe drinking water
  • Food, accommodations, salary, insurance and transportation for supporting staff

Cost Excludes

  • Visa fee to Nepal
  • Flight to and from Nepal
  • Domestic flights
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Dual suspension bike( 180 Euros additional for the biking trip)
  • Beverage/soft drinks and mineral water in mountains
  • Travel, activity, medical and emergency evacuation insurance
  • Tipping for guides, porters and supporting staff

Dates and Cost

Our given dates are 100% guaranteed to departure and the cost is per person basis, if we have more than five people in the group there will be 5% discount on the given price. If you like to make your own private group on your preferred dates please write us an email. We will be happy to customize the trip according to your wish and budget.
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