PRICE
From  US$ 1970 pp


DURATION
11 Days (09 Days Riding)


DEPARTURE DATES

Dates on Request for Private Groups

GROUP SIZE
Min 2 – Max 12 

Nepal Extreme Enduro 

09 Epic Days of Mountain Biking in the Himalayas at high altitudes and on Epic Trails

This 11 day journey in Nepal takes the rider to some of the very best high altitude trails in the Himalaya. While the trails are Epic, the journey to the top is challenging. The areas are remote high altitude wilderness and some of the trials involve 2 to 5 hours of hiking to get to the top! We never said it would be easy! But it’s worth it. We use a combinations of Jeeps, Local Porters and Ponies to assist you to the trails. This tour is one Epic adventure you will never forget.

Highlights

 – Riding Epic High Altitude Enduro Trails

 – Mountain Biking one Of the Worlds Longest Downhills

 – Discovering the Beautiful Culture of the People of Nepal

 – Journeying through the Deepest Gorge in the World

Who’s it for? Riders who are looking of an Enduro Challenge of Epic Proportions 

Length: – 11 Days (09 Days Riding)

Fitness Factor: – Intermediate to High, there are some long carry or pedal up sections.

Skill Factor: – Medium Skill Level on technical descents and loose rocky surfaces. Confidence on exposed trails.

Comfort Zone: – Authentic and Local



Day 01: Arrival in Nepal

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 Bhart (Rice, Lentil Soup and lots of Yummy side dishes).

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Dinner

Day 02: Nagarkot Enduro Day

Nagarkot is a scenic Hill Station on the Eastern Rim of the Kathmandu Valley. The drive takes an hour and we enjoy a full day of vehicle assisted Enduro riding on the trails made famous by the Asian Enduro Race Series. Trails vary in length and difficulty, but they have 95% good flowy single track and boast some damn fine views of the Himalaya. We stay overnight in Nagarkot enjoying the sunset views over the Himalaya.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 03: Fly to Pokhara and do the Peace Pagoda Ride

After Breakfast we leave the hotel and drive to the airport, where we catch a 25min flight to Pokhara. Pokhara is a chilled out lakeside town at the base of the Annapurna Himalaya. If time is sufficient, we ride to the Peace Pagoda, a 2 to 3 hour round trip with a short yet steep climb and a super nice single track descent through the jungle to the Lake. It can get a bit wild and slippery in some places. Stay overnight in Lake Side.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel (BB)

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Fly to Jomsom and Ride to Kagbeni

Wake up for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before we head to the airport. It’s about a 22min flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya, take a peek out of the window for fantastic views of Dhaulagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wing pit almost touches the snow capped peaks before touching down on the tiny airstripe at Jomsom. He we take some time for breakfast and getting the bikes ready for the journey.We jeep 40 mins towards Muktinath (3860m). From here we ride the famous Lubra Valley Trail, it’s over a 1000m descent on a switchback trail above the Lubra River. To get to the trail we have to ride around 5km over the Yak Pastures, gaining around 200 meters in altitude. We ride from 4100m to 2790 meters to the river bed where our jeep is waiting and drive back to Muktinath where we stay for the night.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 05: Gyu La Pass and Beyond

A four hour hike a bike from Muktinath takes us up to 4690 m, well above Gyu La (Pass) which is the gateway to the mystical Upper Mustang Region, this place the locals call Thamserku Hill. We have porter assistance to carry the bikes and the tea(An essential part of life in the high mountains). The views from up here are stunning all the way along the mountains including Nilgiri, Dhawlagiri, Annapurna and into Upper Mustang. The ride down is epic, rugged and a little sloping to start with, then fast and flowing with some epic switchbacks, loose rocks and sand. The trail ends in Jhong (3600m) for lunch. There is a small fort and Monastery here we can explore. A short uphill pedal takes us back to Muktinath.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 06: Thorong Phedi, Muktinath Side

Leaving early in the morning we hike up to the Teahouse at Phedi about 300 vertical meters above Muktinath, again assisted by porters. You can hire ponies if needed. This is part of the trail that goes to Throng La, one of the most famous high mountain passes in the Himalayas. After some tea we head downhill from 4200m to 2860m all the way to Kagbeni, an ancient village on the trade route between Tibet and Nepal. Have lunch here at the famous Yak Donalds, before shuttling back to our accommodation at Muktinath.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 07: Muktinath – Lubra Valley, Tinni Ghaun, Tuckche

After breakfast we head again towards Lubra, this time taking a slightly higher trail towards Gangapurna and swinging around onto the next ridge. It takes about 1.5 hours of steady riding and some pushing. From here it can feel like we are truly in the lap of the mountains. Our descent is around 7km of single track all the way to Lubra Village. After this we have a section of jeep track, before another short climb to Dhumba Lake. A cliff side single track trail takes us to Tinigoan and along the river to Tukuche where we spend the night. Tuckche. Some of the trails today are certainly not for the faint of heart and have plenty of exposure.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 08: Tuckche to Tatopani via Titi Lake

From Tuckche we cross the river on a suspension bridge and pedal up around 3km to Titi Lake, an awesome trail takes us back down to Kalopani with a smooth, twisting single track through the Pine Trees. From here we join the rugged Jeep track for a 1200m descent to Tatopani. For seriously good riders there is an extreme switchbacking stone staircase to ride instead. Tatopani is the Hot Springs, we can enjoy cold beer and hot springs.

Accommodation: Teahouse

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 09: Tatopani to Galeshwor and Drive to Sarangkot, Biking to Pokhara

A ride of around 22 km on an open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. The valley opens up near Beni and we cross the river for the last time, rejoining the main road. From Galeshwor we drive to Sarangkot, a scenic hill station above Pokhara Lake. This is a great place to rest and chill out, enjoying the stunning mountain views.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Fly from Pokhara to Kathmandu

Start the morning with a rural descent through terraced fields, villages and bamboo jungles to Lake Side Pokhara. After lunch we pack up the bikes and take the 4pm flight to Kathmandu. Back in town it’s time for last minute shopping.

Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Departure from Nepal

We will transfer you to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodation: None

Meal Inclusions: Breakfast


VISA INFORMATION

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 

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

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.

INSURANCE

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

FOOD/MEALS

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!

DRINKING WATER

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.

ACCOMMODATION

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.

CURRENCY

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.

MONEY EXCHANGERS

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%.


What is the risk of Altitude Sickness?

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. 

How will my bike be transported?

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. 


What Happens if I get Sick?

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. 


What level of training do the guides have?

All our guides hold the Government regulation trekking guide license as per the Law of Nepal. On top of this, as per our own company policy, Himalayan Single Track is the ONLY mountain bike company in Nepal to have international licensed mountain bike guides either through the MBLA Scheme or the MIAS Schemes. This is because to date Nepal Tourism sector does not have a safety regulation standard for mountain bike guides. On top of this all our guides have Valid wilderness first aid certification. 

Is tipping expected in Nepal?

Tipping is not compulsory but it is expected and very much appreciated. 

What sort of food is on offer in the guest houses?

Teahouses have a wide variety of simple and hearty foods like Momos, Chow Mein, Rice dishes, pasta, eggs, vegetables and curries as well as breakfast items, porridge, cereal, omelets and local breads. 

Do you cater for Vegetarian’s/Vegans and Specials Diets?

Yes we do. Options are many in Nepal. Please inform us prior to the trip so we can make sure your dietary needs are properly looked after.

Should I take Diamox?

Taking Diamox (medication for altitude) is a personal choice, though it is a good if idea you are worried about the affects of altitude. It should be taken in advance of the trip. Please consult your Doctor before taking any medications. 

What happens if my bike breaks?

Our guides will try their best to fix the bike. Where possible a replacement bike will be brought to you, though given the remote terrine of Nepal, this make take an extra day or so. 

Do you take pictures of the trip?

Most of our guides will take photos of the trip for you. We also have specialized photographers/Videographers you can book for the trip if you need to. (Extra Charges Apply)

What if the mountain flights don’t go?

All mountain flights are weather dependent. If the flight does not go, you will get the option to drive on the same day or fly on the following day. 

Do I need a sleeping bag?

In most cases a sleeping bag liner is sufficient. In the colder months its a good idea to bring one. Blankets will also be available at the teahouses. We will send you a packing list relevant to the trip with full details once you have booked.

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