NEPAL MOUNTAIN BIKING

This tour offers the best of the sights of Kathmandu and surrounding areas, but experienced from the saddle of your bike. After enjoying the sights of Kathmandu we drive to the remote villages of Khokana and Bungamati, home to numerous 14th Century temples and old architecture. We then head uphill on jeep tracks through forests to the village of Champi and and Lele and then on to Chapagaon village which offers excellent views of Kathmandu Valley. The route covers single tracks, hard surfaces and steep ascents with some narrow ridges.

 

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Best: May to October

Tour: 6 Days

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Nepal Mountain Bike Itinerary

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Arrival and transfer to Hotel.

 

Day-2: Kathmandu to Bishankhu, via Bungamati and Lele (45km with no significant altitude gain)

After breakfast and hopefully a clear view of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals, we descend and cross over the Bagmati River by swing footbridge. We carry our bikes uphill for a short distance to reach the picturesque villages of Khokana and Bungamati, home to numerous 14th Century temples, such as the Shekali Mai, nature valley goddess temple in Khokana. In the main square of Bungamati , we will visit to Machhendranath, the compassionate god of agricultural prosperity, who is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists. We then climb southwards on jeep tracks through forests to the village of Champi and and Lele. Continuing north, we descend to Chapagaon village which offers excellent views of Kathmandu Valley.  After lunch we continue along the jeep track to the southern end of the valley, reaching the foot of Bishanku Narayan temple. We then cycle clockwise round this heavily forested knoll, where it is said by folklore that the land is fertilised by Bhasamurs ashes. Here we head towards east on single track to join a tarmac road passing through the village of Lubhu , known for its handmade cloth. We stay in the lodge here, near the Farm House.

 

Day-3:Bisankhu to to Nagarkot (28km with 600m altitude gain)

Early morning farm activities awake us as we enjoy the sunrise from the terrace. After breakfast, we ride to the medieval town of Bhaktapur . This restored old city is full of temples and courtyards. After spending sometime exploring this ancient city, we head northeast  passing lush rice fields the base of Nagarkot where we join a steep jeep track. We climb to a narrow ridge where there are some great single-track rides. The track brings us to the temple complex of Changu Narayan where, in the sixth and seventh centuries, Newari stone masons made beautiful carvings to Lord Vishnu.  From here we descend the North side of the ridge along a jeep track to the Manohara River . Crossing the river can be tricky depending on the monsoon rains. We have lunch once reaching the other side of the river and then continue north to the village of Sankhu and the Bajra Yogini (a Tantric goddess) temple complex. It is believed that this goddess was the motivating force behind Manjushri, who drained the lake that once filled the Kathmandu Valley . We then climb steeply to the summit of Nagarkot. Overnight

 

Day-4: Rest day or off-road ride and Nagarkot summit (10km)

If you don't want to rest, there is an optional morning or afternoon ride. The three hour morning ride ascends the southern slopes to soak in sweeping views to the whole valley and Jugal Himal. This ride returns to the Hotel for lunch. The three hour afternoon ride goes to the Nagarkot tower at the summit (2,165m), for the fantastic views of the Himalayas . We ride on paved and jeep road. Overnight at Hotel Country Villa.

 

Day-5: Nagarkot to Panchkhal

and then to Dhulikhel, Back to Kathmandu (65) Km with 1000m descent to river and 700m altitude gain to the Resort). The day begins with an exciting descent along a single track passing through several villages and small ancient shrines, with fantastic views of the Himalayas . Soon after the Tamang village of Balwapati, we enter a section of slippery stony road and also learn the Nepali phrase "raato maato chiplo baato" means, red mud and slippery trail. We reach the village of Lamsai , overlooking the Indrawati River after hard work by a demanding slippery stony road. From here we join a jeep road that follows the Chok Khola (River), a tributary of Indrawati River , winding our way through a golden sea of rice crops. After 1000m of downhill, a dusty jeep road leads us to the Friendship 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. We have the choice to continue the ride on the paved road of Friendship highway or on the off road. Then were on the way back to Kathmandu. Hotel Overnight.

 

Day-6: Final Departure

 

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