GHT on Wheels challenge is the first solo mountain biking expedition on the upper route of the Great Himalaya Trail (GHT), a network of roughly 1700 km of trails through the Himalayas from East to West in Nepal. GHT is the banner that covers the entire Nepali Himalayas: the majestic Kanchenjunga region, popular trekking areas of Everest and Annapurna, and awe inspiring and yet relatively untouched trails of Humla and Darchula in the West.

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Mangal began his journey officially from Annapurna Base Camp on April 1, 2022.

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The primary objective of GHT on Wheels is to raise awareness on the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic and climate change in the Himalayan communities, promote the Nepal Himalayas and specifically the GHT as a premier adventure tourism destination, and engage and empower local communities in the surrounding regions in the maintenance and safeguarding of the trails

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Mangal will ride the upper route of the Great Himalaya Trail on Wheels in March 2022, taking approximately 70 days to cross the entire upper route. The itinerary for GHT on Wheels is divided into 8 sections, with a location on each section for support crew to meet Mangal on his journey to resupply food and batteries for filming, bike maintenance, and other support tasks.

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The GHT upper route is perhaps one of the most difficult trails to overcome on a single trip. The route goes through 22 passes above 5500 m (18,000 ft), and has more than 88,000 m of elevation gain, equivalent to climbing Mt. Everest 10 times. The route is sparsely populated in nearby regions, is physically and mentally demanding, and commands intense respect for the Himalayas and its harsh yet stunning landscape.

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GHT on Wheels is a project curated by El Yak, a mountain biking tour and outdoors company based in Nepal.

El Yak is a premier adventure and mindful tourism company specializing in mountain biking, educational and community oriented trips. El Yak’s mission is to promote meaningful tourism across the Nepal Himalayas and bring direct benefits to local communities by engaging local guides and community members. El Yak is comprised of an experienced team of adventure guides, educators, community workers, and researchers and experts on local community empowerment, climate change, mindfulness and wellbeing.

About Mangal Lama

Namaste! I am Mangal Lama, a professional mountain biking guide and former racer from Kathmandu, Nepal. I fell in love with mountain bikes and nature ever since I first encountered bikes as a repair and maintenance staff at a mountain biking tour company at the age of 19. Despite minimal pay of $15 per month as a staff and assistant guide, I continued to pursue my newfound passion with great interest and hard work. I participated in local mountain bike races while working my job, eventually competing in major national and international mountain bike races and winning 10 titles over the course of a gratifying 10 year professional racing career. During and after my professional career, I continued to pursue my love of mountain biking and share it with others as a freelance mountain biking guide leading trips all across Nepal and in major regional destinations abroad.

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Our Team

This is an endeavor that is not possible with Mangal’s effort alone. From the very beginning, several friends and supporters from different backgrounds have come together to help Mangal take care of everything outside of riding the GHT high route. Slowly a dedicated team formed resulting in our official organizing committee. The committee has so far helped in a variety of ways, for instance by securing government permits, opening personal and work networks to help find sponsors and partners, and supporting Mangal personally for his overall well-being.

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As an official #GHTonWheels sponsor, your organization will get access to promotional opportunities via official documentary and short films, and programs and events for community, media and institutional outreach. We have several types of sponsorship opportunities, each with their own unique perks. Further details and MOUs will be drafted when the contract is to be signed with a potential sponsor.

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Recent Updates

News24: Mangal Lama is attempting high elevation mountain biking on GHT

January 6, 2022

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Routine of Nepal Banda: Nepali cycle rider Mangal Lama is attempting to become the first Solo rider to cross the GHT

January 6, 2022

Nepali cycle rider Mangal Lama is attempting to become the first Solo rider to cross the difficult & Risky Great Himalayan Trail route which is 1700 KM long. See Full Article

Kantipur: Mangal Lama's GHT Mountain Bike Adventure

January 6, 2022

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Onlinekhabar: Nepal cyclist’s dream of pedalling along the Great Himalayan Trail first time in history

December 30, 2021

For Mangal Lama, the Great Himalayan Trail has been nothing but an obsession. That is all that he thinks and dreams about, and it is also the very thing that keeps him awake at night. The 37-year-old plans to become the first to cycle the entire upper route of the trail, but he is yet to find sponsors […]

Training for GHT on Wheels

September 13, 2021

GHT on Wheels is a challenge of a lifetime testing human mental and physical fitness to the extreme. To prepare for the trip, I have been been doing special training with help from friends and supporters. Below is a summary of my regular fitness training and special training for taking on the #GHTonWheels challenge. Gym […]