Kathmandu Valley Rim Bike Tour

KATHMANDU VALLEY RIM BIKING TOUR

The Kathmandu valley offers some great mountain biking trails. We travel along little-used dirt roads away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Only a short bike ride away lies a delightful world of wooded slopes, small villages, hidden temples and the views which include all of the principal peaks of the Nepal Himalaya - from Makalu to the Annapurnas providing some excellent, easy to semi - technical single track riding along old jeep roads. Throughout the trip, we will experience all of the sights, sounds, tastes and smells that make up life in Nepal’s 'Middle Hills'. We will visit the historic cities of Basantapur, Bhaktapur and Patan; hill resort of Nagarkot with its sunrise view of the entire Nepal Himalaya and the temples; monasteries and picturesque villages tucked away in the forests along the way. We are so close to the chaos of Kathmandu, yet so far off the beaten tourist trail. This is a fun but challenging trip, suitable for those with some off-road biking experience, since a couple of trails are technical.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Day 02: Pre-trip meeting and ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,100m)

Day 03: Ride from Kakani to Budanilkantha (1,630m)

Day 04: Ride from Budanilkantha to Nagarkot (2,175m)

Day 05: Rest day at Nagarkot

Day 06: Ride from Nagarkot to Palanchowk (820m)

Day 07: Ride from Palanchowk to Dhulikhel (1,600m)

Day 08: Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali (1,445m)

Day 09: Ride from Balthali to Lakure Bhanjyang (1900 m)

Day 10: Ride from Lakre Bhanjyag to Kathmandu. (1,345m)

Day 11: Sightseeing in Kathmandu (on a private vehicle)

Day 12: Final departure from Nepal

Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Company signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transffered to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,100m)

After the meeting, we prepare our equipment and backpack, and then ride off to Kakani. We head through the bustling back streets of Thamel and on to good wide undulating jeep tracks alongside the Nagarjun forest. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular mountain views. On the way, taste the delicious trout fish farmed locally – which gives the route the name “Trout Highway”. We bike mostly uphill to Kakani, which is at 2,100m elevation. Once in our destination, we enjoy the stunning views of Ganesh and Langtang mountains and the valley of Likhu Khola 1,000m below. Overnight at a guesthouse.

Day 03 - Ride from Kakani to Budanilkantha (1,630m)

Head off on one of the best single tracks in the valley down towards the Budhanilkantha Temple (Sleeping Vishnu), passing through the Shivapuri National Park. Budhanilkantha is a remarkable 5th century statue of the Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of giant king snakes in the middle of small pond. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular panoramic mountain views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal on the way. Moreover, the hotel you’ll be staying at in Budhanilkantha is true resort established in a rural setting with culturally rich and naturally pristine environment whose garden harbors nearly 75 species of birds and 2,000 flowering trees and shrubs. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 4- Ride from Budanilkantha to Nagarkot (2,175m)

Today we head off towards Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal.Following the tarmac past Boudhanath, we take in clearer views of Kathmandu. We continue on ride to the Sankhu village and we stop here for lunch and explore this ancient town. From here we cycle along a jeep track road to wind our way up with a two-hour climb to Nagarkot – one of the most well known hillstations of the country. The views of the Himalayan mountain range from Nagarkot, especially from the Tower, more than compensate this arduous ascent. On a clear day, even Mt. Everest can be seen! We stay in Nagarkot at a guesthouse from where we can enjoy the sunset. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 05 - Rest day at Nagarkot

We take time to explore the numerous biking trails around Nagarkot, or just take some rest and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere at Nagarkot. You may also wish to visit Changu Narayan, a culturally rich temple not far from here. The temple complex includes one of the oldest Hindu temples in the Kathmandu valley and has intricate statues and stone tablets depicting ancient Hindu folklore. From here you can also enjoy good views of the valley and surrounding hills. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 06 - Ride from Nagarkot to Palanchowk (820m)

We will head down hill on a mix of single and jeep tracks. We descend through terraced paddy fields and small farming villages. We turn off to Phalanchowk and ascend 9km on a paved road .You'll visit the Bhagawati Temple, which houses one of the most beautiful and worshipped Bagawati goddess’ images in Nepal. The stunning image is carved of black stone and bedecked in jewelry. From your hilltop vantage point you'll have a spectacular view of the Himalaya and the surrounding valleys. Overnight at a guesthouse.

 

Day 07 - Ride from Palanchowk to Dhulikhel (1,600m)

After a wonderful night at Palanchowk, we start the day with an off-road descent. This stretch is technical but there is an easier option further west, which merges with the same trail. We cross the main road and continue 20km uphill to Dhulikhel and our hotel for the night. We have lunch here and for those who haven’t had enough rides, there is time in the afternoon to explore the local trails or the well-preserved town. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 08 - Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali (1,445m)

From Dhulikhel, we ride on the flat mostly-paved route to Balthali. The traditional village with ancient architecture of the houses and innumerable temples welcome us. This definitely allows for a great spot for sightseeing. The greenery and the farms make our ride very pleasant. The village of Balthali is tucked away behind the forest of Panauti and is considered as a naturally and culturally rich destination. The cozy hotel you’ll be at sports a bird’s eye view of green terrace field, massive surrounding hills and faint streaks of the Himalayas to the north. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 09 - Ride to Lakure bhanjyang to (1,545m)

Leaving Bhaktapur behind we head toward north-west on jeep tracks and single tracks, passing paddy fields along the gorgeous and serene forest of Phulchowki on our way to Godavari. The Godvari Botanical Garden hosts a wide range of exotic and indigenous plants in its famous gardens. It has been of prime importance for scientific research and observation, and is popular among both the locals and tourists because of its pleasing landscape surrounded by evergreen natural forest. You can feel a sense of tranquility and refreshment in Godvari, which also has innumerable hiking spots, including of course, Phulchowki hill – the highest point in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 10 - Ride from Lakure to Kathmandu (1,345), via Patan Durbar Square

We spend time exploring some exciting trails near Godavari then onto excellent off-road trails close to Kathmandu, a pleasant conclusion to our thrilling biking session! On the way, we will pay a visit to the Patan Durbar Square, which is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan's religious and social life, and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. We return to the hustle and bustle of Thamel on tarmac roads and celebrate our completion of this rewarding trip. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 11 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Your sightseeing trip will start at around 7.00am after a hearty breakfast. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple - a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, Pokhara sightseeing, trekking, rafting & bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities. Overnight at a hotel.

 

Day 12- Final departure from Nepal

our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

 

Cost Includes:

All land transport in private vehicle including airport transfers, Support Vehicle

3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary

All accommodation in best available teahouse

All meals as per itinerary

Professional Mountain Bike Guide

All permits and entry fees

Welcome dinner and traditional Dance

 

Cost Excludes:

Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses

Sleeping Bags

Personal Travel and Evacuation Insurance (Compulsory)

Mountain Bikes