The Himalayas of Nepal

Breath-taking landscapes + vibrant culture on our mountain bike tour Nepal

Many mountain bike routes lay claim to the title of the World’s Greatest, but only on our mountain bike tour 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. You’ll also ride some of the amazing local trails high in the Kathmandu Valley – not to be underestimated!

Adventure photographers Dan Milner and Trevor Clark have both joined us on our mountain bike tour Nepal and perfectly captured the majesty of the Himalayas and the rich culture of the Nepali people. Take a look through the gallery to get a feel for mountain biking on the roof of the world…

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.

Following one of the most spectacular flights of your life, you’ll arrive in Mustang, the roof of the world, where you’ll experience some tough climbs, technical descents, fast, flowy singletrack, and the most breath-taking views you can imagine. Finally, we’ll ride in the Kali Gandaki Valley, the deepest in the world, with the towering giants of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri watching over us.

Tour dates 2018

  • 26 Mar – 6 Apr
  • 8 – 19 October
  • 19 – 30 November

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 on our mountain bike tour 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 Bike tour Nepal Itinerary

The itinerary for our 12-day mountain bike tour 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.

We recommend Hotel Ambassador in the Lazimpat area of Kathmandu as a good place to stay pre-trip. It is well located, close to Thamel and within walking distance of central Kathmandu.

+Day 1 - Group meet + transfer to Shivapuri

On the first day of your mountain bike tour Nepal you’ll be met by our guide at 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.

The last part of the transfer will be on foot, for about 15 minutes of uphill, so make sure you wear sensible shoes!

When we arrive at Shivapuri you’ll be welcomed with a glass of fresh lemonade and a view to die for. You’ll be introduced to your support crew and will then have time to build bikes and get settled into your rooms.

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!

Accommodation: Shivapuri Hill Cottage
Meals included: Dinner

+Day 2 - Tarebhir to Sundarijal

After a delicious breakfast we’ll ride straight from our hilltop home climbing up towards the entrance of Shivapuri National Park, and some respite from the glare of the sun. When we reach the park we’ll start winding our way up through the forest, on a more agreeable gradient than before, climbing all the way 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’ll have lunch overlooking the world famous Buddhist Stupa, Boudhanath, which we will visit after lunch, taking care to walk around in a clockwise direction. We’ll then visit a local thangka school, where we’ll learn about the ancient art of producing these beautiful traditional artworks, and you’ll have the opportunity to buy a souvenir for home.

On returning to our accommodation at the Shivapuri Hill Cottage from our first day’s 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 cycled: 19km (app. 2.5 hours)
Elevation gain: 550m

Accommodation: Shivapuri Hill Cottage
Meals included: B, L, D

+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 singletrack deep in the forest, then negotiate the ridgeline from the famous Helipad Trail, which takes us out of 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, focused around the glow of the fire and bound by chat of the day’s mountain biking adventure.

Distance cycled: 26km (app. 5 hours)
Elevation gain: 600m

Accommodation: Shivapuri Hill Cottage
Meals included: B, L, D

+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.

When we arrive at Nagarkot, we start our ride with a really fun descent on singletrack through villages (watch out for hens and ducks!). There are a couple of rocky sections before we’re dropped out onto the road, where we then start a 20-minute climb on gorgeous forest singletrack.

This will give us a spectacular view from the summit, out over the valley, and the monastery, which is our next goal.

The final leg of our ride takes us through 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 cycled: 21km (app. 3.5 hours)
Elevation gain: 295m

Accommodation: Guest house in Bhaktapur
Meals included: B, L, D

+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.

The day can be as quiet or as busy as you choose and also offers the chance to catch up on some laundry duties. A small, family-run local hotel will provide another warm Nepalese welcome for us this evening on our short stay in Pokhara.

Accommodation: Spa hotel in Pokhara
Meals included: B, L, D

+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 coffee 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.

You’ll encounter your first of many suspension bridges, and have your first experience of climbing at real altitude.

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. After tea, we’ll make our way back along the valley, crossing over our suspension bridge again, which will be slightly more ‘interesting’ than before, as the wind will have picked up in the afternoon.

We’ll roll into Kagbeni mid-afternoon and check into our mountain home for the next two nights, then enjoy a delicious and well-deserved lunch of dal bhat.

Distance cycled: 17km (app. 3.5 hours)
Elevation gain: 450m

Accommodation: Teahouse in Kagbeni
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 7 - Yakagawa Basecamp

After a shuttle ride to the 3,800 metre-high holy site of Muktinath, we will spend the morning gaining the last 500 metres to the highest point of the trip at 4,300m.

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 cycled: 17km (app. 5 hours)
Elevation gain: 600m

Accommodation: Teahouse in Kagbeni
Meals included: B, L, D

+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, fortunately, 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 first part of the descent from the top is fast, flowing and amazing fun. Then things get a bit trickier as the trail becomes steeper and looser, with a series of tight switchbacks to keep you on your toes.

We drop all the way down to the river, and then into the riverbed, for some rocky riding back to the road, which will lead us to Jomsom where we’ll have the chance to re-fuel with lunch.

After lunch we’ll wind our way back through village alleyways, fields and a short forest section, to the village of Marpha where we’ll spend the night.

Marpha is in 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 cycled: 27km (app. 6 hours)
Elevation gain: 450m

Accommodation: Teahouse in Marpha
Meals included: B, L, D

+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 to provide the inhabitants with trade routes means of communication.

The morning’s ride is relatively challenging, with a fair amount of climbing and some well-placed descents. We’ll have lunch and a rest in the sun in the village of Kalopani, readying ourselves for the afternoon’s rollercoaster of riding.

Our afternoon’s ride consists of some incredible forest singletrack descending, onto dirt road and through cobbled villages with children and animals running alongside us. This may well be one of the best afternoons of riding ever!

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 cycled: 45km (app. 6 hours)
Elevation gain: 450m

Accommodation: Teahouse in Tatopani
Meals included: B, L, D

+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 (three hours) 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 cycled: 23km (app. 2 hours)
Elevation gain: 200m

Accommodation: Lakeside hotel in Pokhara
Meals included: B, L, D

+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.

Accommodation: Small hotel in Kathmandu
Meals included: B, L, D

+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.

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: Our mountain bike tour Nepal 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 bike tour Nepal Price

£2,250 / $3,375 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 £430 / $645 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 £450/$675 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: 5/7

  • You have a good level of bike fitness, exercising at least three times every week throughout the year, for an hour at a time
  • You can ride a mountain bike for 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 significant 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, some deep ruts, 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 bike tour Nepal will start and end in Kathmandu. Your guide and/or driver will meet outside, just across the road, when you leave the arrivals area of Tribhuvan International Airport, which is the only international airport in Kathmandu, and he 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 bike tour Nepal are dedicated travelling 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.

However, we recommend arriving in Kathmandu a day or two before the tour start date, to allow for any travel delays and to adjust to local time, and we have put together this handy guide to spending 24 hours in Kathmandu.

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 bike tour 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 bike tour Nepal, so that you have everything you need!

Our mountain bike tour Nepal is for intermediate+ mountain bikers with level 4 fitness. The ideal bike for our mountain bike tour 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 tour 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 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 bike tour 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 on your mountain bike tour 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 tour Nepal with us.

Please note: Our mountain bike tour Nepal 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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WOW

WOW - what a trip!! From the lush green hills surrounding Kathmandu to the dusty trails of the Mustang Valley, this ride has it all.

The rides are exhilarating and the scenery is to die for!! The overnight accommodation is ideal and the food is delicious.

We were lucky enough to be joined by H+I owners Euan & Cat on the ride, who along with our friendly guides Mandil, RJ & Nishant, they made this trip an unforgettable experience.

A big thank you to Nishant for lending me his special edition MTB in my hour of need !!!!

H+I are a fantastic friendly and professional company and I can highly recommend them

Just AWESOME!!

By far the BEST trip I’ve EVER done on two wheels!!!From start to finish everyone at H+I took care of everything and made it just an EPIC journey and adventure. The riding was incredible and hugely rewarding, the scenery just breathtaking.

I made a lot of friends on the trip and it was a journey which will be deeply ingrained in my mind forever!!Experiencing Nepalese life and seeing first-hand how friendly everyone is, experiencing food, sights and sounds from Kathmandu to the Mustang Valley was just truly EPIC!! I will definitely be doing more trips with H+I and will be ticking off lots from my bucket list in the process!!

I would just like to say a HUGE thanks to Euan, Cat, Mandil, RJ and Nishantshah. Those guys looked after us every step of the way and it was just epic fun all riding together, tearing up every downhill and riding at the limit (sometimes over it!) was what made the trip truly special to me.

A great challenge and a proper adventure. Can’t recommend H+I and Nepal enough!

Best MTB adventure trip

Best MTB adventure trip of the many I've done through the years. The guys at H+I take you deep in the Mustang valley in Nepal..through hidden and nearly inaccesible trails where only a reduced and select group of bikers (mostly professional athletes) have ever ridden. Their knowledge of the terrain and their local guides are second to none and every last detail like food, lodging, logistics is meticulously planned to make a one of a lifetime experience. There was only one thing that I didn't like about this trip...When it ended!

Magnificient

I've traveled a lot around the world, but few places match Nepal. Especially the Himalayas! To ride in this environment was really awesome, and H+I with Mandil made sure the riding would be anything but boring! But this trip was about more than just the sensory experience and awesome riding, it was an adventure riding trough local villages, "high-fiving" local children as we rode trough, sampling local cuisines, and even learning about local customs and Nepalese Buddhism. Very much recommended for a holiday out of the ordinary!

Awesome Nepal

I wish I could give Mandil and the team a 10 instead of a 5, I could not have asked for anything more and they went above and beyond the entire trip. The knowledge of the guides, their riding ability, professionalism and character were outstanding. I would be honored to ride, hang out with them anytime and hope to see them again in the future.It was awesome and I hope to do it again. Thank you H+I for making it happen.

Trip of a lifetime

I had high expectations of this trip - they were met many times over. Each day provided something different, an outstanding view, an incredible ride, a new cultural experience. Each day was so intense, and yet so well planned. I've enjoyed a lot of amazing 'holidays', but this is one of the best and it will certainly be one of the most memorable.

The riding begins in a beautiful cottage high above Kathmandu - an oasis of calm after the noise and dust of the city. Days two and three offer some of the best riding - great single track, combined with the pleasure of riding through Nepali villages and paddy fields. But, already we were being shown some 'sights' - a buddhist stupa and the Durbar square in Bhaktapur.

An early morning flight took us to Phokara and a well deserved rest. The hotel is great and the rest welcome. Next day an even more dramatic flight took us to Jomsom and the lower Mustang. We were suddenly in the high Himalaya - it felt remote and wild. We experienced our first bridge crossing, and then three days of startling views and challenging single track. Each day absorbing in different ways, challenging riding, challenging situations and beautiful settings. Eventually our ride ended at Beni and a transfer back to Pokhara.

The riding was intense, fun and memorable. The cultural experiences were not added on, they were an intrinsic part of the trip. The guiding provided by Mandil and his assistant, RJ, was brilliant. They are skilful, knowledgeable, professional and continually smiling.

We followed this trip with a short trek. It was worth doing, and it was enjoyable, but it showed us how good a trip we'd experienced. Many of the villages on our trek were full of teahouses - the villages on our ride were 'real', full of normal villagers going about their lives. We had great views on our trek, but nothing like the views on the ride. We had great experiences on our trek, not least the experience of doing something on our own, but nothing like the shared experiences on our mtb ride.

It's nearly fifty years since I first hitch-hiked to Chamonix in 1969. I've had lots of amazing experiences each year since then, but this topped them all. An extraordinary holiday, well planned, well conceived and brilliantly led. Magic!

Living Life to the Fullest

It's hard to find words to adequately convey both the substance and magic of this trip. The days of riding are sequenced in a way that maximize enjoyment and fitness, while upping the ante on scenic wonders in a continually jaw-dropping progression. Mandil and his assistant guide, RJ, were professional, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and inspiring; they helped us all to grow as travelers and mountain bikers.

Not only was the riding excellent from a cyclist's perspective, the cultural immersion was genuine. We weren't tourists on a bus staring out at locals- we were riding through the villages and daily lives of the Nepalese, sharing joyful moments with their children and learning about their customs, beliefs, cuisines, and lifestyles.

There is no way to pick a favorite moment when recalling this trip- each day brought us new wonders, rewards, and appreciation for living life to its fullest. This tour coordinates complex logistics in a way that no solo traveler could ever accomplish.

It was an incredibly good value, and I hope to return another year for more breath-taking Himalayan cycling with H+I.

Himalayan MAGIC!!!

Sitting at the Hotel Tibet decompressing from the awe-inspiring last nine days. I lost count after day 4.
The trip is exceptional: well planned, very well executed and stunning start to finish.The guiding (c/o Mandil Pradhan) is a credit to the H+I team and the incredible crafting of the journey, the integration with local culture and the riding… well what can I say... it would just be more adjectives and superlatives!!!
I've done Guatemala, Utah, Azores and Slovenia over the past five years and this is tied for first place with Slovenia. An exceptional trip all-round. This is the mountain bikers' mountain bike trip of a lifetime.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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 Himalayas of Nepal mountain bike tour
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!

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.

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.

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)!!

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.

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.

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!

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 Himalayas of Nepal mountain bike tour
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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!

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 bike tour 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 bike tour Nepal is six.

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

Our mountain bike tour 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 mountain bike tour Nepal 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 20 litre 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 mountain bike tour Nepal. 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 Nepal. 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 tour 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 Nepal.

  • Q. Can I bring a drone with me?

Unfortunately not. We are working hard to provide each and every customer who rides with us an unparalleled mountain bike experience in every destination we ride. This takes years of experience, riding and planning to get right, and a drone adds a very real danger to the group’s riding experience and health & safety.

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