Nepal is a beautiful country nestled in the heart of the stunning Himalayas. Nepal has so much to offer with soaring snow-topped mountains, terraced farmland, traditional villages, ancient cities, luscious forests and many more. Nepal is filled with the magnificent network of ancient walking trails traversing stunning villages with spectacular vista. These ancient trails were traditionally the only medium to commute the goods on the back of yaks or mules from one place to another.
Although roads have replaced many of these trails, the vast majority of the villages are still connected only by these dirt trails. These traditional trails exploring the cultural and natural diversity of the country have made Nepal a magnet for trekkers. The experience of discovering the natural wonders of the world, going into the time warp with the traditional villages and cherishing the warm Nepali hospitability, all makes Nepal one of the most beautiful place to travel.
Nepal’s craggy chunk of the Himalayas offers world-class terrain, rustic mountain villages, and hundreds of undulating trails – best known for trekking. Trekking in Nepal may be one of the most amazing experience, but the ability to mountain bike can offer an even richer experience. The uneven terrain with challenging uphill and downhill, amazing landscape, rich forests, ice-cold streams and stunning mountain vista make Nepal a perfect destination for Mountain Biking. This amazing alternative to trekking uses the same trails as the local villagers and take you further off the beaten path in a shorter amount of time than walking. As you can move faster than walking, you can cover more ground, visit more places and relish more downtime in the traditional villages interacting with the locals.
Lest if you think that mountain biking in Nepal is only for hard-core cyclists, new low-altitude trails have been opened up more options for advanced beginner and intermediate mountain bikers. The terrain of Nepalese hills are definitely not flat and will include frequent ups and downs. While most of the famous trails may include heart stopping downhill with kilometers of hairpin turns and exhausting uphill climbs with barely developed path in the Himalayan region. The less challenging trails for a casual cyclist are available in and around the major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara.
The pace of road construction is opening up new possibilities for mountain biking. Many routes are no longer the one-way spurs, making it possible to create exciting long loops, or find alluring back-routes. Due to these upsurge in mountain biking enthusiasts in the country, the cities has started serving to this demand. Decent mountain bikes are available for rent in the major cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara, where you’ll also find good route information and well-organized tours from various companies.
Although you will find several companies offering the mountain biking tours, only very few specialized mountain bike shops and service centers can be found even in the cities like Kathmandu and Pokhara. For a longer trip to the rural areas, it is advisable to bring more reliable gears to make your trip a more pleasant experience.
Embark yourself on the two wheeled adventure in the land of yaks and yetis, stupas and Sherpas along the green fields and rugged terrains with the most astonishing mountain vistas to have an experience you will cherish for a lifetime.