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  Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking  (NTT-MTB-03) | ITINERARY  
Trip Facts
Country: Nepal Duration: 14 days
Area: Kathmandu Activities: Mountain Biking
Max. Group Size: 25  Person Min. Group Size: 4 Person
Difficulty: Max. Altitude: 2,100  M.
Seasons: Nov - Mar, May - Sept

This tour runs around Kathmandu Valley visiting all the high points, you'll have 360 degree views from hilltops that capture the greatest Himalayan peaks, you bike through pine forests and enjoy the Himalayan fresh air. To relieve your rear end, a 2-day (or more) option of Canyoning or bungy jumping or rafting is available to complete your adrenaline experience of Nepal and you can bike till the Tibetan border and view the town on the other side of border.

Itinerary:

Day 01.

Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive in Katmandu & transfer to the Katmandu Guest House in Thamel, touristy city offering numerous bars, shops and restaurants and an instant taste of Nepali life. In the afternoon we will sort out our bikes and over dinner there will be a tour briefing.

Day 02.

Mountain flight.

Early morning, mountain flight. On the daytime we check and build our bikes. In the evening we bike to the Durbar Square to explore the historical and cultural beauty.

Day 03.

Thamel to Budhanilkantha

Breakfast through the busting back streets of Thamel and on to good wide undulating jeep track and single track and pass through the Queen forest to the Buddhanilkantha, a remarkable 5th century statue of the Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of the snake king in the middle of small pond. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular panoramic mountain views of Ganesh and Lang tang Himals on the way and more over by a night at a true resort established in a rural setting with culturally rich and naturally pristine environment whose garden harbors nearly 75 species of birds and 2000 flowering trees and shruds.53 km.

Day 04.

Budhanilkantha to Kopan Monastory

After breakfast, we take this day to ride the circuit of Boudha Nath Stupa, the biggest sputa in Nepal. We ride through Kali temple and Kopan Monastory mostly on jeep track and some single track and paved road. Explore different cultural heritage on this way.

Day 05.

Shivapuri Reserve.

We start with a steep upward ride (approx 7 km) on paved and off road through the Shivapuri Reserve. Part of the route is on the Helambu trekking trail. Our final destination is Chisopani (which means cold water in Nepali), which rounds off a challenging day. Again todayís lodge enjoys outstanding and closest views of the panoramic mountain ranges- this is one of the best outlooks within the valley region. 40 km.

Day 06.

Nagarkot

We ride down from Chisopani into the NE corner of the KTM valley, then itís on to a mix of single and jeep track to wind our way to Nagarkot, our route will depend on the condition of the trails. The comfort and peaceful surrounding of the hotel on the valley rim filmed and Everest can be seen form here on a clear day. Ride 25km or 35km.

Day 07.

Nagarkot - Bhaktapur

Enjoy the sunrise.Explore the trails around Nagarkot or rest day.Choice of day rides ending at the medieval town of Bhaktapur for is an old restored city full of temples and courtyards. Also itís possible to visit Changu Narayan, a must for those interested in culture Ė the ancient temple complex here, which includes the Oldest Hindu temple in the valley where in the sixth & seventh centuries, Newari stone masons made carvings of Lord Vishnu. The stone table standing on the west side of the temple is said to be the earliest known inscription in Katmandu Valley. It depicts King Mandevís military conquests in the fifth century. Itís on the way and enjoys commanding views over the valley and its fine statues are the best outside the National Museum.

Day 08.

The Ďretreadí Trails. This is an epic single Ė track descent through terraced paddy fields and small villages that lead us to the Indrawati River. We will stop to take photos as the Himalayas are right behind us all the way down and also makes offerings at the local temples to help ensure that we remember those technical skills when we need them. After 1000m of downhill a jeep road leads us to the friendship Highway, the main road to Tibet. We have lunch in a secret spot by the river before the long climb back up to the valley rim. We have the choice to continue the ride on the paved road of Friendship highway or off road. For most this is best done in the support vehicle. Ride 65 km.

Day 09.

Namo Buddha

We start with an early morning climb on wide jeep trail to the temple of Namo Buddha, rewarded with superb views of Ganesh Himal. The Stupa here is an important Tibetan Pilgrimage site, where the Buddha reputedly fed himself to a hungry tigress! From the temple thereís a choice of wide track through picturesque villages and forests, of some newly discovered single track. From here, we ride on dirt road down to the ancient city of Panauti where Lord Buddha lived ad a prince prior to his offering to the hungry tigress. This city is truly lost in time and is rarely visited by tourists. The Indresar Mahadev Temple is the oldest surviving dated temple in Nepal, believed to be built in 1294 AD. Climbing west, we follow a jeep track along the meandering Roshi River. Beyond the town of Madhuban we enter a narrow pristine valley, ascending 300m on a superb dirt trail to reach the summit of a hill on Kathmandu valley, known as Lakhure Bhanjyang. What a grunt, but the views of the Himalayas more than compensate! We spend night at a spot that is idea to watch sunrise and sunset scenes and gives the view of sparking lights of cities after dusk.37km.

Day 10.

Dakshin Kali

We explore the valley floor South of the city now, stopping in Bungamati, having lunch here which is a view point of the whole valley floor, before riding on past Dakshin Kali, a Hindu live sacrifice spot, near the hotel. Ride 40km.

Day 11.

Kulekhani Dam

We spend the morning sampling some exciting trails that lead up and across the valley rim to the south and on to the Kulekhani Dam Site.35km.

Day 12.

Daman

We ride up past the end of the Kulekhani Lake on wide dirt trail to Palung and then take a broken tarmac road up to Daman. Those of you that are undaunted by Himalayan Hills can ride up to our hotel, the Resort, near Daman. From the hotel you can see spectacular mountain views, on a clear day you can almost see the full Himalayan Mountain Range, from Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west.

Day 13.

Kathmandu

After breakfast descent to Naubise and out transport back to Kathmandu. We stop at Swoyambhunath Stupa for lunch and a look around on the way into the city. From here we ride back to the hotel through the bustling streets of Kathmandu to our hotel. Ride68 km.

Day 14.

Final Departure.

Final Departure.