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)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Airport transfers are provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 2: We drive across country on the Pokhara road, stopping for an early lunch at Mugling, then follow the Marsyangdi River northwards to the town of Besisahar (823m). We check in at a lodge and have some time to make sure our bikes are in good order.
Day 3: After breakfast, we set off, following the Marsyangdi River on the newly built jeep road to Syange via Bhulbhule and Ngadi. Beyond Syange, the extension of the jeep road allows us to make reasonably good time as we continue the ride to Chamje (1410m). Overnight in a lodge. Total distance 26 km (16 miles) with 930 metres of ascent and 260 metres of descent.
Day 4: The newly-built jeep road has made this section of the ride less technical than it was, as we climb up via Tal to Dharapani. In the afternoon, we continue the ride through pine forest to the administrative centre of Chame (2710m). Total distance 23 km (14 miles) with 1400 metres of ascent.
Day 5: We have an easier day of riding today, through sparse forest and with some spectacular views of the Annapurnas. There is some pushing and carrying, but also lots of good riding. We overnight at a lodge in Pisang (3200m). Total distance 16 km (10 miles) with 700 metres of ascent.
Day 6: We have another shortish day to Manang (3540m), the highest village in the valley. Our route takes us up through Upper Pisang and then follows a contouring trail to Braga, with more great views of the Annapurna peaks. We check out Braga Monastery before continuing our ride to Manang. Total distance 16 km (10 miles) with 500 metres of ascent.
Day 7: A day for rest and acclimatisation. We are now above 3000 metres and must take care not to ascend too quickly. We can hike on the trail towards Tilicho Lake, back-track to Braga to have another look at its stunning monastery or simply enjoy the facilities of Manang.
Day 8: After an initial, short section of riding, the trail becomes narrow and rocky and we are back to pushing and carrying to the top of the hill at Gunsang. There follows an up and down section to our lodge at Churi Lattar (4250m) with some riding. Total distance 10 km (6 miles) with 750 metres of ascent.
Day 9: We can ride most of the first 3 kilometres, then it's a mix of riding, pushing and carrying as we cross the valley and negotiate a section that traverses a steep scree slope, up to the lodges at Thorung Phedi (4450m). Total distance 4 km (2.5 miles) with 280 metres of ascent.
Day 10: Today we cross the Thorong La (5416m). This is the hard day, with a 5-hour carry up to the pass. The reward for the effort is an amazing downhill ride on a mix of terrain including sections of technical singletrack. It will take around an hour and a half to reach our lodge in Muktinath (3800m). Total distance 13 km (8 miles) with 1000 metres of ascent and 1650 metres of descent.
Day 11: Mostly downhill on jeep-able road (with singletrack options) to Jomsom, which we can do in an hour and a half. Then, we continue to the attractive village of Marpha (2670m) and onwards to Ghasa. Total distance: 57 km (36 miles) with 1790 metres of descent.
Day 12: We have a mostly downhill ride again today, on a good dirt road that passes through several villages en route to Beni. Here, we meet the main Pokhara road and follow this to Baglung. Total distance 65 km (41 miles) with 500 metres of ascent and 1620 metres of descent.
Day 13: We end our ride with a pleasant section on a good, tarmac road to the lakeside town of Pokhara. In the evening, we will go out to one of the town's famous bars to celebrate the completion of our epic ride around the Annapurnas. Total distance 65 km (41 miles) with 300 metres of ascent and 500 metres of descent.
Day 14: We transfer to the airport and take the spectacular flight along the Himalayan range to Kathmandu. After checking in at the group hotel, there will be time for sightseeing or souvenir buying before going out for a final celebratory meal. Overnight at the group hotel.
Day 15: KE Land Only package services end after lunch. Airport transfers are provided.
This holiday involves going to very high altitude. During the course of your trip you will be spending at least one night above 4000 metres and/or trekking to 5000 metres or above. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.