Nepal Epic enduro

Nepal Epic Enduro, the adventure of a lifetime: 

A 12-day mountain biking trip to the best enduro tracks in Nepal, fully supported by a local team in this beautiful remote part of the world. The trip will be full of emotions with a mixture of singletrails, jungle trails, jeep tracks, rope bridges, and technical sections.

Trip summary:

Day 01 : Arrival in Kathmandu

Day 02: Kathmandu valley ride – Fulchoki trails

Day 03: Ride Nagarkot trails

Day 04: Flight to Pokhara

Day 05: Scenic flight to Jomsom and ride to Kagbeni

Day 06: Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath

Day 07: Ride Lubra valley to Marpha

Day 08: Ride from Marpha to Tatopani

Day 09: Ride from Tatopani to Beni and drive to Pokhara

Day 10: Pokhara local trail ride

Day 11: Pokhara to Kathmandu flight

Day 12: International departure

Detailed itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

Arrival at Kathmandu, where we will pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Thamel. Final check on the bikes to make sure they are in order before the big trip.
For dinner, we stick to continental food as your system is yet to adapt to the local food.

Day 2: Kathmandu valley ride

After breakfast, we will start our ride towards Shivapuri National Park in the Northern Valley rims to ride through the forest trails and down the Helipad, a famous downhill track.
Overnight in Nagarkot, one of the hills overlooking Kathmandu.

Details : more than 20km of singletrails, D+ (uphill) approx. 400m / D- (downhill) approx. 1’100m

Day 3: Riding in Nagarkot

Your day starts in Nagarkot (2,175m) with breakfast and a panoramic view of the jungle, the surrounding mountains, and Kathmandu Valley. Starting with the ranger trails, we will ride through the natural reserve in the jungle, on single trails and wider paths. Our ride will end in Bhaktapur where lunch will be served. Shuttle back to Kathmandu and rest of the afternoon at leisure. Final bike check.

Details: 25km of singletrails, D+ approx. 460m / D- approx. 1’100m

Day 4: Flight to Pokhara

We will board a morning 25 minutes flight out of Kathmandu to Pokhara, with an amazing view of the mountains in the west of Kathmandu. The rest of the afternoon is free to explore the city of Pokhara.

Day 5: Scenic flight to Jomsom & ride to Kagbeni

A very scenic 15 minutes flight will take us to Jomsom, a village located at 2,743m, between the Annapurnas and Dhaulagiri mountains. We will have breakfast at Jomsom, check bikes, and head into the mountains, riding along the Kaligandaki Gorge. Destination: Kagbeni (2,840m), an ancient Tibetan village, the gateway to Upper Mustang.

Before reaching Kagbeni, our lunch break, we take a detour to Panglign by riding across the suspension bridge and on a scenic natural trail across the apple fields. During the ride to Jomsom, you will realize that Mustang is unlike any other place: characterized by its barren land, its windswept – desert-like hills, and its broad color palette: shades of pink, purple, brown, and gray. South of these colorful mountains lies Kagbeni, known as “the village beyond the mountains”.

After lunch, riders are free to explore the village, scattered with irrigation canals, apple trees fields, and beyond the modern Kagbeni village, abandoned houses – part of the ancient village, destroyed, according to a legend, by a demon with a lion’s head and snake’s body.

Details: 16km of jeep track and singletrails, D+ approx. 550m / D- approx. 400m

Day 6: Ride from Kagbeni to Muktinath

We start the day with the sunrise over Nilgiri mountain (7,061m) and the Kaligandaki gorge. We are now set for a good day of mountain biking in the mountains. Right after exiting the village, we start our climb towards Muktinath (3,800m), a sacred temple for both Hindus and Buddhists located at the foot of the Thorang La mountains pass (5,416m). A 3-4 hour climb up to Muktinath will take you to the starting point, where you will feel the altitude. We’ll pause for lunch so you can catch your breath, drink fresh water, and enjoy the lunch served in Ranipauwa, the village below the Muktinath temple, overlooking the valley. After lunch, we will ride down to Kagbeni village on dusty single trails across the mountain’s side where you can enjoy the fast and flowy sections.

Details: 30km of singletrails, D+ approx. 600m / D- approx. 2100m

Day 7: Ride Lubra valley to Marpha

We all go in the Jeep to be shuttled up to Muktinath. A short one-hour climb takes us to Lupra pass at 4,200m, where we could take a moment to enjoy the view.
We start with a challenging downhill ride through local mule trails, loose rocks, exposed sections, and tight corners for an amazing fun journey down the valley.

Lunch will be served in Jomsom, followed by a short ride up to Thini village, crossing Dhumba mountain lake, and then Marpha, a small white-washed village with small typical alleys, and famous for its apple pies.
To further explore local culture, you can visit the local Buddhist monastery.

Details: 30km of singletrails, D+ approx. 400m / D- approx. 2600m

Day 8: Ride from Marpha to Tatopani

After breakfast, we are now heading into the mountains. A short climb takes us to Naurikot where you’ll enjoy the view of the Dhaulagiri glacier. We then head down into the Kali Gandaki gorge, stopping over at Kalapani for lunch. Then we’ll be riding through a lush pine forest, taking us to a downhill ride to Tatopani, located at 1,130m. Later in the evening, the group can head out to the natural hot spring to relax the muscles.

Details: 39km of jeep tracks and singletrails, D+ approx. 650m / D- approx. 900m

Day 9: Ride from Tatopani to Beni & drive to Pokhara

We start with a 2 hours ride to the bottom of the valley before getting into the Jeep. In 3-4 hours we reach Pokhara for lunch.

The rest of the evening is free, to sit by the lake, enjoy the spa, do some souvenir shopping, or just enjoy a beer.

Evening dinner will be by the lakeside followed by a party for those up to it.

Details: 12km of jeep tracks and singletrails, D+ approx. 100m / D- approx. 350m

Day 10: Pokhara local trail ride

For our last day of riding, we’ll explore the surroundings of Pokhara. Starting with a drive up to the famous World Peace Pagoda, perched on a hill across the lake from Pokhara, we’ll start riding the downhill trails down to the city. Then head back to the hotel and relax.

Details: 10km of singletrails, D+ approx. 100m / D- approx. 400m

Day 11: Flight to Kathmandu

After a good sleep and a late breakfast, we are heading to Kathmandu. After the flight, we enjoy our lunch in the capital. The afternoon is for leisure to explore the city, and visit the temples, such as the Boudhanath Stupa in the heart of the old town or the Pashupatinath Temple. Your bike will be waiting for you at the hotel.

Day 12: International departure

In the morning, it’s time to pack your bike, and then we will drop you off at the airport for your flight back home.

Price :

3100.- CHF per person from 3-4 persons

2900.- CHF per person from 5-6 persons

2700.- CHF per person from 7-10 persons

Reservation and registration: 800.- CHF pp


Terms of cancelation :

Cancellation 3+ months before departure: 100% deposit refund
Cancellation 2 months before departure: refund of 50% deposit
Cancellation less than 2 months before departure: the deposit will not be refunded

Included :

  • Guide (Swiss Cycling Guide) and local guides
  • Nights in lodges and tea houses
  • Meals (morning, noon, evening) upon arrival
  • Transport (flights, jeep, etc.)
  • Baggage transfer
  • Technical assistance and advice
  • About 2000 D- per day
  • The best trails in Nepal

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages

Dates :

From February 15th to 26th, 2023

From October 17th to 28th, 2023

Equipement

Basic equipment:  

  • Enduro Mountain Bike in perfect condition
  • Helmet and knee pads mandatory
  • Elbow pads, back, and gloves strongly recommended
  • Light jacket, windproof, thermal layers
  • 20l backpack and camel bag
  • Bicycle light
  • Basic medications and SPF50 sunscreen
  • Optional: sleeping bag
Other :
  • Additional tires
  • Tubes
  • Brake pads
  • Chain
  • Bicycle oil
  • Multi-function and basic repair tool
  • screw, pump,
  • etc.

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