Classic Nepal Mountain Bike Tour - 14 Days

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    14 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    2300 m

  • Difficulty

    moderate

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Classic Nepal Mountain Bike Tour Overview

Nepal has always been an appealing destination due to its natural and cultural beauty but a diverse selection of expedition and adventure activities has contributed significantly to Nepal's global popularity. And mountain biking is one of them that provides a freeing sense of freedom in travel, allowing you to stop whenever you choose and avoiding crowded buses and claustrophobic cabs. Also, allows you to get off the beaten path and ride tracks and ancient walking trails to distant, seldom-visited parts of the nation.

The Classic Nepal Mountain Bike Tour lets you discover the colorful world of Nepal via the country's winding hill lowland roads, verdant habitat, and natural setting. Ideal for the riders searching for something less extreme than the high Himalayas, this 2 weeks round trip introduces you to the diverseness of Nepal in terms of geography, vegetation, and culture. 

It is a very fun adventure experience since the landscape changes every mile or so which sometimes overwhelms your senses. Once you cycle your way through meadows that cover the land like green silk, and next you will encounter deep trenches, high climbs that cling tightly to your bike to overcome the turns, and curves to get on top, redefining your boundaries.

That's the effect this 14 days biking package has on you - you emerge and redefine your boundaries & your inhibitions. 

Our Classic Nepal Mountain Bike Tour makes a round trip to Nepal that starts and finishes in the busy center, of Kathmandu. Open blue skies, green landscapes, snowy mountain backdrops, and attractive villages will pique your interest in cycling as soon as you leave Kathmandu. You get to experience the alpine vegetation of the Himalayan foothills and the tropical savanna climate of the lowlands Terai. 

With all those rides, the bike path will be fascinating when riders will experience many steep climbs, descents, dirt roads, jeep trails, cobbled paths, suspension bridges, the path between forests, and many exciting trails. 

The journey is not limited to adventure, but it also becomes a list of permanent memories of a lifetime in a nation with an abundance of ancient history, colorful culture and tradition, and first-class topography.

Himalayan Trekkers are always pushing travelers' needs and want to explore Nepal in their style. The concepts and objectives of the travelers will be appreciated to boost the program.

Highlights of Classic Mountain Biking Tour

  • Ride through the secret alleyways and courtyards around Thamel 
  • Take in the color of the markets and the lifestyle of the Kathmandu people
  • Relish the breathtaking vista of the beautiful sunrise over the high mountain peaks
  • Experience off-road, normal, and steep rides 
  • Visit communities and people who live in historically, aesthetically, and culturally rich environments
  • Lovely journey across the countryside
  • First Goat Cheese Factory in Nepal 
  • Culture and lifestyle of the Gopali people, the descendants of the Gopala Dynasty, the first dynasty that ruled Nepal 
  • Jungle safaris and jungle walks with fascinating Tharu cultural dance in Chitwan 

When to go for Classic Nepal Mountain Bike Tour?

Rides can be made all year except the monsoon season, from June to early September as the off-road tracks and steep trails can be wet and sloppy. However, spring (March to May) and fall (September to November) are considered to be the best seasons, when there is less or no rain and visibility is better. The beautiful sky and temperate temperatures make these months ideal for mountain biking tours. Experienced riders or those who seek thrills and are okay with the harsh cold of December, January, and February, can make rides in the winter. Even in December and January, days can be sunny and even warm anywhere up to around 3000 meters, while snow may be experienced as low as 2000 meters on occasion.

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

A representative from Himalayan Trekkers will meet you at Tribhuvan International Airport and transport you to the hotel, which is located in the heart of Kathmandu, Thamel – the tourist hub of Nepal.

Depending on your arrival time, you may have time to explore Thamel's streets, sights, and stores, or relax after your journey, before joining your guides for a pre-discussion session where they will go over the tour and activities for the next day. Also, we will inspect the bikes and gears thoroughly. 

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Introduction with Bikers & Sightseeing in Kathmandu

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

If you were unable to meet your fellow bikers and guide the previous day, you will be able to do so today morning at the Himalayan Trekkers office.

Following the meeting, you will be able to explore the bustle and color of Kathmandu city winding through secret passageways and courtyards. We will ride to some of Kathmandu's most famous monuments, including the Kathmandu Durbar Square – one of the three royal palace complexes in Kathmandu Valley, the local markets of Ason, Indrachowk, Newroad, and Thahity, Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) – a Vajrayana Buddhist site, Boudhanath Stupa – one of the biggest stupa reflecting Mahayana Buddhism, and Pashupatinath Temple – one of the oldest and prominent Hindu pilgrimage site. 

You can do the last minutes shopping if you are short of any gear needed for this tour. Thamel is the biggest marketplace for tours and travels gears. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Ride to Daman (3 Options Available)

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 2300 M

Following a warm and hearty breakfast, your guide will be leading you and your fellow riders toward the beautiful settlement of Daman. Daman, without doubt, boasts the greatest view of the western Himalayan range in the country. From Mount Dhaulagiri in the west to Mount Everest in the east, all can be viewed perfectly from here on a clear day.  The snow-capped peaks of the world's tallest mountains rise above the hazy haze to beautify Daman's skyline. There are three routes to reach the beautiful village of Daman. 

Option 1: The track goes past Chitlang, an ancient Newar settlement. You will pass through two settlements on the Chandragiri foothills, Bajrabarahi and Bisringkhel, and reach the village of Chitlang. Here in Chitlang, it joins the Tribhuwan Highway, and the ride to Palung and Daman is pleasant.

(Important Info: Chitlang is a historic Newari village with several small villages such as 'Taukhel,' 'Nhulgaun,' and ‘Kunchhal’, where a small number of Gopali people from the Gopala Dynasty, Nepal's first ruling dynasty, live in traditional rock houses with tile roofs. Their similar yet different Newari culture deserves to be experienced. Chitlang is also known for being the location of Nepal’s first organic goat cheese factory. It's also known for producing jojoba oil and trout farming.  )

Option 2: Our second option will be via Privthivi Highway. Exiting from Thankot, we ride towards Naubise which falls in the Dhading district. The high hills, small settlements, and the walking and working locals will company our ride. We stop for lunch at Naubise. After a short break here, we resume our riding journey towards Palung Village. Daman is nearly an hour's ride from the village. 

Option 3: Pedal your bikes from Kathmandu to Bungamati, a typical Newari settlement and come across a suspension bridge over the Bagmati River. Then, the sealed Dakshinkali road will take you to several wonderful cultural monuments. From here, cycle along the gravel road to Kulekhani via Tamang hamlet on the graveled road. You can learn about the actual Nepalese way of life and explore Nepal's greatest hydropower and manmade lake. We continue through the hydro dam, to Markhu, and up to Daman, which takes approximately 2 hours up hills and where we will spend the night. 

(Note: We can ride to Daman from Kulekhani directly through Markhu or via Chitlang.) 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Daman

Day 4: Ride To Chitwan

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 510 M

Day 4 of your journey and you will be offered the best views of the trip. 
You will be treated to a breathtaking 400-kilometer vista of the Himalayas, stretching from the Annapurnas to Mt. Everest. With almost 2000 meters of descent through pine and rhododendron forests, which gradually give place to semi-tropical vegetation as the air becomes more humid, you will have the ultimate downhill experience. Small groups of buildings cling to lonely hilltops, but as you get closer to the Terai, you will see more and more villages. 

As you approach this city at the foothills of the Churiya hills, you will notice a significant difference in weather and temperature.

We will take a detour onto a dirt road to Sauraha and, on the fringes of Chitwan National Park. We will visit the traditional Tharu communities deep in the woods and interact with the locals and learn about their lifestyle foods and culture. A magical sunset view with the tempting beauty of Rapti River is never to be missed when visiting Chitwan. 

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Chitwan

Day 5: Explore Chitwan National Park

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 510 M

A variety of activities are waiting for you today. From a morning bird-watching tour along the Rapti River with 450 species of exotic birds, including the Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican, and Paradise Flycatcher to a canoeing excursion down the Rapti River in a traditional canoe boat. You will appreciate every moment of it.  You can go for a jungle walk in the shade of a cool forest with diverse species of unique vegetation and stunning lakes amidst them or take an Elephant Safari into the national park's jungle to see rare species including one-horned rhinoceros and Royal Bengal Tigers. 

You can take another jeep ride to further explore the sanctuary's gorgeous and lush environment, as well as have a bath on the backs of majestic Elephants beside the river. You may also see the Tharu Dance, which is a one-of-a-kind performance (a dance by the local Tharu community). Finish your day with a breathtaking sunset reflected in the tranquil Rapti River.

Meals: Breakfast Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Chitwan

Day 6: Ride to Lumbini

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 150 M

After a nice breakfast, we will begin our day paddling towards the Tikauli forest, passing by the Bishajari Lake. After that, we ride along the Mahendra Highway for 72 kilometers before stopping for lunch in Daunne Danda.

Your support vehicle will be available if anyone needs to take a break from cycling, or those who are feeling particularly active can continue riding for another 45 kilometers to Butwal, where everyone will board the vehicles for the trip to Lumbini. After the check-in formalities, brief rests, and charging energy, we will visit some of the monasteries if they are still open by the time of our arrival. You may also take part in meditation and yoga and participate in spiritual discourses this evening. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Lumbini

Day 7: Lumbini exploration (Kapilvastu / Ramagrama visit)

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 150 M

The remains of the lost empire of Sudhodhana are still in existence in Tilaurakot in Kapilvastu where his son, Gautama Buddha spent his 29 years and started his journey of enlightenment. We do visit the Asoka pillar inscriptions in the sacred garden that prove that Buddha was born here. 

Later, we will ride to the Ramagrama Stupa. It is considered to be one of the eight locations where the Buddha's relics were placed following his cremation. It's the only one that hasn't been used before. You will also see a big tree coming up from the hill. If you look closely, you will notice that there are four different species of trees tangled and prospering. For pilgrims, it is a significant emblem that embodies Buddhist philosophy. You can participate in meditation, recitation, spiritual discussions, circumambulation, and other activities at the relic stupa site. We also make our visit to the Baby Buddha Temple built by a Japanese Buddhist Organization named Bishinokai, and learn about Tharu customs in Barahi Mahuwa Tharu village near Ramagrama.

As per the situation, we will spend our night today at Ramgram or Butwal. Butwal is about 40 kilometers northwest of Ramgram and can be reached after and half hours drive. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Ramgram

Day 8: Ride to Tansen / Shreenagar

🕑 Full Day

Today we are treated to a breathtaking trip that takes us from Lumbini's parched, open landscape to Palpa’s lush high hills. We will ride to Tansen, an old Newari city noted for its traditional architecture and panoramic Himalayan views. In Tansen, observe and admire the small zigzag streets, as well as a stream of colorful individuals dressed in traditional clothing passing by. The obvious appeal of uncomplicated rural life may be sensed even amid town.

We can also make a 10-minute ride up to Shreenagar Hill, a remarkable vantage point to witness the various manifestations of nature. An incredibly long panorama of the mountains is viewable from here, including Kanjiroba, Dhaulagiri, Annapurna, and Langtang Himal. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Best Available Hotel in Tansen

Day 9: Ride to Pokhara

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 850 M

The day will begin with a spectacular descent down a winding route to the Siddartha Highway, followed by a gradual rise up to Galyang and a 2-hour drive to Pokhara, a lakeside tourist destination.
When you arrive in Pokhara, check into your accommodation, leaving plenty of time in the evening to stretch your legs and explore the city.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Pokhara

Day 10: Tour in Pokhara

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 850 M

After breakfast, we will peddle away from Pokhara's beautiful downtown and towards the peaceful pagoda. A famous Hindu site, Gupteswor Mahadev Temple is located on the major road. Also, we will pass across Davis Falls, another well-known tourist attraction. We will arrive at the world peace pagoda after an arduous bike and a sweaty experience. The white edifice perched on a hill is a sight to behold. The breathtaking panorama of the mountain range including the Annapurna and Dhaulagiri ranges will amaze every one of us. We can also enjoy the view of the entire Pokhara valley, Fewa Lake, and the magnificent Sarangkot.

Besides that, you can also participate in a variety of activities. From calm boating across the Phewa Lake to a thrilling 30-minute paragliding trip from the famous Sarangkot vantage point. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Pokhara

Day 11: Ride to Sarangkot - Dhampus - Begnas lake/Rupakot

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1600 M

The ascent is straightforward, with a few bumps accompanied by some spectacular scenery. After 2 hours of paddling, we reach Sarangkot which is getting ready for a sunrise above the breathtaking peaks. The golden rays of the sun hitting the face of the white peaks will be a lifetime experience show. Enjoy a cup of tea while taking in the scenery and chatting with some of the locals. 

After spending plentiful time at Sarangkot, we gear up again and start towards Dhampus. Our Sarangkot to Dhampus ride will offer us striking panoramic views of the peaks including Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Machhapuchhre (Fishtail). We reach Dhampus Village by lunchtime. It is also one of the best viewpoints of Nepal which provide views of the Pokhara valley and its natural attractions, such as Fewa Lake and the World Peace Stupa.

From Dhampus, our ride descends towards the hidden Begnas Lake, the third-largest lake in Nepal. You can spend the night at the Begnas Lake area or ride 30 minutes further to Rupakot from where a beautiful view of Begnas Lake can be seen. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Rupakot

Day 12: Ride to Bandipur

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1300 M

Leaving Pokhara valley after breakfast, we will start our ride and continue between the hills with the mountains playing hide and seek with us. We also pass by the lakes, terraced farms, little villages, and towns. After about 76 kilometers of cycling on steep, and wavy roads, we come across the beautiful Newari town of Bandipur. We check in at our accommodation and hit some of the cafes and bars decorated with Bougainvillea flowers on the quiet and vibrant street giving a European vibe. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Bandipur

Day 13: Ride to Kathmandu

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We rise early and ride up to the viewpoint of the Thani Mai Temple for the sunrise view and a panoramic view of the peaks and mountains that run the length of the town. We will visit some of the major attractions of this town such as Silkworm Farm, Siddha Gufa (Cave), and Martyrs’ Memorial Park. Then we're off to Kathmandu. We might stop for lunch at Dumre. If you're tired, you can take our jeep to Kathmandu. Along the gushing Trishuli Khola, the lush hills, farmed fields, and smiley villagers, we make our entry into Kathmandu through Thankot. 

You will be assisted with your check-in requirements once we get to Thamel. You're on your own after that. You can unwind your tired muscles by relaxing at your hotel or visiting a spa. We will gather in the evening at one of the greatest Nepali restaurants to taste our cuisines while being entertained by vivid cultural dances and songs.

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 14: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

After breakfast, check out from the hotel to catch your scheduled flight to the Airport with an assessment of the Himalayan Trekkers representative.
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Meals: Breakfast

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Accommodation

Himalayan Trekkers promise to manage the best, most comfortable, and preferred accommodation.

In general, we arrange a 3* Standard Category Accommodations with all facilities in cities. If available, you can opt for a more budget-friendly option or upgrade to a more luxurious hotel by paying a little extra.

Although all places during your trek do not have all modern facilities (especially at higher altitudes), we ensure that it is arranged safely and comfortably. Mostly hygienic and safe tea houses / local lodges/homestays are arranged & please feel free to personalize according to your preference.

If your travel schedule includes camping or if you choose to experience it, a correct campsite will be determined in advance and everything will be taken care of. If required, we also provide equipment such as a tent, cookware, etc. Check the equipment lists and equipment lists for more information.

Meals

Breakfast is usually included with your accommodation within the costs. Meals in the city must be paid separately. Often in the cities, you can choose from many different cuisines and varied food services. We can always help you find the right place.

Remote areas don't have that many options, but hygienic and well-prepared food is always served. Moreover, most meals are included in the costs during your trek. We can help you make changes according to your preference and budget, but only if choices are available! Moreover, Himalayan Trekkers also organize Welcome of Farewell Dinners as a symbol of warm greetings.

Follow the detailed route description or itinerary for more information. We are always there to help you to your heart's content.

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