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Classic Nepal Mountain Biking Tour

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As mountain biking is one of the most beautiful adventure holidays in the mountains classic Nepal trips is also best mountain biking tours ever which provides you the opportunity to experience Nepal’s diversity in one of the most rewarding ways, by bike. Starting from Kathmandu we head into the Mahabarat mountains where you can experience the best Himalayan views in Nepal, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the in the East. From here, we bike down into the terai, close to the border of India where you will visit small thatched villages and experience the ancient farming traditions. Once in the terai, we visit the Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s finest wildlife parks, where you can go on elephant safari in search of rhino and tiger, or take to the river in a dugout canoe. During this trip you are experiencing terai (Plain fertile land) region of Nepal experiencing the most amazing culture, Hills experiencing one of the outstanding living style of the peoples and different culture to the Himalayas, Mountains where everyone is amazed with its beauty. Experience the diversity with the wheels.

ITINERARY
Day 1: Arrival in Kathmandu: Arrive in Kathmandu in the late afternoon and transfer to our
hotel. In the evening, there will be a briefing on the trip. O/N SH (B)
Day 2: Kathmandu-Godawari via Bhaktapur: After an early morning breakfast in Kathmandu
we drive towards the medieval town of Bhaktapur. This beautiful city is the home of traditional
art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, magnificent windows, pottery and
weaving industries. A well -preserved ancient city, we will have time to explore its Newari
temples and squares. After lunch in the square we continue riding towards Surya Binayak and
then to Lubhu, known for its handmade cloth. Leaving Lubhu behind we cycle west on a jeep
track passing paddy fields at the foot of the Pulchowki Hill, which is the highest hill in the valley
(2770m) to Godawari. We arrive at the famous Vajra Varahi Temple where original
woodcarvings of Krishna and Vishnu can be seen. The villagers still offer weekly sacrifices of
chicken, goat, and buffaloes to Vishnu, which we may be lucky enough to witness. Ancient
woodland still surrounds the temple as it is thought that to cut even one tree will anger the
deity. We will stop in this forest for some refreshments. O/N SH (B, L & D)
Distance cycled: 27km
Altitude: 1400 mts
Drive: Drive out of the Kathmandu to avoid heavy traffic (approx 16 km)
Bike 9 km: Begin riding on broken tarmac road after crossing Bhaktapur town.
Bike 30 km: Off-road
Total Distance: 45 km (Kathmandu to Godawari)
DAY 3: Godawari-Dakshinkali: We start the day with a drive to Bungamati, a 16th century
traditional Newari village south of Kathmandu. After unloading the bikes, we begin our ride
around the town and stop to take in the fantastic views of the Kathmandu valley. After lunch
we continue our ride alongside the Chobar Gorge until we hit the paved road that leads all the
way to DakshinKali. The temple here is beautifully situated and is one of the most famous
temples in the Kathmandu Valley. Dedicated to Kali, the goddess of power, ritual sacrifices are
regularly made here. We will visit the temple this evening or the next morning. O/N BH (B, L, D)
Distance cycled: 20 km
Note: The road is narrow and busy especially on Saturdays and Tuesdays.
Day 4: Dakshinkali-Daman: 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 (completed in 1982
Nepal’s first major hydroelectric project).In between the trails we ride through pine forests and
couple of small villages (Hudu, Hunanae Bhanjyang, Fakhel, and Kalanki) before reaching
Markhu. A picturesque lake provides the perfect background for a lunch stop. We then carry on
riding towards Daman riding on the Tribhuvan Highway through, Taukhel,Bajra Barahi,Thana
bazaar. Anyone fancying an introduction to Himalayan hill climbing (14km’s) can spin all the
way up. The hotel enjoys a spectacular mountainside location, arguably offering the most
spectacular outlook on the Himalaya in all Nepal. On a clear day one can see all the way from
Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west. Daman also happens to be the highest point in the
valley. O/N SH (B, L, D)
Altitude: 2325m
Distance: 65km
Day 5: Daman-Hetauda: After breakfast in the hotel, we set off for the hike down to visit the
nearby monastery before returning to the hotel for lunch. With our appetites satisfied, we
saddle up for the exciting ride down to Hetauda in the Terai, the lowland area of Nepal. The
road sweeps us down towards the plains of Northern India offering 1,500m of downhill over 52
km, we need to be a little cautious and careful on the way because the roads have very sharp
turns and lots of bends. As far as the views are concerned, you would not be disappointed. We
start off through scenic views of Rhododendrons (Nepal’s national flower) pine forests and
orchids depending on the time of the year, as we descent further down riding pass Sim
Bhanjyang, Agor, Chaukhel, Bhaisidoban to the lowlands. A lot of crop farming takes place
around this area. We continue riding towards Hetauda through the Mahendra highway.
Hetauda, the area is well known for its factories and concrete bazaars. The surrounding area is
dominated by pine forests. O/N SH (B, L, D)
Altitude: 535 mts
Distance: 52 km
Day 6: Hetauda-Chitwan: We start off once again following the Mahendra highway, through
Gajiya, Monohari. We arrive at the Lothar Bridge (33 km), we then start riding off-road towards
Sauraha. With the forests on our right and the Rapti River on to the left we follow a narrow jeep
track into Sauraha. The Terai offers a completely different thought equally fascinating side to
Nepal – consisting of an almost flat plain wedged between the Himalayas and the Indian plains.
Riding on ancient bullock-cart tracks, we pass through neat mud-walled villages, vivid green
paddy fields and mixed sub-tropical forests criss-crossed by numerous rivers. We ride all the
way hopefully arriving in time for sunset at the hotel. The hotel lies peacefully surrounded by
jungles fields and rivers away from the town, the hotel is spectacularly situated on the banks of
the Rapti River. Sauraha also happens to be one of those unstoppably successful destinations in
which Nepal seems to excel. O/N SH (B, L, D)
Altitude: 295 m
Distance: 66 km
Day 7: Free day in Chitwan: Waking up at the hotel is a fantastic experience and today is a free
day to enjoy a full range of jungle activities in one of Asia’s premier wildlife parks – Chitwan
National Park. There are a number of activities to choose from (all included in the trip cost)
ranging from dug-out canoe safaris to elephant safaris in search of the Indian one-horned
rhinoceros and the elusive Royal Bengal tiger, as well as over fifty species of mammals and
more than four hundred species of birds. Sadly or perhaps wisely, mountain biking is not
allowed in the park! O/N SH (B, L, D)
Altitude: 295 m
Day 8: Chitwan-Lumbini: After breakfast, we start riding towards Tikauli, entering the
Beeshajar Tal and Ramsen site. This forest area has about 131 species of plants and many
endangered species, such as the Royal Bengal tiger, Great Indian Rhinoceros, Mash Mugger
crocodile and many other animals. The main attraction of the area are the lakes. (8km forest
area) We ride through the forest going through (Devnagar, Halchok) once we leave the forest
behind, the scenery changes completely, riding on small jeep tracks we have vast area of
farmlands that stretches as far as it’s visible, we then join the Mahendra highway and ride up
to Narayanghat (32 km) and stop for refreshments. The scenery on both the sides are
captivating as we ride further up to Kawasuti bazaar (30.50km’s).We then ride to a quiet spot
off the highway and have lunch. After lunch we load our bikes and drive to Lumbini via Rajahar,
Kawasuti, Domkibas, Butwal, Bhairawa, Parsa. Lumbini-Home to the Sacred Garden where the
Buddha was born in 623BC.In the garden are a number of temples and sites, the Ashoka pillar
carries an inscription identifying the spot as Buddha’s birthplace. Maya Devi (Buddha’s mother)
Mandir (temple) contains brick work dating back to 300 Bc, besides these places there’s so
much more the garden has to offer. (152 drive) O/N SH (B, L, D)
Altitude: 165 mts
Bike off Rd: 30km
Bike paved road: 30 km
Drive: 132 km
Total distance: 192km
Day 9: Lumbini-Butwal: By bike we retrace our steps from Lumbini to Bhairahawa, through
Ekala, Bharbaliya, Mangalpur, Landihema. Riding through typical Indian community villages,
with haystacks and buffalo ponds in-between the wide spread fields, we ride through narrow
village passages before meeting the Mahendra highway. We continue cycling on this road until
Butwal, where we stay in a simple hotel. O/N SH (B, L)
Distance cycled: 62km
Day 10: Butwal-Tansen: After a hearty breakfast it’s a beautiful uphill ride to Tansen on the
Siddhartha Highway. The ride starts fairly gradually and the road snakes its way up a wonderful
valley. Climbing all the time the first part is not steep. As we approach Tansen the gradient
increases and the final ride into the town is quite steep. Of course out hotel is above the town!
But what a view – as we round the last corner a whole spectacular panoramic view of the
Himalaya comes into view. Starting in the west we can see Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna’s.
Then the famous fishtail mountain, Machhapuchhare comes into view followed by the Lamjung
Himal and the Manaslu Himal. Situated at 1375m Tansen is a medieval hill town perched high
above the Kali Gandaki River. It was once the seat of a powerful kingdom but is now a busy
market town dominated by the rambling pink Tansen Durbar, the former seat of the Rana
governor. Its entrance gate, Baggi Dhoka, is supposedly the largest and tallest gate in Nepal,
with dimensions that allow the governor to make an impressive entry atop an elephant. This
afternoon there should be time to walk down into the town and explore this interesting place.
Distance cycled: 40km O/N BH (B, L, D)
Altitude: 1440 mts
Biking distance: 60 Km
Total distance: 86 km
Day 11: Tansen-Pokhara: In the morning you may wish to make the two-hour trek to the banks
of the Kali Gandaki River and the ruins of the vast Ranighat Palace, originally built in 1896.We
then start descending through narrow, winding streets of the old Tansen village, before
meeting the Siddhartha highway. We descent on wide paved road that’s got lot of winding and
sharp turns all the way down to Ramdi, then start a mild uphill towards Galyang. We stop at
Galyang (48 km) for lunch then continue up to Waling (65.50) and then load our bikes and
head towards Pokhara. Along the way, weather permitting, there should be spectacular views
of the 6,997m peak of Machhapuchhare, the `fishtail’ mountain, and the main Annapurna range
rising up to 8,091m.The area around here is also very popular for honey hunting. After the
exertions of the recent cycling, the prospect of spending a day relaxing in Pokhara is very
appealing. On reaching Pokhara we check into the hotel where we will be staying for the next
three-nightspot. O/N SH (B)
Altitude: 850 mts
Biking: 65 kms (all paved road with mostly downhill).
Driving: 60 kms
Total distance: 125km (Tansen to Pokhara)
Day 12: Free day at Pokhara: Pokhara is set in a wide valley directly beneath the Annapurna
range. If Kathmandu and its valley are the architectural treasure of Nepal, then Pokhara is
nature’s equivalent. Set at only 1,000 mts amongst semi-tropical plants and with a delightfully
warm climate, it is actually much closer to the main Himalayan peaks than Kathmandu.
Machhapuchhare dominates the skyline especially in the clear morning air. Pokhara is a great
place to relax and today you are free to enjoy the atmosphere – there is a wide choice of shops,
restaurants and cafés along the lakeside to explore. For those feeling like some more energetic
activities, boats can be hired on the lake or you can trek up to Sarangkot (c. 4 to 6 hours round
trip). O/N SH (B)
Altitude: 850 mts
Day 13: Explore Pokhara: A combination of hiking and biking today sees us tackle a section of
the ‘Royal Trek’, so-named because Prince Charles once covered the route. Initialy following the
ridge line offering the superb backdrop of Annapurna IV After a 20km drive east out of Pokhara
to the lake of Begnas Tal we set off on foot to Majdana (2 hours’ walk up) where we will meet
up with the bikes. From here we descent approximately 6 kms down to vijayaypur river and
follow the road through Mahendrapul old town of Pokhara to the hotel. . For those who want
to get as many miles in as possible, from the bottom there is an optional 10km of tarmac that
takes us back to Pokhara. If we have sufficient time, we go visit the Tibetan refugee camp. O/N
SH (B)
Altitude: 850 mts.
Paved Rd: 11km (drive up to the start of the hiking point)
Hike: 8 km (off road)
Bike: 10 km (Off Rd)
Total Distance: 29km (Pokhara to Pokhara)
Day 14: Fly to Kathmandu: Today we take one of the most stunning flights in the world: 30 –
minutes in a 19 seater Twin Otter or a 45 seater Avro across the huge mountains. The views will
live with you for a long time. The flight departs early in the morning, and the bikes return by
road, saving us a painful six hour bus journey! Back in Kathmandu, you have the afternoon free
to explore the shops and sights of this fascinating city. Points of particular interest include
Durbar Square, location of the former Royal Palace with its intricate woodcarving and four fine
towers; Pashupatinath, Nepal’s most important Shiva temple; and Boudhanath, the largest
Buddhist Stupa in Nepal. The evening is free to explore the city’s many restaurants. O/N SH (B)

Trip Highlights:
Trip duration: 15 days
Trip starting: Kathmandu
Trip ending: Kathmandu
Biking distance per day: 60km on average
Trip grade: Normal
Amazing facts: diverse culture
Trip back up:Yes
Transportation: Van
Contact: Ram Gurung
Email: ram.manange@gmail.com
Phone: +977-9849473401
Skype: mysticland.adventure

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