Mountains, Monasteries and Culture
Did you know that Kathmandu Valley was once a lake with a lotus flower floating in it? Manjushree, a curious God came down to inspect the Lotus and with his great sword carved a cleft in the valley wall to let out the water, hence creating this fertile and diverse valley.
Kathmandu Valley is rimmed by dense pine, rhododendron and fir jungles, rolling hills, sprawling villages and terraced ride fields. If you love culture, and don’t want to hit the high Himalayans, the valley is a play-ground for mountain bikers.
From both Nagarkot and Chisapani the views of the Himalaya are simply breath-taking. Along the route, the tour passes the beautiful monastery at Namobuddha as well as the ancient town centers of Pauntie and Dhulikhel and explores the rich rural cultural of the Valley. Finnish up with a visit to the ancient city of Bhaktapur and the world’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva. The ride is a moderate one, with lots of up and down hill and requires a good level of fitness. The trails are mixed jeep track, single track, country roads and short sections on main road.
Day 01 – Arrival in Kathmandu
Day 02 – Kakani to Bhudanilkhanta
Day 03 – Bhudanilkhanta to Chisapani
Day 04 – Chisapani to Nagarkot
Day 05 – Nagarkot to Namobuddha
Day 06 – Namobuddha to Lakuri Bhanjyang
Day 07 – Lakuri to Kathmandu via Raj Khulo
Day 08 – Departure
Who’s it for? For recreational mountain bikers, lovers of culture and people who might not want to push their limits at high altitudes. A great ride for families and couples
Length:- 08 Days from Kathmandu to Kathmandu (Custom Itineraries also available)
Fitness Factor:- Good cardio fitness and stamina for long climbs at an easy gradient
Skill Factor:- Decent bike handling skills, weekend riders accepted
Comfort Zone:- Excellent, good accommodations, WiFi all round and great food. Vehicle support
Trail Notes for Kathmandu Valley The trail conditions on this ride vary from jeep road to single track depending on the day. Nothing to technical but some solid climbs and descents. Mention your riding style when inquiring and we can adjust the trails to suit. Trip is vehicle supported for luggage and uplift if required. FAQ What is the average riding time per day? Normally in this area we spend 4 to 5 hours with plenty of time sightseeing and enjoying the views. Can this trip be shortened? Yes in some cases this trip can be shortened, please do ask us. But we need to consider key points like proper acclimatization and also your personal riding fitness and skill level. What is the accommodation like? In Kathmandu and other major cities, the accommodation we use is 3 star with attached bathroom, hot water, WiFi and back up power. All other accommodation is home-stay like, simple but nice. This trip is about experience not luxury. Expect squat toilets outside, bucket showers and hard beds. How do I pay for the trip? If you decide to book this trip with Himalayan Single Track, we take 20% deposit at the time of booking paid by bank transfer. Balance should be paid on arrival by cash or credit card (3.6% service charge) For full trip dossier please send us an email. firstname.lastname@example.org