Top 5 Mountain Biking Trails in Nepal with Best Offers ~ 2024

  • Duration 11
  • Destination Nepal
  • Trip Grade Moderate
  • Starts at Kathmandu
  • Ends at Kathmandu
  • Meals Tea House
  • Accommodation
  • Max. Altitude 3800m
  • Activity Biking
  • Group Type Private
  • Group Size 1+
  • Best Season Spring

Top 5 Mountain Biking Trails in Nepal with Best Offers ~ 2024 Overview

Mountain Biking Trails in Nepal with Best Offers

The classic picture of Nepal includes huge mountain landscapes featuring icy peaks against a crisp blue sky, and possibly a yak or two. We love this picture, but we like it even more when there is a mountain bike coming down the trail!

 
 Mountain Biking Trails in Nepal with Best Offers organized by Sanjib Adhikari
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Most people think of trekking when it comes to outdoor adventure in Nepal, but did you know that mountain biking is the fastest growing sport in this incredible country?
 
In the early days, the few bikers all knew each other and rode together each weekend exploring the Kathmandu Valley and taking occasional longer trips. Now the biking scene has grown such that on any given Saturday you can see people riding everything from a flashy new bike, to an old iron horse – but all with the same goal to enjoy the freedom and the joy of a great ride.
 
Biking in Nepal may be evolving at lightning speed, but the trails are ancient and there is a mind boggling amount of them! No-one can know how many kilometer’s of trails are out there waiting to be discovered, as the whole country is crisscrossed with walking trails, beaten smooth by untold generations of feet, walking across the valley or across the country for trade, festivals or family visits.
 
Some of our favorite areas are rugged and truly wild with no easy way ‘out’, while some are close to town and offer almost limitless variations on the ride – from a day to a week or more, in stylish hotels or roughing it in tea houses or camping.
 
With so much to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start, so here are our top 5 mountain biking destinations in Nepal.
 

 The Kathmandu Valley — 1 to 14 days

 
Mountain biking around Kathmandu
This is where it all began. The Kathmandu Valley is suitable for day trips from a comfortable hotel, or longer and more rugged adventures staying in less populated places. Highlights – diverse cultures, flexible itinerary and riding style, some really brilliant trails no matter what your style is.
 
Pokhara to Kathmandu — 7 to 12 days
 
Crossing a suspension bridge between Pokhara and Kathmandu
Another classic, for those who like the touring style of a biking adventure. Never too far from civilization, you don’t need to carry much gear and can stay in simple tea houses or guest houses along the way. Highlights – diverse cultures, point-to-point journey, the amazing mountain scenery of Nepal’s ‘mid-hills’.
 
Annapurna Circuit — 11+ days
 
Mountain biking in the Annapurna region
Leaving Manang through the entrance Chorten (© Zack White)
What happens when the roads come into a trekker’s paradise, bringing the villagers much needed access to markets, health care and education? Traveler’s can maximize their holiday time by getting farther away from the big centers in shorter times – ie, get to the fun faster!
 
You once needed 21 days to experience this stunning area, but now you can jeep and mountain bike in about 11 days (or take more time if you can, it’s worth it). Highlights – mind-blowing scenery, diverse cultures, some incredible trails (some hike a bike or porterage required), point-to-point journey.
 
Mustang — 5 to 10 days
 
Brought to the world stage by the Anthill Films crew in Strength In Numbers and again by Red Bull in Where The Trail Ends, this area is a biker’s mecca. Lower Mustang is accessible and there are so many great trails that you can custom make every trip – from about 5 days up to 10 days – and still be having fun.
 
Upper Mustang is very remote and is also a restricted area (making it expensive as you need a permit), but the extra cost is well worth it as you can visit the ancient fortress city of Lo Manthang and ride the dirt that the Red Bull crew searched all over the world for. Highlights – the scenery is truly spectacular, the culture is astounding and the trails are unforgettable.
 
Details about mountain biking in Lower Mustang can be found here.
 
Lower Everest Region — 5+ days
 
You can fly in or take a jeep for point-to-point or day trips. Mountain biking in the Everest region is very flexible in terms of trails and customized options and you can bike in view of Mt. Everest itself, while experiencing the legendary hospitality of the Sherpa people of the Everest region.
Day to Day Itinerary
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  • Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel and rest after your journey.
  • Explore Kathmandu’s vibrant streets and markets in the evening.

  • Rent a mountain bike from a local shop and start your ride along the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail.
  • Enjoy the scenic views of the valley, traditional villages, and ancient temples.
  • Return to Kathmandu in the evening and explore the city’s nightlife.

  • Take a flight or drive to Pokhara, the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Begin your mountain biking adventure through the stunning landscapes of the Annapurna region.
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse or tea house along the trail.

  • Continue your mountain biking journey through the picturesque villages and terraced fields of the Annapurna Circuit.
  • Admire the views of snow-capped peaks and lush forests along the way.
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse or tea house.

  • Ride to Thorong La Pass, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit at 5,416 meters.
  • Descend to Muktinath and rest for the night.

  • Ride through the arid landscapes of Upper Mustang, experiencing the unique Tibetan culture and stunning desert scenery.
  • Explore the ancient city of Lo Manthang and its surrounding areas.
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse or tea house.

  • Continue your mountain biking adventure through Upper Mustang, visiting monasteries, caves, and traditional villages.
  • Ride back to Muktinath for the night.

  • Drive or ride back to Kathmandu and then transfer to Syabrubesi, the starting point for the Langtang Valley trail.
  • Begin your mountain biking journey through the beautiful Langtang Valley.
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse or tea house.

  • Ride to Kyanjin Gompa, a picturesque village with stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Explore the area and visit the local cheese factory.
  • Overnight stay in a guesthouse or tea house.

  • Ride back to Syabrubesi and then drive back to Kathmandu.
  • Spend the evening exploring Kathmandu and shopping for souvenirs.
  • Farewell dinner in Kathmandu.

Transfer to Tribhuvan International Airport for your departure flight.

Altitude Chart

Our team guides, porters and accompanying staff are locals with a broad knowledge about each and every location that we travel through.

Departure Dates
  • We have daily departures for this trip from beginning March to May and from frist -September to mid-December. You can type in the number of passengers to book a reservation and select a date that is convenient for you. Due to group size, we never cancel a trip once you’ve made a reservation. If you would rather join the group, we will add more travelers on the selected date. You can let us know once you make a reservation or earlier.
FAQs
  • Some of the trails, like the Kathmandu Valley Rim Trail and parts of the Langtang Valley, can be suitable for beginners with basic mountain biking skills. However, trails like the Annapurna Circuit and Manaslu Circuit are more challenging and are recommended for experienced mountain bikers.

  • The cost of renting a mountain bike in Nepal can vary depending on the quality of the bike and the duration of the rental. On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $15 to $30 per day for a basic mountain bike rental.

  • Yes, there are many tour operators in Nepal that offer guided mountain biking tours for these trails. These tours typically include bike rental, accommodation, meals, and a guide. Prices vary depending on the operator and the services included.

  • Some essential items to pack for a mountain biking trip in Nepal include a helmet, padded shorts, cycling gloves, a water bottle, a basic first aid kit, and appropriate clothing for varying weather conditions. It’s also a good idea to carry a map or GPS device for navigation.

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