Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal

Ride the spiritual home of the yeti on the Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal

On the 6th International Yeti Tribe Gathering we’re returning to the spiritual home of the yeti in the Himalayas of Nepal! You’ll be surrounded by five-mile-high peaks and stay in teahouses run by local villagers stocked with good food and cold beer. If the first International Tribe Gathering is anything to go by, this is going to be an unforgettable adventure!

Take a look through adventure photographer Dan Milner’s images of the very first International Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal in 2015 to see everything you have to look forward to when mountain biking in the Himalayas …

Your Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal starts with a few days’ acclimatisation 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.

Is this mountain bike tour Nepal for you?

We want you to have the best experience in Nepal, so it’s important to be sure that this is the perfect mountain bike adventure, with the right level of challenge, for you.

You’re an experienced mountain biker, riding at least twice a week through the season and comfortable on: long climbs on double track; steep, loose singletrack descents; rough, rocky trails, some with exposure; rutted, uneven terrain; and suspension bridges. Read more on our intermediate+ skill level.

Tribe dates 2020

  • 2 – 13 November (12 PLACES)

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 the Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal:

  • Walking round the ancient city of Bhaktapur
  • Sharing tea with local farmers on their rooftops in the mountains
  • The world’s most exhilarating flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
  • Eating apple pie in Marpha
  • Enjoy a mid-trip massage in Pokhara
  • Riding amongst the highest peaks in the world

Lupra Pass Trail

Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal Itinerary

The itinerary for our 12-day Yeti Tribe Gathering 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

We suggest 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 and within walking distance of central Kathmandu. It’s also where we’ll be meeting on the afternoon of day 1, so if you’re not staying at the Ambassador you’ll need to make your own way there for pick-up.

+Day 1 - Group Meet + Transfer to Nagarkot

On the first day of the Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal you’ll be met by our guides at Hotel Ambassador and transferred to your accommodation in the beautiful hill-top village of Nagarkot, located 1.5 hour east of Kathmandu at an altitude of 2,000 meters above sea level.

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

With bikes ready for a prompt roll-out the following morning, we’ll settle down to dinner on the terrace around the fire, looking over the valley below us.

Accommodation: Hotel in Nagarkot
Meals included: Dinner

+Day 2 - Nagarkot Enduro Trails

After a delicious breakfast we’ll ride straight from our ridgetop home climbing up towards the summit of Nagarkot Hill. Winding our way up initially on a paved road and then on a dirt track at a fairly steep gradient, climbing all the way to 2,150m.

Once we’ve caught our breath and taken enough photos, we’ll peel onto a fast and flowy descent through pine forests, and local houses. A short mid-descent climb later, we will ride through the forest again, all the way down to the valley floor. This will warm up the legs, lungs and brain in anticipation for the rest of the adventure.

We will catch a van ride back to our hotel for a scenic lunch before venturing out to an afternoon ride, where we’ll be introduced to the famous Nepali steps. Popularly known as the Eco Trail, it features a combination of flowy singletracks and steep steps down to Kartike Bhanjyang. What goes down must go up, and the day will end with a 30 minute climb back to our lodge.

Following our first full day’s exploring we will be treated to an evening meal giving us a taste of the local flavours up on the terrace and end the day by watching the sun set over Kathmandu.

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 5 hours)
Elevation gain: 965m
Elevation Lost: 1,770m
Accommodation: Hotel in Nagarkot
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 3 - Nagarkot to Bhaktapur

Today we pack our kit into the van and bid our hill-top home farewell as we ride to the medieval city of Bhaktapur. Although this amazing trail signifies the end of our adventure in the Kathmandu valley it heralds the beginning of our time in the real mountains.

After a short but steep climb to Nagarkot summit, we set off on a fun forest singletrack descent that continues through villages (watch out for hens and ducks!). There are a couple of rocky sections before we’re dropped out onto the road, and 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 Bhaktapur. Here, weary legs can rest in a fabulous local guest house, or go for a guided walk and soak up the daily life that is bustling around this ancient city.

Distance cycled: 25km (app. 4 hours)
Elevation gain: 460m
Elevation Lost: 1,020m
Accommodation: Guest house in Bhaktapur
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 4 - Flight to Pokhara + day off

We take a very early morning flight to the lake city of Pokhara. Once there we are rewarded with 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.

This day off allows your bikes to be transported up into the high mountains. You can spend the day 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.

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

+Day 5 - 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.

This 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 long 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: 16km (app. 4 hours)
Elevation gain: 550m
Elevation lost: 400m
Accommodation: Mountain Lodge in Kagbeni
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 6 - Lupra Trails

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.

Today’s first task is the 300m ascent to the breath-taking trail through the Lupra Pass at 4,100m. This 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 Valley floor.

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 Kagbeni where we’ll have the chance to re-fuel with lunch.

With Kagbeni’s finest dal bhat in our stomachs, we’ll board the vans to Muktinath for another climb back up to the Lupra Pass. This time, about 10% into our descent we will veer off the trail, and ride down what is the signature descent of the trip. A fast, flowy, thin ribbon of singletrack with the massive Dhaulagiri towering high in the background. Riders will almost reach supersonic speeds, riding over Rampage-like terrain in spots. Simply an amazing descent!

Distance cycled: 30km (app. 6 hours)
Elevation gain: 600m
Elevation lost: 2,100m
Accommodation: Mountain Lodge 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 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 afternoon coffee and cake in Appleby’s cafe, where you will have a direct view into Upper Mustang.

Distance cycled: 34 km (app. 5 hours)
Elevation gain: 600m
Elevation lost: 2,050m
Accommodation: Mountain Lodge in Kagbeni
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 8 - Jomsom to Kalopani

Today gifts us a beautiful ride, leaving the arid, open landscape of Kagbeni and leading to the lush high alpine forests of Kalopani.

Meandering through ancient villages, alleyways, apple orchards and some of the most pristine forest singletrack’s in the Himalayas, we follow the mighty Kali Gandaki River all the way to the Thakali village of Tukche. A spot which also happens to be home to the most famous apple crumble in Nepal.

After lunch, the ride continues along the Kali Gandaki through more undulating singletrack all the way to Kalopani – the designated exit of the Lower Mustang Valley.

Distance cycled: 39 km (app. 6 hours)
Elevation gain: 650m
Elevation lost: 900m
Accommodation: Small Lodge in Kalopani
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 9 - Kalopani to Tatopani + Transfer to Pokhara

This is one of the biggest no-shuttle / minimal climb descents most people do in their lives. Waking up in the gorgeous town of Kalopani, we will exit the Mustang today and head back to Pokhara. We’re not using planes this time, however, so it’s bikes all the way down!

We will start the ride with beautiful pine forest singletrack that will pop us into what is probably the most fun ‘road’ mountain bike descent in the world! With a great mix of dirt roads and cobbled village trails littered with children and animals running alongside us, this is a true highlight of our Nepal trip.

2.5 hours of non-stop descending over 24 kilometers, will take us to Tatopani for lunch. Then after lunch and a couple more hours of swooping, shredding, chatting and laughing we reach the town of Beni. It’s time to quickly pack the van, and transfer back to the comforts of our Pokhara hotel (3 hour drive away).

Distance cycled: 42 km (app. 5 hours)
Elevation gain: 380 m
Elevation lost: 1,900m
Accommodation: Spa hotel in Pokhara
Meals included: B, L, D

+Day 10 - World Peace Trail

Our last day of riding is a short one as we give some time for our bikes to be transported by land to Kathmandu.

After a leisurely breakfast, we will drive to the famous World Peace Pagoda, perched on a hill across the lake from Pokhara overlooking the city. One quick ‘kora’ of the Pagoda later and then we’re descending on a fun, flowy, yet tricky forest singletrack back down to the base of the hill. If time permits, we might be able so squeeze in a second lap as well!

At the end of the trail, we will ride all the back to our hotel for some relaxing by the pool.

Distance cycled: 8 km (app. 1.5 hour) (Or DOUBLE that!)
Elevation gain: 100m
Elevation lost: 400m
Accommodation: Spa 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: 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 say goodbye to new friends and old – until next time!

Meals included: Breakfast

Please note: The Yeti Tribe Gathering 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 to ensure you all have the best possible experience.

+Tour price

Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal Price

£2,900 / $4,205 USD per person (ex. flights, based on two sharing a room)

Because of the large group size, no single supplement is available on the Tribe Gathering Nepal.

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 guides 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)
  • Special Yeti surprises
  • Global Rescue emergency evacuation services

Price excludes:

  • International flights
  • Travel and activity insurance – try our partners WorldNomads
  • 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 mountain bike two or three times 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
The International Yeti Tribe Gathering 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.

If you’re arriving one or two days before the tour start date airport transfer to your hotel is included in the tour price. We recommend staying at Hotel Ambassador in Kathmandu, and we can make your booking for pre-/post-tour nights for you. This will also be our start point on day 1, and if you’re not staying at Hotel Ambassador you will need to make your own way there for pick-up on day 1.

The first and last days of the Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal are dedicated travelling days and we would ask you to arrive no later than 12 noon 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 tips and video on how to pack your bike for travel.

Please note: Included in the Yeti Tribe Gathering 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 adventure 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!

The International Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal is for intermediate+ mountain bikers with level 5 fitness.

To get the most out of the Yeti Tribe Gathering 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 you get your bike professionally serviced, including all suspension, before the trip.

+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.

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 and you can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: The Yeti Tribe Gathering 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 to ensure you all have the best possible experience.

FAQs for Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal

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

The Yeti Tribe Gathering in Nepal is a very special event and we can take up to 25 riders in the group.

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

The Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal caters for a wide age range; typically between 30- and 55-years-old. As long as you have a good level of physical fitness, good bike handling skills and own a Yeti bike you will enjoy this mountain bike tour no matter what your age.

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

The Yeti Tribe Gathering Nepal is a guided mountain biking adventure, 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 the Yeti Tribe Gathering in 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?

Any full suspension Yeti bike with around 140mm travel will be ideal for Nepal. 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. You must travel with your own Yeti for the Tribe Gathering in 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.

There will be a professional photographer on the tour, so you will have some amazing shots to remind you of your Yeti adventure.

Meet your guide Mandil

Mandil Pradhan our mountain bike guide in Nepal

Meet your guide RJ 'Ripper'

mountain bike tour Nepal - our guide RJ