"I don't have words to describe how fortunate I feel to have lived such a life changing experience." Enrique Nodarse
 

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 is 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-topped 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.

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

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). You live for adventure, and the bigger the better!

  • MTB SKILL RATING

    8/9

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 8/Expert

    • You are fully confident riding all types of terrain and distances.
    • You ride as often as possible and can handle technical terrain and medium-level stunts, such as large log rollovers (over 1 ft high) and small bridges.
    • You can descend steeps and climb technical singletrack with little to no problem.
    • You rarely - if ever - get off your bike to walk sections except on extremely technical terrain.

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • Price CAD | USD | EUR

    $3,195 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

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

    Level 7

    • You can ride 5 hours a day at a moderately fast pace with a few breaks, over several days.
    • You can handle moderate climbs up to 750 vertical metres (2,450 ft) total in a day.
    • You exercise on average 6-7 hours per week (including riding/being active).

    click here for more information on skill and fitness ratings

  • DEPOSIT CAD | USD | EUR

    $639 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
  • Travel Concierge

Check out our Peace of Mind Policies

Day 1. Arrive in Kathmandu.

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. The Helipad.

After catching up on some needed rest after the long flights, we'll have a relaxed breakfast and pre-trip meeting. We'll start the day's ride from the back of the cottage, and climb up a steady grade to Shivapuri National Park. We'll continue climbing past the checkpoint through a fun forest trail for about an hour to reach Nagi Gumba, the site of a Buddhist nunnery and the world's largest Buddhist Stupa. We'll break for lunch and allow our senses to take in the enchanting sights. From Nagi Gumba, we'll head down a flowy trail to a view point commonly referred to by local riders as the Helipad. Upon our return to the cottages, we'll feast on a delicious, traditional dinner!

Hours of riding (approx): 2 | Total km of riding: 14 | Elevation gain: 530m | Elevation loss: 600m | Highest altitude: 1900m

Day 3. Kakani - Scar Trail. 

After a hearty breakfast at the cottages, we’ll hop in the van and drive out of Kathmandu to the picturesque town of Kakani. From there, we'll catch our very first glimpse of the majestic Himalayas standing proudly in the distance. After a quick tea stop at Kakani, we'll ride on the breathtaking Scar Trail through the Shivapuri Forest and in the process, ponder just how small we are in contrast to these standing giants. We'll then enjoy a few cold drinks and an outdoor dinner while overlooking the city of Kathmandu. 

Hours of riding (approx): 5 | Total km of riding: 22 | Elevation gain: 500m | Elevation loss: 970m | Highest altitude: 2190m

Day 4. Tare Bhir (Cliff of the Shooting Stars)

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 downhill, we'll be transferred to 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.  

Hours of riding (approx): 4 | Total km of riding: 20km | Elevation gain: 750m | Elevation loss: 600m | Highest altitude: 1950m

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.  

Hours of riding (approx): 3 | Total km of riding: 19km | Elevation gain: 720m | Elevation loss: 530m | Highest altitude: 3150m

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. 

Hours of riding (approx): 6 | Total km of riding: 22km | Elevation gain: 1030m | Elevation loss: 1030m | Highest altitude: 3800m

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. 

Hours of riding (approx): 6 | Total km of riding: 35km | Elevation gain: 550m | Elevation loss: 1700m | Highest altitude: 3900m

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!?

Hours of riding (approx): 5 | Total km of riding: 46km | Elevation gain: 250m | Elevation loss: 1650m | Highest altitude: 2700m

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.

Hours of riding (approx): 2 | Total km of riding: 22km | Elevation gain: 100m | Elevation loss: 500m | Highest altitude: 1200m

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 morning after 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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GETTING THERE AND BACK +

Getting The Most Out of Your Trip +

BIKE AND GEAR INFO AND PACKING LIST +

Destination information +

Important Stuff +

Other Stuff +

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS+

Name Bio My 'Sacred Ride'

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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 Through My Eyes - GoPro edit
Pokhara to Jomsom flight
Lupra Pass epic downhill
Himalayan Highs (beautiful HD)
Kopan Trail, Nepal
Bhaktapur City, Nepal
Helipad Trail, Nepal
Mustang Valley, Nepal
The Heavenly Himalayas
RIDE ADD-ONS
Ride enhancements (MTB rentals, single rooms, etc...)
ADD-ON PRICE
Single Room Upgrade$650.00 USD
Full-suspension Mountain Bike Rental$650.00 USD
1-hour post-ride massage$100.00 USD
Sleeping bag rental$35.00 USD
Trip Extensions
ADD-ON PRICE
Scenic flight round Mt Everest$260.00 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 Hotel Nights
ADD-ON PRICE
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (single)$135.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (double)$145.00 USD
Extra pre-Ride hotel nights (single)$135.00 USD
Extra post-Ride hotel nights (double)$145.00 USD
Other
ADD-ON PRICE
Donation to Bikes Without Borders$20.00 CAD

Book Your Spot!

To book your spot on this Ride, click on one of the Booking links below to put down your deposit. The deposit is fully refundable for 14 days after booking, giving you 2 weeks to sort out flights, vacation time, etc... and not have someone else take your spot(s)!


All departures are guaranteed to run - we'll never cancel a trip due to low numbers!

And we're so certain that you'll have the experience of a lifetime on this Ride that we back it with our Ride Guarantee!

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.

2015
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Monday, October 19, 2015 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, October 30, 2015 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Monday, November 2, 2015 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, November 13, 2015 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Limited
Monday, November 30, 2015 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, December 11, 2015 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
2016
Start Date Pickup Location & Time End Date Dropoff Location & Time Price Deposit Currency Booking Private? Availability
Monday, March 14, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, March 25, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Monday, March 28, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, April 8, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Monday, October 17, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, October 28, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
Monday, October 31, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime Friday, November 11, 2016 Kathmandu Airport, anytime 3,195.00 639.00 USD Book Now! Guaranteed
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