Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking - 18 Days

Annapurna Circuit Mountain Biking is biking from Besisahar to Beni. Sometimes, it includes activities, such as pushing and carrying a bike on shoulder. It also includes riding along off – the – beaten – trail that passes through the pine forest, valley, colorful villages, and green pasture and that changes into a narrow trail as it heads further.

During Annapurna Mountain Biking, you also see the marvelous snow – capped mountains, such as Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machapuchare. You will also find the altitude of these mountains, ranging from 6000 m to 8000 m. Also, you see the lowland and beautiful settlements. You also see the impressive and mighty hills, spectacular landscapes, historical monasteries, rocky cliffs, agricultural lands, and the longest maniwall of Nepal. You will also be biking through a dense forest. You will also ascend to a higher altitude, for example, Thorung Phedi, where you find the ride demanding. At the same time, you find it worth riding.

As you bike from Manang to Yak Kharka, your guide advises you to ride on your own pace, so that you can enjoy the beauty of Annapurna Region on a mountain biking in a way you want. When you reach Manang, you will find it remote and beautiful. Side by side, you see a beautiful view of mountains, such as Annapurna, Gangapurna, Pisang, and Lamjung. Above all, you find the view from the Thorong La Pass contrasting, for example, you can distinguish easily the dry land of Mustang and the snow-covered Annapurna and Dhaulagiri Ranges of Annapurna region. Later you reach Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage site both for the Hindus and the Buddhists. You also reach the region of tropical lowlands, you also reach Kagbeni, and you also reach a wide and flat river in the course of Annapurna Mountain Biking.

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1, 345 m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 2

Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (2, 175 m), via Bhaktapur. Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3

Ride Back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (1, 345m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 4

Drive from Kathmandu to Besi Sahar (760 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 5

Ride from Besi Sahar to Jagat (1, 360 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 6

Ride from Jagat to Tal (1,700 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 7

Ride from Tal to Chame (2, 620 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 8

Ride from Chame to Pisang (3, 230 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 9

Ride from Pisang to Manang (,3, 540m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 10

Rest Day in Manang. Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 11

Ride from Manang to Yak Kharka (4, 010 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 12

Ride from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4, 450 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 13

Ride from Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni (2, 2800 m) via Thorung-La Pass (5, 416 m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 14

Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani ( 1,190m). Stay Overnight in a Guesthouse.

Day 15

Ride from Tatopani to Beni ( 830m) and Drive to Pokhara (820 m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 16

Stay Overnight in a Hotel in Pokhara.

Day 17

Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1, 345 m). Stay Overnight in a Hotel.

Day 18

Final Departure from Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Trip Highlights

  • Nagarkot, a best hill station with a viewpoint
  • Lush Hills and Valleys
  • Up - close View of Snow - Capped Mountains: Annapurna, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Lamjung, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machapuchare.
  • Tatopani, a Natural Hot Spring
  • Thorung-La Pass (5416 m)
  • Green corn, barley, and potatoes fields,
  • Steep Rocky Trails
  • Dry and Brown Landscapes of the Manang Valley
  • Pokhara, the City of Lakes
  • Bike Trail along the Marshyangdi River
  • Humde, the highest commercial airport in the world
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays.

    Note:We will organise your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form, and a non–liability disclaimer. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2 Ride from Kathmandu to Nagarkot

    After the bike guide checks the bikes and equipment, you ride east towards the medieval town of Bhaktapur, which is an ancient city, and which is also the centre of Newari culture. Bhaktapur has many temples and squares, and from there, you head northeast to the beautiful Nagarkot hilltop, riding on an excellent and quiet tarmac road. Nagarkot is the best destination to acclimatize and to warm up before you head to Annapurna Circuit.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Nagarkot
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3Ride back from Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Shanku (1,345 m) You ride and descend through the ancient village of Shanku where you will have lunch and then ride back to Thamel, Kathmandu. You lose elevation on the downhill tracks, where at some points, you require technical skills. You will find yourself amidst massive stretches of farms. In fact, a considerable amount of rice and vegetables supplied to Kathmandu comes from Sankhu.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4Drive from Kathmandu to Besisahar (830 m) by Public Bus – 6 hrs

    In the morning, your trek guide will come at your hotel to take you to a new bus stop of Kathmandu, and from there, you and your guide go to Besisahar by bus. Besisahar offers a panoramic view of mountains.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Besisahar
    Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

  • Day 5 Ride from Besisahar to Jagat (1,360 m)

    The trail connects with rough jeep track and follows the course of the Marshyangdi River along the right side of the valley. You ascend, gaining 800 m elevation. The first day is the perfect prelude.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Jagat
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 6Ride from Jagat to Tal (1,700 m)

    After some 7 km, the jeep track runs out and your activity includes mainly pushing and carrying the bike up the steep rocky trails with a final 1 km descent into the flat valley. You are welcomed by marvelous sites and by the remoteness of the region.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Tal
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 7Ride from Tal to Chame (2,620 m) Leaving Tal, you will see a mani wall (a stone wall inlaid with Buddhist prayer slates) in the middle of the biking trail. This wall should always be passed clockwise. After going through green corn, barley, and potatoes fields, you reach a narrow valley. From Tal to Danaque, you push and carry your bike. From here, the route is rideable and offers the up-close view of snow-capped peaks. After a hard day’s ride, you reach Chame, and you can relax in a hot spring on the other side of the Marshyangdi River.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Chame
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 8Ride from Chame to Pisang (3,230 m)

    Ascend through pine forests as the trail leads you to a fertile agricultural valley. Rice fields and cow pastures mark a hospitable stretch of terrain. The dirt trail leads you to villages and settlements.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Pisang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 9Ride from Pisang to Manang (3540 m)

    The route passes through a dense forest, a steep, narrow valley and crosses the river via two bridges, one at 2,910 m and the other at 3,030 m. The trail continues along the river to Pisang, where you might experience Altitude Mountain Sickness. From Pisang, you follow the route that heads off to a wide valley. You will pass through Humde (the highest commercial airport in the world), as well as, Braga, which has a monastery rooted to the Tibetan religion.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Manang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 10Acclimatization in Manang

    It is necessary to acclimatize today. Ascending too rapidly could have fatal consequences. There are many short excursions possible from Manang.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Manang
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 11 Ride from Manang to Yak Kharka ( 4,010 m)

    Today, you leave Manang, and later you ride through a narrow, medieval-looking streets and then climb steadily up to Khusang. Although the trail is more rideable above Khusang (3,900 m), the pedaling becomes a very hard work. It is advisable to go slowly if you want to enjoy the scenery and culture of this region.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Yak Kharka
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 12 Ride from Yak Kharka to Thorong Phedi (4,450 m)

    You continue to ascend to higher altitude, and thus make your ride more strenuous as you reach Thorong Phedi. It is important to remain physically and mentally prepared for the highest climb of the following day. Take it easy and enjoy the scenery as you forsake distance for altitude. The scenery of the mighty hills surrounding you is sure to impress.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Throng Phedi
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 13Ride from Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni (22km, 2,800 m) via Thorung-La Pass (5416 m) At 4 a.m., you start riding and then you cross Thorong-La Pass. The trail passes the windy region, and when the trail reaches the pass, it becomes difficult to cross. It will take approximately 4 hours to reach the top (approx 3 km), and you will have to carry your bike. You can feel the affects of an altitude. From the top, the trail descends rapidly on a very steep slope (technical riding) for approximately 45 minutes to Muktinath (3,800 m) and to the valley floor, where you will be greeted by the medieval village of Kagbeni, the last stopping point before entering Mustang.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kagbeni
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 14 Ride from Kagbeni to Tatopani (1,190 m)

    Today, you descend from snow-capped peaks to tropical lowlands. Leaving Kagbeni, you follow the trail, that moves along a wide and flat river, and that leads you to the cobbled streets of Jomsom, which has the bustling market and an airport. The trail then becomes rough, rocky, and motor able and descends through Marpha and Khopang.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Tatopani
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

  • Day 15Ride from Tatopani to Beni (830 m) and Drive to Pokhara (820 m)

    As you descend, you find the temperature rising and the trail becoming less rocky. The trail is 15 km long, undulating, and this trail follows the course of the river and passes through paddy fields, lined with banana plants. At Khaniya Ghat, you will rejoin the paved road, where a bus is waiting to take you to Pokhara.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

  • Day 16Leisure Day in Pokhara

    Today is your leisure day in Pokhara. You can do sightseeing in Pokhara, walk around lakeside, do street shopping, do trekkers massage or simply go for a drink and relax.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Pokhara
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 17Drive from Pokhara to Kathmandu by Tourist Bus – 7 hrs and Farewell Dinner

    Drive to Kathmandu and then walk on the streets of Thamal or stroll in Basantapur area, and if you are interested in a Jungle Safari, River Rafting, Paragliding, and Shopping, then you can start through Ace Holidays. At the evening you will have farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural dance program.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast and Farewell Dinner

  • Day 18Transfer to Trubhuwan International Airport for Final Departure

    Today is the departure day; therefore, you will be picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • IMPORTANT NOTE

    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be substantially changed. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking this into consideration, as well as the best interests of the whole group, including a change, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara on bed and breakfast, and during biking, accommodation includes guest houses. The guesthouses generally provide basic facilities, clean facilities, a mattress, a quilt or a blanket. You should bring your own sleeping bag, but you can rent one from Ace Holidays.

You can purchase the meals from the guesthouses easily. Most guesthouses cook a delicious range of foods, such as pasta, tuna bakes, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables, and desserts. You’ll find a lot of garlic on the menu, as it helps you to acclimatize against thin air. In many larger villages, you may find meat on the menu. You can always get hot chocolate, tea, hot lemon drinks, soft drinks, and sweets. During the trek, you have to take meals in the same guesthouse, where you have checked – in. This is the rule of the local guesthouse management committee of the Everest Region.

A Typical Day on the Biking

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you bike. At the right moment, you pack your bags and then head off to the dining hall. After approximately 2-3 hours of biking, you will have your lunch somewhere on the trail. After a good lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more on the trail before reaching your stopping place. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and admire the fascinating mountains views. You also take plenty of pictures, which are backed up by the incredible panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Once you arrive at the guesthouse, you take a brief rest, shower, and have a light snack, a tea or coffee. If you are inclined to natural beauty then you may take a short walk through the village and surrounding neighborhoods. After checking into your rooms, you have time to read or chat with fellow bikers or with your crew members. Enjoying a warm dinner in a cozy dining hall, your bike leader briefs you on the next day's itinerary. You also give breakfast order which allows you to have everything ready for the next morning. Extra time can be spent on reading and playing cards. Ace Holidays' bike guide loves to teach various Nepali card games to you. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 bike guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 bikers.

Acclimatization

All Ace Holidays' itineraries are planned with a high degree of awareness of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness). Going up at higher altitudes too fast can lead you to AMS. The higher the altitude, the less the oxygen. For example, at an altitude of 5000 m, there is 50% less oxygen. Therefore, your body needs to adapt to an environment, which has less oxygen. So, for a safe biking, it is essential for you to acclimatize. Sensible planning is, therefore, required to minimize the risk of AMS. Ace Holidays advises all its bikers, who have heart, lungs or blood pressure problems to consult with their doctors before they begin to bike. Mild headaches, fever, loss of appetite or stomach disorders are the symptoms of AMS. Check out our “High Altitude Sickness Page (link)”. Ace Holidays' itineraries have been designed to prevent AMS as much as possible. But it is important to remember that some bikers are more vulnerable to AMS than the other bikers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful bike leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The bike leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training: -Intensive Wilderness First Aid -Bike Guide Training -Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet -English Language -Conservation and Biodiversity Best Seasons From March to November.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your bike leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails travelling in remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.

Donation

Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trip. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas. In a supported biking trip, heavy items are carried by porters and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trip. Ace Holidays will supply complimentary water-proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip and is carried by a porter. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays. You can leave your bag with your non-trek items at the hotel in Kathmandu and collect them later after the trek.

Riding Kits

  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers>
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Head torch
 
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
   

Feet

 
  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.
 
Please Note: In these types of rides, you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle, and you do not need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light and usually hardtails (only front suspension). The terrain can be rough, but not extreme. The trip required more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region you are biking. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free. Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it. The luggage have a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom. If you’re bringing your own bike, you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain, and you should also bring the following things.
  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid
  • Tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal

Ace Holidays states the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. This trip can also be customized, according to requirements.

Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal

  • Start Date
  • End Date
  • Adult PP
  • Status
  • November 5, 2017
  • Nov 22, 2017
  • USD 2,500
  • limited
  • November 15, 2017
  • Dec 2, 2017
  • USD 2,500
  • limited

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Guaranteed:

This date is available and open for bookings. This trip is guaranteed to depart. Go for it!

Limited:

There are a very limited number of available places on this departure. Immediate booking is recommended.

Closed:

This date is currently unavailable. Please contact Ace Holidays if you are interested in travelling on this date.

Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair and spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private trip for them, as well. Please choose the departure date.

Private Journey

Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

You can also use this biking as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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Price Includes
  • Airport pick up service/ Airport drop off service/Hotel pick up service/ hotel drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
  • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a 2 or 3-star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (breakfast included.)
  • Accommodation in different guesthouses during the biking trip
  • Tourist Bus Transportation from Kathmandu to Besisahar and from Pokhara to Kathmandu
  • Ace Holidays' licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size
  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike)
  • Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits. Ace Holidays supply complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip and is carried by Porter, Yak or Donkey. The duffel bag is yours to keep after the trip
  • Porter to carry your luggage (Ace Holidays assigns 1 porter for 2 bikers).
  • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter, and driver.
  • Tims Permit
  • Free Ace Holidays'sun hat, duffle bag and t-shirt (yours to keep).
  • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.
 
Price Does Not Include
  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
  • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
  • International airfare and airport departure tax.
  • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
  • Tips for bike guides and porters (Tipping is expected).
  • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

Trip Highlights

  • Nagarkot, a best hill station with a viewpoint
  • Lush Hills and Valleys
  • Up - close View of Snow - Capped Mountains: Annapurna, Gangapurna, Pisang Peak, Lamjung, Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Machapuchare.
  • Tatopani, a Natural Hot Spring
  • Thorung-La Pass (5416 m)
  • Green corn, barley, and potatoes fields,
  • Steep Rocky Trails
  • Dry and Brown Landscapes of the Manang Valley
  • Pokhara, the City of Lakes
  • Bike Trail along the Marshyangdi River
  • Humde, the highest commercial airport in the world

How fit do I need to be for this biking trip? Is this trip for me?

Long cycling days and tougher terrain (for both on- and off-road trips) require a certain degree of experience of more demanding and technical riding for the Upper Mustang Biking Trip. Vehicle support may be limited. You should be very confident of your physical condition and bike-handling skills

Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

Yes, Ace Holidays' airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace Holidays's sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays.

What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu, Pokhara and along the biking route?

Ace Holidays provides twin sharing accommodation in a 2 or 3 Star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast . Along the biking route, it provides accommodation at the teahouses/lodges. These teahouses and lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. They also provide single and double rooms, or occasionally a dormitory. Dining will be around a bon fire when possible. In tea houses, food will be prepared in the kitchen where you should not enter without permission. The toilets in tea houses provide essential and basic facilities.

What sort of food can I expect in biking?

Most teahouses cook a delicious range of foods, such as Pasta, tuna bakes, noodles, potatoes, eggs, dhal bhat, bread, soups, fresh vegetables (variety depends on the season) and even some desserts like apple pies, pancakes, and custard. You will find a lot of garlic on the menu because it assists to acclimatize altitude mountain sickness – eat garlic every day. During the camping, Ace Holidays' cooks prepare specially requested food. In any case, you will have similar fare to teahouses. You can eat as much as you like. If you have any special dietary requirements please tell Ace Holidays in advance so that Ace Holidays can make necessary arrangements.

What mode of transportation do you use?

Ace Holidays uses from vehicle to domestic arilines and yaks. Depending on the nature of the travel, the transportation to and from the destination varies from domestic flights to vehicular transportation. You have the option of flying to Pokhara from where you fly to Jomsom, a starting point of your biking. Ace Holidays also provide you only those options, which enhance your local experience while allowing you to bike comfortably and efficiently. Ace Holidays uses private tourist vehicles for sightseeing, city tours and pickups. Depending on the group size, Ace Holidays uses cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD SUVs, more maneuverable in travelling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless you are travelling in cooler areas. While in the mountain, Ace Holidays uses vehicular transportation whereas possible. Ace Holidays also uses porters, Yaks and Donkeys to carry the equipment and meals during the camping trip. Ace Holidays also has its own own fleet.

What is the best season for this trip?

The best time for the biking is from March to November. It is not very advisable to bike during the winter season (December, January and February)

What type of bike is required for this trip and what brands are available for hire?

Either hard tail or full suspension mountain bikes will do fine. In some parts of the routes and downhill shortcuts, Ace Holidays strongly recommends full suspension bikes to you. (Your guide will let you know if there are any shortcuts, you can take.) All the brands Ace Holidays provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hardtail best suited for the trips. Ace Holidays provides full suspension bikes (preferred by clients) at an additional charge.

Trek: 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-series Cube

Comp, LTD, CMPT, Reaction Giant

ATX, Tralon

Capic and V-Ket

Are hired bikes guaranteed for the trip?

Bikes are hired at the time of booking, and included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height, and since there is a limited number of each size, Ace Holidays strongly suggests you to provide information in advance. In case of any damage incurred to the bike equipment, the client is liable to pay and replace.

What equipment and tools are included with the bike hire?

Ace Holidays provides a helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle and a repair kit and a rental bike.

What additional equipment is available upon request for an additional cost?

Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5, respectively, per day per person.

Can I bring my own bike and accessories?

Yes. You definitely can. It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but may not always be compatible with your bike. Most airlines are quite used to people travelling with bikes, and if a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. On arrival at your destination you will be met by your leader, and you will just need a baggage trolley to take your bike as far as the transfer vehicle. Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it yourself (here's a guide or if you're not sure, you could have a local bike shop pack it for you. Ace Holidays ensures your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.

What is the procedure of checking in with a bike and what luggage weight allowance do I have?

Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kgs. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage, wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace Holidays will not be liable for any excess baggage charges. In practice excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit. Few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond the control of Ace Holidays and to be paid by the client. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and or bike being misplaced or damaged by the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or to your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport when your baggage arrived.

Are there any bike maintenance and repairs while on the trip?

The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. Ace Holidays recommends you to carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Ace Holidays' guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience in bike repairing.

What cycling gear do I need?

Safety and comfort are what you are looking for. Here is a quick list of what you will need for the trip

Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)

Touring shoes Cycling gloves Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)

Socks - wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)

Leg warmers or tights for riding Short-sleeved shirts (2)

Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection

Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants

Waterproof shoe covers

It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

Can I bring my own saddle and pedals?

Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform Ace Holidays in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.

Do you need to be experienced cyclists for longer tours?

No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.

Can I charge my digital camera or other equipment on my trip?

These facilities will be available in most of the places in your hotel/lodge reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring travel adapters! There will be very limited charging facilities during your camping so please bring the enough spare batteries.

Are there any communication facilities during the trip?

There are telephones in some villages along the biking route from where you can make international calls. Internet and international calls are readily available in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Can I use credit cards in the places I visit in bikking?

In the cities, yes - to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash.

How much additional money do I need per day?

It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you can allocate USD 20 for a lunch and a dinner. USD 7 to 10 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during the biking.

Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

This is a difficult thing to gauge. Ave Holidays has seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction.

Is the water fine to drink? Do I need to bring purifying tablets/filter?

Bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you. During the camping, Ace Holidays serves boiled water to drink.

Are Ace Holidays' stafs insured?

Ace Holidays insures its guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters.

What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately Flight tickets Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

Can I add extra days to my trip?

A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Yes, you can add at an additional cost.

I would you like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

What immunizations will I need?

Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

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