The Epic Back Country Route from Kathmandu to Pokhara
Length: 10 DAYS
in a 3*+ Hotel
From Kathmandu to Pokhara via the foothills of the Himalayas
Conditions: FAIRLY HARD
High level of fitness required!
Upto 300km with maximum elevations of 1900m
Set departures for cyclists with a high level of fitness.
Ride the jeep roads that link Kathmandu and Pokhara through the ancient capital of Gorkha. Don’t be fooled into thinking “foothills” equates to “easy”. These are the Himalayan foothills and although the adventure reaches a maximum elevation of only 1900m, the climbs and descents are relentless and the terrain rough.
This adventure is for those looking for a ride that takes them off the beaten track, traveling through a rural landscape that time forgot, making this a mountain bike holiday you will never forget.
▼ KATHMANDU, NEPAL ▼
▼ DAILY ITINERARY ▼
You will be met at the airport by one of the Mountain Biking Worldwide team members and transferred to a 3*+ hotel in Thamel. There will be time to unwind and unpack before an informal evening meal with the rest of the riders and crew.
Following a relaxed breakfast at the hotel, riders will be issued with their MTB-WW merchandise; this will include a kit bag for transporting belongings during the tour and a MTB-WW cycling jersey. There will then be time to check the bikes over with one of the MTB-WW crew on standby to assist with any mechanical issues. The afternoon will be free for a relaxed sightseeing ride around some of the sights Kathmandu has to offer. An early evening group meal will leave ample time for packing belongings for an early start the following morning. Bike bags and all luggage not required during the tour can be left at the hotel.
Kathmandu to Nawakot – 53km Ride – 1090m Ascent
The MTB-WW team will load the luggage onto the support vehicle which will leave whilst the riders have breakfast at the hotel. Riding straight from the hotel, a 10km gradual climb through the streets of Kathmandu takes riders up to the Shivapuri National Park, and the start line of the Yak Attack race (riders can start their GPS here if they want to compare times with the race times). From here, riders hit the dirt with a 3km steep climb, followed by a 14km descent and another brutal 5km ascent in the mid day heat. The destination today is Nawakot and the idyllic location of The Famous Farm Guesthouse regarded by some as one of the most beautiful and tranquil spots in Nepal.
Nawakot to Arughat – 51km Ride – 1900m Ascent
We will need an early breakfast today as even though we’ve split the race stage into 2, it’s still one of the hardest days riding of the whole tour. Leaving Nawakot, there is a 10km sealed downhill section before we hit the dirt again. This is where the Yak Attack Stage 2 race starts. Over 50km of riding with 1900m of ascent follows, in sweltering heat and dusty conditions, this will be a test for even the toughest of riders. Unlike the race, we finish the days riding in Arughat, a town that feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere, because it basically is!
Arughat to Gorkha – 50km Ride – 1200m Ascent
Not as tough as yesterdays ride but still lots of dry and dusty climbing and descending. Todays final destination is Gorka, Nepal’s former capital, perched high on the side of the Himalayan foothills.
Gorkha to Besi Sahar – 60km Ride – 1200m Ascent
An easy day by MTB-Worldwide standards! A later breakfast today will allow riders a bit longer to recover from the previous days efforts. A 7km downhill section starts the day, followed by around 23km of undulating terrain through a peaceful arable landscape. The final 30km is on rolling sealed road and this will bring riders to Besi Sahar and the start of the Annapurna circuit (also the start of our “”Attack the Pass” tour).
Besi Sahar to Pokhara – 86km Ride – 1300m Ascent
After a 15km back track from Besi Sahar, there are 55km of scintillating and undulating off road trails that bring us to Begnas Lake and the sealed road to Pokhara. A further 16km of mainly flat sealed road will bring riders into the lakeside resort of Pokhara, where a luxury hotel and a relaxing atmosphere awaits you.
Nothing to do but sit back and enjoy the ambience of Pokhara, or if you’re not one for relaxing, why not book onto one of the many adventure activities that we have on offer in the area, including paragliding or the world’s longest zip line!
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we transfer by coach back to Kathmandu (approx 7 hours) and check back into our original hotel.
See you again soon!
Transfer to international airport or continue on with own itinerary
▼ PACKAGE OPTIONS ▼
- 3 nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu
- 2 nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Pokhara
- 4 nights accommodation in MTB-Worldwide selected hotels
- 5 days guided riding
- Most meals
- Return coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu
▼ ESSENTIALS ▼
The Mountain Bike Worldwide team wants your holiday to not only be the adventure of a lifetime, but also a relaxing and fun experience, so here's our Essential & Frequently Asked Questions!
Two (or more) Qualified & Experienced Guides
We understand that everybody is different. Some riders will want to push hard, others will want to take in the views and learn about the surrounding area and cultures. All of our guides are selected not only for their fitness but also for their local knowledge. The passion for mountain biking, fun loving nature and local connections, that all our guides have, ensure that your adventure will be an incredible journey.
Sport Specific Nutrition
We know how important it is to remain properly fuelled during an arduous day in the saddle and so have teamed up with TorqFitness to provide all our adventures with a selection of energy products.For an additional $210, you can collect your Torq nutritional pack, of gels, bars, energy powder and recovery powder on location, saving you excess baggage charges and customs scrutiny. You will then only need to carry provisions for use during the day whilst the remainder will be transported by the support vehicles or porters.
The nature of your holiday is to have an adventure, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it. For all of our adventures we use the best accommodation that is available in the area. All our hotels / guesthouses have been personally vetted, so whether it’s a 3* hotel in the city or a basic teahouse in the mountains you can rest assured you will be warm, comfortable and well fed.
Each group will have at least 2 riding guides, that way if any riders want to push on and “race” the stage, the remainder of the group will still have an accompanying guide. Each group (where terrain allows) will also be closely accompanied by a support vehicle, carrying water, food, bike spares etc, with space to transport any rider to the hotel should the going get too tough. All our guides are mechanically adept and will be able to fix most bike problems out on the trail. There will also be a separate vehicle and guide to transport all the luggage and to ensure your hotel / guesthouse is ready for your arrival after a hard days riding.
Your detailed adventure information pack will list the exact meal arrangements but in general, all breakfasts and evening meals are included in the price of your trip. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, even in the remotest of areas, and as all trips are guided by experienced riders you can be assured of loaded plates of high carbohydrate quality food to fuel you through the day.
All in country transport costs related to the adventure are included in the trip cost.
During the actual adventure most evenings will be spent dining as a group, but pre, and post adventure we arrange a social get-together so that everybody can get to know each other and the guides, and share their experiences.
The Finer Details
All our adventures follow the same itinerary / route as the races in our World Challenge Series ensuring that we have extensive, first hand and current knowledge of all the finer details relating to the area. The MTB-Worldwide team together with their in country partners, check out the trails, hotels, local transport on an annual basis so that all racers and adventurers alike can be assured of an ultra smooth passage during their time away.
The MTB-Worldwide team are proud of their branding and want to share their vision with the world. On arrival, all MTB-Worldwide Holiday guests will receive a MTB-Worldwide t-shirt and a branded kit bag. They are yours to keep as mementos of your epic adventure and as a thank you for travelling with us.
Adventure Information Pack
Being avid mountain bikers, travellers and adventure enthusiasts ourselves, we know how important it is to be able to visualise your trip before arrival. All MTB-Adventures Holiday guests will be sent a detailed PDF trip specific information pack. This extensive document will arm riders will all the details they need to plan and prepare for their adventure, and will include a day to day itinerary, maps, photos, information relating to the country and much more.
Our knowledgeable MTB-Worldwide team are always on hand via email or phone to answer any queries that you may have related to the adventure, during the booking process or after you have booked.
We will keep you informed with regular updates from the adventure, and closer to departure, with specific details of the guides, hotels, meeting times etc. If you "opt in" we will also give you contact details of other riders joining the adventure so that you can start exchanging information and getting to know other riders before arrival.
We aim to make all adventurers feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer single room supplements for any rider that prefers to have a room to themselves (prices vary on destination).
MTB-Worldwide Holidays take riders into some of the remotest and wildest areas on earth”. The MTB-Worldwide team takes rider and crew safety extremely seriously and only uses the most reputable and properly equipped ground logistics teams on location. All our logistic teams also provide the support for our races and have a track proven record for customer service and safety. By travelling with MTB-Worldwide you can rest assured that your safety and well being could not be in better hands.
Compare Your Times
Via GPS data you will be able to compare your stage times with those of corresponding races and the top adventure timings will be featured in a MTB-Worldwide timings leader board on the website. Incentives – If after taking on a MTB-Worldwide Holiday, you feel like taking on one of the world challenge series races, we will give you a 10% discount of any of the race entry fees.
All the MTB-Worldwide team have flown to far flung destinations with their bikes, an know that it is not the most relaxing of procedures, from checking it in at one end to the nervous wait for it to arrive unscathed at the other. To make your MTB-Worldwide holiday even more stress free we have a range of high quality mountain bikes (nothing we wouldn’t ride ourselves) available to rent. Please enquire for prices.
What's NOT Included;
- International flights to and from the adventure country
- Country entry visa fees
- Equipment hire / rental
- Transport to the adventure pickup location
- Lodging before and after the adventure
- Trip / medical insurance (which is compulsory and must include helicopter evacuation in the event of an emergency)
- Medical expenses
- Alcoholic and soft drinks consumed during the adventure
- Personal items purchased during the adventure
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