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Trip Facts

  • Group Size: Min-4
  • Grade: E: Very Tough
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Type of Tour: Mountain Biking Tour, Activity Holiday
  • Total Days: 15 Days
  • Trip Cost: USD -

Annapurna Circuit Biking Tour

Trip Overview

Annapurna Region offers some of the most dramatic scenery in the world with trekking routes to suit all seasons and levels of fitness. Our bike route follows the two major river valleys (the Kali Gandaki and the Marsyangdi) and popular trekking trials through Manang and Jomsom.

Starting from Besi Sahar in the fertile middle hills, the route passes through Hindu Villages. An outstanding variety in the cultures and landscape can be seen along the route. Through a series of formidable gorges the trial takes to the upper Annapurna regions where the houses have Tibetan-style flat roofs and the Manangi men and women wear the Tibetan chuba. Here almost everything is Tibetan except the spoken language.

Annapurna Circuit Biking Tour

Manang is a beautiful remote district consisting mainly seven villages - Manang, Braga, Pisang, Ghyaru, Ngawal, Tenki and Khansar. Each of these villages offers you most amazing views of great Himalayas so near that your eyes won't believe it. These villages lie in the heart of Himalayas, encircled by magnificent mountains like Annapurna range, Gangapurna, Pisang peak, Lamjung Himal, and many more. The elevation and rock-cliff alongside the trail and the huge never-ending Marshyangdi River makes this place more thrilling. There are historical monasteries, which reveal the backgrounds of Buddhist religion.

The trial takes over Thorong la pass (5416m), passes through 'Muktinath', a popular pilgrimage site with 108 water spouts, for both Hindu and Buddhist. The route continues through a major market, 'Jomsom'. Since the early 1970s this modern town has been the capital of Mustang district. The increase in the frequency of flight into Jomsom has brought more tourists to this area.

The Annapurna circuit tour is completed after entering into the Pokhara District. Ride through a busy city, Beni and enter into a beautiful touristy city, Pokhara. We spend a day in Pokhara to explore its beautiful landscapes

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - Arrive in Kathmandu & transfer to the hotel in Thamel, touristy city offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. In the evening dinner there will be a tour briefing. O/N Guest House
Day 2 - Sightseeing around Kathmandu
In the morning, hand over passport and return ticket to your guide to make trekking and biking permits and to re-confirm your return flight ticket. Take this day for further preparation and as a rest day or visit Kathmandu Durbar Square, Patan Durbar Square and Boudhanath Stupa to explore the cultural heritage of Nepal. O/N at a Guest House
Day 3 - Drive to Besi Sahar.
Make preparation for the tour. Arrange Porters, Equipments etc. O/N Guest House
Day 4 - Besi Sahar to Bahundanda
The road north to Besisahar is being pushed through the Ngadi, for transport vehicles for hydroelectric project in the area. So far only a rough jeep track has been made as far as opposite Bulbule. But since there are no bridges there are no vehicles. Soon as we cross long suspension bridge there is ACAP check post where we have to show the biking and trekking permit. Mostly ride able up to long suspension bridge over the Ngadi Khola and skirt around the conical hill to begin the ascent to Bahundanda (Brahmin Hill) passing through terraced fields. After the bridge the steep hot climb up to cliff of Bahundanda where we can have some fresh air and spectacular views. O/N Guest House
Day 5 - Bahundanda to Taal
We dissent 500m very steep down hill. Have superb view of waterfall. Today we won't be able to ride much, mostly carry and push. The wide valley has now become a narrow gorge with the river thundering through it. There are steep drops beside the path in some places. It's long hot climb up to the Taal (lake), the district border with Manang and Lamjung, Stoned houses with flat roof, further less vegetation and many other differences from Lamjung district from the view point of culture, architecture and climate are marked as we ride further ahead. O/N Guest House
Day 6 - Taal to Chame
Leaving Taal reach a mani wall in the middle of path. Always walk to the left of Buddhist shrines monuments. Pass the field of maize, barley and potatoes and the valley gets narrow again. The Dharapani village apporached through stone gateways, characteristic of all villages in Manang across the narrow gorge loom high cliffs. From Tall till Dharapani the condition of the trial is not favorable for riding, mostly carry and push. The trial gets more ride able from Dharapani passing by Bagarchap, Tanagyung, Latamrang and Koto. Biking and trekking permits are checked in the Police check post of koto. A large white gate with a corrugated iron roof marks the entrance to Chame. It's the district headquarter of Manang. After hard work you can enjoy hot spring other side of the Marshyangdi River. O/N Guest House
Day 7 - Chame to Manang
Today you can enjoy riding almost 80 %. The trial takes through deep forest in a steep and narrow valley. Cross a river on a long bridge at 2910 m. and then another bridge at 3040m.
The trail to Pisang continues along the river through Keleku to Bhratang (2850m) which is surrounded by apple orchards and has a number of lodges. The altitude in Pisang is enough to set off the first symptoms of altitude sickness.
From upper Pisang the route roughly follows the contours of the land until you reach a wall of prayer wheels and mani stones. The trail is not clear up to here and there may be more obvious goat tracks. The route takes through Ghyaru (3670m) and Ngwal (3657m) to reach Manang. The ride is now through the drier upper path of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Annapurna Range. O/N Guest House
Day 8 - Rest day in Manang.
Take rest to give the body a chance to get a little stronger at altitude, so making the Throng la pass (5416m) crossing less arduous. Manang , the largest village in the valley is the best place to rest for acclimatization. The views of the Annapurnas, Gangapurna and the glacial lake below it are spectacular. From Left to right the peaks are Lamjung, Annapurna II, Annapurna IV, the false peak of Annapurna III and Gangapurna above the glacier. O/N Guest House
Day 9 - Manang to Thorong Phedi
The trial climbs steadily through Tengi valley, leaving the Marsyangdi Valley and continuing along the Jarsang Khola Valley. A Hard climb follows to Khusang (3900 m). Beyond Khusang, passing through Yak Kharka which means yak pastures. True to the name grazing yaks are to be seen around this area, and across the river on the mountainside. Pass through Ledar (4200m) and reach Thorung Phedi, literally meaning 'The foot of the Thorung La (5416m). The vegetation becomes steadily sparser as we carry on ahead. O/N Guest House
Day 10 - Thorung Phedi to Jomsom
Start very early in the dark as the trial gets very windy and very difficult to pass Thorung La. It's almost 4 hours to reach the top and its 100% carry throughout. This is the most difficult trial and the highest pass of the whole tour. The trail begins with the descent of very steep slope for approximately 45 minutes then the normal ride able route starts to take the way to Jomsom. Ride through rough narrow down hill and small valley, descending to the stream and climbing across the far slope and reach Jomsom a major market having an airfield with daily flights by plane or helicopter to Pokhara and Kathmandu. O/N Guest House
Day 11 - Jomsom to Tato Pani
Ride through Marpha village. It is very popular for Apple farm. Then pass through village Khobang which offers spectacular views of mountains on this stretch. A long ride will take us to a one long village with Kalo Pani (2530m) at the northern end and Lete (2480m) to the Southern end. After Lete village steep ride through forest will take to the Lete Khola (river). Ride through suspension bridge crossing the river at 1935m and at one stage ride through a very steep and narrow section of a gorge. The route gradually takes down to Tato Pani, a busy population centre. Tato means 'hot' and pani is 'water' a name earned courtesy of the hot springs by the river. O/N Guest House
Day 12 - Tato Pani to Beni
From Tato Pani, paddle and cross the bridge to the eastern side of the kali Gandaki (a major river) and shortly afterwards the bridge over the Ghara khola (river). Passing the trail up to Ghorepani, continue south along the Kali Gandaki the trial rises and falls through small villages. Under an hour's ride from quieter and far more attractive riverside village, Tiplyang(1040m) the trial takes to the bustling market town, Beni. Buses run along the east bank road to Baglung and on to Pokhara. O/N Guest House
Day 13 - Beni to Sarangkot
After breakfast we will follow Kali Gandaki River and reach the Baglung highway which will lead us to Naudanda where we will have lunch. We follow the dirt road to the Sarangkot which is the number one view point in the Pokhara to enjoy the view of Mountains, Himalayas, sun rise, sun set and the Lake. O/N Guest House
Day 14 - Sarangkot to Pokhara
Mostly we ride through steep and small road to Pokhara. Make sure to check your brakes before you start for about 90% down hill.
Day 15 - Drive to Kathmandu
Take early tourist bus to Kathmandu. We have our breakfast and lunch on the highway.
O/N kathmandu guest house

Client Reviews

My husband and I went on a trek in Nepal this past August, and we had a fabulous time. It was truly the most unique, beautiful outdoor travel experience that either of us have ever had. For anyone considering trekking in the Himalayas, we highly recommend Raj Tamang as a guide. His company, Responsible Adventures (www.responsibleadventures.com) and (www.notjusttreks.com), is professional and customer-service oriented. We were amazed at the ways that Raj and his employees went above and beyond to make this experience memorable for us. Raj is a 'walking encyclopedia' of information about the culture and history of Nepal, and his confident, welcoming nature put us at ease. He was experienced at facilitating positive, genuine interaction between Himalayan villagers and Western trekkers such as ourselves, and that made all the difference in our 10 days touring the Manang valley. His company offers a service that is truly a cut above the rest.

We can't wait for another opportunity to trek with Raj! Feel free to check out our story and pics at www.joshandelise2008.blogspot.com

Elise and Josh Drexler
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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