Where can you go on mountain biking in Nepal? Technically anywhere! And that’s what the sports offer to those wishing to travel to Nepal.
Mountain Biking in Nepal
Adventurers have taken their mountain bikes to trails that were only open for trekking previously. Many new routes have been opened as a result of years of exploration. Nepal’s lush green scenery and magnificent Himalayan snow-covered peaks have mystified and gravitated many to this country, and there is no doubt that every cycling trip would take you closer to these natural settings. Around the valley rim and outside its periphery, numerous routes have charmed even the weariest biker. We explore some of the trended routes outside the valley for this post.
The Annapurna Circuit
The Annapurna Circuit trek is among the most popular trekking routes in Nepal. When roads started being constructed connecting the Mustang region, many opined that this step marked the start of the demise of a superb trekking route. However, this did open doors for mountain bikers. Taking the jeep tracks through to Manang and crossing the Thorong La pass at 5416m, adventure awaits the riders on the other side of the mountain. The mostly downhill ride through Muktinath, Jomsom, Tatopani, Beni, and back to Pokhara is what most can’t forego. Often, bikers avoid the Manang and Thorong La and take a bus to Mustang to enjoy the ride back from there. A more variant route could still be to ride to Upper Mustang. These routes are favored not only for the thrill and adventure they offer, but also for the culture, hospitality, and exploration in the wilderness.
Ride to Pikey Peak or Sherpa Trail
This ride through the SoluKhumbu region takes you through the heart of the Sherpa community. The destination, Pikey Peak stands 4065m tall and gives thrill and satisfaction to any rider in this journey. Stunning views of Gauri Shanker, Everest, Langtang, and Kanchenjunga among many others, and ride through single-tracks along pine and rhododendron forests is what the trip offers.
The Great Himalayan Trail
Among the longest and most daring, yet most adventurous of all cycling routes is The Great Himalayan Trail that connects the East and the West of Nepal. The trail connects existing treks and routes to form one of the longest hiking/walking trails in the World and definitely is suitable for extensive cycling. From reaching some of the world’s highest peaks, the remotest communities, and high plateaus to enjoying the lush green scenery of Nepal and the hospitality that the country is well known for, the whole package would make an experience of a lifetime.
Hetauda, Chitwan, and Pokhara are places popular for local cycling. The three places are most often connected with accompanying jeep rides, however, you can enjoy the freedom in your bicycles. Hetauda is well known for its single tracks along the Churiya Hills and other routes. Chitwan offers outstanding jungle safari and cycling trails along the Rapti River. Pokhara is well known for its lakeside wanderings and hilltop rides to Sarankot and other nearby hills to view the mountain ranges. The combination of all these in a single trip is just an adventure extravaganza.