FEBRUARY 11th – 16th 2018
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.
- 6 days / 5 nights
- February 11th to 16th 2018
- 4 stages of approx 50km per stage
- 5 nights accommodation in Pokhara
- Full race support, including water stations and route marking
- Coach transfer Kathmandu – Pokhara- Kathmandu
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ITINERARY & ENTRY DETAILS
FEBRUARY 11th TO 16th 2018
February 11th – 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 12th, 13th, 14th & 15th – “Pokhara IV” – See stage details below
February 16th – 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: $395
February 12th 2018 – Fewa Lake Loop – 43km. 1500m 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 13th 2018 – Kristi Hill Loop – 55km, 1750m 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 14th 2018 – Begnas Lake loop – 56km, 1880m 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 15th 2018 – Bat Cave Loop – 45km, 1550m 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
- Post race party
- 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?
How do I get to Nepal?
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 the hotel directly and mention that you will be taking part in PokharaIV.
How do we get to the race start?
What is the accommodation like during the race?
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
The following vaccinations are recommended for people visiting Nepal but it is advisable to check with your GP as to what you may require:
- 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.
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
Yes. 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.
Proof of insurance will be required by January 10th 2018. Any riders without adequate insurance will not be allowed to race.
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.
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?
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)
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
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)
Any currently prescribed medication that you are taking