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Annapurna Round Mountain Bike Tour 15 days

  • Manang

  • On the way at the Annapurna Circuit


Trip Overview

Duration: 15 days
Maximum altitude: 5‘416 m
Distance: 250 km
Average time per day: 4 - 6 hours
Accommodation: Guesthouse
Best season: February, March, April, May, October, November

The "Annapurna Round", one of the most classic Himalayan trekking routes is drivable by bike since expanding the jeep track through the Maryandi Valley.

We cross from subtropical climates until alpine coniferous forests and high alpine Yak pastures to the barren mountains. Our starting point of our bike tour is in Beshisahar. Jeep roads, single trails, a few of pushing and carrying passages lead us 12 days through huge landscapes. The higher we go, the more Tibetan influences - prayer flags, Mani walls, houses with flat roofs - the valley and its main villages Manang and Braga. At the highest point we reach the glacier of Thorong La pass, 5’416 m. Here begins a unique downhill: The pilgrimage site of Muktinath, through the Kali Gandaki (deepest canyon in the world between Annapurna and Dhaulagiri), Jomsom and Tatopani (hot springs) until to Pokhara.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar 760 m

Day 04: Besishahar – Jagat 1'300 m

Day 05: Jagat - Timang 2'270 m

Day 06: Timang - Pisang 3'300 m

Day 07: Pisang - Manang 3'540 m

Day 08: Acclimatization in Manang

Day 09: Manang – Thorong Phedi 4'420 m

Day 10: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La - Muktinath 3'760 m

Day 11: Muktinath - Lete 2'480 m

Day 12: Lete - Tatopani 1'200 m

Day 13: Tatopani - Beni – Pokhara by bus

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu by bus

Day 15: Departure

Detail Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Enjoy the historical cultural sites of Kathmandu including UNESCO World Heritage Site, Pashupatinath (sacred Hindu temples), Boudhanath (Buddhist shrine) Swayembhunath (monkey temple), etc.

Day 03: Drive from Kathmandu to Besishahar 760 m
Approximately 5 hours drive through the scenic countryside. With good weather we already can see the high glaciated mountains of Manaslu 8’163 m, the Annapurna Group and Ganesh Himal.

Day 04: Besishahar – Jagat 1'300 m
We bike on a jeep road that is usually easy to drive, on the few steeper sections we need to push the bike. Our destination is the village of Jagat, situated in the deep valley of the Himalayan Marsyandi.

Day 05: Jagat – Timang 2'270 m
The Jeep runway winds increasingly through subtropical landscape of the wild Marsyandi Khola. First prayer flags and Mani walls are the unmistakable sign of the increasingly Buddhist population.

Day 06: Timang – Pisang 3'300 m
The newly created Jeep slopes up to Dharapani. The scenery changes, the forests are getting lighter, the trail is flanked by fields and orchards. Flat roofs on the houses are evidence of less rainfall. The valley widens and we let Upper Pisang, with a magnificent view of the glaciated northern flanks of the Annapurna, behind us.

Day 07: Pisang - Manang 3'540 m
We enjoy the open, unique view of the majestic mountain chain of the Annapurna-Massif, Annapurna 2 (7’937 m), Annapurna 4 (7’525 m), Annapurna 3 (7’555 m), Gangapurna (7’454 m) to the Tilicho Peak (7’134 m). In Braga 3’360 m, we visit the impressive 500 year old monastery. Finally, we reach a wide, well-paved road of Manang, the main town and the administrative centre of the upper Marsyandi valley above a glacial lake, fed by the glaciers of Gangapurna.

Day 08: Acclimatization in Manang
Enjoy the day and make for example a hike on the yaks pastures. Watching at the 30-kilometer ice wall of the Annapurna massif we understand why 1950, the French spoke at the exploration of access to Annapurna 1 from a "Grande Barrière". If we are lucky we are able to see behind the Roc Noir 7’485 m, the main peak of Annapurna 8’091 m. Locals own the special trading rights gained way back in 1784. 

Day 09: Manang – Thorong Phedi 4'420 m
After Manang the valley divides. The way on the left leads to Tilicho Lake and Mesokanto La, we keep to the right and drive towards the Thorong La. Willows and shrub juniper growing in the alpine landscape. We passing summer settlements and Mani walls, cycle through the village of Yak Kharka and further to Thorong Phedi.

Day 10: Thorong Phedi – Thorong La – Muktinath 3'760 m
On the queen stage we reach the highest point of the Annapurna Round relatively carefree, because the bikes are transported to the pass. For this purpose, we start very early when it is still dark, we follow the old trade route towards Muktinath. After about five hours we reach the pass at 5’416 meters. Colourful prayer flags fluttering in the wind, stone pyramids flank the views of the Glaciers Mountains and barren valleys. Now an ultimate downhill begins: Around 1’650 meters of altitude, to the famous pilgrimage site of Muktinath, some parts are drivable other we push to be on the safe side.

Day 11: Muktinath – Lete 2'480 m
The Sanctuary, is visited by many pilgrims, Hindus as well as Buddhists from India and Nepal. In the temple of the goddess of fire, the sacred fire is fed from a source of natural gas. Water from the source of Krishna Gandaki flowing at a stone semicircle of 108 bronze gargoyles.

If the weather is clear we are able to enjoy the view of Dhaulagiri 8’167 m. We drive down on the jeep slopes to the village of Kagbeni 2’810 m. Kagbeni is located at the beginning of the famous Kali Gandaki gorge between the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri eight-thousanders. Through the deep valley of the Kali Gandaki, we cycle on the slopes, but still require concentration while riding over Jomsom to Lete. During millions of years, the Kali Gandaki has carved himself 5’000 meters deep into the canyon.

Day 12: Lete – Tatopani 1'200 m
The next bike stage leads again through the narrow, steep and green becoming Kali Gandaki valley, then we reach Tatopani (pani = water, tato = hot, the hot springs gave the village its name), where we can enjoy a warm bath.

Day 13: Tatopani – Beni – Pokhara by bus
Through the deeply cut Himalayan valley we roll along the banks of the Kali Gandaki until we reach the "Local road" at Beni. A bus takes us to Pokhara. Those who want can cope with this section by bike. In Kuzma, 1’023 m, we turn to the spacious terrace landscape of Modi Kola, a last climb to Khare / Naudanda and down to Pokhara.

Day 14: Pokhara – Kathmandu by bus

Day 15: Departure

 

Includes & Excludes

Includes and Excludes

In Services included:
National Park permit
TIMS card (Trekkers Information Management System)
Accommodation during the trek
Breakfast whilst Trekking with B & B Program
3 meals during the trek with the Package Program
English speaking, experienced and trained guide
Number of porter according to the group size (15 kg of luggage per Trekker)
First aid kit and insurance for the team
Transport to the trekking spot
Airport pick up and drop off

Not included:
Hotels *
Any kind of drinks
International flights
Personal expenses
Personal Insurance and medication
Nepal entry visa
Tipping for guide and porter
German speaking guide or group leader (On request)

* Accommodations are only included whilst Trekking. For Hotel reservations we are pleased to support you.