Kathmandu to Pokhara Cycling Tour

8 Days

The Kathmandu to Pokhara Cycling Tour Route is one of the most popular cycling tours in Nepal, this short trip can be done along various routes and is highly customizable depending on your needs. For those adventurous enough this trip can be done solo with rental bikes, self guided, as a bike packing guided trip or as a fully vehicle supported experience.

We find this route to be a nice way to discover the rich and diverse culture of Nepal, away from the regular tourist routes and trekking trails. The hospitality is genuine and friendly. While there are variations to this route, the original route that Himalayan Single Track offers, we think is the best one, it avoids the highways and touristic towns for the most part and offers a more authentic experience. 

This is a cycling tour, there are no technically challenging single tracks or scary things. It is suitable for Full Suspension XC Bikes, Hardtails, Touring Bikes, Gravel Bikes (with mountain gearing) and E-Bikes. You do however need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy this ride. 

This ride can also be customized and done in reverse, just reach out to us for more information.

Pokhara to Kathmandu Cycling Tour

Overview

The Kathmandu to Pokhara Cycling Trip is a totally immersive experience combining the vibrant culture of Nepal, amazing views and challenging cycling.

Itinerary

We collect you from the airport  and transfer you to our base Hotel in Kathmandu. Visit our office/workshop and fit your bikes or test the bikes you are renting from  us. If you have time we can go for a little warm up pedal to Swayambhunath Temple (Monkey Temple) and then enjoy a welcoming dinner of local delicacies.

Dinner

Leaving the madness of Kathmandu,  we cycle uphill on quiet country roads to the hill station of Kakani, it’s about 18 km uphill, but easy uphill, then we have 24 km downhill and flat to Trisuli Bazar. If you are tired we can stay by the River for the night, if you still have some energy we can pedal a further 7 km uphill to Nuwakot Durbar, an ancient Palace nestled on the Hill Top and stay in the quaint Famous Farmhouse overnight.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today’s ride has a lot of uphills, if you stayed in Nuwakot Dhurba, at least it starts with a downhill. We leave behind Trisuli, crossing the River  and climbing up about 13 km to Samari Bhagyang. The climb is quite pleasant as you travel up a fertile valley. From  here we go on a jeep track downhill into another valley, this one dotted with traditional houses. We cross a small river and from here the real climbing begins, the road winds its way along the hillside, crossing small gullies along the edge of the forest. Finally we reach the highpoint and roll down into the bustling rural city of Dhading Besi. 

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From the hotel we cross the busy bus park and climb on a paved road uphill for some way, it’s not so steep. Finally we reach the top  and then traverse a long way through villages along the ridgeline. There are some good views of the valleys below us. We then have a long and bumpy descent down to the river below, which we have to cross before we again climb up to Gorkha, it’s a long climb of about 16 km or more and leaves the valley, entering a pine forest. Finally we come out onto the ridgeline and if the weather is clear we have stunning views of the Manasulu Mountain Range. Don’t get too comfortable as we still have to go uphill to reach our final destination of Gorkha. If you still have energy, we can visit the old Fort at the top of Gorkha and enjoy a spectacular sunset.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the hotel and roll downhill through lower Gorkha and into a nice forest. Finally we come out to the river where we cross and join a busy road for about 1 km. We then make a turn and again pedal gently up a small hill which flattens out and rolls down into a farming valley. The road is quite good here and we pedal through the valley and climb a short way to a small pass. From here we roll down into the flat valley of Palaintar. We have a good distance of flat and slightly undulating paved road before we cross the Maraysadi river and pedal a short section on the main highway to Besisahar, before we make the turn to the small township of SundarBazaar.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This section of the route is quite beautiful, but it’s also challenging. The road conditions can be tough, We leave Sundar Bazaar Behind and climb upwards and onwards. We start off through a farming valley and then traverse the end of the valley and climb even further upward through woodlands right to the top. Once at the top we have a long and bumpy roll downhill and follow a lush river along until we meet the Mardi River. We cross this and climb up again on a quite paved road which traverses through the hills before dropping us down to Rupakot Lake. We circle the lake and one last short but steep climb takes us to a ridgeline above Begnas Lake where we will stay for the night.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a little easier, we can cycle around the back of Begnas via Kalikistan Temple along the ridge line with spectacular views of the Annapurna Himalaya. We have a nice downhill and a short section on the highway before crossing the Lower Seti River and following the quiet country road back into Pokhara. Pokhara is the end of our trip and you can enjoy your time chilling out in this tranquil lakeside setting.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 08 :
End Trip

Your journey with us ends in Pokhara. Here you can join many other adventures, short treks, rafting trips, travel to Chitwan National Park or even add on our Jomsom/Muktinath cycling trip. Or we can arrange your transport back to Kathmandu by road or flight for your departure from Nepal.

Breakfast

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Kathmandu to Pokhara Cycling Tour
  • Off Road Cycle Touring
  • Intermediate and Above
  • Intermediate, no technical sections but some long and bumpy descents
  • Fully Vehicle Supported with off road Jeep
  • 3 Start Hotels, Resorts, Homestays and Country Hotels
  • Kathmandu
  • 3000m
  • October to April
  • All inclusive as per Itinerary