Bike through a variety of terrain during this epic trip
Reach amazing heights as you bike the highest trail in the world

Annapurna Circuit Biking

Duration
13 days
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$1,649 USD

The Annapurna Circuit Biking is adventure cycling at an altitude of 5000 m (16,404 ft) plus on the top of the snow-covered pass, called the Thorong La Pass, the highest point in the Annapurna Region. This biking route has rough terrain, stones, pebbles, steep hills, and descending trails, which will challenge you, as well as give you a new kind of biking touring, away from your homeland, in the Himalayan Region of Nepal. This is also an uphill biking trail, in which you have to carry a cycle for 4 hours from the top of the pass, and then cycle downward to Beni.

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    13 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    4 - Advanced
  • Activity Level
    4 - Challenging
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Mountainous
  • Distance
    142.9 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    17.9 miles
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  • Where does the tour start and end?

    The tour starts at ends at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. The tour operator will collect you and drop you back to the airport at the end of the tour.

  • How long is the tour? How many days cycling?

    The tour is 13 days long with 8 days of cycling.

  • Are bikes included?

    Yes, a well-known brand of mountain bike is included with the tour - Trek or Giant, for example.

  • Where can I get the Nepal visa from?

    You can get it at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.  For the visa application, you have to have the following documents and photos, as well as the correct amount of payment at the airport:  A passport with a validity of six months, Three- passport - sized photos, Visa fee.

    The visa fees, at the time of writing (2019) are:

    USD 25 for 15 days

    USD 40 for 30 days

    USD 100 for 90 days

    If you have Indian nationality then you do not need a visa for Nepal. If you are from Nigeria, Ghana, Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Somalia, Cameroon, Swaziland, Iraq, Ethiopia or Palestine then you have to apply in advance for a visa as you cannot get it at the airport.

  • Are there any bike maintenance and repairs while on the trip?

    The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. They do recommend you carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). The guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience maintaining bikes on the trips.

  • What cycling gear do I need?

    • Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)
    • Touring shoes
    • Cycling gloves
    • Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
    • Socks – wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)
    • Leg warmers or tights for riding
    • Short-sleeved shirts (2)
    • Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
    • Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants
    • Waterproof shoe covers

    It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

  • What equipment should I bring?

    The following gives you a general idea of the trekking equipment and clothing needed for this trek.

    This is a porter-supported trek where the equipment for two clients is carried by one porter. Santosh supplies a trekking duffel bag where you keep your heavy items and this bag is carried by the porter. It is required that you bring your own daypack to be carried by you. In the daypack, you can put money, important documents, water bottle/bladder, camera, toiletries, sunscreen, notebook, etc. The weight limit for the porter is 33 pounds per bag. There is a storage room to leave your non-trekking stuff at the Hotel Gaju if necessary.


    Riding Kit

    Helmet
    Bike gloves x 3 pairs
    Biking glasses
    Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
    Long-sleeved base layers
    Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
    Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
    Hat and non-biking gloves
    Head torch

    If you’re bringing your own bike:

    Bake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
    Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
    Bottle of dry lube
    Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid for
    Tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
    Quick link to suit your chain
    For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal

    Please note: If you’re bringing your own bike, you must make sure that you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain.


    General

    4-season sleeping bag
    Duffel bag complimentary provided by Santosh
    Daypack

    Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes

    Sun hat provided by Santosh
    Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
    Normal sunglasses
    Neck warmer (For winter)

    Hand

    Liner gloves
    Heavier shell gloves (For winter)

    Core Body

    T-shirts
    Thermal tops
    Fleece jacket or pullover
    Down jacket
    Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)

    Lower Body – Legs

    Thermal bottoms
    Trekking pants and shorts
    Water/windproof trousers
    Casual pants

    Feet

    Liner socks
    Heavyweight socks (For winter)
    Waterproof hiking/trekking shoes
    Light shoes/sneakers/sandal



    Medicines And First Aid Kits
    (Please note the Tour Operator's team will carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personalized first-aid kit as well.)

    Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
    Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
    Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
    Anti-infection ointments
    Band-aids
    Lip balm (At least SPF 20)
    Sunscreen (SPF 40)

    Miscellaneous, but Important!

    Passport and extra passport photos (3 copies)
    Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your flight.)
    Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
    Water bottle/bladder
    Water purification Iodine tablets
    Toiletry kit (Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.)

    Optional

    Adjustable trekking poles
    Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
    Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
    Binoculars
    Cameras (Memory cards, chargers and also batteries)
    Pee bottle for men and pee funnel for woman

    This list is only a guide.

    While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

    Note:

    Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing such as those made with Lycra can often be offensive to locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable as a base layer, please pack something to wear on top of them.


  • What kind of insurance is recommended for the tour?

    For everyone who will plan to Trek in Nepal, it is highly recommended that you get travel insurance that covers added expenses that might result due to various health issues, injuries or accidents (together with the ambulance, helicopter rescue, and other treatment costs). Your insurance policy should cover up the entire activities that you are planning to accomplish throughout your stay in Nepal.

    In addition to this, the policy should also cover death, misplaced luggage, theft and liability, cancellations, medical treatment (counting hospital charges, cost of the medicine, doctor’s fees) as well as repatriation cost. Also, this trekking trail in Nepal takes you of 5,000 m above the altitude, therefore, you also need to ensure that your insurance policy covers treks that go over 5,000 m.

    We suggested that you buy your insurance policy from your home country before joining with us, where it is difficult buying a local travel insurance policy for foreigners in Nepal.

Overall Rating:
5.0/5
Arjan
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Enjoyed my time riding the Annapurna circuit, which has many challenges for bikers.From mudslides, steep climbs, up to overcoming the limited available oxygen at high altitudes, and even some snow biking.Very good tour with excellent guide, Santosh. Well organized by Santosh Khatri, who, with his experience, made the trip look easy.

Martin
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Mountain Bike trek on Annapurna Circuit was excellent in all respects. Well organized from arrival Kathmandu to departure 13 days later. The guide Santosh was always courteous, knowledgable and spoke English well. I look forward to a future Everest Base Camp trek with Santosh as the guide.

Kin B
(Review obtained from Trip Advisor)

“Santosh provided me a super biking experience, I was excited to visit nepal but never thought that it would be so interesting.

With lots of dilemma about trip I left my home country, But when I reached Nepal and met with Santosh, All those my dilemma were cleared and Santosh himself was in charge for providing me with quality service.

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