This unique bike tour is a perfect blend of the remote western pockets of Nepal , with stunning rural trails of the Annapurna region. It combines mountain biking in Annapurna circuit, through the foothills of the Annapurna Himalayas, with explorations of the Kali Gandaki valley and more.
From Kathmandu, our bus takes you to Besisahar, the starting point for Annapurna circuit trek. We then start our trip to Himalayas making up to 5416m Thorang La pass, the highest pass of the tour and down to Jomsom with thrilling decent of 2700m. We have massif view of Annapurna , Gangapurna, Nilgiri and many more.
Throughout the tour, friendly people with broad smiles will cheer up your journey. But the tour is for the professional bikers with a strong will power. In other hand you can also call it trekking and biking combination tour if you don't like to push yourself. The views will make you forget all your tiredness and difficulties.
Duration : 17 days
Starting: Besisahar with a drive from Kathmandu
Ending : Pokhara and drive back to Kathmandu
Grade : Hard
Highest access of the trek : Thorong Pass 5416 m
Culture : Gurung, Thakali & Others
Mode of trekking: Guest House
Himalayan sights : Annapurna South, Gangapurna, Dhaulagiri , Nilgiri, Thapa peak, Chulu East and West
Most attraction of the Trek: Himalayan views, unique Gurung village, Temples , Monastries, Kali Gandaki Gorge
Fitness***, Culture***, Nature****, Comfort***
Day by Day Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrival to Kathmandu
Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Besisahar, 760m
Day 03: Besisahar to Jagat, 1300m
Day 04: Jagat to Dharapani, 1860m
Day 05: Dharapani to Chame, 2670m
Day 06: Chame to Pisang, 3210m
Day 07: Pisang to Manang, 3540m
Day 08: Manang rest day
Day 09: Manang to Yak Kharka, 4018m
Day 10: Yak Kharka to Phedi, 4450m
Day 11: Phedi to Thorang pass 5416m and to Muktinath, 3760m
Day 12: Muktinath to Kalapani, 2530m
Day 13: Kalapani to Tatopani, 1190m
Day 14: Tatopani to Beni , 830m and drive to Pokhara.
Day 15: Relax day at Pokhara
Day 16: Drive to Kathmandu
Day 17: Departure
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Guest House accommodations during the tour (Day 2 - 14)
- Experienced Mountain Bike Guide / Mechanic
- National Park fees, conservation fees
- Trekking Permits
- Airport transfers
- Insurance of the guide
- 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfasts twin share, 1 night hotel in Pokhara with breakfast twin share
- Private Transportation Kathmandu to Besisahar to start the treks
- Private Transportation Pokhara to Kathmandu at the end of tour
- 1 Porter for 2 person
- International flight & departure tax
- Bike / Helmet (We can hire if needed)
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu & Pokhara
- Single supplement accommodation
- Sightseeing in Kathmandu
- Bottled Drinks
- Personal gears & clothing
- Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance
- Costs associated with cancellations, delays & porters due to road works, unavoidable by Company.
- Sleeping bags & Mattress.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What's a typical biking day like?
- How fit do I need to be?
- What sort of accommodations used on the tour?
- What about altitude sickness?
- How Qualified are the guides?
- What do I need to take?
Q. What's a typical biking day like?
A typical day starts with an early morning brew served in your tent. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be packed and the support vehicle or porter loaded, we start cycling in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken at about 12 noon and takes about an hour or so. We aim to pitch camp for the night by 4 or up to 5 p.m., i.e. well before dusk. During the day you are free to cycle at your own pace, enjoying the scenery and stopping to take as many pictures as you wish.
On our Tea House Trekking days are similar to camping treks apart from your meals and sleeping accommodations are provided by lodges on route.
Q. How fit do I need to be?
Biking in Himalaya, each and every trip is different, some are hard and technical, and some are easy. But it's for sure all involve biking from 5 hrs to 7 hrs a day, the trails vary from wide dirt tracks, to steep rocky ups and down but we advice to take your time and ascend slowly. So generally you must be fit.
Q. What sort of accommodations used on the tour?
Generally we have on offer two types of accomodations in our biking tours, camping or tea house. Tea houses are generally locally built with unique local design and are reasonably comfortable. Depending on region they provide single, double or dormitory room. Generally the toilet facilities will be outside but some place they might offer attached as well. Most tea houses provide a mattress and a quilt or blanket so it's always advisable to take your own sleeping bags.
On our camping tours, we will use tented accommodations, our staffs will set all up for you sleeping tent, toilet tent, shower tent, kitchen tent and dinning tent, generally camping tours are with more personal services and we will take care everything by ourselves.
Q. What about altitude sickness?
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness, is an extremely serious, potentially fatal condition. It can occur at altitudes above 2,000m, more usually above 3,500m. There are simple and effective steps to control the risk of AMS. All our guides are fully trained and experienced in dealing with AMS.
The main thing is to drink plenty of fluids, take your time, avoid straining yourself, keep an eye on each other and always enjoy the beauty, culture and friendly. And avoid drinking alcohol and too much of smoking.
Q. How Qualified are the guides?
Our guides are loyal employees of the company, so you can trust on them fully. They are fully licensed to lead any mountain biking tours. We as a professional, every year manages various training to give updates to our guides like English Language, first aid, high altitude sickness, emergency handling or problem solving techniques etc. Our guides are not only guide; they are also professional Mountain Biking racers, advisers, officer on national mountain biking issues.
Q. What do I need to take?
The weather in the Himalaya is unpredictable and it's always advisable to fully gear up. See below for help list.
- Cycling jersey (Half & long sleeves)
- Cycling shorts (Half & long sleeves) Baggy shorts are great for visiting temples etc.
- Cycling Shoes SPD or light weight running shoes)
- Cycling gloves (Half & full fingers)
- Wind breaker or stopper
- Waterproof jacket & trousers (Breathable are great for biking)
- Small day bag with bag cover for rain
- Helmet & Headband
- Sun glass with extra lens for different weather.
- Cycling socks
- Ear warmer for winter in Nepal & Tibet
- Camelbak (good for riding in Nepal) or Water bottle for cycling
- Specific tools (e.g. Disk brake, suspension, and wheel)
- Extra specific disk brake pads & oils for disk brake with spare housing and pins.
- Power bar & powder (Hard to get in Nepal, Tibet, India)
- Leg & arm warmer (Good option for long sleeves)
- General tools e.g. pump, multi tools
- Extra tubes & Tyre for long tour.
- Any special tools for your bike if require.
Other A ccessories: Personal toiletries, personal first aid kit, sun block, lip cream, shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, passport copies, pocket knife, camera and film, towel, water bottle, music and books, flashlight/torch, repairing kits, water purifying tablets.
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