In and Around Kathmandu Valley Mountain Biking Tour..
- Day 1 Kathmandu to Dhulikhel via Bhaktapur (distance covered 40 km with 600m altitude gain) The mountain biking tour 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 2 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 3 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 1 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 2 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 3 Dhulikhel- Namobuddha- Panauti- Dhulikhel
- Day 4 Dhulikhel- Bhaktapur