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Annapurna Circuit Biking
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.
- CategoryMountain Biking
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration13 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance142.9 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance17.9 miles
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.
Bike gloves x 3 pairs
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
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.
4-season sleeping bag
Duffel bag complimentary provided by Santosh
Upper Body – Head / Ears / Eyes
Sun hat provided by Santosh
Wool or synthetic hat that cover the ears
Neck warmer (For winter)
Heavier shell gloves (For winter)
Fleece jacket or pullover
Water/windproof shell jacket (Preferably breathable fabric)
Lower Body – Legs
Trekking pants and shorts
Heavyweight socks (For winter)
Waterproof hiking/trekking shoes
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
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 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.)
Adjustable trekking poles
Favorite snack foods (No more than 2 pounds)
Paperback books, cards, mp3 player
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.
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.