The Pokhara Downhill has a lot packed into a short route. From the top of the ridge where the route starts you can get a spectacular view of the Annapurna Range with Machapuchare as the focus. In addition, you can visit the World Peace Pagoda, a giant white Buddhist stupa.
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.
Starting at the World Peace Pagoda, ride a series of staircases on the lakeside of the mountain. You'll be skirting below the pagoda and some cafes. The section is very steep, requiring good control of your bike.
At the bottom, roll out to singletrack that ducks into a dense forest. Be wary of leaves and moss that can make the trail extremely slippery. The trail is narrow and steep here with a few turns before transitioning into long runs of trail on an easier grade.
The bottom reaches of the route wander through dense forest. Watch for monkeys sitting high in the trees.
The Pokhara downhill ends above an agriculture field. Stay left to ride along a small ditch towards the river. Here, you'll cross a suspension bridge to get back into town.
Shared By: Leslie Kehmeier