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Downhill Unicycling in the Himalayas

Another cool video from Nicola, shot during Unipal, the Himalaya’s Unicycle Tour.

Yes, we really do pedal that quickly!

More unipal albums

Here are some pics from Stefan Carpentier:

Unipal: Nicola’s video

Beautiful video of our Himalayas Unicycle Tour:

Unipal: Day 6 Manang rest day

It was great day for sleeping in, washing clothes, doing some shopping, except for those of us who were sick!  Several of our party, including myself (Ken) come down with a tummy bug.

After breakfast, a small group went for a 3-4 hour hike up to an old glacier.   The others explored the village, which was a good place for buying clothes, shoes, hats and other trekking supplies.

In the afternoon we headed to see a movie at the local theatre, which was showing “Seven Years in Tibet”.  It was a cosy little theatre complete with fireplace and popcorn!

Some of the medically inclined went to a lecture by the Himalayan Rescue Association, which covered aspects of mountain medicine including altitude sickness, gastro-illness, frostbite and other general health issues in the mountains. It was a very interesting talk presented by the US doctors who were working there at the time.

Unipal: Day 4 Chame to Pisang 3300m

After a hearty breakfast we were very much looking forward to todays ride. It was described by our guide Dawa as ‘Nepali flat’, which roughly translates to hilly, with ups and downs, but probably more up than down.

Many of us had found yesterdays riding a little challenging, with a lot of hiking up steep sections. Todays ride, in contrast, was on much smoother trail. Notwithstanding that it was ‘Nepali flat’, it was also much more rideable.

There was some snow on the road as we crossed some forests along a little valley, and various swing bridges to cross.  We arrived in Pisang just before 3pm, which gave us plenty of time to explore the village before dinner.  We were staying in lower Pisang, but upper Pisang was across the river and up  a very steep mountain overlooking the valley.

A group of us made the hike up to upper Pisang, with it’s gorgeous  views of the village and river below.  When we arrived at the monastery perched at the top, we were offered hot lemon tea by the monks…absolute bliss!

Unipal: Day 3 Bagarchap to Chame 2630m

After the exhausting ride the day before, our riders were raring to go.  All our unicycles were intact, despite the rough transfer the day before.

We had our group photo with some of the Annapurna peaks in the background, and then headed off up the trail.  It was a beautiful day with amazing views of the mountains rising up to the sky.  The riding was, however, quite difficult, with a lot of steep climbs littered with boulders.  Our route along the Marshyangi river led us across some amazing waterfalls along the way, and the rhododendrons were out in bloom.

Unipal 2015: The Nepal Himalayas Unitour

Ken Looi unicycles in Nepals Annapurna circuit 2002

Announcing…the long awaited Himalayas Unicycle Tour.  Open to anyone who can ride off road on a unicycle.

Nepal is home to 8 of the worlds 14 mountains over 8000m, so what better place for our next AU/Grasshopper tour than the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal?

Dates: 6 April to 17 April 2015 (with optional 4 day extension to 21 April 2015)

Cost: US $1640 (+US$400 for optional 4 day extension)

Closes: 31 August 2014

For more info…go to the Unipal page on AU.

This is a proper off-road trek, but check out our last trip to the Himalayas in 2009 (West Bengal):

Dan Heaton releases Revolution One: A Story of Off-Road Unicycling

The long awaited full length documentary chronicles the history of our sport.  It shows how the sport developed from humble beginnings to where it is today.



Revolution One: A Story of Off-Road Unicycling from Dan Heaton on Vimeo.

Cave unicycling

Unicycling and caving together, now that’s what I call Adventure Unicycling. Who would have thought?

Unicycle Caving from Garrett and Garrett Videography on Vimeo.

Mountain Unicycling under transmission lines

MUni power!


Mountain Unicycle from DE FRISCO on Vimeo.