Mountain biking or MTB is a form of cycling that encompasses both the recreational and endurance aspects of a sport. It is a diverse sport that allows varying degrees of experience to almost everyone who attempts it. Amongst the array of hobby lists, mountain biking is slowly topping the chart, mostly, amongst the youth population.
The most alluring facet of this hobby is that unlike other hobbies which require professional handholding, or which require spending hours learning the ropes; this can be picked up by anyone who can cycle without training wheels. The next advantage is an opportunity to have a modest beginning by riding on a vanilla trail available around you. Once you hit the trail, then it is only about understanding the terrain and learning reflexes which increases every time you cycle through the paths. Another exciting add-on to it is that you can enter the trails for free or with a very nominal entry fee.
A Complete Hobby
Mountain biking could be a better alternative if you are looking for a wholesome blend of exercise, nature, and adrenaline in a hobby. If not all, mountain biking ticks most of the checkboxes when it comes to a complete workout for a body, mind, and soul. It is an excellent way to make your heart pump more, boosts lungs capacity, engages most of the muscles in your hands, shoulders, arms, core, and back. And to top it all, the activity itself is so fulfilling that you do not even feel that you are exercising while you are burning out a hell of your calories. Moreover, twist and turns that you take throughout rough and slippery pathways will give you exhilarating experiences.
Famous trails in Nepal
Nepal is known across the globe as a mecca for trekking with the presence of eight of the world’s highest mountains. However, mountain biking is also marking its presence in this incredible country. Nepal with its unique geological apparatus offers an appetite for the different classes of bike riders. Nepal offers a variety of options for cross-country trails with its winding forest paths, narrow single tracks, or valley to valley rambles that will put any rider’s endurance to the test. It also offers monstrous ascent/descent for Enduro or all-mountain riders. The ridges here will tease any daredevil riders with their sharp ascents to nose-diving downhills.
Some of the famous trails in Nepal are as follows:
- Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur - 33.4 km ( 440m up & 937m down)
- Kakani to Kapan via Shivapuri National park - 26.8km. (946m up & 1,604m down)
- Nagarkot to Bhaktapur - 19.4 km. (286m up, & 811m down)
- Bhaktapur to Kathmandu - 10.8km. (97m up & 152 m down)
- Pokhara Downhill - (4.0km. 36 m up & 352m down)
- Annapurna Circuit - Besisahar to Mustang
- Upper Mustang - Jomsom- Kagbeni- Lo-Manthang- Marpha-Tatopani-Beni.
The most preferable season to go biking would be the days when it is not as hot as the devil’s sack. Therefore, the best bet would be to go during the autumn season (September to November) when the temperature is moderate, and visibility is pristine. The next best alternative would be a spring season (March to May) where again the climate is pleasant and warmer.
All in all, mountain biking could be a ‘well-balanced’ hobby for those who enjoy nature, thrill, and fitness. It is heartwarming to see that is growing as a medium to boost internal tourism amongst the youths in Nepal. Further, the government of Nepal could also evaluate the probability of promoting it to an international platform. Nepal with its diverse topology could be proven as one of the best destinations for mountain biking. Who knows, down the line, Nepal could be known as a paradise for mountain biking next to trekking in the international community.
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