13-Day Mountain Biking at Annapurna: from Kathmandu
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- Guided Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu and Pokhara
- Crossing the Thorung-la pass at 5,416m
- Tasting the renowned apples, apple pie and apple wine in Jomsom
- Sight-seeing in Muktinath and exploring the popular hiking routes in the area
- Bathing in natural hot springs at Tatopani
- Sunrise at Poon Hill with magnificent mountain views
- Crystal-clear mountain range visible from Pokhara
- A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip success
Our airport representative will welcome you at the airport and transfer to your hotel on a private tourist vehicle. Explore Thamel and Basantapur, tourist hubs offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 02- Pre-trip meeting and sightseeing in Kathmandu
In the morning after breakfast at 9am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your biking leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about your trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip, including sorting out bikes and equipment. For the meeting, please make sure you bring:
- Four copies of passport size photos
- Travel insurance policy
- A pen and a notepad to take notes
Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting, your sightseeing trip will start at around 9:45am. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal.
We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple - a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.
The rest of our day in Kathmandu is free for further exploration and some shopping in Thamel. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 03- Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (Distance: 38km, Altitude: 2,175m), via Bhaktaur
We endorse Chinese visas on this day and you check the bikes and equipments, after which we ride due east to the medieval town of Bhaktapur, an ancient city full of Newari culture. There are many temples and squares here that we will have time to explore. From here we head north-east to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and warm up before the Tibet tour. Overnight at a hotel.
Road Condition: Paved road 100%
Day 04- Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (34km, 1,345m)
We descent on Jeep tracks through the ancient village of Shanku where we will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. We lose elevation on the down hill tracks, which at some points require technical skills. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu. Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu.
Road Condition: Off-road 65%, Paved road 35%
Day 05- Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760m)
Early in the morning we set off to Besi Sahar, which is the starting point of our biking trip. We prepare for the tour, arrange porters, equipments, and so on. Optional warm-up ride in Besi Sahar. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 06- Besi Sahar to Jagat (18km, 1,360m)
The trail soon turns to rough jeep track, and follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. We ascend steeply, gaining 800m in elevation. The first day is the perfect prelude to more thrilling riding in the days to follow. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Road Condition: Off-road 30%, Paved Road 70%
Day 07- Jagat to Tal (20km, 1,700m)
After some 7km the jeep track runs out and whence it is 11km of mainly push and carrying the bike up the steep rocky trails with a final 1km descent into the flat valley surrounding Tal. We are welcomed by marvelous sites and the remoteness of the region. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Road Condition: Off-road 100%
Day 08- Tal to Chame (21km, 2,620m)
Leaving Tal, there is a mani wall (dry stone wall inlaid with Buddhist prayer slates) in the middle of the path. These should always be passed on the left going clockwise. After going through green corn, barley and potatoes field, the valley becomes narrow again. From Tal to Danaqu it will involve a large percent of push / carry with a very steep hard climb out of Danaqu. From here though it becomes more rideable with closer views of snow-capped peaks and a wide flowing trail to the finish. After a hard day's work to reach Chame, bikers can relax by the hot spring on the other side of the Marshyangdi River, enjoy baked bakery product, or even e-mail home from an internet café. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 09- Chame to Pisang (17km, 3,230m)
Ascend through pine forests as the trail open into a fertile agricultural valley. Rice fields and cow pastures mark a rather more hospitable stretch of terrain. The dirt trail leads you through villages and settlements, and you get the opportunity to meet with friendly locals and snotty children. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 10- Pisang to Manang (19km, 3,540m)
The route goes through a dense forest in a steep, narrow valley and crosses the river via two bridges, one at 2,910m and the other at 3,030m. The trail continues along the river to Pisang, where the altitude is enough to bring on the first symptoms of altitude sickness or AMS. From Pisang, the route follows through a wide valley that opens up ahead of us. Bikers will pass through Humde (the highest commercial airport in the world) and Braga with its monastery rooted in Tibetan religion. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 11- Rest day and acclimatization in Manang
It is necessary to spend a rest day here to acclimatize. Ascending too rapidly could have potentially fatal consequences. There are many short excursions possible from Manang and remaining active is encouraged to aid acclimatization. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 12- Manang to Yak Kharka (15km, 4,010m)
Today we leave Manang through narrow, medieval-looking streets and then climb steadily up to Khusang. Although the trail is more rideable above Khusang (3,900m), the altitude now takes effect and pedalling becomes a very hard work. It is advised to go slowly enjoying the scenery and culture of this region. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 13- Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (12km, 4,450m)
We continue to ascend to higher altitude, and thus make our ride more strenuous as we reach Thorung Phedi. It is important to remain physically and mentally prepared for the highest climb of the following day. Take it easy and enjoy the scenery as we forsake distance for altitude. The scenery of the mighty hills surrounding you is sure to impress. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 14- Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni (22km, 2,800m) via Thorung-La pass (5,416m)
A 4am start is necessary to cross the Thorong-La Pass: the trail can get windy later making it difficult to cross the pass. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the top (approx 3km) and will be 100% carry for bikers. The effects of altitude can now be fully felt. Once at the top, the trail descends rapidly on a very steep slope (technical riding) for approximately 45 minutes to Muktinath (3,800m) and then on a less extreme gradient on fast, wide flowing trails to the valley floor, where we will be greeted by the medieval village of Kagbeni, last stop before entering Mustang. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 15- Kagbeni to Tatopani (42km, 1,190m)
Today we will descend from snow capped peaks to tropical lowlands. Leaving Kagbeni the trail follows a wide and flat river bed leading into the cobbled streets of Jomsom, with its bustling markets and airport. The trail then follows rough and rocky jeep tracks, descending through villages such as Marpha, and Khopang. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Day 16- Tatopani to Beni (35km, 830m) and drive to Pokhara (820m)
As we descend the temperature increases and the trail becomes less rocky. From Beni the final 15km is a long an undulating track that follows the course of the river and passes through paddy fields, lined with banana plants. Once at Khaniya Ghat we will rejoin the paved road, where a bus will be waiting for us to transfer to Pokhara (2 hours). Overnight at a hotel.
Day 17- Sightseeing in Pokhara (820m)
Your sightseeing trip starts at 9am in the morning after breakfast. The places we visit are Fewa Lake, Bagnes Lake, Devi’s water fall, museums, Tibetan refugee settlement and Gupteshower cave. You will have a relaxing evening. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 18- Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1,345m)
We return back to Kathmandu by a tourist bus. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, rafting and bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities. Overnight at a hotel.
Day 19- Final departure from Nepal
The trip concludes. Our Airport Representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
Please note: The above information is a guide and standard template of what we provide. The trip can be customized at your request to accommodate your specific requirements.
- Pick up/drop off * Ground transportation
- Twin sharing accommodation in a three- or four-star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara. Breakfast included. And lodges/guesthouses at biking routes.
- All standard meals during the trek (18 breakfasts, 12 lunches, and 11 dinners)
- A farewell dinner on the night before departure
- Guided city tour in Kathmandu and Pokhara on a private vehicle, including monument entry fees
- Support vehicle, where possible, during the biking trip
- Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size: 1 guide for up to 7 pax 1 guide and 1 assistant guide for 8 to 12 pax 2 guides for 13 to 20 2 guides and 1 assistant guide for 21 and above
- Mountain Bike (Brands: Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes; your choice)
- Local staff and porters
- Expenditure of the field staff
- Our free kits
- Entry permits
- Government taxes
- International airfare and airport departure tax
- Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges worth a minimum of USD 50,000 per person)
- Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (A multiple-entry 30-day tourist visa can be obtained for USD 40 or equivalent. Similarly, a multiple-entry 90-day tourist visa costs USD 100. Please have 2 passport size photos and the amount in cash USD/Euro handy.
- Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Pokhara – about USD 20 per person per day
- Alcoholic, hot and cold drinks. Items of personal nature like laundry
- Biking attire and other personal gears
- Tips for biking staff and driver (Tipping is expected)
- Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section
Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu (Open in Google Maps)
* The itinerary can also be customized.
* The trip is designed for more experienced riders.
* Insurance is must.
* Different factors like weather, local politics, technical problems, etc can affect this trip.
Please do not forget to bring:
- Four copies of passport size photos
- Travel insurance policy
- A pen and a notepad to take notes
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