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Pokhara IV MTB race

January 24th – 28th 2020


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.



Sports massage and physiotherapy


January 24th TO 28th 2020

January 24th – Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Pokhara for riders and bikes. Stop at river side lodge en route for lunch. Transfer time approx 8 hours.

January 25th, 26th, 27th & 28th – “Pokhara IV” – See stage details below

January 29th  – 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



January 25th 2020 – 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.


January 26th 2020 – 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.


January 27th 2020 – 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.


January 28th – Begnas Lake loop – 80km, 1600m ascent

Stage 4 of Pokara IV is the longest of all 4 with a total distance of nearly 80km including the 15km ride to the start line, but as it’s the last day, we’re putting on a coach to transfer you back to the hotel in Pokhara with some chilled beers available to celebrate the end of a successful event. Of course you can ride back if you want to!

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..



Included in entry fee

  • Coach transfer from Kathmandu to Pokahara – January 24th
  • Accommodation in a 3*+ hotel in Pokhara (Jan 24-28 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 – January 29th (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
  • Insurance
  • Private medical services or treatment, emergency medical treatment and emergency evacuation fee
  • Entry visas or immigration services
  • Accommodation on or before January 24th, or on or after January 28th





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?

Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. There are a number of airlines that fly there including Emirates, Qatar, Jet, India, Turkish. Most flights either go via the middle east or India.

How do I get from the airport to Kathmandu?

Depending on traffic, it is an approx 30 minute ride into Thamel (Kathmadu’s tourist district). A taxi will cost around $5 and can be booked at the taxi counter inside the airport. If you have a reservation, most hotels in Thamel will collect you from the airport if you ask in advance.

Can you recommend a hotel in Thamel?

The International Guesthouse in Thamel is the official hotel for all MTB-Worldwide events and tours Riders booking in advance will receive a  discount on the room rates and free airport pickup on arrival (please request at time of booking). To reserve a room please contact us with your preferred dates and room type and we will arrange your booking.

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 in a 3*+ hotel in Pokhara conveniently located within a 5 minute walk of the lakeside.

On what basis is the room sharing?

The entry fee includes 5 nights at the Butterfly Lodge on a twin sharing basis. Single room supplement is available at an extra $100 per person.

What will the weather be like?

Food is not included in the entry fee. Pokhara has the best selection of restaurants in Nepal, ranging from local eateries serving Nepali food to Korean cuisine and everything in between so there will be something to suit everybody’s tastes. There are also a plethora of places serving fresh coffee, ice cream, pastries, many in beautiful lakeside settings.

What kind of bike is best for PokharaIV?

Whatever bike you are most comfortable with back home. The terrain during the race is very varied so will suit both hardtails and full suspension.

Am I fit enough to compete in PokharaIV.

PokharaIV is probably one of the best races to take on if you are unsure about stage racing. The course has been designed so that they can be cut short in the event of fatigue and you can even sit out a stage if the going is too hard.

Will there be bike washing facilities?

Yes, we will have a designated area at the hotel whether either yourself or the race mechanic (services to be paid for) can wash your bike.

Will there be a bike mechanic?

Yes, there will be a bike mechanic based at the hotel. A bike clean and lubricate can be booked in advance at a cost of $120 for the 4 sessions via the application form. This will also entitle the rider to a reduced fee of $30 per hour for additional repairs that may need to be carried out. A bike clean and lubricate can be booked on the day at a cost of $40, with additional repairs at $40 per hour, but priority will be given to pre-booked clients.

Will there be back up and a doctor available?

There will be a fully qualified doctor based at the hotel / teahouse and a first aid team will (wherever possible) be sweeping each stage in case there are any injuries during the race. Please complete the medical section on the application form as comprehensively as possible so that our doctors are armed with all the correct information relating to your medical history.

Is it possible to take a non-riding companion?

Of course!! We would like nothing more than for you to have your family or friends along to support you. Companions enjoy the exact same services as included in the racers package, and the cost is the same.

What time does the riding start each day and how long should we expect to be out for?

As the mornings can be quite cold, the race will generally not start until 9 am, unless conditions dictate otherwise. On average we expect the faster riders to be riding for around 2 to 3 hours per day and the slowest ones to be twice that time, some days will be shorter and 1 or 2 maybe longer!

Will there be race briefings each day and are these mandatory?

Yes. The departure times from the hotel for each days stage start will be posted on a prominent notice board. Riders will need to strictly adhere to theses times, or find their own way to the start line. A daily pre stage briefing will be conducted at the start line.

How do we get to and from the start line?

Each start line will be in a different location, with the furthest being approx. 15km from the hotel. All riders will receive a GPX file of the route between the hotel and the start line and there will be a group leader to guide the riders on the way out. Riders will be expected to find their own way back to the hotel once they have completed the stage.

Are there any vaccination requirements for Nepal

The following vaccinations are recommended for people visiting Nepal but it is advisable to check with your GP as to what you may require:





  • Tetanus
  • Polio
  • Typhoid
  • Hepatitis A.
How is the race route marked?

Each rider will be sent .gpx files to the exact course at least one week before the race commences. All riders are expected to upload these to their GPS device and use this information to navigate the course. In addition to this, the route will be physically marked with prominent markers at regular intervals and any ambiguous junctions etc.

What language will the race briefing be conducted in?

The race briefings will be conducted in English, and it is very important that all riders are able to understand instructions given during the briefing.

It looks like the race is going to be hard on the body. Can I get a sports massage during the race.

Yes. You can prebook a3 x 30 minute session package for $120 via the application form.   It may be possible to book a massage on the day at a cost of $50 per 30 minutes but this will be subject to availability after all prebooked sessions have been completed

Do I need insurance to enter PokharaIV


In the event of an emergency, helicopter evacuation maybe necessary. This is a very expensive procedure so it is essential that ALL competitors have insurance that will cover this and any medical treatment that may be required – please also ensure that it covers you to race. Proof of insurance will be required by the 10th January 2019. Any riders without adequate insurance will not be allowed to race.

Can you recommend an insurance company?

We don’t have a partner policy with any specific insurance company, but we have found that Dogtag provide comprehensive race travel insurance for most nationalities that is suitable for this event. 

Do the race hotels have WIFI?

Yes, the Butterfly Lodge has wifi in all the rooms and restaurant and most restaurants around lakeside will also have free wifi

How do I apply to enter the race?

All potential riders need to complete to application form which is available from the homepage, dropdown menu or  here – Application Form. Once we have received your completed application we will contact you with details on  procedures of how to secure  your place in the race. Please fill in details on the application form as thoroughly as possible as this will help us to make a speedy decision on your application.

How do I secure my place in the race?

Once we have received your application and it has been accepted then a deposit of $200 will ensure your place in the 2020 race is secure (full details will be emailed at the time of acceptance). Please note, this is a NON REFUNDABLE deposit and is a statement of intent that you are definitely wish to take part in the race. We will make preliminary bookings based on this, which will incur costs. The deposit CANNOT be refunded at a later date if you change your mind!

What payment methods do you accept for the deposit or balance in full?

At the moment , we can accept bank transfer or Paypal payments. Full details will be included in the application acceptance letter

What happens to my bike when the race is finished?

The bikes will be transported back to Kathmandu from the race hotel along with the riders on the 16th February.

How do the riders return from Pokhara to Kathmandu.

A private luxury coach will transport riders back to Kathmandu. The journey is 200km and will take approx 8 hours. There will be a lunch stop which but this  isn’t  included in the entry fee. All riders, bikes and luggage will be dropped off at the International Guesthouse in Thamel.

Will the mechanic have a range of spare parts?

Yes, the race mechanic will have a range of spare parts for sale at local prices (which due to import costs are higher than UK, European and USA prices). However, it is advisable to bring and specialist spares and at least 1 spare tyre with you.

Is there a recommended medical kit list to take to the event?

Although PokharaIV is centred in an area with modern medical facilities it is always prudent to bring your own medical supplies in the eventuality that somethings are not available on location or are needed in an emergency. Plasters (including blister plasters) Bandages Antiseptic spray and/or wash Hand sanitiser and/or hand wash Pain killers i.e. paracetamol, ibuprofen etc. Any prescribed medication (in original containers, clearly labelled: check with your airline whether they should be packed in checked in or hand luggage) – including inhalers / epi-pens Diarrhoea and vomiting tablets Constipation tablets Anti-allergy tablets Throat tablets Water filters and/or purifiers for areas of non adequate drinking water Strong factor of suncream High factor lip salve Cat 4 sunglasses We would also advise that all riders and companions see their local doctor or GP regarding getting advice and/or medications for the following: Antibiotics or medications for gastroenteritis Antibiotics for wound infections (if these differ) Discussing whether or not they may need altitude sickness tablets (i.e. Diamox) Pain relief Any currently prescribed medication that you are taking More information on traveling abroad can be found here – FitforTravel and here

How can I purchase the recommended Torq nutritional package?

TorqFitness have developed a bespoke nutritional package for PokharaIV. There are a number of ways to purchase and receive the pack.Please visit the main Mountain Biking Worldwide site for more details

Can I download additional information about the race?

Yes. We have a comprehensive information pack on Nepal in general and the race which can be downloaded here

Can I use this event to raise money for a charity?

Mountain Biking Worldwide has 3 chosen charities / projects. NCRR – A Nepal based NGO that rebuilt 7 schools in Nepal after the devastating earthquakes of 2015. Money raised for this charity will go towards the up keep of these schools and towards further school rebuild projects, and greatly assist in the education facilities for many rural children. Helping Paws Worldwide – whose aim is to raise awareness on animal welfare and compassion through targeted educational programs through out Nepal and Sri Lanka. They also work closely with other in country charities such as Animal SOS Sri Lanka and Sneha Care to instigate neuter and vaccination programs. The Yak Attack Foundation – money raised for our very own foundation will be used to support the growth of mountain biking in regions that host our races and provide platforms for the development of talented individual riders including the upkeep and development of the Nepal MTB coaching / training centre based in Kathmandu. Any race participant raising over $300 for any of the above causes will be eligible to a 10% discount off the race entry fee. If you do wish you support any of the causes close to our hearts then please  make your intentions known on the application form and we will send you some flyers to assist with promoting your fund raising. And of course you are more than welcome to use any of our events to raise funds for any causes close to your heart.

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