FEBRUARY 10th – 15th 2019
INTO THE HIMALAYAN FOOTHILLS ON TRAILS RARELY RIDDEN
Pokhara IV is a 4 day mountain bike stage race based entirely around the lakeside city of Pokhara. Each stage will take riders on a different loop out into the Himalayan foothills on trails rarely ridden, all of which give outstanding views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.
After completing each stage riders return to the same hotel and can enjoy all the luxuries on offer in the tourist enclave of Lakeside Pokhara.
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ITINERARY & ENTRY DETAILS
FEBRUARY 10th TO 15th 2019
February 10th – Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara for riders and bikes. Stop at river side lodge en route for lunch. Transfer time approx 8 hours.
February 11th, 12th, 13th & 14th – “Pokhara IV” – See stage details below
February 15th – Coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu for riders and bikes. Stop at a river side lodge en route for lunch.
Transfer time approx 8 hours
Rider Entry Fee: $595
February 11th 2019 – Fewa Lake Loop – 53km. 1487m ascent
Stage 1 of Pokhara IV takes riders to the east of Pokhara around Fewa Lake and the landmark of Santi Stupa.
The day will start with a 7km group ride out to the start (and finish) gate for the day.
Todays course climbs and criss crosses the mountains surrounding the prominent Stupa before descending on some awesome singletrack back down to the lakeside and a cool down 7km ride back to the hotel.
February 12th 2019 – Kristi Hill Loop – 61km, 1840m ascent
Stage 2 of the Pokhara IV starts with a 5km group ride to the start and finish line.
The trail is 2 loops with the second loop being much tougher than the first, with some really steep climbs rewarded with awesome views across to snowcapped mountains.
February 13th 2019 – Begnas Lake loop – 80km, 1600m ascent
Stage 3 of Pokara IV is the longest of all 4 with a total distance of nearly 100km including the 15km ride to the start line.
Todays course starts from beautiful Begnas lake and climbs up to Kalika top before descending via a different route back down to Begnas and a loop around Rupa lake on undulating trails.
There’s plenty of time for the legs to recover after the race with an easy 15km spin on flat road back to the hotel.
February 14th 2019 – Bat Cave Loop – 67km, 1850m ascent
For the final stage of Pokara IV 2018 we will be starting and finishing from the south side of Pokhara , approx 10km from our hotel, at the famous Mahindra Cave. Todays course also consists of 2 loops which takes riders through some rarely visited rural villages.
There should be time to explore the caves before embarking on the 10km return ride to the hotel where post race celebrations will commence once everybody has returned.
AND WHAT ISN’T
Included in entry fee
- Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Pokahara – February 10th
- Accommodation in a 3*+ hotel in Pokhara (Feb 10-14 inclusive)
- Physical and GPS route marking
- Aid stations during race with liquid and nutritional support
- Mechanical services (to be paid for)
- Massage services (to be paid for)
- Finishers T-shirts and medals
- Winners Trophies
- Prize giving ceremony
- Coach transfer from Pokhara to Kathmandu – February 15th (airport transfers, Kathmandu accommodation etc can be arranged at an extra cost)
Not included in entry fee
- International flights
- Equipment- including bike, helmet, clothing etc
- Any food, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee
- Entry visas or immigration services
- Accommodation on or before February 10th, or on or after February 14th
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN
WHAT THE FAQ?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do I need a visa for Nepal?
Yes, nearly all nationalities need a visa to visit Nepal. A 15 day visa is US$25, a 30 day visa is US$40, or a 90 day visa is US$100 (this has to be paid for in foreign currency, US$, AUS$, Euro, GBP etc) can be obtained upon arrival at Kathmandu airport, for which you will need 1 passport sized photograph and a pen (On a busy day it can take well over an hour to pass through passport control, especially if you do not have a pen to complete the forms) The necessary documents will be given to you either on your flight or are obtainable in the airport. Visas can also be arranged in advance at your nearest Nepali embassy.
*NB There are a small number of nationalities that cannot get a visa on arrival. Please check with your embassy in advance.
How do I get to Nepal?
How do I get from the airport to Kathmandu?
Can you recommend a hotel in Thamel?
How do we get to the race start?
There will be a coach transfer from the International GuestHouse for both riders and bikes to the race hotel in Pokhara at 8am on February 10th. The journey will take approx. 8 hours and we will stop for lunch on the way (not included in entry fee)
Is there an option to fly to Pokhara?
Yes. If you aren’t enthusiastic about the 8 hour coach ride between Kathmandu and Pokhara, then you can book a domestic flight through the online booking form.
The flight takes around 1 hour, and for extra convenience we can transfer your bike and luggage with our race vehicles.
The cost is $270 for a return flight which includes transfers to the domestic terminal but this is subject to local price changes
What is the accommodation like during the race?
All riders will be accommodated at the Butterfly Lodge (.http://www.butterfly-lodge.org/), which is conveniently located within a 5 minute walk of the lakeside, also having its own restaurant, spa facilities and beautiful gardens.
On what basis is the room sharing?
What will the weather be like?
What kind of bike is best for PokharaIV?
Am I fit enough to compete in PokharaIV.
Will there be bike washing facilities?
Will there be a bike mechanic?
Will there be back up and a doctor available?
Is it possible to take a non-riding companion?
What time does the riding start each day and how long should we expect to be out for?
Will there be race briefings each day and are these mandatory?
How do we get to and from the start line?
Are there any vaccination requirements for Nepal
- Hepatitis A.
How is the race route marked?
What language will the race briefing be conducted in?
It looks like the race is going to be hard on the body. Can I get a sports massage during the race.
Do I need insurance to enter PokharaIV
Can you recommend an insurance company
Do the race hotels have WIFI?
How do I apply to enter the race?
How do I secure my place in the race?
What payment methods do you accept for the deposit or balance in full?
What happens to my bike when the race is finished?
How do the riders return from Pokhara to Kathmandu.
Will the mechanic have a range of spare parts?
Is there a recommended medical kit list to take to the event?
How can I purchase the recommended Torq nutritional package?
Can I download additional information about the race?
Can I use this event to raise money for a charity?
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