Mountain Bike Tour

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Duration : Days

Group Size : pax

A bike or hike in the mountains of Nepal is not a wilderness experience. It is rather a cultural and nature experience. It is a journey through various ethnic cultures, religion and geographical diversity of this Himalayan kingdom. There are rich varieties of flora and fauna within a limited area and horizontal distance of 70 km from a lowest elevation of 150 meter to 8848 meter above sea level.  The hills are dotted by numerous villages, which are linked by footpath. You use these networks of footpath made by local people to visit several destinations. 

The people in the villages are friendly and hospitable. Depending upon season you come across local people in their distinctive ethnic dress and cultural festivals. On major trade routes like in Annapurna area you are likely to meet traders from Tibet with caravan of mules, porters carrying construction and development materials and soldiers going home on leave from the army. The awespiring Himalayan peaks will always remains with you giving fresh air and nostalgic feeling. You will be amazed to find the great contrast in hard life in the mountain and, happy and smiling face of the people. A bike tour in the mountain of Nepal always gives you time to reflect and think about your own life style; it may change the way you look at life.   

You will be riding on absolutely beautiful terrain. Mountain biking in Nepal is more than pristine countryside and wilderness. You will be doing physically amidst the exotic culture. Experience bikers says that " mountain biking in Nepal is about riding in off road trails, great climbs and within that context it is about being able to arrive in an unexpected festival. Here there are trails with goats, cows and buffaloes grazing in the field, farmers carrying ploughs and yaks up there in the mountains and lots more; so it is quite unique."

What biking is like in Nepal & Tibet

Life on the bike: You may have lunch or tea before you start to bike; it depends upon when you arrive at the bike start point. On a long bike tour your duffel baggage and camping equipment will be loaded on a support vehicle to carry. The support vehicle carries food and all necessary equipment. 

Bike tour around the rim of Kathmandu valley and in places where lodging facilities are available you will eat and sleep in the best available lodges. Usually a packed lunch is provided during your bike in the daytime. For a group size of up to 10 members a guide is assigned. Above 10 members 2 guides accompany the group. The guide will ensure that you are on right trail.

After you arrive at the camp tea will be served. Drink a lot of fluid. Dinner will be served around 6 p.m. After dinner usually most bikers retire. Candles are provided in the tent and in lodges wherever electricity is not available. Make sure to extinguish the candle before you go to sleep or go out of the tent.

Usual pattern is to wake up at 6am, pack your duffel bag and have breakfast at 6.30am. By 7am everyone is ready to start biking. When weather is cold and the day is short this schedule may be delayed. Your guide will inform you about this.

Lunch stop depends upon suitable spot. In camping arrangement it depends upon availability of water. Usually you will stop for lunch around 11am. Meals are served in the open. 

In average you will be biking about 7 to 8 hours a day. If you are at higher elevation you will be ding less. It is important to bike slowly and steadily. Because of mountain terrain which is up and down it is difficult to measure distance covered in each day. Usually you will be biking about 10 to 15 km a day. Your day to day schedule is arranged in such a way that you can easily cover the distance without taxing your body. Anyone in good health and sound physical condition can complete any bike tour that we organize. But you should be prepared to bike steep hills.

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TRAVELLING IN TIBET

Trip to Tibet is a fantastic and special experience. It is adventurous. It is ancient Tibet and modern China in the process of blending together. Tibet is enchanting. It is one of the most remote parts of the world.  Most of Tibet, including Lhasa, is at an elevation of more than 3658 meter (12000 feet). The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. Tibetans from remote part of the country makes their pilgrimage to Lhasa. It is pilgrimage of their lifetime. As you go around Jokhang temple, Lhasa’s cathedral, you come across with pilgrims prostrating themselves, tall Khampas with red braids in their hair, Chinese tourists, and traders selling goods that you cannot imagine.

The flight over the Himalaya makes spectacular crossing rarely seen anywhere in the world. The lush green colour in Nepal slowly fades away and arid and dull gray plateau appears which in turn turns into blue sky as you land at Lhasa. The highest mountain in the world, Mt. Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt. Makalu dominates the breathtaking view.  

The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough and dusty. So schedule are often disrupted by mechanical problem. floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need spirit of adventure and patience. In fact your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa.

The trip to Tibet is in high altitude region. The road is at elevation above 3600 meter (12000 ft.) above sea level most of the time and goes as high as 5300 meter if you go to base camp of Everest or Kailash in a short period. In case of altitude problem with a member of the group it is always priority of the group to attend the sick person for his safety. There are medical facilities at Zangmu, Xigar, Xigaze, and Lhasa but not in other places. Medical facilities are limited and possibility of medical evacuation is negligible.

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A short biking tour:

A short biking tour in the mountain can be a day trip on the ridge or a maximum of 7 days biking up and down the hills to see a closer view of the spectacular Himalayan range that tends to extend wherever you go. Close view of the mighty Himalayan peaks is the highlight of your biking tour in Nepal. Bike or walk on the mountain is always up to the ridge and down the valley. Except while biking and walking through river valley and along the ridge most of the day is spent biking several up and down terrain. A day bike ride in the mountain is usually a steep ride for 3 to 4 hours and another 3 to 4 hours down hill. Riding pace is easy and gradual.

How high you go:

Of course the mountain in Nepal are very high compared to other parts of the world. However a day bike ride is never more than 2000 meter unless you take a flight to remote place, like Everest region, high among the Himalayas. There you would be at the altitude of 3000 meter. A bike tour of a 7-day would not go over 4000 meter.

Grade:

In the scale of 1 to 4, short bike ride is in the scale of 1 and in some cases it is of 2 grade. In other word it is termed as “Easy and moderate.” Any physically fit person would be able to take this trip. Most bike tour around Kathmandu valley falls into this category. However a longer ride on the Tibetan plateau is strenuous. Though the terrain on the rooftop of the world is flat yet because of the high elevation and several passes above 5000 meter riding your mountain bike is taxing

When to take a short bike tour:

Except summer when it is wet and rain all seasons are good for ride in the foothill of the Annapurna and around the rim of Kathmandu valley. You can always take any number of days to ride in the rim of Kathmandu valley. If priority is the question, autumn comes first, second is spring. Winter is cold and ice in the mountain is not good for biking. Statistics shows autumn has more tourists than in spring and winter respectively. To avoid crowd and to get better facilities on the biking trail it is best to travel in spring. In case of Tibet it is best in summer-monsoon season, in July to September.

Road condition:

Mostly you will be biking on dusty and unpaved jeep road. The trails are uneven therefore it is technical biking trail. You travel on pitched road on some section of the programme. In Kathmandu valley you will be biking on cross-country trail. It has been said the foothill and the valley rim are the perfect size and height for challenging rides.

Bike Itinerary:

The listed program itinerary is guidelines only.It may change because of weather, physical condition and other circumstances that are beyond our control.

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Emergency 

In the event of illness or injury, either the guide will arrange to send someone for assistance or transport the ill person to a nearest hospital, airstrip, or road head for evacuation to Kathmandu. The tour leader has complete authority and responsibility in such a situation. It is up to the individual member to decide whether his assistance is required or continue the journey depending upon the situation. The only guideline in such condition is common sense.

High Altitude Sickness

If you have not experienced walking in high altitude region before you may feel uncomfortable with headache, nausea, and lethargy. Even if you have previous experience it is not a guarantee that you are immune. Even if you are in good physical shape you should slow down your walking pace as you trek above 4000 meters. Experience and statistics has shown that this measure has reduced likelihood of getting altitude sickness. This is neither an assurance nor a guarantee but caution to ask you to be prepared emotionally. In case you get altitude sickness you should be prepared to retreat to lower camp. 

 Most fatal cases of altitude sickness (pulmonary edema) resulted from people pushing themselves beyond their capabilities when they were severally affected by altitude problem. Usually altitude problem does not occur below 3600 meter, however at least one extra day should be allowed if you have flown direct to that altitude.

Our programme includes extra days in the high altitude area to allow for proper acclimatization of your body. Despite this some people still are affected by high altitude sickness.  

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you be insured against accident, emergency evacuation, loss of or damage to baggage and personal effect, and trip cancellation due to personal or family health/illness, etc. 

Valuables

Do not take valuable and travelers check on the trip. Leave it behind at the safe deposit box. It is available in most hotels.

You need money for bottled mineral water, soft drink, beer etc and tips to porters and trip staffs. In a short tour Nepalese rupees worth US$50 to $100 is sufficient, and on longer trip $150 to $200 in rupees of smaller denomination would be alright unless you want to buy some souvenirs.

Water

It is one of the major sources of stomach problem. While in Kathmandu you have choice to drink bottled mineral water but on the bike tour you should bring small bottle of iodine crystal to treat your drinking water. Or check with your chemist the best method to treat water. At camp or lodge you will have plenty of tea or coffee to supplement your water requirement, this is safe. Generally water provided in the hotels are safe. But we suggest you not to drink water from the tap and pitcher kept in your bedroom. Foods in the camping tour are treated with potassium permanganate (pink water) and water is boiled.

We advise you should drink only boiled water and eat freshly cooked food. Maintain basic hygiene while eating food. Do not get nervous if you get mild diarrhea. Because of change in diet your system takes time to adapt.

Weather condition 

Because of the word Himalaya associated with biking and trekking it is most often asked if snow is encountered during the travel: The answer is no! Except in winter (December to February) at passes above 3500 meter there would be snow.  

Geographical setting of the country is so extreme that it ranges from a sea level to snow covered Himalaya. This great variety of topography of the country creates diversity of weather as well as climate. The country experience tropical, mesothermal, microthermal, taiga and tundra types of climate.

The seasonal wind “Monsoon” is caused by the differential heating between land and sea. Monsoon rain normally arrives over the eastern Nepal during the first week of Jun. 60 to 80 percent of rainfall falls during the monsoon season (June to Sept).

In winter the major weather affecting, is the “Western Disturbances”. Due to this, north –western part of the country receives rainfall greater than that of east. At higher altitudes, most of the precipitation falls in the form of snow.

                                           Oct     Jan         Apr

Temperature in Cel       MaxMin MaxMinMax Min

Kathmandu (1332m)       31   14    19    3    29   8

1500 to 2500 meter        25   12    16    3    23   6

2500 to 4000 meter        18    5     11   -8    16  -0

4000 to 6000 meter       8    0      5    -10   6 -0

Note: Above average temperature is for guideline only.

 

SEASON

Autumn: Monsoon rain normally ends by middle of September. Sometime it drags on to first week of October. The weather in October and November is cold and dry. Sky is clear and views of the mountain are fantastic. Major festivals happen during this season. In the beginning or middle of November weather changes with snow fall in the mountain above 2500 meter and rain in the lower region; this last for a week only and it improves. Temperature in later part of November much colder than in October. This sort of weather continues until middle of December. Generally sky remains clear in the morning and evening, during daytime it is cloudy. 

Average temperature above 900 to 2000 meters is between 7 to 25 degrees Celsius. Above 2000 to 3000 meter the temperature usually remains around 4 to 17 degree Celsius. Nighttime is cold and day is quite hot at the above altitude.

Spring: It is the time when wild flowers are in full bloom. Rhododendron of varieties of colours covers forest on the mountain slopes. Early March is cold with lots of snow on higher elevation above 4000 meter; there would be no snow on lower elevation. Morning and evening are clear with blue sky. Daytime is cloudy. As the season approaches end of April the weather becomes warmer and hot as it gets into May.

Summer: Mountain bike riding is still nice until first week of May. After first week the temperature gets very hot during the day. Nighttime is pleasant. View of the Himalayan range is visible though it is cloudy during the day. This condition remains until end of June. Rain starts pouring from the beginning of July and remain until middle of September. However this is the best time to visit higher plateau of the Himalayas like Mustang, Kailash and Tibet where the sky remains blue throughout.

Winter: Mid-December until end of February is usually considered as winter. It is coldest of all the season.  Temperature drops to minus 2 to 6 Celsius in the night. Daytime temperature remains between 12 to 18 degrees Celsius; it is warm. Snow covered mountain appear brilliant during the daytime. Nice time to do short bike ride on the foothills of the mountain.

Of course the mountain in Nepal are very high compared to other parts of the world. However a day bike ride is never more than 2000 meter unless you take a flight to remote place, like Everest region, high among the Himalayas. There you would be at the altitude of 3000 meter. A bike tour of a 7-day would not go over 4000 meter.

 

 

Lhasa

Starting at

$ 3965

Duration : 19 Days

Group Size : 3-5 pax

Visit Kathmandu 2/3 day (optional)before fly to Lhasa and spend 3 days for the necessary acclimatization enjoying the fascinating Lhasa. Trails navigating between Lhasa and Kathmandu, off Road to Rongbuk, the Valley beneath the Stunning North face of Mount Everest and the Everest Base Camp (5200m). You will visit all the major cities enroute, Gyantse, Shigatse, Lhatse, Shegar and Tinri are on the list.This Bicycle trip will provide you a fantastic and special experience. It is adventurous. It is ancient Tibet and modern China in the process of blending together. Tibet is enchanting. It is one of the most remote parts of the world. Most of Tibet, including Lhasa, is at an elevation of more than 3658 meter (12000 feet).

The distance in Tibet is very wide and the road is rough. So schedules are often disrupted by mechanical problem, floods, or landslides. To tackle the problems that arise out of these unforeseen circumstances you would certainly need spirit of adventure and patience. In fact your journey to Tibet would be a rewarding and unforgettable experience like the one Tibetan pilgrim get once they are in Lhasa.The highest mountain in the world, Mt.Everest, and another 8000-meter peak of Mt.Makalu dominates the breathtaking view.
The Bike tour provides opportunity to learn three religions, Buddhism, Lamaism and Hinduism, also the Tibetan culture, the country and people. All these make this journey a great tour of a lifetime.

Lhasa-Kathmandu tour is the worlds Longest & Deepest Mountain Bike tour. Pedal on endless crushed stone paved path and settlements, monasteries and Palaces. High point of this journey is when when travel to Rongbuk monastery and Mount Everest Base Camp (5200).

Eight-day overland journey to Lhasa is extended to include a side trip to the famous Rongbuk monastery and Everest base camp from Tibet side. Yamdrok Lake, Tashilumpo monastery at Xigatse, seat of Panchen Lama, lies en-route to Lhasa. The highway on the plateau that runs almost parallel to the Himalayan range offers dramatic view of the landscape. Four WD drive Toyota Land cruiser is used for the journey.
We arrange a private tour on your suitable and convenient dates. We also customise a tour or a trek to suit your exact requirements and dates. We will make every effort to make your trip smooth and hasselfree.

Night in Kathmandu before the tour: We suggest at least 2 to 3 nights in Kahtmandu to allow sufficient time to process your China/Tibet visa.

Potala Palace was built in 1645 and completed in 1693. It dominates the landscape in Lhasa. The palace is the former winter residence of the Dalai Lama. It used to be the official residence of 13 Dalai Lamas. The magnificent building has over 1000 rooms. Inside there are many chambers; you can see brilliant frescoes paintings and great view of Lhasa. Jokhangtemple has valuable relics of Buddha and magnificent statues related to Tibet Buddhism. Often you come across devotees, who have come from far flung of Tibet, prostrating in and around. The sight of pilgrims prostrating themselves in front of Jhokang must be seen to be comprehended. This is something you can never see elsewhere. Jokhan temple in Lhasa is the spiritual center of Tibet where in the summer nomads meet other pilgrims on their way to the high pasture.

Sera monastery is one of the three important monasteries. It was built in 15th century. Once upon a time it used to have 5000 monks. It belongs to Gelugpa order known as Yellow Hat. The other important monastery around Lhasa is Drepung monastery. It used to have 8000 monks. They are thought in the tradition of Vajrayana, Tantra and Sutra.

Visit to the historical place of Zedang involve a long drive. It is 190km to the east of Lhasa in the Yarlung valley which is linked with the birth of Tibet's history. It would be very interesting to visit Samye monastery which is one of the oldest monastery in Tibet. The monastery is simply breath taking and inspiring.

 

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