Nepal Mountain Biking 14 Days
Pokhara to Kathmandu - an awe inspiring off-road challenge for mountain biking adventurers. Cycle along the mighty Himalayas. This is your chance to test your mountain biking skills on remote paths otherwise used only by villagers and their buffalo or holy cows. You ride on these wild and challenging trails through some of the most stunning scenic and cultural landscapes in the world. With the stunning backdrop of the Himalayan ranges, the extreme valleys and old forests of the rugged middle hills, the charming terraced fields and bright smiles in the timeless villages, you will remember this journey for its unique beauty as well as its challenging mountain biking terrain! Your mountain bike journey from Pokhara to Kathmandu is an incredible way to explore the heart of the Himalayan Kingdom on trails un-traveled by tourists.
Day 01: Arrive in Kathmandu We will have your flight details and will be at the airport to meet you. After checking in at our hotel we take a rest and then put together our bikes. We spend the evening in one of Kathmandus great restaurant and get to know each other a beer and some food.
Day 02: Ride in the Kathmandu valley We take you for a three hour ride in the Kathmandu valley and introduce you to the kind of terrain Nepal mid-hills offer. The afternoon will be free to explore some of the temples of Kathmandu or to do some shopping.
Day 03: Fly to Pokhara
Your memorable journey begins with a stunning morning flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara. On a clear day, the views of the Himalayan ranges are simply incredible! In the afternoon we take our bikes for a short run around Phewa Tal, the beautiful lake by which Pokhara lies (Tal means lake in Nepali). Pokhara, at 800m, is a special town with a laid back charm and incredible Himalayan skyline dominated by the sacred Machapuchare and the Annapurna mountains. Overnight we will stay in a tranquil lakeside guesthouse.
Day 04: Ride to Sarankot Todays ride is a challenging one accompanied by incredible views. First we take on a sweaty 8.5km climb as we circle Sarankot hill. From there we have the most amazing views of Machapuchare, the Annapurnas, Manaslu and many other peaks stretching back towards Everest. After a well earned rest we have a descent of 6km on dirt through fields of barley or wheat and great hillside villages, to the main Baglung Highway. From there we begin a long journey downhill on bitumen road back to Pokhara and a nice cold beverage.
Day 05: Ride to Begnas Tal Today we leave Pokhara and move on to our awesome off road expedition. The day starts with us ascending from 780m to 1270m over 7km on a rough dirt track. Just below the top of Kali hill we proceed on fire trails to an awesome downhill through the village of Hot Chilli to the shores of Begnas Tal. Drinks will be waiting us and camp set up ready for us to relax. We have the option to take the bikes on a pleasant single trail circuit of the lake before enjoying our well deserved dinner under the stars.
Day 06: Ride to Kalasti This is a long challenging day of mountain biking that sees us traverse two small ridges via Sundari Danda (beautiful ridge in Nepali) and descend to the Mhodi Khola (river) at Borletar. In the morning we head off on a jeep trails, but after climbing 350m at the second pass we find ourselves on a great downhill on a small fire track that takes us through terraced fields and irrigation channels. The terrain here demands that we carry in some sections, as coming off may have seriously unpleasant consequences. As we ride through this sensational area we are continually met by amazed and amused local people who question our sanity for biking through their villages and along their everyday paths. When we reach Bhorletar we follow a rough jeep track along the river, until we reach the welcome of our campsite near the little village of Kalasti. Again we have the luxury of having nothing to do but relax with a drink after approximately 50km of hard riding.
Day 07: Ride to Marsyangdi valley So by now you my be wondering how the quality of your off road adventure can possibly be sustained after the previous amazing days, but today it only gets better. With plenty of climbing to be done, it's mostly uphill, interspersed with some amazing downhill runs. The track clings to the ridge as we pass through picturesque villages and forest. From here we have 2 km on the main highway before turning off to our campsite in the Marsyangdi Valley, where we relax and take in the views of stunning Manaslu, after having ridden aprox 28km.
Day 08: Ride to Gorkha So we are now at the start of the famous Annapurna trekking route, which we follow on a paved road for 10km before crossing the raging Marsyangdi River and continuing up along a great maze of small jeep trails. After crossing a small pass we descend to the Dorandi River for lunch and a swim before heading off again along a jeep track and then paved road as we wend our way up to the hilltop town of Gorkha. After a hard day we have the luxury of showers in a hotel where we spend the night.
Day 09: In and around Gorkha Gorkha is famous as the ancient capital of Nepal, traditional homeland of the Royal family who unified Nepal with their awesome Gorkha soldiers who formed the basis of the famed Gorkha Regiment of the British Army. This day can be used as a rest day or if you prefer, you can spend it exploring the old palace, Gorkha Durbar. Perched 300m above the town, it is well worth the climb, with stunning views over the kingdom, including amazing Manalsu and Annapurna views. You can also take a circular half day tour around town enjoying the stunning views out over Nepal. This is the mid way point between Pokhara and Kathmandu but it is rarely visited by foreigners. It is a great spot to relax and have another night with hot showers in a hotel before getting back to camping and the rest of our journey.
Day 10: Ride to Maleku For the handful of mountain bikers who know this route, this section is regarded as one of the best riding days available in Nepal. A rough undulating track takes us 5km along to the village of Mailung at about 1100m altitude. We then drop down 700m on a wild, overgrown track into the Burki Gandaki Valley where we meet an old jeep trail which has apparently never seen a jeep. We follow the river for 4km until we are obliged to carry for about 25minutes up a stepped path and down again, to a spot where those with nerves of steel can continue on the precarious path that cling to the side of the hillside - the drop to the left is insane. After a short time we cross the
Trisuli River and continue along the main highway for 11km to our campsite on the riverbank. A perfect spot for a drink and a dip before dinner.
Day 11: Ride to Kakani Today we start with a 7km section on the main highway along the river. We resume our off road style as we turn off onto a dirt track and continue following the Trisuli to Batar Bazaar where we start work! We will ascend 1600m over a distance of 25km on the old highway, until we reach the panoramic viewpoint of Kakani on the north western edge of the Kathmandu Valley. We camp in this great spot, so there is plenty of time to relax after your hard climb and enjoy the sunset from our charming vantage spot at 2100m.
Day 12: Ride back to Kathmandu Today we follow the scar route on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley. We start off on single trails, have a short carry just before we cross an army check post near the top of the hill. After this your choice includes a rapid downhill race back to Kathmandu, or a leisurely descent allowing us to take in the sights in this fascinating valley and enjoy the fresh air from this marvelous mountain kingdom. For our last night we camp at Naga Gompa after riding approximately 36km.
Day 13: Free day in Kathmandu We end this epic holiday with a free day in Kathmandu. You can have a day of sightseeing or just relax and get your things packed up for departure.
Day 14: Departure We take you to the airport and hope to see you again soon!