Mountain Biking in Nepal Outside the Valley Rim

Updated on April 23, 2024

Where can you go on mountain biking in Nepal? Technically anywhere! And that's what the sports offer those wishing to travel to Nepal.

Mountain Biking in Nepal

Adventurers have previously taken their mountain bikes to trails only open for trekking. However, many new routes have been opened due to years of exploration. Nepal's lush green scenery and magnificent Himalayan snow-covered peaks have mystified and gravitated many to this country. Undoubtedly, every cycling trip would take you closer to these natural settings. Numerous routes have charmed even the weariest biker around the valley rim and outside its periphery. For this post, we explore some trended courses outside the valley.

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 for the thrill and adventure they offer and for the culture, hospitality, and exploration in the wilderness.

Ride to Pikey Peak or Sherpa Trail

This ride through the Solu Khumbu 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 on this journey. The trip offers stunning views of Gauri Shanker, Everest, Langtang, and Kanchenjunga, among many others, and rides through single tracks along pine and rhododendron forests.

The Great Himalayan Trail

The Great Himalayan Trail is among the longest, most daring, yet most adventurous cycling routes, which connects the East and the West of Nepal. The trail connects existing treks and routes to form one of the world's hiking/walking trails and is suitable for extensive cycling. From reaching some of the world's peaks, the remotest communities, and high plateaus to enjoying the lush green scenery of Nepal and the hospitality the country is well known for, the whole package would make the experience a lifetime.


Hetauda, Chitwan, and Pokhara are places popular for local cycling. The three areas are most often connected with accompanying jeep rides. However, you can enjoy freedom on 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. Combining all these in a single trip is just an adventure extravaganza.

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