Days: 12 / Difficulty: 4 of 5 (Strenuous)
BIKING ROUTE AROUND THE KATHMANDU VALLEY, FOLLOWING PLACES TO VISIT:
KAKANI - SHIVAPURI - CHISOPANI - NAGARKOT - DHULIKHEL - LAKHURI BHANJYANG - GODAWARI - LALITPUR.
HIGHEST POINT: 2725meters (Shivapuri Village)
TRIP GRADE: 8 (10 Being the most tough and 1 being easy)
TOTAL LENGTH: 224 Kilometers approximate
Day 1; Arrive Kathmandu. Airport Pick up and transfer to the Hotel. Relax and good night rest.
Day 2; Kathmandu to Shivapuri village via Kakani (40km approx.)
Wow! Our great ride starts at 9:00 am, to the Kakani riding through thewalled Nagarjun Forest Reserve. The road is all black -topped till the Kakani hill top which is about 2075m. From here we bike on to the Shivapuri Forest Reserve. It lies in a transition zone between subtropical and temperate zone. The vegetation consists of a variety of natural forest types including pine, oak, rhododendron etc., depending on altitude and aspect. Recorded wildlife in the park includes mammalian species such as Himalayan Black bear, leopard, Jungle cat, and rhesus monkey. The Park is also home to 177 species of birds, including 9 threatened species, 102 species of butterflies with a number of rare and endangered species, and 129 species of mushroom.We spend night at the Shivapuri Village Resort.
Day 3; Shivapuri Village to Karma Hotel (22km approx.)
This trail follows the forest jeep track circling the Shivapuri Reserve and provides for good overall views. Ride down hill to visit the Sleeping Vishnu temple, a prominent Hindu temple where a statue of Lord Vishnu in a sleeping posture is believed to have discovered by a farmer while plowing his field. After lunch, we will again climb the hill to reach at Karma hotel,located serenely in the forest.
Day 4; Karma Hotel to Chisopani (22km approx.)
We conquer our ride of uphill and down hill on the jeep track and thusreach at Chisapani. We spend the night at the Chisapani Guest House in this village (2,180m), which is not particularly pretty but the view is an awe-inspiring.
Day 5; Chisopani to Nagarkot (26km)
We venture to ride some excellent single track and travel jeep trails in undulating terrain and on into the hill-station of Nagarkot (1950m). From a point a little way north of the village there is an opportunity to catch 360° view. We spend the night at the Nagarkot Hotel Galaxy view point, a perfect spot to observe sun rise and sun set view.
Day 6; Nagarkot day rest
After 9 am breakfast, we will ride to the Nagarkot hill station; tower(2100m), 3 km towards north on a tarmac steep up road. Return back hotel and relax. The guides will be ready to go with you on an optional ride or walk that is available on this so-called rest day. Alternatively, just take a well-deserved rest at this very comfortable and serene spot. An evening awaited cultural musical show will entertain you at the hotel.
Day 7: Nagarkot to Dhulikhel via Nala (30km)
After having breakfast at 9:00 am we go for 1 hour sight-seeing to the view tower and after that we continue our trip to Dhulikhel riding through Nala and Banepa to the Dhulikhel Resort. We have lunch at great Dhulikhel Resort and go for sight-seeing to Dhulikhel temple. Dinner/ Night stay at the Dhulikhel Resort.
Day 8; Dhulikhel to Lakuri Bhanjyang via Namobuddha (40km)
We have breakfast at 8:00 am and start climbing our trip to Namobuddha,where we can find the big Lord Buddha monastery. Spend about 1 hour capturing the view and we start descending to Panauti. After a refreshing lunch at Panauti Lodge, our trip again begins with 2 and half hour climb to the Lakuri Bhanjyang(pass), a perfect place for an awe-inspiring panoramic view of the mountains and view of the three cities (Kathmandu,Bhaktapur and Lalitpur) can be captured from the altitude of 1994m.Dinner/ Night stay at the Tented Camp Resort.
Day 9; Lakuri Bhanjyang to Godawari (28km)
First part of today’s riding is 9 kilometers technical, sharp turn but fun-filled downhill. What goes down must come up we have to ride uphill which is not so steep but demands stamina but not to worry we can have our own pace. We have dinner and stay overnight at Godawari village Resort.
Day 10; Godawari to Kathmandu via Epic race route (35km approx.)
Today our last riding day, we ride through Epic Mountain bike race route but in an opposite way which is pure cross-country trail including uphill, downhill, technical trail and at the same moment we can have chance to soak up some laid back experience of the ancient village of Lalitpur district.
Day 11; Rest Day/ Shopping
Today you have options, either visit the Patan Durbar Square or do shopping on your own or take a rest day at the Hotel.
Day 12; Transfer to Kathmandu Airport/Fly out
Our vehicles will drop you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu two hours prior to flight time.
Riding HoursNormally, our daily riding begins at around 09:00-09:30hrs and given the terrain and riding conditions for the day we plan to have the clients at the next evenings accommodation by 15:00-16:00hrs. This allows time for bike maintenance, a little extra exploration on your own, settling into the hotel and drink and relax before dinner. During the day our lunch break is approx. one hour at the most scenic spot available along the route.
Our Trip Package Cost Includes:
- All meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from Day 1 to Day 10), (Soft drinks and water will be provided)
- Accommodations ( Day 1 to Day 10)
- 1 Professional Guide and Mechanic- All entry fees during the ride
Our Trip Package Cost Excludes:
- Mountain Bike
- Wear and tear of the bike parts and accessories (if bike hired from Epic Mountain bike Adventure)
- International airfare
- Personal extras and special request purchases
- Faxes, e-mails and other personal correspondence
- Support vehicle, unless requested at extra charge.
- Drinks other than tea / coffee as served with the meals.
- Visa fees (if required), vaccination costs, personal clothing and equipment, all items of a personal nature
- Medical treatments
- Emergency & Evacuation Costs,
- Personal Travel Insurance
- All costs associated with cancellations, changes & unavoidable delays, beyond
MINIMUM PAX IN A GROUP: 3!
BIKE HIRE: We hire Hard Tail GIANT ATX pro bikes of different sizes.
BIKE HIRE COST: Per day US$ 10
Tipping is expected, but it is not mandatory.
Customize Your Trip: This is a general itinerary, which can always individually be “tailormade”. The trek package can be redesigned or redeveloped as per your taste, For more information please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Important: In case of emergency during the trip, Helicopter will be arranged by Swiss Family Treks & Expedition GmbH. The charges must be paid by the clients themselves.