XC Nepal

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Overview

Dates/Trip Duration:

18th February 2017 to 3rd March 2017
15th March 2017 to 28th March 2017
4th April 2017 to 18th April 2017
28th April 2017 to 11th May 2017
5th August 2017 to 19th August 2017
20th August 2017 to 3rd September 2017
4th September 2017 to 18th September 2017
22nd September 2017 to 6th October 2017
10th October 2017 to 24th October 2017
27th October 2017 to 10th November 2017
15th November 2017 to 28th November 2017
1st December 2017 to 15th December 2017
17th December 2017 to 31st December 2017
18th February 2018 to 3rd March 2018
15th March 2018 to 28th March 2018
4th April 2018 to 18th April 2018
28th April 2018 to 11th May 2018

Open dates and custom itinerary are also available.

Physical / Technical Difficulty:

For riders with a reasonable level of technical experience (skills breaking on rough and rocky terrain, use of gears, and management of obstacles / hazards) thought to the passionate who can t sleep without his bike….

Description :

This magnificent tour of Nepal comprises 14 days of adrenaline-pumping action through dramatic scenery as we take you on a triangular journey trough this magical country.

It is a top rate circuit of Nepal which has been pioneered after extensive mountain bike exploration.

Starting in Katmandu, we explore this fascinate hub of culture and its medieval market squares, narrow lanes and hundreds of ancient Buddhist and Hindu temples.

The next leg of our journey takes us to one of Asia’s premium wildlife reserves. The wild and mysterious Chitwan National park is home to the royal Bengal Tiger, the one-horned rhino and many other fascinating species, including several hundred birds. Over the next two days, we explore the jungle by two wheels and on foot ( or on elephant ), and in the evenings we relax in beautiful surroundings as the sun sets over the plains of India.

We then head north where we will ride some of the most exciting downhill terrain in the Himalayas, both off-road and on challenging single-track. We fly you into the heart of the majestic Annapurna range and spend three days tumbling down through breathtaking scenary, ancient cultures and charming villages. Life in these mountain villages has changed little over the centuries, and we will experience kaleidoscopes of colors, sights and smells as we descend from the barren environment of the Himalayan rain shadow into the lush lowland of the Pokhara valley and many of its superb downhill for a day before returning to Kathmandu to catch your flight home.

Suggested Itinerary

DAY PROGRAM : Program is flexible. Feel free to suggest changes.

DAY 1 :

The Himalayas stretch over 2000 miles from Afghanistan in the west to Assam in eastern India. On a clear day, flying into Kathmandu is an unforgettable experience.

Transfer to the hotel, on the way from the airport, we pass through the shanty district.

DAY2-3:

First opportunity to get on the bikes we will give you the choice of the different circuits available. There are some beautiful ancient temples hidden between singletrack .

There are many special interest spots on this route, including the Changu Narayan temple – a world Heritage site. This Hindu temple was build around the 4th century and is dedicated to ‘Narayan’ – an incarnation of God Vishnu.

As we reach the city limits, our track takes us through paddy fields, and traditional villages opening up wide ranging views of the Himalayas to the north and tolling hills to the south.

Our trail leads us up to Nagarkot ( 25 km ), then we finish to climb to the summit ( 30 km altitude 2200m ) of the hill to experience a long donwhill to the ancient city of Bhaktapur ( 50km ), lying on the banks of the Hanumant River this city was the capital of the valley during the 14th -16th centuries.

As we enter this ancient town that is closed to traffic, we can enjoy a snapshot of life in Nepal stretching back hundreds of years. The cobbled streets and hidden squares paint of traditional life in the the Himalayas untouched by modern life.

We stay overnight in Bakhtapur.

DAY 4-6:

Leaving Kathmandu behind us, we take our private minibus south-west towards the flat topography of the ‘Terai’.

As we leave the Himalayan Foothills, we descend up the Gangetic plains in Chitwan National Park.

For the next two days, we have the unique opportunity to enjoy the safari experience on wheels as we cover 70km + of the area.

We ride on flat, smooth, and fast single-track through elephant grass, mud walled villages and ancient jungle. Huge hardwood Sal trees dominate the forested areas, and the reassess alone can grow up to 8 meters. As we explore the area in two days, we have to be good on our brakes and keep on the took-out, as there are plenty of unexpected encounters with the local people and wildlife. One hornered rhino, wild elephants, crocodile and tigers lives in the area of the reserve and regularly cross our path.

In the evening we return to our jungle lodge to rest after some exhilarating riding. Here we can watch the sun set on the horizon, and as the mist descends over the Park, we have a beer or two to round off another unique day.

On our third day in Chitwan, we head north by minibus to Pokhara, the beautiful lakeside town nestled in the shadow three giant peaks; Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Manaslu, all of which are over 8,000m.

DAY 7-8:

Set idyllically on the shores of Lake Phewa, Pokhara lies at the foot of the Annapurna range and is the place where our Club is located, our mountainbike’ s garden… Over the next two days, we explore the diverse Pokhara valley (800m), with all its interconnecting spurs and ridges, and we are ofered a variety of riding styles in this mountainbiking Shangri-La. The riding is multi-terrain with fast single-track trough jungle, farming villages. deep gorges, raging river valleys and past tranquil lakes.

We sometimes have to give way to collections of huge water-buffalo ambling along the past, and the occasional tipsy local making his way home from a wedding ceremony. In the evenings, we stay in our comfortable lakeside hotel, and enjoy the chilled out ambiance of this adventure’ s paradise, whether milling about in the bars and restaurants or out on the lake itself for spectacular views of LAke Phewa reflecting Machapuchare’ s ‘fish-tail’ peak in the evening light. Pokhara is the antithesis of the bustle of Kathmandu, and is the perfect tonic before heading off into the big mountain on the next lag of our trip.

DAY 9-11:
DOWNHILL – THE KALIGANDAKI GORGE

We take an early morning flight into the heart of the Himalayas, landing at a remote airstrip in the village of Jomsom ( 2800m). Although only half an hour in flying time from Pokhara, we are transported into a different world. At 6km deep, the Kali Gandaki valley dissects the Himalaya. It has been an ancient salt trading route connecting the Indian subcontinent with the Tibetan plateau for hundreds of years.

Getting off the plane, the lunar landscape in Jomsom is in stark contrast to the verdant Pokhara valley. For the next three days, we descend 2000m and ride 110 km through a diverse range of climates, topography, culture, religions and communities. This is rugged terrain with about 90% of the time spent in the saddle. There is no support vehicle for this leg of the tour ( we will have porter for carring extra clothes…). The riding is technical, and at times demanding as we steer round boulders, under rock cornices, trough tight passes and over suspension bridges perched hundreds of feet above the Gandaki river. As we pass between Dhaulagiri (8167m) and Annapurna (8091m) we are 6,000m deep in the gorge – a truly unforgettable experience.

The ethnic make-up, and hence the type of lodge accomodation and food available on route, shifts as we head south. In Jomsom, much of the local community is Tibetan origin, and as we drop down into the tree line and beyond into the basin of the Pokhara valley, the round Tibetan features give way to the more angular Ando-Aryan features of the Indian subcontinent.

GRADING : mountain trails – steep technical descents – jeep road
DAY 12 – 13 :

Return to Pokhara,

We can continue to explore the region by bike, or we can indulge in a range of other activities such as rafting or paragliding.
DAY 14 :

Return flight from Kathmandu (not included in the price)
The transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu ( by plane ) will be the day 13 afternoon or day 14 morning depends of the return flight time.

Pricing

Price: 1700 Euros

The price includes:

Hardtail Mountain Bike (Hydraulic Disc Brakes)

English speaking Guide

Full accomodation & meals (exempted drinks)

All the taxes and permits for visiting national park and monuments

Flight ticket Pokhara – Jomsom.

Optional :

Renting full suspension bike for all the trip cost 300 Euros (extra).

Information :

Depending on your come-back flight time, the transfer to Kathmandu will be, day 13 afternoon or the day 14 morning
Accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara will be equivalent to 2 stars hotel, shared basis (single supplement available).

For the Jomsom trip, accommodation will be local guest house.
Food will be a balanced diet as recommended by sport dietician, and will include local and international dishes.
All transfer are by private mini-van.
In the event of unexpected circumstances or bad weather, P.M.A reserve the right to modify the program.