Mountain biking is the best way to experience the rural Nepal. It happens possible to escape from paved roads to ride on tracks and trails to remote and rarely visited areas of the country. For an independent traveller, this is the best alternative way to avoid crowds of buses and to stop as you wish. Nepal offers challenging climbs to thousand of meters to reach some spectacular viewpoints and a reward of exhilarating descents. The Kathmandu valley has a vast network of village tracks and trails. Mountain biking gives a perfect chance to explore the valley’s wealth of temples, Stupas and mediaeval towns.
Biking Equipments And Accessories
1.) A 3-season sleeping bag rated to zero
2.) T-shirts (cotton and short sleeved)
3.) Long sleeve shirt or light pullover (Polypropylene is recommended)
4.) Cycling shorts long and short both needed for the unexpected weather
5.) Waterproof windbreaker with a hood and wind trousers (make sure the material is "Breathable" for exercise)
6.) Cycling socks
7.) Cycling shoes
8.) Cycling gloves full and half
9.)Hat – suitable for cycling and sun protection.
10.) Micro-sensor Headband
1.) Sun glasses
2.) Suntan block or lotion
3.) Personal medication
4.) Camera and films
5.) Flash light / torch
6.) Plastic bags for wet cloths
7.) Needle, thread, and safety pins
9.) Mask for dust
10.) Water-bottle or Camelback
11.) Power bars & your choice of Medifast dry food purchased with coupons
Spare Bike Parts:
1. Inner tube
3. Puncture kit
4. Brake shoe
5. Mini-repair tools
6. Brake & gear wire
7. Bike oil
Day to Day Itinerary (8days):
Day 01;Arival in kathmandu and transfer in hotel
Day 02; after the breakfast drive to pokhara and stay in hotel kalikasthan
Day 03 :Pokhara-Kalikasthan-Begnas Tal
Breakfast on the front lawn overlooking the lake then we boat it to Lakeside to start our riding on a flat paved road till Bijayapur Khola, a journey of approx. 12km. After crossing the bridge we peddle left from the Army camp and ride alongside the river to Lapsidada and onwards to the beautiful village named Kalikasthan (this name comes from goddess Kali temple. The total uphill ride is 9km till Kalikasthan. Again we will have fantastic view of Annapurna, Manaslu and Daulagiri peaks from here. We take a lunch break here and cool off after the uphill from Bijayapur Khola. A touch of the local flavors and menu will be on offer as we lunch at the local store before we bike it about 6km downhill to Talchok. The terrain flattens out and then leaves a small uphill into our small island resort situated in between Begnas & Rupa Lake.
Total Distance: 42km
Day 04: Begnas-Rambazar-Bhorletar-Sisaghat
Today’s ride is mostly downhill over the 35kms that takes us further east and after just 4km of flat and a small climb we reach to Urchale Bhanjyang (Bhanjyang meaning small pass). Now, we have 12km downhill to Karputar and then we cross the Midim River and reach Bhorletar. It’s a small town with just a few shops to service the local settlements. We will take a break here and grab a snack from these local shops, giving a few insights to local culture and their way of life. After lunch, again it’ an easy ride that is mostly down to Sisaghat where we will stay in the local guesthouse. A basic overnight stay void of the normal western luxuries. Along the way, each and every place we visit on this route offers variations on food, culture and traditions. The road we travel was an old walking route from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Gorkha, before there was any road network connected.
Total Distance: 35km
Day 05: Sisaghat-Kunchha-Paudi-Tarkughat-Palungtar
Today, is a longer day on the trails with the first 25km mostly uphill till Kunchha. With it comes a beautiful ride via Soti Pasal and the many small shops where we will make our lunch stop and have a good chance to mingle with the locals where they are few & very friendly. After Kunchha, and having completed our uphill prior to lunch we now have earn’t a rewarding downhill except for the 1km uphill after crossing mighty Marsyangdi River. We pass through the town of Paudi and then ride alongside of Marsyangdi River via Tarphutar and onto Tarpughat. Our final destination for the day is a short ride beyond at Palungtar where we’ll find our Guest House. We might get to view some local celebrations and festivities if it you’re here in the festive season of October /November.
Total Distance: 55km
Day 06: Palungtar- Laxmi Bazar -Gorkha
Leaving Palungtar after a leisurely breakfast, we ride 5km beyond, uphill to Luitel Gaon and then to Satdobato (Satdobato: meaning seven trails meeting points), so its fairly obvious that many village trails meet at this point. We will enjoy fresh brewed Nepali tea and oranges (orange farming in this area is quite popular, every house having at least over 20 trees) whilst taking a break then leave the main trail and use a shortcut route to Chhepetar, which may require a short carry of our trusty bikes for just for 5 minutes once we have crossed the bridge at the Daraundi River. Daraundi will be our lunch spot, with some well stocked local goods and once recharged then we’ll tackle the mostly uphill but gradual climb to the historic City of Gorkha via Laxmi Bazar. Beautiful terraced farm land where whole hillsides bloom yellow from the flowering mustard plants during the months October to February make for a memorable sight. Gorkha is the ancient kingdom and old capital of the ex-Shah dynasty, who ruled until recently for 237 years in Nepal. Gorkha Dubar is on top of the hill just beyond the main town and we’ll visit in here in the evening. Overnight Guesthouse
Total Distance: 37km
Day 07: Gorkha – Kathmandu valley
From the ridgetop at Gorkha beautiful sunshine and spectacular views of Manaslu and Annapurna are the feature from your breakfast table. With Kathmandu our destination today we’ll make a warm up ride of 1km uphill then cruise into Phinam village on a flat dirt jeep tail before finding Taple to complete a lovely morning’s ride. It will be the beautiful villages on the way to Khanchok where we will have lunch; one of the last on trail lunches of our 7-day long tour. Another short climb to welcome after lunch as you bike into Ghyamsal. A big downhill awaits us just out of town and all the way into Arughat. Arughat was important place in the ancient time for the local trade. After a tea break, we pack our bikes on our bus and drive into the Kathmandu Valley over the next 4 hour.
Total Distance: 42km
Day 08: Back to home