Kona’s goal this summer: get you out of the house and onto your bike—but not on your regular trails. The company recently created KonaWorld Travel, a program that provides all-inclusive packages for riders to explore new terrain. The first destinations available include Whistler's Bike Park and, for the adventuresome, the Kingdom of Bhutan, a tiny country in south Asia located at the eastern end of the Himalayan range. There’s also a trip to Austria for anyone who prefers beer halls instead of Buddhist temples.
The Whistler trip runs August 12 to August 19 and overlaps the Kokanee Crankworx. The itinerary: hit 150 miles of pristine singletrack, 5,000 vertical feet of lift-accessed runs at Whistler's bike park and watch the pro’s dominate Crankworx. Daily lift tickets, a Kona Garbanzo rental rig, and gear are included, as are VIP seats at Crankworx and a celebrity ride with a Kona pro and discounted meals. The package costs $1,450.
There will be two Bhutan trips. The first runs July 5 to 15; the second will be scheduled later this year. Each costs $4,271, but includes 10 days of Himalayan adventure with tens of thousands of vertical feet at your disposal. The digs are five star, compliments of Uma Resort, located in the mountains above Bhutan’s Paro Valley.
If you’re more of a Western Europe kind of traveler, consider Kona’s three-day trip to Leogang, Austria, from July 9-12. The 620 euro price tag provides access to Austria’s Bongo Bongo freeride festival, with all buffed gravity trails that come with it. It also includes lodging and enough downtime to explore the region's cross country trails.
Kona also plans on adding trips to Crankworx Colorado and—at some point—a trip to Bolivia’s infamous Death Road.