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Mountain Bike The Annapurna Circuit 14

Ride high, dream higher – let the Himalayas be the backdrop to your unforgettable biking adventure

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Overview

The Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour will take you on an amazing adventure across the breathtaking Himalayan scenery. This epic journey, which lasts for more than 14 days, gives cyclists the chance to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, vibrant trails, and rich cultural diversity of one of Nepal’s most well-known trekking routes in a way that is both unforgettable and exciting. The tour starts in Kathmandu, a bustling metropolis, where participants get to know their motorcycles and receive an orientation about the journey that lies ahead. From there, cyclists will encounter a variety of landscapes, including verdant river valleys, terraced farmland, high-altitude passes, and alpine meadows. As riders take on a variety of terrain, from tricky singletracks to thrilling descents, and take in the unmatched splendor of the Annapurna region, every day offers new challenges and rewards. 

Riders can immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of the area by exploring quaint villages, historic monasteries, and hallowed pilgrimage sites along the route. After a long day on the trail, the warm hospitality of tea houses and guesthouses offers a pleasant break from the trek, and friendly interactions with people provide insights into traditional Nepalese culture. The journey ends with a picturesque drive from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, where travelers can savor the life-changing moments and stunning scenery they have seen so far. Whether you’re an experienced mountain cyclist searching for a fresh challenge or an intrepid traveler wanting to experience the Himalayan splendor, the Annapurna Circuit Biking Tour guarantees an amazing journey over one of the most breathtaking and famous trekking routes on the planet. Riding with a committed support staff and receiving full assistance from knowledgeable guides allows riders to concentrate on having fun and making lifelong memories.  

Highlights

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Once you land at Kathmandu Airport, all you have to do is look forward to an exciting adventure. Take On Nepal will be at your service every day until you fly back to your home country. At the airport, a representative from Take On Nepal will welcome you. The representative will guide and assist you seamlessly to ensure a smooth and stress-free arrival. Once your immigration process is completed, our representative will assist with your luggage and transport you to your hotel. Upon reaching your hotel and checking in, you may relax and refresh. The evening is all yours! You can stroll around, buy things you miss out on, or explore the popular Swayambhunath Stupa

Day 2: Warmup day in Kathmandu:

You’ll begin your journey on Day 2 of the Annapurna Circuit Biking Tour with an exhilarating warm-up ride through Kathmandu’s vibrant streets and surrounding trails. This relaxed outing is your tour’s kickoff, giving you time to get used to your bike and discover the rich cultural and historical legacy of Nepal’s vibrant capital city. At the tour headquarters, you’ll start the day with a filling breakfast before meeting your guides and fellow riders and getting ready for the adventure of the day. Following a quick safety briefing and bike inspection, you’ll head out and wind through the busy streets and historic lanes of Kathmandu.

You’ll experience a kaleidoscope of sights, sounds, and smells as you bike through the city, from vibrant market stalls and elaborate temples to busy squares and energetic street vendors. Our knowledgeable guides will provide you with intriguing insights into the city’s colorful culture and lengthy history as you go, giving you a unique look into Nepalese daily life. You’ll leave Kathmandu’s urban maze behind and head into the nearby countryside, where beautiful paths are waiting for you. You can finally stretch your legs and let loose on the open routes, taking in the pure mountain air and heart-pounding descents, all surrounded by verdant forests and expansive vistas of the mountains. You’ll return to Kathmandu as the day comes to an end, energized and elated with your first taste of the adventure that awaits you in the enchanted land of Annapurna region.

 

 

Day 3: Drive to Besisahar by Jeep

The third day of the Annapurna Circuit Bike Tour begins with an exciting jeep trip to Besisahar. You’ll take a spectacular drive through Nepal’s beautiful landscapes after leaving Kathmandu, where you may take in the untamed beauty and harsh terrain of the Himalayas. You will be treated to expansive views of snow-capped peaks, terraced fields, and isolated communities clinging to the mountainsides as you travel through narrow valleys and twisting mountain roads. You’ll get the chance to stop at roadside tea houses and local marketplaces along the route, where you may mingle with amiable locals and enjoy delicious Nepali food.

You will have time to rest and recuperate after arriving at Besisahar, the entry point to the Annapurna region, before continuing to the next part of your tour. Besisahar provides a peaceful escape from the bustle of daily life, enabling you to relax and take in the natural beauty of your surroundings. The peaceful hideaway is nestled amidst rolling hills and lush forests. Excitement for the experiences ahead will fill you as the sun sets over the Himalayas, illuminating the landscape in a golden hue. You’re getting closer to enjoying the rush of mountain riding in the beautiful region of Annapurna with every mile that goes by.

 

Day 4: Biking from Besisahar to Tal

The day begins with an exciting ride from Besisahar to Tal, where you can take in the untamed splendor of the Nepalese countryside. You’ll embark on an exciting journey via winding mountain trails, deep forests, and charming villages after leaving the peaceful town of Besisahar. Every bend as you ascend higher into the Himalayas offers stunning views of snow-capped peaks and tumbling waterfalls, creating the ideal setting for an amazing journey. As you travel, you’ll come across hospitable locals going about their everyday lives; their kind smiles and warm greetings will serve as a constant reminder of the friendliness that characterizes Nepalese culture.

You’ll put your mountain bike skills to the test as you navigate difficult terrain and technical descents, pushing yourself to new heights and feeling the rush of finishing the course. You’ll experience a rush of excitement and liberation with every pedal stroke as the breathtaking scenery of Nepal opens up in front of you. The people of Tal, a secluded village surrounded by natural forests and towering mountains, will welcome you with open arms. Here, you may unwind and rejuvenate while sharing tales of your exciting exploits from the day’s adventures over a roaring bonfire beneath the stars. You’ll go to sleep excitedly anticipating the next part of your incredible tour through the Annapurna region, memories made and friendships forged.

 

Day 5: Tal to Chame

Today promises to be an exhilarating journey as you pedal through beautiful scenery and rough terrain in the heart of the Himalayas from Tal to Chame. You’ll set out on a demanding but rewarding journey via rocky and twisting mountain routes after leaving the peaceful village of Tal. The view opens up before you as you get higher into the mountains, revealing peaks that soar to great heights and expansive river valleys. You will experience the region’s rich culture and scenic splendor as you travel through charming towns and historic woods.

The trail to Chame is a thrilling test of endurance and ability for even the most seasoned riders, with a range of terrain from fast-paced descents to difficult singletracks. You’ll be rewarded with expansive vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys as you negotiate each turn, which will heighten your sense of adrenaline and adventure. When you arrive in Chame, a thriving town surrounded by lush forests and towering cliffs, you’ll be greeted with friendly locals and stunning landscapes. You may unwind and rejuvenate while enjoying the mouthwatering regional fare and touring the quaint streets and marketplaces of this energetic mountain town.

 

Day 6: Chame to Manang

The 6th day of Annapurna Circuit Biking Tour will immerse you in the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas and take you deeper into the Annapurna region. Heading out on an exciting journey through tough mountain terrain and meandering routes, your journey will begin in Chame, a charming village tucked away among towering cliffs and beautiful forests. The scenery changes as you pedal deeper into the mountains; steep cliffs and dense forests give way to snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows. With stunning views of the surrounding mountains, valleys, and glacial lakes at every bend in the trail, it offers the ideal setting for an amazing ride.

There are numerous picturesque villages and historic monasteries along the route to Manang, providing a window into the rich history and culture of the area. As you travel, you’ll come across hospitable locals going about their everyday lives; their kind grins and cordial greetings will serve as a constant reminder of the friendliness that characterizes Nepalese culture. The people of Manang will welcome you with open arms when you arrive at their lively town, which is situated on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. You may unwind and rejuvenate while enjoying delicious local food and discovering the lively streets and marketplaces of this town. You’ll think back on the day’s activities and anticipate the adventures that lay ahead in the days to come as the sun sets behind the mountains, illuminating the surrounding area in a golden glow.

 

Day 7: Rest/Acclimatization day in Manang

The 7th day offers a well-earned day of relaxation and acclimatization in the quaint village of Manang. Manang provides the ideal environment for unwinding and getting ready for the difficulties that lie ahead in the high-altitude region, nestled between majestic peaks and alpine meadows. You’ll get to enjoy a leisurely breakfast before setting out on a day of adventure when you awaken to the refreshing mountain air and expansive views of the surrounding Himalayas. There are plenty of things to do in Manang, such as take a leisurely stroll through the town’s charming streets, seeing historic monasteries, or just take in the natural beauty of your surroundings.

For those looking to further acclimatize to the altitude, optional hikes to nearby viewpoints offer the chance to stretch your legs and take in breathtaking vistas of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Or just kick back and enjoy the peace and quiet of this isolated mountain retreat while you rest and rejuvenate at your lodging. There will be many chances for you to interact with other riders during the day, exchanging tales of your travels and advice for the path ahead. Excited for the next part of your incredible bike journey across the Annapurna Circuit, you’ll feel a warm glow spread across the countryside as the sun sets behind the peaks.

 

Day 8: Manang to Thorong Phedi

You’ll have an exciting ride from Manang to Thorong Phedi on Day 8 of the Annapurna Circuit bicycling tour, delving further into the stunning Himalayan scenery. You’ll ride through untamed alpine scenery and difficult mountain terrain as you leave the charming village of Manang. You’ll be surrounded by towering peaks.  t’s an exhilarating test of endurance and skill. You will become fully immersed in the rich culture and history of the area as you travel through isolated villages and historic monasteries.

The trail to Thorong Phedi is the ideal setting for an amazing ride, with breathtaking views of deep valleys, turquoise glacial lakes, and snow-capped peaks. You are making progress toward your goal with each pedal stroke as you push yourself to new limits and navigate the challenging high-altitude terrain. When you arrive in Thorong Phedi, a secluded mountain outpost surrounded by craggy terrain and high cliffs, you’ll be met by friendly locals and stunning surroundings. As you get ready for the incredible challenge of crossing one of the world’s highest mountain crossings, Thorong La Pass, you’ll have the chance to relax and rejuvenate here. As the sun descends behind the hills, illuminating the surroundings in a golden hue, you will ponder the day’s events and anticipate the thrilling experiences that await you on the Annapurna Circuit.

 

Day 9: Biking from Thorong Phedi to Muktinath

You’ll start the difficult journey to Thorong La Pass from Thorong Phedi, making your way over rocky terrain and steep slopes as you ascend to an altitude of more than 5,400 meters. The scenery gets more dramatic and the air gets thinner as you bike farther into the mountains, offering expansive vistas of snow-capped peaks and expansive alpine valleys. The sensation of success and amazement you get upon reaching the summit, with the spectacular peaks of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges towering above you, is unmatched despite the physical challenges of the trek.

Once you’ve taken a moment to appreciate the beauty and take pictures of it, you’ll start the thrilling descent to Muktinath, a holy place that is respected by both Buddhists and Hindus. Experience the spiritual atmosphere of this ethereal mountain oasis while exploring historic temples, revered shrines, and natural hot springs amidst the untamed splendor of the Himalayas. As the sun descends behind the Himalayas, illuminating the surrounding terrain with a golden hue, you will ponder the obstacles surmounted and the thrilling experiences had during your magnificent bicycle expedition across the Annapurna Circuit.

 

Day 10: Biking from Muktinath to Marpha

Today you will have an amazing journey from Muktinath to Marpha, where you will encounter a variety of landscapes and become fully immersed in the rich history and culture of the Mustang region. Pedaling over rocky mountain terrain and scenic villages, encircled by high peaks and ancient monasteries, you will leave the holy pilgrimage site of Muktinath. The desolate slopes of the high Himalayas give way to verdant valleys and terraced farmland as you leave the high-altitude refuge of Muktinath. You will travel through quaint towns and traditional Tibetan communities along the route, where the welcoming locals will provide you with insights into their way of life and genuine hospitality.

The trail to Marpha provides the ideal setting for an amazing ride, with breathtaking views of snow-capped peaks, deep river gorges, and rolling slopes scattered with apple orchards. The people of Marpha will welcome you with open arms when you arrive at their charming village, which is well-known for its apple orchards and old stone buildings. Discover the town’s quaint alleys and markets while you relax and rejuvenate by indulging in delectable regional fare. You’ll think back on the day’s travels and anticipate the experiences that lay ahead on the Annapurna Circuit as the sun sets behind the peaks, illuminating the surrounding area in a warm glow.

 

Day 11: Biking from Marpha to Tatopani

On the 11th day of the bike tour around the Annapurna Circuit, you set off on an enthralling journey from Marpha to Tatopani, revealing a tapestry of sights and experiences that are exclusive to the Mustang region. Pedaling through a landscape alive with the whispers of history and the rustling of prayer flags, you’ll leave the charming village of Marpha, known for its apple orchards and medieval stone buildings. The trail from Marpha to Tatopani winds through a variety of landscapes, providing a symphony of contrasts as you pass through settlements at high altitudes and beautiful valleys with waterfalls tumbling down them. With every pedal stroke, you ascend farther into the heart of the Himalayas, where a fresh view of terraced fields and snow-capped peaks appears around every curve in the path.

You’ll experience the warm hospitality of the locals as you ride past quaint villages and terraced fields; their grins and gestures reveal a great deal about their way of life. You’ll get the opportunity to experience the colorful local culture and enjoy local delicacies along the way. When you arrive at Tatopani, a peaceful village famous for its natural hot springs, you’ll be welcomed by the aroma of blossoming flowers and the calming sound of running water. Here, in the healing embrace of the hot springs, you may unwind and revitalize while thinking back on the adventure of the day and the marvels of the Annapurna Circuit.

 

Day 12: Biking from Tatopani to Beni and drive to Pokhara

The last part of your incredible journey begins on day 12 of the Annapurna Circuit bike trip, when you pedal through lush scenery and charming towns from Tatopani to Beni. You’ll depart Tatopani, where the calming effect of the natural hot springs restored your energy, and take a picturesque trip through verdant river valleys and winding mountain routes. The sights and sounds of rural life abound as you pedal through quaint villages and terraced fields filled with brilliant flowers. As you walk past, kind villagers greet you with smiles that truly convey the warmth of the Nepalese people. Your journey will be accompanied by the melodic singing of flowing rivers and falling waterfalls, which you will come across along the way.

Upon reaching Beni, a bustling town surrounded by lush farmlands and undulating hills, you will feel a sense of satisfaction and appreciation for the life-changing adventures you had on the Annapurna Circuit. The team will then arrange a vehicle to head to Pokhara for the overnight stay.

 

Day 13: Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu

A scenic drive back to Kathmandu from Pokhara marks the end of your adventure. Leaving the tranquil city by the lake, Pokhara, you’ll travel over scenic mountain passes with sweeping vistas of the Himalayas and verdant valleys below. You’ll have time to think back on the amazing sights and life-changing events you had en route as you return to Nepal’s vibrant capital, Kathmandu. Every moment of the tour, from the difficult climbs and thrilling descents to the friendly hospitality of the Nepalese people, has deeply impacted your soul.

When you return to Kathmandu, you’ll say goodbye to your fellow riders and guides and treasure the memories of your incredible bike journey around the Annapurna Circuit. Along with the tangible mementos from the tour, you also bring home the intangible gifts of resilience, friendship, and a stronger bond with Nepal’s magnificent mountains as you set out on your journey home.

 

Day 14: Final Day

This is officially your final day with Take on Nepal, boo hoo! If you are departing you will need to check out from your hotel at 12pm, if you have a later flight, your luggage can be stored safely at the hotel until your departure. Our team will be on hand to take you to the airport. We always recommend staying in Nepal after your adventure, there’s so much to see and do! If you have some spare days our team will be happy to organise your activities. A city tour is a must-do and if you have a longer period of time you are welcome to visit Batase village, home of our guides and porters. Another suggestion is to spend time in Pokhara or Chitwan. Nepal really is an amazing country with plenty of things to see and do.

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