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Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking -13 Days

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Annapurna circuit mountain bike tours generally take you on an epic adventure, surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world.

Trip Duration : 13 Days
Max Altitude : 5416 m
ACCOMODATION : Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Tea houses during the biking days
DIFFICULTY : Challenging
LOCATION : Annapurna Region(Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike)
ARRIVAL ON : Kathmandu Nepal
DEPARTURE FROM : Kathmandu Nepal

Trip Overview

Annapurna circuit mountain bike tours generally take you on an epic adventure, surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the world.  The Annapurna Circuit is an extremely tough adventure for riders. Annapurna Circuit mountain biking is a classic mountain bike trip to the Annapurna range. The journey offers the spectacular view of gigantic mountains like the Annapurna massif, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Machhapuchhre, Hiunchuli, Lamjung Himal, Tukuche peak, Tilicho peak, and many other Himalayas. Besides, the riders get to witness the traditional villages on the tough trails of the Annapurna Circuit.

The 13 days Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Trip starts from a scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar. Besisahar is the starting point of the bike trip. Likewise, the trip takes you to the Kali Gandaki Valley via the Gurung town of Manang, the highest pass of Nepal—Thorung-La pass, and the holy temple of Muktinath. The bikers will pass through stunning landscapes highlighting lush Himalayan forests, waterfalls, natural hot springs, monasteries, temples, Mani walls, Chortens, Himalayan villages, and many more. Besides the panorama of the Himalayas and landscapes, this Mountain Bike Tours also gives a chance to witness the culture of different ethnic groups residing in this region.

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking Trip is a tough bike trip that is suitable for people striving for thrilling adventures. The ride will take place on rickety suspension bridges, quickly crossover active landslide zones, and gaze at peaks while going up against gravity. Furthermore, you will be surrounded by the snow-capped mountains, suspension bridges, pine forests, sparse mountain villages & stunning views in every direction.

SHORT ITINERARY

Day 01 :

Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02 :

Preparation & Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03 :

Transfer from Kathmandu to BesiSahar

Day 04 :

Besi Sahar to Taal

Day 05 :

Taal to Chame

Day 06 :

Chame to Manang

Day 07 :

Rest Day in Manang

Day 08 :

Manang to Thorong Phedi

Day 09 :

Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni via the Thorong La Pass

Day 10 :

Kagbeni to Tatopani

Day 11 :

Tatopani to Beni & transfer to Pokhara

Day 12 :

Pokhara to Kathmandu

Day 13 :

Departure

Itenary note

Note of above trekking package plan:: B L D Plan = Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner are included. B L Plan = Breakfast and Lunch are included.

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 01 Arrival in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal. Our Airport representative will pick you up from the airport terminal and transfer you to the hotel of your choice. depending on your arrival time, you can stroll either around the city or even rest in the hotel. Then, at the hotel, your guide will give you a short briefing about the biking tour. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 02 Preparation & Sightseeing in Kathmandu

After having a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, you will today explore the capital of Nepal.  Your sightseeing tour includes the UNESCO-listed heritage sites in Kathmandu. Start the sightseeing tour with Pashupatinath temple, devoted to Lord Shiva. Then, from Pashupatinath drive for a few minutes to Boudhanath, a 36m stupa highly influenced by Tibetan culture. From Boudhanath, drive to Swayambhunath, a 2500 years old temple with a unique feature of Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows painted on it.

Then, finally, we will visit Kathmandu Durbar Square which reflects ancient art and architecture, culture, and tradition. Similarly,  we will explore the Royal Palace, Hanuman Dhoka, and other several heritage sites inside Durbar Square. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 03 Transfer from Kathmandu to BesiSahar

Today you will leave Kathmandu at around 8:00 am. While the riders get an early breakfast, the crew members will load the luggage and bikes onto the transfer vehicles for the coach transfer to BesiSahar. After a 6- hour drive, you will reach Besi Sahar by mid-afternoon. Then, you will have plenty of time to explore the town and stretch your legs on the trails up the mountains.

Day 04 Besi Sahar to Taal

After an early breakfast, you will leave Besi Sahar encountering lots of small stream crossings. After approximately 5km of fairly flat terrain, the trails ascend towards Taal. The total distance covered by the bike today will be around 30 km. Taal is situated on the banks of the Marshyangdi river. You can spend your evening exploring there.

Day 05 Taal to Chame

Today, the altitude rises by 1300m. After breakfast, leaving Taal,  the trail ascends a steep and rocky jeep track, passing through a spectacular waterfall and reaching Timing. The ride today will be a total of 36km, where the final 9km of riding offers a little respite from continuous climbing.  It reaches Chame, one of the Annapurna areas larger villages situated in a narrow valley. The problems of altitude sickness may arise from here as temperatures are considerably lower than at Besi Sahar.

Day 06 Chame to Manang

Ascend to Manang from Chame today. However, as you ascend in altitude, the riding distances may get shorter and yet challenging. The trail ascends through pine forests before following an open valley up towards Manang. The Riders could encounter lots of mud and even their first snow during this section depending upon the weather condition. You will encounter several beautiful villages along the way, get a chance to learn about their culture, tradition, and way of life along the way.

Day 07 Rest Day in Manang

Today you will be resting in Manang. Manang is a wonderful place for acclimatization. You will give your proper rest reaching a high altitude as well as have a rest day from riding. Man and has a lot to offer to tourists. There are plenty of interesting and scenic hikes you can do at Manang. Also, if you want to relax in cafes.and bakeries then managing has everything you want.

Day 08 Manang to Thorong Phedi

Day 8 may be a little easier for you as it will cover the shortest distance. However, that doesn’t mean that the journey will be easier. You will be covering 17km today at 4450m above sea level. Since altitude can be the biggest obstacle today, snow and extreme cold can be an issue as well. Nevertheless, the scenario is extremely breathtaking. The hour-long ride will be worth it once you reach the destination for the day.

Day 09 Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni via the Thorong La Pass

From Thorong Pedi, the bikers need to start early as high winds can pick up later on in the day on the top of the pass. The high winds make it challenging to ride so it is wise to avoid them. Starting early at 5 am in the dark, through snow and freezing temperatures you will reach the highest point of the trip, Thorong La, at 5416m. The journey takes about 3-6 hours according to your ride. Likewise, the descent will be clear of snow from the very top, from 5416m to 2700m in 20km leading you back to the warmth of Kagbeni; the gateway to Upper Mustang.

Day 10 Kagbeni to Tatopani

From Kagbeni we will go to Tatopani where we can enjoy the hot spring. Tatopani will be the day’s final destination. Starting early and riding 58km predominantly downhill takes riders back down to the sub-tropical heat and oxygen-rich air. However, the 1st 35 km is a gentle drop to the world’s deepest George, Kali Gandaki. Similarly, the last 23 km will be to the Tatopami through jaw-clattering, rough and rapid descent that will test both man and machine.

However, the tough journey will be worth it once we reach the hot spring in Tatopani. Therefore, the refreshing bath in Tatopani soaks away the aches and pains of 10 days on the trail.

Day 11 Tatopani to Beni & transfer to Pokhara

Today is the last ride of this trip where you will be riding from Tatopani to Beni and finally to tourism city Pokhara. The trail is relaxing down to the  end of the trails. The 1st 21km stops at Beni and then from there the riders will head to Pokhara via Maldhunga. After arriving in Pokhara, you can stroll around the lakeside and go for a refreshing dinner at night.

Day 12 Pokhara to Kathmandu

Early morning after breakfast, you can either fly or drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu. The drive will take you through the wonderful landscapes of Nepal however, the flight will be for about 25 minutes. If you choose to fly, you will have a lot of time to spend in Kathmandu. You can either go for some trinket shopping or explore some of the many temples and places of interest in the city. Later in the evening, we will have a farewell dinner at a typical thakali restaurant in Thamel. At night, you can either rest at a hotel or go for fun at tourist hub places.

Day 13 Departure

Bidding farewell to your wonderful biking journey to the Annapurna circuit, today our representative will transfer you to the Airport terminal and wish you your safe and wonderful journey.

Price Includes

  • All Airport Pickups and drop off by the private vehicles
  • Domestic flight tickets from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Jomsom and Pokhara-Kathmandu and airport tax.
  • Three meals per day (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)
  • Lodge and teahouse accommodation during the trek in the Mustang region.
  • Experienced and professional mountain biking guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples)
  • HardTail mountain Bike and other maintenance.
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
  • All transportation by private vehicle.
  • All necessary permits.
  • Office Service charge.
  • All Government Tax.

Price Excludes

  • Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
  • Personal Trekking Equipment such as sleeping bags, jackets
  • Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
  • Airfares and Travel insurance
  • Nepal entry visa fees
  • Entry fee to temples and monasteries or any tourist places
  • Personal expenses such as bars, shopping, or telephone bills
  • Gratitude for guide and drivers
  • Any Alcoholic beverages

TREKKING EQUIPMENTS, GEARS & SOME MEDICINES

  We do recommend following equipment's for trekking and Hiking in Nepal.

Head

  • Sun hat
  • Scarf
  • Light balaclava
  • Warm wool hat
  • UV protection one Sunglasses
  • Head torch with extra batteries.

Upper Part Of The Body Upper

  • Tshirts
  • Shirts
  • Sleeveless or body warmer type fleece.
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Thermal Vest
  • Down Jacket
  • Fleece Jacket
  • Pullover
  • Sports bras (women)
  • Waterproof outer jacket
  • Rain Coat
  • Hand wear
  • Fleece gloves.
  • Warms mittens or gloves.

Lower Body

  • Long Under Wear
  • Short Under Wear
  • Lightweight Cotton Long Pants
  • Warm Trousers
  • Tracksuit pants
  • Lightweight thermal trouser
  • Fleece pants
  • Cotton paints

Footwear

  • Thin inner socks
  • Thick warm wool hiking socks
  • Walking boots with ankle support
  • Trainers or trail shoes
  • Gaiters
  • Micro spikes

Electronics

  • Camera and Accessories
  • Phone
  • Power Bank
  • Solar Panel
  • Travel Adapter

Miscellaneous

  • Book
  • Playing Cards/Games
  • Journal and Pen
  • Snacks and Specialist Food

Hygiene & First Aid

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wet Wipes
  • Pocket Hand Warmers
  • Moisturizing skin cream and Lip balm
  • Toiletries
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid

Trek Essentials

  • Passport and Copy
  • Travel Insurance Details
  • Trekking Permit(s)
  • Waterproof Document Wallet
  • Cash

Recommended Medications

  • Guide will take a group first aid kit but please bring personal medications and other items you might use regularly such as
  • Any personal medications
  • Malaria prophylactic tablets
  • Blister treatment
  • Rehydration powder
  • Analgesics (Paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin)
  • Plasters and zinc oxide tape
  • Throat lozenges
  • Diamox

Other Equipment

  • Duffel Bag or Suitcase
  • Day pack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Trekking poles
  • Towel

FAQ

Q. Do you provide any gears for trekking?

A. Yes, we do provide roughly 65 liters one duffel bag, sleeping bag and down jacket to use for trekking without extra charge, if you do not have.

Q. Can I rent or buy gears in Kathmandu?

A. You can buy or rent trekking boots and rest of the gears, you need to need to buy.

Q. How much weight does porter carries?

A. We do provide one porter between 2 trekkers. One porter carries 25 to 30 kg respectively.

Q. How much weight does airplane allow to Lukla?

A. Twin Otter and Dornier planes are the primary mode of transport to and from the airstrip at Lukla. It allows 15kg per passenger, including had bag.

Q. Can I take some more gears for paying extra charge?

A. It is hard but some time, they do allow 2 to 3 kg with paying extra charge US$ 2 per kg

Q. When Should I pack my gears?

A. You will have pre-trip meeting in Kathmandu that night you pack trekking gears.

Q. What equipment should I carry at Daypack?

A. Most of our day packs have a capacity of roughly 20 to 24 liters. You need to carry only day use things like water bottle, light jackets, some extra shocks, sun hat, sunglasses, raincoat, light glove, scarf, toilet paper, and small towel, camera, some personal medical, Sunscreen, Passport, money, camera, trekking poles and some snacks. Rest of the gears will be carried by porter.

Q. Can I store suitcase and other unnecessary gears in hotel in Kathmandu or at your office?

A. Yes, you can store either at the hotel in Kathmandu or at our office without extra charge.

 TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance is compulsory for all Clients undertaking any tour. It should provide adequate protection for the full duration of the tour to cover personal injury, medical expenses, repatriation expenses, helicopter evacuation, loss of luggage, etc. For your kind information, we would like to give a list of the insurance companies, please inquire with them.

  •  USA and Canada: Tugo, United Health Care, World Nomad, Blue Cross
  • Australia and New Zealand: Fast Cover, Allianz Australia
  • Singapore: Ergo, World Nomad (Explore plan level 3)
  • Europe: Europe Assistance, Austrian Alpine Club, Allianz Europe
  • India: ICICI Lombard

 ALTITUDE AND TEMPERATURE IN NEPAL

Altitude (in meter) & Temperature (in degree Celsius) in Nepal over 2000m/6056ft. Trekking areas are only situated over 2000meter in Nepal.

Altitude Spring Summer Autumn Winter
March, April, May June, July, Aug Sept., Oct,  Nov Dec, Jan, Feb
Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min. Max. Min.
2000m -2500m 27 5 29  9 25 2 20 -2
3000m – 3500m 12 -5 20 -1 17 -2 14 -7
4000m – 4500m 10  -7 14 -3 12 -7 7 -10
4500m- 5500m 9 -10 12 -5 10 -15 5  -20

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Reviews

EXCELLENT rating
Based on 26 reviews
Unique path trekking company has excellent staff on ground to make the trekking experience very enjoyable and memorable. The guide and porters go out of their way to make each and every member of the team feel safe and secured. Mr Babu the founder owner of the company is very responsive and is able to assist every member of the team with their individual needs. I would recommend engaging Unique Path for Himalaya trekking.
Sandeep Dasgupta
Sandeep Dasgupta
2023-09-30
I like trekking with Unique Path, the guides of this company many times made my way comfortable and safe. I traveled with them to Lobuche, Mera, Island and other places solo and in the groups with my friends. Unique Path is a reliable partner and I plan to trek with them again in Langtang region this autumn.
Andrey Oktyabrev
Andrey Oktyabrev
2023-05-29
I have used Unique Path three times and each time the team were all helpful, friendly and informative. Every aspect of our trip to Nepal was taken care of - Pick up at the airport to take us to our hotel. Next day the excitement of getting our trekking details and depending on the trip setting out with our guide and porter. My husband and I prefer to hike on our own, so we did no group options. Our itinerary was always followed exactly. When I go hiking in Nepal this company is my first point of contact. They are a great team and are totally recommended by me and my husband.
Sylvia Schillings
Sylvia Schillings
2023-05-29
Unique Path is a great choice for anyone who wants to explore the Himalayas. My wife and I made several treks with Unique Path to Manaslu, Kangchenjunga, Tilicho Lake, and Mustang. It goes without saying, that the scenery in Nepal is stunning. Lots of opportunity to learn about the culture and religion and traditions of Nepal. The people we met along the way were engaging and wonderful. Unique Path's staff was fantastic throughout all the trips. They were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. They arranged everything from transportation to accommodation to food. They also provided all the necessary equipment and guidance and handled all the permit applications. I highly recommend Unique Path trekking to anyone who loves adventure and nature. These were once-in-a-lifetime experiences that I will never forget. I am available as a reference. David
DaveBessie Parsnick
DaveBessie Parsnick
2023-05-22
I have yet to conclude this trip due to the Pandemic but Babu's response and tour guide plan has been exemplary - I cannot wait to make the trip!
Rachel Glaysher
Rachel Glaysher
2023-05-19
Myself and 2 buddies hired Unique Path Trekking to coordinate an EBC trek back in 2014. We couldn't have been more happy with the results...Everything went flawlessly and we had the adventure of a lifetime. Babu and his staff / guides / porters were top-notch and I highly recommend them to anyone who may be reading this.
Marc Ferrari
Marc Ferrari
2023-05-18
As with all treks, there will be unforeseen circumstances and you’re always beholden to nature. So you want a guide and an agency that is not only experienced enough but also sensitive and quick to changes on ground. I am very grateful for the deep experience that our guide, Dambar had. He made us feel safe and constantly had everything under control despite the weather and some early sickness some of us had. Coupled with his sharp wit and deep knowledge, this became such an enjoyable climb that was filled with priceless stories that I can’t wait to tell the kids about. The porters too were a lively bunch that ultimately became friends and we shared lots of fun moments on the mountain together. Babu ensured that our arrivals, arrangements and any administrative hassles were smooth and out of our minds so we could focus on the climb ahead. Thank you Unique Path trekking & expedition. Highly recommended for anyone who wants a great time while knowing you’re in safe hands!
Josiah Ng
Josiah Ng
2023-05-16
We were very fortunate to have Unique Path Trekking for our EBC with 3 Himalaya passes expedition, we were so happy/satisfied with Unique Path trekking. Babu ( owner of Unique Path Trekking) is so kind, knowledgeable and mellow personality so does their staff ( all guides and porters ). We had great time during this expedition in terms of lodging/food. We had large group ( ~ 18 ppl ) and believe or not no one had any single complain of food. Their guides and porters are so knowledgeable, smart, humorous made our entire expedition lots of fun. They take care of us with positive attitudes with smiley face in entire trip. I definitely recommend Unique Path Trekking for any expedition in Himalaya ( we're looking forward to go with them in Annapurna expedition in near future ). You will very glad/happy if you choose Unique Path and Trekking.
Umesh Patel
Umesh Patel
2023-05-16
Babu and his group are exceptional We have done 2 trips organized by Babu We went to Everest base camp and recently to chitwan, Pokara and part of Annapurna cercuit Their guides are very good We will definitely use Babu and his guides again
Guru Motgi
Guru Motgi
2023-05-06
I just returned from a wonderful hike to Everest base camp with helicopter return. I was traveling solo am so grateful to Manager Babu and guide Suresh for looking after me. It is a trip I will remember the rest of my life. We started with a half day tour of Kathmandu and then flew to lukla on the next day to begin the trek. All the arrangements were made ahead of time and the folks unique path team constantly got on the phone to make sure the logistics went smoothly. Suresh kept a moderate pace and a great sense of humor. We made good time throughout the hikes and always got to the lodges on time and in daylight with energy left for the next day. The weather also cooperated this March and we had beautiful sunny skies and gorgeous Mountain View’s throughout the trek. I really could not ask for anything more and would very much recommend unique path
Janice Cheng
Janice Cheng
2023-05-06
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