The Himalayas of Nepal

Breath-taking landscapes + vibrant culture in the Himalayas of Nepal

Many mountain bike routes lay claim to the title of the World’s Greatest, but only on our mountain biking adventure in Nepal will you be surrounded by five-mile-high peaks, and stay in teahouses run by local villagers stocked with good food and cold beer.

  • £1,970 / $3,152
  • 11 nights / 12 days
  • Skill level: Intermediate+

The Kali Gandaki Valley – the deepest valley in the world – marries natural grandeur, rich local culture and relative luxury in a union found nowhere else.

On this mountain biking adventure in Nepal, on the roof of the world, you’ll experience some tough climbs, technical descents, fast, flowy singletrack, and the most spectacular views you can imagine.

We’ll start to get you acclimatised to the altitude with a few days in the Kathmandu Valley, exploring the network of fabulous trails high above the hustle and bustle of the city, before heading up into the Himalayas.

Tour dates 2016

  • 3 – 14 Oct (ONLY 6 PLACES!)
  • 28 Nov – 9 Dec

Tour dates 2017

  • 27 Feb – 10 Mar
  • 9 – 20 Oct

Contact us if you would like to create your own private group tour.

Trip highlights

As well as experiencing spectacular mountain biking in the Himalayas and the Kathmandu Valley, here are some other special moments you can look forward to in Nepal:

  • Visiting thangka artists in their studio in Bhaktapur
  • Sharing tea with local farmers on their rooftops in the mountains
  • Walking round (clockwise) Boudhanath Stupa in Kathmandu
  • One of the most exhilarating flights from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Eating apple pie in Marpha
  • Soaking in hot springs on the roof of the world

Mountain Biking Adventure in Nepal Itinerary

The itinerary for our 12-day mountain biking adventure in Nepal has been designed so that we gain altitude very gradually, allowing your body to acclimatise before gaining further height, thus minimising the potential for altitude sickness.

+Arrival in Kathmandu - refresh + prepare for your adventure

If you’re travelling a long way or across several time zones to Nepal then we would recommend arriving into Kathmandu a day or two early to allow your body to adjust and to make sure any flight or luggage days don’t spoil your trip.

+Day 1 - Group meet + transfer to Shivapuri

On the first day of your mountain biking holiday in Nepal you’ll be welcomed by our guide at Kathmandu airport or collected from your H+I recommended hotel and transferred to your tour accommodation at the beautiful Shivapuri Hill Cottage; a traditionally designed cottage on the edge of the Shivapuri National Park.

Here, you will be briefed on the amazing mountain bike adventure that awaits, and introduced to our support crew.

With bikes built, tuned and readied for a prompt roll-out tomorrow we will settle down to dinner on the terrace around the fire, looking over the valley far bellow us. Suitably fed and watered we retire to rest up for tomorrow for the start of our shared adventure!

+Day 2 - Tarebhir to Sundarijal

Your first full day of mountain biking will take you into the lush Shivapuri National Park where we will start with a short climb, which can be steep at times, past some some beautiful waterfalls before continuing on to Nagi Gumba at 1,950m. Once we’ve caught our breath and taken enough photos we’ll peel onto a fast and flowy descent through pine forests, all the way to Sundarijal. This will warm up the legs, lungs and the brain, and you will now be full of anticipation for the rest of the adventure.

After an exhilarating ride we will take time to visit the world famous Buddhist Stupa, Boudhanath, and, critically, will take care to walk around in a clockwise direction, before settling down to a rooftop lunch overlooking the Stupa and the foothills you were riding on this morning.

On returning to our accommodation at the Shivapuri Hill Cottage from our first day’s full exploring we will be treated to a delicious evening meal on the terrace and end the day by watching the sun set over Kathmandu.
Distance: 19km

+Day 3 - Dada Gaun to Kopan

After our terrace breakfast high above Kathmandu, we will take some of the uphill struggle out of the day with a shuttle to the hill-top town of Dada Gaun (literal translation: Hill Village).

From there we will ride on a deep forest singletrack, exploring the ridgeline, before exiting the National Park on a fast and flowy descent where we will be blessed with a lining of traditional Nepalese prayer flags and a host of perfect photo opportunities.

After dropping down to the valley we will weave our way through villages, past smallholdings and farms on our way back to our cottage accommodation. After packing away the bikes for the evening we’ll settle in for the night, focussed around the glow of the fire and bound by chat of the day’s mountain biking adventure.
Distance: 26km

+Day 4 - Nagarkot to Bhaktapur

Today we pack our kit and bikes into the van and bid our hill-top home farewell as we shuttle to Nagarkot, where we get our first tantalising glimpse of the snow-capped Himalayas in the distance. There is no need to be too sad though; although this wonderful trail signifies the end of our adventure in the Kathmandu valley it heralds the beginning of our two-wheeled fun in the mountains.

In making your next bold step you will be rewarded with an exciting descent through local villages and rice paddies, all the way to the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Here, weary legs can rest in a fabulous local guest house, or go for a guided walk and soak up the ‘life’ that is bustling around this ancient city.
Distance: 21km

+Day 5 - Flight to Pokhara + day off

Bleary eyes abound as we take a very early morning flight to the lake city of Pokhara. Once there our early start is rewarded with breakfast, or perhaps second breakfast, and the opportunity to rest up for the day and experience some more of the local sights, sounds and smells of this lakeside town.

Today we have the day off today to allow your bikes to be transported up into the high mountains. Your time can be spent easing hard-worked muscles in the hotel spa or perhaps a trip around the town and its lively markets is more your speed.

This might start off as a ‘normal’ cultural outing but could end up with a pedal boat race! The day can be as quiet or as busy as you choose and also offers the chance to catch up on some laundry duties if required.

A small, family-run local hotel will provide another warm Nepalese welcome for us this evening on our short stay in Pokhara.

+Day 6 - Flight to Jomsom + acclimatisation ride

Another early morning, another early flight.  Only this time it is, what is readily described as, the world’s most dramatic plane journey, a spectacular mountain flight which winds its way through the Himalayas into Jomsom – the heart of the Kali Gandaki valley (which also happens to be the world’s deepest!)

With luggage and bikes safely returned, and the prospect of any turbulence safely behind, we settle down to a hearty breakfast just as the sun is creeping over the shoulder of an 8000m peak rising across the valley.

Before we ride out we will each be presented with a Khaada for good luck on the rest of our journey. What then follows will be one of the most spectacular and emotional mountain bike rides of your life as we climb to the small town of Kagbeni at 2,900m.

In keeping with our approach to local and cultural immersion, we will visit a local villager to join him for tea on his rooftop mid-ride today and our accommodation for the night is another unforgettable family-run teahouse.
Distance: 17km

+Day 7 - Kagbeni to Muktinath to Kagbeni

By now our legs and lungs are used to the terrain and altitude and are ready to take on the climbing day in the Mustang region!

We will spend the morning gaining height from Kagbeni at 2,900m to Muktinath at 3,800m. This is not a technical climb, but a doubletrack that will take us to our lunch spot at 3800m, and our window into the high himalaya with a view to two 8000m peaks out of the window.

Having wiped the sweat and dust from our brows and suitably fuelled up we will be appropriately ‘switched on’ for the unbelievable trail that follows; a stunning singletrack descent that twists and weaves through tight Nepalese villages, past grazing buffalo and workers in their fields. We then drop onto a fast, open and sometimes technical descent back down the valley, along to Kagbeni and an afternoon coffee and cake in Appleby’s cafe, where you will have a direct view into Upper Mustang.
Distance: 26km

+Day 8 - Kagbeni to Jharkot to Marpha

A shuttle ride to Muktinath, provides a slightly slower start to the day but with the ever present nervous anticipation that comes with any day of riding in Nepal.

With bikes unloaded the day’s first task is the 300m ascent to the breath-taking trail through the Lubra Pass at 4,100m. This trail starts off on pristine singletrack that will make you wish you had the lungs to ride it hard. Then the gradient really ramps up and for 20 mins makes riding a real challenge. At the top you’ll be gasping for air but, unfortunately, the unbelievable view will be what really takes your breath away.

After a series of photo calls it’s time to drop the saddles and settle in for one of the main trail highlights of the trip as we drop more than a vertical kilometre down to the small whitewashed gem that is Marpha – the apple growing region of the Mustang valley and source of the delicious Marpha Brandy and apple pie that we will sample to round off the day.
Distance: 27km

+Day 9 - Marpha to Tatopani

Today you will truly understand your scale in the relation to mother nature as we ride through the world’s deepest valley between the two 8,000m giants, Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri.

As we criss-cross the valley we take on perfect singletrack and fantastically long, fine suspension bridges that link village after village in the providing the inhabitants with trade routes means of communication.

At the end of another amazing day’s riding the hot-spring town of Tatopani provides some well deserved respite and muscular relaxation after what has been a full week of emotional and literal highs!
Distance: 45km

+Day 10 - Tatopani to Beni + transfer to Pokhara

A day of dirt trails today in what are our last few hours on the bike in the Mustang region of Nepal. It may be a dirt road, but in Nepal everything on the bike seems bigger, better, more involved and it is a place where dirt roads are fun!

After more swooping, shredding, chatting and laughing we reach the town of Beni it’s time to quickly pack the van, transfer to Pokhara and relax with a free afternoon of present shopping, more spa massage time or simply getting prepped to sample the renowned night life.

A return visit to our lovely hotel in Pokhara is the perfect location to relax in familiar surroundings where we can reacquaint ourselves with the staff we met earlier in the trip.
Distance: 23km

+Day 11 - Flight to Kathmandu

After the last morning flight of the tour we make it back to Kathmandu, transfer to our hotel, and make sure all kit and bikes are safely tucked away for our respective return journeys.

The rest of the day revolves around hitting the town for our private dinner, drinks, exchanging stories and cementing new friendships. The ideal way to finish a tour that is so spectacular that only those you shared it with can truly understand its majesty.

+Day 12 - Departure

On your last morning in Nepal we will transfer you and your kit to Kathmandu airport in good time for your flight and with a little bit spare to allow for long and fond farewells.

Please note: a mountain biking adventure is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in the Himalayas of Nepal and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

+Tour price

Mountain biking Adventure in Nepal Price

£1,970 / $3,152 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

We welcome solo travellers on our adventures and if you are happy to share a room with another solo rider you do not need to add the single supplement. If, however, you wish to have a room by yourself, a single supplement of £340 / $544 USD will be payable.

Please note: accommodation is limited in the areas we’ll be riding, so if you can share with another guest (of the same sex) it would be appreciated.

H+I Adventures is bonded by the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust Limited (ABTOT), so you can be sure that when you book with us your money will be safe. Price includes:

  • Services of fully-qualified, English speaking expert mountain bike guide(s) for the duration of the trip
  • All meals starting with dinner on day one and ending with breakfast on day 12
  • 11 nights’ accommodation
  • National park and trekking permits
  • All ground costs
  • Back-up vehicles and luggage/ bike transfer (as required) for duration of your mountain bike trip
  • Three internal flights
  • All group safety equipment
  • Airport/ H+I recommended hotel pick-up on day 1 and drop-off on day 12 of tour (specified times apply)
  • Global Rescue emergency evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International flights
  • Bike hire – we can arrange bike hire for you at a cost of £400/ $640 USD for the duration of the trip
  • Travel and activity insurance
  • Nepalese visas – these must be purchased on arrival
  • Tips in restaurants and hotels
  • Alcoholic/ non-alcoholic beverages
  • Personal safety and cycling equipment
  • Any other items not mentioned as included


+Skill + fitness levels required

Does this sound like you? Your vacation time is precious and we want to be absolutely sure that you’re making the most of it, by finding the perfect adventure for you. Be honest with yourself, if this adventure isn’t right for you, we have other tours that may well be a better fit for your mountain biking experience and ability.

Please note: The skill level required reflects an overall rating for the trails on the trip but you should expect to find sections and obstacles that push your ability levels.

Skill level: Intermediate+

  • You are generally comfortable riding most types of terrain in different conditions: singletrack, double track, muddy, dry, loose, bedrock…
  • You can brake, use gears and corner instinctively
  • You’ll have a go on moderate technical features, such as small rock gardens, small drops and steeper sections, but may get off and walk certain technical features
  • You ride more than once a week throughout your biking season
  • And the ‘+’ part of ‘Intermediate+’ means that you will be aiming to tackle more of those moderate technical features

Fitness level: 4

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising three or four times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You are comfortable mountain biking up to six hours a day at a moderate pace, with snack and photo stops, for three or more consecutive days
  • You can tackle two or three fairly serious climbs a day, up to 600 metres each

Typical trails you’ll be riding

  • Double track: undulating and sometimes steep forest roads made up of hard-packed dirt, and loose double track roads with golf ball- to fist-sized rocks
  • Singletrack: ancient walking paths, at times very loose, with golf ball- to head-sized rocks, and some sections of sand
  • Forest trails: dirt tracks crossed with roots and sometimes very narrow through the trees
  • Trail surfaces may be dry and sandy, or muddy, depending on the weather, and you will encounter river crossings
  • You may have to carry your bike for 100m or so to reach the summit of climbs
  • Suspension bridges are also typical in Nepal, you can ride or walk these


+Arrival + departure details

Your mountain biking holiday in Nepal will start and end in Kathmandu.

Your guide and/or driver will meet you in the arrivals area of Tribhuvan International Airport, which is the only international airport in Kathmandu, and he/she will be holding an H+I Adventures sign.

On your arrival day we will transfer you by private shuttle (included in holiday price) to your accommodation at the Shivapuri Hill Cottage high above the Kathmandu valley. The first and last days of your mountain biking holiday in Nepal are dedicated traveling days and, we would ask you to arrive no later than 6pm on day 1, and depart no earlier than 10am on the final day.

If you wish to extend your trip to Nepal please contact us and we can help you to organise this.

+Travelling to Nepal

Passengers traveling from Europe, Africa, and the Atlantic coast of North/South America are advised to travel via Middle East Asian cities (namely Doha, Bahrain, or Abu Dhabi). Major airlines that fly this route are Qatar Airways, Etihad Airways, and Gulf Air.

Passengers traveling from the Pacific coast of North/South America, and Australia or New Zealand are advised to travel via South East Asian cities (namely Bangkok, Singapore, or Hong Kong). Major airlines for this route are Thai Airways, Silk Air, and Dragon Air.

You must book your bike on to your flight in advance, otherwise you could face a heavy charge at the airport. Here are some handy hints and tips on travelling by air with your bike.

Please note: Included in your mountain biking vacation in Nepal are three internal flights in small, light aircraft to transfer you up into the Himalayas. If you are not a good air traveller, then this mountain biking holiday is not for you.

Visas

Short-term tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at Kathmandu airport and should be bought in cash in US Dollars.

Travelers’ cheques, personal cheques and credit cards are not accepted as payment for your visa at the airport. Alternatively, to save time after your long flight, you can purchase your visa online in advance at VisaHQ although this is a slightly more expensive service.

You must also have two clean pages in your passport for travelling to Nepal.

+Preparing yourself + your bike for the trip

Please read the full kit list before you start packing for your mountain biking holiday in Nepal, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain biking holiday in Nepal is for intermediate+ mountain bikers with level 4 fitness.

The ideal bike for mountain biking in Nepal is a good quality full-suspension mountain bike with around 120mm of travel front and rear. We can arrange hire of a good quality full-suspension mountain bike for the duration of your trip.

To get the most out of your mountain bike vacation in Nepal you should do plenty of training in advance of your tour, and we have put together this great training plan to help you on your way.

It is essential that, if you’re bringing your own bike, you ensure that it has been professionally serviced, including all suspension, before the trip.

If you would prefer we can arrange rental of a good quality full suspension mountain bike (Yeti 575 limited sizing (M+L) and availability) for you, and have the bike ready for your arrival.

+Your mountain bike guides in Nepal

Our local mountain bike guides in Nepal are of the very highest standard. They are qualified in first-aid, and have the knowledge and experience to lead a group safely in these very remote, wild and unpredictable parts of Nepal.

Our guides have years of experience in the saddle on the Nepalese trails and will be able to enhance your holiday with facts and fables on local history, flora and fauna. They’re also genuinely nice people and will do their best to make sure that everyone in the group has a great time.

Meet Mandil, our head guide in Nepal.

+Accommodation + food

The majority of accommodation that we  use in
 this mountain biking holiday in Nepal is family owned and operated teahouse lodges. Whilst basic by western standards, these hospitable lodges provide relative luxury in what is possibly one 
of the most remote areas on the planet.

We have researched these areas extensively to select the most comfortable accommodation in the region, and we have planned the itinerary accordingly. In Kathmandu, instead of staying at regular hotels in the tourist districts, we will be staying at off-the-radar locations that provide us with an authentic and traditional Nepalese experience.

While we encourage you to eat what the locals eat
 – organic traditional Nepalese food – there is also the option of ordering from the extensive menu that ranges from Himalayan style lasagne to the good old Yak steak.

+Health + safety

No specific vaccinations are needed to enter Nepal,
 but visitors are recommended to be vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, rabies and Japanese encephalitis.

The most common illnesses suffered by travellers to Nepal are stomach-related due to consumption of contaminated food or water. You should refrain from consuming water or ice that hasn’t been purified. Bottled mineral water is available almost everywhere.

Altitude sickness is a common ailment above 2,500 metres if you ascend too quickly. Headaches and nausea are the first indications of this malady. It’s easily avoided by taking your time as you gain elevation to let your body acclimatise.

Also, be sure to wear plenty of sunscreen, and sunglasses when biking at altitude. The sun in the Himalayas is extremely strong.

Drink plenty of water while biking, even if it’s cold and you don’t feel thirsty.

It is wise to carry basic medicines such as paracetamol or aspirin for fever and pain and Pepto-Bismol for stomach upset.

You should always consult your own doctor or physician before travelling to new countries to seek their advice on matters concerning your health abroad.

Your health and safety is on tour our top priority so when you travel with us you also have the peace of mind knowing that you will be covered by Global Rescue emergency medical and evacuation services.

+Currency + foreign exchange

The currency in Nepal is Nepali Rupees (NPR). Even though most international currencies such as US Dollars, Pound Sterling, Euros, or Australian Dollars are widely accepted, it is advisable to exchange into the local currency upon arrival at the airport or any bank.

ATMs are only available in Kathmandu and Pokhara, so you will need to carry enough cash for extra expenses through the trip.

Note: you can’t exchange money in your home country, it is a closed currency, so you will need to exchange money on arrival.

Tipping

We suggest a tip of 10% of the cost of your tour should be paid to your mountain bike guide at the end of the trip, which will then be divided between all drivers, support staff and fixers, if you feel you have had a good experience in Nepal.

+Holiday insurance

You are required as a condition of booking to be insured against medical and personal accident risks. In this policy you must include cover for mountain biking and we recommend that you take out a policy which covers cancellation and baggage.

We work closely with WorldNomads whose policies are specially designed for mountain bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them and we ask that you send us your policy details.

Please note: if you have arranged your own holiday insurance, you must bring a copy of your policy with you on your mountain bike holiday with us.

Please note: a mountain biking adventure is a living thing, being influenced by multiple factors such as changing weather conditions, group riding abilities, trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers in the Himalayas of Nepal and will be continually assessing these factors and making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best possible experience.

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Gurus

H+I are the gurus of guiding! The trip to earthquake rattled Nepal was nothing short of epic, these guys know the country's they guide in because they have locals on the ground but also because they have the modern methods & systems to make it a special experience. I've booked again!

Majestic Views

What a great once in a life time adventure and vacation. Not only I got to ride on a great bike trail with majestic views but to also experience the people, towns, and culture.
I highly recommend this trip
5 Stars

Nepal Needs You.

Set your rad meter to high and get on this trip. Right now Nepal needs you. Over the last 8 months the people of Nepal have endured earthquakes, fuel and gas shortages, yet still remain as steadfast as the Himalayas surrounding them. The spirit and heart of the Nepalese is something that we all need to experience, and what better than from the saddle of your bike with the amazing folks from H&I. Don't for a second hesitate to do this trip........it's that good!

I don't know how you can possibly top this

I've always wanted to visit the Himalaya's and to have the opportunity to do it on a mountain bike only made this experience that much more amazing and memorable. From the moment we arrived, it was obvious we were in very capable hands. Mandil and his staff had all the details taken care of. The accommodations were excellent and exceeded my expectations. Each day of riding always seemed to better than the last, which is mind boggling in and of itself. Being able to ride through small villages high up in the Mustang valley and witness the culture of the people is priceless. Simply Incredible. Well done!

Everything I Dreamed it Would Be!

The experiences on this trip were nothing less than amazing. The tour strikes a perfect balance between travel comfort, adventure, riding challenges and culture emersion. The staff was amazing. The local guides are inspiring riders and Mandil is world class in his ability to organize a great trip and deliver excellent service along the way. If you have ever dreamed of seeing the Himalaya up close, and you enjoy riding a mountain bike, I don't think there's a better to experience this magical place!

by Emma, UK on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mind-blowing experience!

Utterly amazing, from the pre-trip organisation to every last detail on the trip outstandingly put together. Mind blowing experience of a spell bounding country. Best way to have experienced Nepal. H+I's standards of trip logistics are second to none, we will definitely be booking another trip with you.

by Andy Kerec on The Himalayas of Nepal
Excellence all round

What an outstanding adventure, what brilliant riding, what fantastic guides, what seamless logistics...what more can I say!
From the great trails around beautifully ugly Kathmandu to the indescribable cultural experience of riding through the Himalayan communities. Great food, excellent accommodation, 2 amazing and 1 absolutely incredible internal flight, all transfers....one of the best and most perspective enhancing experiences of my life. Stop reading. Book. Go.

by Rory Andrew on The Himalayas of Nepal
Absolutely incredible

What can I say; everything in this trip was even better than my expectations- which were pretty high to start with.

The accommodation was great.
The culture was awesome.
There was so much food I don't think I finished a meal the whole time- even though the food was great.
The guides looked after everything, right down to which seat to sit on when we got on the plane to get the best view.

And the riding was AWESOME. Mustang was just another word so much more impressive than any of the videos or photos can show. Kathmandu had some great tracks and some great descents.

Was just 12 days of an incredible trip.

by James Fiske on The Himalayas of Nepal
Stunning riding, stunning country

This was an awesome trip no questions about it. The logistics were seamless, the guides fantastic and the riding, oh boy the riding. Simply the best I've ever undertaken.
It's not for the feint hearted at times what with hairy jeep rides up mountain pass and some pretty interesting small plane flights but every heart stopping moment is replaced by an even better welcome at the other end.
Some of the climbs were tough esp at altitude but we acclimatised well and i would rate the 'big climb day' as one of my favorite days.
Accommodation and food were basic but warm and dry and everything we needed at the end of the day.

If you are looking for a mountain bike adventure not just a holiday then sign up. You wont regret taking this trip.

Thanks to the Team in Nepal, Mandil, Suraj, Arjay, plus the other support staff for an unforgettable time.

by Michael Hutchinson on The Himalayas of Nepal
Amazing experience

Best trip I have ever taken. The people, the food, the riding...all top notch. If you are on the fence about booking this trip, just do it - it is impossible not to love it. There is no other experience quite like it!

by Romy Jacobs on The Himalayas of Nepal
Happiness

I promise, your heart will not be big enough to take in all the happiness this country and its people have to give. Riding though the Himalaya mountains and its villages was a double win situation. We had a blast riding our bikes and at the same time put huge smiles on peoples faces who were enjoying watching us having fun. Namaste Nepal, I'll be back.

by Julian Baker on The Himalayas of Nepal
Amazing biking in an amazing country.

I was genuinely surprised at how everything was better than what I had imagined. All the accommodation was brilliant especially in the Mustang valley considering it is so remote there. Some really great food too.
When it came to the riding the trails were awesome, the climbing was tough at altitude and my fitness was not the best in the group, but the guides did not make a big deal as long as you could keep moving and keeping some pace and it given the rest of the group the chance to take photos. When the trails came to pointing downwards though I had massive smiles on my face, looks of deep concentration and on a few occasions a face full of terror. All three of the guides were brilliant on a bike and that made for a lot of fun as you can really open it up and shred down the trails.
I am so glad I decided to book this holiday, a great group of people, not just the customers, the guides and the drivers and I would definitely like to ride with everyone again.

by Laurent Urth on The Himalayas of Nepal
Adventure in Nepal

It was way more than expected...trails, people, guides, food, accommodations, culture...impossible to beat that....probably best way to describe it: I woke up every day with a huge smile on my face (and that at 6 in the morning)!!

by Rob Needham on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mountain biking Nepal

I could never have imagined I would experience the best trip of my life! Shredding across landscapes I would only usually see in my wildest dreams! Being dipped into what can only be described as the most friendly and kind hearted country I have ever experienced! And to meet what can only be described as friends for life.... Sounds cheesy but 100% true! Was looked after from start to finish and felt priviladged to experience what I did. I wouldn't change a single day! This was more than just riding and culture; meeting best friends was a massive bonus.

by Tony Moffa on The Himalayas of Nepal
A Nepalese Adventure

All in all, our Nepalese experience ranked at number 1 for mountain biking and cultural experiences. The food was superb throughout and the guiding and logistics by H&I Adventures were near-perfect and seamless.

by Andrew Sherman on The Himalayas of Nepal
Phenomenal!!

You will not be able to forget about this journey to one of the worlds most mountainous and exotic locals. From booking to arrival, logistics, food, bike repairs, accomodations, cultural interaction and of course mountain biking, everything was top notch. Mandel, Rocky, Snowmonkey and all the H & I staff ensured all went swimmingly. Nepal is such a gorgous and dramatic place as is but the combination of mountian biking makes it almost dreamlike. I cannot say enough good things about Nepal and the experience H & I provided. If your on the fence about this trip, just "book it". You will be joyful you did!

by Sean Sealey on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mountain biking Nepal

The trip went above and beyond anything i could have ever hoped to expect going on a tour like that. It ran very smoothly, the guides were fantastic. The food, locations, environment, people were all amazing, i doubt i could come up with any "real" suggestions to make the experience better.

The greatest experience on two wheels i could have ever imagined having.

by Katherine Koriakin on The Himalayas of Nepal
Nepal is awesome!

I have to say I think the guide, Mandil really made the trip (along with Rocky, Snow Monkey, Robbie, and REM- yes these are real people...!) I thoroughly enjoyed their company (and humor!) and learned some great Nepali language and culture from them. They guided us through adventurous biking, insane plane rides, delicious food (way better than I was expecting!), unique accommodations, and amazing towns through the Himalayas and around Kathmandu. Nepal is such a unique place, I highly recommend it! The scenery is unreal, the culture is so rich and the people are incredibly friendly. Being able to experience on a bike made it even more rewarding!

by Ali Wheeler on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mountain bike Nepal

This was my first guided mountain bike tour & it fully exceeded my expectations. The diversity in the biking from Kathmandu to Mustang was exciting & challenging, coupled with stunning scenery & unexpected adventure. I throughly enjoyed the Nepali culture, the delicious food & attempting to learn the language. The entire H&I Adventures staff, the comfy accommodations & the company of our new friends on & off trail really made this a trip to remember!

by Matt Egan on The Himalayas of Nepal
Amazing Nepal.

What can I say..... this was my first guided ride and from the very first email enquiry it all fell into place.
Catherine is an absolute gem and had all the answers to my questions with prompt and direct replies.
I'd recommend arriving at least a couple of days earlier and just settle into Kathmandu, it's amazing people and culture. Mandil even organised accommodation for me outside of the tour dates which was central &extremely comfortable. His local knowledge and rapport with all he comes in contact with is a must, things run smoothly.
Riding Kathmandu valley was a perfect start. The riding was a blast, nice flowy sections, technical climbs & descents.The Terrace house was inviting, comfortable and like home. We wanted for nothing.
This set the tone for the rest of the trip, each day was something new. The riding was a wicked, loved every minute. Pokhara, Jomsom, Kagbeni, Marpha and so many places in between and off to the side we didn't need to worry about a thing which enabled us to absorb as much as we could of the culture, history and the most humble and toughest breed of people on the planet.
And the riding, did I mention the riding.
I could go on for days about it!
If you are looking at these reviews to make a decision on whether to go or not go all I can say is 'DO IT'.
Mandil, thanks mate, look for forward to hitting some trails with you again.
Catherine and Euan, an absolute pleasure, you will see me for another ride, definitely.

by Jon and Steph on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mountain bike vacation Nepal

Tough climbing & exhilarating down-hills, coupled with an immersion into a fascinating and amazing cultural, this trip has to be one of the most memorable vacations we have ever taken!!! Thank you Mandil and H&I Adventures for an experience that will never be forgotten.

by Nikki and Carl on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mountain bike tour Nepal

Thank you H&I Adventures. We had the best time in Nepal. Epic scenery, rich culture, wonderful food, remote villages, historical cities, hot springs, great company. The mountain biking was thrilling and challenging and off the beaten track. A bit of everything from prayer flag strewn valleys and jungle to breathtaking Himalayan moonscapes. We would never have made it as far as Kagbeni without your extra help arranging bespoke travel arrangements for us so thank you all for making this trip of a lifetime possible for us.

by Mark and Anne on The Himalayas of Nepal
Mountain bike Nepal

What a great way to do a trip in Nepal! We did our share of sucking air on the high elevation climbs, but the trip is set up so well to acclimatize it wasn't such an issue. And the descents made those thin air climbs well worth it. We went lured by stories of awesome mountain biking in a beautiful place and those stories proved to be right on. But it wasn't just about great fun on mountain bikes. The cultural experiences added so much and made for such a full, well rounded trip. A trip of a lifetime for sure!

by Gavin and Elaine on The Himalayas of Nepal
Nepal Tour

If you love the idea of riding some awesome trails in the Himalayas then this is a must. If you also love the thought of mixing this with a cultural experience unlike any other then even better. Every day is special in its own different way making this without a doubt one of the best adventure experiences you'll ever have.

Mountain biking in Nepal

Ride in the shadows of the Himilayas from rainforest to baron wastelands it feels like riding on mars. If you really want to see all that Nepal has to offer and I mean ALL book it!

The most amazing trip you will ever do!

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) for mountain biking in Nepal

  • Q. How many people will be in the group?

We only run small group adventures to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible, and there will generally be between eight and 12 people in each group. The minimum number of people we require to run our mountain biking vacation in Nepal is six.

  • Q. What’s the age range of people who come on this holiday?

Our mountain biking holiday in Nepal caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old, but age is simply a state of mind, as they say, and we welcome anyone over the age of 18! As long as you have a good level of physical fitness and good bike handling skills you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

  • Q. What style of mountain biking vacation is it?

This Himalayan mountain bike vacation is a guided mountain biking holiday, ideal for intermediate+ mountain bikers. Riding here, on the roof of the world you’ll experience some tough climbs and descents, as well as some lovely flowing singletrack. You’ll take three internal flights to minimise the time required to travel between the most spectacular riding spots. Altitude is a factor in this trip and we have some tips for riding at high altitudes and managing the effects of altitude.

  • Q. How far will we be mountain biking each day?

The distances we cover each day range from 15km to 50km, in accordance with the altitude and height gain/ loss on each stage. We will gain height gradually over the course of the trip to ensure that your body becomes accustomed to the increased altitude. Each evening your guides will chat with you about the following day’s mountain biking and give you an idea of the sorts of trails you can look forward to. If there’s anything you feel anxious about, your guides will be happy to discuss it with you.

  • Q. Do we have to carry all our gear with us?

No, you only need to carry a day pack with you whilst riding. We have a support vehicle and driver who will transfer your luggage to your next accommodation each day, and have it ready and waiting for your arrival.

  • Q. What if I come across a section of trail I can’t ride?

Your guide will be very happy to give you some bike skills training during your trip to help improve your confidence and your enjoyment of your Nepal mountain bike holiday. If there is a section that you would prefer not to ride, then you can simply hop off your bike and walk. You won’t be the only one to walk certain sections and it’s not a competition in biking ability; it’s a mountain biking holiday!

  • Q. Who will be guiding us?

Your mountain bike guides are local to Nepal and experienced professionals who have a real passion for mountain biking and for the culture and landscape of Nepal. Your safety is their number one priority, closely followed by your enjoyment of the tour. They will always be on-hand to answer any questions or requests you may have throughout your trip. Meet your mountain bike guide in Nepal…

  • Q. What sort of accommodation will we be staying in?

On this mountain biking holiday in the Kali Gandaki Valley of Nepal you will be staying in the best quality accommodation available in each area. This ranges from a hill-top cottage outside Kathmandu to local tea houses in the heart of the valley. Accommodation in the more remote villages up in the mountains is very basic, but you’ll often be staying in family homes, which gives you the chance to get to know the local Nepali people and understand something of their way of life.

  • Q. Which meals are included in the tour price?

All meals starting with dinner on day one and ending with breakfast on day 12.

  • Q. What type of mountain bike is best for the trip?

A good quality full suspension mountain bike with 120mm travel front and rear will be ideal for this mountain bike tour. The terrain you will be riding is rough in places and you will feel more comfortable on a full suspension bike for the duration of the trip. It is possible to ride every day on a hard tail, so if this is your preference, then feel free to come with your hard tail. There can be thorns on the trails in Nepal so we recommend that you bring tubeless tyres or tyres with thicker walls and extra thick inner tubes. We do advise that you travel with your own bike to Nepal.

  • Q. What about our luggage, what happens to that?

Your luggage will be transferred with the support vehicle each day, and your bike bags will be stored in Kathmandu, to collect on your return and re-pack your bike.

  • Q. What about tourist visas, how do I get those?

Short-term tourist visas can be purchased on arrival at Kathmandu airport and should be bought in cash in US Dollars. Travelers’ cheques, personal cheques and credit cards are not accepted as payment for your visa at the airport. Alternatively, to save time after your long flight, you can purchase your visa online in advance at VisaHQ.

  • Q. What will the weather be like in Nepal?

The weather during our mountain bike vacations in Nepal will typically be very dry and sunny, with daytime riding temperatures around 20C/68F. The temperature at night drops significantly to around 0C/32F, so make sure you bring warm clothing for the evening.

  • Q. What clothes and kit should I bring?

The daytime and nighttime temperatures vary greatly in Nepal, so you must make sure that you have plenty of layers of breathable clothing to ensure that you are always warm enough and can remove a layer if you get too hot, and you should bring a down jacket for the evenings. You should also bring cycling shorts/trousers, gloves, padded undershorts, flip-flops, specific shoes for cycling, sun cream, insect spray, and Advil or Ibuprofen. Read the full kit list to find out what you need to pack for your mountain bike tour in Nepal.

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Mandil Pradhan our mountain bike guide in Nepal

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