In and Around Kathmandu Valley Mountain Biking Tour (01 to 13 days tours)
01 DAY TOUR
Cultural Heritage Tour:
Kathmandu Valley has seven world heritage sites recognized by UNESCO. Your Mountain Biking Tour trip begins with ride to Patan, one of the three medieval principalities of Kathmandu. In Patan, you will visit the palaces, temples and monasteries. From Patan, you bike along the ring road and head east along Kodari highway to Bhaktapur, another Malla kingdom of medieval Nepal. Bhaktapur has been well preserved.You will amaze to see the intricate wood works in the windows and balconies of temples, houses and monastic complexes. From Bhaktapur, you will ride back to the ring road, and visit the temple of Lord Pashupatinath Temple. Near the Pashupatinath Temple lies the biggest Buddhist Stupa in the world- The Boudhanath Stupa. Then, you will visit Swayambhunath Stupa, which located on a hillock, 80 m high from the level of Kathmandu. This hillock offers a good vies of the city. Then you will bike to Kathmandu Durbar square and conclude the trip.
Mountain Biking Tour Take ride to Swayambhunath Stupa (Monkey temple) from where you will head to the north off the road to queen’s forest ( Rani ban) . This is a single track and offers the opportunity to see the rice field, country life and tranquil environment away from the hooting noise of the city. You will ride about 30 kilometers for 4-5 hours. The ride will be along the single track 50% of which is off the road.
2 DAYS TOUR (NAGARKOT):
Day 01: Kathmandu to Nagarkot via Bhaktapur
(Distance: 39 km, altitude gain: 700m) After an early breakfast, we set out to Bhaktapur- one of the medieval principalities of Kathmandu Valley. We will spend a couple of hours through the Durbar square, temples and strreets of Bhaktapur to explore its hidden secrets. We exit Bhaktapur from the estern end of the town past Datratraye Temple. From here, we head northeast to Nagarkot on an excellent, but quiet, tarmac road. We take 20 kilometer gradual climb though the terraced fields, village dwellings and finally reach to the top of Nagarkot which offers magnificient view of Himalayas. We stay one night here in this superb viewpoint.
Day 02: Nagarkot- Changu Narayan-Kathmandu
(Distance 35 km with altitude gain 200m) After enjoying the glorious sun rise view, the day begins with an exciting descent by single track trail.We pass through several rustic villages with a continuing backdrop of Himalayan views, on our way down the ridge. The trail brings us to Changu Narayan Temple, which dates back to 3-4 Th century and has in its compound a pillar with an inscription, which is the first available written document in Nepalese history. We continue downhill along the winding tarmac road to Bhaktapur. After having lunch in Bhaktapur Durbar Square, we ride back to Kathmandu through the ancient Newari village called Thimi.
3 DAYS TOUR (NAMOBUDDHA)
Day 01: Kathmandu to Dhulikhel via Bhaktapur (distance covered 40 km with 600m altitude gain) The trip begins with a ride to the medieval Newari Town- Bhaktapur, which has well maintained its originality. After spending a couple of hours on exploring the historic temples, monastic complex arts and architectures, we continue onwards to Dhulikhel, along Kodari highway the only road that links Nepal with Tibet. We climb gradually through the terraced fields, village dwellings and arrive Banepa from where a moderate climb brings us to Dhulikhel. We stay overnight in lidge in this panoramic place.
Day 02: Dhulilhel- Namobuddha- Panauti- Dhulikhel (27 km covered with an altitude gain of 300m)
We set out on dirt tarmac, climbing and descending two hills before reaching the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Namobuddha. According to legend, it w as here that the Buddha, in a previous incarnation, gave his flesh to a hungry tigress as an offering. A stone statue marks the site; there is also an active monastery here. Leaving this hilltop, we plunge into the lush fields below, continuing on to the ancient village of Panauti, where the Buddha lived as a prince prior to his offering to the tigress. Tourists rarely visit this special village truly lost in time. Its Indresera Mahadev Temples the oldest surviving dated temple in Nepal believed to have been constructed in 1294. We follow a picturesque river on a mix of tarmac and dirt roads back to Dhulikhel.
Day 03 Dulikhel – Banepa- Nala – Bhaktapur- Kathmandu (20-km distance covered with an altitude loss 200m)
We visit the fmous Chandeswri temple in Banepa. Dfrom here, we climb a short hill through the village of Nala, reentering Kathmandu Valley by jeep track. Descending through beautiful Newari farms, with their distinctive three-tiered farmhouses, we enter Bhaktapur from the east. After lunch in the main squre, we ride back to Kathmandu via Thimi.
4 DAYS TOUR (Namobuddha via Lotus farm and Bungmati)
Day 01: Kathmandu- Lotus farm- Bungmati (30 km ride with no remarkable altitude gain)
From Kathmandu, we cross the Ring road and ride to the picturesque village Bungmati which reminds us of 14th century. The twin villages Bungmati and Khokana are abound with temples where ancient rites and rituals are still practiced with full faith. Most celebrated of the temples is Lord Macchendranath Temple in the main square. We continue the ride to the south, climbing on jeep track through forests to the village of Champi overlooking the southwestern corner of Kathmandu Valley. A combination of a downhill push and an uphill carry of about 15 minutes bring us to Chapagaon village, home to Vajravarahi, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. We ride on a jeep track across the southern end of the valley, soon reaching the foot of Bishankhu Narayan temple. Then, we take north, still on dirt, passing through the village-Lubhu well known for its handmade cloth. A little further is our todays lodging- The Lotus Farm.
Day 02: Lotus farm – Panauti- Dhulikhel (28 km ride with 600m altitude gain)
We ride back to Lubhu, climb southwest and arrive Sisneri, a quiet middle hills village. We pass through different ethnical communities as we climb higher. We click into our low gears for the switch- backed 525m climb up to the Kathmandu Valley rim. From the saddle, the descent to Panauti is on steep single track, descending 300m through pristine valley, lost in time. At Manedhovan, it turns into a jeep track and follows tie meandering Roshi River to reach the ancient city of Panauti. We finish the day off with a short off road climb to reach Dhulikhel. Day 03: Dhulikhel- Namobuddha- Panauti- Dhulikhel
Day 04: Dhulikhel- Bhaktapur.
6 DAYS TOUR (Sunkoshi Adventure Retreat)
Day 01: Kathmandu- Pharping- Hattiban We head towards Hattiban, situated halfway up the southwestern rim of Kathmandu Valley. We visit the monasteries in Pharping and temple to goddess Kali where animals are sacrificed in large number on Saturday and Tuesday.
Day 02: Hattiban- Lotusfarm- Bungmati – Lele The morning rewards us with a clear view of Ganesh Himal and Langtang. We descend to the Bagmati River across a swinging footbridge. We mostly carry our bikes up to the opposite slope to reach the picturesque villages Bungmati and Khokana which are abound with temples. The ride then continues south, climbing in jeep track through forests to the village of Champi and on to the slepy village of Lele. The descent to Chapagaon village, continuing north offers commanding views of Kathmandu valley. Old forest still surrounds the temple protected by the local belief that to cut even one tree would greatly provoke the deity. After having lunch just beyond the wrathful Vishnu temple, we ride on a jeep track across the southern end of the valley, soon reaching the foot of Bishankhu Narayan temple where Lord Vishnu burnt into ashes the demon Bhasmasur. We ride clockwise around thid heavily forested knoll, which is said to have been fertilized by these ancient ashes. Continuing to east on single jeep track but still on a tarmac road pass through Lubhu which is famous for its handmade garments. A little further is the Lotus farm for our overnight lodging.
Day 03: Lotus farm -Nagarkot After breakfast and short tour of the farm, we ride to the medieval town Bhaktapur, which has remained, untouched from modern encroachment. The palaces, temples, monastic complexes, wood and metal works still survive in its original form and gives the impression that the whole city is a museum in itself. From Bhaktapur, we head to Changu Narayan Temple along a rough road through rice fields and village houses. Changua Narayan temple dates back to 4th century and remained beyond the touch of Muslim invaders in 24th century. From here, we descend the north side of the ridge along the washed out jeep track to the Manohara River. We will have lunch on the other side of the river and continue north to the village of Sankhu with Bajrajogini temple. Now we climb steeply up through golden rice fields and Tamang farmhouses towards the top of Nagfarkot.
Day 04: Nagarkot-Panchkhal -Sunkoshi Adventure retreat The day begins with a thrilling descent by single-track trail. We pass through several villages and ancient shrines on our way down the ridge with a continuing backdrop of Himalayan views. It is mostly demanding single track to the village of Lamasai, overlooking the Indrawati River. We join a jeepable road following the Chok khola, a tributary of Indrawati. Soon we reach Panchkhal and the paved but sparsely traveled road to the Tibetan boarder. After a kilometer uphill w e take another spur road to the east. We continue on a 9-km ascent to the top of a long sharp ridge, known as Palanchok and our lodging for the night is at the spectacular Sunkoshi Adventure Retreat.
Day 05: Sunkoshi Adventure Retreat (SAR)- Panchkhal-Dhulikhel: The view of the Mt. GauriShankhar is stunning in the morning. The view of the mist-choked valleys of Indrawati and Sunkoshi rivers far below is just great. From SAR, we go any direction is down; we take the express route off the steep southern face ona a switch-baking dingle track. Be careful on the turns! Upon reaching the valley floor’ we cut back to the Tibet highway and ride to Dhulikhel for our oovernight stay. If you are not exhausted yet, after lunch you can make a trip to Namobuddha and come back to Dhulikhel.
Day 06: Dhulikhel-Panauti- Kathmandu.
13 DAYS TOUR (Bike rides around Kathmandu Valley)
Day 01: Kathmandu to Nagarkot up and down- up to Kakani. Overnight at Kakani 1350- 2000m 4 hrs 29 Rock road through forest and then paved road.
Day 02: Kakani to Nagigumba(Scar road, racing route) overnight at Nagigumaba in tent or ride down to Boudhanath for lodge) 2000-2400m 5 hrs 35
Day 03: Nagigumaba to Chisopani 4 hrs 32
Day 04: Chisopani- Nagarkot- Sunkoshi Adventure Retreat5 hrs 40 Single goat track
Day 05: Sunkoshi Adventure Retreat- Tibet Boarder( Barabise) 6 hrs 60
Day 06: Rafting trip( optional) Day 07: Barabise-Dhulikhel 1600m
Day 08:Dhulikhel- Namobuddha- Dhulikhel 1600-1400m 4 hrs 32
Day 09: Dhulikhel-Panauti- Lakure Bhanjyang- Bhaktapur 1930m 5 hrs 39
Day 10: Bhaktapur- Hattiban Resort 6 hrs 43
Day 11: Hattiban Resort- Dakshinkali-Pharping- Chakhel- Kulekhani-Markhu 6 hrs 32
Day 12: Markhu- Daman 2500 5 hrs 32
Day 13: Daman- Kathmandu
20 DAYS TOUR (All Nepal by Mountain Bike – Round Trip)
Day 01: Kathmandu Valley: Today we explore the ancient and medieval temples, stupas, monasteries, arts and architecture of Kathmandu valley. Pashupatinath Temple on the bank of sacred Bagmati River is the most celebrated Hindu Temple in Kathmandu valley. Just 20 minutes ride past Pahupatinath Temple stands the glorious Boudhanath Stupa, which is the biggest one of this type in the world. From here, you ride back to the Ring Road and head to Budhanilkantha shrine of Lord Vishnu, which is a 6-meter long stone statue lying on water pool. From here, you will go to Swayambhunath Stupa known as Monkey Temple. This Stupa is 2000 years old and stands on a hillock, which offers excellent view of the valley. From here you will ride back to your hotel.
Day 02: Kathmandu- Nakhu- Bungmati-Chobhar- Champagaon- Kathmandu: The day begins with a ride to Patan, visit the zoo and Tibetan Refugee Center. Continue on to the ring road and cross it heading south on a dirt road. We enter a village called Nakhu with good vantage spots for scenic views. We follow the road towards Bungmati, go down a steep rocky section that takes through rice fields. We continue straight for an off-road adventure, down across the Bagmati and up the other site to return via Chobhar gorge where we visit Jal Vinayak Temple. From here, we follow a forested climb to the village- Champi, overlooking the south- western corner of the valley. A combination of downhill push and uphill carry brings us to Chapagaon and Lele from where we ride back to Kathmandu through numerous Newari villages.
Day 03: Kathmandu -Lubhu – Lakurebhanjyang – Panauti – Dhulikhel We ride away from the chaos of Kathmandu Vlley and head to Lubhu, a Newari town that is famous for its hand weaven cloths. We climb from 1350 till 2140 to Lakure Bhanjyang where we can enjoy a n ice view of Kathmandu Valley. We bike down along the river to Panauti, another historic Newari town at 1447m. From here we descend on the paved road untill Dhulikhel at 1453m and we stay one night here in this superb panoramic place.
Day 04: Dhulikhel- Namobuddha- Dhulikhel: Today we bike off the road. We pass by the village Phoolbari and hike to Namobuddha, a famous Buddhist pilgrimage site. According to the legend, Lord Buddha in his former life lived here as a prince and offered his flesh to a hungry tigress. A small stupa and stone image marks the site of actual sacrifice. From here, we ride back to Dhulikhel for overnight stay.
Day 05: Dhulikhel- Bhkatapur- Nagarkot: After breakfast, we follow the paved road to Bhkatapur, one of the three Malla principality of medieval Kathmandu valley, the then known as Nepal. Bhaktapur has well preserved its cultural heritages and maintained originality. The Golden Gate to the palace of 55 windows is regarded as the masterpiece metal work in the valley. The intricate woodcarvings in five storied Nyatapola temple and Peacock window of Pujarimath Complex are noticeable. Besides, the old houses and the lifestyle of Newari people remind us of medieval era. From Bhaktapur,we head northeast to Nagarkot which is 20 km from Bhaktapur and at an altitude of 2200m from the sea level. We bike along the narrow, paved road carved out of the hills with terraced fields and pine vegitations. We stay overnight inNagrkot.
Day 06: Nagarkot-Sankhu- Kathmandu The morning rewards us with a beautiful sunrise view over the Himalayas. After breakfast, we paddle down to the river and then up to Kattiki. We continue onwards with a heavy workout on hands and brakes. As we enter Sankhu Village, we leave our bikes down and climb up stairs to visit the shrine of Tantrik Goddess Vajrajogini venerated equally by Buddhist and Hindus. From Sankhu, we pass Gokarna Safari Park and via Boudhanth we ride back to Kathmandu.
Day 07: Kathmandu- Daman (80 km) The thrills of bike ride begin today. After leaving Kathmandu valley, the road descends 27 km down to Naubise, a roadside bazaar from where we take the road, which forks, to the left. This is Tribhuwan Highway, which was only the link between Kathmandu and the rest of the kingdom until the construction of KTM-Mughling- Narayangarh Highway. Tribhuwan Highway is less crowded and offers splendid view of Majestic Himalayas at Daman. From Naubise, we start a 35-km climb to Tistung at 2100m, through terraced fields carved out into the steep hillsides. Across this pass, after a 7 km descent, comes a beautiful Palung Valley and again an ascent of 9 km brings you to Daman at 2300m where you will stay overnight in lodge or fixed tents.
Day 08: Daman- Hetauda This morning, if you are lucky the weather will be very clear to offer you the sparking view of a wide range of Himalayas from Dhaulagiri in the west to Mt. Everest in the east. Daman has its reputation as the best hill station in Nepal for the best view of majestic Himalayas. After breakfast, you will descend 60 km down along the oak and rhododendron bush until you reach Hetauda, one of the industrial city of Nepal.
Day 09: Hetauda-Chitwan From here, you will head towards west along the broad Mahendra Highway, also called East-West Highway. You will come across different inhabitation and sub tropical scenery to Tandi Bazaar from where, you will be picked up and transferred to jungle camp of Chitwan National Park. Dinner and overnight stay in camp/ bungalow.
Day 10: Jungle Safari activities Today, you will be quite busy with jungle safari activities. In the morning after breakfast, you will go for river tour on a traditional dug out canoe in order to explore the aquatic life of Chitwan National Park. Besides focussing kingfishers, lapwings, storks, goose, mergansers etc with your binoculars, you may also have chance to discover the Gharial crocodile taking sun bask on the sand bank which you may mistaken for a wooden log. After the canoe trip, you can explore on foot the flora and fauna of the park. In the afternoon, you will again go in the park on elephant in search of Rhino, Leopards, sloth bears, 4 species of deer, monkeys, wild boar, birds and of course, the Royal Bengal Tiger if you are lucky. In the evening, there will be cultural programs performed by Tharu tribal people. Overnight in camp/ bungalow.
Day 11: Chitwan – Bhairahawa (90 km)’ The distance is very large butroad isin good condition. We follow the Mahendra Highway also known as East- West highway. We come across many roadside bazaars and weekly markets and will have opportunity to witness the life of people living in Terai. Bhairahawa is an industrial city from where Indian boarder is just 3 kilometers.
Day 12: Bhairahawa- Lumbini- Bhairahawa (22+ 22 km): Today we make a pilgrimage tour to Lord Buddha’s birthplace called Lumbini. An Ashokan pillar with an inscription stands there at the very palce to mark the spot. In the side is a pool where queen Maya Devi took bath before she gave birth to Siddartha Gautam Buddha. You will see the ruins of ancient monastery nearby the pillar. You will ride back to Bhairahawa for your overnight stay.
Day13: Bhairahawa- Tansen (65 km): We ride along Siddarth Highway, named after Lord Buddha. A gradual climb of 41 kilometer brings us to Tansen at 1343m. Tansen is one of the most beautiful places in Nepal and is worth visiting. From Tansen, we can enjoy a magnificent Himalayan panorama view.
Day 14: Tansen- Pokhara: (117) We continue our ride on the Siddarth Highway along the river. When you feel that, you are exhausted you will catch bus or supporting vehicle will pick you up and bring to Pokhara.
Day 15: Biking Tours in Pokhara. After breakfast, the biking tour commences. The surrounding area of Pokhara, calm and pollution free, provides an excellent opportunity for trail riding. Biking destinations are Mahendra Cave in Batulechaur village, Davis fall and Cave of Gupteswor Mahadev in Chhorepatan, Tibetan villages’ etc. It is fun riding along the banks of Phewa Lake. You can also go, 15 km east, to Rupa and Begnas Taals (Lakes), which are second and third largest lakes, after Phewa Lake in Pokhara Valley. These lakes, despite being so near, are visited by quite few tourists. You will come back to your hotel in Pokhara fore overnight stay.
Day 16:Pokhara- Naudanda.
Today you will ride to Sarangkot and further to Naudanda, which is an excellent trip. You have to leave hotel early and first ride along lakeside, towards the mountains to the intersection with Manaswara road. Continue straight on to the north. You will continue until you join the trail heading up an extremely steep spiral to Sarangkot. Sarangkot has splendid view of Annapurna South, Dhaulagiri, AnnapurnaI, Machhapuchre and other peaks. From Sarangkot, take left towards Naudanda along the spine of the ridge before joining the Pokhara- Baglung Highway which connects Pokhara with Lumle. Overnight lodge in Naudanda.(1600m).
Day17: Naudanda- Nayapul
Today you bike downhill along the tranquil but snaking motor able road of Pokhara Baglung Highway with spectacular view Of Himalayan panorama in the right and steep down slope ending to the river in the left. You reach to Nayapul in the afternoon and have lunch and ride back to Pokhara
Day 18: Pokhra- Mugling: We leave Pokhra and bike down through roadside bazaars like Dumre and Damauli. We further ride to Mugling, the junction of Kathmandu- Narayngarh road and Kathmandu- Pokhara highway. Overnight in Lodge.
Day 19: Mugling- Kathmandu We continue our ride along the emerald green Trishuli River till Simapni.At Naubise, we will climb with spectacular views on the Ganesh Himal mountain chain. From Nagdhungha, we paddle down to the valley and arrive In Kathmandu.
Day 20: Transfer to Airport for departure.