Trek Name: Annapurna Circuit Trek with Mountain Bike
Trek Duration: 14 Days
Trek Difficulty: Adventure
Trek Season: Sep -Dec & Mar-June
Trek Altitude: 5416m
Group Size: 1 - 16 people.
Trek Package: Hotels in Kathmandu/ Tea Houses during trek
Mode of Transfer: Flight or Private Vehicle
Start/End of Trek: Kathmandu
Permits: ANCAP (Annapurna Conservation Area entry Permit) and TIMS (Trekker’s Information Management System)
Trek Route: Kathmandu- Dharapani- Chame- Pisang -Manang-Yak Kharka - Thorong Phedi - Thorong La Pass- Muktinath- Lupra Valley - Tukuche - Tatopani - Beni –Tatopani- Pokhara-Kathmandu
Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1,300m/4,264ft)
Day 02: Drive to Dharapani (1960m)
Day 03: Dharapani to Chame (2,710m/8,891ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 04: Chame to Pisang (3,300m/10824ft): 5 - 6 hours
Day 05: Pisang to Manang: 6 - 7 hours
Day 06: Manang: Acclimatization day
Day 07: Manang to Yak Kharka (4,110m/13,484ft): 3 - 4 hours
Day 08: Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,600m/15,092ft): 3 - 4 hours
Day 09: Thorong Phedi to Muktinath (3,800m/12,467ft) via Thorong La Pass (5416m/17764ft): 7 - 8 hours
Day 10: Ride from Muktinath to Tukuche via Lupra Valley (32km)
Day 11: Biking from Tukuche to Tatopani (42km)
Day 12: Cycle to Beni from Tatopani and Back to Pokhara
Day 13: Transfer to Kathmandu
Day 14: Drive to airport for return flight.
The best time to trek to Annapurna Region is during autumn (September- November) and Spring (March – May). Annapurna Region is beautiful throughout the year but during these seasons you get to see the most beautiful pictures of Annapurna Region. Some of the places of Annapurna Region like Upper Mustang, Muktinath, Kagbeni and Jomsom can be visited any time during the year.
Autumn season gives you the most favorable weather for trekking with warm and dry climate. Autumn seasons falls during the months of September, October and November. Autumn season is also the season of festivals. You can feel the festival vibes everywhere while trekking in Nepal during Autumn. On the other hand you can get the best pictures while trekking Annapurna Region during Autumn Season. The trials in Annapurna region during autumn are very suitable for mountain biking.
Spring in Nepal is regarded as one of the best season for trekking and mountain climbing. Spring season occurs in Nepal in the months of March, April and May. You can have a heavenly experience trekking in Annapurna Region during spring. You can see varieties of blooming wild floras and forests blanketed with rhododendron flowers during your trials. The mountains look absolutely stunning and the temperature is warm and moderate. You can expect lots of trekkers during the trial during spring season in Annapurna region.
Summer season is not very popular season for trekking in Annapurna Region. Summer season in Nepal takes place in between the months of June to August. The monsoon seasons combines with summer in Nepal. Thus, Nepal receives a wet summer with hot temperature. Although the temperature gets cooler as you gain altitude but the trials can be affected by heavy rainfall and mudslides. However, some of the regions which lie in the rain-shadow area like Upper Mustang, Jomsom, and Muktinath can be visited throughout the year. If you love challenges and thrill then this season can be the best for you to explore Annapurna Region. In spite of the challenges you can get the best views and true colors of nature while trekking to Annapurna Region during summer. However, we do not recommend this season for mountain biking. Since, the trials are affected by rain it might be risky to chose this season for mountain biking.
Winter Season takes place in Nepal in the months of December to February. Since it is freezing cold and some of the high passes are closed in the higher altitudes due to snow this season is not recommend for trekking in Annapurna Region. However, if you want to enjoy peaceful trekking trials with fewer trekkers then you can choose this season with proper gears and clothing equipment. Despite the challenges, the winter season in Annapurna Region gives you the best view of snowcapped mountains. During winter season the Annapurna Region is extremely cold and most of the people migrate to Kathmandu and other cities. So, it is also very hard to find accommodation in this region and because of the snowfall it is also difficult to ride mountain bikes.
Our accommodation will be in 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara. During the trek you will be staying in tea houses or lodges. All accommodations are on twin share basis. Single supplement rooms can be provided on request with an additional charge. Although the rooms are easily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara it is very difficult to arrange single supplement rooms during the trek. In such case Actual Adventure Pvt.Ltd will look for the best alternatives.
All meals will be provided during our Annapurna Base Camp Trek including welcome and farewell dinners in Kathmandu. The meals during our stay in Kathmandu will be provided in high class typical Nepali restaurants which serve you with delicious Nepali cuisines whereas we will have our breakfast and dinner in the tea houses/ lodges on trek. We will spend the night and lunch on our way to the next destination. We suggest you to try out the most popular local foods like Thakali food while you are trekking in Annapurna Region. The local foods are healthier and give a lot of energy during your trekking trials.
The Annapurna Region trek is relatively easier than any other treks in Nepal like Everest Base Camp Trek. Anyone with sound physical fitness and who can walk up to 6-7 hours a day can easily complete the trek in Annapurna Region. Since it is Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek with Mountain Bike Riding you must know how to ride mountain bike in every terrain.
Day 01: Kathmandu Arrival
As your aircraft lands in Tribhuwan International Airport our representative will receive you and help you to transfer into the hotel of your choice.
Day 02: Drive to Dharapani (1943m)
Early morning we will have our breakfast at Kathmandu and then drive to Dharapani. The drive takes about 7 to 8 hours in a private vehicle. The drive goes through highway and then on a bumpy terrains where you can see countryside villages, valleys, forests, rivers and mountains. Overnight at Dharapani.
Day 03: Trek to Chame (2713m)
From Dharapani we will continue the climb to village of Bagarchap (2164m). Continuing the trek through the forest we will reach Dhanagyu and climb to Temang where we will rest for a while to have lunch. Temang offers the magnificent views of Manaslu along with many other snow capped Himalayan massif. From here the trail goes downhill through fir and pine forest to Koto and then to Chame, which is also the administrative capital of Manang district.
Day 04: Trek to Pisang (3,185m)
Initially the trail follows the river closely through deep canyon, making of our way through number of waterfalls we will arrive to Brathang (2919m). From here the trail goes through steep narrow valley winding through deep forest witnessing the magnificent view of Annapurna II. Crossing the river where the extraordinary curved rock face of Paungda Danda rises abruptly nearly 1500m from the riverbank, the trail climb to the village of Pisang.
Day 05: Trek to Manang village (3351m)
Today you have 2choices, either you can take a high route to Manang via the villages of Gyaru and Ngawal or opt for shorter main trail to Manang which goes through a low pass into the valley below Pisang peak. Both the options offers the magnificent Mountain View, introduces us to diverse Himalayan lifestyle and set up a strong foundation about the concealed geographical variation of the country. The longer walk will take 8-9hours whereas the shorter takes 5-6hours.
Day 06: Acclimatization in Manang
Today we will take a rest in Manang village and get adapted with the risen altitude and explore the surreal beauty of surrounding. Most of the visitors ascend to a hill situated behind Manang which offers the astonishing view of Annapurna massif and the huge icefall that run into and rumbles down from Gangapurna. Diagonally to the valley the huge mass of Gangapurna and Annapurna tower just above us. The view of sunrise and sunset seen from here is one of the most beautiful sights seen in the whole country.
Day 07: Trek to Yak Kharka
From Manang we will make our way towards the base of Thorong La pass. Climbing out of Marshyangdi valley, we turn northwest to the valley of Jarsang Khola. Winding above the forest we pass through arid, alpine land, with scrub juniper and patches of birch to Yak Kharka. We will reach Yak Kharka by afternoon and in the remaining time we can explore the vicinity. Here we can get a occasional glimpse of Blue Sheep which are the local inhabitant of this chilly and breezy area.
Day 08: Trek to Thorong Phedi (4450 m)
We start after the breakfast trek to Thorong Phedi about claiming 5000mtr. The path is easy but we have to careful it is above Attitude more than 4000 mtr on the way some time we can see blue sheep also.
Day 09: Trek to Muktinath (3802m)
We will start early in the morning to climb the pass. The initial stage of the ascent is very steep, but as we approach the peak it becomes much sloppier, but the altitude still makes the walk a challenging one. After making our way through few false summits, we finally make it to top of the pass (5416m). The top offers the unexplainable 360 degree panorama of snow capped peaks extending northwards into Tibet. Upon looking back we can view several peaks of Annapurna and in front of us is the unfathomable gorge of Kali Gandaki. After the pass the trail descends gradually but becomes steeper, finally making to a grassy slope, just before easing off to a gradual downhill walk to Muktinath.
Day 11: Ride from Muktinath to Tukuche via Lupra Valley (32km)
We will have our breakfast and start mountain bike ride from today. The bike ride starts from Muktinath. The ride goes through Dhangla Danda offering wonderful views of the Himalayas. The ride from Muktinath to Tukuche goes on a less used trial at first and then driving on a single track will take you down to the river bed in Lupra Valley. The ride further takes you to Jomsom where you will stop for lunch and then again start riding towards Tukuche. Tukuche is a small Thakali village. You can explore Thakali Culture and taste special Apple Brandy.
Day 12: Biking from Tukuche to Tatopani (42km)
We will have our breakfast at Tukuche and then start the ride. The ride goes through a downhill track and then to flat and winds in and out of the valley. The ride goes through pine forests and small villages. Further following the river you will ride towards Tatopani. On the way you can get stunning views of snow capped peaks and beautiful waterfalls. Tatopani means hot water in Nepali. There is a natural hot water spring where you can relax your muscles. Overnight at Tatopani.
Day 13: Cycle to Beni from Tatopani and Back to Pokhara
We will have our breakfast at Tatopani and start our ride to Beni. The ride today is relatively easier but the trials are a bit dustier so make sure you have your good quality sun glasses with you. We will follow the Kaligandaki River trial and reach to Beni. Beni is a small town where you can see several hotels, lodges and markets. From Beni we will drive back to Pokhara in a private vehicle. Overnight at Pokhara.
Day 14: Transfer to Kathmandu
Today after having breakfast we will roam around Pokhara for some time and drive back to Kathmandu. We will have our lunch en route and dinner at Kathmandu. The drive gives you an amazing flashback to a wonderful journey you have just completed. Overnight at Kathmandu.
Day 15: Drive to airport for return flight.
Thank you for travelling with actual adventure. We hope you have a fantastic experience of trekking and mountain bike riding in the Annapurna Region. Please give us your valuable feedback regarding our service guides and porters before you leave. It will help us a lot in the coming days. Our representatives will drop you to the airport for your international flight from Kathmandu, Nepal.
Note: The above provided itinerary is designed taking consideration about the comfort of the customers. You can also do Annapurna Mini Circuit trek by Mountain Bike if you want. But since it is mostly uphill terrain it is very difficult to carry bikes. So we have designed this Annapurna Mini Circuit Trek with Mountain Bike where you will ride mountain bike from Muktinath. The trial is mostly downhill and you can have an adventurous trek of your lifetime.
Nepal is a developing country, Outside of major cities area electricity on trekking can be scares. You should have to pay 100-800 NRs per hour to charge goods on many lodges and also many tea-house treks, including in Annapurna base camp trek, Everest Base camp trek and many others treks also. Chargers often won't work on low power solar systems you find right up in the mountains so u can buy alternative bayonet light to electricity power plug converter, which will only works in low voltage is highlow. The standard Nepalese electrical outlet is a three-pronged triangle so bring three-pronged triangle chargers.
Nepal is a landlocked country which lies in Hindu Kush Himalayan region. Nepal has monsoonal climate having four main seasons: spring, summer, monsoon, autumn and winter.
Below is a general guide to conditions at different seasons:
January to March (winter): In this season temperature will decrease at often 0°C (32°F) at night, with extreme cold at high elevations. It is possible to trek in places like the Everest region during the winter but due to extreme cold weather and heavy snow fall it may be quite difficult than as usual.
April to June (summer): In these months it is quite warm and dry weather. There is an abundance of blooming flowers in the Himalayas at this time, with rhododendrons, in particular, adding a splash of color to the landscape. This season is the best time to undertake mountain expeditions.
June to September (Monsoon): There will be heavy monsoonal rainfall in this season. Rains are generally lighter in high Himalayan reasons. In this season the mountain ranges are not often visible due to the clouds.
October to December (autumn): These months are cool and clear which is due to the end of monsoon, there is little dust in the air so this is the best season to visit the hilly and mountainous regions.
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