Nepal Mountain Biking – Annapurna Circuit


I’m Andy I am an English guy who lives in New Zealand. I will be heading to Nepal for a couple of months September onwards. I am a keen mountain biker and am looking to do some biking whilst in Nepal during October

One of the routes I will be doing is Annapurna. (from Besishar to Kagbeni/Jomsom) The dates for the Annapurna are fairly flexible however I am looking to find someone else to do the Upper Mustang (minimum 2 people for a permit) so this may dictate the dates for Annapurna, If time allows I may also look to ride to Tilicho Lake. Will take a minimum of 7 days but more likely 9-10 with add ons

Probably best you are not a beginner and can ride at an intermediate level, you don’t have to be an expert. Whist I don’t think a guide is necessary it maybe good to share a porter to make the riding more fun

See also my Upper Mustang trip



3 replies
  1. Hey Andy I’m heading to Nepal at the end of September and I’m not a mountain biker but I bike a heck of a lot and have done coasts to coasts so biking it could be an interesting option that I never considered before. Will you be taking your own bike or getting one whilst your there?

    • Hi. I was thinking of taking my own bike but decided it was too much hassle as will be in Nepal for 6 weeks and there are some good quality bikes now available to rent. You would probably be fine, the trails won’t be super technical and you just walk anything you can’t do. Once the track starts climbing to Manang and onto Throng la much of it will be carrying the bike and will need to be slow anyway due to the altitude. Though i reckon the downhill after Throng La will be worth the effort. Have a look here for an idea of what to expect I will probably try to sort something out when I am in Kathmandu mid September before I head to Everest

  2. Looks like I am now going towards the Annapurna. Here is my rough plans if anyone interested. Leaving Kathmandu between 2nd and 6th. Will probably hire a porter as not fun riding with a big pack (so could split the porter cost). Estimated 11 days but prob add a couple more in for rest days / easier days

    1 – Besi Sahar to Tal
    2 – Tal to Chame
    3 – Chame to Bhraga
    4 – Bhraga side trip and then to Khnasgar
    5 – Khansgar to Tilicho Base Camp (and lake if time)
    6 – Tilicho Base Camp to Letdar
    7 – Letdar to High Camp
    8 – High Camp to Throrung pass and down to Kagbeni (via Jhong)
    9 – Kagbeni back to Muktinath (hopefully via Jeep) down to Marpha via Lupra
    10 – Marpha to Tadopani
    11 – Tadopani to Besi Sahar and bus out

    or if time/energy head back up to Poon Hill and down to Phedi

    So get in touch