Cycling in Nepal is a relatively new initiative specifically designed to cater to the needs of the thrill seekers and those with the thirst for adventure. The winding roads combined with the rough and off the beaten tracks make Nepal a prime hub for cycling enthusiasts. From the dusty trails of Mustang to the slippery tracks of Shivapuri, from the high altitude trails of Annapurna to the flatlands of Terai, you name it and Nepal possesses it. Another factor that makes the cycling tours in Nepal different from anything else out there is the opportunity to blend in the local culture and traditions. Even better would be to take the cycling tours of Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, and Kathmandu Valley to find the true meaning of adventure and romance rather than merely reading the words of others.
Famous Annapurna Trek and Cycling
One of the most in demand and the world famous trek is the Annapurna Trek. Now combine the added adventure of a bicycle and you’re left with an exotic experience that exceeds your expectations. A vibrant display of rhododendron and juniper filled trails, the ability to witness rare creatures and a cinematic display of snowy giants like Annapurna (8019m) and Machhapuchhre (6997m) keeps this trek heads and shoulders above other treks out there. The cycling journey sees an increase in altitude from 2670m to maximum of 5416m and it involves going through dusty, slippery, and sometimes snowy trails. The cycling tour is very demanding and requires utmost attention. In some places on the trail, you might have to carry your cycle and walk the remainder of the trail where cycling is not possible. The cycling tour adds a bit of religion in it as it goes through the Holy temple of Muktinath. Take a breather and visit the holy temple and bath in its many taps. A melodrama where you will be faced with major ups and downs, a constant battle between agony and pleasure, and to scream with joy after conquering the trail gives it a dramatic appeal.
Annapurna Cycling Tour
Arrive at Kathmandu and after you get all your necessary stuff packed, drive to Besisahar. The tumultuous journey portrays the typical condition of a Nepali highway and the Trishuli River will accompany you on your journey. Check your bicycle and then ride towards Bulbule. The ride gains a bit of altitude so be careful that you don’t strain yourself too much. Spend some time in Bulbule and head to Tal, and ultimately to Chame. The ride to Chame is thrilling with stunning views of Dhaulagiri (8167m) with the crossing of dangerous cliffs and fights with the strong winds. Navigate your way through the dense forests and cycle through the steepest parts of the Marsayangdi valley to reach Dhikur Pokhari. The route to Manang might surprise you with its occasional snow, and take some time to visit the local monasteries there. At Manang, visit the Gangapurna Lake and the Boozo Gumba. Chase the Hiunchuli Peak (6441m) and after having a brief lunch at the Ghunsang village, we drag our tired bodies and rejuvenated souls to Ledar. Our fight with altitude gets bitter on the road to High Camp and the snow and rugged rocks might slow us, but they won’t break our spirits. From High Camp, we venture on to Muktinath, by crossing the Thorung La Pass (5416m). The pass provides us with astounding views of mountains by the name of Mt. Syagang (6026m), and Thorung peak (6144m). Pray at Muktinath and then pedal your way through the winds and tracks to arrive at Marpha. Take a breather and relax in the hot springs of Tatopani and feel energized. Head towards Beni and then feel the journey coming to an end as you enjoy a much-needed drive to Pokhara. Finally, drive to Kathmandu where your trip shall ultimately come to an end.
Key information for Annapurna Cycling Tour
As we have to do continuous cycling for a prolonged time period, it is important that you have a good level of cardio, and your legs must be strong as well. Your endurance should also be high and keeping your stamina level on the check is also helpful. You should have the ability to cycle through any type of terrain like rocky, sandy, and sub-tropical. It is also advised for the travelers to take practice sessions of cycling, stamina, and strength prior to undertaking the trip.
The common costs included in this trip are accommodation costs, permit fees, visa application, cycling charges, and guide fees. Other costs such as circumstantial costs, insurance costs, costs of personal nature, and donation expenses are not included. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or via the ‘Contact Me’ form available on our website at https://www.myeveresttrip.com/ for information and queries regarding the trip.
A rare occasion where you can get to comprehend the incomprehensible beauty of the rain shadow area of the Mustang and Manang in its untainted form is what the Annapurna Cycling Tour is all about. Hints of spiritual divinity specks ravishing culture, and a whole lot of Himalayas! Head to the Annapurna and after the completion of this tour, you’ll learn to respect nature and will have created a memory that you’ll cherish forever.