Mountain Bike the Annapurna Circuit

Cycle one of the world`s greatest mountain circuits




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Holiday Overview


  • 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • Drive west on the Pokhara road, then north to Besishar (823m) in the valley of the Marsyangdi River.
  • Cycle on a jeep road above the river, through Syange, Bhulbhule and Ngadi, to Chamje (1410m).
  • Follow a cliff-side jeep road, with views of waterfalls and villages, to Dharapani (1860m).
  • Ride via tea-house stops and through fragrant pine forest to the regional centre of Chame (2710m).
  • Bike up into a more open valley with Annapurna views. Pass through Braga en route to Manang (3540m).
  • A day for rest and acclimatisation. Optional cycle or hike above Manang, or visit Braga Monastery.
  • A mix of riding and pushing via a lunch stop at Churi Lattar to Letdar (4200m).
  • Bike and push or carry to Thorong Phedi. Take a break, then hike up to High Camp (4800m).
  • Cross the Thorong La (5416m). Push up to the pass, then ride most of a long descent to Muktinath (3800m).
  • Visit the temple in Muktinath, then bike down on a jeep road to Marpha (2760m) in the Kali Gandaki.
  • Cycle south on a rugged section of jeep trail via Ghasa to Tatopani, famous for its hot springs.
  • Continue cycling as far as Beni, then transfer to Pokhara. Afternoon free to explore Lakeside.
  • Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax by the pool or to do some independent sightseeing.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and this trip is showing the 'Guaranteed to Run or Limited' symbol. If your trip is still showing 'Spaces', we will contact you as soon as it has reached the guaranteed status.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Airport transfers are provided. We strongly advise that you plan your journey to arrive in Kathmandu by lunchtime. This will allow you to assemble your bike and check everything is in full working order ahead of our journey. Kathmandu has a good choice of bike shops and today will be the last chance we have to make last-minute purchases or adjustments. Your biking guide will be on hand to help you with this. We will leave our bike boxes and bike bags in storage in Kathmandu. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Drive west on the Pokhara road, then north to Besishar (823m) in the valley of the Marsyangdi River.

    We have an early breakfast in preparation for a long drive of around 6-7 hours to the starting point for our cycling epic at the town of Besisahar (823m). Driving westwards, we follow the busy Pokhara road, stopping at a roadside restaurant for lunch en route. At the small town of Dumre, beside the Marsyangdi River, we turn north on a quieter road to arrive at our overnight lodge accommodation in Besisahar, headquarters of the Lamjung district and official starting point for the Annapurna Circuit. We have the chance to check over our bikes again, before sitting down to our evening meal.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • Cycle on a jeep road above the river, through Syange, Bhulbhule and Ngadi, to Chamje (1410m).

    Today is a relatively easy day and gives us an excellent opportunity to find our legs, get into a rhythm and become acquainted with the terrain and new surroundings. Following the lush sub-tropical valley of the Marsyangdi River, we climb gently on a jeep road, passing through villages of Bhulbhule and Ngadi. At the tiny Gurung village of Khudi, we have great views of mighty Himalchuli (7893m). As we climb to our overnight lodge at Chamje (1410m) we can look across to cascading waterfalls, picturesque terraced rice fields and a number of small villages that line the course of the dramatic Marsyangdi River.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 930m

    • Distance 32km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 260m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Follow a cliff-side jeep road, with views of waterfalls and villages, to Dharapani (1860m).

    What was until recently a tough section of the circuit for mountain bikers, on steep and rocky village paths, is now much less technical, with the completion of the jeep road. It's still quite a tough day, however, with the terrain rocky and steep at times and the altitude just starting to make itself felt. For the first part of the day, the road is spectacularly cut into cliffs. The lush vegetation from the previous day starts to give way to sparser woodland, typical of higher elevations. There are more amazing waterfalls, as we reach a viewpoint above the village of Tal, the most southerly village of the Manang district. On our route today, we see increasing numbers of chortens and prayer flags, which are testimony to the fact that we are now in a Buddhist area. We reach our lodge in Dharapani (1860m) in the afternoon and have time to admire the shapely summit of Manaslu (8156m) now visible behind us, as well as Annapurna II ahead of us. Dharapani is close to the point where the Manaslu Circuit meets the Marsyangdi and we are likely to meet trekkers starting or finishing this classic trek.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 430m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Ride via tea-house stops and through fragrant pine forest to the regional centre of Chame (2710m).

    Leaving Dharapani, we start out on sections of steeper and winding track, with dramatic, plunging waterfalls and a backdrop of spectacular mountains slowly unfolding around us. Passing through several villages, there’s plenty of opportunity to stop at welcoming tea houses, where we can try a glass of the locally-grown seabuckthorn juice (the berry is said to be packed with more vitamins or minerals then any other fruit). The trail becomes more gentle, as we ride through pine forest on the approach to the town of Chame (2710m) the administrative centre of the Manang District. Here, there are shops, hot springs, a bank and even an internet cafe - all nestling deep within the Annapurnas, overlooked by Annapurna II and its rumbling glaciers.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 970m

    • Distance 19km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Bike up into a more open valley with Annapurna views. Pass through Braga en route to Manang (3540m).

    The trail becomes less rocky today, as we climb on forest trails through a steep-sided section of the valley, crossing the Marsyangdi a couple of times. We will probably be accompanied at times by porters, carrying huge cargoes of wood on their backs for construction higher up the valley. Reaching a high plateau, the scenery is idyllic, as the forest gives way to a more open environment of sparse juniper and scrubby pine, with the delightful village of Bhratang and the impressive rock wall known as 'Heaven's Door'. Some good downhill riding brings us to Pisang, beyond which we follow a contouring trail to the timber and mud-brick homes of Braga, where one flat roof forms the terrace of the house above. This picturesque village with its ornate windows and fluttering prayer flags is one of the Nyesyang villages, with its own unique language. At Braga, we have opportunity to check out the 500 year old gompa (home to 160 half life-size statues of the Lord Buddha, before continuing on the trail to Manang (3540m). Prayer wheels at the entrance gate of the town, welcome us to the biggest settlement on the eastern side of the Annapurna circuit.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 1100m

    • Distance 30km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 300m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • A day for rest and acclimatisation. Optional cycle or hike above Manang, or visit Braga Monastery.

    We are now above 3000 metres and we must take care not to ascend too quickly. So, we have scheduled a day for rest and acclimatisation in the 'Tibetan' village of Manang. The Manangba living here have an affinity closer with Tibet than Nepal and have similar customs and features and practice a form of Tibetan Buddhism. There is plenty to see and do around Manang, which is the last sizeable village on this side of the pass. 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. There are superb views of Annapurnas II, III, IV and of Gangapurna from here. We spend a second night at our Manang lodge.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • A mix of riding and pushing via a lunch stop at Churi Lattar to Letdar (4200m).

    After an initial, short section of riding as we leave the village, the trail becomes narrow and rocky for a while and we are back to pushing and carrying to the top of the hill at Gunsang (3900m). With the Annapurna massif now behind us, there follows a fantastic, section of fast flowing trail set within an amphitheatre of sheer mountain magnificence. The towering Chulu peaks are now on our right hand side, as we continue, whooping and hollering to our lunch stop at the lodges of Churi Lattar (4000m). The ever-increasing altitude is playing its part now and , after lunch, we are back to pushing as we have a final climb up to Letdar, heading north-west up the Jarsang Khola, through scrubby juniper. There are great views of the Annapurnas and Tilicho Peak, as we make our overnight stop in a lodge at Letdar (4200m).

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 770m

    • Distance 12km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 90m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Bike and push or carry to Thorong Phedi. Take a break, then hike up to High Camp (4800m).

    From Letdar it’s possible to ride most of the first couple of kilometres, and then it's a mix of riding, pushing and carrying as we drop down to the river and have a short but tough carry up to a viewpoint on the other side of the valley. There is spectacular scenery to accompany our efforts, as the Chulus start to unfold behind us and we traverse a fairly narrow trail to arrive at the lodges at Thorong Phedi (4450 m). We will stop for a long lunch here and relax, before we make the carry up to High Camp. The climb to high camp zig-zags its way up a loose rocky path and we will take every opportunity to stop, take a breather and admire the views - which more then make up for the exertion. As we pass through a cleft in the rocks, we will see the welcome sight of our lodge at High Camp just above us.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 730m

    • Distance 6km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 80m

    • Time 3 hrs cycling

  • Cross the Thorong La (5416m). Push up to the pass, then ride most of a long descent to Muktinath (3800m).

    Today is the big day, the crux of the trip, as we climb to cross the Thorong La (5416m). We make an early start, for the 3-hour push uphill to the pass. The route winds up on a good path, with the gradient gradually relenting as we get higher. As the dawn rises from Tibet, it lights the mountains all around us and a festive mass of prayer flags marks our arrival at the pass. As a fitting reward for our achievement, we have spectacular views of Dhaulagiri and Tukuche Peak, as we begin the thrilling 1650 metre descent to the barren vistas of Mustang and the Kali Gandaki way below. The downhill is on a mix of terrain including sections of technical singletrack and some pushing. Arriving in Muktinath (3800m), we have the feeling of being in a frontier town, set in a semi-desert landscape and with the mysterious, forbidden region of Mustang extending to the north. Muktinath is the site of a temple mentioned in the Hindu epic saga, the Mahabharata, and is a famous pilgrimage site.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 580m

    • Distance 15km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1780m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Visit the temple in Muktinath, then bike down on a jeep road to Marpha (2760m) in the Kali Gandaki.

    We have time for a look around the colourful temples and shrines of Muktinath, one of the holiest sites in Nepal, before descending into the Kali Gandaki, the world’s deepest gorge. Muktinath is now linked to Jomsom by a jeep road, but there are some optional detours and some sections of quite technical singletrack (parts of the former footpath between these settlements). Looking towards the north, we can see the dry brown and red hills of Upper Mustang, a region sometimes known as ‘Little Tibet’. Reaching Jomsom after around an hour and a half of riding, we are now entering Lower Mustang, the homeland of the Buddhist Thakali people. Jomsom has an STOL airstrip and this once small village has become an important regional headquarters. We continue southwards on a jeep road which follows the broad bed of the Kali Gandaki River. Set among apricot and apple orchards is the attractive stone village of Marpha (2670m) with narrow flag-stone streets and buildings typical of the local Thakali architecture. Marpha is a centre of Tibetan refugee resettlement and there are a number of interesting gompas on the hill above the village and splendid views of Tilicho Peak and Dhaulagiri. Spending the night in Marpha, gives us the opportunity to sample its famous apple pie.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 100m

    • Distance 27km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1250m

    • Time 3 - 4 hrs cycling

  • Cycle south on a rugged section of jeep trail via Ghasa to Tatopani, famous for its hot springs.

    Continuing down-valley, on a rough road, we are actually passing through the world's deepest gorge, between the 8000 metre summits of Annapurna I and Dhaulagiri. Although this is one of Nepal's most prosperous regions, this part of the route is surprisingly wild and scenically very varied. Heading south and downhill on a dirt road, there are many settlements and isolated lodges and tea-houses on today's ride. But, there are also open areas with impressive forest and expansive panoramas. We make steady time, stopping for soft drinks when we feel like it and admiring the mountain views. We pass through lots of friendly villages and notice a change in architectural style. There are increasing numbers of taller buildings with ornately carved woodwork, a testimony to the prosperity of this part of Nepal. We lose a lot of height, but this is a rugged section and the trail is very rough and wild in places. Spare a thought for the poor passengers on the bus, on this challenging jeep road. As we pass through Ghasa, we leave the last settlement of Mustang district and enter a more tropical climate. By the time we reach the cluster of lodges at Tatopani (1190m), a town famous for its hot springs, it is noticeably warmer.

    • Accommodation Lodge

    • Ascent 200m

    • Distance 48km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1800m

    • Time 5 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Continue cycling as far as Beni, then transfer to Pokhara. Afternoon free to explore Lakeside.

    Our last day of riding, as we continue to descend beside the Kali Gandaki, passing through several villages en route to Beni. Behind us is the classic view of Nilgiri South, its summit snows contrasting with the increasing green vegetation. Even though the distance may be short and we are mostly descending this is still a proper ride with the wild terrain and steep short ascents demanding respect. Arriving at the frenetic town of Beni, we finally reach tarmac and the end of our amazing journey. Here, we load the bikes into our transport and drive to Pokhara for some very well earned comfort, eating and drinking. After checking in at our hotel, we can enjoy some lakefront shopping and take it easy in one or other of the pleasant cafes, with reflected views of the Annapurnas and the 'Fish Tail' peak of Machhapuchhre. In the evening, we can justifiably wallow in the glory of our achievement and visit the town's famous bars to celebrate the completion of our epic ride around the Annapurna Circuit.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 230m

    • Distance 22km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 640m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Fly to Kathmandu. Afternoon free to relax by the pool or to do some independent sightseeing.

    In the morning, we transfer to the airport and board the flight back to Kathmandu. After checking in at the group hotel, there will be time for some independent exploration of the city. We will also need to repack our bikes (which have come back to Kathmandu by road) for the journey home. In the evening, we will head out to a suitable Thamel restaurant for a celebration dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local bike guide
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • All land transport involved in the itinerary
  • A guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Baggage transfer will be provided by porters and by vehicle where this is practical

  • Travel insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for guides and support crew
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc. Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with our acknowledgement of your booking.

During this trip the group will spend 2 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally located tourist-class hotel. We will also spend 1 night in hotel accommodation in Pokhara. Whilst on the circuit around the Annapurnas, there are 11 nights spent in simple lodges. These establishments are owned and run by local people and provide generally twin-sharing accommodation, although we might also find ourselves in rooms with 4 people sharing, or even in dormitory-style rooms, with many beds. These lodges provide simple beds only, where you will need to use your sleeping bag. They have comfortable dining rooms often decorated with traditional art and textiles. The central feature on chilly nights is the wood-burning stove, which creates a cosy communal atmosphere. Facilities are shared and basic and may not include a shower. If you are travelling by yourself, you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For the hotel nights in Kathmandu and Pokhara single rooms are available for a supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu are also available. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

This is a lodge-based holiday and all meals are included in the trip price. Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes but also international cuisine from pizza and chips to apple pie. To ensure that the group can eat together, we order meals in advance and your trip leader will arrange a set menu for the group, which will alternate daily between local and international dishes. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread and a hot drink, lunch will be a simple meal with a hot drink, and dinner will be 3 courses consisting of soup, main meal and a simple pudding. If you wish to order additional dishes and/or snacks, you should budget accordingly. Boiled drinking water will be provided at breakfast and dinner time. All the lodges and tea-houses sell snacks, chocolate bars, soft drinks and beer. In Kathmandu and in Pokhara we take our meals at the hotel or in local restaurants.

All meals are included in the trip price from dinner on Day 1 of the Land Only itinerary to lunch on Day 15.

Approximately £200 (or the equivalent in US$ or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including soft drinks and snacks - see note below. This will also cover the approximately £50 you can expect to pay in tips to your support crew. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US dollars and euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money from ATM's in Kathmandu and in Pokhara using your debit or credit card. During the biking, it is possible to buy additional water, snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive in the remoter communities.

An experienced professional Nepalese mountain bike guide will accompany this trip. There will also be a Nepalese camp crew, one or more support vehicles and a team of porters.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your support crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group. Your group leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contribute around £50 to these tips. At the end of a trip many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to their crew, who work so hard to make the trip a success. Fleeces, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the local crew, many of whom are farmers who earn extra cash by working for us. Bike clothing and equipment are highly prized by the bike guides. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

You will need CROSS COUNTRY KNOBBLY tyres for this trip. Your bike should be of good quality, light in weight and robust. Specialized's Rockhopper Pro, or Trek's 6500 Disc are example of 'hardtail' bikes that meet the minimum quality standard necessary for this epic ride. If you propose to take a full suspension bike, you should pay even more attention to its weight. If your bike weighs more than about 13 kg (28 lbs), it is probably too heavy for this trip. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. For most of this route we are following a rough trekking trail! We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your trip, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn / cracked / dented replace with a new rim / wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check and, if required, adjust / grease ALL bearings and quick release skewers.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check disc / brake pads, mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check - lube / threadlock and tighten - all bolts (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts and disc mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear – replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES.

On a trip of this type, it is important that you can carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of the trip, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

From Besisahar in the Marsyangdi Valley to Beni in the Kali Gandaki, a period of more than 10 days, we have no vehicle support. Porters will carry our trek bags.

We recommend that you use your own bike on this holiday. Bikes suitable for this very demanding itinerary are not available for hire in Kathmandu.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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 reaching elevations above 5000 metres. 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 on our website which can be viewed via the link below. Unless you have previous experience of trekking or biking above 4000 metres you should consult one of our adventure travel experts before embarking on this holiday. On this trip we carry a portable altitude chamber (PAC-bag) and bottled oxygen for use in emergencies.

All nationalities need a valid passport and a current Nepalese Visa for entry into Nepal. The easiest way to get your Nepal visa is on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees must be paid in cash. The most convenient currency to purchase Nepalese visas is US dollars, but GB pounds and Euros are also accepted. The charges for the visa depend on your length of stay (please see fee information below). Two passport photos are also needed. Photographs can be obtained at the airport but this may be time-consuming.

Nepal visa fees (Multiple Entry). 15 days: US$25, 30 days: US$40, 90 days: US$100

Note that visa fees can change without warning and we advise that you bring extra cash as a contingency.

Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal via Delhi you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey (into Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu), you will not need an India Visa. Please note that the responsibility for ensuring you have the necessary visas, travel permits etc, for your chosen route of travel to the joining point, lies entirely with you. We are always happy to give advice on these requirements if you contact us.

Note that if you book a UK flight-inclusive package with KE using Jet Airways or Air India via Delhi, you will not require an India visa.

Important Notes:

For all regions of Nepal you are now required to have a permit to trek / bike. To apply for this we must have your full passport details before your departure. We recommend you also take 4 passport photographs with you to Nepal.

We require additional items for following trips:

Annapurna trips (ANS, ASL, ACL, APL, AEL, ANL, ANC, UAT), Dhaulagiri via the French Pass (DLG), and Royal Trek and Chitwan (RTC).

1 passport photograph to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

1 passport photograph plus 1 copy of the information page of your passport to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

ACMB - Biking the Annapurna Circuit

  • The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm days conditions and cooler evenings. Good quality padded cycling shorts are essential.
  • Your bike should be of good quality, light in weight and robust. Specialized's Rockhopper Pro, or Trek's 6500 Disc are example of 'hardtail' bikes that meet the minimum quality standard necessary for this epic ride. If you propose to take a full suspension bike, you should pay even more attention to its weight. If your bike weighs more than about 13 kg (28 lbs), it is probably too heavy for this trip. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.


    • SPD cycling shoes (which are comfortable for walking in.)


    • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
    • Mid-layer - long sleeved cycling top (x 2)
    • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
    • Fleece jacket or jumper

    Daypack and contents

    Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 20 litres carrying capacity is recommended

  • Water bladder - min. 2 litres water capacity
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream (inc. total bloc for lips/nose)
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Fleece Jacket or Jumper
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: A broad spectrum antibiotic, antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters (band-aids) and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
  • Legs

    • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
    • Warmer padded cycling tights or tracksters


    • Eyewear - Biking glasses
    • Cycling helmet – mandatory


    • Regular biking gloves plus warmer/windproof set

    Trek Bag Contents

    Travel and apres biking clothes (inc. some warmer clothes for evenings, such as a light-weight down jacket)

  • Cross-trainers/shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial/alcohol handwash
  • Warm hat/buff
  • Sleeping Bag (Comfort Rating -10 degrees centigrade)*
  • Warm jacket (down)*
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Headtorch/Headlamp
  • Waterproof overtousers (rainpants)
  • Swimwear
  • Equipment Hire

    • Items marked * can be rented through KE Adventure Travel


    You should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

    Tyres – for this trip you will need 2.1 to 2.25 inch knobbly off-road tyres.

    • Pump
    • Plastic tyre levers
    • Small tube of grease
    • 1 rear brake cable
    • 1 rear gear cable
    • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
    • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
    • Spoke key
    • 4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
    • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
    • Multi-tool with Allen keys
    • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
    • 2x puncture repair kits
    • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
    • Spares specific to your bike **

    KE tools and spares

    • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc).

    Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

    • Supplies of water, snacks and lunches will be provided. But, if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.
    • Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip notes.

    A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

    Visa Nepal

    All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

    For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

    For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

    These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

    We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

    The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

    You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

    As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

    KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

    The biking season in Nepal is governed by the occurrence of the Monsoon to 2 periods - pre and post monsoon. Post-Monsoon, from October onwards, the weather is very stable, becoming progressively cooler into December. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. We can expect to encounter a wide range of temperatures. Low down on the trip it may reach 30 degrees Centigrade, with warm nights. At Thorung Phedi, our highest overnight stop, the daytime temperature may struggle to rise above freezing and the temperature at night can easily fall to minus 15 degrees Centigrade. Visit the World Meteorological Organization’s website at for climate statistics for Kathmandu.

    Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides Portraits of People: Nepal Himalayas. Eric Valli Nepal: Lonely Planet Pictorial. Richard I'Anson The High Himalaya. Art Wolfe

    Nepa Map. Biking Around Annapurna. 1:75,000 scale.

    The Nepa series of maps can be purchased before you travel. These and similar maps are also widely available in Kathmandu at low cost.

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