|: Moderate to Difficult
|: 6 Nights/7 Days
|: 2350 meters
|: Mountain Biking
|: Lodge Trekking
Mountain biking around the Kathmandu Valley rim is a short and exceptionally enjoyable tranquil trip that takes you through typical picturesque rural villages of Nepal, splendid pristine forests of rhododendron and pine, terraced farmlands, and legendary temples and monasteries. The journey provides breathtaking views of the majestic Annapurna, Ganesh Himal, Langtang, Manaslu, and many other mountain ranges. Along the way, you’ll be treated to splendid vistas of both sunrise and sunset against the backdrop of the Himalayas, as well as a bird’s-eye view of the valley. The exploration includes visits to Kakani, Mulkharka, Chisapani, and Nagarkot.
Throughout the trip, you’ll experience a serene atmosphere and a natural scenic setting that makes the journey truly amazing and blissful. The tranquil route offers a unique blend of cultural and natural beauty, making it an ideal adventure for those seeking a short but rejuvenating escape into the heart of Nepal’s captivating landscapes.
Meet, assist upon arrival in Katmandu airport by our representative and escort to hotel in
Short briefing at the hotel about the itinerary and the do’s and don’ts with a welcome drink for
about 15 minutes. Hand over the keys to the respective rooms of the guests.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu (No Meals)
Breakfast at hotel
AM: Visit Kathmandu City and Swayambhunath Stupa
Kathmandu city: The seat of royalty till the last century, Kathmandu Durbar Square is a
wondrous cluster of ancient temples, palaces, courtyards and streets. Kumari, the living
Goddess, the stone carved statue of ferocious Kal Bhairav, erotic carvings glorifying the art
works in the temples, the giant temple of the Goddess Taleju and image of Shiva and Parvati
peering outside through the window are just a few of the most noteworthy attractions in the
area. One can’t help but admire the exceptionally attractive woodcarvings, statues and buildings
that are cluster in the area.
Continue to Swoyambhunath stupa: A golden spire crowning a conical wooded hill,
Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Katmandu
valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spires are visible from many miles and from all
sides of the valley. Historical records found on a stone inscription give evidence that the stupa
was already an important Buddhist pilgrimage destination by the 5th century AD.
PM: Visit to Patan city: Nowhere else can be seen such a compression of marvellous
monuments within a limited space like in the Patan Durbar Square. Besides the old royal palace,
which dominates all others in grace and grandeur, here is the 17th-century Krishna Mandir.
Entirely made of stone, this shikhara-style structure with 21 pinnacles is dedicated to Lord
Krishna, a saviour deity in Hindu pantheon, and is equally noted for rare stone carvings on its
walls, which depict various episodes of the epic wars of Ramayana and Mahabharata. Other
landmarks within the Square are Tusha-hity (water spout), Sundari Chowk, Taleju Temple and
the Keshav Narayan Chowk. The Hiranyavarna Mahavihar (Golden temple), Rudravarna
Mahavihar and the terra-cotta temple of Mahabouddha are other highlights in the vicinity.
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu (B)
KATHMANDU TO KAKANI (2066M) 4/5 HRS RIDE
Start riding after breakfast in the morning. We leave the city behind and head through the urban
streets via Nagarjun Forest hill tinpiple and then follow the rural area begin to see. From here
we have a 21km road climb with stunning valley scenery along the way to the hill station at
Kakani (2066m). Enjoy a night in a local hotel with your first views of the Himalaya those you
see are, Mt. Langtang Lirung (7,246m), Shisha pangma, Dorje Lakpa, Gannesh himal and
beyond. Your guide will lead you in the village to explore more by the evening before meal.
Overnight at Simple Teahouse Lodge in Kakani (B, L & D)
As usual, after breakfast is the general time to start the ride. Tough day of riding starts off with
some super single track along a route we call the Scar Road along the National Park.
Things get exciting as we enter the jungle and the track narrows. Emerge from the jungle onto a
flat jeep trail that traces the valley rim for 7km. The next section we call ‘30 min of heaven’, a
sweeping single track in the Jungle with great turns and descents. Re-join the jeep track and
climb for a further 3 km before the trail again begins to descend again about 9km of super fun
rocky trail, single track and pure jungle scenery to Mulkharka and halt for overnight after
awesome 19 km.
Overnight at Simple Teahouse Lodge in Mulkharka (B, L & D)
Obvious jeep track continue ride along the National park. Need to push a bit uphill trail for the
first hour to cross other side of National park then trail flattens out then join the track on the
gate way of Helembu and Langtang trek then we crossed out the kathmandu valley and pause to
look the breath taking views of snow peaks such as Gaurishankar in the east and Annapurna
range to the west.
Overnight at Simple Teahouse Lodge in Chisapani (B, L & D)
Leaving the back drop of Shivapuri National park at Chisapani, we follow the ridge and re trace
our steps of yesterday for about 6km to target for Nagarkot; if the day is clear we see Himalayan
views as we ride. Continue on the undulating, rugged jeep track for around 12 km until we reach
an intersection with a narrow path leading downwards. Follow this steep single track down to
Jhule Village where there is a small teahouse. We can stop here for food and drinks, probably
Lunch. From Jhule the trail proceeds downwards carving through the hill side, it’s quite
technical trail that we carry for to skip few minutes ride. We join another jeep track and follow
its gentle course for 7km until we again climb upwards. The last 3km to Nagarkot is steady
uphill, where we halt for a night. Once again weather permitting; we should be confronted with
brilliant views of unparallel panorama including villages, crops fields terrace and snow peaks on
Overnight at hotel in Nagarkot (B, L & D)
This is the most famous hill station in Kathmandu Valley among the other places. A popular
destination that boasts simply breath-taking views of the Himalaya from Everest in the East to
Annapurna in the West. Having breakfast with the stunning panorama in the morning and
some photo session each member with their camera, we ride down hill jeep track through the
local villages and pause for lunch at the Changu Nayaran Temple which is one of the oldest
Temples and World heritage site in the Valley. Cycle along the site rejoining the main road for
5km to another ancient and heritage site listed city Bhaktapur will remind you European rival
architectures. We then ride through behind the Pasupatinath Temple (Hindu cremation area)
then catch up the busy road for a while till you get back into the heart of Kathmandu and check
Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu (B & L)
Free till departure and later on transfer to International airport to connect onward flight
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