Nepal A Mountain Bike Getaway

Trip Overview

Kathmandu valley and Lower Mustang11/12 days

Ride: All Mountain/Enduro

 

 

Probably the most operated Mountain bike tours so far by any tour operators that exist, whether it is a domestic tour company or so called the international mountain bike tour companies, we share the same trails…

Talking in general this trip has it all. It is basically designed to ride through the best of the both worlds.

This trip is divided into two segments, we ride through some of the best trails around the hills of Kathmandu Valley and the Lower Mustang Region.

 

Experience a fascinating land and home of an eight of the ten highest mountains in the world through mountain biking.

 

Lets shred some Himalayan Dirt…

 

Group size: 2-10pax or more

Ideal Bike setup: All Mountain full suspension from 120mm – 160mm travel.

Skill & Fitness: Medium level

Altitude: lowest point at Beni 80m to the highest point Lubra pass 3850m.

Accommodation: 2-3 star hotel in the cities and comfortable Tea house/lodge on the trail.

Food: Varieties of food menu from continental, Italian, bakery items and local delicacy…

We normally ride from 5 to 7 hours a day, depending upon trail conditions.

Riding Season: Sept- December, March – June

 

*This is a general outline; Itinerary can be tailored as per client preferences. However, if there is any kind of changes need to be made in the Itinerary during the trip; possibly due to bad weather, change in terrain conditions due to Natural disaster or internal flight disorder Himalayan Dirt Pvt. Ltd. reserves the rights to do the alteration to make it convenient and safe for our clients and crew.

 

Detail Itinerary

 

Kathmandu valley and Lower Mustang11/12 days

Ride: All Mountain/Enduro

 

Day 1. Arrival in Kathmandu 1300m, a capital of Nepal.

Landing at Tribhuwan International Airport, in Kathmandu. Meet the guide and transfer to hotel. Later on bike building and briefing about the rest of the Trip at the welcome dinner.

 

Day 2. Shivapuri National Park 1350m – 2200m

Scar route, Heaven’s trail, Helipad. Full day single tracks fun…

After breakfast at hotel, pack the bags up for day rides, load up the bikes on a private shuttle. We drive towards the north of Kathmandu valley, Kakani at Shivapuri National Park. It is famous for its raw single tracks inside the jungle canopy of the Shivapuri National park. Tonight we are staying at Boudha, a world heritage site, famous Boudhanath Stupa.

 

Day 3. Nagarkot 2195m

Whole day Enduro ride with a little help of a shuttle van.

Nagarkot is located east of Kathmandu, it’s well-known for its view and the favorite getaway from the Kathmandu Valley. The trails here are diverse and epic, some of the best we have for Enduro around the valley.  We will have a shuttle van to minimize the long uphill and to ride the most out of all those trails in Nagarkot. Tonight we stay in the ancient town of Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

 

Day 4. Kathmandu – Pokhara 800m Drive

200km drive on a private vehicle

Today we are leaving the capital and heading west, towards Pokhara, one of the best laid back city in Nepal. Pokhara is the tourist hub for trekking and better alternative for relaxing. Overnight in beautiful Lakeside area.

 

Day 5. Pokhara-Jomsom 2750m 20mins flight

Flight and then ride to Kagbeni 2810m.

We take an early morning flight to Jomsom, we’ll pass by over 8000m mountain ranges Mt Dhaulagiri on left and Mighty Annapurna range on the left side. Flight time would be around 20mins. Welcome to Jomsom aka        “windy valley” is a center of Lower Mustang and the only airport around the area; we’ll have breakfast in Jomsom2750m. We will have an hour and half ride to medieval Kagbeni and it is the main gateway to Upper Mustang. Today is basically our acclimatize day in the altitude. We are staying in Kagbeni village tonight.

 

Day 6. Kagbeni-Mukitnath 3750m

Mostly uphill off roads 3 – 4hrs ride

Muktinath is probably one of the Holiest pilgrimage sites for both Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s the first place to arrive after crossing mighty Thorung La (pass) 5416m in the Annapurna Circuit. Today is the peddling day, we will ride through Dzarkot, a visit to the ancient Buddhist Monastery. Overnight at Muktinath.

 

Day 7. Muktinath-Marpha 2750m via Lupra 3860m

Single tracks and rough dirt jeep tracks. 5-6hrs ride 22km

After the Breakfast, we start our ride towards the south of Muktinath, uphill climb around 160m. There’s a small pass at the top of where you can see Mt Nilgiri and Mt Dhaulagiri, just right in your face. From the pass trails continues with technical Downhill single tracks. After the DH sections we are on a main trail at EkleBhatti which leads to Marpha via Jomsom. Probably the beautiful Village in the area, famous for Apple and apricot and its local brandy. Overnight in Marpha.

 

Day 8. Marpha-Tatopani 1300m

Single tracks and off road jeep tracks.

From the main trail, we’ll cross the suspension bridge and ride towards the other side of the Kali Gandaki River. We’ll ride on both on and off side of the main trails. We’ll ride through several villages like Tukuche, Kobang, Larjung and probably the biggest waterfall in Nepal “Rupse Chhahara”. Tatopani means Hot water in Nepali, it is a little village known for Natural Hot spring. However, we have hot showers in all of the hotels/lodges we stay during our trip, but this one is something special. Getting into a Natural hot spring plunge pool would definitely make you feel relax after a week long ride.

 

Day 9. Tatopani-Beni 800m- Tamagi1700m

Short morning ride to Beni and Drive to Kande and then ride to Tamagi 2hrs off road

An hour a half Ride to Beni and then transfer to the Vehicle and drive towards Pokhara, but we don’t drive all the way to Pokhara today. After ca 2 hours’ drive, lunch and we are on our bikes again and ride towards Tamagi. Tonight we stay at either in Tamagi.

 

Day 10. Tamagi-Pokhara

Off road jeep tracks, downhill and flat. Max 3 hours ride

Tamagi is a beautiful Gurung village located west of Pokhara. You can see the whole Annapurna range and Phewa Lake from Tamagi. The final day of our riding from the hills to the lake, it is 65% downhill and the rest is Nepali flat. It might be a recovery ride for many of us and beautiful landscape and scenery is always a treat to have. We’ll be in Pokhara by lunch. Pokhara is a most visited Tourist place in Nepal, and much more laid back than the busy Kathmandu. Overnight in Pokhara.

 

Day 11. Pokhara-Kathmandu

Domestic flight in the afternoon, flight time 25mins

Since we have afternoon flight, there’s still time left for some recreational activities; such as walking around lakeside or even rent out a boat and row on the Phewa Lake or you can do some last minute shopping. Tonight is the final night in Kathmand.

 

Day 12.

Depart for home…

 

FAQ

What bike should I bring for this trip, if I cannot bring my own bike, is it possible for rental?

An All Mountain or Enduro full suspension bike, fork travel from 140-150/160 would be ideal and lots of fun to play, but a good Hard-tail even with a 100mm-120mm fork can always do a job.

If you are planning not to bring along your own bike on this trip, we can arrange you a suitable bike for rental. The price may vary upon the quality and nature of a bike; please write to us for price and details. However, we always encourage you to bring your own bike.

 

What kind of accommodation would it be during the trip? Wi-fi?

Comfortable hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara and well-located comfortable guest houses/lodges on trails in the mountains, with hot shower and private bathroom. All the hotels and guest house/lodges have Wi-fi, even in the mountains. Wi-fi is often free for hotel guests in most of the places.

 

Dietary Gluten/Allergy issues

International food/cuisine will be served along with local delicacies in various restaurants & bars in Kathmandu and Pokhara, perhaps just a little less choices in the mountains. Please, let us know that if you have any kind of diet request or you are allergic to certain things. We will try our best to facilitate such kind of requests.

 

Altitude and Acclimatize

On this trip, we will ride from 1300m to 2300m in the Kathmandu valley and 2700m to the highest point Lubra Pass 3860m in the Lower Mustang region. This Itinerary is designed to adapt for easy acclimatization, so our clients won’t have issues to deal with AMS (Acute mountain sickness) on this tour.

 

Things to put on your backpack for daily rides

10lt, 12lt or even 16lt backpack is suitable for this trip.

  • Wind/water proof Jacket
  • One extra cycle jersey or sweatshirt
  • Sunscreen lotion
  • Some power bars and energy drink
  • Sun glass and buff
  • Camel Bag or water bottle for hydration?
  • Knee pad is recommended
  • Mobile phone/camera and some cash…

 

Safety Insurance

Mountain biking is an adventure sport where risk and hazard may happens in no time. We carry the first aid kit with us and do the basic first aid.

A sufficient medical travel insurance is mandatory and must arrange prior the trip from the country of origin. Your insurance should be able to cover all the medical expenses, including Emergency Helicopter Evacuation, if unwanted incidents occurs.

You are on your holiday and so we’d like you to have fun as much as possible and in the same time we would like you to spend a trouble free holiday while mountain biking in Nepal.

Alcohols are not permitted to consume during the ride. Beers? After ride…

Be responsible and enjoy the ride…

 

 

Please write to us for further information about price and trip details.

You can find us on facebook@himalayandirt or www.himlayandirt.com

 

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