Hike and bike in Nepal's Annapurna Circuit is an epic adventure to the loftiest pass in the world, at an elevation of 5416m.
Nepal's Annapurna Circuit is renowned for its best hiking and mountain biking trails, as well as its rich Buddhist culture. Starting from Besisahar, this trip takes you through the awe-inspiring Throngla Pass at an elevation of 5416m, a dream destination for trekkers and high-altitude mountain bikers worldwide. The Annapurna Circuit offers a perfect blend of authentic Nepalese culture, geography and towering mountains.
The journey begins with a hike up to Muktinath at 3810m via the Throng-La Pass (5416m). After reaching Muktinath, the biking section starts and leads you through one of the most popular single tracks in Mustang region, the Lupra pass. As you descend, you will pass through the deepest gorge in the world, formed between the two 8000+ meter peaks of Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m). As you traverse through, you will also see beautiful villages, monasteries, temples, rivers, waterfalls, Himalayan desert, sub-tropical and alpine forests, making this an unforgettable experience.
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Step into the spectacular realm of the mighty Himalayan land, where the towering Mount Everest reigns supreme as the tallest peak on the planet and the birthplace of the enlightened Lord Buddha. Our trusty representative will greet you at Tribhuwan International airport in Kathmandu and escort you to your plush hotel in the vibrant Thamel. Get ready for an adventurous afternoon stroll through the bustling streets of Thamel. And in the evening, our representative will unveil the thrilling itinerary for your upcoming days.
Today you will commence on a picturesque drive through the rolling hills of Nepal to the charming city of Pokhara. Soak in the breathtaking vistas of one of the country's most breathtaking landscapes, dotted with vibrant villages teeming with rich cultural heritage. Marvel at the spectacle of the Trishuli and Marshyangdi rivers, renowned for their thrilling rafting experiences. This journey offers a window into the authentic essence of Nepal and guarantees to be a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. As you board on 6-7 hour drive, you will arrive at the stunning city of Pokhara, where you will den for the night. Take advantage of the afternoon to explore the serene beauty of Lakeside and prepare for the next leg of your journey by checking your bikes.
Brace yourself for an exciting and demanding day ahead! Embark on a thrilling 5-hour drive from Pokhara to Ngadi, taking in the breathtaking beauty of the mountainous roads. The trek from Ngadi to Syange is a magnificent and enriching journey through the lush Annapurna region of Nepal, surrounded by verdant forests and towering peaks. Discover the historic first tunnel of Nepal, be amazed by the region's rich wildlife, and rejoice in the natural splendor of the Marshyangdi river valley. This walk is a tapestry of stunning landscapes and cultural experiences that promises to leave you enamored and inspired.
Distance: 15 Km
Hiking time: 3 hours approx.
Start on a journey of exploration and challenge as you traverse the Annapurna region of Nepal from Syange to Dharapani. Your trail begins in the charming village of Syange and winds along the tranquil Marsyangdi River, passing through idyllic forests, picturesque villages, and breathtaking landscapes of dirt roads and mule tracks. As you advance, the elevation will steadily increase, presenting you with steeper and narrower terrain. Dharapani, a quaint village located at the convergence of the Marsyangdi and Dudh Khola rivers, awaits you at the end of the trail. This trek offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the remote communities, diverse cultures, and natural wonders of the Annapurna region.
Distance: 16 Km
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Rise and shine, as we continue on a thrilling trek through the idyllic Marshyangi River Valley. Our journey will take us through charming apple orchards, quaint villages, and sprawling terraces, as well as rugged mule tracks and picturesque jeep trails into a lush pine forest. The trail will culminate in a challenging ascent from Danakyu to Timang, but the stunning vistas that await you make every step worth it. Recharge your batteries in Chame, the headquarters of the Manang District, where the magnificent views of Annapurna II and Lamjung Himal reward your hard-earned efforts. After a long day of adventure, retire in comfort at a local tea house, complete with internet connection so you can stay connected with your loved ones.
Distance: 17.5 Km Hiking Time: 4-5 hours approx.
Fuel up with a filling breakfast, as we set off from Chame on an adventure through the verdant pine forest trails towards the mighty Himalayas. As we traverse deeper, we will come across the largest apple orchard in the region at Bhratang, where we can savor the taste of freshly-baked apple pies, crumbles, and even donuts, washed down with a reviving glass of juice. The uphill journey ahead will be demanding, but the breathtaking vistas at Dhikur Pokhari make every step worth it. Recharge with a delicious lunch before continuing on the easier trail, where the scent of the Himalayan pine forest will enliven your senses and the majestic views of the Himalayas will be an unforgettable experience.
Distance: 17 Km approx.
Hiking Time: 4-5 hours
Today we will start on a thrilling journey from Pisang to Manang, traversing through the vibrant pine forests and scaling the steep terrain to reach the quaint village of Ghyaru. You will gasp in wonder at the breathtaking vistas of the surrounding peaks, including Annapurna II and Annapurna IV, and immerse yourself in the unique culture and lifestyle of the region. We will pause for lunch in Nawal, then continue down the picturesque Humde valley to the charming village of Manang. Along the way, you will encounter the rich Tibetan heritage, dotted with monasteries, Mani walls, prayer wheels, and flags that embody balance and energy. Rest for the night at a cozy tea house and prepare for another exciting day ahead.
Distance: 22 Km Approx.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours
Today, we will start on a leisurely day to acclimate to the elevation. Despite being designated as a rest day, we will embark on a brief ascent to a height of 4000 meters, preparing us for the greater heights that lay ahead. Additionally, we will undertake a brief excursion in the surrounding region. During our excursion, we will allocate some time to visit the Gangapurna Glacier Lake, Monastery, and Chorten to rejuvenate ourselves in Manang.
After indulging in a delectable breakfast, we shall embark on our onward trek through the authentic Himalayan paths. It is crucial for us to fortify our minds for the thinner air and the demanding terrain ahead. Although the trails may prove to be more challenging than the previous days, it is suggested to adopt a leisurely pace and savor the grandeur of the Himalayas. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to soak in the splendor of the towering peaks. We will pace ourselves to acclimate to the altitude and keep our hearts from racing and lungs from gasping for air. During our journey, we will have the privilege of witnessing the grazing yaks, blue sheep, and other exotic wildlife as we make our way towards Yak Kharka.
Distance: 10 Km Approx.
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
Today, you will embark on a trek that appears to be shorter in distance, but presents its own unique challenges, particularly in terms of the altitude and rocky terrain. During the dry seasons, the trail may lack lush greenery, but will provide stunning views nonetheless. You will traverse along the river, cross a small bridge, and face a steep climb to reach Thorong-la Phedi, which serves as the starting point for the ascent to Thorong-la Pass. The journey is expected to culminate at Thorong-la Phedi by noon, where you will take a break for lunch at a tea house. In the afternoon, you will undertake a short but steep hike to the high camp to aid in acclimatizing for the night ahead at Phedi.
Distance: 7 Km Approx.
Hiking time: 3-4 hours
Today presents a significant challenge as we must rise early at 4am, ready to tackle the altitude. With our gear on, we embark on a strenuous journey, but we will take it at a leisurely pace, savoring each step. The breathtaking scenery from the summit of Thorong-La Pass will make you forget the effects of altitude. After reaching the top, we can enjoy a hot beverage at a small stall and relish the panoramic views. We then face the steepest descent to Muktinath, where we will relish a delicious meal at Champarbu (4200m) before visiting the spiritual town of Muktinath. In the afternoon, we will visit the temple of Muktinath, surrounded by 108 water spouts believed to wash away sins if one takes a bath through them. Additionally, we will see the temple of eternal flames and the natural flame under the statue of Buddha at Dolamebar temple.
Distance: 19 Km
Hiking time: 9-10 hours
Today is the day we've been eagerly anticipating, as we embark on an epic mountain biking adventure from Muktinath to Kalopani. Our tired legs will be given a break while we enjoy the thrill of biking through stunning mountain scenery and challenging terrain. The journey begins in the spiritual town of Muktinath, renowned for its holy temples, and continues with a climb up to Lupra Pass. From there, we'll embark on a thrilling descent featuring steep inclines, loose gravel, and narrow single tracks with rocky paths. This ride offers the perfect mix of technical and flowy sections, making it ideal for experienced riders. As we make our way down, we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges visible from Kalopani. This mountain biking journey from Muktinath to Kalopani will surely be an unforgettable experience, taking us through the heart of the Himalayas.
Distance: 48 Km
Biking Time: 5 hours Approx.
Today, after a satisfying breakfast, we set off on a mountain biking journey from Kalopani to Galeshwor. This 40 km ride will present a mix of challenges and scenic views through the Himalayan foothills. Expect to spend 4-5 hours on this ride, encountering rough dirt roads and rocky single track along the way. The trail passes through some of the most awe-inspiring landscapes and the deepest gorge in the region. Upon arrival in Galeshwor, we will load our bikes and drive on a private jeep to Sarangkot, where we will spend the night. From Sarangkot, we will have the opportunity to witness a beautiful sunrise and take in the stunning mountain ranges that we have encircled throughout our Annapurna trip.
Distance: 40 Km
Biking Time: 5 hours Approx.
Driving Time: 3 Hours
Today marks the end of our mountain biking journey and we're excited for a great day ahead. The ride from Sarangkot to Pokhara is scenic and adventurous, featuring a combination of paved roads and dirt paths that lead through stunning landscapes, including terraced rice fields, dense forests, and quaint villages. This mountain biking adventure is suitable for riders of all skill levels, as it offers a balance of challenging and easy sections, allowing riders to customize the ride according to their physical abilities.
Distance: 20-30 Km
Biking Time: 3-4 hours
After bidding farewell, you'll travel to Kathmandu by our private vehicle. The road transportation is part of the package, but if you choose to fly to Kathmandu instead, an additional flight fee will apply to you.
Trekking in Annapurna Circuit can vary depending on the trail choice and personal interests. The trek can be completed within 10-15 days, however, some hikers may choose to lengthen or shorten the trip based on their physical fitness and available time frame. It is highly recommended to consider potential weather delays or unpredictable situations that can cause the trip to further extend.
The best time to do Annapurna circuit trek is March to May and September to November.
Yes, you need to have permits to trek Annapurna Circuit. You have to obtain an Annapurna Conservation Area (ACA) entry permit from ACAP office and Trekkers' Information Management System (TIMS) from TAAN.
You should be really careful while packing things for Annapurna Circuit trekking. Consider packing things like warm clothing, a sleeping bag, trekking shoes, a hat, first aid kit, sun cream, a head lamp, water purification tablets, energy bars and a pair of trekking poles. Make sure that your packing is light and adequate.
Trekking to Annapurna Circuit is moderate to strenuous as you will be hiking through low elevation subtropical forests to the height of 5416 meters.
There are a variety of accommodations on the Annapurna Circuit, ranging from basic tea houses to more luxurious lodges. Tea houses offer basic lodging with shared bathrooms, whereas lodges provide private rooms with attached bathrooms and the facilities such as hot showers and Wi-Fi. Most accommodations offer meals in their own restaurant. During peak seasons it's wise idea to pre-book the accommodations to ensure the availability. Syange, Chame, Manang, Yak Kharka, Thorong Phedi, and Muktinath are popular trailside accommodations.
Mountain biking or trekking in Annapurna circuit is a thrilling adventure, however, it is really important to consider safety measures for a safe and enjoyable trip. Consider wearing proper protective gears, follow the well-defined biking trails, keep a safe distance between other bikers and hikers, carry sufficient water and energy bars and study the weather forecast and trail conditions. Be aware of altitude sickness, take rests and find medical assistance immediately, incase you experience any altitude symptoms. It is a wise idea to hire a local guide or take the service from a local tour operator for safety and support.
Annapurna Circuit mountain biking combines both rugged jeep trails, flowy and techy single tracks.
Hiring a guide is not mandatory to trek in Annapurna circuit. But if you are a first time trekker then it is very advisable to hire a guide for the safety concerns. Beside your safety, a guide can help you navigate the trail and take you through secret paths and understand the insights of local culture and tradition.
Mountain biking in Annapurna Circuit requires a high-quality mountain bike, protective gears such as helmet, gloves, knee and elbow pads, comfortable and durable clothing, a camel bag or water bottle, spare tubes, a pump and a multi-tool. It is also ideal to bring a first aid kit, a map or GPS device, and a camera to click pictures of the majestic Himalayas. Make sure all the equipment are in good working condition.
You have to obtain 2 different permits. The first permit is the ACAP entry permit which costs 3000.00 NPR. and the second one is the TIMS card which you have to obtain from TAAN and it costs 20 USD.
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