From US$ 1349 pp
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HELI BIKING GOSIKHUNDA
Heli to the Holy Lake and Shred some of the most Epic High Altitude Trails in Nepal.
Just a stone’s throw away from Kathmandu, Gosaikunda is a high-altitude Lake sacred to Nepalese People. This beautiful body of water is nestled between the rugged peaks of the Langtang Himalaya. The Mountain Bike trails are raw and rugged for skilled intermediate riders to advanced thrill-seekers. Starting on the rim of the Lake and plunging down through the old-growth forest and out into the terraced hills and villages, it is one epic journey.
Along the way, riders can immerse themselves in Himalayan panoramas and breathtaking landscapes. The trails are challenging enough to sate the appetites of the most adventurous riders. This is a perfect, short add-on to any trip to Nepal.
There are options for single or multi Heli Drops, Heli, and shuttle combinations, and the trip can also be linked to Langtang Heli drops. Please contact us for further information and custom-made packages.
– Heli Flight to the Holy Lake
– Stunning Himalayan Panoramas
– High Altitude Enduro Trails
– Exploring Tamang Culture
Who’s it for? Riders who are looking of a challenge amidst the Himalaya’s. Bike Packers
Length: – 06 Days
Fitness Factor: – Intermediate to High
Skill Factor: – High Skill Level on technical descents and loose rocky surfaces. Confidence on exposed trails.
Comfort Zone: – Authentic and Local
Upon your arrival in Nepal, a member of our team will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the Hotel. We have a meet and greet with the Guide/Trekking team for a trip briefing and gear check. We also treat you to a welcome dinner of Nepal’s Traditional dish Dal Bhat (Rice, Lentil Soup, and lots of Yummy side dishes).
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)
Meal Inclusions: Dinner
Head to Nagarkot, without a doubt, Nagarkot is the best place to ride Enduro inside the Kathmandu Valley. The trails vary in difficulty and distance, but they are all fun. The tour includes a full-day shuttle, for as much single-track fun as you can handle. The trails run through the jungle and rural rice fields and villages and boast stunning views of the Himalayas. Trail rating would be blue and black, the rider needs some decent skills to enjoy these trails.
Accommodation: 3-Star Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
The helicopter flight from Kathmandu to Gosaikunda takes around 20 minutes. Right after breakfast, we will assemble the bikes and head out to the trails. The first section of the trail is relatively easy, passing by breathtaking views. Riding past Laurebina Pass, enjoy the stunning landscape of Langtang Lirung. You will soon experience rocky and bumpy trails to Cholangapti. The trail then becomes smoother until Chandan bari.
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Right after breakfast, we will head to Syabrubeshi. The trail today consists of switchbacks and steep downhill sections which will test your riding skills. The last leg of the trail meets the highway. After loading our bikes, we will drive to Nuwakot. Time permitting, we can hike up the hills to visit the old palace at Nuwakot, a heritage site.
Accommodation: Nuwakot Famous Farm
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch/Dinner
Around mid-morning we drive to Kathmandu via Shivaprui. Here we get dropped off and ride all the way to Kathmandu via the famous Scar Route, 30mins of Heaven and HeliPad trails, its an epic way to end the trip.
Head to the hotel for a shower and some last minute shopping. Tonight we go our for our farewell meal in Nepal.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Included meals: Breakfast/ Lunch /Dinner
Transfer to the airport for your outbound flight.
Included meals: Breakfast
Entry visa to Nepal can be obtained either from the relevant embassy or consulate prior to your departure or at the airport on arrival to Nepal.
Visa on arrival can be applied for via the Immigration website. Just fill in the details online and then print a copy and bring it with you. Payment is made on arrival.
Visa on Arrival Fees:-
15 Days – US$30
30 Days – US$50
90 Days – US$125
The international airport in Kathmandu, Tribhuvan is located about 7km from the city center. Most of our package tours include an airport pick up. Other options are to get a pre paid taxi from the desk at the airport. The rates are fixed and fair.
Travel Insurance that covers evacuation from above 5000m is required for this trip. The current entry rules to Nepal also require your insurance to cover Covid related issues. Personal travel insurance is compulsory for you to join this trip. You must present a copy of your policy upon arrival in Nepal. Two companies we recommend for travel insurance are World Nomads and Covermore.
BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE
On the Annapurna Trip, the trails are a mix of rocky sections and powdered dirt/sandy sections, the trails are generally very dry and abrasive in most places. There are long climbs on most days and some bike carry and push involved in some places. Along the trails there will also be some river crossings.
Days comprise of an average 4 to 5 hours riding and plenty of time to explore and take photos.
We recommend the following specifications:-
• Full Suspension 110mm to 130mm travel xc bikes are ideal for this trip.
• Tire recommendation is 2.2 to 2.3 something like a MAXXIS High Roller or Schwalbe Nobby Nic or equivalent is ideal for this trip.
• Tubeless is recommended and we also recommend you bring a little extra Liquid.
• Hardtails are also okay for these trip’s if that is what you ride.
You should provide for your OWN BIKE:-
Chain Links, Spare Chain
Dry Chain Lube
Mech Hanger or Drop Out for your model of bike
Brake Pads for your Model
Brake fluid for your Model of Brake
The food on the trail is pretty good. Menu items vary for the local staple Dhal Bhart (Rice, Lentils, Veg Curry, Spicy Pickle and optional Meat Curry) to Noodles, Pasta, Rosti, Eggs and all kinds of soups and locally made flat breads, Oats and Potato dishes. Fresh Fruit is generally limited in these areas.
Vegetarians and Vegans are not a problem at all, there are multiple menu items for both requirements that are filling, nutritious and high energy. Though we do recommend you to pack nuts, dried fruit and relevant energy items. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact us before the trip.
A note on food related Illness:- Most people coming to Nepal get some form of stomach upset. But there are ways to avoid this, in most cases it is not from the food in the teahouses, here are our tips to stay healthy:-
Stay away from oily food in the mountains. Most of us are not used to lots of oily food for every meal and combined with the physical exhaustion, cold and altitude it can lead to upset stomachs. Try and choose light options like Dhal Soups, Soups, boiled and poached eggs, hearty porridge, pasta and rice (non-fired) dishes. Be careful with your hands, wash, sanitize and wash again!
This is an important topic, the tap water in Nepal is NOT SAFE to drink and mineral water bottles are an environmental hazard and we do not like our clients to use them. HST is trying our best to eliminate the need for disposable water bottles.
Our office in Kathmandu has free water refills. You should bring along some form of water purification. HST will not be purchasing bottled water for this trip.
During the biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in TEA HOUSES which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in others bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and have the following:-
• Limited Internet and 3G is available in 70% of the areas. The signal may not always be fast but it is there.
• Power and access to charging – All teahouse have this and you can charge phone, cameras and lights. In some teahouses a small charge is applicable for this (100nrs). But the electricity is very limited. Carrying a Power Bank or spare batteries is recommended on this trip.
• Hot water is available in all teahouses, but can vary depending on sunshine (some places is solar). Hot water is not automatic so please tell the guide you need it and he will make sure the hotel provides it.
Hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara are 3 star with all facilities.
The NPR – Nepalese Rupee and it comes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Notes with 1 and 2 paisa coins. Most places in tourist areas like Kathmandu and Pokhara will accept USD, EURO, POUNDS and other major currencies.
For travel in more remote regions like Annapurna and Upper Mustang you should carry local currency in smaller denominations.
ATM’s withdrawing up to 30,000nrs at a time can be found everywhere in the tourist centers of Kathmandu and Pokhara and also there is one ATM in Jomsom and Manang. Beware the local banks charge 300nrs to 500nrs per transaction above any charges your own bank may charge you.
Can be found all over the tourist areas and you can negotiate a little for better rates. On The street money exchangers give a much better rate than banks and hotels.
CREDIT CARDS are accepted in bigger hotels and business, the local service charge is normally 4%.
Our itinerary is set up to allow for acclimatization. As long as the riders take it steady, most people only suffer mild symptoms which are manageable.
Bikes are transported in our Twin Cab Bolero with a padded tail gate. Our drivers are all professional and caring when it comes to looking after bikes. When the bikes go on the mountain flights to places like Jomsom, the wheels are removed and the bikes padded and placed in the cargo hold.
If you get sick, you have options that include, returning to either Pokhara or Kathmandu with a member of our support team, staying and resting in place for a day or using a support vehicle to travel to next destination. It depends on severity of sickness and options available to the group at the time. For serious illness or accident, immediate Helicopter evacuation will be undertaken.