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The Classic Annapurna Circuit

10 to 14 days
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The Classic Annapurna Circuit 10-14 days

Tilicho Lake4920m Recommended side trip, Optional!

 One of the most Popular Trekking routes now has a lot to offer for Mountain Biking in Nepal. This is a pure all-mountain ride with a huge amount of technical single-track behind the Annapurna Mountain range; the varied terrain offers something for everyone. While the lower sections of the trails are mostly off-road Jeep tracks, as you get higher the trail becomes exclusively single-track. There are some sections where you need to hike-a-bike, but the rewards after this is huge. The adrenaline inducing downhill single tracks from the mighty Thorong-La is the perfect example. 

While on riding, we will pass through five different districts (Lamjung, Manang, Mustang, Myagdi and finally Kaski) and two different zones (Gandaki and Dhaulagiri) of Nepal. The altitude varies from Beshishahar800m, to the highest point Thorong-La Pass5416m. The lower sections of the trail are hot and humid, but the upper section could give you quite a challenge with a high altitude and lower temperatures. In this trip you will see the changes in the vegetation almost every day. The Annapurna Circuit has some of the best trails in Nepal and with stunning views in every corner.

You will be riding some of the best trails around Ngawal, the upper sections of Manang Village, singletracks of Lubra valley and the ca12km downhill of mighty Thorong La5416m.

Tilicho Lake4919m Worlds Highest Lake challenging

It is highly recommended to visit Tilicho Lake while you are in the area. This is a perfect place for Enduro riding, where the trails are mostly single-tracks with lots of natural switchbacks.


Altitude and Acclimatize

On this trip, we will ride from the low land Besisahar800m to the highest point Thorong La 5416m in the Annapurna Circuit. This itinerary is designed to adapt for easy acclimatization, so our clients won’t have issues to deal with AMS (Acute mountain sickness) on this tour.

What bike should I bring for this trip, if I cannot bring my own bike, is it possible for rental?

An All Mountain or Enduro full suspension bike, fork travel from 120-140-150/160 would be ideal and lots of fun to play, but a good Hard-tail even with a 100mm fork can always do a job.

If you are planning not to bring along your own bike on this trip, we can arrange you a suitable bike for rental. The price may vary upon the quality and nature of a bike; please write to us for price and details. However, we always encourage you to bring your own bike.

What kind of accommodation would it be during the trip? Wi-fi?

2-3 star quality hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and well-located comfortable guest houses/lodges on trails in the mountains, with hot shower and private bathroom. All the hotels and guest house/lodges have Wi-fi, even in the mountains. Wi-fi is often free for hotel guests in most of the places.

Dietary Gluten/Allergy issues

International food/cuisine will be served along with local delicacies in various restaurants & bars in Kathmandu and Pokhara, perhaps just a little less choices in the mountains. Please, let us know that if you have any kind of diet request or you are allergic to certain things. We will try our best to facilitate such kind of requests.

Things to put on your backpack for daily rides

10lt, 12lt or even 16lt backpack is suitable for this trip. Hence, we provide porter service for the remaining luggage from one point to another throughout the tour.

Wind/water proof Jacket

One extra cycle jersey or sweatshirt

Sunscreen lotion

Some power bars and energy drink

Sun glass and buff

Camel Bag or water bottle for hydration?

Knee pad is recommended

full face helmet is optional

Mobile phone/camera and some cash…

 Safety and Insurance

Mountain biking is an adventure sport where risk and hazard may happens in no time. We carry the first aid kit with us and do the basic first aid.

A sufficient medical travel insurance is mandatory and must arrange prior the trip from the country of origin. Your insurance should be able to cover all the medical expenses, including Emergency Helicopter Evacuation, if unwanted incidents occurs.

You are on your holiday and so we’d like you to have fun as much as possible and in the same time we would like you to spend a trouble free holiday while mountain biking in Nepal.

Alcohols are not permitted to consume during the ride. Beers? After ride only

Respect the nature and the culture, be responsible and enjoy the ride

Trip Overview

Ride: All mountain/XC

Group Size: Any

Trip grade: Moderate Hard

Duration: 10-14 days

Altitude: lowest point Beshisahar 800m to highest point Thorong La 5416m

Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel in the cities and Tea house/lodge on the trail. Please Note! If you would like to visit Tilicho Lake4919m (world’s highest lake), which is highly recommended, 2 and half more days will be added on this Itinerary. We normally ride from 5 to 6 hrs a day.

Trip Contact: *Please email us for further information about the price and trip details for this Big mountain enduro trip. ridenepal@himalayandirt.com

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