The virtuous journey backed by Briko goes onward (and upward)! Let's check out the first Nepalese adventures from Team Esplora

We met the Team and its project, supported by Briko, in the intro chapter of this 1200km-long epic journey dedicated to the experience of bikepacking and its artistic-social nuances. Marco Ricci and Davide Ciarletta shared the thoughts and feelings they had matured along the ancient roads of Nepal, combining them with an evocative visual gallery. Enjoy their journey, together with Team Esplora.

“Crossing Nepal from south to north and traversing remote valleys is the essence of our trips. A childlike ecstasy pervades as we experience profoundly different realities from our own, leading us to admire every surrounding action and dynamic. Every day, the sun rises to greet us, creating the contours of our days punctuated by rugged roads and impervious ascents.

The climbs are getting longer; we’ve become aware of this and accept it . But altitude is the truly defining characteristic of this place, and each summit we pass brings us closer to the highest point. One climb in particular, which leads over the summit to Baglung, promised to be an extraordinary experience. After an intense four-hour ride, the majesty of the Himalayas unfolds before us. Annapurna, Daulaghiri and Machhapuchare stand in all their grandeur. The thrill of embarking on a bicycle journey amongst these mountains is overwhelming, leaving us breathless in the face of such magnificence.

Upon arrival in Pokhara, we take a three-day break to reorganize our set-up in preparation for a more agile crossing. We are about to embark on the Annapurna circuit, to reach Thorung La Pass at 5416 meters. The feeling of knowing that we will soon be among the world’s highest peaks, pushing our bikes forward pedal after pedal, in the shadow of the Himalayas, is beyond explanation.”

Photo credits:

Esplora

Text by Gianmarco Pacione