If you’re spending hours searching the web, comparing trips and operators, and feeling like you’re going round in circles, here’s a very quick overview of the top 10 reasons to book your guided mountain biking holiday with H&I Adventures. (You see, we’re helping you already!)
All the colours of Nepal
1. We do all the hard work for you
We spend years researching and testing the best trails, accommodation, guides, cultural experiences, transport services, and food in the most exciting destinations around the world so that you don’t have to. All you need to do is decide which one of our incredible mountain biking holidays is right for you, book your place via our secure online system, then organise your travel. It’s that simple!
2. Exceptional, professional local guides
Our mountain bike guides are some of the best in their field and local to the areas in which they operate. Not only that, they are genuinely nice and interesting people, with lots of life experiences and plenty to talk about both on and off the bike. For example, one of our guides in Scotland, Kevin, is an accomplished poet, artist and teacher, as well as being a mountain biker. At the end of a superb day on the bike in the Cairngorms National Park you can relax with a ‘wee dram’ and some Scottish poetry recited by Kevin.
3. Safety first
Your safety is our number one priority and when you come on one of our mountain biking holidays you can rest easy and have the time of your life, comfortable in the knowledge that our expert guides have planned and risk assessed every detail of your trip before your arrive, and are managing your safety every step of the way.
Local boy in Oaxaca, sizing up our bikes!
4. Responsible travel policy
We operate a responsible travel policy so you can be sure that local people in the communities you’re connecting with are benefitting – in real terms – from your being there. For example, on our mountain biking adventure in Oaxaca, Mexico, you’ll stay in rustic cabanas in the Sierra Norte, run by a sustainble tourism partnership of eight local communities who all benefit equally from tourism monies spent in any one of the villages.
5. Experience new cultures
Exploring an area by bike is one of the best ways of experiencing the local cultures and traditions of that region. You can cover more ground than is possible by foot, and wherever we go in the world, people just love bikes and cyclists! In Nepal we visit the famous Buddhist Stupa of Boudhanath in Kathmandu, thangka artists in Bhaktapur, and stay in family-run tea houses in remote corners of Mustang and the Kali Gandaki Valley.
6. Go home a better rider
An integral part of all of our mountain biking holidays is on-the-trail skills training, as and when you need it. We don’t run formal skills sessions, we simply work with you as you’re riding and if you come across an obstacle you’re not sure how to tackle we’ll talk you through it and help you to improve your riding technique in a natural, informal manner.
Local chagra at hacienda in Ecuador
7. Great local accommodation
We select the most comfortable, welcoming, interesting accommodation providers in every area we take you to. From traditional working haciendas in Ecuador, to luxury yurts in the Yukon in Canada, you’ll enjoy the best hospitality available, after a big day in the saddle.
8. Food, glorious food!
Food is a very important part of all of our mountain biking tours around the world; after all, why expend all that energy on the bike if you can’t enjoy a good meal afterwards?! We’ve eaten our way around the world to find the best local cafés, restaurants, pubs, and even homes, to make sure that you’re well rewarded for all your efforts and ready to tackle the next ride!
9. Excellent personal service
We pride ourselves in offering excellent, personal customer service at every stage of our relationship with you: from the first time you contact us, to after you have returned home from your trip. Our team will offer as much help and advice as you need to help you plan your mountain biking vacation, but you won’t have to deal with several different people and explain your circumstance anew with every contact. You’ll have one point of contact who will manage your booking from end-to-end.
10. Our customers keep coming back
It’s all very well for us to say how wonderful our tours are, but what do our customers think? Well, one of our coast-to-coast Scotland customers said:
Leg busting climbs and thrilling descents! I’d travel to the ends of the earth with H&I Adventures, dedicated as they are to providing adventure and comfort while safety and competence lead the way.
We’re delighted that so many of our customers keep coming back to us year after year to experience new places and have new adventures with us. You can read more customer reviews of our mountain biking holidays on our Why H&I Adventures page, and if you’d like to discuss any of our trips just drop us an email or give us a call on 0044 (0)1463 239716, or toll-free from the US and Canada 1-888-228-50-35. We’re looking forward to sharing your next mountain bike adventure with you!