Rural life in the Kathmandu Valley
Festival in the Kathmandu Valley
Village riding, Nepal
Nepal: Nepal mountain bike tour mtb Kathmandu Valley Enquire Now
The magical kingdom of Nepal has got to be the mountain biker's paradise. Whilst many of the more popular trekking areas may prove to be too extreme for enjoyable mountain-biking (as they involve difficult portaging and are too difficult to support), this tour may just be the answer.You will ride through forests, villages, across suspension bridges, through rice paddies and on single track made smooth by the decades of water buffalo and farmers going about their daily tasks.
From the city, we set off to explore these ridge-top trails which encircle the valley rim. A short bike ride away from down-town Kathmandu lies a delightful world of wooded slopes, small villages, hidden Buddhist temples and Hindu shrines. The valley is also the historic centre of Nepal, the place where kingdoms rose and fell. We follow jeep trails and ancient single-track in the shadow of Himalayan peaks where 8 of the world's top 10 peaks can be seen. These form the principal peaks of the Nepal Himalayas - from Everest to the Annapurnas and into Tibet.
This area offers some of Nepal’s best mountain biking. There is an option, of two days of canyoning, bungy jumping or rafting at the end of your bike trip.
4-6 pax: US$ 1035 per person
7-9 pax: US$ 879 per person
10+ pax: US$ 798 per person
Price valid till then end of 2015.
Single Suppliment US$165
Please note: Price excludes airfare to and from Kathmandu
- Himalayas & Mt Everest Flight: Around US$200
- 7 nights 8 days tour
- Airport transfers
- Kathmandu accommodation at very good 3 star hotel
- Tea house and guest house accommodation when outside Kathmandu
- Entrance fees and your excellent, English speaking 'city guide' for day 2
- Your awesome, English speaking, local bike guide / bike mechanic for days 2 to 7
- Meals: welcome dinner at a traditional Nepali restaurant on day 1; all meals on days 3 to 6; breakfast and lunch on day 7; breakfast on day 8
- Shivapuri National park entry fees
- Entrance fee for Patan Durbar Square on day 7
- For groups of 4 plus, we can provide a baggage transfer from hotel to hotel each day of the ride; for smaller groups please ask us about the baggage / jeep back up options and cost
- Flights to and from Kathmandu
- Airport taxes; Nepal visa fees; Excess baggage charges
- Confirmation or changes to flights
- Comprehensive travel insurance that includes trip cancellation and rescue evacuation should this be required for any reason (we require this as the minimum insurance cover)
- Drinks & other food consumed other than that set out within the itinerary
- Evacuations, medical expenses & related transfers including travel insurance
- Single supplement, please see above for the extra cost for a single room (can't be guaranteed at local tea houses)
- Mountain bike hire; please ask us if you need to hire a bike
- Personal items such as soft drinks, bar bills, laundry, donations, postage etc
- Entry fee into Bhaktapur
- Baggage transfers for groups under 4 pax, although we can provide this at extra cost
- Backup jeep support; this is because the jeeps can't go on the same awesome trails you will be riding
- Any extra trips / sightseeing not listed in the itinerary
- Additional nights at the beginning or end of trip
- Tips (please ask us if you would like any guidance about tipping)
Itinerary for "Kathmandu Valley Rim"
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 02 Kathmandu - Temples, Temples, Temples!
Day 03 Ride to DandaGaon
Day 04 Ride to Mul Kharka
Day 05 Ride to Chisapani
Day 06 Ride to Nagarkot
Day 07 Ride to Kathmandu via Panauti
Day 08 Depart Kathmandu
Day 01 Arrive in Kathmandu We will have your flight details and will be at the airport to meet you and take you to your hotel in the heart of Kathmandu city. The rest of the afternoon is free for last-minute checking of your bikes or just taking in the sights and sounds of this unique and bustling ancient-city.
Day 02 Temples, Markets and People There are many ways of seeing Kathmandu. It was once said that in Kathmandu, "There are more Temples than Houses and more Gods than People." We will take you on a leisurely ride and show you the Temples and Gods of the cities of Kathmandu and Patan. This is your first day with your mountain-bike guide. Designed to capture the imagery of Kathmandu since the 15th century till the present, this experience gives you an insight into the every day lives of the people of Kathmandu. The juxtaposition of old and new architectures, the colorful tribal & cast groups, the market places and the temples will all be visited on two wheels and in Nepal there is no better way. Want to make this day even more fun? We will give you and old school Indian bike and you can get around town the way the locals do it, single speeding...
Day 03 Ride to Danda Gaun Our first real riding and what a day! It has it all…great riding and stunning nature. We start the day by winding our way out of Kathmandu on small lanes, again seeing the Kathmandu that few visitors ever do. Leaving the city behind we ride through small villages and rice paddies as we climb up to the valley rim. Here we join the small black-topped road that winds its way up to Kakani, a hill top village at about 2075m with stunning views to the Himalayan Range. From Kakani we ride into the Shivapuri National Park, which lies in the transition zone between subtropical and temperate zone. The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including pine, oak and rhododendron, depending on altitude and aspect. Recorded wildlife in the park includes Himalayan black bear, leopard, jungle cat, deer and rhesus monkey. This little park is also home to an amazing 177 species of birds, including 9 threatened species. Once inside the National Park, we will ride one of Nepal’s most famous single tracks winding its way through the forest around the northern perimeter of the park taking us almost all the way to our Hotel for the night. Set in a small Tamang Village overlooking the Kathmandu valley this is a great place to learn about the people living around the valley Rim.
Day 4 Ride to Mul Kharka
From our secluded little hotel, we start the day with a short climb but after a km we hit another awesome single track. This trail is know as "30 min in Heaven" because it is just a really great ride. We then start climbing for a few kilometers and along the way we pass and have the chance to enter, the famous Buddhist Ani-Gompa, Nagi Gompa. Staying high on the ridge we maintain our altitude for the day but with plenty of ups & downs in the offering. And for the stronger riders who enjoy good single track, the "Helipad ride" is a great optional extra but it does mean you have to climb at the end of the day to reach our guest house for the evening.
Day 5 Ride to Chisapani We set off to Chisapani on small jeep trails, circling the Shivapuri Peak (2400m). This is a great ride on forested trails with the added appeal of Rhododendrons blooming in the Spring making it a magical experience, especially when combined with the stunning Himalayan peaks that are on full display as we enter Chisapani. This is a little, modern village on the way to the famous Helambu trekking area and we stop for the night at a local lodge.
Day 06 Ride to Nagarkot
A long off-road downhill ride to Jarsing Pauwa is an exhilarating start to the morning. We will stop for a picnic lunch to fuel our legs for the winding uphill trail to the hilltop village of Nagarkot. Nagarkot is situated at the height of 2170m and is a popular view point on the Kathmandu Valley rim. From the balcony of our hotel we have great views of the terraced paddy fields, deep river valleys and of course the high Himalayan Peaks. The perfect spot to enjoy sunset over a cold Everest beer.
Day 07 Ride to Kathmandu via Panauti
Set a date with some of the tallest and most beautiful mountains on earth after a hearty breakfast. A good mix of 'on & off-road' sections lead you through villages and rice fields to the ancient town of Panauti at the confluence of two rivers and bountiful in stories of when the Buddha visited this region. The Indresara Mahadev Temple is the oldest surviving dated temple in Nepal and believed that it was built in 1294 AD. This town is truly lost in time and is rarely visited by tourists. From there we ride up through a narrow pristine valley for 15km to Lakuri Banjyang, yet another vista point which offers the same mountain views but from a different perspective. It is amazing to see how the same mountains look so different when viewed from a different angle. We then take probably the oldest route east out of the Kathmandu Valley where the ethnicity of the people change as we descend from Tamangs in the hills to Thakuris, Chhetris to the valley bottom with Newari farmers.Late afternoon we are back in Kathmandu in time for a quick shower before we head out and celebrate the last weeks adventure.
Day 08 Depart Kathmandu
Prepare and pack your bikes this morning. Exchange 'tall' stories of awesome climbs and heart-stopping descents. If your flight is later in the day, there is time for some last-minute shopping before your flight back home. Just ask us for directions or any suggestions we can give for this day.
Best Season to Go This ride can be done most of the year, however in the monsoon month from late May to beginning of October it gets very hot and humid in the valley. This however shouldn’t keep you from coming if this is the only time of year you can get over here, because at the same time everything gets very lush and green and there is probably no more beautiful time to be in the Kathmandu valley. Just don’t be afraid of rain and some mud.
Services One of our super local guides will show you around town and take you on the best trails in the Kathmandu Valley as well as be your bike mechanic. You will be staying in hotels, little guest houses and local tea houses during this trip. Please see the inclusions/exclusions on the trip price tab for more details.
Grade Description This trip will at times challenge you with some big climbs and some sections are also a little technical, but you can opt not to ride these.
Just got back from India and our trip in Nepal. I wanted to thank you for organizing everything for us. It was absolutely fabulous and our hosts were exceptional. The organization was superb and they were totally accommodating and adaptable to suite our needs. I was very impressed with their patience, organization and efficiency. I will definitely recommend Ride Away again.
I guess my only slightly negative feedback was that I would have prefered to have been more in the actual mountains. I loved the national park and the accommodation in the mountains.
Thanks for your effort and for making it such a smooth, enjoyable tour.
We had a great time, correction, we had a fantastic time ! All round was an awesome time. Maddse – otherwise known as “The Great Dane”, aka The Viking – was a wonderful guide, helpful, lovely personality and good leader. Prayesh (now I know how to spell his name !!) is also a great guy and of great help and support.~ Spider Clark, South Africa
Riding in Nepal was a cultural and physical experience far removed from anything I have encountered in South Africa. The food and people were great, and the riding was fantastic – lots of challenging climbs, secret single-track and breathtaking views. Kathamandu is a cauldron of mad activity which is balanced out by the tranquility and beauty of the surrounding hills. In the distance the Himalayas rise into the horizon and don’t escape the eye-line in any direction, leaving one with a quiet sense of relief that it is not those ascents one is climbing! Nepal is certainly a mountain biking destination that one has to experience in a lifetime.~ Steve, South Africa