From cycling across deserts, tackling uncleared technical challenges, traversing entire countries and pedalling through the world’s deepest gorge, there are so many mind-blowing mountain biking holidays out there.
Many of these epic experiences can be enjoyed on self-led trips but for ease of planning we have found ten amazing guided biking package holidays so that all you have to concentrate on is making those ascents and ticking them off your bucket list.
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Here are 10 of the world’s most enticing mountain biking holidays…
Bhutan Thunder Dragon Ride
Nicknamed the Land of the Thunder Dragon, the Shangri La Kingdom of Bhutan is tucked away between India and Tibet at the Eastern end of the Himalaya.
Keen mountain bikers can pedal across the country from west to east on an exhilarating 12-day trip with KE Adventure Travel. Cycling across a rarely-used single track highway, you will come across 15,500m of tough ascents and 18,200m of thrilling descents with the longest continuing downhill for 53 miles.
Aimed at seasoned riders, you will cycle between six and 10 hours per day covering a lot of ground whilst taking in mesmerising views and passing by a number of traditional monasteries, colourful villages and Himalayan wildlife.
The trip ends at the Indian border, perfect for cyclists wishing to continue their adventure by exploring Delhi or visiting Agra and the Taj Mahal. Prices for the Bhutan Dragon Thunder Ride start at £2795 without flights.
Morocco High Atlas Traverse
Traversing from west to east across the High Atlas Mountains by bike is a challenging but extremely rewarding feat. Saddle Skedaddle organise eight-day trips consisting of six days biking and two days sight-seeing.
You will ride along miles of tracks and trails without hardly ever meeting a vehicle as you follow the trail down to La Cathedrale. Along the way the scenery is stunning as you pass by the picturesque Ait Melloul river valley and the Ait Bougmez Valley, pedalling across olive groves, pine forests and towering rock faces.
This is a great trip for those experienced mountain bikers looking to explore authentic Morocco and meet a Berber or two along the way. Trips start at £795 per person without flights. Saddle Skedaddle also run an Atlas to Desert mountain biking holiday for those looking for less of a challenge but the same great views.
Mountain Bike the Annapurna Circuit
A mountain biker’s dream, cycling the Annapurna circuit in Nepal is a once in a lifetime trip that will challenge even the most experienced riders. KE Adventure run 15-day trips that cover 188 miles of technical trails, 80% of which is off-road.
A thrilling journey, there is no vehicle support until day 11 of the trip but a porter service is included so you will only have to carry with you what you need for the day.
Under the watch of an expert Nepalese biking guide, you will cycle up an extremely testing climb to the Thorung La at 5416m. From here you are rewarded with stunning views before hurtling down the 1600m descent to one of Nepal’s most holy sites and through the Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world.
Fast dirt trails, rocky single tracks, technical climbs and awkward descents make up a huge part of this circuit as you ride through spectacular mountain scenery. The KE Adventure package starts at £1195 per person including airport transfers from Kathmandu but without flights
Peru Sacred Singletrack
Forget hiking the Inca Trail, with Saddle Skedaddle you can arrive at Machu Picchu in style on a mountain bike. Learn about the history of the Inca Empire from expert guides whilst speeding down the trails of the Inca Avalanche race course and learning some tricks on the Inca Staircases of Chinchero.
Explore the least visited of Inca ruins and learn how to spot the difference between an alpaca and a llama (hint: alpacas have afros and dreadlocks, llamas don’t).
The two week trip incorporates 11 days of riding with an optional day trip to Machu Picchu for an extra £325. The trails are mostly downhill and easy to ride but those looking for a challenge and an incredible view can climb up to a 4330m pass. Trips start at £1195 per person without flights.
Singletrack Safari offers mountain bikers the chance to start the day in France before descending into Switzerland and then looping back to base at Chamonix.
The weeklong itinerary sees riders speeding down unmarked trails with Mont Blanc towering above at every angle. Taking in Chamonix, Les Gets, Portes Du Soleil, Alpe D’Huez, Megavalanche and a couple of bike parks, riders on this holiday will spend their days tackling technical climbs and windy descents and trying their luck on uncleared challenges.
Prices vary depending on accommodation choice and holiday type, send an email to find out more.
Hanoi to Laos Mountain Bike Epic
Starting near the Chinese border in North East Vietnam, sensational mountain scenery awaits mountain bikers on this KE Adventure led tour. Long, tough and technical, riders will be faced with hundreds of kilometres of riding each day through secluded mountainous terrain.
Cycling over the Tram Ton Pass, the highest in Vietnam, you will pass steep river valleys and traditional high altitude villages before descending into Laos where the mountain biking adventure will end in Luang Prabang.
A flight from here to the Thai capital, Bangkok, is included in the cost of the trip along with a night’s accommodation there. This epic cycling adventure spans over two weeks with nine days spent on your bike. Land only holidays start at £1675 per person.
Discover downhill cycling in the Sierra Nevada Mountains with Ciclo Montana. The mountain biking holiday experts organise guided centre-based and point to point trips as well as customised self-led package holidays for those wishing to go it alone.
A typical week-long itinerary includes six days of cycling along the edge of steep-sided gorges and valleys, covering thousands of metres of descents on each ride and getting technical with rocky switchback descents and speedway drifts. On your day off from mountain biking you can opt to get your daily thrill-fix canyoning in the nearby Junto de los Rios. Prices start at £439 per person for a seven day centre-based trip.
Jordan Mountain Bike Dead to Red
Starting at the lowest point on earth, KE Adventure’s Dead to Red itinerary begins 400m below sea level at Jordan’s Dead Sea and ends with a well-earned dip in the Red Sea. Six days of riding are incorporated into this nine day trip, with a couple of long days and numerous ascents.
Most of the riding is not technical and the trails are a mixture of tarmac and jeep trails but the level of fitness needed is higher due to the hot weather conditions. Seasoned riders will have a mind-blowing week traversing canyons, mountain plateaus, deserts and valleys as they enjoy views of the Wadi Araba desert, visit holy sites, spend a night under the stars and explore the Red Rose City of Petra.
Per person prices for this trip start at £995 without flights.
Highland Coast to Coast, Scotland
One of those trips on every British mountain bikers must-do lists, Trail Brakes organises a point to point Scottish Highlands adventure from Glenelg to Stonehaven.
The seven day, eight night adventure begins on the dramatic Western coastline and passes through pine forests, beautiful glens, rugged peaks and mountain towns before coming to a stop on the sandy shores of the east coast.
Eighty per cent of the riding is off-road and the entire trip covers 235 miles of red and black graded trails. Cyclists will get to experience the true Scottish wilderness and try and spot the Loch Ness monster as they ride over the Corrieyairack Pass.
As an optional extra riders can choose to begin their holiday a day early on the Isle of Skye. Trips start at £845 per person based on four or more people taking part on a guided tour. Self-guided options are also available and pick-up and drop-off in Edinburgh or Glasgow is included in all itinerary options.