I thought you might like to read a trip write up of our stunning ‘roof of the world’ mountain bike tour in the Mustang region of the Himalayas in Nepal.

Mountain biking in Kathmandu valley, NepalOur rendezvous point for this mountain bike adventure is the bustling and exotic Kathmandu airport. Once all our flights have arrived from all four corners of the globe, we pack the vans and head approximately 15km out of Kathmandu to the serenity of Shivapuri Hill Cottage. We get settled in with a few beers and some well-deserved food, and chat over the trip ahead.  Our first full day together starts on our sun-draped terrace, eating breakfast, building bikes and guessing what lies ahead of us. With satisfied stomachs we load the van and drive 30 minutes deep into the heart of the Shivapuri National Park, where we unload the bikes and give our group their first taste of Nepalese singletrack! And what an introduction! At the foot of this trail we take a tour around the world famous Buddhist Stupa, called Boudhanath, which must be walked around in a clockwise direction. On returning to the cottage we are treated to our evening meal on the terrace, and with fires glowing we fill the group’s minds with stories of tomorrow’s trails.

We start the next day by taking our shuttle up to a high mountain village on the north side of Kathmandu, where we catch our first glimpse of the Himalaya mountain range in the distance, and the group starts to feel the draw of the mountains. We ride a winding, technical singletrack back to Shivapuri and another delicious home-cooked meal. This morning we pack to leave the stunning hill-top cottage behind. Our luggage goes on to our next destination and we ride up through the Shivapuri National Park, and over the back side to descend down fantastic wooded trails to the historic and very picturesque town of Bhaktapur, where after dinner we take a guided tour of the city and its numerous temples and Stupas.

And to find out what happens next you are going to have to read our full trip itinerary!

For further information and trip dates please see our Nepal tour pages on our website or contact us!

The New York Times recently published a fantastic story on the city of Oaxaca; the city and state in which mountain biking in Oaxaca, Mexicowe’re based during our Mexican mountain bike tour.  Oaxaca is truly the culinary jewel in Mexico’s crown, and during our Mexican mountain bike adventure we enjoy food in every kind of cafe and shack, to a very up-market restaurant that successfully brings traditional Oaxacan cooking into the 21st century, with its modern twist on age-old recipes.

We will be heading to Oaxaca in late October and early November for two more tours to sample more fabulous food, mountain biking and of course the colourful ‘Day of the Dead’ (Dia de los muertes) celebrations. This spectacular festival takes place on  2nd November on the second last day of our mountain biking tour in Mexico, and Oaxaca is known as the one of the best places in Mexico to celebrate the Day of the Dead.

To find out more information and experience this culinary mountain bike tour in Mexico for yourself visit our website www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/bike-tours/mexico

mountain biking in SpainWe have a couple of places left on our early Spring tour of the Alpujarras region of southern Spain.  Here is a short outline of our tour,

Sweet singletrack in the mountains of southern Spain
On this mountain bike adventure tour you’ll experience the real Spain. In the Sierra Nevada and Alpujarras region of southern Spain you’ll ride the dry, rocky, singletrack trails that have connected the collection of white-washed mountain villages for centuries, and you’ll be welcomed as a long-lost friend, with the offer of excellent local food and drink.

Check it out and join us for some sun, singletrack and Sangria! Mountain biking in Spain

And to whet your appetite here are some pictures from our last tour in Spain.

Here is our trail video from our Nepal mountain bike tour, that takes place in the stunning Mustang region.  For further information on this tour please visit http://www.mountainbikeworldwide.com/bike-tours/nepal


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Street riding Nepal styleEach week the Guardian website produces a round up of what’s hot, and what’s not in the travel world, and in their new year’s edition…

H&I Adventures and our new worldwide tours have made the ‘what’s hot’ section!

The picture used in the feature is of our local guide riding deep in the heart of the Mustang region of Nepal in the deepest valley in the world, the Kali Gandaki Valley.

If you have ever dreamed of riding in Nepal, or Mexico, or the Sierra Nevada in Spain

Join us this year!

Sitting above the cloud forest, mountain biking in Mexico

Mountain biking in Oaxaca, Mexico

Happy new year mountain bikers!

We hope you had a fantastic night and made some interesting and exciting resolutions over a glass of wine.  We had a great 2011 and enjoyed the company of many fantastic customers, worked with lots of very professional people, and rode our bikes in some of the best locations around the globe.

We are looking forward to working hard in 2012 to continue offering you world-class mountain biking tours, and the challenges and awesome adventures that come from that.

If you have been considering a tour with H&I Adventures then 2012 might be the year for that trip. We have our Scottish favourites: Torridon and Skye, and Coast-to-Coast tours; and two new adventures aimed at the beginner to intermediate rider: the Cairngorms adventure tour, and our Tastes and Trails of Scotland tour.  To add to that we have introduced some amazing tours in Spain, Mexico and Nepal – exciting new countries, but the same high quality and life-affirming experiences that we have been delivering in Scotland for the past five years.

We always love to hear from our customers and followers, and you can connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Vimeo and Google+, and of course, via email or on the telephone: +44 (0)1463 239716 and toll free from US/Canada on 1 888-228-50-35

We look forward to riding with you in 2012!

Here are our top five images from 2011. We felt these were the most inspiring and thought-provoking mountain bike adventure photos of our year. They’re not professional photos, but pictures take during real tours with real people on some of the world’s best mountain bike trails. Why not tell us your favourite in the poll below the pictures!

Number 5 –  Mexico, Oaxaca region,     Number 4 – Scotland, Isle of Skye,







Number 3 – Scotland, Torridon region,   Number 2 – Spain Alpujarra region,








And number 1 goes to – Nepal, and the Mustang region,

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