Nepal Mountain Bike Trip

 

In true Haku fashion, we’ve searched out a unique biking route you won’t find on any other tour site.

One where you can ride ‘the road less travelled’ in one of the most majestic places on earth.

Where you can see 8 of the world's 14 largest peaks - all over 26,000ft/8000m!

Where the ride is physically demanding and filled with truly epic single track.

If you’re a passionate intermediate to advanced rider looking for a larger than life adventure, this could everything you’ve dreamed of and a whole lot more!

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 Is The Nepal Trip Right For Me?

This epic trip in could be the perfect fit if:

  1. You’re an intermediate to advanced downhill, enduro or XC style rider who eats, sleeps and dreams about mountain biking!

  2. You crave new experiences - something raw and unlike anything you’ve done before.

  3. You love adventure travel. Real adventure travel - where you can totally live it, try it, taste it and bring it!

  4. You know the real magic happens far off the beaten track, in places where the best local secrets just can’t be Googled!

  5. You can adapt and go with the flow - knowing the things that make intrepid travel more exciting also make it less predictable, so plans can and do change.

If you’ve read this far and you’re feeling more excited than ever about taking on this epic challenge, congratulations!

This means you’re as crazy as we are - in all the right ways!

So you’ll fit right in!

But we run these trips as small group adventures for a reason. We can only deliver this type of experience to a limited number of like minded and like skilled riders.

So if you want to make sure you’re one of the gutsy, bold and fabulously crazy people we’re bringing together for this epic ride, reserve your spot today!

Nepal will leave you breathless!


Why Ride With Us?

At Haku Expeditions we live and breath mountain biking and we’re renowned for delivering the best mountain bike trips in Peru!

After many years of creating and organising trips in Peru, we have decided to expand our mountain bike trips to another area of the world that also delivers big mountains and amazing culture. This is the newest of our adventures and we are stoked about riding with you in Nepal!


What’s Included?

This amazing, 10 day Nepal Mountain Bike adventure includes:

  • Airport Pick Up and Drop Off in Katmandu

  • 10 nights of accommodation in a mix of standard twin share hotel rooms, camping sites and local Teahouses*

  • All biking transport and shuttles

  • A local flight back to Kathmandu at the end of the itinerary

  • A local city guide and entrance fees for Nele Bazaar

  • A local bike guide (1 guide per 5 riders) with all of their expenses covered

  • Entrance fees and permits for all trails on the itinerary (NB: any changes requested by riders may incur additional fees)

  • 24 Meals, as per the itinerary

  • First aid kit appropriate for the group size and routes taken.

(Please note that if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical that you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure.)

*Note: Teahouses are mountain lodges located along many of the trekking routes in Nepal. They are usually owned and lived in by a traditional family, and are like small hotels with more of a homestay feeling. The rooms tend to be simple but clean, and are usually twin share. They often have shared bathrooms with cold showers. Some offer hot showers, ensuite bathrooms and electricity to charge cameras and other devices for a small fee. The more remote and less travelled the route is, the more rustic the lodging tends to be. We have not included the cost for ensuite bathrooms, hot showers or electricity as these options may or may not be available in every Teahouse, and prices vary.


The Epic Everest Itinerary!

10 Days of Shredding Nepal's Best Trails

 

We start by soaking in the local culture of Kathmandu. From there we pass through the herd lands of the famous Sherpa people on our way to the breathtaking Everest region, where our days will be action packed with climbing and thrilling descents. 

Arrival to Kathmandu:

Day 1: We will pick you up from the airport and save you from the crazy crowd that awaits. Then we will take you to your hotel where you can drop your things and relax, or if you’re feeling energetic and have arrived with enough time to explore do just that. We can take a walk though secret alleyways and into the ancient courtyards of Kathmandu.

In the late afternoon we will have a briefing to prepare you for the adventure ahead of us and put our bikes together, followed by a traditional Newari dinner at one of the tastiest restaurants of Kathmandu. 

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Dinner


The Scar Route and Shivapuri National Park

Day 2: Today we will ride the start of one of the most infamous trails in and around the Kathmandu valley - the Scar Route. You will have your first serious views of the Himalayan Range where the mountains seem super close and huge. After a short climb we will enter into the Shivapuri National Park 

Once inside the park we really start the single track! We climb for 4km and then descend for 4km on fast technical jungle trails. From there, we contour around the park boundary on jeep trails to Danda Gaun, where we will have a delicious Nepali lunch waiting for us in a lovely garden.

After lunch we head out to another sweet single track. This route has some technical climbing and fast downhill sections over 5km of terrain before shooting us out onto a 4km climb on jeep trails that will lead us to the final descents into the Kathmandu valley. We end up at the Boudhanath Stupa and will spend the night in a hotel near the Stupa.

The evening is free to wander around the local area and have dinner and drinks in one of the many great restaurants overlooking the Stupa.

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Nagarkot, Home of the Asian Enduro Nepal Race.

Day 3:  Today we transfer out to the Kathmandu valley rim. We will be on the eastern side at Nagarkot. Inside the Nepal Rangers training area is a sweet loop called the "Ranger Trail." If the rangers are not training that morning we will have a chance to ride the loop. If that is not possible there will be many fun trails around Nagarkot that we can ride. In fact, Nagarkot is home of the Asian Enduro Nepal race. We will definitely hit one of the trails used for this race that will take us down towards Nala, a valley deep below Nagarkot. From here we will climb towards our last destination of the day, Dhulikhel. We will spend the night with killer views of the main Himalayan Range.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Himalayan Roads and Epic Views of Everest

Day 4: We leave Dhulikhel in the early morning as we have a big driving day ahead of us. We will drive though the mountains of Nepal crossing rivers and winding our way along mountain roads until we reach our destination in Sigane. In Sigane, the peaks of the Numbur Himal section of the Himalayan Range will come into view. We will get to know these mountains well over the next few days. 

After a long car ride we will unload the bikes and stretch out our legs while being rewarded with views of Everest and the Numbur Himal! We will stop at a small tea house in Japre where we will sleep for the night. 

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Pike Peak Base Camp 12,000ft/3640m

Today we will head out and climb on a grassy ridge towards a lodge with amazing views of the Everest Range. We will head towards Pike Peak passing old yak herders houses and a long Mani Stone wall. Then we will ride though forests filled with rhododendrons until we reach the base camp for Pike Peak in the early afternoon. 

There’s just one lodge here at 12,00ft/3640m with four rooms in a separate building, so we will sleep in our cosy tents and use the dining room as our hangout. It’s a short climb to the summit at 4065m but unless there’s an unusually clear evening, it is usually better to climb before sunrise. Accommodation: Camp/Tea house

Meals: B, L, D

Day 06:  360 Degrees of Killer Mountain Views

Today we will hike to the top of Pike Peak where we will have a stunning 360 degrees view! We will see the main Himalayan range from Mt. Kanchenjunga, the 3rd highest mountain in the world, to Annapurna, Mt Everest and even more peaks over 26,000ft/8000m. Panoramas just don’t get better than this!  

The climb with our bikes to the peak will be about 1.5 hours. We will then spend an hour at the top to take pictures and to enjoy the views. We will be rewarded with one of the most amazing downhills in Nepal with over 6500ft/2000m of descent! Our 15 mile / 20 km ride will give us amazing views all day long! We sleep tonight in a local tea house.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: B, L, D

 

Day 07 - Traditional Yak Herders and Jungle Single Track

 For the next three days we will be based out of the same tea house so that we can do a variety of rides in the area. Here are some of the options!

Waking up to the sight of Numbur Himal is a great way to start the day! Let’s load up the jeeps for a shuttle ride!  We will head up to Ratnagi at 10,800ft / 3300m. Ratnagi is a traditional yak herders camp where you will see the temporary shelters of the herders. Through years of tradition they preserve the milk of their yaks and cattle by making cheese and butter. Check out the view tower for a nice shot of Everest on a clear day. 

Today's downhill is one sweet single track inside jungle for almost the entire ride. The 10 km downhill is both fluid and technical.  

We will have lunch at Dorpu and for those who want more, it is possible to go back up and do the downhill again. Otherwise we pack up the bikes and drive back to the Tea House where there will be chilled beers waiting.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: B, L, D

Day 08 - Drive to Ratnagi, Ride to Nela, Drive to Salleri

Wake up to another shuttle ride! Today we will head south along Silgodee Danda almost entirely on single track. We then start slightly downhill towards Chyalsa where we will stop for tea before another undulating section. 

We now start a long section where there are no snacks of any kind to buy, so please make sure you carry snacks and plenty of water. The trail is mainly downhill with a big mix of forest, villages and fields. We eventually reach Nele Bazaar. We will see if we can be here for a Tuesday which is the big market day when people come from near and far to do their shopping. We will have a late lunch before packing up the bikes and driving back to our Tea House.

Accommodation: Tea house

Meals: B, L, D

Day 09 - Drive to Ratnagi, Ride via Taksindu back to Salleri

We start the day with a drive to Ratnagi but today we ride to the north, climbing along a ridge line for a few kilometres, once at the top we have a brilliant 5 km of jungle single track down to Taksindu. Here there is a famous monastery that is a stop on the old main trail to Everest Base Camp.

From Taksindu we have a short and sweet downhill to Ringmo, another famous stop on the Everest trail! We stop here for lunch and with some luck will have have some of their tasty apple pie made with local apples. 

After lunch we ride back towards Phaplu and Salleri on a mix of jeep and single trails. We have an early night as we need to get up early and be ready for our flight out tomorrow morning.

Accommodation: Tea House

Meals: B, L, D

Day 10 - Fly back to Kathmandu

We have a stunning flight to Kathmandu on the first scheduled flight of the day. The rest of the day is free for you to explore Kathmandu or just hang out in a café and enjoy a well-deserved rest. 

By mid-afternoon our bikes should be back in town as they will be transferred back overland, so we’ll have time to pack up the bikes before heading out for a big celebratory dinner where we can share stories about our wonderful adventures in the past week!

          

 

Not Included:

  • Mountain bike rental.

  • Four meals not included in the 10 day itinerary - Day 1: B, L, Day 2: D, Day 10: L. On the 11th day when you fly out there are no included meals.

  • Any gear or equipment that you may need to rent/buy. Please ask us if you would like any advice about gear to bring/buy/rent.

  • Sleeping bags.

  • Single supplement for hotels/tea rooms/tents - if preferred.

  • Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation cover for all of the activities you will undertake during your trip should this be required for any reason. This is required as the minimum insurance cover.

  • Any additional services and activities including but not limited to additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours.

  • Personal snacks.

  • Water on non-ride days.

  • Personal expenses such as mineral water, soft drinks, bar bills, entrance fees, photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations, extra snacks.

  • Tips for your city guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants etc. Please ask if you would like guidance about appropriate tips.

  • International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal visa fees and international airport taxes, and any excess baggage charges.

  • Additional costs incurred due to unforeseen events such as but not limited to: natural disasters, adverse road conditions, flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc.

Notes About Adventure Travel

While every effort will be made to keep to the above itinerary, please note that this groundbreaking Adventure Travel in the Nepalese mountains so we cannot guarantee the itinerary. The very nature of this trip that makes it so raw, exciting and exhilarating also means that is it susceptible to change. Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travellers can all contribute to changes. We will of course do our utmost to ensure all aspects of the trip run smoothly but a flexible, easy going nature and a willingness to adapt to change will be an asset!