Kathmandu valley offers some of the great mountain biking trails. We travel along little-used dirt roads away from 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 Annapurna’s 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 ancient cities of Basantapur, Bhaktapur and Patan; the hill resort of Nagarkot with its fabulous sunrise and sunset views of the entire Nepal Himalaya and the temples; monasteries and picturesque village residing 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. It is suitable for those with some off-road biking experience, since a couple of trails are technical.
Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1345meters).
Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying our Company signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
Pre-trip meeting and ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,100m)
After the brief meeting, we prepare our equipment and backpack, and then head towards 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 and glamourous mountain views. On the way, we taste the delicious trout fish farmed locally.This place is also famous for trout fish. We bike mostly uphill to Kakani.It is at 2,100m elevation. Once we reach to our destination, we enjoy the stunning and crystal clear views of Ganesh and Langtang mountains and the valley of Likhu Khola 1,000m below. Overnight at a guesthouse.
Ride from Kakani to Budanilkantha (1,630m)
Heading off to the best single tracks in the valley down towards the Budhanilkantha Temple (Sleeping Vishnu).during this trip we will be 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 will 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.
Ride from Budanilkantha to Nagarkot (2,175m)
Today we head towards Boudhanath,It is also 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 .It is one of the most well known hill stations of the country. The views of the Himalayan mountain range from Nagarkot, especially from the Tower, more than compensate this difficult climb. On a clear day, even Mt. Everest can be seen from Nagarkot ! We stay in Nagarkot at a guesthouse from where we can enjoy the sunset views in the evening.
Overnight at a hotel.
Rest day at Nagarkot
We take time to travel around the various biking trails around Nagarkot, or just take some rest and enjoy the enjoyable environment 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.
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.
Ride from Palanchowk to Dhulikhel (1,600m)
After a great 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.
Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali (1,445m)
We ride on the flat mostly-paved route to Balthali. The traditional village with ancient architecture of the houses and numerous 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.
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 Godavari, which also has innumerable hiking spots, including of course, Phulchowki hill – the highest point in the Kathmandu valley. Overnight at a hotel.
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.
Final departure from Nepal
Our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuwan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.