An iconic trekking route by bike
Length: 13 DAYS
& 12 Nights
Besi Sahar to Pokhara
High altitude & cold conditions
Up to 200km of off-road trails
Guided mountain biking tailored to your abilities.
Based in the Himalayas of Nepal, our Annapurna circuit mountain bike holiday commences where the trail starts to climb into the mountains and omits the warmer and longer days of the Foothills or the Full Yak.
Although 3 days shorter than the Full Yak Adventure, this is still a very tough adventure and riders will need to be very fit and experienced to take it on.
▼ BESI SAHAR, NEPAL ▼
▼ DAILY ITINERARY ▼
You will be met at the airport by one of the Mountain Biking Worldwide team members and transferred to a 3*+ hotel in the Thamel district of Kathmandu. There will be time to unwind and unpack etc. before an informal evening meal with the rest of the riders and crew.
Following a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, riders will be issued with their MTB-Worldwide merchandise; this will include a kit bag for transporting belongings during the tour and a MTB-Worldwide cycling jersey. There will then be time to check the bikes over with one of the MTB-Worldwide team on standby to assist with any mechanical issues. The afternoon will be free for a relaxed sightseeing ride around some of the sights that Kathmandu has to offer. An early evening group meal will leave ample time for packing belongings for an early start the following morning. Bike bags and all luggage not required during the tour can be left at the hotel.
Whilst the riders enjoy breakfast at the hotel, the luggage and bikes will be loaded onto the coach for the transfer to Besi Sahar. The journey will take around 6 hours, leaving time in the late afternoon / early evening to explore the town and stretch the legs on the trails heading up into the mountains.
Besi Sahar to Taal – 30km Ride – 1400m Ascent
We have split the race stage into 2 days as its a tough one, even for the top pro riders that take on The Yak Attack.
Leaving Besi Sahar we almost immediately hit the dirt and lots of small stream crossings. After approx 5km of fairly flat terrain the trail starts to climb up towards Taal, which is situated at 1700m above sea level on the banks of the Marshyangdi river.
Taal to Chame – 36km Ride – 1300m Ascent
Leaving Taal, the trail climbs up a steep and rocky jeep track, past a spectacular water fall and upwards to Timang. The final 9km offers a little respite from the continuous climbing as it undulates all the way to Chame, one of the areas larger villages, situated in a narrow valley at 2700m above sea level. From here onwards riders may start to feel the effects of the altitude and temperatures will be considerably lower than at Besi Sahar.
Chame to Manang – 30km Ride – 1250m Ascent
As we ascend in altitude, the riding distances get shorter but that doesn’t mean they get any easier. The trail ascends through pine forests before following an open valley up towards Manang. Depending on the weather, riders could encounter lots of mud and even their first snow during this section, then again, it could be lovely hard packed and fast flowing terrain. This is the Himalaya after all and conditions can change at the drop of a hat!
This will be a rest day in Manang, which is essential to allow the body to acclimatise to the high altitude and gives the riders a break from the bikes. There are plenty of interesting and scenic treks that can be undertaken from Manang, and there are also a number of excellent bakeries and coffee shops to while away the day in!!
Manang to Thorong Phedi – 17km Ride – 1240m Ascent
The shortest stage distance wise, at only 17km, but on average it takes riders longer than the 60km of Gorkha to Besi Sahar!! Altitude is the biggest obstacle today with riders finishing at 4450m above sea level. Snow and severe cold are also distinct possibilities during this stage, but the scenery is absolutely breath taking, with snow-capped mountains in every direction.
Thorong Phedi to Kagbeni – 25km Ride – 1040m Ascent
A very early start will be necessary as high winds can pick up later on in the day on the top of the pass. It’s time to put the bike on your back for a 5km hike a bike, starting in the dark, through snow and freezing temperatures to the highest point of the race, Thorong La, at 5416m. This could be the slowest 5km you have ever done, taking on average 3 to 6 hours, but the feeling of euphoria on reaching the top is more than worth all the effort. With lady luck on our side, the descent will be clear of snow from the very top and riders can take on what has to be one of the world’s greatest mountain bike downhills, from 5416m down to 2700m in 20km and back to the warmth of Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang.
Kagbeni to Tatopani – 58km Ride – 960m Ascent
The only reason to start early today is to have even more time at the hot springs at Tatopani; the day’s final destination. 58km of predominantly downhill takes riders back down to the sub-tropical heat and oxygen rich air of 1100m above sea level. The first 35km is a gentle drop down Kali Gandaki gorge; reputedly the deepest gorge in the world, but the final 23km into Tatopani is a jaw clattering, rough and rapid descent that will test both man and machine. Tatopani signifies the finish line for the Yak Attack race and here riders will be able to compare their overall riding times to those that have raced the course before them. The hot springs now await to soak away the aches and pains of 6 days on the trail.
Tatopani to Beni – 23km Ride – 400m Ascent
With the hard work done, it’s a relaxing 23km ride down to the end of the trail, where a coach will await to transfer both riders and bikes to Pokhara. The 3 hour transfer will see riders arrive at the relaxing lakeside resort which is host to an array of international standard hotels, restaurants and bars where riders and crew can celebrate safely completing “The Full Yak”.
(Option to carry on riding to Pokhara will be available, a total of 82km with a long climb and long final descent into Pokhara, extra estimated riding time 4 hours)
After breakfast we will start the drive back to Kathmandu along the sealed but scenic main highway. Transfer time is approximately 8 hours. Farewell evening dinner for all riders and crew.
See you again soon!
Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary.
▼ PACKAGE OPTIONS ▼
Annapurna Circuit Packageincludes...
- 3 nights in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu
- 1 night at a 3* hotel in Pokhara
- 8 nights in MTB-Worldwide selected teahouses
- Most meals
- 7 nights guided riding
- Coach transfer Kathmandu to Besi Sahar and Pokhara to Kathmandu
▼ ESSENTIALS ▼
The Mountain Bike Worldwide team wants your holiday to not only be the adventure of a lifetime, but also a relaxing and fun experience, so here's our Essential & Frequently Asked Questions!
Two (or more) Qualified & Experienced Guides
We understand that everybody is different. Some riders will want to push hard, others will want to take in the views and learn about the surrounding area and cultures. All of our guides are selected not only for their fitness but also for their local knowledge. The passion for mountain biking, fun loving nature and local connections, that all our guides have, ensure that your adventure will be an incredible journey.
Sport Specific Nutrition
We know how important it is to remain properly fuelled during an arduous day in the saddle and so have teamed up with TorqFitness to provide all our adventures with a selection of energy products.For an additional $210, you can collect your Torq nutritional pack, of gels, bars, energy powder and recovery powder on location, saving you excess baggage charges and customs scrutiny. You will then only need to carry provisions for use during the day whilst the remainder will be transported by the support vehicles or porters.
The nature of your holiday is to have an adventure, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it. For all of our adventures we use the best accommodation that is available in the area. All our hotels / guesthouses have been personally vetted, so whether it’s a 3* hotel in the city or a basic teahouse in the mountains you can rest assured you will be warm, comfortable and well fed.
Each group will have at least 2 riding guides, that way if any riders want to push on and “race” the stage, the remainder of the group will still have an accompanying guide. Each group (where terrain allows) will also be closely accompanied by a support vehicle, carrying water, food, bike spares etc, with space to transport any rider to the hotel should the going get too tough. All our guides are mechanically adept and will be able to fix most bike problems out on the trail. There will also be a separate vehicle and guide to transport all the luggage and to ensure your hotel / guesthouse is ready for your arrival after a hard days riding.
Your detailed adventure information pack will list the exact meal arrangements but in general, all breakfasts and evening meals are included in the price of your trip. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, even in the remotest of areas, and as all trips are guided by experienced riders you can be assured of loaded plates of high carbohydrate quality food to fuel you through the day.
All in country transport costs related to the adventure are included in the trip cost.
During the actual adventure most evenings will be spent dining as a group, but pre, and post adventure we arrange a social get-together so that everybody can get to know each other and the guides, and share their experiences.
The Finer Details
All our adventures follow the same itinerary / route as the races in our World Challenge Series ensuring that we have extensive, first hand and current knowledge of all the finer details relating to the area. The MTB-Worldwide team together with their in country partners, check out the trails, hotels, local transport on an annual basis so that all racers and adventurers alike can be assured of an ultra smooth passage during their time away.
The MTB-Worldwide team are proud of their branding and want to share their vision with the world. On arrival, all MTB-Worldwide Holiday guests will receive a MTB-Worldwide t-shirt and a branded kit bag. They are yours to keep as mementos of your epic adventure and as a thank you for travelling with us.
Adventure Information Pack
Being avid mountain bikers, travellers and adventure enthusiasts ourselves, we know how important it is to be able to visualise your trip before arrival. All MTB-Adventures Holiday guests will be sent a detailed PDF trip specific information pack. This extensive document will arm riders will all the details they need to plan and prepare for their adventure, and will include a day to day itinerary, maps, photos, information relating to the country and much more.
Our knowledgeable MTB-Worldwide team are always on hand via email or phone to answer any queries that you may have related to the adventure, during the booking process or after you have booked.
We will keep you informed with regular updates from the adventure, and closer to departure, with specific details of the guides, hotels, meeting times etc. If you "opt in" we will also give you contact details of other riders joining the adventure so that you can start exchanging information and getting to know other riders before arrival.
We aim to make all adventurers feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer single room supplements for any rider that prefers to have a room to themselves (prices vary on destination).
MTB-Worldwide Holidays take riders into some of the remotest and wildest areas on earth”. The MTB-Worldwide team takes rider and crew safety extremely seriously and only uses the most reputable and properly equipped ground logistics teams on location. All our logistic teams also provide the support for our races and have a track proven record for customer service and safety. By travelling with MTB-Worldwide you can rest assured that your safety and well being could not be in better hands.
Compare Your Times
Via GPS data you will be able to compare your stage times with those of corresponding races and the top adventure timings will be featured in a MTB-Worldwide timings leader board on the website. Incentives – If after taking on a MTB-Worldwide Holiday, you feel like taking on one of the world challenge series races, we will give you a 10% discount of any of the race entry fees.
All the MTB-Worldwide team have flown to far flung destinations with their bikes, an know that it is not the most relaxing of procedures, from checking it in at one end to the nervous wait for it to arrive unscathed at the other. To make your MTB-Worldwide holiday even more stress free we have a range of high quality mountain bikes (nothing we wouldn’t ride ourselves) available to rent. Please enquire for prices.
What's NOT Included;
- International flights to and from the adventure country
- Country entry visa fees
- Equipment hire / rental
- Transport to the adventure pickup location
- Lodging before and after the adventure
- Trip / medical insurance (which is compulsory and must include helicopter evacuation in the event of an emergency)
- Medical expenses
- Alcoholic and soft drinks consumed during the adventure
- Personal items purchased during the adventure
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