Epic. Could not be happier with my choice. Epic riding, epic scenery, and epic guiding. These guys know what's up!
With dry days and crisp nights, these are the finest months to visit Nepal; plan ahead or else hotels will be almost impossible to find, and the Himalayan slopes will see throngs of trekkers and bikers. It is peak time for the Annapurna and Everest region, the two main draws of this countrys tourism. The rafting season runs from September mid-December, picking up again in spring, from March to mid-May (including the Low Season months of Jan and Feb).
December conditions are not as optimum as October and November, but still pleasant enough to bring trekkers and bikers. The valleys of Kathmandu and Pokhara are still sunny and pleasant, but temperatures can dip radically on the upper slopes. March May and September (spring and autumn) are the second-best times to enjoy the countrys outdoors, with long days and comfortable temperatures (not too hot).
Trekkers and bikers ease off in Jan and Feb owing to a radical dip in temperatures, and not great visibility. Kathmandu and Pokhara continue to attract tourists, but in a trickle. June August brings rain to most parts of the country, making trails untenable and camping almost impossible. City tourism still exists, at slashed rates in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
This operator specialises in only one thing - the best mountain biking in all of Nepal. Led by 2 partners (one of who is an ex-pro mountain bike racer), the outfit now has several qualified guides (including some representing Nepal internationally in mountain biking) that take you through their hand picked trails across the country. If your prefer to explore the highest, steepest and most ethereally beautiful mountains in the world on just two wheels, then entrust yourself in the hands of these saddle-Ninjas who have been riding these trails before they could even walk.
This family-run company has been leading tourists from around the world for over 50 years now; the latest generation at the helm was quite literally born into adventure. Luxury for them goes beyond mere soft carpets and gold-plated taps; it means warmth of hospitality, and that splendid sense of feeling protected as they open their hearts and their gorgeous little mountain-kingdom up to you. They specialise in a range of adventures including wildlife, rafting, trekking and fishing. This is as blue chip an operator as you will find anywhere in the world.
These boys have been showcasing the magnificent Himalayas from the seat of a mountain bike for near on 30 years. It helps that they are also highly trained and accomplished athletes who have won several mountain triathalons and tourism awards over the years. Their motto: To go deeper and deeper into the heart of Nepal's terrain and people, is what they strive to do, luring you onto trails few bikers have ever ridden. The true-blue immersive Himalayan experience: no saddle-junkie should pass this up.
These experts have been running the mighty Himalayan rivers for near on two and a half decades now, and it is safe to say they have mastered every bend, rock, rapid, crest and trough of these frothing waters more times than most of their peers combined. Top-notch equipment, first-rate guides, an impeccable safety record, and five consecutive years of Nepal Tourism Awards', that's what you sign up for with these champions of white-water.
With 30 years of travel experience under their belt, they have nailed client service and safety to a fine art. Founded and run by 3 Sherpas, one of who has a degree in tourism from New Zealand, the accolade-winning outfit now has over 50 employees and is one of the countries finest tour operators, as well as serving on the country?s most important trekking and moutaineering bodies. Nothing but the best equipment and top-notch guides will take you for the trip of your life in the most demanding, challenging and the most breathtakingly beautiful terrain on planet earth.
Showcasing the magnificent Himalayas has been their passion since 1990. After 26 years of creating world-class itineraries covering trekking, biking, archeological and wildlife trips, their sterling reputation made them to go-to guys for Werner Herzog, the legendary documentary film-maker, in 2002. The company has pioneered several interesting forms of travel throughout Nepal.The praise has been unfailingly flattering, so line up for the best experience of this formidable and breath-taking part of the world, with these experts.
18 years and counting and over 15,000 travellers, and this is only the beginning for this intrepid team of Himalayan experts led by a pioneering entrepreneur of Nepal Tourism, for whom nothing is impossible. They are continuously pioneering new activities like high-altitude sky-dives, endurance races and death-defying collaborations with Discovery Channel. Recipients of numerous local and international awards and citations, they have even served on the country's official tourist board. Sign up. The Himalayas just got a whole lot easier.
A grizzled veteran of the Himalayas who has led treks and expeditions for 26 years is the founder this 15-year old company; in his time he has scaled most of the mighty peaks, including Everest. Even today, he conducts most of the mountaineering trips himself, backed up a handpicked staff of only the best climbers and guides trained by the most prestigious mountain climbing institutes in the country. A perfect combination of superlative expertise, all-round top-notch performance and the outgoing affable nature of its leader/founder, that makes clients return year after year.
This team is all about rafting experts/leaders in development programs/pioneers of canyoning adventures/senior naturalist in national parks/dedicated bird and nature conservationists, all over Nepal. Trek the countless Himalayan trails of their mountain kingdom? Get close to its wildlife? Stay with locals and immerse into the culture? Capture its unique spirituality through its folklore, temples and monasteries? Climb or bike its mountains? Fly down its rivers? These boys have the answers.