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DRAPED ALONG THE GREATEST HEIGHTS OF THE HIMALAYA, NEPAL IS WHERE THE COLD OF THE MOUNTAINS MEETS THE STEAMY HEAT OF THE INDIAN PLAINS.

 

It's a thoroughly colourful slice of Asia - a land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas and some of the best mountain biking on earth. Soaring snow-capped mountains shimmer with rainbows of prayer flags, while the intense streets of Kathmandu become a ceaseless frenzy of chattering vendors and garish signs. Nepal’s craggy chunk of the Himalayas offers world-class terrain, peppered with rustic mountain villages, and hundreds of undulating trails that have been trodden upon for centuries.

 

This Ride is a tale of two valleys. The first half is spent riding on the breathtaking singletrack of the lush hills surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. At the center of this valley lies Kathmandu City - a UNESCO world heritage site that is almost entirely an open-air museum, with hundreds of medieval temples, palaces, shrines and statues dotted around the narrow streets. On the second half, we travel to the contrasting arid Kali Gandaki valley in the remote Lower Mustang region. Following an ancient trade route between Nepal and Tibet, we will ride through the world’s deepest valley on the foothills of some of the tallest mountains on Earth.

 

CLICK HERE TO WATCH:   'This is Mustang', a video following mountain biker Rob J Heran as he explores the solitary trails of Mustang through magical villages and mystical monasteries.

 

Check out a past Rider's writeup of this trip on Pinkbike.

 

CLICK HERE to view a  map of the areas you'll be visiting. 

 

Be sure to review our Skill and Fitness Rating System, to ensure this Ride is ranked at a level you are confident with.

IS THIS RIDE FOR YOU?

You are an experienced, skilled mountain biker with very solid mountain bike handling skills. You have a strong fitness level and can handle long, strenuous climbs. You have advanced-level technical skills and experience in a variety of different terrain, and you have no problems descending a set of stairs, for example. You don't have a fear of flying (there are two flights in small planes on this trip). You are excited to explore what the locals ride on a combination of singletrack, old mule trails and dirt tracks among some of the most magnificent mountain ranges on planet earth! You have a solid, well-maintained do-it-all trail bike (with roughly 130-160mm of travel, dropper post and beefy tires. Rentals also available).

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    ADVANCED 7/9

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    SKILL LEVEL 7 - ADVANCED

    You are comfortable riding a variety of singletrack which may include tight trees, mud, loose rocks and sand and are comfortable doing so on aggressive terrain with little braking.

    You can hop over obstacles such as small roots and rocks that less advanced riders may wheel lift over. You are comfortable and confident with a front wheel lift and rear wheel lift to get up and over larger obstacles (up to 6 inches) such as roots and rocks that are not rollable.

    If you have ridden a bike park, you are comfortable on all green, blue and black trails.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $3,995 USDABOUT CURRENCIES

    About Currencies

    The default currency of the Ride, as displayed, is the same as the currency that we pay our local guides and suppliers in. This helps mitigate our risk of currency fluctuation. However, although the price of the Ride is set in this currency, our payment processing system processes in Canadian dollars (we're a Canadian company, eh).

  • FITNESS RATING

    7/9

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System

    FITNESS LEVEL 7

    • You are capable of riding for multiple days in a row at a moderate pace for an average of 3-4 hours of pedal time each day. You could handle adding in a day requiring up to 5 hours of pedal time.

    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.

    • You exercise on average 6 hours per week.

    • Your exercise regime includes a combination of endurance training like riding a bike and strength training.

    Click here for more information on our Skill and Fitness Rating System
  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $799 USDLIFETIME DEPOSITS

    Our Lifetime Deposit policy protects you from unexpected events that may cause your trip to be cancelled or delayed.

    If you need to cancel for any reason, your initial deposit is good forever and will remain on file with us until you’re ready to use it. You can even pass it on to a friend.

  • RIDE TYPE

    Singletrack

    RIDE TYPES

    • SINGLETRACK:for experienced mountain bikers
    • EXPLORER:for beginner mountain bikers
    • BRING-YOUR-PARTNER:for experienced mountain bikers and their non-MTB-ing partners
    • WOMEN'S:skills camps and Rides for women only
  • DURATION

    12 days
  • DATES

    Mar.-May & Oct./Nov.SEE ALL DATES
  • CULTURE LEVEL

    Out there

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

    Level Out there

    • On our 'Out There' Rides, you'll experience unfamiliar situations such as foreign languages, foreign cultures/cultural experiences, remote areas, and other experiences that push you out of your comfort zone.
    • These Rides are great for adventurous types that are looking for something different. If you'd prefer something a little less exotic, try our 'Familiar' or 'Adventurous' Rides.

WHY RIDE WITH US?

  • Satisfaction Guarantee
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Lifetime Deposits
  • Risk-Free Booking Window
  • 4:1 Guide Ratio (Best in Industry)

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described below, adventure travel can be unpredictable and may result in necessary or desirable alterations to the trails we ride, accommodation we stay in and destinations we visit. 

CLICK HERE to view a map of the areas you'll be visiting. 

 

Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Nepal!  We will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you over to our picturesque hotel in Nagarkot, located about 1.5 hours outside of Kathmandu City. We'll build our bikes in the evening and get to meet our fellow travellers over some local beer.

 

Note: We recommend riders traveling from anywhere outside of Asia to arrive in Nepal a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to ensure you leave some time for any delayed baggages / flights. For riders arriving early, Hotel Ambassador is our recommended hotel in Kathmandu, and also the meeting point on Day 1.

 

Important: Our van leaves Kathmandu at mid-day, so riders should either get on flights landing before 12 PM, or arrive a day prior.

 

DAY 2. THE SHOOTING STARS

After catching up on some needed rest after the long flights, we'll have a relaxed breakfast and pre-trip meeting.

 

We will start the ride by climbing towards the summit of Nagarkot Hill - one of the highest points in the Kathmandu Valley. From there, we'll descend to Nala on a fast and flowy forest trail losing about 2,000 feet in elevation.

 

At the end of the descent, we will be transferred to lunch back at our accommodation before venturing out for some more trail fun in the afternoon.

 

DAY 3. Bhaktapur Village Trails

Today we'll ride on a wide array of village trails, crossing through wooded forests and rice paddies and ending in the walled-city of Bhaktapur (literal translation: city of devotees), a medieval town where we'll find more temples than houses.

 

A local guide will give us a tour of this breathtaking World Heritage Site, allowing us to explore the beautiful palaces and temples before enjoying dinner at a traditional pagoda style restaurant.

 

DAY 4. Flight to Pokhara

We'll set off early morning to Kathmandu’s airport to catch our plane to Pokhara. After the 30 minute flight, we will transfer over to our hotel in the Lakeside district of Pokhara.

 

While the bikes are being transferred to Mustang, you can explore the area as you wish for the rest of the afternoon; you can plan an excursion to the nearby hills, go for a pedal-boat ride on Fewa Lake, get a bird’s eye view of the beautiful lake city and the gorgeous Macchapuchare mountain on a paraglider, or simply relax at the hotel while enjoying a well-deserved massage.  

 

Day 5. FLIGHT TO JOMSOM/KAGBENI EXPLORATION 

Rise and shine for another early morning flight, albeit an incredibly spectacular one. The 20-minute flight from Pokhara is one of the most breathtaking flights in the world, and will take us straight into the heart of the Mustang Valley - deep in the Himalayas - as we spot the 7th and 10th highest peaks in the world on either side.

 

Once we arrive in Jomsom, we'll unpack our bikes and start riding towards Kagbeni, an ancient village on the banks of the Kali Gandaki river.

 

Day 6. the twin descents of Lupra

A massive day with over 6,000 feet of descending awaits. We'll ride along the Muktinath ridge and climb towards the scenic Lupra Pass before following a trail down towards the village of Lupra, riding over narrow and technical singletrack.

 

Once we arrive in Lupra, we'll continue descending down the Panda Khola to head back to Kagbeni for lunch. Post-lunch, we will shuttle back to Muktinath and climb up to Lupra pass a second time, to ride another amazing fast descent down to the Kali Gandaki Valley. 

 

Day 7. Thorung High Camp

Today, we'll reach the highest point of our entire trip - a monstrous elevation of 4,300 meters above sea level.

The air will get thinner and the trail will get steeper as we shuttle to the holy town of Muktinath where the bike ascent begins. It will be a challenging day, but we'll be rewarded with a 5,000 feet descent through flowy, high Himalayan landscape,  breathtaking views and no shortage of picture-perfect vistas.

 

Day 8. Traverse the world's deepest Valley

Today may be our most epic day yet. We'll descend from the high altitudes of Mustang to the pine forests of Kalopani following the old trail along the river, all the while staring up at the two 8000 meter peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.

 

Day 9. Chicken Run/Drive to Pokhara

Another day of diversity as we descend from the alpine Kalopani village to the subtropic jungles of Tatopani on a 15 mile descent.

 

A quick lunch break at Tatopani, and we’ll continue riding towards Beni where our van to Pokhara awaits.

 

Day 10. Pokhara Quickie

After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel in Pokhara, we'll shuttle up to the World Peace Pagoda to ride a quick but fun forest descent finishing at our lakeside lunch restaurant.

 

Day 11. Flight to Kathmandu/Closing Dinner

After breakfast, we'll make our way to the airport, catch our return flight to Kathmandu airport and shuttle to our hotel.

 

The rest of the afternoon will be spent exploring and indulging once more in this faraway land and culture. We will converge in the evening for a celebratory dinner to mark the end of our epic journey.

 

Day 12. Flight Home

We'll have shuttles departing all day to take you back to Kathmandu for your flight home.

  • 11 nights accommodation in clean comfortable hotels, lodges and teahouses.
  • ALL meals during the trip starting from dinner on the first day to breakfast on the final morning of the trip
  • All air/land transfers during the trip, including 3 flights within Nepal
  • Arrival / departure airport transfers
  • All national parks and conservation area permits
  • All heritage and cultural area permits
  • The smallest client to guide ratio in the industry (4:1), allowing you to ride at your preferred pace

Below you will find a comprehensive list of information about this Ride and destination, including Frequently Asked Questions by site visitors and our Riders at the bottom. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for below, click the ‘Ask a Question’ button below.

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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

Suraj Rai
I was born in the picturesque mountain town of Dharan in the shadows of Mount Everest. I was introduced to mountain biking when I was 16 and have been a mechanic and guide since then. Coming soon!

Rajesh (RJ) Magar
RJ Ripper is Nepal’s youngest (and reigning) National Downhill Champion. In addition to being an amazingly talented bike handler, he is probably also the fastest puncture repair-man north of the Himalayas. Coming soon!

Mandil Pradhan
Born and raised in Kathmandu, I love riding bikes and traveling. Seven years ago I quit my job in a PR firm and decided to ride bikes for a living. It's the best decision I've ever made! My Sacred Ride is the Lubra trail which is featured on Day 8 of the Treasures of the Himalaya trip. It starts at a 14,000 feet high pass, ends at a remote Buddhist village almost 5,000 feet...[more]
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Below you will find some of the videos for this Ride. Please keep in mind that some of these videos may have been recorded by our guides and the speeds they are riding at aren't necessarily indicative of the speeds you'll be riding at!
Nepal - Day 4 - Video by Rider Krishtof K.
Riding in the Himalayas (by Stuart M.)
The Story of RJ Ripper
Mountain Biking Lupra Pass in Nepal
Drone Footage of Lupra Pass, Nepal
Dennis M. on his experience in Nepal
Riding amongst the Giants in the Mustang Valley, Nepal
Lindsay S. on his experience in Nepal
Colors of Kathmandu (HD Video)
A must watch video! "This is Mustang" (HD Video)
Through My Eyes (GoPro compilation)
Himalayan Highs (HD Video)

Please note that the following data represents a typical itinerary, and unfortunately there is no such thing as a typical itinerary. Weather issues, road closures, changes to the itinerary to accommodate requests, and other issues may affect the itinerary, so the data below represents an 'average' itinerary, and may differ when you actually show up to ride your bike! Our guides make every effort to stick to the itinerary as posted, though :)

Day Hours of Riding Distance ridden Elevation gained Elevation lost Highest elevation
1 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
2 5 hours 30 km 965 m 1770 m 2150 m
3 4 hours 25 km 460 m 1020 m 2150 m
4 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m 0 m
5 4 hours 16 km 550 m 400 m 3200 m
6 6 hours 30 km 600 m 2100 m 4100 m
7 5 hours 34 km 600 m 2050 m 4300 m
8 6 hours 39 km 650 m 900 m 2800 m
9 5 hours 42 km 170 m 1650 m 2500 m
10 1.5 hours 8 km 100 m 400 m 1100 m
11 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
12 0 hours 0 km 0 m 0 m m
Totals 36.5 hours 224 km 4095 m 10290 m 4300 m
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental$650.00 USD
Single Room Supplement$585.00 USD
Shuttle to Nagarkot$75.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Scenic flight round Mt Everest$255.00 USD
Airport shuttle (if arriving more than 2 days prior to start date, or departing later than 2 days after end date)$40.00 USD
Extra Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$115.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$130.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$115.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$130.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 USD
2018
Start Date Meeting Point & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Private? Availability Booking
Monday, November 5, 2018 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, November 16, 2018 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,995.00 799.00 USD Sold Out Join the waitlist
2019
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2020
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Monday, March 2, 2020 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, March 13, 2020 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 4,095.00 819.00 USD Guaranteed Book Now!
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