Trip Level
Moderate Strenuous
Nepal Tour
Max Altitude
5416 m Throungla Pas
Trip Duration
20 Days

Mountain Bike Tour Around Annapurna Circuit

Around Annapurna Mountain Bike Tour is a cycling tour of the Annapurna circuit which is still the most ridden trail in Nepal. For some bikers, it may sound it's just a ride in the backyard, but around Annapurna mountain bike tour is riding a trail that will tests your wit and guts with every push on the pedal. Annapurna Mountain bike tour follows the toughest mountain bike race trail in the world, even though its most popular route to view the picturesque Himalayan mountain. On this mountain bike tour, we'll ride the trail that leads into the Kali Gandaki river valley for an astounding downhill through Lubra Valley after we cross the 5,416m Thorong-la pass which divides Marshyangdi valley.

Though, the main trail for around Annapurna Mountain bike tour starts from Besishar, we begin our mountain bike tour of the circuit from the back door of Kathmandu valley. This is little extended but lets us enjoy the majestic landscapes with constant sight of the Langtang and Manaslu mountain range before reaching the trailhead of the Annapurna circuit.

Around Annapurna mountain tour will then head into the remoteness of Marshyangdi to cross the Throung-La Pass 5416 meters into the Kali Gandaki, two massive Himalayan valleys in the region. Overall, Around Annapurna Mountain Bike Tour are journeys of inspiration, but you need to shred all cylinder of athleticism to line those knobby tires and rumble the grinders through fascinating landscapes.

The ride is sure to transfer surprises, such as chain suck, hydraulic fails or snake bites which are common with mountain bike tours of the annapurna circuit, but the attitude is to keep up the spirit - it happened, its part of an adventure journey. Besides, this is an off road trail though some asphalt road leads to Kagbeni after a thrilling downhill ride across Lubra valley from Muktinath in Mustang region.

Moreover, around Annapurna mountain bike tour is a biking and hiking tour, in which case you have to grunt the trail from Thorong Phedi 4,533 meters to the top of Thorong-La Pass 5,416 meters carrying bicycles, and this must be understood prior taking part on a mountain bike tour of Annapurna Circuit.

Biking from an approx altitude of 1,387 meters descend into 550 meters then gradually elevates to 5416 meters and terminate little below 900 meters, at this point you will probably understand the responsiveness of nature, culture and enigma of an adventure on a saddle to pedal Around Annapurna on a Mountain Bike Tour.

Detailed Itinerary

Around Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour, as mentioned in the overview of this trip, the ride starts from Kathmandu. The itinerary lengthen by few days, but the combination is worth a pen down in your travel dairy anytime.

Day 01: Arrival Kathmandu – Hotel Check in – Evening Trip Briefing - Overnight Hotel.

Day 02: Full day guided city sightseeing tour / Overnight Hotel

08:00: AM: Drive to Changu Narayan

09:30: AM: Reach Bhaktapur Newari Medieval Town,

Enjoy lunch at many exclusive eateries in Bhaktapur.

13:30: PM: Drive to Patan City (another medieval city and Newari town)

16:30: PM Drive back to Hotel: Free evening

Day 03: 08:00: Experience the city limits with a few km ride and gradually start shifting onto granny gears to pass the valley ridge into Nawakot district. The sight of breathtaking views of Langtang mountain range is something to behold but so is the wicked downhill trail, lose sight of the line and you are in trouble. Overnight Nawakot.

Day 04: Short gradual ride on the outskirts of Bidur municipality of Nawakot as we cross the Trishuli river. Then the trail begins to get familiar with reflection of Tibetan cultural and the majestic Mt. Manaslu range joins in to flavor a farrago of mountain sight. The downhill to Arughat is simply OMG experience. Overnight Arughat

Day 05: Today the ride is mostly uphill across amazing diversity to Gorkha, the ruling center and home of King Prithivi Narayan who conquered the feudal principalities to make a united Nepal. Explore the old fort or Gorkha Palace. Overnight Gorkha

Day 06: Mender the trail down to Bhotawadar, enjoy the outstanding down hill trail and after crossing the Marshyangdi river, we follow an 18 km tarmac road to Besishar the headquater of Lamgung district and the starting point of the round Annapurna Mountain Bike Tour. You may come across sights of butterflies dancing side-line against sub-tropical climate sustaining numerous jungle floras and fauna, Lepidopterists would love to spend more time here.Overnight Lodge

Day 07: Approx: 37.5 km Mountain Bike Ride to Tal at 1700 meters includes very narrow and deep valley with some excellent views. The trail starts gradually always following the Marsyandi River. The first highlight is crossing into Khudi demonstrating views of gorgeous Manaslu mountain range. We ride through Bhulebhule 840 m the administrative office of Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The cycling trail from this point begins to get not only interesting but also challenging to Ngadi 940 m (uphill section starts very rapidly). Since we ride the roadways to avoid the strenuous approach of first steep and dangerous hill of Bahundanda 1310 m and keep biking in a fantastic landscape, crossing several villages, Syange 1100 meters with vivid 111m high drop waterfall, Jagat at 1300 meters, Chamje 1435 meters and finally Tal 1700 meters for the night / Lodge

Day 08: Approx 22.5 km cycling to Chame 2673 meters is a tougher mountain bike ride as the road gets steeper; river canyon gets deeper, and drops next to the road become nerve wrecking. Take a peek below and you’ll be gasping for extra breath. At some points, the road is carved into a vertical cliff with deep vertical drop downs to the river but the views are breathtaking. Though not much in distance (18.5 km) the ride is obvious, it’s the most strenuous part of the trip and should take whole day to reach district headquarter of Manang - Chame 2673 meters for the night. Villages to pass by, Khotre 1850 m – Dharapani 1863 m – Bagarchap – 2165 – Chaurikharkha (yak pasture) 2430 m – Latamarang 2400 m – Koto 2600m.

Day 09: Ride to Manang 3541 meters approx 30 Km is relatively much gradual compared to previous days struggle but by no means easy though we still follow the vehicular lower trail. / Lodge

Day 10: Rest day in Manang / Lodge.

Day 11: From here, we ride our bikes almost away from last civilization to Ledar 4200 meters / Lodge.

Day 12: Trek to Throung-Phedi 4450 meters about 18.9 km / Lodge

Day 13: We reach Throung-La Pass 5416 meters for some selfie moments then start our cycling tour of the Annapurna circuit to reach Muktinath and roll into civilization once again. Hereon is one of the world's best downhill rides (you may still need to carry the bike occasionally on this section). The mountain bike trail is fairly wide level that can cover good distance quickly as there are some single tracks to avoid the dust thrown up by the frequent vehicle movements. Muktinath is is a foundation of history and culture with religious precinct above town, a pilgrimage sites for both Hindus (the 104 holy water spouts) and Buddhists (the eternal flames). Lodge.

Day 14: Ride to Marpha 34 km: Marpha the apples kingdom of Nepal; entertain yourselves to numerous products made from apple and it includes the soothing apple brandy which you can buy from the local distilleries (great souvenir to take home), provided they have not closed for season. Marpha also has monastery worth visiting / Lodge

Day 15: We ride our bikes to Tatopani and enjoy a dip into hot spring - naturally heals sprains and strains, find out if its just a social phenomenon. / Lodge

Day 16: This is the last day of our Mountain Bike Tour of the Annapurna Circuit to reach Beni a distance of 24 km. Pack up and drive to Pokhara

Day 17: Free day / Hotel.

Day 18: 09:00 AM Drive to Kathmandu, check into Hotel. Rest of the time is free to explore and buy souvenirs / Overnight Hotel

Day 19: Full day guided city tour / Evening farewell dinner / Overnight Hotel

08:00 AM Start of full day guided tour of Pashupatinath

10:00 AM Visit Boudhanath - Little Tibet of Nepal

12:00 PM Return to Hotel / free for lunch.

14:00 PM walk the old market and inner streets to Kathmandu Durbar Square.

16:00 PM Visit Swayambhunath

17:30 PM Drive back to Hotel / Refresh / 19:00 PM a farewell feast steeped in culture, and a bit of theatrics in a 150 years old preserved decadent grandeur elegance of bygone era. Share your story and experience of the tour over chilled beers,

Day 20: At an appropriate time transfer to international airport. Home bound.

Departure Dates

Trip Name Start Date End Date Price
Around Annapurna Circuit Tue 15 Sep, 2020 Thu 04 Jul, 2019 $2,199 Book Now
Around Annapurna Circuit Tue 29 Sep, 2020 Sun 18 Oct, 2020 $2,199 Book Now
Around Annapurna Circuit Tue 06 Apr, 2021 Sun 25 Apr, 2021 $2,299 Book Now
Around Annapurna Circuit Tue 27 Apr, 2021 Sun 16 May, 2021 $2,299 Book Now