Four New Itineraries To Launch in March 2012
Kathmandu, Nepal – Countless miles of high altitude trails and tracks, until now the exclusive realm of the Nepalese and visiting trekkers and mountain climbers, will experience for the first time in 2012 visits by mountain biking enthusiasts arriving under the auspices of Ace the Himalaya
“The mountain bike trails in Nepal are some of the best in the world but also some of the most undiscovered. Often you will be the only biker on the trail for days, affording a highly personal experience with the villages you pass through,” says Prem Khatry, director of Ace the Himalaya that has been operating high-end programs in Nepal for six years.
Ace the Himalaya has designed and beginning in 2012 will operate professional, vehicle-and guide-supported mountain biking on a customized tour basis for a minimum of four guests over some of the best biking trails in Nepal. Four 12-to-21-day mountain biking itineraries will be offered starting in March 2012 under the new banner of Ace the Himalaya Mountain Biking Trips.
2012 programs to be offered include:
Annapurna Circuit – a strenuous 19-day program suggested for March-May and September-November; cyclists on a daily average cover 25 kms at an altitude range of 5,416 meters, passing through lush sub-tropical rainforest, deep valleys and cultivated fields to wooded alpine and high deserts, with frequent views of the Annapurnas and Manaslu. USD $1,690
Lhasa (Tibet) to Kathmandu – a strenuous 21-day program suggested for June-September; cyclists on a daily average cover 70 kms at an altitude range of 5,220 meters through one of the most remote regions in the world from Lhasa in Tibet to Kathmadu in Nepal. The trip follows the Friendship Highway to the Roof of the World, the Everest Base Camp, and descends by the former home of the Dalai Lama. USD $3,440 http://www.acethehimalaya.com/
Muktinath to Pokhara – a moderately-strenuous 11-day program suggested for February-April and September-November; cyclists on a daily average range 25 to 30 kms at an altitude range of 3,710 meters to Muktinath, a pilgrimage center for Buddhists and Hindus. USD $1,030
Kathmandu Valley Rim – a moderate 13-day program suggested for September-June; cyclists cover 30 kms on a daily average at an altitude range of 2,175 meters off the beaten path through rice terraces with superb views of an array of snow peaks from Annapurna to Everest. Included is a stay at Nagarkot, famous for sunrises and sunsets with the magnificent Himalayan back drop. USD $720
According to Khatry, mountain biking has only very recently, but quickly, gained momentum in Nepal and is still an infant market. To service the growing trend, his company is utilizing bicycle brands and equipment known for durability and ruggedness: Cube, Trek and Giant. It has signed on three guides with between four and nine years of experience who are recognized as top professional cyclists and athletes.
Rounding out the staff will be assistant biking guides who represent underprivileged youth from an organization in Nepal that shelters 300 children whose parents have been imprisoned, or the children have been abandoned and/or orphaned. The youth will receive full guide and mechanic training.