NEIL AND HARRIET PIKE IMG_0280 - Copy (2)met trekking in Chilean Patagonia in 2002 and together discovered a love for exploring the natural world on foot. They hiked extensively in Europe and Asia before buying bikes in Istanbul and cycling home to Oxford. An 18-month bike tour through the Andes followed, which ignited a passion for cycling high roads and climbing 6000m volcanoes. After a traverse of the Himalaya they were again drawn back by the majesty of the Andes to hike and bike some of the world’s most spectacular mountain trails. They know of no better place for this than the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash, the ranges on the doorstep of Huaraz.

Blog posts about their trips can be found at and information on thousands of kilometres of Andean dirt roads at The authors can be followed on Twitter (@pikesonbikes) and Facebook (Pikes on Bikes).


CASS GILBERT Casswrote the mountain biking section for this book. Cass has been wandering the world on his bicycle for the last 15 years. He’s traversed Asia and the Middle East, run a guiding business in the Indian Himalaya, bikepacked his way around the American South West, and ridden dirt from Alaska to Ushuaia. Catch up with his travels