The Annapurna Circuit on Two Wheels
22 Jul 2019

The Annapurna Circuit on Two Wheels

“Alright, 50 more steps and then you can rest. 1, 2, 3…” For the past 4 hours, my thoughts have been dominated by counting my steps and controlling my breathing. Every time my legs get too tired to go further, I pause, look around, and enjoy the view. The sun

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Extreme Races and Adventure Festivals to Enjoy in Nepal
08 Jan 2018

Extreme Races and Adventure Festivals in Nepal

I run, swim and cycle a lot in the Netherlands, but I’ve never combined all three. In Kathmandu, running around the valley rim has lifted my spirits. Swooshing on a bicycle down the hills in Pokhara has pumped up my adrenaline. And I just cannot compare jumping in a crisp

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Biking Up a Snowy Mountain in Nepal
02 Aug 2017

Biking Up a Snowy Mountain in Nepal

In February 2016, I was in Solukhumbu conducting fieldwork and I decided to stay an extra few days for some mountain bike exploration. Specifically, I had my eyes on Pikey Peak, a “hill” of just over 4,000 meters with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Back in October of 2015, I

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The Essential Packing List for Mountain Biking in Nepal
15 Jun 2017

The Essential Packing List for Mountain Biking in Nepal

It’s important to pack light when setting out on a mountain bike tour in Nepal. Your packing list for mountain biking will depend on what kind of trip you’re going on, but let’s assume that you’re planning a multi-day bike trip on some jeep tracks and singletrack trails that will

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Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal
12 Jun 2017

Important Tips for Mountain Biking in Nepal

There’s nothing quite like seeing Nepal from the seat of a mountain bike. A bicycle brings you onto trails and into remote villages that are inaccessible to motorized vehicles. Biking is (usually) faster and more fun than walking, and mountain bikes inevitably draw the interest of local people and provide

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Beas River
18 Apr 2017

Pushing Through Pain While Cycling in Himachal Pradesh

“It’s time to let the brakes off, but hold onto them tightly,” instructed my local guide as we neared the top of the 3,200 metre Jalori Pass. I was confused by the paradoxical instruction. It sounded as if I was about to perform a Mission Impossible-esque stunt. His words echoed

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