Pokhara to Kathmandu - Nepal Mountain Bike
Nepal, Bike - Fat Tyre, 12 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,640 (land only)
By: Jon Meeton, Glasgow, UK
I really enjoyed the variety experienced throughout the trip. The biking was excellent - but you also got to see and experience Nepal in a manner which it is difficult to imagine you could achieve in any other way. The pace / route turned out to be excellent. Day in Pokhara was good for assessing the group; other days were all varied and interesting. Our trip leader, Pramod, was difficult to fault - so I won't! The camping days were excellent - good locations, excellent support crew and well cooked (and varied) food.
By: Iain Currie, Aberdeen, Scotland
The cycling was excellent - a good mix of single track, jeep track and road. The food was also excellent, a good choice of restaurants and the chef we had for the camping was also excellent with very varied food. Also meeting local people was good, they were very friendly.
Possibly have something more to do on the rest day at Gorkha. It was good to have a rest day but it felt a bit like we were just hanging around. We went on a short ride from the hotel and then upto the Durbar late afternoon. Although not sure what else you could do there.
The camping was much better than I expected, with a river/ lake to wash in every night and excellent food. Pemba(the guide)was excellent. Always stopped at just the right times when we needed a rest and had a good sense of humour.
By: Steve Brooks, Manchester, UK
Your brochure and dossier were excellent and having been on the trip are very accurate in the descriptions of the trails (obviously...), these coupled with Tim's chat and slide show gave me all the information I needed to book the trip, and any queries I had were dealt with swiftly and clearly by the team.
Upon arrival in Kathmandu, The Hotel Shankar was a great and unexpected suprise - I didn't know what to expect from the accomodation - I wasn't expecting to stay in such an elegant place in the 1st night! The camping was great - the remote locations of some of the camps. All the crew were really friendly and welcoming and a really good laugh.
Promo, our leader, was great. Really enthusiastic and friendly with great local knowledge. He (and the other guys on the trip) were really patient with me, if I fell behind on climbing sections, offering loads of encouragement when needed (which was most of the time - I really dislike long climbs!)
Overall the trip was up there with the best holidays I've had - great trails in epic scenery with a great group, meeting the friendliest locals on our journey, insane traffic of Kathmandu, rickety suspension bridges and all in top weather. The corker from gorka and ridge riders being definate highlights!
By: Helen Markland, Sheffield, UK
The cook was a legend. Great variety and all good food. Anyone that can make a pizza on a camping stove deserves a medal! A brilliant trip. The biking far exceeded my expectations.
By: James Hughes, Plymouth, UK
I enjoyed pretty much all of it. I wanted an adventure and that's what I got! I really feel I got to see and experience the 'real' Nepal and its people. The fact that we rode every single inch between Pokhara and Kathmandu has a genuine sense of achievement.
By: Jo Milborrow, East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
The office staff were all brill. I really felt that I knew everything, any questions I had were answered promptly and correctly. The office staff really know their stuff! The trip was virtually exactly as described - which in my experience of other companies isn't usually the case!
The local agents were really brilliant. The organisation far exceeded my expectations after group trips with other companies. We always knew where we needed to be and when, and we were always met at the right time in the right place. The reliability of the organisation took the worry out of the trip.