Mountain Biking Around Kathmandu - 7 Days

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Trip Info

  • Duration

    7 Days

  • Max. Altitude

    2200 m

  • Difficulty

    easy

  • Starts From

    Kathmandu

  • Trip Ends At

    Kathmandu

  • Transport

    Mountain Bike

  • Best Season:

    • All Year Round

Mountain Biking Around Kathmandu Overview

Mountain Biking around Kathmandu caters to your interest in riding mountain bikes on the quiet dirt roads and learning the diverse culture and topography of the valley. The chaotic and colorful capital may not be appealing for mountain bike rides, but the outskirts of the valley with ridge-top trails will excite you. Encircling the valley’s rim, riders get to immerse themselves in the wilderness of the mountain villages, diverse cultures, and spectacular Nepalese Himalayas. 

This one-week exhilarating sport allows you to enjoy the hidden corners around the valley rarely frequented by adventure lovers, giving you a chance to see the other side of the valley with magnificent long distant views of a series of different mountain ranges. Cycling through rural villages on the edge of the valley on the back trails with twists and turns, this journey gives you plenty of time to soak up the peaceful surroundings and a taste of Nepalese off-road biking with many uphill and downhill on the ridges over 2000 meters. 

This cycling includes a tour in the city to the famous, popular medieval and historical sites of Kathmandu to the viewpoints - Nagarkot and Kakani, the spiritual sites of Budhanilkantha, Kopan, and NamoBuddha, and the ancient Newari towns of Dhulikhel, Balthali, and Panauti. Get a heart-touching view of glittering mountains namely Annapurna I (8091 m), Manaslu (8165 m), Ganesh Himal (7446 m), Langtang Lirung (7245 m), and many more other mountains, a clear view of Kathmandu valley and the stunning view of Rhododendrons blooming wild on the mountain slopes.  

Aside from the mountains and villages, the rides go around the Shivapuri National Park, lavish with a huge species of wildlife and vegetation. Once inside the National Park the trail becomes narrow and technical. Without any doubt, it will be a stimulating experience to pedal through lush and clean forests, admiring the greenery and tranquility of nature. Traverse the jungle with a cliff drop on one side, and test your technical riding with some fast and furious downhill stretches. Also, you may come across several wild animals that have been preserved within the park. 

Moreover, the bike tours range from a few hours of simple riding at any time of day to a full-day adventure cycle tour that includes bustling trails, uphill dirt trails, down thrilling single track, visits to rural towns, magnificent hilltops, and exploration of the Eco-National Park.

Note: If our pre-designed itinerary is non-matchable with your requirement, we, Himalayan Trekkers will tailor it for you as per your interest, time frame, and budget.  

Highlights of Mountain Biking Tour in Kathmandu 

  • Bike around the Kathmandu Valley's jeep routes, trails, streets, corners, and courtyards 
  • Learn about Kathmandu's and Nepal's history and culture
  • Take on technical challenges while driving through the woods 
  • Get an educational tour of the Newari city-well-known state's heritage sites
  • Bike past historic temples, farmlands, woodlands, and small towns

Best time to go Cycling around Kathmandu Valley 

The greatest times to enjoy mountain riding in Kathmandu and around Kathmandu Valley are in the spring and fall. For the best weather and scenery, visit during March, April, May, September, October, or November. The valley is abundantly decked with blooming rhododendrons in the spring, which will take your breath away. Although the fall is drier than the spring, both seasons provide clear skies for soaking in the breathtaking sights. If you plan your dates carefully, you will be able to enjoy traditional holiday celebrations in either season. 

Mountain biking is not recommended during the summer/monsoon season, which runs from June through August. The trails are muddy and untrustworthy on hot and humid days. The cold days of December through February will be quite hard for cycling as there is a chance of snow and ice on the upper hill, preventing you from riding the best trails. 

Itinerary in Details

Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Hotel

Max Altitude: 1350 M

Upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, a Himalayan Trekkers representative will greet you and escort you to the designated hotel at the center of the city. You will be assisted further till the check-in process. You may take a rest or roam around the streets after that. 

Later, we will meet at our office or your hotel lobby for a briefing about the journey with your guide. We will also prepare for tomorrow, and check the conditions of the bike, and the gears. 

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 2: Introduction with the fellow Bikers & Kathmandu Tour

🕑 Full Day

Max Altitude: 1350 M

After a nice breakfast, you will meet your fellow bikers and the guide and have a short briefing session if it was not done the previous day. 

Today, you will have the opportunity to stroll through the bustling streets of the famous Kathmandu where you will notice a temple or two on every corner. We make our ride through some of the UNESCO-listed world heritage sites as well as other cultural and historical landmarks in the city. Renowned Hindu temple Pashupatinath, the biggest Buddhist stupa – Boudhanath, Kathmandu Durbar Square with its artistic architecture, and Swayambhunath – the famous Monkey Temple feature in our today’s exploration. Ride around the market of Ason and Indrachowk and get what you require. Get back to your hotel, rest, and prepare for tomorrow’s trip. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 3: Ride to Kakani

🕑 3/4 Hours Ride

Max Altitude: 2200 M

We depart our hotel after breakfast and get started with our riding journey. We travel through Thamel's bustling back alleyways and into broad, undulating jeep trails that run beside the Nagarjun Forest (Raniban meaning The Queen’s Forest). Spectacular mountain vistas along the way are rewarded for your efforts. We can make a brief stop at Ranipauwa village for good mountain views and a visit to a typical Tamang village before heading back up to Kakani for a truly fit ride. Enjoy the excellent trout fish cultivated locally along the journey — the path is known as the "Trout Highway." We cycle largely uphill to Kakani. Once we get to our destination, we take in the breathtaking views of the Ganesh and Langtang mountains, as well as the 1,000-meter-deep valley of Likhu Khola.

(Note: You can opt to ride further to Budhanilkantha from Kakani on the same day. But, an overnight stay at the Kakani hill is recommended as the dawn view from this view tower is flawless along with the panoramic Himalayan views and the lush green hills layering zigzaggy to each other to an unknown distance. Also, Kakani is considered one of the best picnic spots around the Kathmandu Valley.) 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Best Available Hotel

Day 4: Ride to Shivapuri National Park – Budhanilkantha - Kopan Monastery – Nagarkot

🕑 6/7 Hours Ride

Max Altitude: 2200 M

We rise early at the dawn to observe the morning vista and the tranquil environment of the Kakani Village and capture the moments of the golden sun rays slowly hitting the mountains and get mesmerized by it. After breakfast, we ride down on a wide undulating jeep track and single track, passing through the Shivapuri National Park that offers one of the finest Himalayan views to the Budhanilkantha, on one of the best challenging tracks in the valley.

Budhanilkantha is a magnificent 5th-century statue of Lord Vishnu lying in the center of a tiny pond on the coil of the serpent king. We will be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic mountain vistas of Ganesh and Langtang Himal on our ride today. 

Paying our visits to the temple of Lord Vishnu and getting the blessing from the priest, we continue our rides again. We make descend from the temple and turn on the paved road towards the grand Kopan Monastery reflecting Tibetan Buddhism. Kopan Monastery is famous for meditation courses, spiritual training, and Buddhism learning. After spending some time at the monastery, we will head out from here and move towards Nagarkot hill for an overnight stay. Nagarkot is one of the best places in the Kathmandu valley to see breathtaking mountain views, captivating landscapes, lush green hills, and fascinating sunrise and sunset views. Relaxing and refreshment are the words for Nagarkot. 

(Note: If the time and your interest, we can visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square en route from Kopan to Nagarkot. Bhaktapur is famous for its majestic pagodas and delicate handicrafts with Bhaktapur Durbar Square, Nyatapole Temple, Dattatreya Temple, and 55 Window Palace as the major attractions.) 

(Alternative route: This route takes you through the ridges of the Kakani and many hills towards the Nagarkot hill passing via the Shivapuri National Park. From the peak of Shivapuri, the panoramic view of mountains such as Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, and Langtang Range, Mt. Dorje Lakpa, Mt. Shishapangma, Mt. Gaurishankar, and many others is just breathtaking. Also offers the best views of the surrounding hills, some filled with colorful houses, and terraced fields, and some bloomed with red and pink rhododendron blossoms during the spring.) 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in Nagarkot

Day 5: Ride to Dhulikhel – Namo Buddha – Balthali

🕑 6 Hours Ride

Max Altitude: 1730 M

We would have a sunrise view from the hotel or the view tower. We eat breakfast and prepare for the ride to Dhulikhel. We cycle through breathtaking natural scenery and charming tiny settlements. The trail winds its way through distant settlements, with a few ups and downs adorned with tropical greenery and mountainous woodlands, making for a delightful journey. Along the way, you can take in the Himalayan views. Nala and Banepa are among the places traversed before reaching Dhulikhel for lunch. 

After visiting the ancient Newar towns and exchanging smiles with the locals in Dhulikhel and being rewarded with views of the Himalayas such as Langtang, and Dorja Lapka Ranges, we make our way towards one of the important Buddhist sites, Namobuddha. It's a lovely site with 360-degree views of the rural area, lush jungles, the Himalayas, and windswept prayer flags. An ancient stone slab and a stupa depicting Lord Buddha's all-seeing eyes there tell a fascinating legend about the Lord Buddha; Lord Buddha as a small prince offered his flesh and blood to the starving tiger and its struggling family. As a result, Namobuddha is revered as a tremendous emblem of human sacrifice at its pinnacle.

Then the track winds through mustard and buckwheat fields, terraced gardens filled with ripe orange trees, ancient Tamang and Brahmin villages, and through a wooded hill down to the Roshi River. We are rewarded with views of the Himalayas' snow-capped mountains and rolling slopes during the trip. Balthali, a historic village with antique architectural buildings and countless temples comes into the picture after a short ride away. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Best Available Homestay

Day 6: Explore Panauti & Ride to Kathmandu

🕑 6 Hours Ride

Max Altitude: 1350 M

We relish the morning views of the Himalayan mountain ranges of Manaslu, Langtang, and Everest Plus, as well as numerous rice terraces in the west and the Mahabharata range's big body green forest in the south in Balthali village. Today, we take a leisurely stroll to Panauti, a rich Newari community wedged between the Punyamata and Roshi rivers, forming a triangle with a serpent idol at each of its three corners to protect the village from floods. It is home to magnificent temples and Rana-era mansions that have been renovated with the help of the French government. The ancient woodcarvings on the temple’s windows are very appealing. 

After exploring the village to the fullest, we shall ride to Kathmandu and relax. In the evening, farewell dinner with the team of Himalayan Trekkers in an authentic Nepali restaurant where we will share our experiences, laughs, and pictures. You will be driven back to your hotel after dinner and a cultural program. 

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Standard Hotel in KTM

Day 7: Departure from Kathmandu

🕑 30 Min Drive to Airport

Our staff will assist you with the check-out formalities and escort you to the airport for the scheduled flight back to your home or onward destination. We look forward to hearing from you and hope to see you on your next leisure/vacation. Have a pleasant trip.

Meals: Breakfast

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Includes

  • Private Transfer to/from Airport
  • All ground transfers in a private vehicle
  • Accommodations at 3* Standard Category and Best Available as Mentioned
  • All Accommodations are Based on Twin/DBL Sharing Basis
  • Breakfast as Per Itinerary
  • Professional Mountain Bike Guide
  • Mountain Bikes and Necessary Tools ( Depending on Requirement)
  • All permits and entry fees
  • Welcome or Farewell dinner 
  • All applicable taxes and surcharges 

Excludes

  • International airfares 
  • Nepal Visa Fee 
  • Personal expenses include the bar bills, phone bills, internet, snacks, laundry, hot shower, etc. 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Mountain Bikes ( Depending on Request/requirements)and personal gears 
  • Expenses are caused by unforeseen circumstances like natural disasters, political affairs, flight delays, etc. 
  • Anything not mentioned in the incudes section 

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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