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