Annapurna Bikepacking

Annapurna Bikepacking

  • Oct 24 - Nov 8, 2018
  • 16 Days
  • $3995 CAD/person
  • Descend/Climb Ratio: 50/50

A monumental bikepacking adventure around the Annapurna Circuit featuring all the best singletrack and side trips along the way. Settle in for the long haul as you ride amongst the world’s biggest mountains and through its deepest river gorge. Climb over the highest mountain pass on earth and shred down the longest continuous mtb descent on the planet! This is the ride to end all other rides!

The journey begins in Kathmandu where your senses will spring to life the moment you get off the plane. After a quick introduction to Nepali culture, navigate out of the city and travel deep into the Himalayas. Discover the allure of bikepacking: the simple joy of travelling by bike while living with only your most necessary belongings. Enjoy warm meals and comfortable accommodations in local tea houses along the way - pack only your riding gear, warm clothes, and a small sleeping bag. Visit the historic District of Manang and the sacred Mustang Valley. Ride local trails and relax in tropical Pokhara before flying back to Kathmandu in a small aircraft, with views of the entire Himalayan Range.

As an added bonus, we’ll provide you with brand new bikepacking bags from Revelate Designs and a water bladder filtration system from GeigerRig, for use during the trip.

Suitable for very fit riders only with at least intermediate technical skills, this trip starts at an elevation of 800m and climbs to 5416m at Thorong La Pass, before descending back to 800m. The riding is roughly 60% dirt road or double tracks and 40% singletrack, with several challenging hike-a-bike sections.

Trip Overview

    Day 1 - Arrival

    • Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM), transfer to Hotel.
    • Join us for an afternoon tour of Durbar Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Pre trip meeting with your guides over dinner and drinks.
    • We recommend arriving one day early to experience more of Kathmandu and just in case of luggage delays. Talk to us about booking an extra night for you.

    Day 2 - Transfer to Besisahar (760m)

    • Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast and a morning swim in the hotel’s rooftop pool before departing for Besisahar, the starting point of the Annapurna Circuit.
    • Settle in for a long and exciting drive out of Kathmandu, through the countryside, and into the mountains. Approx. 7 hour drive on rough and winding roads.
    • Check into hotel, build bikes and test ride before dinner, organize gear and get set up for the journey ahead.

    Day 3 - Besisahar to Tal (1700m), 35km

    • Our first day on the Circuit begins! Get your legs spinning as you get acquainted with your bikepacking setup and water filtration system.
    • Today is a good warm up ride and a perfect introduction to what life is like on the Annapurna Circuit.
    • Surrounded by massive cliffs and tight valley walls, we’ll ride past countless waterfalls as we enjoy a good mix of challenging climbs and fast descents.

    Day 4 - Tal to Chame (2710m), 23km

    • The climbing gets steeper today and a little more relentless, but the warm jungle climate and the sights and sounds of the Himalaya will keep your mind off of it.
    • We’ll start our morning with a fun singletrack side trail and a short hike-a-biking section before crossing our first suspension bridge of the trip, linking back up with the road.
    • Not your typical dirt road, this track is precariously cut in through vertical rock walls and features rocky technical challenges similar to those of your favourite singletracks back home!

    Day 5 - Chame to Manang (3540m), 33km

    • The grind uphill continues but it’s mixed with some downhills and smoother sections of road along with short bits of side trail, making for a fun day of pedalling.
    • You’ll begin to meet people from all over the world today as multiple routes converge into one, before reaching the end of the road in Manang.
    • Tonight you’ll rest under that shadows of giants and you’ll wake up to awe-inspiring views of Annapurna II, Annapurna III, and Gangapurna.

    Day 6 - Manang Trail Ride / Acclimatization Day

    • Today is an important day for acclimatization before we head up to higher elevations.
    • After soaking in the morning sun and indulging in fresh baked goods and western style coffee, we’ll ditch the bikepacking bags and ride some amazing singletrack trails.
    • This afternoon we’ll attend a mandatory high-altitude/AMS lecture at the Manang Aid Post, hosted by the Himalayan Rescue Association.

    Day 7 - Manang to Tilicho Base Camp (4150m), 15km

    • The road ends in Manang, meaning we’ll be riding only trail for the next several days!
    • Today we leave our bikepacking bags behind and head out for a two day side trip to Tilicho Lake, where we’ll spend our first night above 4000m.
    • This trail features exhilarating singletrack cut in through steep side hills, surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery!

    Day 8 - Tilicho B.C. to Tilicho Lake (4920m) to Manang (3540m), 25km

    • Rise early today for a challenging climb up a steep switchback trail topping out at almost 5000 meters.
    • Tilicho Lake is a magical place where crystal blue water meets the clear blue sky of the Himalaya, seemingly fading into one another - have your camera ready!
    • Go for a dip if you dare, and then we’ll ride all the way back down this incredible trail returning to our guesthouse in Manang, stopping for lunch at Tilicho B.C.

    Day 9 - Manang to Thorong Phedi (4450m), 16km

    • Strap the bags back on your bike and we’ll continue to make our way around the Annapurna Circuit.
    • Today’s ride is a challenging one as it features a mix of steep but ride-able sections, and even steeper hike-a-bikes.
    • We’ll get to bed early tonight as we’ll be starting at 4am the following day - We want to beat the crowds to the top so we can enjoy the shred down on a less crowded trail!

    Day 10 - Thorong Phedi to Thorong La Pass (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m), 17km

    • The most challenging and most rewarding day of our trip, today’s the day we crest over Thorong La Pass - the highest mountain pass in the world!
    • Entirely a hike-a-bike this morning we’ll be motivated to get to the top, rejoice in our victory, and shred down a steep and technical 1600m singletrack descent into the Mustang Valley.
    • We’ll arrive in Muktinath Village around lunchtime where we’ll feast and celebrate, before taking the afternoon to relax or visit the sacred Muktinath Temple.

    Day 11 - Muktinath to Jomsom (2720m), via Lupra Pass (4200m), 30km

    • As if you haven’t already climbed enough, we’ll do one last uphill push to the top of Lupra Pass where we’ll get views of Mt. Dhaulagiri, the 7th highest mountain in the world.
    • The Lupra Valley trail is by far the most popular singletrack ride in all of Nepal, and for good reason - it’s one of the best trails we’ve ridden anywhere on earth!
    • We’ll finish today’s ride in Jomsom, nestled along the banks of the Kali Gandaki River Valley, where we’ll enjoy fresh baked apple pies and homemade apple brandy.

    Day 12 - Jomsom to Tatopani (1200m), 45km

    • Today we’ll descend from high desert to lush jungle as we descend through Kali Gandaki Valley, the world’s deepest river gorge.
    • We’ll be riding on rocky jeep roads and dried up riverbeds, along with a couple short side trails.
    • Another delicious dinner and a natural hot spring are a warm welcome for us at tonight’s guest house in Tatopani.

    Day 13 - Tatopani to Beni (850m), 18km, shuttle to 1600m, ride to Pokhara (800m), 30km

    • An incredible final day on the Circuit as we descend through thick jungle and pass by ancient temples while making our way to Beni, where our private shuttle vehicle will be waiting.
    • We’ll shuttle to a high mountain pass and drop in on an unbelievably fun and fast urban descent into Lakeside Pokhara, arriving just in time for sunset over the lake.
    • Reunited with the rest of your luggage, we’ll freshen up and hit the town for a celebratory dinner before checking out the local nightlife.

    Day 14 - Rest Day, Pokhara

    • Sleep in today and enjoy a casual morning on the hotel rooftop with delicious latte or americano coffees while overlooking the entire Annapurna Massif.
    • We’ll have a mid-morning brunch and then take the rest of the day at leisure.
    • Pokhara is a tropical paradise and a bustling tourist town. Stroll through local markets, rent a stand-up paddle board, or get a massage before another delicious dinner.

    Day 15 - Pokhara Trail Ride

    • This morning we’ll visit a local dirt jump and skills park, where we’ll hit some jumps and put in a bit of effort to help maintain them.
    • We’ll head out on a scenic ride around Fewa Lake, passing through a local fishing village where we’ll stop for lunch before visiting the World Peace Pagoda and dropping in on a fun singletrack downhill trail.
    • This afternoon we pack up our bikes and luggage before heading out for another nice dinner at one of the many great restaurants in Pokhara.

    Day 16 - Departure

    • Hop onboard for a small aircraft flight back to Kathmandu this morning featuring majestic views of the Himalayan Mountain Range.
    • Catch your afternoon or evening flights out of Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) for return home.
    • Until next time, Namaste!

What's Included

  • 15 nights of double occupancy accommodation
    • 1 night in Kathmandu — 4 Hotel Mulberry
    • 1 night in Besisahar — 3 Hotel
    • 3 nights in Pokhara — 3 Hotel
    • 10 nights in traditional local guesthouses and teahouses
      • Private room supplement available only in KTM and Pokhara - inquire for pricing
  • All standard meals in Kathmandu, Besisahar and during your entire time in the mountains
    • You are responsible for your own meal costs while in Pokhara only
  • Exclusive use of all necessary bikepacking bags courtesy of Revelate Designs
  • Exclusive use of in-line filtration water bladder system courtesy of GeigerRig
  • Local english speaking Nepali guides and drivers
  • Professional, certified, and experienced Wandering Wheels mtb guide
  • Trip planning and packing assistance
    • We'll send you a detailed trip packing list and all the important information
  • All park entrance fees and TIMS permit fee
  • Bike maintenance support and access to our comprehensive tool kit
  • All transportation as per itinerary, including airport pick-up, in private shuttle vehicles with professional drivers
  • Luggage transfers, Kathmandu - Besisahar - Pokhara
  • One internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Not Included

  • International flights to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • Mandatory travel & medical insurance with helicopter evacuation coverage
  • Bikes and riding gear
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Fancy coffees, pastries or other delicacies available at certain guesthouses
  • Souvenirs, laundry, other items of personal nature
  • Nepali Tourist Visa
  • Gratuities for guides and drivers
  • Skill Level 3 / Fitness Level 4
  • XC/All-mountain bike recommended