Born to Mr. Karan Bahadur Rai and Mrs. Kumari Rai as the middle son in Sankhuwashava was very enthusiastic and determined since his childhood. He completed his schooling in Himalayan Jambawati Medium School and then moved to Kathmandu for his higher studies. He then joined I.A in Saraswati Campus but later dropped his studies. He then started to work at a tender age of 16 itself. He joined the ‘Ultimate Decent Nepal Rafting Company’ with the help of his brother and got a chance to know more about the tourism sector. He then added, “It took me about two and half a year to be established as a well trained rafter as well as competent of leading my troop for rafting. For the first time, under my command, I lead a troop of nine people to Sunkoshi which went out well without much hindrance. It was a thrilling experience and I enjoyed every part of it.”
Then in the year 2002, he met an Australian lady named Sahara. Seeing his enthusiasm and dedication in rafting, she took him to an island called Andaman Nicobar in India for better training in rafting. He then took training in a company called “Squiva Diving” for about six months. He was given a sum of $750 as a part of his salary per month. He said that it was really hard for him to stay there as he was immensely missing his home town so, lately returned back to Nepal. He tried for many places for the vacancy in rafting but was always left empty handed. He added that “As I was quite young so people might have feared to furnish me with such responsibility so, later I came to Pokhara. An event called ‘Dash for Cash’ was held by a foreigner named Peter with the collaboration of Shangri-La hotel which included various sports like swimming, cycling and running. He took part in the running competition and was able to grab the second position. During that program he got a chance to introduce himself with the mountain bike riders.
In the year 2003, he left for Kathmandu and worked in a company called “Massive Mountain Bike” for about six months. Initially he used to work as the cleaner and his work was to clean all the bikes. Later, he was given a bike and assigned as a guide. At that time, he got introduced with many cyclists and his interest in cycling grew. In the year 2003, he took part in the cycle competition. In about 150 participants participating in the competition, he was able to hold the 17th position. He added that, “The competition was very tough at that time; we had to go through Sundarijal via Sakhu and Bhaktapur. There’s even been situation when I fell down and got hurt but as it was my first adventure, I was much excited and I started to develop more craze for such events. I have altogether participated in 45 competitions till date and I am still looking forward to attend more.”
He can simply be referred to as an all-rounder as he has taken part in most of the competition not only within the country but among various parts of the world like Israel, Italy and many more. He was able to stand in the second position for three times in the national level competition where as could bag many medals in the competition overseas. He has altogether participated in 22 competitions overseas and was able to hold the first, second and third position for about 12 times. In the year 2008, he also participated in the Asian Cycle Competition.
He has also taken 2 years training in mechanics from the Pro-Bike Company in Spain. He also owns a bicycle company called ‘Himalayan Frontier’ and claims that he can repair any sort of bicycle. He then added that “I have all sort of bicycles ranging from Rs.40, 000 to Rs.3, 50,000. Nowadays, rich people also have started to take interest in bicycles rather than automobiles and number of people visits our company for enquiry. I can easily sense what sort of bicycle the concerned individual prefers.” He said that he can easily repair any bicycle which is manufactured till the year 2009 but new technology will soon take the market and new bicycle will hit the market in coming years. So, he has plans to go to Thailand to take further training in mechanics.
He again added that “I want to collect knowledge from around the world and serve my nation. Lots of my friends who were in cycling have moved towards abroad and work there but I have never thought to abandon my country. I want to make Pokhara renowned world wide for its unique feature which is suitable for mountain bikers. I will accomplish my dreams and make Pokhara renowned worldwide with a period of 20 years.” When asked about his future plans, he said that “I have conducted various meetings with foreign delegates to make Jomson as a spot which is quite suitable for mountain bikers. I just want every people to take the pleasure of mountain bikes. Like the Sherpa have earned their name by climbing the mountains and able to make our country renowned. Likewise, I want to make Nepal renowned worldwide for mountain bikers and invite more participants.”
He is a very nature loving person and he likes to explore various places in his leisure’s with his close friends. He always rides his mountain bike (which costs about 3 lakhs) on each expedition whether it is Sarangkot, Pame, Chinese Gumba and Begnas Taal. He is always accompanied by his dog named rider. According to him, rider is his true friend and is always with him in his journey. When asked about the advantages of mountain bike, he said that “People might have some objection and not prefer mountain bikes as it is quite expensive but if you see the other side, it is very favorable for our health. It has certain advantages like it is pollution free, one can reach in time, it isn’t heavy so it is easy to carry and one can be physically fit.” There are three other member in his group namely Dal Bahadur Thapta, Anup Thapa, Khagh Raj Poudel who are assisting him in his work.
He has altogether 20 bicycles and he charges certain prices for renting bicycles. He charges about a thousand rupees for foreigners whereas the price differs for the Nepalese people. According to him, there are only about 25 mountain bike riders in Pokhara. He has already taken a round of Annapurna for about six times and always looking to face new and adventurous places.