Days: 15 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
Overview: This is one of the classic and most rewarding treks in Nepal which was opened to foreign trekkers providing the opportunities to explore the scenery of both the Northern and Southern Himalaya since 1977. It is the most popular trek which circles the Annapurna Massif. You start from Marsyangdi valley through Manang and Thorong-La Pass and descent to Muktinath & the Kaligandaki valley. It offers spectacular scenery of the high Himalayan Ranges and the dry Tibetan Plateau, which are inhabited by different ethnic groups. There are also lakes on the high land and wild animals. We cross from North to South Himalaya, over the difficult Thorong-La pass, we visit the holy temple of Muktinath and encounter buddhist monuments descending towards the world deepest gorge; the Kaligandaki valley. The high point of the trek entails crossing of the 5414m high Throng Pass, from the arid valley of the upper Manang, home of Tibeto- Buddhists, down to the Hindu pilgrimage site of Muktinath, and the Kali Gandaki valley, the world's deepest river gorge, before heading down to Pokhara. Besides the mountain views, we encounter on this trek a variety of mountain communities of the Gurung, Manangi and Thakali people. Annapurna region is best described as the most happening incentive trekking destination of Nepal. The Annapurna Circuit Trek has been proved as a highly praised and spectacular trekking route in the Annapurna region since it opened to foreign trekkers in 1977. This three weeks trek starts right from Besishahar and goes along the Marshyangdi River, with great view of Manashlu and Himal Chuli to the east. This magnificent trek leads you to the fine village inhabited by a wide diversity of people from different ethnic groups, offering spectacular and majestic view of the white Himalayas. As it continues to the north of the main Himalayan range on to the high and dry Tibetan Plateau, the scenery is equally breathtaking.
Majestic Annapurna Round has been considered one of the best trekking routes in the world. In recent years the construction of Jeep trails accessing the majority of the circuit has brought many changes to the region but most significantly to us, as mountain bikers, it’s made possible a high altitude bike route that cannot be matched anywhere else on the earth. This stunning bike trip takes you to some of the most beautiful places in the world and it is not hard to see why… circling the spectacular Annapurna Massif of numerous 6000-8000m peaks, the trek passes through two geographically and culturally distinct river valleys which are separated by the famous and challenging 5416m Thorong- La pass at the edge of the Tibetan Plateau. Passing from Paddy field to Himalayan high dessert then pine forest, subtropical jungle, encountering towering cliff, waterfalls and pristine mountain village, temples, monasteries, Mani wall and prayers wheel, apple orchards, natural hot springs along the way it is the variety of terrain and landscape that is what has really made this route stand out as unique for so long. As mountain bikers we’re out to have fun and we understand the importance of not just following the simplest route so we’ll put the extra effort to seek out the best trails that we know will leave you grinning from ear to ear! Here we use our expertise and local knowledge of the region alongside our love of the trails and experience of what makes a great bike ride to deliver an exclusive version of this classic route that not only shows off the culture and the landscape but also some of the best single track trails Nepal has to offer! This trip is not ecommended for beginner bikers and luxury seekers. It is definitely an adventure and one not for the faint hearted, nowa days with new Jeep trail there are route options and time scale that can be tailored to suit a range of abilities and style of rider.
Highlights of the Trip:
- Nepal's classic trek with a wide range of spectacular mountain scenery to cross highest Thorong La Pass,
- Visiting an ancient Buddhist Monasteries, monuments and their traditional stone-walled villages,
- Smooth gradual biking up through subtropical the dense Rhododendron and Pine forest to a Tibetan-influenced valley,
- Scenic mountain flight out of Pokhara,
- Meeting local people and their cultural mix takes in Gurung, Manangis and Thakali communities,
- A worthwhile side trip to Milarepa's Cave from Braga and high glacial Gangapurna Lake,
- A popular excursion trip to Praken Gompa and Chongar View Point from Manang,
- Acclimatizing in style on spectacular side trip to Ice Lake outside,
- The temple and the religious shrines of Muktinath and its 108 brass waterspouts, Dhola Mebar Gompa (an ancient Buddhist monastery where a holy flame of natural gas burns behind a grill just above a spring).
Fact of the Trip;
Trip Region: Annapurna Region
Types of Trip: Biking and Hiking
Duration: 15 Days
Highest Elevation: 5416m
Mode of Trip: Lodge or Tea-house
Grade: Moderate to Strenuous
Average Biking: 4-6 hours in a day
Trip Start/End: Kathmandu
Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara and normal tea-houses/lodges during the biking tour
Best Season: Autumn (Sep-Oct-Nov) and Spring (March-April-May)
Transportation by: Domestic Flight and Private Vehicle
Culture Experience: Majority of Manangis (Gurung) and Thakali and their way of life
Major Himalayan Sights: Annapurna II 7937m, Annapurna III 7555m, Annapurna IV 7525m, Gangapurna 7454m, Lamjung Himal 6983m, Tilicho Peak 7134m, Chulo West 6419m, Chulo East 6429m, Pisang Peak 6092m, Thorong Peak 6144m, Dhaulagiri 8167m, Tukuche Peak 6920m, Nilgiri 7061m.
Itinerary in detail
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be met at the airport by our representative who will be waiting with a Swiss Family Treks sign outside the terminal and transfer to Hotel by private car. Welcome drink and after you settle into the hotel there will be a group briefing with your tour leader. He will discuss the trek details and co-ordinate any last minute arrangements. Stay overnight at Hotel.
Day 2: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu Valley by private van.
After brekafast in the hotel, Drive to Swayambhunath Stupa which is very close form the centre of Kathmandu. It takes some minutes to be there. This Temple is also known as Monkey Temple which is considered to be self made Stupa. Then visit to Boudhanath Stupa: the biggest stupa in Nepal and one of the bigger stupa in the world. You can basically experience Tibetan Buddhism, culture and way of life in Boudhanath Area. Boudhanath area is the authentic place to buy Tibetan stuffs. Again you will be visit Pashupatinath Temple and it is one of the most sacred temples in the entire Hindu world. It is a sacred place where Hindus come to die and to be cremated. The temple of Pashupatinath is a large double roofed, gilt pagoda, decorated with brass, the gateway is plated with silver. There are images of Shiva along with other statues, shrines and temples dedicated to other deities in the complex. A circuit of the Pashupati area takes visitors past a sixth-century statue of the Buddha, an eight-century statue of Brahma the creator and numerous other temples. There are rows of Shiva shrines and Hindu pilgrims from all over south Asia offering ceremonies to worship Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 3: Drive on Private Jeep to Besishahar then biking trip to Jagat 1300m, Distance: 27 Km,
Today is day we start our big adventure! We will start early in the morning from Kathmandu and we drive on our Jeep to Besishahar. After reaching we assemble bikes and have a lunch then ride to place called Jagat. Today’s ride will be mostly uphill along Jeep track with subtropical forest and villages along the Marshyangdi River. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 4: Biking trip from Jagat to Dharapani 1860m, Distance 24 Km,
Leaving Jagat behind riding along Marshyangdi riverbed on a jeep trails with beautiful views with waterfalls and Jungles and little villages you will be wondering and questioning yourself while riding and may push bike at some points. We will ride mostly up hills as we are heading to the Himalayas. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 5: Biking trip from Dharapani to Chame 2670m, Distance: 17 Km,
Today is a day to enjoy the sceneries through jungles, riverbed villages, suspension bridges, apple orchards, and waterfall and of ‘course challenging stairs and up hills. Our day will be worthy after arrival in Chame it is because Chame has surprises to unfold you with amazing views and unique settlement and is the headquarter of Manang district. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 6: Biking trip from Chame to Manang 3540m, Distance: 30 Km,
We will enjoy today’s ride. It is uphill at the first through pine forest then after Dhikur Pokhari there will be beautiful amazing ride on a jeep trails with amazing views which are completely different then
previous days. We will smell and feel and touch the Himalayas. We will ride through Humde airport one of the highest commercial airport in the world. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 7: Rest day in Manang
Though today is rest day we will do other activities like exploration around villages and hiking to surrounding hills for acclimatization. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 8: Biking trip from Manang to Thorong-La Phedi 4450m, Distance: 19 Km
We will be heading to our Himalayan high as we are prepared for thin air. Our ride will be gentle climb until yak Kharka some section will be pushing. We will see some local people horse ride on the way and same trail we will be biking. Today we will have chance to see Yaks but not yeti! We will stay in Thorong Phedi just at the bottom of Thorong-La. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 9: Push and biking trip from Thorong-La Phedi to Muktinath 3800m via Thorong-La Pass 5416m, Distance: 23 Km,
Today is the biggest and challenging day of our entire trip we will be passing the Throng-La (5416m) not an easy day! But take it easy push or carry bike appreciating how lucky you’re to be in this Majestic Himalayas. Your body will be tired but mind will be blowing with amazing views and an awesome experience. We will take it easily once we reach on the top you will be rewarded by the stunning view of the heavenly Himalayas. After the pass all the way down to the Muktinath. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 10: Biking trip from Muktinath to Marpha 2670m via Lupra valley, Distance: 30 Km,
We are very cool as we already have finished all the most challenging part of our ride now only we have to do is enjoy the rides through Mustang valley and smile with almighty Himalayas. We have option today either to choose one of the best single tracks of Mustang the Lupra valley or just follow easy jeep trails with amazing view. We will ride on skyline through temple, monasteries, prayer flags and Kali Gandaki river valley. We will be staying in Apple capital. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 11: Biking trip from Marpha to Tatopani 1190m, Distance: 42 Km,
Today is the day we are heading toward low land from thin air. Our lungs will get more air into it and you will feel different topography and geology then yesterday. We will ride through authentic Nepali foothills villages with some jeep and single trails. We’ll ride through Kaligandaki river Valley the deepest gorge of the world. We’ll end our ride today in the hot spring town called Tatopani. We will have opportunity to retreat our muscle/ body into the natural hot spring. Stay overnight at Lodge.
Day 12: Biking trip from Tatopani to Beni 1000m, Distance: 18Km, then Drive to Pokhara,
After breakfast we will ride along the river bed on a jeep track to the Beni Bazaar where we’ll meet the Pokhara road. Our vehicle will be waiting for us to take us drive back to Pokhara and transfer to Hotel.
Day 13: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu for 25 minutes.
Morning after breakfast, our car will pick you up from the hotel and transfer to Pokhara airport and flight back to Kathmandu with scenic views of Annapurna massif, Lamjung Himal, Manaslu range, Ganesh Himal range and Langtang Himal for 25 minutes flight time and transfer to Hotel.
Day 14: Full Day Guided Sightseeing Tour in Bhaktapur and Patan Durbar square by private van
After breakfast, we are going to visit two historical monuments which represent early and late medieval history, architecture, culture and religion. Bhaktapur Durbar square is an ancient newari city, 13 kilometers far from Kathmandu stores numbers of Hindu temples, 55 windowed medieval durbar and offers you various examples of metal smith and wooden craft along with the opportunity of exploring traditional pottery work to the another corner. Patan durbar square is equally important which represents late medieval history, Culture and architecture. Stay overnight at Hotel in Kathmandu.
Day 15: Final Departure from Kathmandu
Your trip will come to an end today after breakfast. Your leader will be on hand to advise and assist with your onward travel arrangements and transfer to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport by our private van around 3 hours before your flight schedule and flight back to your home/other travel destination.
Pricing on group size basis
2 persons group size basis; USD 2285 per person
3-6 persons group size basis; USD 2165 per person
7-10 persons group size basis; USD 2050 per person
11-16 persons group size basis; USD 1930 per person
Note: if some one interested to use the Dual Suspension Mountain Bike then it will cost USD 295 per person additional cost for the entire trip.
Our Tour Package Cost includes;
* Airport/Hotel/Airport pick up and transfer by private car/van.
* 5 nights accommodation in twin bed sharing basis with breakfast at 3*** hotel in Kathmandu and standard hotel in Pokhara.
* Sightseeing Tour in Kathmandu with our tour guide and all entrance fees.
* Domestic flight tickets from Pokhara-Kathmandu and airport tax.
* Meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) with Tea & coffee and hot/cold filter water during the trek.
* Lodge to lodge accommodation during the trek.
* 1 experienced helpful and friendly mountain biking guide, porters (1 porter for 2 peoples)/Donkeys, their food & accommodation, salary, equipment & insurance.
* Hard Tail mountain Bike and other maintainance.
* All transportation by private vehicle/land cruiser.
* Annapurna Conservation Area Permit.
* All necessary permits.
* Office Service charge
* All Government Tax.
Our Tour Package Cost doesn't include;
* Any meals (Lunch and Dinner) in Kathmandu and Pokhara other than breakfast.
* Travel insurance (if you want us to arrange your travel insurance, we would greatly be happy to assist).
* International air fare to and from Nepal.
* Nepal Tourist Visa fee.
* Items and expenses of personal nature.
* Any kind of alcoholic drinks, cold drinks, laundry, phone call, internet.
* Personal Trekking Equipment like sleeping bags, jackets (can all be hired in KTM)
* Emergency Evacuation (Helicopter Rescue).
* Any costs which arise due to a change of the itinerary, because of landslides, domestic flight delays, political disturbance, and strikes etc.
* Any other costs whatsoever, that is not mentioned in the cost included.
* Horse renting and additional porters during the trek.
* Tips for guide, porters, driver...
Tipping is expected but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trek: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by clients themselves.