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Explore Nepal

There is no better way to discover a country for what it really is than by bike. Our Discover Nepal Tour is just that, a chance for you to discover the rich and varied culture, nature, architecture and landscapes of this beautiful country. For the Mountain Biker this tour also offers challenging climbs, thrilling down hills, Himalayan adventure, technical trails and single tracks. The tour takes your from the heart of the Kathmandu Valley up into the middle hills, crossing over to the flat plans that boarder India and then up to the heady heights of the Annapurna Himalaya. Along the way discover some of Nepal’s Holiest Temples, richest landscapes, most panoramic mountain views and oldest cultures. Mix this all up and you have one hell of a great journey discovering the heart and soul of Nepal.

DAY 01  ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU
We will arrange pick for you at the airport in Kathmandu and transfer you to the hotel. Time in the afternoon for exploring the town and then we will have a traditional welcome dinner.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Dinner

DAY 02  BACK ROADS AND TRAILS OF KATHMANDU
Join us on a warm up ride exploring some of the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley; test your bikes and your gear to make sure everything is ready for the journey ahead. In 3 to 4 hours of riding we will cover around 40km at a steady pace exploring the rural parts of the valley, single tracks and sightseeing at some temples and return to Thamel for lunch, last minute bike adjustments and shopping for the trip.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 03  KATHMANDU TO HETAUDA
Take a drive along the old highway connecting Kathmandu to the rest of Nepal before the Tribhuvan Raj Margha road was built to Life Cycle Farm House at Hetauda. We have the option to stop at the hill crest and cycle down into the Teri, mostly on paved highway. At the bottom we can then cut off the road and cross the river following a nice jungle section to Life Cycle.
Accommodation: Life Cycle Resort
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 04  HEATUDA SINGLE TRACKS
Heatuda has plenty of trails for mountain bikers. Free riding through the Churiya Hills is a must do activity. We head for the ride after breakfast to meet with unending single tracks, jeep tracks, technical trails and some nice up and downhill’s. This ride is not just trail riding but a chance to meet the local people, witness village life, local culture and much more. A great day out and the distance entirely depends on how far you want to ride. Once back at the farm, you can relax and enjoy the best Nepali food cooked in our local kitchen. The Lifecycle Farmhouse also has a swimming pool for you to relax in at the end of the day.
Accommodation: Life Cycle Resort
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 05  HEATUDA TO CHITWAN
We leave the Farm House mid morning and drive most of the way to Chitwan, stopping in Sauhara we then have some lunch and take in the river side vibe. From here we and ride along the river for two and a half hours to a place called Jagat. A long the way we explore the 20,000 lakes and get many chances to see wildlife and birdlife. Stay overnight at Jungle Villa Resort a beautiful and peaceful place to hang out and enjoy the jungle environment, relax and rest. Listen to the peaceful sounds of birds and the gentle flow of the river as the sun goes down.
Accommodation: Jungle Villa Resort
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 06  CHITWAN JUNGLE SAFARI
A morning ride takes us down along the river to the border of India. Here you can see the difference in the village culture and scenery as our trail follows the Rapti River. Return to the resort for lunch followed by some time to rest and relax. Late afternoon venture deep into the jungle on elephant back on your quest for wildlife. Return to the river side to sip a cold beer and watch the sky turn from blue to gold and orange as the sun bids the day farewell.
Accommodation: Jungle Villa Resort
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 07  CHITWAN TO POKHARA
Transfer by support vehicle to Pokhara. Have an afternoon of rest or exploring Pokhara Lakeside. Pokhara is famous for its beautiful Fewa Lake, relaxed atmosphere and stunning mountain views.
Accommodation: 2 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 08  POKHARA – ROUND THE LAKE DAY TRIP
A great day’s ride around Fewa Tal in Pokhara. The ride takes around 4 hours and there are awesome views of the Himalaya along the way, which is a good reward for a tough climb. Afternoon is free to explore Lake Side and prepare for the next leg of our journey.
Accommodation: 2 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 09  POKHARA TO KAGBENI – Riding Distance 14km. Altitude 2800m
Wake up for sunrise and hopefully catch a glimpse of the mountains before we head to the airport. It’s about a 22 min flight to Jomsom, above the Pokhara valley and deep into the heart of the Himalaya, take a peek out of the window for fantastic views of Dhawalagiri and beyond. The flight is simply breathtaking as the plane’s wingtips almost touch the snow capped peaks, fly right between the Himalayan giants and you feel your adventure has really begun as the small plane banks left and touches down in Jomsom. In Jomsom, we have breakfast and spend some time getting the bikes ready for the journey. Enjoy an easy acclimatization ride of 14km to the beautiful Tibetan village of Kagbeni. The road is mostly flat and traces the Kaligandaki River right up to the boundary of Upper Mustang. Stay overnight in Red House, one of the oldest Inns in the region.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10  KAGBENI TO MUKTINATH – Riding Distance 18km. Altitude 3760 meters
Get up early to see the sunrise and have breakfast. Today we cycle uphill for the most part. Leaving behind the beautiful village of Kagbeni, warm up your legs and start to climb. We follow the trail on the north side of the gorge and climb up on a dusty jeep track towards the foreboding Throng La Pass. We stop and explore the ancient monastery at Jhong and have some lunch basking in the sunshine and enjoying the mountain Views. The final push after lunch is short and we should arrive in Muktinath in the mid afternoon. Spend some time here exploring the Monastery and Temples, two of the holiest in Nepal. Stay overnight and enjoy the local culture of this bustling town.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11  MUKTHINATH TO TUKUCHE – Riding Distance 32 km. Altitude 2560 meters
Our day kicks off with some brilliant downhill and after yesterdays challenge, you will welcome fun jeep tracks and trails with a mostly downhill gradient! We have to start early as the wind gets up after 11 am making riding a bit more challenging. Chill out on this section and enjoy the views. For experienced riders there are single track options. Savor the moment as you whizz past trekkers, the Himalayan wind in your face and miles of downhill before your wheels. Once in the river Valley it’s a 6km flat stretch to Jomsom followed by undulating trails along the river to Marpha. In the wind this can be a bit tough riding, but stop and enjoy the views along the way. Take lunch in the beautiful and ancient town of Marpha famous for growing apples and making apple brandy! The trail rolls into Tukuche, a lovely old village on the river side. Take some time to explore the cobbled lanes and explore the Thakali culture. We stay overnight in the well furbished German Bakery. Apple Brandy is a local product and a good after dinner night cap to relax your mind and body after the days ride.
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 TUKUCHE TO TATOPANI – Riding Distance 36 km. Altitude 1190 meters
Again we are going downhill today. The trail starts out gentle and flat and winds in and out of the valley sides, through pine forests and small villages. Following the river, there are good views of the snow capped peaks. Stop at the lush waterfalls at Rukse Chaahara for lunch. After here the speed picks up as the trail drops some 1000 meters with sweeping curves and plunges, rocky sections and bumps that you will love. Arrive in Tatopani the cobble lined village famous for its rejuvenating Hot Springs. Once in Tatopani you can enjoy a soothing bath in the Hot Springs and perhaps a local massage will not go astray, or a cold beer for that matter!
Accommodation: Tea House
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13  TATAPANI TO MALDUNDHA AND BACK TO POKHARA – Riding Distance 22km.
A ride of around 45 km on open jeep track, flat for the most part but a few up and down hills. From Maldundha we transfer by jeep back to Pokhara for a well earned rest and perhaps a beer!
Accommodation: 2 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14  POKHARA TO MANAKAMANA
Leaving Pokhara early we drive to Manakamana, the one and only cable car in Nepal. We ride the cable car to the top of the hill where we find the Kali Temple, one of the most famous temples in Nepal. After having some time to look around and lunch, we then head out and ride along the ridge followed by an awesome, flowing descent back down to the river. Once rejoining the main highway we ride the short distance to River Side Springs Resort, situated next to the Trisuli River this is a great place to chill out.
Accommodation: River Side Springs Resort
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 MANAKAMANA TO KATHMANDU
Leave mid morning and head back to Kathmandu, about a 4 hours drive. Time in the afternoon for shopping and sightseeing.
Accommodation: 3 Star Hotel
Meal Inclusions: Breakfast

DAY 16  DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

 

BEST TIME
March, April, & Oct, Nov

SPENDING MONEY
You will need to carry with you spending money for things like alcohol, snacks, internet usage, laundry and other purchases along the way. Also tipping is expecting in Nepal for guides and porters if you are happy with the service provided. You will have to carry the money with you from Kathmandu/Pokhara as there are no ATM’S along the way.

PORTERS
Porters for carrying your bags are included in the price of the trip for the Jomsom section of the trip. So all you will need to carry during the day is a day pack with your personal items for the day. Porters will not always be with you or arrive at the Tea House at the same time as you so make sure you carry a warm jacket with you. Porter allowance is one porter per two people with a load limit of 13kg per person.

DRINKING WATER
Drinking water is not included in the price of the trip and you are responsible for your own drinking water. Mineral water in one liter bottles can be brought easily in Pokhara and Kathmandu and also along the biking trail, but for environmental reason we encourage you to treat your own water. Filtered water is readily available in all hotels and tea houses. You should carry some form of water purification tablet with you. We recommend two 1 liter water bottles or one two to three liter bladder for this trip.

TEMPERATURES
In the Annapurna Region the higher up you go the colder it gets. You need to be prepared for below zero temperatures at night time. Day time is average temp 11 degrees Celsius. You also need to be prepared for high winds, possible rain, sleet and snow. During the day time at low altitude the average temp will be 28 degrees Celsius. In the Valleys and low lands be ready for hot and humid conditions.

ACCOMMODATIONS
We provide 3 star accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In these hotels you will get Deluxe rooms with attached bathrooms, breakfast, Wi-Fi access and all normal hotel facilities. During the Jomsom biking leg of the trip you will be accommodated in Tea Houses which are a form of mountain lodge. Standard varies from place to place, rooms are simple in some cases we get attached bathrooms, in other bathrooms are shared. Rooms are not heated, but are clean and comfortable and there are not always hot showers, in some places hot showers incur extra charge. There will be electricity for charging cameras and phones, but it is limited. During the rafting you will be camping for two nights, all equipment will be provided for you, but you should bring your own sleeping bag. In Chitwan, Hetauda and River Side you will be staying in very good standard resorts with swimming pools.

SUGGESTED PACKING LIST
• Water proof/wind proof jacket suitable for riding and trekking in
• Long thermals, a couple of T-Shirts and shorts or trekking trousers
• Hat, sunglasses, sun cream
• Windproof/water proof cycling gloves (full)
• Chap stick
• Good shoes for both walking and cycling and relevant socks, also so sandals
• Buff or bandana
• Own medicines including rehydration
• Camel Pak or water bottles
• Water proof pack cover
• Light Fleece/Warm Jumper
• Cycle clothing – long sleeves and slacks, arm warmers, padded shorts and jerseys
• Small travel towel, clothes for swimming

TRIP REQUIREMENTS/DOCUMENTS
Personal Travel Insurance
Copy of Passport
2 Passport Sized Photos
Sign Copy of Himalayan Single Track Booking from and disclaimer

PRICE INCLUSIONS
• All land transport in private vehicle including airport transfers, Support Vehicle
• 3 star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara as per itinerary
• All accommodation in best available teahouse while biking in the Annapurna Region
• Hotels and Resorts – Life Cycle, River Side Springs, Chitwan Jungle Villa
• All meals as per itinerary
• Professional Mountain Bike Guide
• All permits and entry fees
• Domestic flight from Pokhara to Jomsom
• Porters for carrying your bags during the Jomsom Trip
• Welcome dinner and traditional Dance
• All Chitwan Jungle Activities, Manakamana Cable Car

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
• Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses
• Sleeping Bags
• Personal Travel and Evacuation Insurance (Compulsory)
• Mountain Bikes