Epic Wild West – Bike Pack Rara
This trip is a little bit special and it isn’t one that you’ll find offered by anyone else.
Fundamentally it’s an adventurous bikepacking trip which means that you’ll be travelling light and carrying your own kit, it’s what you might call a “wash & wear” adventure. You’ll be serviced in very simple tea house accommodation and you will experience real rural Nepal at its most remote. There are few words that can do justice to the stunning and dramatic scenery, the authenticness of the local culture and the simplicity of local life in this little pocket of paradise. Oh and did we mention the Trails? One word – EPIC!
The Rara Lake National Park is heavily forested with ancient pine and once there you will enjoy loamy forest single track in abundance. It is a pristine and stunningly beautiful environment, and is rarely visited by foreigners (less than 200 per year on average).
Getting there is another matter. Rugged trails and high passes mean that you will enjoy plenty of hike-a-bike along the way, and thrilling descents as a reward for your efforts. Depending on your available time and experience there are options to take some easier sections of jeep road.
Lads and Lassies, put away your IPhone’s, unplug from the first world and saddle up for this unique adventure in the Himalaya’s.
Day 01 – Arrival in Nepal
dAY 02 – Warm Up Ride and Gear Check
Day 03 – Fly Kathmandu to Nepalgunj
Day 04 – Fly Nepalgunj to Jumla
Day 05 – Jumla to Chautha (2800m) – 34.5kms
Day 06 – Chautha to Rara Lake (3000m) – 31km
Day 07 – Explore Rara
Day 08 – Rara to Sinja (2490m) – 29km
Day 09 – Sinja to Chalachaur (2980m) – 12.5km
Day 10 – Chalachaur to Jumla – 23km
Day 11 – Fly Jumla to Nepalgunj – Nepalgunj to Kathmandu
Day 12 – Departure
Who’s it for? Fit, Skillful Mountain Bikers and Bike Packers who don’t mind roughing it and hauling metal up hills.
Length:- 11 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu
Fitness Factor:- Good cardio fitness and bike carrying strength and stamina required
Skill Factor:- Confident in rocky descents, drops and steep sharp switchbacks
Comfort Zone:- Way way off the scale!
An extended itinerary can include an overnight stay in the Beautiful Bardia National Park (2.5 hours drive from Nepalgunj) with the chance to see freshwater dolphin, crocodiles, and elephants; or maybe just relax in a delightful home-stay or resort village.
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Trail Notes for Bike Pack Rara
Just to access the trail head, we must take two rural flights in Nepal. But this trip is worth it. Rolling meadows, virgin jungles and pine forests and the beautiful Rara Lake. There is a lot of hike a bike on this trip so pack light and travel light. Descents are on packed dirt, loose rocks and tree roots, steep and switch backing.
It is a Bike Pack style trip, we do offer some porter assistance be prepared to be a little self sufficient. Lodges and food is simple and very local.
What is the average riding time per day?
Normally in this area we spend 4 to 6 hours on the trail, with a mix jeep roads and hiking trails. Expect to spend a good part of the day sweating it out on a hike a bike section and another good chunk of the day holding on for dear life on a seat of your pants descent!
Can this trip be shortened?
Yes in some cases this trip can be shortened, please do ask us. But we need to consider key points like proper acclimatization and also your personal riding fitness and skill level.
What sort of bike should I bring for this trip?
A light bike, able to carry some gear and that can rip steep and tight trails. Don’t bring a finicky hard to maintain bike on this trip.
What spare parts can I get in Nepal?
We have a shop in Thamel where most spare parts for bikes are available, things like tubes, tires, chains, lubes and chain links can be brought. Specialist things like tubeless liquid, spare parts for 1 x 12 and brakes pads other than Shimano should be brought with you, or check with us first.
What is the accommodation like?
In Kathmandu and other major cities, the accommodation we use is 3 star with attached bathroom, hot water, WiFi and back up power. All other accommodation is home-stay like, simple but nice. This trip is about experience not luxury. Expect squat toilets outside, bucket showers and hard beds.
How do I pay for the trip?
If you decide to book this trip with Himalayan Single Track, we take 20% deposit at the time of booking paid by bank transfer. Balance should be paid on arrival by cash or credit card
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