Wake up to mornings filled with gorgeous views
Cycle up to an altitude of 4,000m
Roll those wheels in the worlds deepest valley
Be exposed to a unique local culture
Test your MTB skills and try the challenging terrain
Cycle where only a few people have
It's going to be an adventure you'll never forget

In the Shadow of the Himalayas

Duration
13 days
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$2,499 USD

This tour explores the gorgeous surrounds of Nepal, radiating out from Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom to Shivapuri National Park, the extraordinary Kali Gandaki Valley, and the Mustang mountains. You'll ride singletrack high above Kathmandu, sleep in family-run teahouses, follow a riverside trail between the mountains of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri, relax in the hot springs of tiny, hospitable Tatopani, climb and descend within sight of snow-capped peaks among the tallest in the world, spend a day in the cosmopolitan city of Pokhara, and reach the top of Lubra Pass. There is no better week in Nepal.

  • Category
    Mountain Biking
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    13 days
  • Culture Level
    Out There
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Mountainous
  • Distance
    116.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    14.9 miles
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Quick Stats

  • Duration
    13 days
  • Main Destination
    Nepal
  • Distance
    116.8 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    14.9 miles
  • Elevation
    4 - Challenging
  • Terrain
    Mountainous

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Itinerary Details

  1. Day 1Arrive in Kathmandu airport and transfer to Hotel

    On the first day of your travel in Nepal you'll be welcomed by your guide at Kathmandu airport and then transferred to your accommodation at Hotel Manaslu, a traditionally designed heritage hotel in the centre of Kathmandu in Lazimpat.

    Here, you will be briefed on the bike adventure ahead, and introduced to the support crew. A welcome dinner is also arranged for the night.

    • Hotel Manaslu or similar
    • Dinner
  2. Day 2Kakani to Shivapuri Retreat via Shivapuri National Park

    Enjoy your breakfast at the terraced restaurant with gorgeous antique craftwork embedded in the hotel design. Afterwards,  shuttle up to the hill-top town of Kakani at 2,200m. From there you will ride on a winding technical single track that offers glimpses of the snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the distance, before popping out at beautiful Shivapuri Retreat.

    At the end of the ride, descend to your accommodation and settle in for the night around the fire, reliving the day’s mountain bike trails.

    • 14.3 miles
    • -1,250 ft
      1,437 ft
      2,687 ft
    • Shivapuri Retreat
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  3. Day 3Shivapuri to Boudanath via Tarebhir & Kapan Monastery

    With breakfast done, ride through some part of hustling city life of Kathmandu towards the peacefulness of Kapan monastery. You will spend some calm and relaxing time in the monastery and get to know its teachings, practices and observe Tibetan Buddhism architecture.

    Moving on, ride to Boudhanath, a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of the largest stupas in South Asia. You can take a stroll around the pavements of inspiring white dome buzzing with energy, observe devout passersby, light a butter lamp and send a prayer where you wish, look around for souvenirs, or observe the whole scene from a nearby rooftop restaurant with coffee in hand.

    Your day will end with the ride back to the Hotel in Lazimpat.

    • 13.7 miles
    • Hotel Manaslu or similar
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  4. Day 4Sightseeing in Kathmandu Valley (Tours to UNESCO World Heritage Site)

    The day will start with a breakfast which is soon followed by a casual stroll to Kathmandu Durbar Square. The walk will take around 30 mins but it will show you hustling streets, the local  lifestyle and some amazing sights of temples. Once in Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will observe the traditional heart of the old town and Kathmandu’s most spectacular legacy of traditional architecture. You can stroll around the area to witness cultural and historical heritage and monuments.


    After the tour at Kathmandu Durbar Square, you will head towards Patan Durbar Square which is around 20 minutes away by car (travel time depends on traffic situation). Patan Durbar Square is best known for its artistic heritage as it is full of Hindu temples and Buddhist monuments with bronze gateways, guardian deities and wonderful carvings. You will witness artistic and religious attractions such as Patan Museum, Golden Temple, Krishna Temple, Mahabouddha Temple and plenty of courtyards and shrines. In between the tour, lunch will be in one of the famous roof top restaurants where you can observe the beauty of Patan with a view like from an eagle’s eye.


    The final destination will be Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest places for people following Hindu religion. It is a combination of religion, art, and culture and the place offers peace and devotion. The temple is spread across 246 hectares of land abounds in temples and monuments whereby hundreds of rituals are performed every day. The temple premises is an open museum. This national treasure was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1979.


    After a day of wandering, you will travel back to the hotel in Lazimpat and get ready for the adventure that lies ahead.

    • 11.8 miles
    • Hotel Manaslu or similar
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  5. Day 5Flight to Pokhara

    Today starts with an early morning flight to the lake city of Pokhara. There will be breakfast upon arrival before heading out to explore Pokhara and its lively markets, and maybe enjoy a pedal boat race! Today is a free day. There's an opportunity to do some laundry in Pokhara. You'll stay in a small hotel in Pokhara this evening.

    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  6. Day 6Morning flight to Jomsom and ride to Kagbeni

    Today starts with what has been described as the world's most dramatic plane journey, a spectacular mountain flight into Jomsom – the heart of the Kali Gandaki Valley (the world's deepest valley). After collecting the luggage the group will settle down to some breakfast, then embark on one of the most emotional mountain bike rides of their life, drawing to a pause for the night in the town of Kagbeni at 2,900m (9,500ft), and accommodations in another family-run teahouse.

    • 9.3 miles
    • 902.2 ft
      2,296.6 ft
      1,394.4 ft
    • Family-run tea house
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  7. Day 7Trip to Muktinath and back to Kagbeni

    This is your climbing day in the Mustang region! You will spend today gaining height from Kagbeni at 2,900m (9,500ft), to Muktinath at 3,800m (12,400ft). The landscape is dry and desert-like but with majestic mountains in the background which makes the entire scene mesmerising.

    Once there you can explore the cultural and religious sites before grabbing some lunch. Afterwards cycle on a stunning single track descent that will see you weave through Nepalese villages before dropping out onto a fast, open descent back down to Kagbeni. Accommodation tonight is in a family-run teahouse.

    • 15.5 miles

    • 3,362.9 ft
      3,362.9 ft
    • Family-run tea house
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  8. Day 8Kagbeni to Jharkot to Marpha

    Today starts with a shuttle up to Jharkot, which lies just short of Muktinath. Off-load your bike and start today with a 300m (1,000ft) ascent to a breath-taking trail through the Lubra Pass at 4,100m (13,400ft). After a series of photo opportunities, you will descend one of the main trail highlights of the trip to Marpha (2,700m (8,800ft)), the apple growing region of the Mustang valley. You will stay in another traditional teahouse for the night.

    • 15.5 miles
    • -3,477.7 ft
      984.3 ft
      4,461.9 ft
    • Family-run tea house
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  9. Day 9Marpha to Tatopani

    You'll ride through Kali Gandaki, the world's deepest valley, today, between the two 8,000m (26,000ft) giants Mount Annapurna and Mount Dhaulagiri. Criss-cross the valley on perfect single track and huge suspension bridges that link village to village in the Mustang region, providing the inhabitants with a trade route and means of communication. Today's ride ends in the hot spring town of Tatopani, a great way to unwind after a week of mountain biking. Accommodation will be in a local teahouse.

    • 28.6 miles
    • -4,527.6 ft
      885.8 ft
      5,413.4 ft
    • Family-run tea house
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  10. Day 10Tatopani to Beni and transfer to Pokhara

    Riding on dirt trails today, these are your last few hours on the bike in the Mustang region of Nepal. It may be a dirt road, but you are mountain biking in Nepal, a place where dirt roads are fun! On reaching the town of Beni the group packs into the van and transfers to Pokhara. Once checked into the hotel, you have a free afternoon to pick up all the last minute presents, and sample and enjoy the renowned night life in Pokhara. Your accommodation tonight will be the lovely hotel you stayed in previously in Pokhara.

    • 13 miles
    • -1,066.3 ft
      131.2 ft
      1,197.5 ft
    • Temple Tree or similar
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  11. Day 11Fly back to Kathmandu

    Today it's goodbye to Pokhara and the glorious Mustang mountains. Catch an early flight back to Kathmandu, transfer to the hotel, pack bikes and bags, and hit the town for a final farewell dinner and drinks, before retiring for the night.

    • Hotel Manaslu or similar
    • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner
  12. Day 12Relax in Kathmandu
  13. Day 13Final Departure

    You'll be transferred to Kathmandu airport with plenty of time for your flight, and to say farewells!

    • Breakfast