#GHTonWheels

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.

The GHT on Wheels Journey

Mangal began his journey officially from Kanchenjunga Base Camp on April 1, 2022. As of May 26 (day 40 of GHT on Wheels), Mangal has completed 3 out of 8 phases and is now making his way through the Langtang Region.

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Mission

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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Projects

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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Challenge

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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Sponsor
#GHTonWheels

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

Mangal Lama shares the thrilling adventure of cycling along the Great Himalayan Trail

August 9, 2022

When Mangal Lama set off to do the Great Himalayan Trail on his bicycle alone, he knew he would be facing a lot of challenges. But, what happened at the West Col Pass in the Makalu Barun region nearly broke him. 

साइकलमै ७० दिन

August 9, 2022

यात्राबारे मंगलकृष्ण लामा भन्छन्, ‘हिमाली जिल्ला र बस्ती भन्नेबित्तिकै हिमालहरु मात्र छैन, प्रकृतिको सुन्दरतासँगै उनीहरुको आफ्नै संस्कृति, बाँच्ने शैली र परम्पराहरु छन्’

Featured on Nepal Tourism Board's Facebook post

August 9, 2022

Huge Congratulations to Mr. Mangal Lama on successful completion of GHTonWheels#mountainbiking across 1,700 km of #Nepal#Himalaya.

साइकल चलाएर ८८ दिनमै ‘ग्रेट हिमालय ट्रेल’ यात्रा पूरा गरेका मंगल लामाको कथा

August 9, 2022

साइकल चलाएर ८८ दिनमै ‘ग्रेट हिमालय ट्रेल’ यात्रा पूरा गरेका मंगल लामाको कथा