- duration 3 hours
- tour type Private
- age requirement 13+ years old
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Cycle on the fringes of Shivapuri National Park in the dark
- See Kathmandu City under the light of the moon
- Enjoy delicious local momos (a Nepalese speciality)
Meet at a pre-arranged destination at 18:30. Ride for about 3km through the city and climb uphill for another 3km on a gentle paved road to the edge of Shivapuri National Park. Travel along the fringes of the jungle, following a network of single tracks and walking paths. See an ocean of lights forming a tranquil halo above the chaotic city. Fill your lungs with fresh air and watch the moon play hide and seek with the rain clouds.
The descent is long and fast as we weave through villages and back to the city. To finish the night off, we head to our favorite momo shop to sample these delicious local delicacies.
You start by riding through the traffic which is an experience itself, but guides are very considerate if youre a bit nervous with the chaos, so I felt safe. Soon enough youre out riding through neighborhoods with narrow alleys and out in rice fields with some great tracks and amazing scenery!
I loved seeing the locals going about with their daily life & having a break drinking delicious milk tea at one of the small tea shops. If youre lucky like I was, it will be baby goat season & you can sneak in some cuddles with one - which was a big bonus for me :)
The guides were very professional & fun to hang out with, making an effort to give you a wonderful experience & a taste of Kathmandu that you dont get if you just go to the tourist areas. All while having fun riding!
Absolutely recommend it!”
The culture of Mustang is one of the biggest draws for people coming to the region, and you get a big dose of it on this trip, even though you don't actually enter the "forbidden kingdom" itself (saving lots of money). The trails are a mix of single track and jeep track, swoopy and fun. If you ride up to Muktinath (as we did), it is a bit killer, but the ride back down is worth every pedal stroke up the road. the scenery takes your breath away around every turn... but because you never go THAT high, the altitude doesn't (which is a good thing).
One thing I will say is how important it is to go with a good company, and Himalayan Singletrack is definitely the best! You see a lot of people "going it alone," and while it is possible (though technically not allowed, you must have a guide in the conservation area), you would end up on main roads, and never find the sweet bikeable trails. You also would certainly never find the hidden gems of tea houses and hotels. Even if you did book a local guide, most of them have no biking knowledge, and would have no idea where these tracks and trails are. Mountain biking is also, as we all know who do it and love it, risky. An unexpected rock or sudden corner could result in a serious accident. You want to be with someone who a) is trained in how to respond to accidents and injuries, b) knows the lay of the land, and can advise you on the risks of the day to reduce potential for accidents, and c) can help fix your bike so you can get back to riding!
Himalayan Singletrack planned fun-filled days that were tailored to my group's riding ability. Our guide was savvy and flexible enough to make last minute itinerary changes as conditions changed. they made sure we were booked into the best hotels (even in high season, when places get booked out early), and made sure we were looked after every step of the way.
one final thought - do NOT miss out on the hot springs at Tato Pani... it isn't the prettiest spot, but man that warm water is wonderful on your sore muscles!
PS - the apple brandy is a bit of an acquired taste...”
- Mountain bikes, helmets and lights
- A trained guide
- Dinner (traditional Nepalese momos)
- Personal expenses
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Cancellation for this product is free up to 48 hours before the chosen start date - full refund will be given. If cancelling less than 48 hours before the chosen start date no refund applies.Other Practical InformationRiders should have ridden bikes before Trails can be tailored for beginner to intermediate riders Please carry a small pack with some water