Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking Tour

Duration: 18 Days

About Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking Tour

The Annapurna Circuit with Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking Tour takes you to the world-famous classic trekking route of Round Annapurna with Tilicho Lake, one of the highest altitude lakes in the world. This region is one of the most popular for trekking and in recent years, it has become a top destination for mountain biking as well. This tough 18 days mountain biking tour includes treacherous uphill climbs to fast flowy technical sections, a dream tour for mountain biking enthusiasts. 

The Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking Tour is an adventure packed with 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). Throughout the entire trail, we'll be accompanied by stunning mountain sceneries, beautiful landscapes, and the warm hospitality of the local people. We will ride through the rugged trails, beautiful villages, high-altitude lakes, Buddhist monasteries, prayer flags, mani walls, alluring forests, temples, waterfalls, rivers, and valleys. The Round Annapurna trail is known for its rich culture as well. One gets the opportunity to interact with people of various ethnicity and religious backgrounds like Buddhists, Bon, Nature Worshipper, and Hindus. 

Our 18-day Annapurna Circuit and Tilicho Lake Mountain Biking Tour start from Bhulbhule and end at Beni. However, it can be customized according to your preferences. Just leave us a message and we'll help you create the perfect itinerary. This mountain biking tour is quite tough because of the high altitude and you will need 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 in Kathmandu, you will be welcomed by one of our team members. He will take you to the hotel. In the evening. In the evening, you will meet with your guide who will brief you about the biking tour 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, you will drive to Besi Sahar. The drive will be scenic and long.  After reaching Besisahar, you will be biking to Bhulbhule.

Distance: 7km  
Rideable: 
100%

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

After having breakfast, you 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, you 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 you will ascend more than 1000 M. You will ride alongside the  Marsyandi river on the rugged road tracks. Riding through the cliffs and hills you will pass by a beautiful village called Tal. You will continue riding alongside the river and reach Dharapani where our guide will check in at ACAP's office. Then you will ride uphill crossing brides and through the beautiful forest of Rhododendron, Pine and Walnut. With the views of waterfalls, you 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, you 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 you will cross the Marsyandi river and continue riding.  During the ride, you can see a huge apple plantation at Bhratang. Riding through the road tracks, forest, and crossing a couple of bridges you will reach Dhukurpokhari. From here to Manang, the landscapes are wide and open like a valley with views of mountains. Then you will 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. You will ride on flat dry land alongside the river by crossing a bride and with a little bit of uphill, you will reach Deuralidada (3486 M).  Then you will ride through the pine forest on flat land and pass by Humde village and airport. By crossing a bridge over the Marsyangdi river and riding along the rugged road tracks, you will leave Munchi and Braka village behind. Braka is a small village with ancient monasteries. Continuing the ride, you will arrive at Manang. 

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

Distance: 15km
Rideable: 100%

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

Today, you explore the beautiful Manang village. There are many short excursions nearby this place. You 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. You can also spend time relaxing and enjoying the food & environment.

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

Leaving Manag behind, you will begin riding towards the gorgeous Tilicho Base Camp. The track will be rideable. Upon reaching Tilicho Base Camp, you will visit Tilicho Lake from where you can see the breathtaking 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, you will drop down to Yak Kharka where you will be spending the night. Before that, if you want you 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 ascends to Phedi. Riding through small villages often on a rugged trail, you will reach Phedi. On the way, you will also get to see a lovely view of the mountains. Phedi is a small village situated just below Thorong Phedi. 

Distance: 6km
Rideable: 
85%

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

You 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, you will get to see spectacular mountain views on both sides and the landscape. After spending time here, you will descend to Muktinath, one of the holiest pilgrimage sites of Hindus.

Distance: 21km 
Rideable: 50%

  • B,L&D
  • Lodge
  • Muktinath
  • 3760 M
  • 7-8 hours

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

Distance: 22km 
Rideable: 100%

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

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

Distance: 43km 
Rideable: 95%

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

It is the last day of riding. You will ride and reach Beni, the end of Annapurna Circuit Biking with Tilicho Lake. From here, you 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 your free day in Pokhara. You can visit landmarks and explore around. You 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, you will drive to Kathmandu. The drive will be long and scenic. Upon reaching Kathmandu, you will move to the hotel. In the evening, you will stroll on the lively streets of Thamel. Later, you will join the farewell dinner organized by us. 

  • 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

  • One porter for two people (maximum weight: 12 kg per client) and an assistant guide for group sizes above 4 people.
  • 3-night shared accommodation in a 3-star category hotel in Kathmandu and 1 night in Pokhara on a BB basis.
  • Kathmandu-Jagat, Beni-Pokhara, and Pokhara-Kathmandu by private vehicle.
  • Three meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner, hot drinks) during the tour.
  • Lodge/ Tea House accommodations with twin sharing basis during the tour.
  • Rescue and evacuation arrangements in case of emergency. 
  • Professional English-speaking MTB guide with his own bike.
  • Kathmandu valley tour with a tour guide in a private vehicle.
  • Government taxes, service charges, and official expenses.
  • All staff’s salary, meals, accommodation, and insurance.
  • All the necessary permits and paperwork.
  • Airport pick-up and drop.
  • Tips for the guide, assistant guide, porter, and driver (Tipping is expected).
  • Meal while you are in Kathmandu and Pokhara, i.e. Lunch and Dinner.
  • Medical evacuation cost (In case of emergency).
  • Sightseeing/Monument entrance fees.
  • Your Travel Insurance (Compulsory).
  • Your personal expenses.
  • International airfare.
  • Nepal entry visa fee.

PRICES & DATES

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24 Sep, 2022 11 Oct, 2022 Limited $1750 USD