Watching the sunrise over the Himalayas.
An exhilirating 60km downhill ride which took nearly a whole day.
The friendliness of all the Nepali people we met wherever we went.
Wonderfully diverse landscapes.
The old buildings in Kathmandu's Durbar square.
The elephant-back safari and dugout canoe trip in Royal Chitwan National Park.
The bikes were of a good standard, ideally suited to the terrain, and the standard of bike maintenance by the tour crew was very high. We saw the guide's assistant, Mangal, and the bus crew preparing and checking them at the start of each day, and washing them down at the end of each ride, which was a lot of work on top of the job of riding with us and accompanying us out in the evenings. Mangal is also a leading Nepali mountain biker and offered a lot of help to many in our group, including helping to push them uphill on some of the harder sections.
The hotels we used are quite variable with some being of a very high standard (Pokhara and Godavari), and others being less memorable (Hetauda). Food generally was reasonable, if a little repetitive, and more often than not was tepid by the time it reached the table.
Although the distances covered in Nepal are not very large, it is difficult to average more than about 30kph by bus bcause of the standards of the roads, so even shortish transfers seem to take quite a time, so expect to spend a fair amount of time on the bus - it was comfortable with our group of 14, but would be a bit more cramped with 16 + 4 staff.
I can't praise the tour leader and crew from Dawn til Dusk highly enough. Not only did they do an excellent job of running the trip but they also made us all feel very welcome in their country.