Mountain biking is an exciting outdoor sport that’s perfect for adrenaline junkies, nature lovers, and fitness enthusiasts. There are many different types of mountain biking trails, with a wide range of difficulty levels, obstacles, and scenery. It’s a great way to stay fit, challenge yourself, and see the world on top of two wheels. So whether you’re an expert cyclist or just enjoy pedaling long-distances to get outside and active, these are some of the top mountain biking destinations around the world.
The U.S. has a large number of popular and challenging mountain bike trails. Many of these are old trails that were formed as paths for people on foot and on horseback, but some have been formed specifically for pedaling, not walking.
Widely considered to be one of the best mountain bike destinations in the world, Whistler really needs no introduction. Located in the stunning coast mountains of British Columbia, Whistler offers over 120 miles of trails with many accessible by the chair lifts used during the ski season. Inside the Whistler Bike Park there’s over 50 way-marked runs which vary in difficulty and technicality.
Mountain biking in the Himalayan foothills may sound intimidating, and it certainly is! This is an area for experienced mountain bikers who love gorgeous scenery and local culture. One of the best trails is called Lo Manthang, which leads into the royal city of Mustang. Most bikers start their journey near Annapurna or at the nearby airports in Jomsom or Kathmandu.
Finale Ligure, Italy
Many people haven’t heard of Finale Ligure as a mountain biking destination, but it’s one of the most beautiful regions to bike in Italy. Expect to find rolling hills that hug the coastline and peaceful trails full of postcard-perfect scenery. The trail becomes narrow at portions and twists and turns along the hills, so you’ll need to be skilled with maneuvering your bike before attempting this route.
Rotorua New Zealand
Firmly put on the world map with the hosting of the 2006 world championships, New Zealand’s Rotorua has been described by many as one of the hottest places to ride. It has an impressive claim to the title of the ‘best trails in the world’, with a network of over 100km of trails built in the Whakarewarewa Forest, which are also some of the oldest in the country. A rich playground of trails in lush surroundings makes it a must-ride destination.
Mountain trips on areas that are quite challenging to reach like mountains. Not everyone could try out a mountain trip because some are afraid of heights while others do not need that ability to climb mountains. But there are really people who find that fun and satisfying to be able to climb mountains trip. They would spend an afternoon at the peak while doing little adventures on the way up.
Bring safety gear
There are a few basic items that every winter hiker should carry in case of emergency. Aside from basic hiking gear, you should always have a trail map, a first aid kit, a compass, a pocket knife or multi-tool, hand warming packets, and a headlamp. For a day hike, it’s a good idea to split up some of the heavier safety items among the members of your group.
Super Soft Socks
Forget the lime green scratchy adventure travel socks you get in your flight pack. It’s definitely worth bringing your own. Not only is it nice for you, and your fellow passengers, to change into a clean pair of socks on your flight, but if you make sure they’re made of Alpaca or Cashmere, the experience is simply heavenly. So kick off those shoes and slip into some super soft socks that will make your feet feel like they are walking on clouds.
Lastly, be sure to reward yourself for a job well-done. When I come off a mountain trip, I like to find the nearest source of comfort food. Sometimes it’s a cozy bar with great burgers, sometimes it’s a lively pizza place. No worries about your appearance and aroma; restaurants at the base of any big peak are used to hikers stopping off for a meal.
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Wear Proper Clothing
It is important that you are dressed appropriately for a mountain trip. You have to remember that it is cooler in the morning and warmer later in the day when you are on the mountains trip. You can wear synthetic or wool clothing. You should also bring a jacket with you. Use ankle supports and strong soles. You can also wear a hat, helmet, gloves, and sunglasses.
Mountain-biking requires a specialized bike with wider tires and deeper treads to allow the bike to grip onto off-road terrain. It allows you to take your bike into areas you could not go with a road-bike, and also can offer something of an adrenalin rush as you go up and down steep hills, across streams, etc.
The activity can be taken at a slow pace on easy routes, but typically it is practiced as a demanding sport at a fast pace and on rough terrain, and in some areas, requires you to take the bike and carry it across difficult parts. In such cases, it demands excellent physical condition.
On this Chile mountain biking holiday we commence our journey eastwards from Puerto Varas, beside Lago Llanquilhue and the ever impressive Volcano Osorno. En route we pause to appreciate the series of rapids and waterfalls of Saltos de Petrohue, before leaving Chile for the moment and crossing into Argentina.From here we head along the lovely Ruta de Las Siete Lagos‚ to San Martin de los Andes. Situated on the edge of Lago Lacar, San Martin is the perfect place to relax and reflect on the mountain biking holiday so far.
Parque Los Alerces We will mountain bike into the Pampas of Argentina, with its dramatic change in landscape. Our first destination will be the small welsh village of Trevlin. We will visit and learn about the unique European heritage of this area. Then we will ride to a lake in Parque Nacional de los Alerces, home of the giant, endangered 3000 year old Alerce trees before heading back to Futaleufu.
Palena Valley Circuit A mountain bike circuit through the Andes Mountains that lets riders experience the real Patagonia. We visit villages and hamlets that are way off the international tourist routes. Spectacular scenery and a great cultural experience await.
Andes to the Pacific Starting in the small alpine village of Futaleufu we will mountain bike through the entire country of Chile to the seaside village of Chaiten on the Southern Pacific Ocean. On route you will see or experience hanging glaciers, hot springs, scenic volcanoes, temperate rainforests, alpine lakes, exotic wildlife, and unique micro climates.