In true Haku fashion, we’ve searched out a unique biking route you won’t find anywhere else.
A one of a kind experience where you can:
• Savor 10 days shredding epic single track in one of the most majestic places on earth. • Ride ‘the road less traveled’ and discover the real Nepal. • Ride with a pro – because we’re bringing along one of our favorite pro riders to help lead this epic journey and make it even more special. • See 8 of the world’s 14 largest peaks – all over 26,000 ft / 8000 m! • Indulge your senses with a sensational combination of rich culture, high adrenaline and breathtaking vistas that have to be lived to be believed! • If you’re an intermediate to advanced rider who wants a larger than life adventure, this could be everything you’ve dreamed of and more.
Is The Nepal Trip Right For Me?
For this trip we’re bringing together a group of bold, passionate and intrepid riders seeking a unique and extraordinary, ‘bucket list worthy’ adventure.
This epic trip 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- The thought of riding world class, physically demanding Single Track in one of the most spectacular places on earth really stirs your soul. 3- You’d relish the chance to shred with one of the best freeriders in the world. 4- You crave new experiences that are unlike anything you’ve done before. 5- You’re looking for a ‘different’ way to travel – something more personal and authentic; that brings you closer to the world and every amazing thing in it. 6- You believe the real magic lies well off the beaten track, where the best local secrets just can’t be Googled. 7- You’re able to adapt and go with the flow – both on and off the bike.
If you’ve read this far and you’re smiling and feeling more excited than ever, congratulations! You’re in the right place!
That means you’re as crazy as we are – in all the right ways – and you’ll fit right in.
If you already know you’re ready to ride, you can Lock In Your Spot today with a deposit of only $800.
Or if you love the sound of this ride but you’d like to know more to be sure, please Get In Touch today. We’d love to arrange a relaxed chat to help you decide if our Nepal trip and our unique, Haku Expeditions approach is truly right for you. We run all our trips as small group adventures for good reason. We simply couldn’t deliver the unique, extraordinary and off the beaten path adventures we’re known for unless we intentionally limit our numbers. But if you don’t want miss this epic adventure, you really don’t want to wait! So if you want to make sure you can join us in Nepal, Get In Touch today.
Or if you already know you’re ready to ride, you can Lock In Your Spot right away. NEPAL WILL LEAVE YOU BREATHLESS!
Why Ride With Us?
At Haku Expeditions we live and breath mountain biking, and we’re already known for delivering the best mountain bike trips in Peru.
Now we’re expanding out MTB trips to another part of the world that is equally famous for delivering big mountains and amazing culture – Nepal. This is the newest of our adventures and we’re stoked to be sharing this ride with you.
RIDE WITH A PRO!
We’re also bringing one of our favorite pro riders to Nepal to help make this one of kind trip even more special! Geoff Gulevich (@geoffgulevich) has firmly established himself as one of the best freeriders in the world. He’s a fixture at competitions like the Suzuki Nine Knights, Red Bull Rampage and Crankworx Whistler. Geoff thrives on versatility, being just as comfortable on remote all mountain adventures in the Andes as he is hitting the Oakley Sender at Rampage. Geoff is well known for creating unique rides all over the world, including joining forces with Haku Expeditions to create epic multi-day itineraries in Peru. He’ll be shredding the Andes with us again on our 10 Day Trip of Lifetime in Peru and 7 Day Peru MTB Downhill trip in November. And you could be riding with him in Nepal if you join our first ever, Epic Everest adventure in March 2019!
This really is the whole package of world class rides, amazing culture and breathtaking vistas. 10 days or real adventure, packed with epic Single Track rides in one of the most majestic places on earth plus a host of other amazing travel experiences you’ll remember for a lifetime.
You’ll start by soaking in the local culture of Kathmandu. From there you’ll pass through the herd lands of the famous Sherpa people on your way to the breathtaking Everest region, where your days will be action packed with climbing and thrilling descents.
Arrival in Kathmandu
DAY 1: Soak In The Culture of Kathmandu. We’ll pick you up from the airport and save you from the crazy crowd that awaits. Then 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’ll 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 in Kathmandu. Accommodation: Hotel Meals: Dinner
Scar Route & 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 Asian Enduro Nepal Race
DAY 3: Today we transfer out to the Kathmandu valley rim to the eastern side of Nagarkot. Inside the Nepal Rangers training area is a sweet loop called the “Ranger Trail.” If the rangers are not training that morning we’ll have a chance to ride the loop. If that is not possible there will be many fun trails around Nagarkot that we can ride. Nagarkot is home of the Asian Enduro Nepal Race and we’ll 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’ll climb towards our last destination of the day, Dhulikhel, where we’ll spend the night with killer views of the main Himalayan Range. Accommodation: Tea house Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Himalayan Roads & 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, 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. 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 get to know these mountains well over the next few days. We will stop at a small Tea House in Japre where we will sleep for the night. Accommodation: Tea house Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Pike Peak Base Camp 12,000ft/3640m
DAY 5: 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
360 Degrees of killer mountain views
DAY 6: 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’ll spend an hour at the top to take pictures and to enjoy the views. We’ll then 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
Yak Herders & 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!
DAY 7: 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
Drive Ratnagi, Ride Nela, Drive Salleri
DAY 8: 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
Drive Ratnagi, Ride via Taksindu to Salleri
DAY 9: 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. 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. Accommodation: Tea house Meals: B, L, D
Fly back to Kathmandu
DAY 10: 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! *NB: Teahouses are mountain lodges located along many of the trekking routes in Nepal.
They are usually owned and lived in by a local family, and are like small hotels with more of a homestay feel. The lodging is typically simple but clean. Please Remember – we run all our trips as small group adventures for a reason. We simply couldn’t deliver the unique, extraordinary and off the beaten path adventures we’re renowned for unless we limit numbers to keep our groups small. So if you don’t miss this epic adventure, you really don’t want to wait! If you already know you’re ready to ride, Lock In Your Spot today with a deposit of only $800!
Or if you love the sound of this ride but you’d like to know more to be sure, please Get In Touch today while places are still available. We’d love to have a relaxed chat to help you decide if our Nepal trip and our unique, Haku Expeditions approach is truly right for you.
Please Note that the following are not included in the trip price:
• Mountain bike rental.
• 4 meals not listed 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 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.
• Ensuite bathrooms, hot showers and/or electricity in Teahouses – if preferred and available. Some Teahouses have shared bathrooms and cold showers. Some offer hot showers, ensuites and/or electricity to charge devices for a small fee. The more remote and less traveled a route is, the more rustic the lodging tends to be.
• Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and emergency rescue / evacuation cover for all activities you will undertake during your trip, should this be required for any reason. Please note this is the minimum insurance cover required to participate in the Nepal trip and should be obtained prior to making any bookings to ensure full cover.
• Any additional services or activities including but not limited to additional nights, optional trips and sightseeing tours.
• Water on non-ride days.
• Personal expenses such as snacks, mineral water, soft drinks, bar bills, entrance fees, photography fees at monasteries, laundry, telephone calls, postage, donations.
• Tips for your city guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants etc. Please ask if you would like guidance about appropriate tipping when travelling in Nepal.
• International flights to and from Kathmandu, Nepal visa fees, international airport taxes, and any excess baggage charges.
• Additional costs incurred due to unforeseen events including but not limited to: natural disasters, adverse road conditions, flight delays, labour strikes, fuel shortages, extreme exchange rate changes, etc.
On this trip we really will be riding the ‘road less traveled’! The very things that make this style of travel so exhilarating can also make it less predictable. While every effort will be made to keep to the planned itinerary, this trip includes groundbreaking adventure travel in the Nepalese mountains so we cannot guarantee the itinerary.
Weather conditions, road conditions, vehicle breakdowns and the health of fellow travelers can all contribute to changes. We will of course do our utmost to ensure all aspects of the trip run smoothly. However, a flexible, easy going nature and a willingness to adapt to change will be an asset on this trip!
(Please note: if you require or are taking specific medications it is critical you discuss this with us prior to your trip departure.)
NUMBERS ARE LIMITED
We know you’ve probably heard that line a few too many times before… But at Haku Expeditions, when we say numbers are limited it’s because they really are. They have to be! We couldn’t deliver the unique, epic and off the beaten track adventures we’re known for unless we intentionally limit our numbers.
So if you don’t want to miss our Epic Everest trip, you really don’t want to wait! If you’re ready to ride, Lock In Your Spot today with a deposit of only $800 and come join us in Nepal! I’M READY TO RIDE!
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