Nepal's diverse terrain is a mountain biker's dream adventure come true. Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. Because this is a Spartan, laborious mode of travel, it is also considered the way to travel by the "purists". There are plenty of dirt roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountain biker's wildest fantasy. Mountain biking is also recommended if you wish to explore the urban centres such as Pokhara and Kathmandu, plus the out skirts. Imagine, if you will, a ride through lush green rice fields, through hamlets, up and down the hill side, along the river bank, around temples, past the streetroaming cattle, along the suspension bridge, along the highway, you name it. Through snow, monsoon downpour, wonderful light effects, or fierce head winds, dependind on place and season. The adventurous soul may plan extended trip to such exotic lacales as Tibet, Namche Bazaar, and western Nepal. You could even do the entire length of Nepal across the plains what you can or can not do on mountain bike is limited only by your imagination. The 15-18 gear mountain bikes are recommended if you wish to negotiate tough terrain. If you are going to be doing the exploring within the city limits itself, observing the hustle and bustle, going shopping etc. one speed Indian bicycles will do nicely. Mountain bikes are available for rent by the day or longer in many of the bicycles rental outlets in and around Kathmandu or Pokhara. If you wish to be better informed about the culture, rhythm of village life, cool spots to visit, perhaps guided trips should be undertaken.