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Mountain Biking @ Shivapuri

Mountain Biking @ Shivapuri

Participants: PrashantaS, Pukar, ShreeyaS, AbisheshJ, NamrataP, AashishK, ShameshJ, ManindraJ, BikramLS, PrabinSu
Route: Cycling to Budhanilkantha, hiking/biking up Shivapuri, mountain biking down Shivapuri
Date: Saturday, January 12, 2008
Photographs: AbisheshJ
Report: AashishK
Caption: ShreeyaS

A little introductory note:
For people outside Nepal, the word “bike” normally refers to “bicycle”. In Nepal, however, the default meaning is “motorcycle”. The word “bike” in this text is used to mean “bicycle” as in “mountain bikes”. So – there.

It was a relatively novel activity: the idea seemed to have popped up out of the blue. It had been a while since most of us had been on a bike. All of a sudden, we found ourselves in Thamel on Friday in a place that rents mountain bikes. Very early the next morning, we were on our bikes and off towards Budhanilkantha. The ride to Budhanilkantha was pretty smooth – mostly plain, a few “little” ups and downs here and there – clear roads – all pretty “jolly”.

The road started getting more and more uphill from Budhanilkantha. Gradually we entered the off-road scene. Slowly but surely, the “cycling” turned into “hiking up Shivapuri with a mountain bike”. We managed to get up to the base of Nagi Gumba, taking turns cycling a bit and walking with our bikes a bit. That is when the fun part started – we would now be going downhill.

What took us almost a couple of hours to go up took us a mere fifteen minutes to come down on our bikes. The rough terrain proved just a bit challenging – if you went too fast, you were bound to crash somewhere, if you braked suddenly, you were bound to slip and fall – control was the name of the game. At the end of the day, all of us made it down without bruises (or not, I’m not sure).

In the end, it was new, it was fun, it was thrilling – and it was a great workout. We would definitely love to do it again some time.

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01-Hit the Road!


02-Water Break


03-Abishesh and Shreeya making a pit-stop


04-Breakfast at Buddhanilkantha


05-Manindra Shares a Joke


06-Ecstatic Manindra


07-Fixing gears


08-Up the Off road trail


09-Picturesque


10-Which way leads to Nagi Gumba..hmm.


11-Now we know which way.


12- Now Up the Hill we hike with our bike


13- Making our way into the wilderness


14-Cycling.. aint that hard up the hill is it..


15-Doubt if he can do that.


16-Prashant is loving it..


17-Bikram too


18-Namrata through the wilderness


19-manindra cruising


20-Prabin’s short of air


21- Not quite for Prashant


22-Resting on our oars.. cycles


23-Relaxing before the off road downhillat the foothill of Nagi Gumba


24-Two people two different moods..


25-Basking in the sun..


26-Rejuvenating after a hard day’s work…