The Trans Nepal Trail – XC From Deep in the Himalayas to Kathmandu


  • 505km / 316 miles
  • An A to B linear journey
  • Remote singletrack & jeep trails
  • Ride through the planet’s deepest valley
  • A genuine biking adventure
  • 16 days / 15 nights
  • 12 days of mountain biking
  • XC from the Himalayas to the city
  • Rather Be Trip Leader & Nepali biking guide
Number of Days: 16
2019 Land Only Price From: £2,195
Grade: Spicy
Group Size: 6 -14
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Sat 6 April – Sun 21 April 2019 Ready To Roll
Sat 14 Dec – Sun 29 Dec 2019 Ready To Roll

Dates are available for Private Groups by arrangement – contact us for details

Trip Overview

Day 1 Arrivals Day

Arrive Kathmandu airport and transfer to hotel.  Due to different arrival times we meet up as a complete group for the first time in the evening and have a meal together in our hotel.

Overnight in Kathmandu in a 3 star hotel.  Meal/s included: D

Day 2 Sightseeing Day

Today we take in a morning’s sightseeing tour of Kathmandu visiting a couple of the city’s historic and / or religious sights.  The afternoon is free for a bit of shopping, or chilling out. Our bikes are collected by our local crew and, over the next two days, they are transferred overland to Jomsom to meet our arrival.

Overnight in Kathmandu in a 3 star hotel.  Meal/s included: B

Day 3 Westward Ho – Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara

We leave the city behind us today and head Westwards with a morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara.  Lakeside Pokhara is a lovely place to explore, chill out and, now we’re in sight of the Himalayas, get a feel for the scale of the adventure that lies ahead.

Overnight in Pokhara in a 3 star hotel.  Meal/s included: B

Day 4 Into the Himalayas – Fly Pokhara to Jomsom

Early morning flight from Pokhara to Jomsom (2,767m). Flying deep into the jaw dropping Himalayas we arrive in the town of Jomson, in Lower Mustang, where the cultural influences of the large local Tibetan population are apparent.  We check into our lodge accommodation, build up our bikes and pedal out on a short acclimatisation ride.

Overnight in Jomsom in a lodge.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 5 Riding High

Ride from Jomson to Kagbeni (2,807m) and then to Marrpha (2,670m).  Riding on jeep tracks we head right up to the Mustang border before climbing a little more (to 2,900m) and then descending a cracking section of singletrack to Ekle Bhatti.  Then its downhill to Marpha, which is famous for apple production – mmm, local cider and apple pie.

30km / 19 miles – 100% Off Road.  Overnight in Marpha in a lodge.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 6 Into the Valley

Ride from Marpha (2,670m) to the refreshing Hot Springs at Tatopani (1,190m).  Down, down, down 1,480m of descent – that’s more than a Ben Nevis* – on blissful jeep tracks & trails through the World’s deepest valley The Kali Gandaki Gorge.

* Universal Scottish unit of measurement = 1,344m

32km / 20 miles – 100% Off Road.  Overnight in Tatopani in a lodge.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 7 Beni Bound

Ride from Tatopani (1,190m) to Beni.  It’s a shorter day today but more downhill trails are waiting for us.  Beni is now the tarred roadhead for the Kali Gandki and it’s a bustling hub of Nepali transport and commerce.  After the quiet spaces in the valley it’s a shock to the senses.  There’s a couple of options for more riding in the afternoon.

20km / 13 miles – approx. 90% Off Road.  Overnight in Beni in a lodge or hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 8 Stunning Rivers, Valleys, Climbs & Descents

Ride from Beni to Pokhara.  Passing the confluence of the Kali Gandaki & the Modi Khola rivers amidst stunning scenery today is a challenging ride with some big climbs on tarmac but the day’s riding concludes with a peach of an off road trail down to Phewa Tal, Pokhara and our hotel.

80km / 50 miles – approx. 30% Off Road.  Overnight in Pokhara in a 3 star hotel.  Meal/s included: B & L

Day 9 Tal to Tal (Lake to Lake)

Ride from Phewa Tal, Pokhara to Begnas Tal.  Lakeside Pokhara is so lovely that we usually linger for a while and enjoy a mellow start to the day – it’s also a chance to remedy any bike mecahnicals, laundry or get a massage.  A big climb on tarmac and a big descent off road is the order of the day before we spin along the backroads to our campsite by Begnas Tal.

30km / 19 miles – approx. 50% Off Road.  Overnight camp by Begnas Tal.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 10 Cross Country to Kalasti

Ride from Begnas Tal to Kalasti.  Some fine old school XC riding – jeep trails & tracks against a backdrop of rural Nepalese life and Himalayan peaks ending at wonderful riverside camp.

48km / 30 miles – 70% Off Road.  Overnight riverside camp by the Mardi Khola.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 11 Himalayan Horizons

Ride from Kalasti to Palungtar.  Another classic day of Nepalese riding – a maze of jeep trails through a landscape of rice paddies and fascinating villages & towns.

30km / 19 miles – 65% Off Road.  Overnight camp by Palungtar.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 12 Gorkha – Home of the Gurkhas

Ride from Palungtar to Gorkha.  Starting the day with some climbing we then enjoy some excellent off road trails in the morning followed by a tarred road climb up to Gorkha after lunch.  The busy roadhead town of Gorkha is a hive of activity and the hub that is the town’s bus station is well worth a wander through.  Time permitting, we may visit the historic Durbar (Fort) perched high above the town.

50km / 31 miles – 60% off road.  Overnight in Gorkha in a hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 13 Downhill Demons

Ride from Gorkha to near Kali Sundhara Bazar.  Today is a journey deep into Nepal’s Inner Terrai region and we reckon this is one of the best days of pure XC riding you will find anywhere – it’s not super technical but we tackle challenging terrain, monster descents, ride along ridge lines and through villages that seldom see Western visitors.

70km / 38 miles – 100% Off Road.  Overnight riverside camp.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 14 Join the More Than Mile High Club – Rather Be Style

Ride from near Kali Sundhara Bazar to Nuwakot .  Today is a cracker of a day – tough, but what goes up does, eventually, come back down again.  A flat start allows us to warm up before we tackle our first climb of the day – all 1,200 vertical metres of it.  Some descending follows but the overall trend is upwards culminating in “The Stairway To Heaven” an 800 vertical metre rocky climb up to Samari.  The descent that follows may not be singletrack but it’s a blinder with many rocky challenges to overcome or play on.

75km / 47 miles – 85% Off Road.  Overnight camp near Nuwakot.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 15 An Up & Down Day

Ride from Nuwakot to Kathmandu.  It’s our last day’s riding and it’s a full on day.  We rack up some 1,300 vertical metres of ascent in 34km’s of sinuous tarmac, taking us to the top of the Kathmandu valley rim at Kakani.  A final downhill blast brings us back to Kathmandu and completes our epic Trans-Nepal journey.  After getting settled in at our hotel we pack up our bikes for our return journey tomorrow.  The rest of the day is free for sightseeing or last minute shopping before a celebratory group meal in town.

50km / 31 miles – 100% On Road.  Overnight in Kathmandu in a 3 star hotel.  Meal/s included: B & L

Day 16 Departure Day

Free time in Kathmandu until it’s time for your transfer to Kathmandu Airport from our hotel.

Meal/s included: B

What’s Included

  • 15 nights accommodation* as detailed in the trip overview.
  • All meals as detailed in the trip overview.
  • Meal Key: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers to / from group hotel on arrival & departure days only.
  • Kathmandu to Jomson and Pokhara to Jomsom internal flights.
  • Airport transfers in Pokhara.
  • Overland Bike Transfers from Kathmandu to Jomsom.
  • Applicable Permit and Conservation fees.
  • All baggage transfers in our baggage vehicle (Pokhara to Kathmandu section).
  • The services of a Nepali Biking Guide.
  • The services of a Rather Be Cycling Trip Leader – ON ALL GROUP SIZES
  • The services of a baggage vehicle driver / assistant / crew (Pokhara to Kathmandu section).
  • Access to commonly required tools and mechanical advice & assistance.**
  • A half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu.

*We use a 3 star hotel when staying in Kathmandu (3 nights). When cycling we use a mix of full service camping and lodge accommodation. All accommodation is allocated and priced on a twin occupancy basis. Please contact us for Single Occupancy Rates.

**Please note that whilst we are prepared for the most likely mechanical issues we cannot carry spare parts / tools to deal with all eventualities. Please ensure your bike is fit for purpose before your trip – we are happy to advise you.

Many parts of rural Nepal are in a period of rapid development and there is a very active road building programme currently underway. What was a blinding singletrack can become a jeep track the next time we pass the same way and jeep tracks can become tarred roads. We work closely with our agents and biking contacts in Nepal, who are constantly seeking out new off road routes. We reserve the right to alter our itineraries in-country to take in more new off road sections wherever possible should the traditional routes become upgraded.

What’s Not Included

  • International and / or Domestic Flight/s to and from the start (joining) point and end (departure) points of the trip.
  • Any excess baggage charges relating to outbound and / or return flights.
  • Visa/s as required.
  • Travel Insurance – compulsory.
  • All drinks e.g. bottled water, coffees, teas, alcohol, etc.
  • Spare / replacement bicycle parts & accessories e.g. tyres, tubes, wheels, etc.
  • Other expenses e.g. souvenirs, additional food, etc.
  • Tips – at your discretion but encouraged for the local guide and crew.
  • Certain meals on certain days – please refer to trip overview.
  • Your spending money.

Bike Spec

  • A modern, good quality mountain bike – hard tail with front suspension or full suspension – is ideal for this trip.  We suggest 2.1 mixed terrain off road tyres at minimum.
  • Your bike should be fully serviced, and thoroughly tested, before your holiday.