Friday, November 28, 2014

2015 Giant bikes, fresh from the box!

This morning we excitedly began opening the boxes of the new full-suspension 2015 line-up! A few key changes to the models this year might affect your choice... 

The Trance now comes with extra suspension travel, the new model Stance sits between the Trance and the Anthem with 120mm. Also check out the Anthem SX... All new in 2015 at cross country machine based on the traditional anthem gemoatry but with 120mm of travel up front, couple that with 27.5 wheel... Could we have the perfect bike for Nepal?

Have a look, click the links for full spec of the bike and drop us an email for prices.

Info@himalayansingletrack.com

Anthem 27.5, cross country bike - 100mm suspension travel Front and Rear
Anthem SX 27.5, cross country bike - 120mm Front fork, 100mm Rear travel
Stance 27.5, Trail bike - 120mm suspension travel Front and Rear
Trance 27.5, long travel Trail bike - 140mm suspension travel Front and Rear



Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jomsom to Muktinath, by Amanda Vaughan

You know it’s going to be good, when the mountain biking trip starts with an early morning mountain flight, and you're letting a little air out of your tyres before handing your trusty steed onto the tiny plane. Our guide, Arun advised us to sit on the right side to take in the most breathtaking of the views. In reality, anywhere we looked was just amazing, and for the next 21 minutes we all gaped like kids - the lucky ones - who even got a view of the cockpit. Landing in Jomsom, the group regained speech once again to share thoughts on the enormity of the mountain range, it’s depth and beauty, those tiny settlements and who’d spotted the wild looking singletrack?! 

Greeted to some fully fresh air, and a hearty breakfast, we had enough time to drink masala tea, and chat with some trekkers who were loading up their mules ready for their Annapurna Circuit trek. We also met Hakpa, our porter who'd be looking after all of our extra stuff for the trip.  Everyone was surprised by the heat - mid November was feeling warm, and ideal for riding - even at 2,682 metres above sea level.

The first leg took us up along the Kali Gandaki river, winding through the valley on a combination of dusty jeep track and narrow singletrack. Arun was soon able to point out Kagbeni in the distance, named as the "bolt at two rivers". Before reaching the village we had a couple of options which could be viewed in the mountainscape. We chose to check out a singletrack on the other side of the river, it looked like it could drop into the village from the far side, and it was also unchartered territory for Arun, so we were all quite excited to see what it may bring....

As it turned out, that trail didn't link to another bridge, and a shepherd advised us to head back. Arun lead a new route towards the riverbed,where it would have been rude not to accept an invitation for tea in a local farmers' apple orchard. 

It was late afternoon at Red House Lodge, Kagbeni. Tilicho Peak (7,134m) was cast in deepest red with only the strongest shards of sun now braking their way through the mass of mountains from the west, and night was creeping in to bite down on the milk white capped horizon. We may as well have been sat in a museum, though it was somewhat cosier. Ancient relics adorned the walls and the layout of the settlement felt so unique. Situated within the north-south orientation of the Kali Gandaki valley, wind sweeps between the Himalayan foreland and the High plateau of Tibet, and each afternoon the wind picks up and can throw through the valley at quite a pace. The settlements, and the agriculture of the land have been constructed with this in mind, so it's pretty unique. There's even been a film made about this place, aptly named 'Kagbeni'.

Day 2 was an early start, and mainly about getting more height. We stopped for mint tea along the way, and caught the undeniable horns of a yak's head, looming out of a cone shaped wicker basket, just there by the wall. So freshly decapitated, it glistened with wet blood in the sun, waiting to be whisked away by an old lady who placed a long attached cloth strap over her forehead in front of the basket, then charged forward to lift the basket and balance it on her tiny, bent-over back.  




We arrived in Muktinath for around 2pm. Local women here competed to sell their bright, hand woven scarves as we walked up to the Temple, (3,710m). It was really beautiful, and fascinating to see how water from the Kali Gandaki has been redirected to flow through the mouths of 108 bulls surrounding the Temple. That evening, our cosy hotel was a melting pot of Nationalities, with a restaurant menu to match. Guests ranged from worn out trekkers returning from Thorong La Pass, to Christian missionaries who had come from Upper Mustang. There was a rumour going round for a few minutes that they steamed the pizza, so someone had to order it out of curiosity.

Day 3 started well, after a full night's sleep at altitude, we were good to make the last climb up to the pinnacle of our adventure. Trekkers waved us along a gorgeous singletrack, and we tackled a short, but tough climb. At this sort of height, your heart really pounds on the inclines. The views by this point though were just amazing, so we took our time, and lots of pictures. Tom spotted a freeride line, and decided to hike his way over to a steep scree slope. It started generating all this commotion with the trekking group, who had now caught us up on the singletrack ascent. Tom was by now a speck in the distance, but we all got a sweet view of him trailing dust as he set off, snaking down the mountain. He was welcomed at the top, (3,918m) with a bunch of hand shakes from others who'd seen him ride an alternative line.

From here, we were going down, and more down!! It was time to get loose on the dusty, flat corners. Open singletrack allowed for more speed, and off camber straights where grip was just a state of mind. The descent got steeper, more technical, and more fun the further down you got towards Lupra Valley. Exposed cliff edge switchbacks flashed the first views of the riverbed below, but you didn't want to look there (or think about that). The only thing to think of was the ride. Which was ace. We hit the valley floor, (2,790m) and everyone was pretty buzzing.

The rest of the day was spent riding mainly as a gang, our team of five, side by side popping over rocks and choosing our own lines amid the ancient gorge.We passed back through Jomsom, our starting point from three days earlier, and now things felt a little different. We were more accustomed or something, more attuned to the riding with its obstacles and features along the way. We marveled at a herd of yaks, the mountains had opened our senses to these beautiful mythical beasts.

We spent the evening in a stunning Dutch guesthouse. We had an open fire, fresh homemade spinach pasta, and the best apple crumble ever known to guy and girl. Out was a brilliant night sky. I think we stood out there for maybe an hour, chatting and wondering over the Milky Way, and looking out for shooting stars.

Day 4; down hill a load more. It started with some jeep track, which got fast, and super loose in places. Countless journeys made by the hand painted Indian buses and all their weighty cargo had churned up the road into this mad, and often steep, rock garden style terrain. Full suspension really came into its own here, and in places you could almost choose which features you were going to hit, like the shorter, black skull and cross bones sections you might get at a trail centre.  

We crossed over water by a series of temporary bridges, some just a skinny plank in width, and we hit a beautiful undulating singletrack, which hugged a tall overhanging white cliff, riverside. This took us into a beautiful woodland for more fast, winding singletrack through the trees. Later we veered from the river to approach a path into a forest, which could have been straight out of The Lake District, England. Rocks, earth and moss filled this jaunty singletrack, shaded by the green canopy. It was worth a push back up to ride twice.

Back into the beating sun, it was becoming more apparent that we were dropping in height. It became so green, almost jungly. We rejoined our infamous jeep track and passed a few waterfalls, one of which sprawled onto the jagged, washed out 'road' and it was hard to imagine buses could drive through it.

We arrived in Tatopani, and drank sweet, victory Lassi's (before we drank beer, of course); the guesthouse garden was drenched in tangerine trees. After a huge Dal Baht and a spot of Tibetan relic shopping, there was little more to do than take a 5 minute stroll through the quaint village to the local spring where the village got it's name, for a hot bathe, and a cold beer. At the same time. It could have been the best day yet, if you had to choose.

The final day, and it felt like the end. We continued on the jeep track, which was cast in the morning shade, and the terrain had chilled out somewhat, or we had become more accustomed to it, I can't be sure. We passed through small villages, high fiving kids on their way to school. We arrived in Beni for brunch, before thanking and waving off Hakpa, who'd magically appeared smiling every evening, with our bags. Then we jumped aboard our bus to Pokhara. 

We spent our last evening quizzing Arun, over dinner and drinks. Had he ever had any major disasters during his guiding career? Had any of his guests ever not got on with each other, or been a nightmare to work for? We were all pretty dam chuffed with our experience, almost smug. But it turns out that we were not alone. We were Arun's fifth group on this same trip, this season, and he could safely say we weren't the only ones who'd had a good time.   

Many thanks to Arun and the whole HST crew for making the trip happen, and to Jackie, Jeff, John and Tom for being top riding pals xx   









Tuesday, August 26, 2014

The Importance of Breakfast...

Most riders here struggle to eat breakfast before they ride and often run out of energy or have to stop for food on the way. This can hamper training. Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, esp if you are exercising for fun or for training. The common comment I get from our riders is that they don’t have food at home as they don’t have the habit for breakfast or the time to make it nor can they afford it. Most common is tea and biscuits which is hardly a fore-filling first meal of the day. Its also very True as breakfast is not huge part of the lifestyle here.

Breakfast is a key meal of the day. It kick starts your metabolism and sets you up for the day...not only that by eating it you can enhance both your mental and physical performance.

Here is a simple solution

Home Made Muesli

High in slow release energy and goodness and also quite affordable to make. Make it up once every two weeks and store in plastic container. Then you can a fast and full of energy breakfast before you go riding.

500grm Plain Oats Toasted                            200nrs
1 cup Dried Dates Pitted and Chopped            90nrs                    
1 Tray Dried Apricots Chopped                    190 nrs
200grm Raisins                                              110 nrs 
100grm Almonds  Chopped                          180 nrs
100grm Walnuts  Chopped                             250 nrs 
Coconut toasted                                               50nrs
1 Sml Packet Hemp Seeds                               60 nrs
1 Sml Packet Sesame Seeds                            60 nrs

Two Weeks Breakfast - @ 85nrs Per Serving….

Serve with a mashed Banana or Mango, Milk or Curd and some Honey if you like things Sweet.

Other Tips
Out of tourist season quite often super markets have buy one get one free offers on packets of Muesli bars...They are good as a snack on the go
Bananas range from 60 to 90 rupees a Dozen, two or three bananas are great "go" food.

Remember if you don't have the habit to eat breakfast then you might feel uncomfortable  or some stomach cramping for few days....but you will get used to it and you will soon see improved results in your stamina.

Be Healthy Wealthy and Wise... :) 
Enjoy your food and your riding.





Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Second Hand Bike Sale

In 2014 Himalayan Single Track upgraded our small homely workshop to a much bigger and better version. This new hang out for mountain bikers from all over the world is located just around the corner from our old workshop, in Satghumti, Thamel.

Now we have more space to stable our fleet of Giant full suspension and hard-tail hire bikes and better still, a fully decked out workshop with two service station and all the tools we need to keep your bike on the trails and running sweet.

Our team of mechanics are there to help you and your faithful bike through the hard times and survive the rigors of riding in the Himalayas. No problem is too big or too small for  our team to fix. We specialize in servicing all kinds of Front and Rear Suspension, Disc Brakes and all modern mountain bike components. In our workshop, we have everything you may need to repair your bike, spare parts including top brands like Shimano and we have the tools to do it properly.

To make way for our new fleet of hire bikes we are having a massive second hand bike sale. So if you are in the market for a pre-loved bike come on over to our workshop and check out these bikes.

SECOND HAND BIKES FOR SALE.

Giant  ATX Pro  17" (silver)
Full Acera 9 Speed Drive Train
Suspension - Suntour XCM
Shimano brake Hydraulic Disc Brake
PRICE - 45,000nrs

Giant  ATX Pro  17" (red)
Deore/Acera 9 Speed Drive Train
RockShox Suspension- Dart 3
Shimano brake Hydraulic Disc Brake
PRICE - 35,000nrs

Talon 3  2012 Model 16" (blue)
9 Speed Shimano Drive Train
Suspension-Rock Shox Dart 3
Hydraulic Disc Brakes
PRICE - 35,000nrs

Capic 17" ( black and white)
Shimano 9 speed Deore/XT/LX Drive Train
Suspension- suntour XCM
Magura hydraulic brakes
PRICE - 55,000nrs  (New Parts)

XTC  18" ( silver)
Shimano 9 speed Alivo/Deore Drive Train
Suspension- Suntour Epicon Air Suspension
Shimano hydraulic brakes
Super light frame
PRICE - 60,000 nrs

XTC  18" (silver)
Full Shimano 9 speed Deore Drive Train
Suspension- Suntour Epicon Air Suspension
Shimano hydraulic brakes
Super light frame
PRICE - 60,000 nrs

ATX Pro  19" (white and blue)
Deore SLX 9 speed Drive Train
Suspension- Rock Shox Reba
Shimano hydraulic brakes
PRICE - 60,000 nrs

Giant ATX 7 (White)
Shimano Deore/XT Drive Train 9 Speed
Novetec Wheels
Shimano hydraulic brakes
PRICE - 40,000 nrs

Giant  ATX Pro  17" (Black and Red)
Deore/Acera 9 Speed Drive Train
RockShox Suspension- Dart 3
Shimano brake Hydraulic Disc Brake
PRICE - 40,000nrs

ATX PRO BLACK/RED

ATX PRO BLUE/WHITE

ATX PRO RED

CAPIC

TALON 3

XTC


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

East Nepal ... So Much More Than Just Mountain Biking.


When you mountain bike in Nepal, it's not just about the trails....indeed they are simply incredible, but at the end of the day when the trail dust has settled and your wheels have stopped spinning there is an entire new world of discovery here.

Sitting back in a quaint Tea Houses sipping a warm mug of Himalayan coffee or piping hot Thungba ( a local fermented millet drink) after a full day on the natural dusty trails is a moment worth savoring as you peer out at the environment around you and the curious locals staring back at you in awe.

Mountain bike tours in Nepal can be tailor made to suit most riders cycling needs from trails like the Annapurna circuit for those looking for a physical challenge, Upper Mustang for a real off the beaten track mountain bike expedition or Shivapuri National Park and the Jomsom Trail for the gravity assisted fiends among us.

But alas, Himalayan Single Track is always searching for new routes and single tracks for mountain biking in Nepal. If you are looking for fun riding together with real mountain bikers, you have come to the right place. And our search for trails and single track is never ending which lead us to our two recent forays into East Nepal no the hunt for trails....what we unearthed is something pretty damn special.

Pack your bikes and your bags and leave your in-habitations at home and join us for this once in a life time journey into Eastern Nepal and the Rhododendron (LaliGuras) Capital of the World. When spring is in the air, Nepal's National Flowers are in full bloom and the trails are ripe for exploration. Join this Epic Adventure into the (Almost) Unknown as Santosh Rai leads the trip team to find new trails, adventures and tourism opportunities into the vastly unexplored region. This area is our play ground and many of our guides hail from the region. The eastern himalaya marches along the horizon, emerald rivers run in the valleys and local culture abounds alongside the natural trails which cross cross the landscape.

The people in this region are open and inquisitive and are often astonished to see people on bikes. Not only that the scenery here is stunning with views of the Eastern Himalaya including Mount Everest and Kanchanjunga. Travel through Chainpur the most famous region in Nepal for making traditional silver water pitchers, around Gupha Bazaar where you can buy reputably the best “Churpi” (Dried cheese) in Nepal. The trail varies from 600 meters to 2970 meters with plenty of diversity in Flora and Fauna. This is truly one of the spectacular areas in Nepal for mountain biking….better still the trails are almost all Virgin for mountain bikers!

The trail leads us to the Beautiful greenery and rolling Tea Gardens of Ilam, nestled in the foothills of Mount Kanchanjanga. Here the single tracks seem endless and the views are some of the best you will find anywhere in Nepal! Rolling on down to the humid Koshi barrage and a romp in the jungle at Koshi Tapu where your tired legs will relish the flat ground and shady Forests of Saal. The place is a feast to the eyes of bird lovers.


The trip will be a mix of vehicle supported link trail, lots of riding and some sections of carry. Stayed tuned for 2015 when we will be launching our first commercial mountain bike tours into the region. The region is overwhelming for not just your sense of mountainbike adventure but in so many other aspects that will imprint on your soul and make you want to come back for more ... We will not spill our secret trails right now...but get ready for adventure unlimited in Eastern Nepal. 






Check out more stunning photos from the trip here

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What Are You Getting When You Pay for a Guide?



It is all to often that people underrate the true value of a guide, not just in mountain biking but in any field when it comes to travel in the Asian Regions.

You should never cut corners with your safety and you should never underestimate the trail conditions in places you are not familiar with, so lets take a look at what you are paying for when you hire a guide:-

    Local Trail Knowledge – The guides ride here every day, Nepal and the Himalaya is their playground and they are can and will show you all the secrete nooks and crannies and trails that you normally miss. They will also know which trails are riding better at the time and which ones to avoid. Mountain Bike Guides generally love to ride so they will certainly have a much better insight into the local trails than you can pick up from a map. After all you did pay a lot of money to get yourself and your bike to Nepal, so you really should milk it for all its worth!

2   Safety – You are essentially paying a guide to be responsible for not only your enjoyment and riding experience, but also for your safety. They have some things you do not like better local knowledge when it comes to trails, weather and danger areas and much better judgment on these things. Having a great mountain biking experience is one thing and it’s even better when you come out of it unscathed. In the off chance that something does happen, they have the know how and the connections to get you out of there as well as the relevant first aid training.

3   Experience - You are most likely in a totally different world than what you are used when you travel to Nepal. The guide can help enhance your riding experience by sharing local knowledge about cultural, people and life styles. Cultural interaction can add another dimension to your biking experiences in Nepal.

     Equipment – We all know how much it cost to maintain our own bikes, the guide must do the same. You would not value the skill of a guide on a poorly maintained bike without the proper equipment. You are paying to be led by a professional.

5   Training- A guide does not get to his position without training and experience. It’s not like you can just buy a book…”The Dummies Guide to Mountain Biking” or something. Guiding is a high risk occupation and its hard work….harder than most people think. Our guides for example go through three phases of training. Beginner Level, Intermediate Level and Advanced Level. On top of that they have to have relevant first aid certificates, mechanic skills, the skills to ride and be on top of all the latest industry news and technologies and they have to invest time to reki trails and their own fitness, so that when you are here you can just enjoy the good stuff.

At the end of a the day you are paying a guide for his expertise in all areas and out of it you are getting a super enhanced mountain biking experience discovering new trails, new cultures and also improving your own skills….. and you are coming home safely at the end of the day!!



Ask yourself this….how much would you pay for the same service and professionalism at home? A lot more.



Sunday, June 15, 2014

Himalayan Children's Foundations MTB Skills Training Day.

Kids are not only super cool and good fun to hang out with, but they are also the leaders of our future.

We went to the Himalayan Children’s Foundation on Saturday with Mr Al Seaton from Wheelie Cool Mountain Biking to teach the kids there something about mountain biking skills, looking after bikes and safety whilst riding. The Kailash Children’s home is situated near to Sundarijal and offers a safe haven for orphaned and disadvantaged kids from remote areas of Nepal where their opportunities in life are very limited.

The Foundation strives to provide a safe home, an education and a bright future for the kids. Part of that bright future for some of the children could be in the mountain biking field. Himalayan Single Track is working in conjunction with the foundation to set up some kind of long term vocational training for a few of the kids so perhaps they can enter into the tourism or mountain biking industry.

Thanks to a generous donor the Foundation was able to purchase several bikes for the kids, but that is just the beginning. We are also trying to set up a long term project “Ride to Donate” where tourist, bike clubs and fellow riders can donate used bike parts, helmets and clothing to these kids to keep them on the bikes and keep them pedaling into a bright future.

We cannot say enough words about how inspiring these kids are and what a great day we had with them on Saturday. Bikes are a great leveler when it comes to culture barriers, cast and life situations. A bike makes kids happy and puts them all on the same level. It’s awesome to see shy kids become happy and inspired about riding bikes….and even better to see naturally skilled kids helping their lesser skilled brothers and sisters at the Home.

Nothing expresses pure and simple happiness like putting kids on bikes.

For more information about “Ride to Donate”, please send us an email.


RIDE LIFE RIDE GIANT.







Monday, June 9, 2014

KORA75 ... CAN YOU DO IT?

The Kathamndu Kora 75km Challenge

The optimum word here is "challenge" this ride is no walk in the park with lots of climbing and the heat and humidity, plus the energy sapping muddy trails created by the monsoon. If you are taking on the Kora75 please be sure to pack your sense of adventure and your stamina.

RIDE REQUIREMENTS
Your Own Bike - You must have your own bike, not a hired bike. Your bike should be a Mountain Bike with 9/10 speed in good working order. Our guide leaders are great mechanics but you will be responsible for your own bike. With over 130 riders expected we cannot have the time to fine tune your bike for you.

Personal Responsibility
The ride is a fitness challenge and there will be many many other riders. We have a time frame in which to complete the ride so please take responsibility for yourself. There will be two groups, a fast one and a medium one, if you feel yourself falling behind and others are spending a long time waiting for you, please use your own initiative and ask the leaders for the nearest bail out point. There is no shame in this, you can rejoin the Kora50 and now you have a good sense of what the Kora75 is all about you can train more and try again next year.

Get Ready For it!
The more you ride before the  Kora, the more your body will be conditioned and the more you will enjoy it! Preparedness is the key! Stay tuned to Facebook for other groups leading rides to prepare for the Kora.

Get your bike ready for the Kora
A good servicing before the trip and healthy servicing of wet chain oil should get you through. Make sure you are comfortable with your bike. A good tip for efficient riding is to make sure the air  pressure in the tires is high enough, you can lose a lot of energy from poorly inflated tires.
Also check out all the local bikes shops in the lead up to the Kora, they are offer new bike deals and servicing specials for Kora Riders.

What to Carry
A water bottle and spare 1 liter water
Sun cream
Spare tube, pump and a patch kit and a multi tool if you have one
Some snacks……nuts, bananas, chocolate
A Helmet

With a positive attitude, the right preparation and the correct gear…YOU CAN SUCCEED!



Friday, May 23, 2014

Don't be Uncool - Protect Your Head - Wear a Helmet


A Wise Move…

With the ever increasing amount of people riding mountain bikes now days in Kathmandu and the Valley we are seeing more and more riders not wearing helmets. It's not a nice thing to see.

Why? Well as anyone who rides mountain bikes regularly will know it’s an expensive sport. For most Nepalese these things are out of reach. Ignorance also plays a small part in it… there is very limited information and advice about the importance of Helmets. So the point of this blog is to try and solve a few of those issues :).

The one message we would like to pass is .. “It is NOT COOL to not wear a helmet, so dont be a Fool. “

Let us share a story with you. You may know Raj Kumar Shrestha one of the top riders in Nepal. A month ago his younger brother who was keen to follow in Raj Kumar’s footsteps went out riding without wearing a helmet. He fell badly and had to get six stitches in his head, he was lucky….it could have been much worse. Why was he not wearing a helmet? Simple he could not afford to buy one!

We have since given him a second hand helmet to wear. 

One month later Raj Kumar Shrestha who is currently training hard to be one of a group of five riders who will be a part of the first Nepal National MTB Team to represent Nepal in a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE in South Africa this coming June, had an horrific accident in Shivapuri National Park. Raj Kumar was wearing a helmet, still he was unconscious for  15 mins and got several stitches in his face. Picture the Helmet below, this was the helmet he was wearing. Note the damage to the Helmet, this is what helmets are design to do…take the majority of the impact of a fall, THEY ARE DESIGN TO BRAKE SO THAT YOUR HEAD DOES NOT. If RK was not wearing a helmet, there is no doubt he would not be standing in our workshop today fixing bikes…… The message should be resoundingly clear….HELMETS SAVE LIVES!

RAJ KUMAR'S HELMET.

What to look for in a Helmet (Buyers Guide)
1.       Cheaper is not always best – Quality and safety always comes at a price. For most people after they have scrounged up their life savings to by their dream bike, a helmet is a last minute add on and normally they buy the cheapest one. At HST we do not stock cheap Chinese helmets. You should always buy the most expensive helmet you can afford. (The helmet in the picture cost US$160)
2.       Make sure it fits….most people buy based on color and price, most important is to make sure it Fit!

IMPORTANT SAFETY ADVICE
  •          Once you have crashed badly you should replace your helmet….
  •          When buying a helmet always check the manufactures expiry date….yes all good helmets have one! After the expiry date the materials used (high density foam) can start to deteriorate and lose their effectiveness.
  •          Check the inside of your helmet to make sure there is a Safety  Standard Sticker.
      FITTING A  HELMETS


Here you can see a XC (Cross Country) Helmet and a Downhill. You can get a friend to help. A downhill helmet offers full protection in a heavy crash, used by Downhill Riders.


1. Place the Helmet on your head
2. Adjust the head band fitting
3. Check the helmet is firmly in place

4.Fasten the Chin Strap
6.Notice the clip position under the ear.



5. Make sure its not too tight - two finger space












But like we mentioned above, the sad thing is this is a developing country and many enthusiastic riders have already overreached no existent budgets to get riding in the first place, proper gear and safety equipment is simply a pipe dream…..

That’s why HST is setting up our DONATE TO RIDE SCHEME

Anyone touring with us is welcome to leave behind gloves, jerseys and Helmets for the riders, also if you have a bike club or group, perhaps you can send us your old kit.

Where will it go?
  •           Nepal’s developing Professional Riders. Many young riders are now joining the ranks of the top level riders and they are doing it on tiny budgets with limited equipment, You can help keep them on the trails safely.
  •           Himalayan Children’s Foundation is a Children's home in the east of the Kathmandu Valley that takes care of the education and future of kids from remote areas of Nepal. They have recently taken up cycling as a recreation and also with the possibly to developing future biker and mountain bike guides. HST is working with them to develop a vocational training program for their older students. Of course they have already brought the bikes but have a very small budget to maintain the bikes and provide equipment for the boys and girls!


What Can you Donate?
Small sizes are better – Slacks, Jerseys, Gloves, Shoes and Helmets

Usefull bike parts and accessories are always appreciated.

For more information on how you can help please email info@himalayansingletrack.com

Friday, May 16, 2014

ATX....The New Revel in Town.

Out with the Old, in with the New

For the last three years, we have been selling the very popular Giant Revel bike series and we still get a lot of requests for that same bike. In 2014 Giant have revitalized their entry level mountain bike line up. While Revels are still available on the market in the basic V1/V2 (8 Speed Mechanical Disc Brake range) and Revel 29 er  1 and 2, Giant have hit the entry level market with a brand new range of bikes – ATX Elite and ATX SE Series.

The Atx is a new breed of bike, fast light and practical for commuting, city riding, social riding and even racing.

These bikes cover the budget range from 45,000 nrs to 100,000 nrs and they look great, perform great and offer some very good componentary.

Giant brings new wheel technology to the ATX SE range of mountain Bikes. This entry level mountain bike features 3 x 10 drive train, Hydraulic disc brakes and the added power and control  the perfect bikes.

Check them out:-

ATX Elite 1 - Price:- 45000 nrs
Fork SR XCR-LO-COIL 26
Brake TEKTRO DRACO
Tire SCHWALBE BLACK JACK 26 x 1.90

Shimano Deore/Acera Drive Train

ATX Elite 0 - Price:- 56000 nrs
Brake TEKTRO HDC300
Rim GIANT CR70
Tire KENDA K1104A 26x1.95
Shimano Acera 9 Speed Drive Train



ATX SE 1 - Price:- 85500 nrs
Fork SR XCR-LO-COIL 26
Brake TEKTRO DRACO
Rim GIANT CR70
Tire SCHWALBE BLACK JACK 26X1.90
Shimano Deore 3 x 10 Drive Train


ATX SE  - Price:- 96500 nrs
Frame Giant ALUXX
Fork SR XCR-RL-R-COIL 27.5
Shimano Deore 10 Speed Drivetrain
Brake Tektro Hydraulic


ATX SE 2  - Price:- 67500 nrs
Fork SR XCM HLO 26
Crankset SHIMANO ALIVIO 44/32/22
Brake SHIMANO M395
Rim GIANT CR70
Tire SCHWALBE BLACK JACK 26 X 1.90


We are now featuring all models in Store at HST in Small and Medium Sizes.
So come and visit our shop to ride and feel the ATX, this could be your new trail friend.

Monday, March 31, 2014

GET ON YER BIKE…..

Kathmandu Kora 2014

I think we can all agree that the buzz word in Kathmandu at the moment is “Cycling”, and we don’t just mean mountain biking, cycling of “all wheels of life”. The increased amount of cyclists on and off the road these days is indeed an inspiring thing to see.  A few years ago selling a mountain bike was a tough deal in our shop, now we get people from all walks of life, from the young to the old, boys, girls, men and women come into the store daily to check out our offering of bikes.
Riders Head off for the 2014 Tour De Lumbini

With the increase of cyclist, comes the increase of events involving cycling.
Recently an event at Lamatar saw more than 200 participants join in a races for all levels of riders, just yesterday 80 riders set of from the capital city on their mission to “Pedal for Peace” as participants of the 2014 Tour DeLumbini. The past weekend saw the inaugural Kathmandu Sports Carnival which featured the Nepal National Mountain Bike Team, BMX and Street riding stunts and several Mountain Bike Stalls. The word is getting out there and many more people are discovering that feeling of freedom of riding a bike, be it in the city, as a commuter or for the pure sense of fun and freedom of recreational riding.

Promoting the Nepal National MTB Team at the 1st Sports Carnival
But to date there is no bigger word(s) in cycling that this one …. “ The Kathmandu Kora” . The event was a small dream to bring cyclist and stake holders in cycling together four years ago and began with a mere 30 riders trundling off on a 50 km kora of the outer suburbs of Kathmandu, with the aim to raise money to build critical birthing centers in remote regions of Nepal! The event grew. Last year saw over 800 riders turn out in the balmy monsoon sunshine to sweat out the Kora. Last year also saw the introduction of a 75 km Challenge which was proudly led by our team at Himalayan Single Track.

Kora 2014 is happening again, with the expectation of over 1200 riders and 2 million rupees raised in funding. Himalayan Single Track is immensely proud to be part of this historic event, bringing riders from all walks of life together in one case….But in our view the cause is bigger than a birthing center, it’s about the power of the bike to bring people together as one. A mass of over 1000 people stopping traffic and turning heads…. "Look at them, look how happy and free they are moving through a normally congested Kathmandu." There are no egos here, just people on bikes enjoying themselves.

This year we will again be leading the 75km Kora with our young team of cyclists and some group management training from the British Cycling Association. Once again we are very excited to part of this event! Save the date – 19TH JULY 2014 and also keep in tune with HimalayanSingle Track and the Kathmandu Kora Face book page for pre Kora rides, riders tips and of course special in store discounts and sale items for the Kathmandu Kora.


And Remember – While entry to the Kora is FREE, don’t forget to pledge your donation to the Cause – This year the cause aims to build a birthing facility in Pyutar, in South Lalitpur, about 80 kms from the ring road, due south! Lets build together the target of 2 million Rupees!

800 plus rider turned out for the 2013 Kathmandu Kora



Monday, March 24, 2014

Himalayan Outdoor Festival

What started off as a small dream by a bunch of outdoor enthusiast, The Himalayan outdoor festival now is a huge outdoor activities filled event that takes place every year and talks about human powered adventure sports, music and Himalayan life style.Like every year, it was organised this year as well from 21st - 23rd of March which became a great hit, success and a moment to remember to all the outdoor lover and all the spectators who were present in the festival. It was the third edition of the festival this year. The festival started with night uphill race challenge on the first day in which Roan Tamang from Single track team finished first followed by Lelish Maharjan and Jeff Webster. 

There were few more Mt.biking events in the festival on the second day as well, Amature male/female cross country race and cross country eliminator race for professional riders for the first time in Nepal. Lelish Maharjan dominated in Amature cross country male category where as Tara thapa did in female category. Cody Wallace, candiana national endurance champion dominated in 1st ever cross country eliminator race where as Ajay pandit, winner of yak attack 2014, came second. Both Mt.biking events were organised by Himalayan Single Track and Gaint, a mountain bike brand, was a main sponsor. The Mt.biking events was also supported by Big smile Nepal, Frontier paragliding, Alternative Nepal, Big smile Nepal, Yak attack, Funkier and social tours.

The other fun event that took place during the festival were bouldering competition, slack lining, rope climbing, zip lining, face painting, bouncing castle and trampoline for kids and much more. There were some musical bands playing soothing music later on in the evening to get the festival spirit go on...