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Round Annapurna Biking Tour is a standout amongst Nepal’s most popular biking visit which is near the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki Rivers, close Tibet, and inside the Annapurna Conservation area. Round Annapurna Biking Tour isn’t simple trek, as the course ascends to an elevation of 5416m at the Thorong-La Pass, yet it is an energizing and lovely one.
Our guides keep telling us to take out the first day of this brutal climb up to Manang, but we keep saying to them, no matter where you start to Mountain Bike Annapurna, the first day is tough! Not to put you off, but this circuit is exactly that. It’s essentially five days of climbing to the heights of Throng La (5416m). Sometimes the way up is rough and rocky, sometimes covered in Ice and Snow, it is nothing short of Brutal! That’s why it’s also the route chosen by Yak Attack, the toughest bike race in the world.
BUT as the saying goes, what goes up must come down and indeed coming down is what we do best! Our route does not go straight down to Jomsom like many others do. We take you on some epic single tracks down through the famed Lubra Valley and beyond. After all, you did just spend five days climbing and humping your bike over a frozen mountain pass, so at the very least we want you to enjoy the downhill.
By far and away, to mountain bike Annapurna is one of our most popular trips offered by Himalayan Single Track. Of course it has a lot more to offer other than the psychical challenges and the trails. It’s a journey along one river valley and down another between some of the biggest mountains in the world! The scenery is stunning and along the way you will pass through many authentic villages, experience the warm hospitality of the Nepalese people and enjoy the delicious food and mind boggling views.
And furthermore one appropriate to mountain biking for those with great bicycle aptitudes. We initially investigated the course by bicycle in 1992 and are currently exceptionally acquainted with it. It is extremely specialized, especially the declining area from the Thorong-La. What’s more, we don’t prescribe it for learners, however with perspectives on tops at over 8000m and an assortment of scenes, plants and creatures, it is certainly justified regardless of the exertion. Around evening time we remain in town lodges. For more info, CONTACT US
Taking lunch on the way and then staying overnight in a hotel at Besisahar. At Besisahar there are shops and a bank, and the entrance to the Annapurna Conservation Area.
The biking includes single trails and a technical crossing of a river tributary on a bamboo suspension bridge. We then bike through extensive rice terraces with views of Himal Chuli, Buddha Himal and Manaslu, the ninth highest mountain in the world at 8156m
The first section from Bahundanda is a very technical trail with rocky ups and down. Several times you will need to push or carry your bike. But the journey is through a beautiful landscape of waterfalls, cliffs and gorges of the Marsyangdi River. At Tal there are lodges and shops.
We continue uphill along a technical trail to reach Bagarchhap (about 8km), beyond which the trail heads through a fine area of jungle. Chame is a district headquarters of the Manang district and has offices, shops, and lodges.
The biking is easier today, following a trail beside the Marsyangdi River which goes through pine forest with views of the Annapurna Himal. We still need to push the bikes as we approach the Wave Rock, a huge rock weathered to look like a wave. Beyond it the going is easier along a lovely trail through pine forests. At Lower Pisang there are lodges and after a rest, and some tea or coffee, we can visit Upper Pisang which has a 15th century Monastery and amazing views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak.
A mostly flat trail, with more fine views of the Annapurna range and Pisang Peak.
The trail goes steeply up to Tanky, but is then more ride-able, though it still rises continuously.
This is the hard day, with a long uphill climb to a high altitude pass. We start early because there is usually a strong wind blowing across the pass after 11am. Mostly we have to push the bikes to reach the pass, but then there is an amazing downhill ride to Muktinath, where there is a very important Hindu temple with 108 fountains. Thousands of pilgrims come here at festival time.
Today the entire ride is downhill and it is also not very technical. so it is a very pleasant day, and one with superb views of Dhaulagiri, at 8167m the seventh highest mountain in the world. The area we ride through is also very beautiful, and there are typical Nepalese villages – Jarkot and Kagbeni. Kagbeni is one of Nepal’s most beautiful villages, and has a 15th century Monastery (Kagchode Gompa). The day’s trail finishes by following the Kali Gandaki River to Jomsom. It is easy going, but we need to be prepared for a section notorious for strong winds between Kagbeni and Jomsom. Jomsom is the headquarters of the Mustang District and has hotels, shops and offices as well as an airport.
At first we follow the Kali Gandaki river through the villages of Thakali, Marpha, Tukuche and Larjung. The next section is easy riding, following a jeep track to Kalopani, a beautiful village set below the Dhaulagiri Himal. From the village there is a panoramic view of Dhaulagiri, the Nilgiri peaks and Annapurna I.
Downhill at first, then a technical section where we cross a suspension bridge and ride through pine forest to reach Ghasa where there are several lodges. From here the trail goes steeply down to the Rupse waterfall, one of the biggest on the route, where we have lunch at a restaurant with a fine view of the falls. Beyond, the trail is much easier, going through Dana village and crossing rice paddies to reach Tatopani, a small town on the north bank of Kali Gandaki River. This is a great place to stay as there are hot springs and cold beer.
The trail follows the Kali Gandaki River through the world’s deepest gorge to reach Beni. This is a fun day, with an excellent trail and a section of new road. Beni is the headquarters of Parbat District and has many shops and hotels. From here we take a bus for the 78km to Pokhara.
As you know Nepal is offering much more then only Trekking so if you have time & interest then you could do some other activities too. Nepal Trekking in Himalaya organize different kind of other activities to make your holiday longer.
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