Nepal, a small country nestled in the laps of the mighty Himalayas is a life in perpetual chaos of age-old architecture and art, bells, deep chants, colorful prayer flags and endless smiles. And then, home to the mighty Himalayas, with eight of the worlds ten highest mountains in the world, including the highest mountain in the world, Mount Everest. This is the reason why, Nepal is a mecca for mountain bikers where the mountain biker, the mountain bike, and the mountains, will come together as one.
For this trip, their goal is to reach Mustang, a beautiful Tibetan settlement district where the mountains are to the south, and thus popularly called by the Nepalese as the village beyond the mountains. This route in the old days was the popular salt trade route to Tibet following the Kali Gandaki river crossing beautiful white washed Thakali villages with awesome views of stark, arid, dry landscapes, all a part of the Tibetan plateau. And yes, with Dhaulagiri (8,167m), the worlds 7th highest mountain to the west and Nilgiri himal (7071m) on the east, you will be riding in the worlds deepest gorge.
While the region has been very popular among trekkers
as it is a second leg of the famous Annapurna Circuit, coming down into the gorge from Thorang La Pass, the worlds highest mountain pass at 5416 meters, the region has now gained popularity as a mountain biking destination in the last one decade - many famous mountain biking video's and articles have been dedicated to the awesome natural trails here. It is also important not to forget that the region is popular for Muktinath (3800m), a very revered and important Hindu pilgrimage destination that a Hindu has to make in one's life.
Appreciating life in the Himalayas is about taking a step back leaving behind all pre-notions about a blissful life, and doing that on a mountain bike is just too awesome.
This event will be a wonderful experience