Why do we require an application?Our application process is in response to two of the most common questions our Riders have prior to booking a trip with us:
1) Am I skilled/fit enough to participate in this Ride?
2) Will the other people on my Ride be skilled/fit enough?
Ensuring that you - and the other Riders on your Ride - are a good fit for the Ride selected is of paramount importance to us. We want to help you pick the Ride that's perfect for you, and ensure that everyone booked on a Ride is on the right Ride for them. That's why we want to know a bit more about you - your mountain biking history, where you ride, how often, etc... - before we take your money.
We review every application and if, based on your responses, we think you're a good fit, we'll approve your application and you'll receive a link to place a deposit. If we think you might not be a good fit (either too skilled or not skilled enough for the Ride you chose), then we'll give you a call to discuss your preferences in greater detail.
Please note: our application process isn't about excluding anyone, or making anyone feel like they're not 'good enough' to participate in one of our Rides. It's about ensuring that you end up on the right Ride for you, with people of similar skill, fitness and riding preferences. In the end this ends up being a much better experience for everyone.
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.
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 at least 4 years of mountain bike experience and solid mountain bike handling skills. You have a strong fitness level and can handle challenging climbs (there is one monster of 3,000 vertical feet on this trip). You have advanced technical skills and have no problems descending a set of stairs. You don't have a fear of flying (there are some very adventurous flights in small planes on this trip). The idea of staying in a remote teahouse with limited amenities only adds to the adventure for you. You are excited to explore what the locals ride: singletrack, old mule trails and tractor trails among some of the most magnificent mountain ranges on planet earth!
WHY RIDE WITH US?
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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.
Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu
Welcome to Nepal!
We will meet you at the Tribhuvan International Airport and transfer you over to a beautiful, traditionally-designed cottage on the edge of Shivapuri National Park.
We'll build our bikes in the evening and go on a short hike or visit a temple complex at the nearby village of Tokha.
DAY 2. TARE BHIR (CLIFF OF 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 ride into Shivapuri National Park and climb up to Tare Bhir - one of the highest points in the Kathmandu Valley. From there, we'll descend to Sundarijal on an epic, fast 'n flowy forest trail.
At the end of the ride, we will be transferred to lunch at Bouddhanath - the world’s largest Buddhist Stupa, and allow our senses to take in the enchanting sights.
DAY 3. THE HELIPAD
After a hearty breakfast at the cottages, we'll start the day with a shuttle into the Shivapuri National Park.
Our riding starts off with a fun descent through waterfalls and a dense forest. We will then climb up a steady grade to reach Nagi Gumba. From Nagi Gumba, we'll head down a flowy pine forest trail through a view point commonly referred to by local riders as the Helipad.
After riding a technical maze of trails under bright prayer flags, we will ride on an undulating trail back to our cottages.
DAY 4. NAGARKOT VILLAGE TRAILS
We’ll hop in the van and drive out of Kathmandu to the picturesque town of Nagarkot. From there, we'll catch our very first glimpse of the majestic Himalayas standing proudly in the distance.
After a quick photo session at Nagarkot, we'll ride on a breathtaking combination of village trails, forests and rice paddies and in the process, ponder just how small we are in contrast to these standing giants.
Today’s ride ends 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 World Heritage Site, allowing us to explore the beautiful palaces and temples before enjoying dinner at a traditional pagoda style restaurant.
Day 5. Flight to Pokhara
After a relaxed breakfast, we'll set off 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.
You can explore the area as you wish for the rest of the afternoon; you can plan an excursion to the World Peace Stupa, 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 6. Flight to Jomsom/Kagbeni Exploration
We'll leave early in the morning for Jomsom.
The 20 minute flight from Pokhara is one of the most spectacular flights in the world, and will take us straight into the heart of the Mustang Valley - deep in the Himalayas.
We'll 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 7. Muktinath Climb
Today, we'll take on the biggest climb of our entire trip - a monstrous 3,000 ft of elevation gain over 14 KM.
The air will get thinner and the trail will get steeper as we approach the holy town of Muktinath, lying at an elevation of nearly 13,000 ft. It will be a challenging day, but we'll be rewarded with breathtaking views and no shortage of picture-perfect vistas.
We'll have dinner in the town of Muktinath, a holy site of Buddhism.
Day 8. Lupra Pass
We'll ride along the Muktinath ridge and take the suspended bridge over the Kali Gandaki river before following a trail down towards the Lupra Valley, riding over narrow and technical single tracks.
If we're lucky, we may spot wild horses and mountain goats while riding down the Lupra Valley.
Once we arrive in Lupra, we'll continue descending down the Panda Khola to join the main trail.
We have dinner in Marpha, the apple capital of Nepal, and enjoy a tour of the remarkable Marpha monastery.
Day 9. The World's Deepest Valley
We'll descend from the high altitudes of Mustang to the tropical lowlands of Tatopani following the old trekking trail along the river bed. After Kalopani, the trail descends steeply through a forest to Ghasa and soon after we'll enter the steepest and narrowest part of the world’s deepest valley - between the two 8000 meter peaks of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri.
We'll follow the trail all the way down to Tatopani where riverside hot springs with natural healing powers await our arrival - what more could a bunch of aching mountain bikers ask for after a solid ride!?
Day 10. Ride to Beni
We'll follow a dirt trail through small riverside villages to the town of Beni.
From Beni, we'll cross the Kali Gandaki river and continue on the jeep track to reach Kanyaghat. From there, we'll hitch a ride with our driver back to Pokhara.
Day 11. Flight to Kathmandu/Closing Dinner
After a leisurely breakfast at our hotel in Pokhara, we'll make our way to the airport, catch our return flight to Kathmandu airport and shuttle back to the 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.
- Local, english-speaking mountain bike guides
- 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 area permits
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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BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +
Destination information +
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+
|Name||Bio||My 'Sacred Ride'|
|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!|
|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]|
Nepal in one Rider's words
Colors of Kathmandu (HD Video)
A must watch video! "This is Mustang" (HD Video)
Through My Eyes (GoPro compilation)
Himalayan Highs (HD Video)
Day 6. Lupra Trail (Rider submitted video)
Day 5. Muktinath Climb (Rider submitted video)
Day 4. Falyak Trail (Rider submitted video)
Day 3. Nagarkot Village Trail (Rider submitted video)
Day 2: Helipad Trail (Rider submitted video)
Pokhara to Jomsom flight
Lupra Pass epic downhill
Kopan Trail, Nepal
Bhaktapur City, Nepal
Helipad Trail, Nepal
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||2.5 hours||19 km||550 m||660 m||1950 m|
|3||5 hours||26 km||600 m||900 m||1900 m|
|4||3.5 hours||21 km||295 m||760 m||2050 m|
|5||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||m|
|6||3.5 hours||17 km||450 m||375 m||3150 m|
|7||5 hours||26 km||1020 m||1020 m||3800 m|
|8||6 hours||27 km||450 m||1400 m||4100 m|
|9||6 hours||45 km||450 m||1750 m||2700 m|
|10||2 hours||23 km||200 m||590 m||1200 m|
|11||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||m|
|12||0 hours||0 km||0 m||0 m||m|
|Totals||33.5 hours||204 km||4015 m||7455 m||4100 m|
|Full-Suspension Mountain Bike Rental||$600.00 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$550.00 USD|
|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)||$35.00 USD|
|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|
|Donation to Bikes Without Borders||$20.00 CAD|
|Start Date||Pickup Location & Time||End Date||Dropoff Location & Time||Price||Deposit||Currency||Booking||Private?||Availability|
|Monday, October 23, 2017||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||Friday, November 3, 2017||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||3,695.00||739.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Monday, November 6, 2017||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||Friday, November 17, 2017||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||3,695.00||739.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Start Date||Pickup Location & Time||End Date||Dropoff Location & Time||Price||Deposit||Currency||Booking||Private?||Availability|
|Monday, March 12, 2018||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||Friday, March 23, 2018||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||3,795.00||759.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Monday, October 22, 2018||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||Friday, November 2, 2018||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||3,795.00||759.00||USD||Book Now!|
|Monday, November 5, 2018||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||Friday, November 16, 2018||Kathmandu Airport, anytime||3,795.00||759.00||USD||Book Now!|
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