Video: Exploring Nepal By Bike with Tito Tomasi

Jan 9, 2019
by Tito Tomasi  
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Nepal is a legendary destination for big mountain lover, the holy grail for adventure seekers.


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Making Thorong La pass, in a relatively warm morning, the stoke is high before that incredible downhill here at 5416 meters.

Come along on my fourth visit of the country. It will take you to the Annapurnas and Mustang and explore the Dhorpatan area. Discover a charming and fascinating people as well as flowy and fun big mountain trails.

The trip in a few numbers:

• It's 630 kilometers, 27,500 meters of climbing. 16 days on the saddle. Only a dozen passes, but not the smallest!

• Highest point: 5,500m around the North Col of Mesokantu. Not flat, no problem!


The Ice Lake mission was a fun ride, with stunning views and fast trails!


Tito tells us the story:

I left Kathmandu in the middle of Deshain festival. The atmosphere was electric and the traffic was frantic. With my bike on the roof of a bus and then on a van, I went west. I finished my journey by bike arriving in Beni at night. It’s a town located at 800m of altitude and my start to the mountain going to Dorpathan area. A few days to explore the different and intriguing zone.

Because I arrived in the middle of that festival, I was in contact with many locals and they helped me out for the night and I even witnessed the sacrifice of a goat. Going back to Benny I am going north this time to climb that infamous dirt road to the Mustang, a very long, very rough trail that finally ended up around 3800 m for me - in Mutkinath at the limit with upper Mustang. It’s from here that I choose to cross the famous Thorong La Pass at 5416 meters high. Achieving the classic circuit going the opposite way to most people, I eventually reached Manang, which is probably my favorite place in Nepal. The village is very old and the paved narrow streets have something special, like the surrounding mountains. For a few days, I explored and discovered awesome rides. And then I decided to go back to the Mustang Valley through a lesser-known pass, behind the majestic Tilicho Lake. A wild ride in a frozen land, but a step closer to freedom!

Back in Mustang, I spent some time riding the magic trails and making friends. Some French and local riders, and we rode one long day together. It was great to share a bit of trail towards Tatopani.
From there the group was going back to Pokhara through the road while I took the trail. It was my original plan to cross the Southern Annapurnas and discover the area - connecting to Mardi Himal and finally reaching Pokhara by trail. This ride in Mardi Himal was a crazy one, starting from 4500 meters and going down to Pokhara at less than 800! Through all kinds of terrain, with the best views.

After that, I was back to Katmandu for more riding around the capital but it wasn’t the same as crossing high passes in the middle of the Himalayas, surrounded by 8000 meter high peaks.
But the image of the big mountains was definitely printed in my memory and soon I was flying home with freedom.



Vive la vie!
Tito







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41 Comments

  • + 21
 i always look forward to the watercolor sketches when i see a tito article pop up. your style of colors / penweights / textures are what i like to see in artwork. thanks for sharing, tito!
  • + 2
 @rocky-mtn-gman

Yeah I agree with you...
  • + 4
 Thanks buddy! Hope to show more in the future and offer something deeper. Aloha
  • + 1
 Those illustrations are fantastic! Great to see book with all adventures and the illustrations that go with them!
  • + 10
 Best video in a long time..
  • + 3
 That must have been a hell of a trip. Looks so nice, for sure you got much more footage. This is something I would like to do, specialy that my friend orginizes such trips in Nepal. One day…..
  • + 2
 This was a special itinerary i've built up over the years with incredible diversity of trails, Nepal is definitely a mtb mecca and the people of Nepal are so beautiful. Aloha!
  • + 1
 Amazing video!
Could you share some information about the crossing from Tilicho lake to Jomson? Did you take the Mesonkanto La North pass (Tilicho tourist pass)? And how long did it take, to get from Tilicho basecamp to Jomson?
The informations about the pass are pretty rare, so I'd appreciate it very much, if you could give me some.

Thanks in advance Smile
  • + 4
 Honestly I'm impressed. I don't know what to say but this stuff is epic and I am in awe. Great job!
  • + 3
 Thank you so much, that was tough sometimes but I took my time and enjoyed my self a lot. Not like during my traverse in the Alps or Pyrenees .... much like holidays! ahah
  • + 1
 Did the trip around the Annapurnas two years ago. What a stunning experience! It's quite nice to be the alien with a bike, whilst all the others are walking. I can really recommend to make this trip! Nice culture, friendly people and of course stunning landscapes and relatively low prices. The Annapurna circuit has some awesome infrastructure and you'll never have to worry not getting a bed for the night. Do it! Smile
  • + 1
 @TitoTomasi I was able to follow a general route based on descriptions but i was wondering if you have a GPX of this? I am a map nerd and I like looking at routes and new trails and stuff. Cheers.
  • + 1
 fantastic scene and riding. Just curious, how do you go about safety when riding alone in these remote locations? I wouldn't want to get injured all by myself when riding in the middle of nowhere. thanks
  • + 2
 I Hiked the Annapurna region years bACK... All I can say is... I'm going back with my bike. Great video, thanks for sharing your adventure
  • + 4
 Awesome adventure!!! Thanks for sharing!!
  • + 2
 Breath-taking views! Awesome soundtrack! Thank you for sharing the beauty of Nepal! Hope to see more adventures!
  • + 2
 incroyable, paysages, ridng et art. j'ai hâte d'y retourner l'année prochaine
  • + 2
 Dude you found some epic trails on this trip. I miss those fast Himalayan singletracks. Makes me want to go back @TitoTomasi
  • + 1
 Maaaan that Yak monster at 2min 53 secs looks like some crazy beast from Star Wars! But what I want to know is...did ya flip it?
  • + 2
 Bravo @TitoTomasi , beautifully done. The Nepalese people are the friendliest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet.
  • + 2
 So good! Thanks for sharing.
  • + 1
 Way to start my morning todo list! This was one of the better videos I’ve seen in a while.
  • + 1
 Awesome! I rode Muktinath down to Pokhara a couple of years ago, it's an amazing part of the world.
  • + 1
 Was lucky enough to do an Enduro race based around Manang in October ‘17...epic place and would go back in a heartbeat
  • + 2
 This is the tippy top of my bucket list now
  • + 1
 Lol @ the picture of him carving a hard turn at the shrine (cliche berm shrine shot)
  • + 2
 Always admire Tito Tomasi vids.
  • + 2
 Beautiful.
  • + 1
 Wow, great edit. I can't believe the amazing weather you encountered.
  • + 1
 Exploration on the mountain bike is next level.
  • + 2
 That is one tough trip.
  • + 1
 You must have felt the lack of 02 at 5400 meters!
  • + 1
 Attitude meets altitude. Stoke is high tup
  • + 1
 Breathtaking! , thanks for sharing
  • + 1
 Looks amazing. Come to Idaho, we’ll pedal
  • + 1
 original artwork is always welcomed.
  • + 1
 thanks !
  • + 1
 Thanks for sharing the adventure, looks like an amazing place to ride.
  • + 1
 His ass had to suffer very much... Frown
  • + 1
 fkn rad!
  • + 1
 FKNA props!

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