“A fast downhill route featured in the 2013 Nepal National DH Championships.”
— Leslie Kehmeier
The Hattiban Downhill is a quick hit gravity experience that throws everything at you. Starting above the Hattiban Resort, the route is point-to-point to the village of Gwaldaha and requires a shuttle.
This ride is very technical featuring steeps, slippery surfaces and one long staircase. Be prepared for a thrilling ride!
Need to Know
Nepal is the kind of mountain bike destination that is best experienced with a tour company and guide. With routes and trails that interconnect through remote countryside and numerous villages, local knowledge and pre-planned logistics are invaluable.
The route described here is part of Big Mountain Adventures
Himalaya Heights trip.
The Hattiban Downhill starts with a little uphill grunt. From the parking area, push up (or ride if you can) through pine trees and prayer flags to preview the upper part of the route. There are multiple jump options to scout along the way.
Follow the ridge to a flat knoll and point your bike back downhill. Pause a moment to take in the surrounding views.
Now it's time to drop your seat post, no pedaling necessary from here on out.
Descend what you just came up. Airtime is definitely an option but not mandatory. The very upper section is open and then gradually screams through tall pines. The trail surface allows for a lot of 'float' through here with a healthy layer of leaves and needles.
The Hattiban DH transitions to a flowy section near the parking area before the grade steepens on a section of two-track road. This leads to what looks like a dead-end but is really just the highlight (and crux) of the route.
Roll over a berm and catch your breath as you stare down a long staircase on the ridge of an open hillside. It's a bit overwhelming at first but once you've started to chatter your way down the steps you'll be focused on the route ahead. This section ends above a village and will surely have your forearms and calves screaming.
Continue right at the bottom of the stairs on steep singletrack down to a road. Turn left and coast briefly before diving off right onto village trails.
The route finishes with some steep, slippery and gnarly terrain through pockets of forest and village, ending at the local spring in Gwaldaha.