Mountain Bike the Annapurna Circuit
Nepal, Bike - Fat Tyre, 15 days - from £1,195 (land only) - from €1,435 (land only) - from $1,970 (land only)
Up to date itinerary - unique to KE
We are the only mainstream operator offering this route and our itinerary takes full account of the jeep road expansion in this area
- Cycle one of the world`s greatest mountain circuits
- Ride the monster descent from the Thorung La (5416m)
- You can be one of `the few` to have cycled the Annapurna Circuit
- A cultural journey through remote Nepali and Buddhist villages
- Kathmandu Airport transfers and all meals included
This fantastic mountain biking holiday in Nepal follows the route of one of the undisputed great trails of the world, the Annapurna Circuit, into the heart of some of the most sensational mountain scenery on the planet. With new sections of 'jeep road' through the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki valleys, the trail is becoming an increasingly attractive proposition for intrepid mountain bikers. Climbing through a series of dramatic panoramic zones, this is an undeniably tough trip, with long sections of carrying and pushing at altitude. However, there is also a lot of whooping and hollering to be had on some stretches of amazing riding, with fast dirt trails and rocky singletrack around a glorious centrepiece of the Annapurnas. This is also a great cultural journey as we encounter the crinkled, friendly smiles of remote Nepali and Buddhist people and gain an insight into their ‘lives in the sky'. 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 High Camp, 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 Muktinath, one of the holiest sites in Nepal. From here, it's pretty much all rideable and mostly downhill as we blast through the world's deepest gorge, the Kali Gandaki on a wild, rugged jeep track with hulks of mountains towering either side of us. Our journey comes to an end at the surfaced road in Beni, where we can kiss the tarmac and celebrate a unique and amazing achievement, with memories which will stay with us 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 parts 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 mostly 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 and clothes, that you would take on any mountain 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. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.