Access Trips CEO Tamar Lowell discusses Nepal as an up-and-coming mountain biking destination in her recent Huffington Post column.
What better place to practice and improve your mountain biking than to bike Nepal, among the world’s most spectacular mountains? Surrounded by snow-capped 20,000+ foot Himalayan peaks, our Nepal mountain biking trip winds through ancient hillside hamlets, terraced farmland, rice paddies and fast-flowing rivers. We'll stop to chat with monks at small Buddhist temples and for a cup of tea with the friendly locals whose traditional lifestyle has remained unchanged for generations. Mountain biking in Nepal gives us the versatility to explore the diversity of cultures nestled in small, untouched, traditional villages high in the Himalayas and far off the tourist trails.
Since Access Trips specializes in exotic learning adventures, our Nepal bike trip is geared toward advanced beginner and intermediate mountain bikers who want to improve their skills. You’ll learn and practice technical skills while riding with our experienced coaches on a mix of trails and unpaved roads. Although this is not a high altitude trip, you must be very physically fit to bike Nepal, with good stamina and endurance to ride 20-35 miles (30-55km) per day. But you can hop in our 4WD support van if you need a break!
Although you are biking through very remote areas of Nepal, we have scouted the best accommodations available. A few nights will be spent in basic but cozy guesthouses, often with incredible views, and most nights you will be sleeping in top-rated hotels.
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OUR NEPAL BIKE INSTRUCTION PROGRAM
Biking through a breathtaking and culturally rich country like Nepal is enjoyable in itself, but you'll find the experience that much more satisfying as you challenge yourself and improve your biking performance during your travels. Our Nepal mountain biking tours are especially suited to those who have some experience mountain biking, including advanced beginners, intermediates and advanced bikers.
There is so much to learn in order to become a great mountain biker, so one of our goals for long-term improvement is to give you all the knowledge and advice that you need to be able to continue to learn even after you`ve left us. The flexible and relaxed atmosphere we create is more one of riding with friends than partaking in a lesson. We work hard to select the best possible guides who are advanced bikers with extensive biking experience. Perhaps even more importantly, our guides are fun, open and easy-going people who love to lead bike tours.
ITINERARY - BIKE IN NEPAL
DAY 1: Arrive Pick-up at Kathmandu airport and transfer to your hotel. Stay in modern 5-star hotel.
DAY 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu Visit Kathmandu's cultural highlights: Swayambhunath (Monkey temple), Durbar Square, Boudhanath Stupa, and Pashupatinath temple. Stay in modern 5-star hotel.
DAY 3: Ride in the Kathmandu Valley Morning bike clinic. Bike Nepal's traditional Newari villages and visit Hindu temples. Stay in modern 5-star hotel.
DAY 4: Bike to Daman Bike through Nepal's rural villages to ridge above Kathmandu Valley. Stay in local hotel with panoramic Himalayan views.
DAY 5: Downhill to Hetauda Descend 1,900m or 6,230 feet in an exhilarating ride to the Terai lowlands. Stay in a local hotel.
DAY 6: Drive to Pokhara Drive to the Pokhara region, explore the area. Stay in a lakeside resort on Begnas Lake outside of Pokhara.
DAY 7: Ride to Kalikastan Ride to Kalikasthan, with fantastic views of Annapurna, Manaslu and Daulagiri. Stay in a lakeside resort on Begnas Lake.
DAY 8: Explore Local Villages Bike through Nepal's local villages on an ancient walking route between Pokhara and Kathmandu. Stay in a basic local guesthouse.
DAY 9: The Gorkha Trail Long but satisfying day of riding through friendly local villages on the trail toward Gorkha. Stay in a basic local guesthouse.
DAY 10: The Gorkha Trail Bike to Nepal's ancient kingdom of Gorkha, from where all of Nepal was united. Visit the palace complex. Stay in a simple local hotel with stunning mountain views.
DAY 11: Return to Kathmandu Ride to Khanchok and end our biking adventure with a thrilling 600m (2000 feet) descent to Arughat. Drive to Kathmandu for farewell dinner. Stay in modern 5-star hotel.
DAY 12: Nepal Bike Trip Ends Our Nepal mountain biking trip ends today and we'll drive you to the airport for your flight home. If you'd like to stay on for a few days, ask us about arranging an extension.
This is a low-altitude bike trip that takes you through the splendor of Himalayan scenery and traditional mountain villages. It is suitable for intermediate and advanced mountain bikers, as well as advanced-beginner mountain bikers who are experienced road bikers. There is little flat terrain in Nepal, so all guests should be physically fit. We have vehicle support on all but one ride, so if you get tired you can usually jump in the van and take a break.
Bike beneath the world’s tallest mountains
Expert guiding from knowledgeable local guides
Bike ancient walking routes, now unpaved roads, connecting traditional villages
Explore legendary Kathmandu
Van support on all but one ride
75% trails and unpaved roads, exhilarating downhills & uphill with van support
Important flight, insurance and equipment information
Herve (France), 4x returning guest: I started working yesterday but I am not very concentrated because my brain is full of the wonderful images of these 2 weeks I spent with Access Trips. It`s sunny every day in my head after this tremendous vacation!!!!