Annapurna Circuit hiking and biking holiday

“Add extra adrenaline to trekking the Annapurna Circuit by mountain biking a section of it – a unique adventure, with bikes supplied and full porterage.”

Highlights

Bikes supplied and delivered to trail start | porters to carry bags | Kathmandu | jeep to Jagat | trek from Dharapani to Thorung Phedi | acclimatisation time built in | trek across the Thorung La pass to Muktinath | three days of mountain biking from Muktinath to Pokhara

Description of Annapurna Circuit hiking and biking holiday

This Annapurna circuit hiking and biking holiday explores this classic trekking route on foot but also by mountain bike. Hike anti clockwise, eventually crossing the lofty Thorung La pass, before jumping on your bike and riding back down into the foothills – a unique experience, recommended in the Sunday Times Travel Magazine’s Hot List. Trek to the highest point on the trail, at over 5,000m, admire astonishing views of the Annapurna range, and mountain bike for three days downhill through beautiful scenery, taking on the slopes of the seventh and tenth highest mountains in the world.

This 15 day adventure begins in Kathmandu, before travelling by jeep to the start of the trek at Jagat. From here, trek through amazing mountain scenery, passing through the lush foothills and deep river valleys right up to the mountains peaks and windswept Thorung La pass, at 5,416m. From here, cross to the western side of the mountains where good trails mean it’s time to grab our bikes and enjoy three days cycling, mostly downhill. You’ll ride on a mix of terrain, from single tracks to dirt trails and wide jeep tracks, and while these routes are suitable for intermediate bikers, there’s plenty to challenge experienced riders, too, and get the adrenaline flowing!

Bikes are supplied and will be ready at the head of the trail, once you’ve hiked down from the Thorung La pass – no need to carry them on the trekking section of this holiday. Porters will be accompanying us to carry larger bags between the guesthouses, so you can travel light with just a day pack.

We rate this adventure as demanding. You will be spending time at altitude, and travelling to quite remote parts of Nepal that do not have developed infrastructure. There are some technical descents on the mountain biking section of this holiday, so it’s only suited to confident riders. Everyone who joins this tour gets a complimentary place on a mountain bike skills course.

This is a group tour with set departures and no minimum group numbers. Please check the departure dates. We can also run this as a privately guided trip if there are four or more people.

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24 Mar 2018
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21 Apr 2018
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28 Apr 2018
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30 Mar 2019
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Responsible tourism: Annapurna Circuit hiking and biking holiday

Environment

Leave Nothing But Footprints…
We stand by the adage of “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos” and encourage clients to do the same. This trek travels through remote, fragile eco-systems and their preservation is of the utmost importance.

Take in What You Take Out
We always dispose of our rubbish in an eco-friendly manner and ‘take out, what we put in’. We encourage our clients to take batteries back to the UK to dispose of properly.

Bottled Water
Bottled water has an immensely negative impact on the areas we visit, as they are not recyclable. We recommend purchasing water-purifying tablets or a water filter to treat your drinking water whilst in Nepal and to bring a reusable water bottle. Many of the places we stay also offer boiled/treated/filtered water - perfect for refilling your bottle!

Bio-friendly & Biodegradable Detergents, Soaps & Shampoos
Our guides only use detergents that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. This practice is also recommended to our clients whilst on holiday and before their trip departs. We recognise that it is difficult to find some of these products whilst in the countries we visit, which is why we communicate to our clients before departure the importance of minimizing our environmental impact.

K.E.E.P. (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) – Nepal
We support K.E.E.P.

K.E.E.P. is a not-for profit, non-governmental organization based in Kathmandu, Nepal. The mission of K.E.E.P. is to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal and its people by maximizing the benefits and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism.

Their objectives are to:
- Promote sustainable tourism and provide environmental and cultural education to travelers and the tourism industry through free, impartial information and training programs
- Enable sustainable development through outreach projects, training and resources in order to seek a more equitable distribution of the economic benefits of tourism for the people of Nepal
- Conduct research and development activities on environmental and associated social issues

We keep our clients informed and encourage a visit to their Visitor’s Centre in Kathmandu whilst on tour. The Visitor’s Centre provides unbiased and invaluable local knowledge of the areas we visit and is an excellent resource for information and insight into the environmental and ecological issues in Nepal.

At Work in the UK
- We only use energy efficient light bulbs in our offices
- All paper, cardboard, plastics, and tins are recycled
- Our employees are encouraged to only print what is absolutely necessary and reduce/reuse materials whenever possible
- We do not have any printed brochures and aim to keep printing of paper materials to a minimum. We encourage our clients to do the same.
- Our office printer has a 3* energy rating and is energy efficient
- Our staff walk or cycle to work
- Paper is sourced from sustainable forests and is 100% recycled
- Ink used in all of our materials are eco-friendly, vegetable based inks.

Community

Our Foundation
After seeing first hand the poor treatment and conditions porters often work in, we decided to create our own foundation dedicated to providing proper clothing and equipment for porters, their families and the remote mountain communities we visit. On all of our Nepal trips, clients are encouraged to donate/bring useful goods and equipment with them on their holidays. We ensure that all goods are distributed fairly.

Our not-for-profit foundation also supports a local school and community in Beluwa, a remote village in the Ghurka region and is the hometown of one of our local guides. We have supplied the school with much needed materials like pencils and writing books and the students with warm jumpers.

Our current project is to raise the funds needed for a water pump to be installed in the village. At the moment villagers must walk for over 2 hours each way to collect water.

Local Guides and Suppliers
- We employ local suppliers and guides.
- We only use reputable suppliers that adhere to the same high standards as ourselves.
- We use suppliers that train and educate younger employees to international standards, gaining international certifications thus raising the standards of the respective industries.

Accommodation
We stay in small family run guesthouses and at home-stays (the homes of local families), thus ensuring that money is driven back into local communities. At all other times we aim to stay in independently owned hotels.

Small Group Sizes
Small group sizes equals more interaction with locals, less intrusion, and potential for more adventure, as well as allowing for the spontaneous and magical moments that occur while traveling, all while making less of an impact on the places we visit. We keep group sizes to a maximum of 12 people.

Food, Drink and Local Products
- On this tour some but not all food is included with your holiday. When the opportunity arises, we encourage you to explore local options whilst eating, and to eat in independent and family run establishments. Not only does this assist in spreading out income for a variety of different families/businesses it encourages our clients to experience new/local cuisine and provides a genuine experience
- In circumstances where we do provide food, produce is locally sourced and we employ local cooks and cook assistants
- We encourage our guests to buy local, shop at local markets and purchase souvenirs/handicrafts and authentic goods that are produced within the region we are exploring.

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