To Mountain, Bike Annapurna is on the bucket list of many avid cyclists. This challenging high pass route through the Himalaya’s certainly has its appeal to mountain bikers.
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 as 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.
Trail Notes for Annapurna Circuit
The Jeep ride to Beshishar takes around 7 hours and is the longest transport on the trip.
On the riding trail, there are some river crossing where you could possibly get wet feet, so bring some lighter fast drying shoes as there is nothing worse than riding with cold and wet feet! Or pack some flip flops in your day pack.
The trail is a mix of rocky sections and powdered dirt/sandy sections, the trail is very dry and abrasive in most places and as mentioned above has many river crossings.
Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos. The first two days are tough climbing days, so be mentally prepared.
During the trip, we will be staying in LOCAL TEA HOUSES. In most cases, we will provide private, twin sharing rooms with attached bathrooms and sometimes there will be sharing bathrooms. Unless you book single supplement the room will have two separate beds. Double beds are not common in Tea Houses so if you are a couple you might have to push the beds together… but be careful … the walls are Thin! In Throng Phedi, even if you have a single supplement, it might not be possible to get a private room, in this case, common rooms will be given. The town is small and accommodation limited.
Who’s it for? People who mountain bike regularly, are fit and are looking for a multi-day mountain bike adventure that gets their heart rate going.
Length: – 14 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu.
Fitness Factor: – Good cardio fitness and bike carrying strength and stamina required.
Skill Factor: – Confident in rocky descents and not too bothered by exposure.
Comfort Zone: – Homely tea houses, cosy fires and great food … Not exactly glamorous, but nothing too off the charts! WiFi access in most places.