Before Himalaya Downhill Mountain Biking, you will have a chance to warm up biking in the northern valley of Kathmandu where you ride through the greenery region via Balaju – Mudkhu – Chaurgoan – Jhor – Tokha – Budhanilkantha.
On a subsequent day, you enjoy a scenic drive to Pokhara enjoying the hills, rivers, and small towns. From Pokhara, the City of Lakes, you fly to Jomsom, the Windiest Place of Nepal.
- Jomsom (2700m), starting point of Downhill Hiking offers the finest view of Dhaulagiri ranges.
- Enjoy the best single track, zigzag trail, a sharp turn, at the motarable bank of Kaligandaki
- Steep uphill ride to sacred Muktinath Temple.
- Real taste of remote Nepal in Marpha village.
- Swimming at natural hotspring water.
- Enjoy the natural serenity of Pokhara.
You could be already in Kathmandu or you may be arriving on this very day, anyway, we welcome you to Nepal! On this first day we transfer you to your hotel and brief you about the trek if the time permits. You will not do much except observing the ambiance around you and get acquainted with the country.
At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trek. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance if any and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
After the pre-trip meeting, your biking trip will start at around 8:45 am. You will have a support vehicle and a professional Biking guide at your disposal. We will then assemble our bikes and head toward the northern side of the valley for our adventurous bike ride. We ride through the lush green valley via Balaju – Mudkhu – Chaurgoan – Jhor – Tokha – Budhanilkhanta (47kms) that will take around 4 to 5 hrs. This is the best single track in the northern side of the valley. The Zigzag way through the rice paddies and semi-rural local villages and you can test your skill on some fine sections of single track. The ride combines sharp, steep climbs, sweet downhills. There are many variations on this route so you can choose and take assistance from your guide depending on your fitness and skill. Lunch can be done on the way at various restaurants available.
Our staff will pick you up at the hotel at 6:30 am and escort you to the bus station. The bus to Pokhara leaves at around 7:30 am, and the drive is 6 hours including lunch on the way. A beautiful valley set on the banks of the Phewa Lake, Pokhara is also known for its panoramic views of Annapurna, Machapuchare (shape of fish tail) in the north, Dhaulagiri in the west, Lamjung Himal and Manaslu in the east. It is smaller and much less hectic than Kathmandu, hence providing the perfect place to relax in the evening.
There are numerous flights that service the Jomsom airstrip early each day before the Kali Gandaki wind picks up by mid-morning. To get used to the altitude and the weather condition, we assemble the bikes as soon as we land in Jomsom and ride the relatively flat river trail to Kagbeni, the border-town of the recently forbidden Kingdom, Mustang.
As we head towards Muktinath. This is the highest point of this trip. The landscape is extremely dry and desert-like. You may come across a handful of trekkers and pilgrims, mainly from India, on their way to the holy temple with the eternal flame in Muktinath that burns from a natural gas source. Reaching the culturally and religiously site with stunning mountain views is quite an achievement.
With thrilling views of the Dhaulagiri and several other 8,000m peaks on our sight we begin our descent. On the way, we pass yak herds and experience the centuries-old lifestyle of the local people. We ride through Lupra where black magic and human sacrifices (on dead bodies) are a part of the community rituals. We call it a day in Marpha – a picturesque community known for its apple orchards. The flagstone-lined village of Marpha is popular for apple farming. Don’t forget to try some local apple wine and brandy.
With a fantastic downhill ahead of us, we begin our descent towards Tato Pani (hot water), which in the local language means hot water. At the end of the ride, you can pamper yourself in the natural hot spring, which is located besides the Kali Gandaki River, hence giving you the time and space to loosen up your muscles and chill to the natural sound of the wilderness.
We carry on descending further down towards Beni following the Kali Gandaki River. We take a drive from Beni to Pokhara in a tourist vehicle which takes around 5 hours. We can enjoy and explore the beautiful view of Pokhara and its surrounding lakes while on drive.
Today you have a free day at Pokhara city for resting your tired legs.You can simply stay by the lake enjoying the views or go for a brief sightseeing adventure.
We return back to Kathmandu on a tourist bus on a 6-hour drive. A pleasant stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur in Kathmandu. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.
We will offer you vehicle service to the Tribhuwan International Airport for your departure for your home country. We extend our best wishes and warm love to you. We also hope you to see again in Nepal.
- Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
- Standard twin sharing accommodation in a two to three star hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara; Breakfast included.
- Lodges, guesthouse accommodation in the mountain, including breakfast. (mostly twin sharing and occasionally dormitory style).
- English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.
- Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike).
- The required number of local staff, porters and vehicular transportation to carry your luggage in the biking trip.
- Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for all staff.
- Annapurna conservation permit, and all necessary permits
- Down Jacket and sleeping bag (which need to be returned after the trek).
- Surface transfer from and to Kathmandu (Tourist vehicle Transfer from Kathmandu-Pokhara-Kathmandu).
- Surface transfer from Beni to Pokhara in a tourist vehicle.
- Duffel bag and sun hat.
- Farewell dinner in Kathmandu on the night before departure.
- Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
- All government taxes, vat and official expenses.
- Return air ticket To/From Kathmandu
- Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges).
- Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and US $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
- Lunch and dinner for the entire trip – around US $10 per person per day.
- All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
- Biking attire and other personal gears.
- Tips for biking guide.
During your biking tour, the entire heavy items are carried/transfer by porters and vehicular transport. Personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.
- Bike gloves – 3 pairs
- Biking glasses
- Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
- Long-sleeved base layers
- Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
- Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
- Hat and non-biking gloves
- Head torch
If you’re bringing your own bike:
- Brake pads specific to your bike – 2 sets
- Rear mech hanger specific to your bike – 2
- Bottle of dry lube
- Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid for
- tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
- Quick link to suit your chain
- For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal
- 4 seasons Sleeping bag (we can provide one if you need it but is to be returned after the trek)
- Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase
- Down Jacket (we can provide if you need one but is to be returned after the trek)
Upper Body - Head / Ears / Eyes
- Shade hat or baseball cap – some people drape a bandana down the back of their head and then put a baseball cap on to hold it. This can be a flexible alternative while keeping the sun off your ears and neck.
- Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears ( only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, November and December)
- Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeam, dust and wind.
- Headlamp – Black Diamond and Petzl both make several good ones. Make sure to bring extra batteries and that they are lithium batteries so that they will last in the colder temperatures. These are indispensable for getting around at night, reading, etc. so, don’t go cheap here.
- Some people like earmuffs; These are optional; a good hat, balaclava, and hooded jacket should really be sufficient, but this is a personal choice for some people.
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season.
- 1 pair liner gloves, thin wool or synthetic, useful alone on mild days or as a layer inside another gloves/mitts for additional warmth.
- 1 pair warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e January, February, November and December).
- Instant hand warmers are always nice in a pinch, but really shouldn’t be necessary on the trek. Bringing appropriate hand protection as recommended above, should be sufficient.
- T-shirts (2).
- Fleece jacket or pullover.
- Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket.
- 2 women sports bras, Synthetic, no cotton!
Lower Body – Legs
- 2 pairs nylon hiking shorts – Quick drying type, not cotton!
- Underwear, stay away from cotton (4).
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear – Capilene or other synthetic.
- 1 pair soft shell pants – synthetic, full zip from top and bottom preferable.
- 2 pairs trekking pants, preferably that zip on/off at the knees so they double as shorts.
- 1 pair cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis).
- All clothing should be kept dry using waterproof stuff sacks or large puncture resistant plastic bags.
- 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
- 2 pairs heavy weight socks to be worn over liner socks preferable for cold season.
- 2 pair lightweight socks, a good option for the lower/warmer parts of the trail.
- 1 pair light trekking shoes or sneakers. Good for around the camp/lodges and in Kathmandu.
- 1 pair hiking gaiters, good for keeping dust and rocks out of your shoes/boots as well as keep your feet dry as necessary
- 1 pair sandals
First Aid Kits
Please note our guide will also carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, we still recommend you to bring your personal first aid kit as well.
- Extra Strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches.
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains.
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides will have more extensive medical gear, but you should have the basics for general use.
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies).
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport.
- Lip balm. At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it.
- Sunscreen. SPF 40 is recommended and should be relatively new since it loses its’ effectiveness over time.
- Pocket knife or small Swiss Army type.
- Water purification Iodine tablets or Polar-pure crystals.
- Toiletry kit. Be sure to include toilet paper stored in a plastic bag, hand wipes, and liquid hand sanitizer, towel, soap, etc.
- 2 bandanas.
- Favorite snack foods, no more than 2 pounds
- 1 light weight point & shoot camera or 1 large SLR. Digital cameras are ok, but you must keep the batteries warm when not in use
- Hydration bladder with drinking tube and tube insulator
- A pee bottle for men and pee funnel for women
- 1 small stainless steel thermos