Sally & Angus. March 2011. Ghorepani Poonhill

A truly great experience from start to finish. Everest Bike came highly recommended to us by colleagues who have been using the same company for five or six previous visits to Nepal. During the planning of the trip, all correspondents by email were dealt with quickly and efficiently and we were able to tailor our holiday to include extra activities suggested by Everest Bike, such as white water rafting and paragliding or leave out parts we felt unsuitable to our needs. Without the guides from Everest Bike Company the trip would not have been the amazing experience that it was. Their years of experience trekking in the Everest (replace with Annapurna, if we really weren’t scaling Everest) region meant we were safe at all times, kept well informed of cultural issues and had the good fortune of staying in the best tea houses and eating at their recommended restaurants – important parts on a trip where you might be missing some home comforts.

Kevin, Sally & Angus.
This tour was run in March 2011 for Poon Hill/Ghorepani area.

Valerie & Chris, April 2014

First, let me say that the team in Nepal are fantastic. We can’t stress enough how we appreciated the hospitality and flexibility. Bista did an excellent job coordinating the latter half of our trip, and we would recommend the Jungle Island Lodge where we stayed in Suahara. The food there was so-so (this was called out in the Lonely Planet book we had), but since dinners in town were less than $10/ person, this wasn’t a showstopper at all. The staff were extremely friendly and even let us choose the menu on our last night (I asked for Dal Baaht, to the amusement of the other guests). 

Shishir and Kumar also did a great job leading the trip. They modified the routes to fit our riding – some days were a little shorter, some days were a lot longer, and took us to some great places for lunch. We really appreciate the effort they put into the trip, and the extra time they spent with us. From taking us to a mustard oil factory to waking up at 5:30 am so I could take a mountain flight, the team was willing to go above and beyond to make it a memorable trip. 

In terms of things we thought could be improved upon, they can be broken down into a few categories: 

Communication – We had a few instances where we would arrive at a hotel and our guides would take off without communicating a plan for dinner or the rest of the evening. This was primarily a problem in Hetauda, as it was a bustling, blue-collar town that didn’t cater at all to people who didn’t speak Nepali. Also, during some of our riding days, Shishir changed the route a little to accommodate our speed / skill level without communicating this beforehand, resulting in some confusion about our goals for the day. We spoke with them about these concerns during the trip, and it got much better.

Bike Travel – The first thing we noticed on the cycling day was the lack of a bicycle rack. Instead, the bikes were stacked on the roof and lashed down when we were traveling. Shishir did an excellent job of loading the bikes, with foam mats in between them, but one can’t expect that this method will work on dirt roads without some wear & tear to the bikes. I’ve traveled with my bike before and I expect some damage, but my bike sustained some deep cosmetic damage to the fork from contact with the roof. If that had happened 1″ higher on the slider, I would need to have it replaced. Just so we’re clear – I’m not looking for compensation – but it would have been avoided with a rack.

I do want to call out that the team at Everest Mountain Bike completely cleaned our bikes while we were at Chitawan – I literally did not recognize them when we went into the shop to pack for the flight home. They also took a bag of our smelly clothes and had them laundered while we were at the park. I had been imagining the joy of unpacking a suitcase full of week-old fermented bike clothes, and a dirty, ruined bicycle, and was very happy to be able to avoid both of those cases!

Expectations – I think the most unexpected part of the trip was the effect of the pollution on the environment. During our trip, the Himalaya were not visible at all from Kathmandu (heck, most days you could not even see Swayambhunath from the hotel, and that’s only about 4km away), and even in Pokhara the mountains were only visible for about 3 hours a day – 2 hours after sunrise, and then maybe at sunset, if the clouds cleared. Being March, there also was not a lot of flora to look at. Mustard and Bananas were in season, but I’m sure the trip would be much more spectacular in October.

Also around expectations, having a bit more clarity on the accommodation in your materials would be good. For example, it would have been nice to have brought a sleeping bag liner for the guest houses between Pokhara and Gorkha. Or clothes for the below freezing temperatures at the Everest Panorama Resort and a room without heat (There was an electric floor heater, but 2 out of 3 elements were broken).

I do want to call out the Begnas Tal resort, where we stayed in Pokhara. That place was exceptional. I’m sure it was by far the most expensive place we stayed during the trip, if the prices at the bar were anything to go by. You know it’s expensive when they don’t even use the local currency! The rooms were well-appointed, clean, and spending two nights there allowed us time to do laundry. It should be noted to your guests that this resort is not in Pokhara center – it’s 15km out, which was a bit of a surprise to us when we arrived.

Valerie & Chris – April 2014

Himalayan High – Kathmandu and Annapurna area Mountain Bike adventure

After viewing a Youtube video – Himalayan High”, the four of us Australians decided this was somewhere where we would like to ride our mountain bikes. We soon had a bit of a plan and with the assistance of Everest Mountain Biking (EMB) who tailored an itinerary especially for us, we were booked and on our way to Nepal. EMB were fantastic hosts, right from the minute they met as at Kathmandu airport through our 14 days in Nepal and finally ensuring we were delivered safely back to the airport. The riding and routes that EMB took us on were just awesome. They were a good mix of single tracks, fire type access trails and single lane roads. Right from our initial 1 day downhill from up in Shivpuri National Park back to Kathmandu we knew this was going to be an enjoyable ride. The three day loop out from Kathmandu and through Nagarkot, Bathali, Namobuddah and back to Kathmandu had some tough uphill sections which was the sort of riding we were looking for. Riding through some of the villages on the way was a real highlight and the local knowledge of our guide Shishir made the trip that much better. We soon established a riding routine which consisted of heading off after breakfast, riding for an hour or so and then stoping for some Nepali tea in a roadside tea house. Then fully charged it would be another hour or two on the bike till lunch at another roadside cafe and then onto our overnight stop. All the accommodation was fantastic and the food was incredible. Even when things didn’t go to plan (due to cancelled flights due to weather), EMB quickly made alternate arrangements. The 10 hour jeep ride was the alternative to the 20 minute flight from Pokhara to Jomson, and whilst we were all feeling fairly fatigued and cramped after the drive at least it got us to where we were going – “The Mountains”, instead of waiting around in Pokhara. Our ride from Jomsom up the valley to Kagbeni and then UP a 1000m to Muktinath was spectacular. Nothing prepares you for the awesome beauty that is the Mountains in this area of Nepal. After reaching and exploring the temple Muktinath, we all had a personal mission to keep riding up to 4000m. Heading further up the valley it was becoming a bit of a struggle for us Australian lowlanders but we pushed on and made it to our goal. The riding back down to our accommodation was another pleasurable highlight. Having reached our goal but having lost a day due to travel in the jeep, we had to alter our plan and cover 103km i two days instead of three). Shishir quickly changed the arrangements and logistics and it was all fairly flawless. The riding was of course unbelievable as we rode down from the mountains, via some singletrack and down through the river bed and on through the deepest valley in the world. Making our way to Beni, we would detour through all the villages, and we started to get a feeling of what Nepal is all about. Life is a lot less complicated and the people are warm, welcoming and generous. Overall we had a fantastic time and we could not have asked for any better hosts than EMB. Shishir our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and a pleasure to ride with. Bista, back in the office in Kathmandu had made sure that all went to plan. We are already thinking about our next ride which might be Lhasa to Kathmandu and we would be sure to use EMB. Thanks for a great time in Nepal and your hospitality. 

Your new friends Greg, Gary, Tony and Scott
Nov. 2013 Jomsom-Muktinath-Pokhara

I am Giovanni from Italy

I experienced the Annapurna mountain bike tour in April / May 2014. Landscapes are fantastic. Ascents aren’t impossible but pedalable for person with a medium-high training. Downhill is incredibile! In any case this is an unforgettable experience that I counsel to everybody who loves biking, nature and tranquillity where mobile phone network and internet aren’t available for several days and this is fantastic!!!!

I recommend Everest Mountain Bike because this organisation was perfect. Contact directly the Manager Bista at info@everestmountainbikes.com for your personal necessities. He and all his guides are real professionals.”

April 2014 Round Annapurna Tour

4 great days of MTBing with Shishir

I’ve just returned from Nepal after 4 great days of MTBing with Shishir. I highly recommend this team – great tours, flexible arrangements and an overall great experience. Shashir was an excellent guide – a skilled bike rider who knows the region and wildlife well. It was a pleasure to ride with him. Bista is also a great guy to deal with. His communication skills are excellent and he arranged everything before I arrived in country. Most importantly, he responded quickly to my email questions and everything that he arranged was perfect. I highly recommend this team.

Alisdair Craig, April 2017 Kathmandu Valley Ride