Biking the Annapurna Circuit
Nepal, Bike - Fat Tyre, 15 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,970 (land only)
- The classic Himalayan mountain bike challenge
- Ride the monster descent from the Thorung La
- The highest mountain biking holiday in Nepal
- A hike and bike holiday with an edge - on the Yak Attack route
- Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included
This fantastic mountain biking holiday in Nepal follows the route of the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek and offers a taste of the best of Nepal's landscapes, from pretty terraced farmland and villages to rugged snow-capped mountains. With a general improvement of the trails through the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki valleys, including new sections of 'jeep road', this stunning circuit is now an increasingly attractive proposition for mountain bikers. Ascending from Besisahar, beside the Marsyangdi River, the first week is undeniably tough, with long sections of carrying and pushing. However, there is also a lot of amazing riding, with fast dirt trails, rocky singletrack and plenty of opportunity to stop for refreshment at the numerous teashops. Accompanied by an expert Nepalese biking guide, the group will make use of lodges throughout the circuit and all baggage will be portered between overnight stops. After an acclimatisation day at Manang and a further 2-day approach to Thorung Phedi, the stamina-sapping climb to the Thorung La (5416m) will take everyone's breath away - as much for the gob-smacking views as for the lack of oxygen. This is followed by an amazing 1600 metres descent to the collection of temples at the pilgrimage centre of Muktinath. From here, it's pretty much downhill all the way and 99% rideable, as we blast through the beautiful Kali Gandaki Valley in 2 long days and join the surfaced road for the last leg into Pokhara - making memories that will last for a lifetime!
Is this holiday for you?
FAT TYRE ADVENTURE. With porter support throughout, you're free to ride this classic Nepal Himalaya mountain bike circuit with your usual day-ride gear, plus extra warmwear at times. The Annapurna Circuit provides a real challenge for fit mountain bikers. Once we are dropped off at Besisahar, we have no vehicle support until we reach Beni, 11 days later. Porters will carry our main baggage and, because of our need to proceed quite slowly (on account of the uphill nature of the route and the increasing altitude) they will be able to keep up with the bikers until we reach Muktinath on the west side of the Thorung La. Beyond this point, we can cover greater daily distances and the baggage transfer will be arranged by vehicle. En route to the Thorung La, after the first 2 days on the jeep road, we will encounter all kinds of challenging trail conditions and it is important to realise that lots of it will be either too steep or too technical to ride. There is good riding on this part of the route, but it tends to come in relatively short sections. Once we have crossed this high pass, it's all downhill and all rideable, with an initial long and technical descent, then a lot of great riding on broad trails and jeep tracks. We must stress that apart from the emergency tool kit, that you would take on any day ride, plus water and trail food, you will not be required to carry any luggage. This challenging mountain bike holiday has become just a little easier on account of the encroachment of the jeep roads, but is still a realistic proposition only for fit and experienced bikers.