Are departures guaranteed?
Yes, all departures are guaranteed! Please wait to make travel arrangements until you have received confirmation from OneSeed Expeditions.
What is the mountain biking like? What kind of experience do I need?
This trip requires an average level of biking experience. It is not for all biking abilities, but you do not need to be an expert. You should be able to ride on, and be comfortable with, uneven dirt trails, rocky terrain, as well as paved and broken pavement conditions. The riding will be through villages, along dirt and paved roads, and on some dirt and rocky trails. There will be no extreme riding required. There is also a support vehicle that will be accessible if anyone feels uncomfortable, can no longer ride, or needs assistance.
What is the best way to get to the trip start location?
Fly into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal. A tour representative will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
What are the accommodations like?
While in Kathmandu and Pokhara, you'll be staying in 3-star rated hotels. On the trek, you'll be staying at local teahouses along the trail, which offer basic accommodations. All accommodations are based on double occupancy. You can read more about teahouse-style lodging here.
Can solo travelers get their own room? Is there a single supplement fee?
Due to covid-19, OneSeed will no longer be matching solo travelers to share accommodations. As a result, the single supplement fee of $150 is now required for all solo travelers.
How large is each travel group?
Group size is capped at 10 persons.
What is the minimum age to participate?
Individuals as young as 16 years may attend as long as they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Otherwise, the minimum age is 18 years old to travel alone.
Are meals included? What is the food like?
Breakfast is provided on days 2 - 11, lunch is provided on days 2 - 8 and day 10, and dinners are included on days 2, 4-7, and day 10. Plated meals will be provided on the trail. Both traditional Nepali and western fare will usually be available. Vegetarian options will always be available, as will coffee, tea, and water. Other food options and snacks can be purchased as well. OneSeed Expeditions can accommodate most dietary restrictions if you notify them of your needs in advance.
How much extra money should people budget?
Plan to budget around $300 - $400 for personal shopping, snacks and beverages, laundry, and tips. Tips are optional but much appreciated. Average tip amounts are:
Head Guide: $6-8/day
Assistant Guide: $2-5/day
What is the weather like?
Peak season to travel to the Annapurna region falls between September and November and then again between February and April. The weather on the trail will vary at different altitudes, but in the town of Ghorepani, which is located at 9,393 feet; June is the hottest month of the year with averages as high as 68°F. Winter months like January can get as cold as 25°F.
The monsoon season falls during the summer months of June, July, and August, when rainfall can be as high as 5.5 inches per month. The rest of the year is relatively dry with only 1 inch of rain.
What kind of bikes are used on the tour?
Rental of Giant Anthem, Giant Trance, Giant XTC or ATX Models is provided during the tour. Please note that clients are responsible for all damages to the bike (up to $2300 for full replacement) due to any non-mechanical reasons.
What should people bring? Do you have a packing list?
You are responsible only for personal clothing and gear listed below. OneSeed will take care of everything else. A gear check will be completed before you depart for the trail. This list does not include additional clothing/items you may want for travel or for your time off the trail. Any luggage not needed on the trail can be left in storage during your expedition.
Packing System: This expedition includes bag transport. You are only responsible for carrying a daypack. We recommend packing your items in a large backpack or a durable duffle bag. The carried bag weight limit is 22lbs/10kg.
Documents and Logistics
- International flights booked and confirmed to Kathmandu
- Flight information submitted
- Passport valid through end of trip
- Photocopy of passport
- Four (4) passport-sized photos for arrival visa and trekking permits
- US Currency for 15 or 30-day Nepali Tourist Visa (available upon arrival for US citizens)
- Medical insurance card
- Cash for tipping guides, buying souvenirs, incidental costs, etc.
- Change of clothes for Kathmandu - to be kept in storage during expedition
- Medium/Heavyweight down jacket
- Fleece jacket or vest (1)
- Rain Jacket
- Synthetic long underwear (top and bottom)
- Synthetic Biking T-shirt
- Wool or synthetic hat
- Waterproof shoes to be used for biking
- Nylon-wool blend socks (2-3)
- Sandals/Crocs/Old sneakers (for walking around the lodges/restrooms in the evening)
- Day pack
- Water bottle
- Quick-dry towel
- Personal toiletries and medicine
- Sleeping bag w/ 15-20ºF rating (also available to rent for $42, must be confirmed at least one week prior to departure date)
- Toilet paper in ziplock bag
- Ditty Bag and extra ziplock baggies for toilet paper waste on the trail
- Hand sanitizer
- Padded biking shorts
- Biking gloves
- Knee and elbow pads
- Reading material for the trail
- OTC medications (Advil, Imodium, Pepto-bismol etc.)
- Hotel reservations for extended time in Nepal (if applicable)
- Trekking poles
- Bandana (for dust and wind)
- Energy bars
- Yaktrax (especially useful for late fall and early spring trips)
- Outlet adapter (available to purchase in Kathmandu)
- Zip-lock bags for waterproofing passport and other valuables
Should I purchase travel insurance? If so, do you have a recommended provider?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance for all trips. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement if you are forced to cancel your trip for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to cover medical help, emergency transport, and/or theft or accidental damage while traveling. For travel insurance, we recommend World Nomads as a provider.
Are there special requirements for entry into the destination I am visiting?
We recommend you visit the local government websites where you plan to travel and review the required documentation for entry, current restrictions, and general recommendations for travel within the area. We encourage you to also visit your home country's embassy website if you are traveling to a foreign country. Requirements can change rapidly. Please be sure you stay abreast of the requirements and restrictions for anywhere you plan to visit. You can also enroll in the U.S. government’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) and you will be sent updates if the situation in your destination changes. You can find the program link at https://step.state.gov/.
Can I cancel the trip?
Book confidently with Free Cancellations within 72 hours of booking. After 72 hours, cancellation fees will apply. Cancellations are subject to the full discretion of OneSeed Expeditions. For more information on our Travel Cancellation Policy please Click Here.