Annapurna Circuit by Bike

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Annapurna Circuit by Bike

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From $2,050USD

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Highlights

Experience the unrivalled beauty of the Annapurna range by mountain bike

Follow the Annapurna Circuit route on a mountain biking tour full of challenge and adventure.

Climb to new heights as you cross the Thorong La pass at an altitude of 5,416 m (17,769’).

Relax your tired muscles by soaking in a soothing natural hot spring in Tatopani.

Experience native hospitality and culture as you explore a variety of different villages in the Annapurna region.

The Annapurna Circuit is not just for trekkers, but experienced mountain bikers will find it the trip of a lifetime on this guided cycling tour on the Annapurna Circuit! Challenge yourself with steep uphill climbs and narrow downhill switchbacks.

What better way to explore the best of Nepal then on your bike on a guided cycling tour. Surround yourself with the breathtaking scenery of the Himalayas, particularly Gangapurna, Lamjung, and the Annapurna peaks. Watch how the landscape around you changes at different elevations and experience the many different faces of Nepal.

You’ll also have the opportunity to visit culturally significant landmarks and learn more about the daily life and culture of the native people. Witness the beauty of glaciers, rivers, and waterfalls, and soak in the relaxing waters of natural hot springs. This Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour is an unforgettable trip of a lifetime, so reserve your place today!

Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal! Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, an airport representative from your tour will meet you and escort you to your hotel. There, your guide will brief you with more details about your tour. Enjoy a traditional Nepali dinner to welcome you on your first evening.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance
None
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Explore Kathmandu

After breakfast and a quick, pre-trip meeting, enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of the Kathmandu Valley and experience the wonders of this vibrant city. Visit the well-known Buddhist temple Stupa Swayambunath, which is also called the Monkey Temple. From the temple, which is high on a hill, you’ll find an inspiring view of the mountains and the valley surrounding you. Stupa Swayambhunath is the oldest and most mysterious shrine in Kathmandu, attracting tourists and Buddhist visitors from all over the world with its distinctive white dome and sparkling gold spire. Next, visit the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple on the Indian subcontinent, and the crematorium beside it. Finally, your tour also takes you to Patan Durbar Square where you can see notable temples and palaces from centuries past, each an intriguing example of traditional Nepalese architecture.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Transfer to Besishahar

Start the day with an early breakfast, then enjoy an adventurous and scenic drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar. Witness the incredible beauty of the Marsyangdi Valley and fill your lungs with the fresh mountain air. When you arrive in Besishahar (800 m/2,625’), you’ll spend the night in a mountain lodge with stunning Himalayan views.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Besisahar (800 m/2,625’)
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Bike to Tal

Begin your cycling tour today after waking up early and enjoying a hot breakfast. The first part of the trail follows the Marshyangdi River through the valley. Then you’ll begin to ascend, gaining about 1,000 m in elevation as you pass lovely cascading waterfalls. Today’s destination is the picturesque village of Tal, surrounded by local scenery and terraced fields.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Tal (1,700 m/5,577’)
Distance
37.4 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Bike to Chame

Get ready for a fun and challenging day of biking. Today you will climb up in elevation significantly as you cross rugged terrain between Tal and Chame. When you arrive in Chame, notice the tall maple and oak trees with a stunning Himalaya panorama in the background. After a tough day, get a good night’s rest in Chame.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Chame (2,650 m/8,694’)
Distance
22.6 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Bike to Manang

Get an early start again today after a hearty breakfast. Ride the trail through a lush forest at the bottom of a narrow and steep valley. Along the way, you’ll pass a small airstrip and a village with approximately 200 houses. You’ll also see the Barge Monastery, the largest monastery in the district. When you come to Manang, stop to spend the night.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Manang (3,519/11,545’)
Distance
29.7 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Explore Manang

Today is an acclimatization day exploring Manang and the surrounding area. It is important to stay active today, so you may want to ride to a nearby point at 4,000 m (13,123’) to help prepare your body for the higher altitude coming in the days ahead. There are many things to see and do in Manang. The local Manangi people enjoy pony racing and archery, and there may be opportunities to watch them practice these ancient sports. You can also explore the nearby lake, chortens, and monastery. Don’t forget to stop and appreciate the incredible views here. Notice Mount Gangapurna, Lamjung, and the Annapurnas before you with a glacial lake sparkling below them.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Manang (3,519/11,545’)
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Bike to Thorong Phedi

Ride today through valleys and climb to higher altitudes. You’ll leave the Marsyangdi valley and follow the Jarsang Khola valley. You’ll have plenty of chances to admire the lovely scenery and experience aspects of the local culture. After you pass through the yak pastures (“Yak Kharka”), cross over the river to come to the village of Thorong Phedi (4,450 m/14,600’).

Overnight Location
Lodge in Throng Phedi (4,450 m/14,600’)
Distance
19 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Over the Throng La Pass to Muktinath

Wake up very early this morning and prepare for a challenging day. The climb today is difficult, and you will probably feel the effects of the altitude. Remember that this the experience of a lifetime, so take it easy and try to enjoy each step. As you cross the Thorong La pass (5,416 m/17,769’), your efforts will be well rewarded with awe-inspiring views. Pause here to enjoy the incredible vistas, then continue your tour down to Muktinath to spend the night.

Overnight Location
Lodge at Muktinath (3.800/12,467’)
Distance
22 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 10 Bike to Jomsom then Tukuche

Leave Muktinath and ride toward Dhangladanda on a less-used trail where you can enjoy phenomenal views of the surrounding Himalayas. Descend to the river in the Lupra valley over single track switchbacks. Then continue on to Jomsom for a lunch break, after which you’ll continue on to Tukuche. Tukuche is an old village where you can experience Thakali culture and sample some apple brandy.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Tukuche (2,600 m/8,530’)
Distance
32 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 11 Ride to Tatopani

A gentle day of riding today takes you along a flatter section of trail that winds downhill through the pine forests and quaint villages of the valley. As you follow the river, be sure to pause to appreciate the exquisite waterfalls and views of rugged snow-capped peaks. When you arrive in Tatopani (1,190 m/3,904’), you can rest and relax, soaking in a natural hot spring.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Tatopani (1,190 m/3,904’)
Distance
42 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 12 Cycle to Beni and transfer to Pokhara

Finish your cycling tour today with an easy 18 km ride from Tatopani to Beni. The dirt trail follows the Kaligandaki River and is surrounded by heavy rocks. You’ll have some time to explore the town of Beni before driving from here to Pokhara to spend the night.

Overnight Location
White Pearl Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Pokhara
Distance
18 km
Meals
Breakfast

Day 13 Fly to Kathmandu

Take an incredible flight today from Pokhara back to Kathmandu, experiencing the splendor of the mountains from above. Once you arrive in Kathmandu, you will have free time in the city to shop for souvenirs or see more of the sights. You can also choose to rest and relax in one of the city’s many cafes or rooftop restaurants.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Distance
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Day 14 Departure Day

Sadly, your Annapurna Circuit cycling tour has reached its end. You are free to explore if you have time before your flight. You may enjoy souvenir shopping or visiting more cultural sites in this special city. Your guide can help you find what you’re looking for, then an airport representative will escort you to the airport. Have a pleasant journey!

Overnight Location
N/A
Distance
None
Meals
Breakfast

Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour Price and Dates

This guided cycling tour in Nepal is run either as a private tour for your group only, however, sometimes there are options to join other groups (please enquire for more information). The pricing depends on the number of people on your group.

Pricing below is per person:

  • Guided Group of 2-5: $2,650USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $2,050USD per person
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Accommodation on Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour

This tour is based in mountain lodges, also called tea houses, along the route. These accommodations are simple, since there is no road access to reach them, but they are also friendly and full of atmosphere. Most lodges have dining areas that are heated, but the bedrooms are typically unheated. Wooden beds with foam mattresses are provided, but you will need a sleeping bag. Washing and toilet facilities are shared, and some have solar showers available for an additional charge.

Before and after the Annapurna Circuit, stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement. In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $495USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up, where possible. Private rooms are not available in the trekking lodges.

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

Night 3-11

Mountain lodges along the trail

Stay in cozy mountain lodges along the trail. These lodges are simple and amenities are basic, but they are full of atmosphere.

White Pearl Hotel, Pokhara

The White Pearl has a peaceful, soothing atmosphere in the clean, spacious rooms and throughout the hotel. Enjoy a wonderful view from your room, especially on the higher floors.

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Annapurna Circuit Cycling Tour?

Meals

13 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included on this tour. This includes special welcome and farewell dinners.

Accommodations

Accommodations for all 13 nights are included. Along the Annapurna Circuit, stay in simple mountain lodges (tea houses). Before and after the Annapurna Circuit, stay in 3.5-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Transportation during the Tour

Domestic flights and land transportation described in the itinerary is included, as well as a guide on the flight and all airport taxes. Airport transfers between the Kathmandu Airport and your hotel are also included.

Also Included

  • An experienced, insured, and equipped English-speaking guide
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fees in Kathmandu
  • TIMS permit
  • Annapurna Conservation Fee
  • Porter (Insured and equipped according to IPPG rules)
  • Acclimatization day to explore Manang

Not included

  • Bicycles (Available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Visa to enter Nepal
  • Meals not listed as included (lunches and dinners in Kathmandu)
  • Personal drinks / alcohol
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue, force majeure, flight/itinerary changes
  • Tips for guides and other trekking staff
  • Personal costs such as charging batteries or hot showers

Optional Extras

Bicycle rental:

  • Single suspension - $25USD per day
  • Dual suspension - $50USD per day

Frequenty Asked Questions about Annapurna Circuit by Bike

How hard is this mountain bike tour of the Annapurna Circuit?

We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. Sections of the trail are strenuous, and at higher elevations, even easier sections of trail become more challenging. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about mountain biking at high altitudes.

Should I be concerned about altitude on the Annapurna Circuit bike ride?

You should always check with your doctor before taking a trekking tour at elevation. On the Annapurna Circuit you have several days above 3,300m (10,825’) or greater. The maximum elevation you sleep at is 4,450m (14,600’) on Night 8, and the maximum height you trek at is Day 9 when you cross Thorong La at 5,416m (17,770’). The high altitude will impact your stamina, sleeping and could pose health risks.

Do I need a Visa?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included?

13 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Kathmandu to start this tour?

The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. If arriving in Nepal by air, you must fly to this airport. Transportation is provided between the airport and your hotel in Kathmandu.

Are the tours in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends where it begins, in Kathmandu. Tour staff will escort you to the Kathmandu Airport.

What should I pack to bike the Annapurna Circuit?

You will be given a complete packing list for your trek upon booking. Plan to layer your clothing to be comfortable in different temperatures. You should be able to add a waterproof layer (jacket and trousers) to stay dry, as well as protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunglasses. A headlamp with extra batteries is also recommended. You should also have a sleeping bag, dry bags, a padlock (to lock your trek bag) and a basic first aid kid. Don’t forget cycling clothes such as padded cycling shorts, warm cycling tights, and a helmet. Please respect the traditional Nepalese culture by dressing conservatively (avoid bare shoulders and keep legs covered)

Can I charge my phone / camera / other device?

You may need an outlet adapter for any electrical items. Find out more information HERE. Electricity may not always be available along the tour. Some lodges will have solar powered charging facilities for an additional hourly fee.

How much spending money will I need?

Plan to have cash, exchanged into Nepali rupees. It is possible to withdraw rupees from ATMs in Kathmandu but not outside the city. An estimated $400-600 USD per person should be sufficient for meals in Kathmandu, drinks, snacks and other personal expenses such as showers and charging batteries in the mountain lodges. This should also cover tips for your guide, porters, and other staff.

Do I need vaccines?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for this country?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Nepal for this tour?

This tour is available year-round. The best time to travel to Nepal for this trek is during the pre-monsoon season from March through early May, or post-monsoon in October and November. Monsoon season typically lasts from late May through September.

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Prices

From $2,050USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels / Lodges

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Real humans are always a click or call away

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We rate this tour as a 5 / 5. Sections of the trail are strenuous, and at higher elevations, even easier sections of trail become more challenging. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about mountain biking at high altitudes.

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Kathmandu, Nepal

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