Cycling

Cycling

11
Days
Price £1692.00 (Excluding flights)

The ultimate mountain biking challenge – ride with views of the highest mountains in the world!  As we skirt along the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Pokhara you will have glorious views of the Langtang and Annapurna range and catch glimpses of Mt. Everest. Land-locked Nepal is home to eight of the world's ten tallest mountains and to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 m/ 20,000 ft above sea level.

This cycle challenge will take us from the ancient Kathmandu Valley through Bhaktapur and Gorkha before heading to lakeside Pokhara. The bike tour ends in Pokhara, once on the trade route between India and China, and now the base for trekkers on the Annapurna circuit. 

We will cover 347km over 9 days of cycling mainly off-road. There are some first-class single-track trails to gentler dirt roads. Many roads and trails traverse the mountains, and our route winds up and down hillsides. We will cycle on a mixture of surfaces – from jeep-width dirt trails to single tracks to paved roads. There is some technical riding involved, with the added challenge of cycling at higher altitudes than most are used to. This trip is fully supported, and weary cyclists can take breaks in the support vehicles if required.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival

We will meet at the hotel in Kathmandu and spend the rest of the day sightseeing. Also known as the Monkey Temple, Swoyambhunath will be our first stop. This buddhist temple located on a hilltop above Kathmandu is a UNESCO World Heritage site and it is one of the ultimate experiences of Kathmandu. We will continue on to another UNESCO Heritage Site, Durbar Square, located in the heart of the city surrounded with spectacular architecture showcasing skills of the Newar artists and craftsmen over several centuries. After afternoon of sightseeing, we will meet for dinner and briefing. Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Cycle to Nagarkot

After breakfast we will drive to Nagarkot – a hill station famous for its Himalayan views. From there we will cycle 4km uphill, surrounded by thick forest of pine trees, to the highest point of Nagarkot Tower. On a clear day, we will be able to enjoy views from Ganesh Himal to Everest. From there we will cycle downhill to Nala on dirt trails until reaching Bhaktapur – an ancient Newar town that has preserved its culture as well as its cobbled streets, temples, gilded roofs, open courtyards and palaces. We’ll take around an hour to explore this UNESCO World Heritage town. We cycle on side roads back to Kathmandu via the Guheshwori Temple, for a true insight into the typical village life in the Kathmandu Valley. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 35km

Day 3: Kathmandu to Kakani

After breakfast we will get back on our bikes and cycle to the hill station town of Kakani at 2,073m (6,800ft). Today we’ll mostly ride uphill, with a little bit of traffic initially, which will decrease after crossing Balaju Water Garden towards Nargarjun Forest. We gradually climb to Mudkhu intersection, from where it is nice and flat down to Teenpiple. It’s a steady climb to Kakani on a nicely paved road, which offers beautiful views cycling through terraced farm land, forests and valleys. As we climb the last 4 km to Kakani, the beautiful Langtang range greets us on the left. Enjoy the great views of the Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal and Trisuli Valley. A fully tented camp with Sherpa crew will greet us at Kakani. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 27km

Day 4: Cycle to Trishuli

Eat breakfast whilst watching sunrise and then cycle downhill on paved roads towards Trishuli. Reaching the bottom, we are greeted by the gushing white waters of the mighty Trisuli River at the entrance to the Trisuli Valley. We will pass several settlements and a few trout fish farms as we proceed deeper into Himalayan foothills, before reaching the town of Trisuli Bazaar. The trails become flatter and wider once we pass Tadi, before reaching our tented camp. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 46km

Day 5: Trishuli to Gorkha

After breakfast we continue cycling along the Trisuli River on a semi-paved road to Galchhi. We will then take our support vehicle to Gorkha, a former capital of Nepal, where we will tour the historic Royal Palace of the former Shah dynasty, residing on top of a hill at 1,135 m (3,281 ft). Gorkha is also the home of the great Gurkha warriors - who fought with knives called Khukuris, against guns and developed a fearsome reputation. After sightseeing we will move on to a tented camp where we will stay for the night. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 36km

Day 6: Cycle from Gorkha to Sundar Bazar

Ride downhill from Gorkha descending 600m in 10 kilometres joining a paved road at the end, which will take us to the Madi river crossing. Here we will cross the river via a suspension bridge and continue cycling before stopping for lunch in the town of Turture. After lunch, we continue on the paved road for the next 14 km before we have a 2-km climb to reach Sundar Bazar. We camp next to a stream on the outskirts of this bustling town. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 45km

Day 7: Cycle to Kalasti

Here we take a break and drink some local tea before heading westwards to Kumalgaon. We regroup before heading north on dirt trails and ride mostly uphill to Bhorletar, passing typical, small Nepali villages on the way. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 40km

Day 8: Kalasti to Begnas Lake

Today will one of the most challenging days of this trip, as we cycle mostly uphill and on dirt tracks. We will be however rewarded by amazing Himalayan views once again. Stop for lunch at Sarke Bhaniyana before descending to down to the picturesque Begnas Lake where we will set up camp for the night. . The fantastic Himalayan views dominated by the peaks of the Annapurnas plus the lake views will surely leave a lasting impression. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 30km

Day 9: Begnas Lake to Kali Hill

Get back on the road after breakfast, again cycling mostly uphill for the first 15km on red dirt trails to the top of Tiwari Danda, where we will have a chance to take in stunning views of Begnal Lake, if weather permits. We will carry on cycling onto Kalikasthan and Kali Temple and the spot for our overnight camp. We'll have a bird’s eye view of Pokhara Valley and our final destination. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 28km

Day 10: Cycle to Pokhara

Our final day of cycling will consist of a mix of dirt and paved trails. Ride through local villages before joining the main road into Pokhara Lakeside, the main tourism hub of Pokhara and Nepal’s second largest city. After lunch, we’ll have time to explore Pokhara's many cafes or to hire a boat and spend some time on the lake. After nine days of this cycling challenge, it is time to relax! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Distance: 40km

Day 11: Departure

We will transfer back to Pokhara centre after breakfast from where you can move on to your next adventure or travel back home. Meals: Breakfast

Location

 

Adventure includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Support vehicles
  • Guides
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Bike hire

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses

Bookings

Making a booking

The deposit for this trip is £198

Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at info@inspiredescapes.com or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.

Dates

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Sunday 9th Sep 2018 - Wednesday 19th Sep 2018 £1,692
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Dates

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Sunday 7th Oct 2018 - Wednesday 17th Oct 2018 £1,692
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Dates

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Sunday 10th Feb 2019 - Wednesday 20th Feb 2019 £1,692
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