Kathmandu is the largest and the most prominent of the three cities that constitute the valley. Also being the capital city it has more of the western influence than the rest but one can always go back into the past to see the Kathmandu in the bygone days. The cities medieval form is never too far away from reach. The artistic temples and shrines in the periphery of the ancient palaces and Durbar squares are the constant reminder of the history of this once ancient city.
Our varied day biking trips within Kathmandu Valley allows you to enjoy its hidden pockets rarely frequented by westerners thus giving you a chance to see the other back side of Kathmandu.
Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu-Transfer in Hotel
Day 2: Sightseeing in Kathmandu.Back to Hotel
Day 3: Bike through the busting back streets of Thamel. Arrive at Nagarjun Forest(the Queen’s Forest) where we head off-road, starting with good wide undulating track before a long 10km climb up through the jungle. At the bottom we transfer or for the seriously fit ride the last 22km on the back road up to Kakani. Our campsite, set in a reserve at 2000m, enjoys stunning views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal and the valley of Likhu Khola 1000m below. Ride 55km. Camp/lodge at Kakani.
Day 4: Bike to Budhanilkantha. Following the valley rim we stay high above Kathmandu and continue on single track down hill and traverse towards Nagi Gompa, a Buddhist Tibetan Monastery. We camp in or near the grounds giving sufficient time to absorb the rich Tibetan culture and see the evening Puja. Ride 28km. Camp at Nagi Gompa.
Day 5: Continuing on our way we ride on a mixture of jeep trail & single track through the Shivapuri Reserve. Part of the route is on the Helambu trekking trail. Our final destination is Chisapani .Enjoy oustanding views of Annapurna Himal.The ride is 30km, with 4×4 vehicle support and a picnic lunch on the way.-Ride 33km Tea House at Chisapani.
Day6: We ride down from Chisapani into the NE corner of the KTM valley, then it’s on to a mix of single and jeep track to wind our way to Nagarkot, our route will depend on the condition of the trails. Overnight in Hotel.
Day 7: Today we explore the trails around Nagarkot or you can take a rest day. There are numerous off-road routes possible today either road, or wide dirt and single track. We have a choice of day rides ending at the medieval town of Bhaktapur for lunch then time to look around before transfer back up the hill to Nagarkot, or ride up the road if you wish. Also it’s possible to visit Changu Narayan, a must for those interested in culture – the ancient temple complex here, which includes the oldest Hindu temple in the valley – it’s on the way and enjoys commanding views over the valley and it’s fine statues are the best outside the National Museum. O/N Hotel.
Day 8: The ‘Retread’ Trails. This is an epic single track descent through terraced paddy fields and small villages that lead us to the Indrawati River. We will stop to take photos as the Himalayas are right behind us all the way down and also makes offerings at the local temples to help ensure that we remember those technical skills when we need them. After 1000m of downhill a jeep road leads us to the Freedom Highway, the main road to Tibet. We have lunch in a secret spot by the river before the long climb back up to the valley rim. For most this is best done in the support vehicle. Ride 65km. O/N Hotel.
Day 9: Taking the new Japanese dirt road to Panauti, a soared site for burning your dead. Then it is a mix of wide and narrow trail that gently climbs up the Lakhure Bhanjyang before a steep descent to Lubhu and to the Judy Farm House set in the grounds of the Appropriate Agriculture Alternative farm that provides all the special foods for the top hotels in KTM. Time to laze around and look around the farm before a sumptuous dinner. Ride 34km. AAA Farm House.
Day 10: We explore the valley floor South of the city now, stopping in Bungamati, having lunch here which is a view point of the whole valley floor, before riding on past Dakshin Kali, a Hindu live sacrifice spot, near the hotel. Ride 40km. Dakshin Kali Village Inn.
Day 11: We spend the morning sampling some exciting trails that lead up and across the valley rim to the south and on to the Kulekhani Dam Site. A picturesque lake, which provides the backdrop on our last night out of Kathmandu and out last under canvas. Ride 35km. Markhu Camp (Kulekhani).
Day 12: Today we ride up past the end of the Kulekhani Lake on wide dirt trail to Palung and then take a broken tarmac road descent to Naubise and out transport back to Kathmandu. We stop at Swoyambhunath Stupa for lunch and a look around on the way into the city. From here we ride back to the Guesthouse through the bustling streets of Kathmandu to our hotel. Ride 55km. O/N Hotel.
Day 13: Leisure day in Kathmandu for shopping or start optional programme.
Day 14: Departure or start optional programme.
The Cost Includes:
- Mountain bikes with helmet, water bottle, biking guide with mechanical backup, support vehicle
- All entry fees
- 11 nights accommodation on full board and twin sharing basis
- 2 nights Kathmandu (Thamel) accommodation on twin sharing room only basis & packed lunch during biking days.
- Drinks and any items of personal interest
- Insurance and
- Emergency evacuation/rescue.