The bring is proving to be more fickle weather-wise than normal. But this has meant the mountains are covered in snow, making the back drops that much more dramatic.
There is always a reason to smile when the single track looks like this …
This is such a quintessential photo of what mountain biking in Upper Mustang is. Flowing trails (after brutal climbs), mountains bigger than belief and riders with big smiles.
This picture tells the story of where the trail leads, single track for miles and miles, meandering along the hillside.
One of the features of Upper Mustang is the eye catching, red, yellow and white washed buildings. This one is the Princess Palace and Library in Charang
The red cliffs of Dhakma always make for a dramatic background. This small side valley is always green thanks to natural spring and bog at its head. The red cliffs where home to some of the original inhabitants of the region.
Material imitating natural! Prayer flags are one of the most iconic features in the Himalaya’s. Their colorful threads flap to the tune of the wind. “Om Mani Padmi Om”
Children of the Himalaya’s are bone into the wind, snow and dust of a harsh landscape. But they are strong, rosy cheeked and ready for life, where ever it leads them.
No mountain bike ride in the Himalaya’s is complete without multiple tea stops each day. Hot, soothing and energy giving, tea in its most simple form is one of the delights of the Mountains. A great time to rest and also meet local people.
Lo Mantang from afar looks like a simple town, but in reality it is a an intricate maze of old houses, Monasteries and lane ways. A great place to step back in time and explore the hidden history and culture.
A long time in the planning. This is a trip that is beyond the riders expectation and imagination.
Sometimes its like this. You to carry to get to the top.
Groups start as strangers, but finish as friends. That is the story of mountain biking in Mustang, shared experiences in a time and places still trying to hide from the modern world.