12 days of Exhilaration: Mountain Biking in Nepal

Feb 25, 2014 at 0:01
Feb 25, 2014
by Kate McCoy  
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12 day adventure trip with www.himalayanfootsteps.com

Fancy the bike ride of a life-time? Then head to the Himalayas. A brand new travel adventure has just been launched by www.himalayanfootsteps.com

This 12 day incredible adventure covers more than 140 miles, reaches heights of over 7,200 feet and takes in breathtaking scenery. The unbeatable mix of terrains, from single tracks, unpaved jeep trails, steep grades, loose gravel, forests and paddy fields, covers some the best scenery on the roof of the world. This is mountain biking utopia.

The average Himalayan Footsteps’ MBT Nepal trip is 12 days, however people are welcome to vary the length of their stay. A 12 day MBT Nepal costs from $1932/ £1160 pp to include full board, support vehicles, world class MBT guides, bikes (‘all mountain’ dual suspension), helmets and all related equipment. Departure dates from February to June, and [PI= size=l0 align=c][/PI]September through to November.

Skill Level: Intermediate upward, with experience of riding some technical terrain and single track helpful.
Adventure Level: 5/5
Exhilaration Factor: 5/5
Scenery: 5/5

For more information visit: www.himalayanfootsteps.com/holiday-types/adventure-holidays/mountain-biking

Himalayan Two Lakes MTB Nepal
12 Days of exhilarating adventure mountain biking

Day 1 Depart

Day 2: Arrive Nepal.
Meet representative at airport and transfer to hotel. Rest of day free. Dinner in hotel. Overnight at 3-star Hotel Ganesh Himal. http://www.ganeshhimal.com/ <

Day 3: Kathmandu Valley. Distance: 12 - 16 miles
Breakfast at hotel, meet your cycling guide. Ride cross-country around the valley to set up the bike and get to know your guide. Lunch and back to hotel.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Ganesh Himal.

Day 4: Nag[PI= size=l0 align=c][/PI][L=][/L]rkot to Kathmandu to Bhaktapur. Distance: 16 - 22 miles
Travel by jeep to Nagarkot (2195m) on the eastern edge of the Kathmandu Valley. Ride a 6 mile single trail and technical downhill, followed by 6 mile single trail through rice paddy and jeep trails. About 1.5 miles uphill and then a 3 mile B-road back into the city. Lunch and back to hotel.
Dinner & overnight at Hotel Ganesh Himal.

Day 5: Chisapani to Kathmandu via Sundarijal. Distance: 12 - 18 miles
Breakfast then a jeep (2.5hrs) to Chisapani, north-east of Kathmandu. Ride uphill for 2 miles and push the bike to the top of Shivapur. Enjoy a 10mile downhill ride to Sundarijal. Single trail, technical and jeep trail downhill inside the Shivapuri National Park. 6 miles to the city, lunch and back to hotel.
Dinner & overnight at Hotel Ganesh Himal.

Day 6: Kakani to Kathmandu via Nagi Gumba. Distance: 18 miles.
After breakfast take a jeep (1hr) to Kakani (2030m). First ride is a 2 mile single trail uphill inside the Shivapuri National Park followed by a 3 mile single trail downhill known as scar route. Then a 3 mile jeep trail bit up, flat and down. Another 2.5 mile ride inside the national park, a 2 mile uphill trail and then a 5.5 mile downhill technical. Lunch at Gorkarna Village Resort. Dinner & overnight at Hotel Ganesh Himal.

Day 7: Pokhara. Rest Day.
Early breakfast then short walk to the coach. Leave hotel at 6.30am for 7.00am bus. Travel to Pokhara with guide, approx. 7hrs, lunch is included on the way. Arrive 2-3pm. Check-in to hotel. Rest of day is free. Dinner at restaurant. Overnight at Splendid View or Hotel Viewpoint. http://www.viewpoint-pokhara.com/ contin/..

Day 8: Peace Stupa to Pokhara. Distance: 12 - 15 miles
After breakfast ride 3 miles on flat roads around the lake and 5 miles uphill to get to the Peace Stupa (1600m) on top of a hill south-east of Pokhara. Have lunch then another 5 miles of technical downhill through forest trails and 2 miles back to hotel. Dinner & overnight at Splendid View or Hotel Viewpoint.

Day 9: Sarangkot to Pokhara. Distance: 12 - 15 miles
Breakfast then a jeep to Sarangkot (1700m) north of Pokhara, ride a jeep trail 3 miles up and down, then 8 miles of flowing downhill to the lake and 2.5 miles to the city or lunch. Dinner & overnight at Splendid View or Hotel Viewpoint.

Day 10: Kalika to Pokhara. Distance: 17 - 22 miles
After breakfast travel by jeep to Kalika 6 miles to Begnas Lake and ride back to Pokhara by road for 12 miles. Lunch on arrival. Dinner & overnight at Splendid View or Hotel Viewpoint.

Day 11: Kathmandu Sightseeing
Breakfast and guided walking tour around Durbar Square. Lunch in hotel. Afternoon walking tour of the Monkey Temple.
Farewell dinner with guides at restaurant. Overnight at Hotel Ganesh Himal.

Day 12: Depart Nepal.

Tour Price:
1 person £1870
2 people £1340 per person
3 people £1160 per person
4 people or more £1070 per person

- All accommodation
- Airport pick up and drop
- Bike hire, if required
- Private mountain biking guide
- 4x4 support vehicle
- 3 meals a day
- National park fees
- Transport to Pokhara by bus and return by flight
- All sightseeing as in programme
- Entrance fees and English speaking City guide during sightseeing
- Farewell dinner

- International Flights
- Additional costs to bring your own bike
- Insurance
- Personal expenses
- Medical expenses
- Bar bill
- Tips etc.
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  • + 2
 In 2011 I went to Tibet for a mountain bike trip. Started in Lhasa and made it up to Lake Namtso. The single best experience in my life so far. This is next door to Nepal and the scenery is amazing. Prepare for altitude! Started at 14,000 ft and peaked 17k! 360 miles over 6 days. I highly recommend a trip like this to any mountain biker looking for a challenge and looking to explore.
  • + 1
 Check out Big Mountain Bike Adventures' Himalaya Heights trip for another option in Nepal...perhaps with a little more singletrack!
  • + 2
 Loads of people interested in this, honest! Shame as it sounds amazing!!
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 Crappest article ever. It's just an advert. Some decent pictures would be nice.
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 shut the fuck up

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