Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking

Duration: 18 Days

About Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking

This mountain biking tour takes you to the world-famous classic trekking route, Round Annapurna with Tilicho Lake, one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. Once, it used to be very popular for trekking but in recent years, it has become a top destination for mountain biking as well. The Annapurna Circuit is a beautiful mixture of a diverse range of altitude, land topography, flora, fauna and culture. In this tour, we ride from Manang to Mustang via Tilicho lake(4919 M) and Thorong La Pass(5416 M) accompanied by stunning mountain sceneries, beautiful landscapes and warm hospitality of the local people while riding through the rugged trails, beautiful villages, high altitude lakes, Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, mani walls, alluring forest, temples, waterfalls, rivers, and valleys. You will get the opportunity to interact with people of various ethnicity and learn the various culture. This mountain biking tour is challenging and tough because of the high altitude and you have to push or carry the bikes in many places but it is truly rewarding and worth the difficulty.

Highlights

  • An amazing and challenging ride crossing one of the world's highest pass, 'Thorong-La Pass (5416 M)'
  • Magnificent view of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Gangapurna and many other small peaks
  • Ride all the way down to Muktinath, a pilgrimage site for Buddhist and Hindus
  • Biking along the Kali Gandaki river gorge, the world’s deepest river gorge
  • Picturesque villages of different ethnic groups 
  • Centuries-old monastery in Braga village
  • Natural hot spring in Tatopani

Itinerary

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Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu (1350 M) and transfer to hotel

After your arrival at Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our team members. He will take you to the hotel. In the evening, you will meet with your guide and will brief you about the program.

  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Today you will ride around Kathmandu valley as a preparation for the biking tour. You will ride around the surrounding hills of the valley. In the evening, you will arrange gears and equipment for the biking tour.

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M

Leaving Kathmandu behind, we will drive to Besi Sahar. The drive will be scenic and long.  After reaching Besisahar, from here we will start our biking ride to Bhulbhule.

Distance: 7km  
Rideable: 
100%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Bhulbhule
  • 840 M
  • 7 hours

After having breakfast, we will start riding towards Chamje. Riding along the Marsyangdi river, beautiful villages of Gurung and Tamang and uphill through the road tracks and forests with the view of beautiful waterfalls, we will reach Chamje.

Distance: 21km
Rideable: 70%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Chamje
  • 1430 M
  • 5 hours

Today the ride will be a little bit tough as we will ascend more than 1000 M. We will ride alongside the  Marsyandi river on the rugged road tracks. Riding through the cliffs and hills we will pass by a beautiful village called Tal. We will continue riding alongside the river and reach Dharapani where our guide will check-in at ACAP's office. Then we will ride uphill crossing brides and through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron, Pine and Walnut. With the views of waterfalls, we will reach Timang. The wonderful view of Manaslu and Peak 29 can be seen from here.

Distance: 19km
Rideable: 85%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Timang
  • 2750 M
  • 6 hours

After breakfast, we will start riding through the beautiful forest and villages like Thanchok and Koto. Koto is the entry point for the Nar Phu Valley Trek. Leaving these two villages behind you will reach the headquarter of Manang District, Chame. Then we will cross the Marsyandi river and continue riding.  During the ride, we can see a huge apple plantation at Bhratang. Riding through the road tracks, forest and crossing a couple of bridge we will reach Dhukurpokhari. From here to Manang, the landscapes are wide and open like a valley with views of mountains. Then we ride until Lower Pisang. 

Distance: 26km
Rideable: 95% 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Lower Pisang
  • 3200 M
  • 5 hours

Today the ride will be a little bit easy. We will ride on flat dry land alongside the river by crossing a bride and with a little bit of uphill, we will reach Deuralidada (3486 M).  Then we ride through the pine forest on flat land and we will pass by Humde village and airport. By crossing a bridge over Marsyangdi river and riding along the rugged road tracks, we will leave Munchi and Braka village behind. Braka is a small village with ancient monasteries. Continuing the ride, we will arrive Manang. 

"There is an alternative trail from Upper Pisang which is more challenging"

Distance: 21km
Rideable: 100%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Manang
  • 3540 M
  • 3 hours

Today, we explore the beautiful Manang village. There are many short excursions nearby this place. We can visit Gangapurna Lake, Ice lake (4600 M) or hike to one of the hills from where stunning views of Mt. Gangapurna can be seen. We can also spend time relaxing and enjoying the food & environment.

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Manang
  • 3540 M

Leaving Manag behind, we will begin riding towards gorgeous Tilicho Base Camp. The track will be rideable. Upon reaching Tilicho Base Camp, we will visit Tilicho Lake from where we can see the breath-taking view of nature.

Distance: 16km
Rideable: 
65% 

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tilicho Base Camp
  • 4150 M
  • 5 hours

Today, the trails are short. After having breakfast, we will drop down to Yak Kharka where we will be spending the night. Before that, if you want we can also visit Tilicho Lake early morning and back to the same trail to Yak Kharka. 

Distance: 20km including the visit to Lake Tilicho
Rideable: 
60%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Yak Kharka
  • 4050 M
  • 6 hours

The trail today ascend to Phedi. Riding through small villages often on a rugged trail, we will reach Phedi. On the way, we will also get to see a lovely view of the mountains. and crossing several bridges, Phedi is a small village situated just below Thorong Phedi. 

Distance: 6km
Rideable: 
85%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Thorong Phedi
  • 4550 M
  • 3 hours

We will wake up early in the morning today and ascend towards the top of Thorong La Pass. The trail will be windy, rocky, and steep. Even though the trail is challenging upon reaching the top, we will get to see a spectacular Mountain views both side and landscape. After spending time here, we will descend to Muktinath, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus.

Distance: 21km 
Rideable: 50%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Muktinath
  • 3760 M
  • 6-7 hours

Today, we will visit the Muktinath  Bazar souvenir shops around near. After that, we will have some warm breakfast and begin riding towards Marpha. Marpha is a very famous  Thakali village known for its delicious apples. Before reaching Marpha, we will reach Lupra where we will visit a BonPo monastery and pass by Jomsom Bazar and Syang village.

Distance: 29km 
Rideable: 100%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Marpha
  • 2670 M
  • 5 hours

The trail today further drop down to Tatopani through small villages and forests. The path will be a rideable and easy comparison to other days. In Tatopani, we will find natural hot springs where we can relax and loosen our muscles and nerves. 

Distance: 43km 
Rideable: 95%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Tatopani
  • 1190 M
  • 5 hours

It is the last day of riding. We will ride and reach Beni, the end of Annapurna Circuit Biking with Tilicho Lake. From here, we will drive to Pohara where we stay overnight.

Distance: 23km
Rideable: 3hours

  • B&L
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M
  • 6 hours

Today is our free day in Pokhara. We can visit landmarks and explore around. We can also do boating on tranquil Fewa Lake and shop on the bustling streets of Lakeside. 

  • B&B
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Pokhara
  • 825 M

After having breakfast, we will drive to Kathmandu. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, we will move to our hotel. In the evening, we will stroll on the lively streets of Thamel. Later, we will join the farewell dinner organized by the company. 

  • B,L&D
  • 3 star category hotel
  • Kathmandu
  • 1350 M
  • 7 hours

One of the representatives of our team will take you to the airport for your flight back to your home. 

  • B&B

What’s Included

  • Airport pick up and drop.
  • 3 Nights accommodation in 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 2 nights in Pokhara on BB basis (A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost).
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner & hot drinks) during the biking tour.
  • Biking tour Lodge /Tea House accommodations during the biking tour.
  • All staff’s salary, accommodation, and insurance.
  • English speaking MTB guide with his own bike.
  • One porter for two people (maximum weight of 12 kg per client) and assistant guide for group size above 4 people.
  • All the necessary permits and paper works needed for the trek
  • Government taxes, VAT service charges, and official expenses.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Kathmandu to Besisahar by private vehicle, Pokhara to Kathmandu (flight option available with additional cost).
  •  Meals while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Lunch and Dinner.
  •  Nepal entry visa fee.
  •  Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  •  International airfare.
  •  Personal bicycle (to bring your own or rent at Kathmandu).
  •  Your personal expenses.
  •  Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  •  Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter and driver (Tipping is expected).
  •  Laundry, telephone, personal trekking equipment, hot shower and battery charging on the tea houses.
  •  Pokhara to Kathmandu domestic airfare (If required).
  • A single supplement room will be served on request with an additional cost of USD 120.
  •  Medical evacuation (In case of emergency).