Nepal: 14d Annapurna Circuit Mountainbike

  • Moderate
  • 5,416 M
  • 9 Days Tea House
  • 6 Days Hotel Days
  • 11 Days Mountainbike Days

Annapurna Circuit Mountainbike is the great challenge of mountain bike tours. It is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal. The trip route lies close to the Marsyangdi and Kali Gandaki River valleys in the Annapurna Conservation Area near the belt of Tibet. This is not easy riding as the route rises all of a sudden to an altitude of 5,416m at the Throng-La Pass. But it is an exciting, beautiful, adventurous spot well suited to skillful mountain bikers.

The panoramic range of the majestic snow-clad mountains of over 8000 meters reflects one of the rarest views of the bike toppers at the top. Annapurna Circuit Mountainbike route is not 100% rideable along the entire trip. So, we have arranged sufficient helpers in need to carry bikes and luggage in some parts, such as up and down hills, and also in the tough remote trails blocked out by huge boulders.


The Annapurna Circuit has a well-established trail. Hence, there is no shortage of accommodations while on the tour. There are budget-friendly accommodations that provide basic facilities. Usually, these accommodations have shared rooms and shared bathroom facilities. As you move to the higher elevations, the accommodations may have limited amenities. During our 17 Days Annapurna Circuit Mountainbike Tour we will be staying at the tea houses.


In the Annapurna region, there are the best traditional tea house settlements. These Tea houses are facilitated to accommodate overnights with the service of delicious continental and local food. Cold and hot showers in a clean bathroom are available at every stay for the bike riders along the well-defined trails. Therefore, we do not need to carry out any camping equipment or food.

What To Expect During Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour is an adventurous and challenging experience. The tour lets you explore the beauty of the Annapurna region. The route goes through diverse landscapes, terraced fields, charming villages, and high-elevation passes. Bikers will ride through the forests of rhododendrons, oaks, and alpine meadows. Similarly, the trail also requires ascending and descending on varied terrains.

Along the trail, bikers will pass by charming villages, sacred temples, ancient monasteries, tea houses, and lodges. Likewise, the scenery is breathtaking. Bikers can witness the magnificent Annapurna Massif, Dhaulagiri, Machhapuchhre, and many more. The route also goes through Annapurna Conservation Areas where bikers can witness diverse flora and fauna.

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour is also the best way to explore the region’s culture, tradition, history, and local customs. Moreover, you can also get a taste of the local cuisines and warm hospitality.

The bikers need to be ready to undertake the challenges both physically and mentally. The route will test the bikers’ endurance and stamina. For safety purposes, equipment and gear preparation is also crucial. There is also the risk of altitude sickness while en route.

Hence, proper precautions and acclimatization are important to reduce the risk of altitude sickness. The Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Trek is difficult but it is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Questions Asked By Mountainbiker

When is the best time to take the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

March to June and from September to November is the best time to take the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour. The trail is well-defined with low chances for rainfall. Similarly, the weather and temperature are favorable for mountain biking. The sky is also clear with the best visibility during these times.

How is the mountain biking trail in the Annapurna Circuit?

The mountain biking trail of the Annapurna Circuit is diverse and challenging. The trails are made of varied terrains which include dirt roads, rocky and gravel paths, and challenging descents. There are also steep and narrow sections that require technical and good bike control skills. Similarly, the trail will take the bikers through subtropical forests, terraced fields, highland pastries, and desert-like terrains.

How challenging is mountain biking in the Annapurna Circuit?

The high elevation and diverse terrains make mountain biking in the Annapurna Circuit quite challenging. It can be physically and mentally demanding. Some sections of the trail have steep and narrow sections which require technical skills. Likewise, the long duration of the ride also adds to the challenge. At high elevations, bikers can suffer from altitude sickness.

What are the age restrictions for the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

There are no age restrictions for the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour. However, it is a physically strenuous tour so bikers need to be physically fit. For minors (under age 18), they will need their parent’s agreement to join the tour. Also, consult with your trekking agency before embarking on the journey.

What equipment do I need for the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

The first requirement for the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike is a sturdy and good-quality mountain bike. Then you will need a fitting helmet, cycling shorts, moisture-wicking jersey, gloves, windproof/waterproof jackets, a backpack, cycling shoes, knee pads, and elbow pads. Similarly, you should carry spare parts like spare tubes, tire levers, and multi-tools. Also, you can carry GPS devices, water bottles, and other personal items.

Is there a bike rental service in Annapurna Circuit?

No, there are no bike rental services in most of the places in Annapurna Circuit. There are few bike rental services available in Muktinath. Most of the rental services are available in Pokhara. It is important to inspect the bike before renting one. Make sure you check the bike its brakes, tires, and gears.

Is there a guided mountain bike tour available at the Annapurna Circuit?

A guided mountain bike tour is available from either Kathmandu or Pokhara. There are no such tours available at the Annapurna Circuit. It is important to book a guided mountain bike tour or any other tour with a well-established and reputed travel agency. Himalayan Leader is a government-licensed travel agency. Contact us for any inquiries.

What kinds of accommodations are available during the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

There are a variety of accommodation facilities available in the Annapurna Circuit. There are tea houses, lodges, and homestays. These accommodations can range from basic ones to high-end and luxurious ones. Based on your budget and preferences, you can find accommodations to suit your needs. Our 17 Days Annapurna Circuit Mountainbike Tour package includes accommodations at tea houses. It is on a twin-room sharing basis.

What is the average duration of the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

The duration of the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour can differ based on various factors. These factors include the starting point of the tour, trail choice, physical fitness of the bikers, and the pace of the tour. On average the duration of the mountain bike tour takes about 15 to 20 days. Similarly, the itinerary of the tour can also shorten or lengthen the duration of the bike tour. Sometimes the weather and unforeseen situations can delay the tour duration.

What safety precautions should bikers follow during the Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour?

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Bike Tour is challenging, hence, bikers have to take proper safety precautions. In addition to the physical and mental preparation, bikers also need proper equipment. Similarly, bikers need sturdy and good-quality mountain bikes and protective gear. Good bike handling skills and control also aid in overcoming the technical sections of the Annapurna Circuit trail.

Note: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Route map

annapurna circuit

Day to day schedule to Nepal: 14d Annapurna Circuit Mountainbike

  • Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu (1350m / 4,430ft)

    On your arrival our representative will greet & warmly receive you and assist you to transfer to the hotel. After having some refreshment,we will meet in the office and briefly discuss the last-minute specifics of the trek and have a Nepali dinner. In evening time you can explore around Thamel area by ourself.

    Overnight in 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Included standard meal ( Welcome Dinner)

  • Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu valley

    After breakfast, we get acquainted with the bikes and start our adventure with sightseeing tour of three of the most famous sightseeing spots: first, we visit Soyambhunath, which is a beautiful Buddhist monastery perched at the top of a hill that offers a splendid viewpoint to see Kathmandu city. Next, we cycle to Pashupatinath Temple (the most important National Hindu temple) and will also visit and explore Boudha Natha (the world famous Buddhist monastery). These places are of interest because they were built up towards the 5th century, rich in their architecture and religious meanings. After all visiting those historical heritages of great influence, we leave the rest of the day at leisure. At your interest, you can wander around the streets and shop along full with hundreds of colorful shops.

    Overnight in 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Included standard meal (Breakfast)

  • Day 03: Drive to Besisahar (760m/ 2,493 ft) and ride to Bulbule (840m/ 2,755 ft)

    Drive Hours: 7-8 hours
    Drive Distance: 175 km/ 108.7 miles
    Ride Distance: 11 km/6.8 miles
    Ride Hours: 3 hours
    Ridability: 100%
    Maximum Altitude: 840 meter/ 2,755 ft
    About 30m descend and 80m ascend

    After having breakfast, we pack our bike and put it in the bus & headed towards Besisahar. Following the famous Annapurna Circuit trek route, our drive will go through the beauty of the countryside of Nepal. After 7-8 hours of drive we will reached to Besisahar. Then after we fix our mountain bike and start our ride to Bhulbhule. Riding through a maze of footpaths leads across a small pass and climbing uphill towards Bulbule. The entire experience has been filled with excitement of what lies ahead.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 04: Mountainbike to Tal (1700m, 5,577 ft)

    Ride Distance: 30 km/ 18.6 miles
    Ride Hours: 5-6 hours
    Ridability: 100%
    Maximum Altitude: 1700 m/ 5,577 ft
    About 210m descend, 860m ascend

    Crossing the long suspension bridge over Marshyangdi, the trail continues up the east bank of the river with good views of Manaslu (8156m/ 26,758 ft) to the north-east. Through the villages of Ngadi and Lampata, the trail leads to Lili Bir and continue high above the river eventually dropping to cross to the western side of the Marsyangdi at Syange (1,100m/ 3,608 ft) after which the trail becomes steep in parts, reaching the ancient village of Jagat(1,300 m/ 4,265 ft). From Jagat, the trail descends to the Marsyangdi following the riverbank before climbing up through forests to Chamje (1,430m/ 4,691 ft). The trail initially crosses the river to the east bank and climbs up to the large settlement of Tal (1,700m/ 5,577 ft), where there are many shops and lodges.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 05: Mountainbike to Chame ( 2,713m/ 8,900 ft)

    Ride Distance: 27 km/ 16.1 miles
    Ride Hours: 5-6 hours
    Ridability: 100%
    Maximum Altitude: 2,713 m/ 8,900 ft
    About 200m descend and 1000m ascend

    As you pass through a narrow field from the village, the Dudh Khola, which originates from the south face of Manaslu. The Marsyangdi River then veers to the left, and as Annapurna‘ll become visible ahead, you arrive at Bagarchhap(2,160 m/ 7,086 ft), a Bhote village with prayer flags fluttering in the breeze around Buddhist Monastery. Continuing climb through forests of pine and oak, the trail goes through flat leave until you reach Chame where there are government offices, shops and, hotels. Chame is the district headquarters for the Manang district.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 06: Mountainbike to Manang ( 3540m/ 11,614 ft)

    Ride Distance: 34 km/ 20 miles
    Ride Hours: 7 hours
    Ridability: 100%
    Maximum Altitude: 3540m/ 11,614 ft
    About 100m descend and 790m ascend

    Today we continue through the drier upper part of the Manang district, cut off from the full effect of the monsoon by the Anapurna Range. People of this region, herd yaks & raise crops for part of the year besides, they also continue to enjoy special trading rights gained way back in 1784.
    Leaving Pisang, we have alternate trails north and south of the Marsyangdi River which meets up again at Mungji. The southern route by Hongde, with its airstrip, at 3325m involves less climbing than the northern route via Ghyaru, though there are better views on the trail that follows the northern bank of the river. From Mungji, the trail continues past the picturesque but partially hidden village of Bryanga.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 07: Rest day in Manang and hiking around

    Today we spend a day acclimatizing in Manang. The whole day we spend by doing some fine day walks and overviewing the magnificent views around the village & the daytime is best to gain altitude. At the end of the day, we return back to our accommodation & have a night rest.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 08: Mountainbike to Yak Kharka (4,050m/ 13,287 ft)

    Ride Distance: 10 km/ 6.2 miles
    Ride Hours: 4 hours
    Ridability: 80%
    Maximum Altitude: 4,050m/ 13,287 ft
    About 50m descend and 550m ascend

    Today after breakfast, we continue our ride from Manang to Yak Kharka. We ride gently ascent up the mountain path on the right bank. Continuing our ride, we decent to cross river and we then climb up to Yak Kharka. On the way, you can see many majestic peaks and mountains of Annapurna Himalayan range in which we can have the view of the Annapurna II, III, IV, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Thorung peak, Chulu, Tilcho peak and many more.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 09: Mountainbike to Throng High camp (4,925m/16,158Ft)

    Ride Distance: 8 km/ 4.9 miles
    Ride Hours: 3 hours
    Ridability: 70%
    Maximum Altitude: 4,925m/ 16,158 ft
    About 800m Ascend

    Today, After a short ascent up the mountain path on the right bank, you follow a narrow trail across an unstable spree slope and then ascend to Throng High camp.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 10: Mountainbike to Muktinath (3,800m/ 12,467 ft ) via Throng pass (5,416m/ 17,769 ft)

    Ride Distance: 20 km/ 12.4 miles
    Ride Hours: 7/8 hours
    Ridability: 45%
    Maximum Altitude: 5,416m/ 14,845 ft
    About 500m ascend and 1600m descend

    Today we start early for our crossing of Throng-La (5416m/ 17,769 ft). The trail becomes steep immediately on leaving camp but as this trail has been used by local people for hundreds of years the path is well defined. The gradient then eases and after about 4 hours of steady climbing, you reach the Chorten and prayer flags of the pass. The views are dramatic to say the least, from the snow-covered mountains above, to the head of the Kali Gandki valley below and the brown and purple hills of Mustang which are spread out before you. The descent to Muktinath is a knee pounding 1600m but it’s rewarded with excellent views of Dhaulagiri. Eventually the moraines give way to grassy slopes before a pleasant bike along the Jhong Khola Valley to Muktinath.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 11: Mountainbike to Tatopani ( 1190m/ 3,904 ft)

    Ride Distance: 68 km/ 42.2 miles
    Ride Hours: 5 hours
    Ridability: 100%
    Maximum Altitude: 3,800m/ 12,467 ft
    About 2660m descend

    We will leave early in the morning after breakfast. We ride downhill from Kalopani to Tatopani via Dhana, Ruptse, Ghas. The trail follows the Kali Gandaki valley. The river cuts a channel between the peaks of Annapurna 1 and Dhaulagiri thus, qualifying the Kali Gandaki valley for the title of the world’s deepest gorge. We ride through Ghasa at 1630m/ 5347 ft and one stage takes a precious route through a very steep down at the end you can have a nice bath on natural hot spring where you can enjoy nature sounds of the wildness.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • Day 12: Mountainbike to Beni and drive to Pokhara (822m/ 2,696ft)

    Drive Distance: 85km/52.8 miles
    Ride Distance: 20 km/ 12.4 miles
    Ride Hours: 4 hours
    Drive Hours: 1:30 hours
    Ridability: 100%
    Maximum Altitude: 1190m/ 3,904 ft

    After having breakfast, we will ride along the river bed on a jeep track, downhill through Kali Gandaki river to Beni Bazzar. The trail rises and falls through small villages with scenic views. From Beni Bazzar we will drive back to Pokhara.

    Overnight stay in Guest House
    Included standard meal (Breakfast, Lunch)

  • Day 13: Drive to Kathmandu (1350m / 4,430ft)

    Drive Distance: 200 km/ 124.2 miles
    Drive Hours: 6 hours

    Today after breakfast, we will take a drive to Kathmandu. It will take 6 hour to reach Kathmandu with the sceneric view of country side seen from the bus window. After you reach in hotel in Kathmandu; take refreshment and you can free to explore the city and its surroundings at our own. You can visit local attractions, wander through the bustling streets, local cuisine, or simply relax and soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Kathmandu.
    Option: You can also take flight (which takes 35 minutes) from Pokhara.

    Overnight stay in 3*/ 4* Hotel in Kathmandu
    Included standard meal (Breakfast).

  • Day 14: Departure

    We will arrange for your transfer to the Tribhuwan International airport three hours before your scheduled departure time. Enjoy your flight back home, and may you cherish the memories from your trip for a lifetime.

    Included standard meal (Breakfast).

What is included?

  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Sightseeing of Kathmandu valley with mountainbike guide
  • Hotel with breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Mountainbike guide
  • Annapurna conservation fee and mountainbike permit
  • Accommodation in lodge, guesthouse and hotel
  • 3 meals a day apart from Kathmandu and pokhara (B, L, D)
  • Drive from Kathmandu to Beshisahar by public transport and drive back from Pokhara to Kathmandu by tourist bus

What is excluded?

  • Personal expenses and tips for staff
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • Monument entrance fees during sightseeing in Kathmandu and Pokhara
  • International flight ticket and airport tax
  • Personal insurance and helicopter rescue in case of emergency
  • Mountainbike rent, here we are ready to serve you our new branded bikes in different models as per your interest
  • Domestic flight Kathmandu to Pokhara
  • and other expenses not mention above

Best Seasons Listing

Best Season
March to June
September to November

Trip Customization

Nepal Trekking

Looking for a tailor-made travel experience? At Himalayan Leaders since 1993, we have a wealth of experience in organizing customized tours to meet your unique needs and preferences.

We believe that our programs are just the beginning of what’s possible! We’re here to work with you to make your dream trip a reality. Simply send us an email with your personal desires and we’ll be glad to help you plan the perfect itinerary.

Don’t wait any longer to embark on the adventure of a lifetime with Himalayan Leaders!

WhatsApp/Viber: +977‭9 851047789‬
Office: +977 1 5312359


Make an Inquiry

  • Fields marked with a * are mandatory
  • Accepted file types: jpg, jpeg, png, gif.