Note: All distances are approximate and vary according to road and route conditions

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

 Arrival and transfer to Hotel.                  

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing

 Guided sightseeing around Kathmandu valley.                

Day-3: Drive: Kathmandu / Besishar (760m) / Khundi (790m) 

After breakfast, we drive via Besisahar to Khundi by our private vehicle. This can take up to seven hours. Your adventure vacation truly starts the moment you reach Khundi. We stay overnight in local Lodge.                   

Day-4: Khudi / Bhaunadanda (1310m)   Distance: 19km, 4 hrs

The changes in the valley's ecosystem and its physical characteristics quickly become evident. The incredible Himalchuli summit rises to the east. After crossing the river, we head to the east bank and pass through the village of Bhulbhule and then head north to Ngadi at 930m asl. We then continue to the ridge top settlement of Bahundanda at 1311m. The name of this village literally means "Brahmin Hill". 

Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m)                   

Cycle: 12km, Rideable 45%, 6 hrs

We descend to the valley floor and then, after crossing the river, we climb steeply up a ridge to follow a trail which has been carved out of the rock wall of the valley. We pass through Khani Gaoon and Ghermu until we reach Sangye. From here, we continue along the West Bank of the Marsyangdi River through the village of Jagat to Chamje where we will cross the river to its eastern bank to enter the Manang District at the village of Tal. As we head up river, we will begin to notice the changes in the people as well as the land, architecture and culture. You will notice that there is a concentration of people of Tibetan origin, their houses are built of rock, the vegetation is less tropical and the culture is predominantly Tibetan.

Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m)                  

Distance: 21.8km,  Rideable 60%,  7 hrs  

The trail from Tal crosses the Marsyangdi Khola to its West Bank after the village of Karte and continues towards the village of Dharapani.  From Dharapani we continue up the river valley past the Gurung village of Thonje to the village of Bagarchap. Bagarchap means 'Butcher place'. Continuing along the left bank, we climb up the heavily wooded Manang Valley past small settlements with excellent views of Manaslu and the peaks above Larkya La. We stay at the village of Chame, administrative headquarters of the region and the last major market before Jomsom. Chame also has a police check post and bank. 

Day-6: Tal / Chame (2670m) 

Total Cycle: 21.8km, 985hm, Rideable 60%, Time: 7 hrs. The trail from Tal crosses the Marsyangdi Khola to its West Bank after the village of Karte and continues towards the village of Dharapani.From Dharapani we continue up the river valley past the Gurung village of Thonje to the village of Bagarchap. Bagarchap means "Butcher's place". Continuing along the left bank, we climb up the heavily wooded Manang Valley past  small settlements with excellent views of Manaslu and the peaks above Larkya La. We stay at the village of Chame, administrative headquarters of the region and the last major market before Jomsom.Chame also has a police check post and  bank.                  

Day-7: Chame / Pisang (3300m)                  

Cycle: 16.4km, Rideable 48%, 6 hrs

From Chame the trail condition changes, somewhat. The continuing trail is not as well maintained as the one up to Chame. We pass through pine forests, over fairly level ground, through the village of Taleku to Bhratang. Like all villages since Dharapani these predominantly Buddhist villages have an entrance chorten and an exit chorten. Annapurna II can be seen to the south and you are now behind the main Himalaya peaks in their rain shadow area. After crossing a series of wooden cantilever bridges we enter a spruce and fir forest that eventually gives way to a pine forest. After days in the gorge the forests provide a welcome change. Crossing the river to its left bank we reach at the village of Pisang. You may want to visit the village before dinner. 

Day-8: Pisang / Manang (3540m)                  

Total Distance: 17.2km,Rideable 95%, 5 hrs.

We are now in the dry arid region of Manang called Nyesyang. Since this area falls in the rain shadow area of the Himalaya it seldom rains in the summer months, though it snows in the winter and the snow remains on the ground for a long time. The population is mostly farmers and traders. People in this area keep comparatively less domestic animals and the consumption of meat is very limited There are two routes leading out of Pisang towards the Manang valley. The one we will follow keeps to valley floor, on the left bank. Spectacular views of Annapurna III and IV along with Gangapuran and Tilicho peaks abound. This is possibly the best day for viewing mountains. You will pass through the village of Hongde where there is a STOL airfield servicing the Manang district. 

Day-9: Manang / Khangsar (3,750m)                   

Total Cycle: estimated 12-15km , Rideable 50%, 5 hrs.

Today we will take a side trip towards Tilicho Lake. The route is rarely used by bikers. The terrain is difficult but is exquisitely beautiful. 

Day-10: Khangsar / Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,200m)

 Total Distance:  estimated 8km , Rideable 55%,  4 hrs 

Today we head along a single-track past Khangsar which will take us to the Tilicho Base Camp, surrounded by high snowy peaks. This section of the trail is narrow and requires careful concentration. 

Day-11: Early morning ride to the Tilicho Lake and back to Khangsar (3,750m)                   

 Total Distance: estimated 12-15km Rideable 40%, 

The adventure never stops as today, we cross the 5000m altitude barrier. We ride up the rocky terrain and seemingly endless snow ramps toward the magical Tilicho Lake and then cycle back to Khangsar for overnight stay.    

Day-12: Khangsar / Manang (3540m)         Total Distance: estimated 12-15km , Rideable 50%, 4 hrs

We follow the same route back to Manang

Day-13: Continue to Letdar (4200m)      

Total Distance: estimated 12-15km Rideable 75%,  4 hrs  

After Manang, the trail climbs steeply to the village of Tenki, which is the last permanent settlement, this side of the Thorung La. We climb a little further and then contour slowly past various pastures to Yak Kharka (literally meaning Yak Pastures) to stay at Letdar.          

Day-14: Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m

Total : 19km,, Rideable 75%, 9-10hrs

Today we continue through the, which eventually give way to a high arid desert at Phedi, at the base of Thorung La. Lodge.  

Day-15: Cross Thorung La (5416m), Continue to Muktinath (3800m)

Total : 22.4km, 966hm, Rideable 60%,

After leaving the river valley we set out early in the morning provided the weather is good and it is not snowing. From Phedi we ascend to an outcrop and the turn left towards Thorung La. A chain of rocks marks the pass. Beyond the pass you enter the river valley of the Kali Gandaki River. The descent from the pass to Muktinath is steep but not difficult. Muktinath is a sacred pilgrimage site to both Hindus and Buddhists who flock there annually for their respective festivals. A rest day here allows you the opportunity to explore the area and the ancient shrines. Of particular interest is the temple of the Hindu God Vishnu and the one hundred and eight waterspouts where devotees bathe. From Muktinath there are beautiful views of Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m).  

Day-16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m) 

Total : 25.6km, Rideable 95%

We cycle along a level but rocky trail through juniper thickets to Jomson. In the late afternoon it gets very windy and so face masks are required. Take care to guard your eyes and cover as much of your skin surface as possible.  

Day-17: Jomsom / Kalopani (2530m)                  

Total Cycle: 26.2km, Rideable 90%, 7 hrs

We cycle by the side of the Kali Gandaki river passing through the villages of Thakali, Marpha, Tukuche and Larjung. Then it is easy riding from here on in as they have built a jeep track to Kalopani. This is a beautiful village right below the base of Dhaulagiri mountain. The place is ideal to see panoramic views of the mountains including Nilgiri peaks and Annapurna I. 

Day-18: Kalopani / Tatopani (1190m)

Total Cycle: 24.4km, Rideable 75%, 6 hrs

We enjoy the downhill before negotiating a technical section. We ride past a suspension bridge and continue through the dense pine forests. When we reach Ghasa there are some really good lodges. The trail ahead is steep until the Ruptse stream. Though it is early, we stop for a relaxing lunch and enjoy the scenery knowing that the trail ahead is much easier. We ride past the Dana village and after seemingly endless rice fields finally reach Tatopani. It is a small town at the north bank of Kali Gandaki River, famous for the hot springs and of course cold beer if you like. Lodge.  

Day-19: Bike until Beni Bazaar (830m). Drive to Pokhara (79km)

Total Cycle: 24km, 90%

The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River through the world's deepest gorge to reach Beni. This is a fun day, with an excellent trail and a section of new road. Beni is the headquarters of Parbat District and has many shops and hotels. From here we take a bus for the 78km to Pokhara. Overnight Lodge.  

Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m)                  

 After breakfast, we will return to Kathmandu (just half an hour). Our bikes will be sent back by jeep. Overnight Hotel.               

Day-21: Kathmandu.

 Free at leisure for shopping, etc. On the remaining time you can relax, shop or go sightseeing. Evening we invite you on a farewell dinner. Stay at Hotel.              

Day-22: Free at leisure to explore, and enjoy                  

Day-23: Final Departure.

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How difficult/challenging is the Annapurna Bikepack cycle tour?

A high level of fitness is required as well as the ability to handle rigorous and challenging physical activity- on steep terrain. At times you will need to push your bike- at very high altitudes and rough terrain.  You will also need to be fully aufait with doing running repairs on your bike.

What are the tea houses like on the main trail?

The route is really well established and there are many tea houses along the route that offer basic lodging and meals. The Annapurna region is protected in a vast conservation area managed by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) which also monitor the tea houses and require that they meet specific requirements. At the start and end of the route  tea houses often have private rooms with attached western style bathrooms. However at higher elevations the accommodation is more basic.

When is the best time or months to cycle the Annapurna

The best time to visit cycle the Annapurna Circuit is pre and post monsoon season. The autumn months of September, October and November are prime times  with October being the busiest time when conditions are the most stable.  The second most suitable time to attempt the Annapurna Bikepack is during spring (March to early June). During this time flowers and other vegetation are in bloom, but it can be warmer and more humid.

Can I charge my camera batteries and mobile phone during the cycle trip?

Yes, you can charge your batteries and mobile phones in every place that has solar panels en route paying extra. The price of charging may vary in different places. It is wise to bring your power bank and also rig up your own solar charger to make use of as there may be days when you cannot charge your devices. Remember that charging is done via solar power so no sun, means no charging

What gear do I need for the bike pack tour?

The weather during the day if there is no wind and the sun is out can be quite warm but it can quickly drop to/or below freezing at night For this reason you need to have a mix of light wickable gear for cycling and warm clothes to pull on if the temperatures suddenly drop such as gloves, jacket, long pants and arm and knee warmers.

We also highly recommend a few buffs where on can be used to cover your nose and mouth for dusty sections.  Our general gear includes, in additional to toiletries, sleeping bag, medical kit and basic bike tools:

  • Bike helmet
  • Sunglasses
  • Fleece cap
  • Windproof hat that fits under your helmet
  • Fingerless biking gloves
  • Thermal inner gloves
  • Warm Gloves
  • Arm and knee warmers
  • Wind/ waterproof cycling jacket (breathable fabric)
  • Fleece
  • T-shirts/long-sleeved
  • Thermal tops
  • Biking tops
  • Cycling shorts
  • Long cycle tights
  • Thermal long pants
  • Jacket - Down /Puffer
  • Trousers light weight
  • Socks
  • Cycling footwear
  • Boots
  • Sun hat
  • Buffs
What biking spares do I need for Annapurna Cycling?

Servicing for bikes in the region is rare, and you do not want to be stuck miles from anywhere with a broken wheel. The repair tools that you may require more frequently include

  • Multi tool
  • Tyre levers
  • Pump
  • Spare inner tubes
  • Spare spokes
  • Check with your bike shop for disc/ brake pads
  • A few links for your chain
  • Spares for unique features of your bike, e.g. fluid or bleed kit.

If bringing your own bike, it is essential that the bike is serviced and that all essential components are checked before you depart. Attention should be paid to the following aspects: chain, release clamps, tyre and inner tubes should be checked.

  • brakes and cables should be checked, adjusted, and replaced if necessary
  • all wheel spokes should be adjusted
  • gears and cables should be thoroughly checked.
  • all bearings should be greased and checked
  • tighten all nuts and bolts should be tightened and well secured.

How will the altitude affect me ?

This is a really difficult one to answer directly - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an ' unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People, who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. The only way to help combat this is to take all of the necessary precautions such as acclimatising, drinking plenty of fluids, taking preventative medication and ensuring you are in good health to start with.

Are there any dangers on the route and steep sections?

The area is prone to landslide along the trail especially at the start and where the valleys are deep. There are plenty of road signs to warn where the dangers are. River crossing s can be slippery and rocky and you will also need to cycle across some high bridges. In sections where there is snow and ice extra caution is required.

Where can I get cycling insurance for Annapurna?

If you are going hiking or climbing or trekking then you need extra cover for your activities. Cycling and hiking have become popular for many adventure seekers looking to add a bikepack trip in tibet or Annapurna to their list of amazing adventures. But any trip to high altitude carries with it a number of risks and having the correct and good trekking insurance is an absolute must. We recommend two different groups depending on which country you reside in. For further details, click on the icon

Which is the most difficult part of the trip?

There are many tricky and steep sections on the tour and high altitudes make it more difficult. Perhaps the toughest section is crossing the Thorung La Pass. The Thorung La pass reaches an altitude of 5,416m, which is the edge of the Tibetan plateau.

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be in good physical shape and able to sustain extended periods of hard cycling, as the day through the pass can be long. You should start training a good 4-6 months prior to the trip with extended periods of cardio workouts and mountain biking. You also need to be strong enough to carry your bike or push it up sections that are no rideable , although we do have porters to help.

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