When we think of Mountain Biking, what comes in our mind? Windy roads, rough terrain, beautiful scenery, exotic places, cultural settlement and so on. Nepal is even called Mecca for mountain biking as it is rich in all the things a cyclist look for. From high mountains to Terai’s plain field, from Hilly terrain to exotic national parks, Nepal is one of the top destinations for cycling enthusiasts around the world. Moreover, Nepal is home to magnificent Natural beauties, traditional and untouched civilizations, rich wildlife, and friendly people. Cycling around Nepal is one of the best ways to experience its beauty rather than trekking or on a vehicle.
While there are plenty of mountain biking options like Annapurna Circuit, Upper Mustang, Langtang region, etc., Swotah has carefully designed a cycling trail to give you best Nepal experience by including multi cities and villages to give you the better sense of Nepal and adventure. This trail includes all the major touristic places as well as overlooked places that one must visit.
4 - 14
3281 m/ 10764.4ft
Average cycling per day is more or less 70 KM
This trip will cover more than 10 different cities and villages in Nepal
Cultural, religious as well as historical places have been included in the itinerary
The trip is customizable
Why this Trip
If you are a Mountain Biking fanatic and looking for your next adventure, think of riding near the tallest mountains accompanied by serene nature and warm people then this trip is for you from Swotah Travel.
•We reserve the right to change and that the program may be reversed. Things can happen that make it impossible to meet them as planned. If any meeting or plan would not be feasible, we always try to find an equivalent alternative. In Nepal, you always have a plan B and C!
•What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible
You will be landing in the city of Temples. One of our representatives will be there to escort you directly to our office first for briefing of the itinerary. Right after that you will check-in at the hotel for refreshment. In the evening, we will be seeking your presence at a cultural restaurant with traditional Nepali food for dinner and itinerary briefing.
During the day, we will leave for the beautiful city, Pokhara on deluxe tourist bus along with your cycle. Lunch on the way. After around 6-8 hours’ drive we reach Pokhara in the afternoon, perfect for evening stroll near lakeside and short hike or visit to World peace pagoda. Overnight at Lakeside.
Waking up in the city of lakes is a wonderful feeling in itself. After breakfast we will depart for Naudada, one of the best scenic trails for experiencing the rural life of Nepal. Yow will be astonished by the views of Annapurna, Machhapuchhre and Dhaulagiri mountain ranges, Phewa lakes, Pokhara valley, Paragliding and hilly farming terrace land. Cycling back to Pokhara and overnight in Pokhara. After reaching the hotel, you can chill on the banks of Phewa Lake or take a boat to see the magnificent view surrounding the lake.
Next day we will head towards the cultural ancient city, Bandipur, a living museum of Newari Culture, more or less 80 km from Pokhara. Its main street is lined with traditional row houses which reflect the past culture and lifestyle. With its attractive 18th-century architecture, pedestrian zone and outdoor dining, it has a distinctly European feel. It's amazing how the way it looks reflects as if time has stood still here. You will be delighted to spend the night in this village.
After the cultural town of Bandipur we will be heading to the historical town, Gorkha. Gorkha is a crucial place in the history of Nepal since the unification campaign of Nepal was initiated. We will visit the 16th-century Gorkha Durbar which is a fort, palace and temple all in one after cycling for about 55 km. It lays high above on a knife-edge ridge, with superb views over the Trisuli Valley and magnificent panoramas of the soaring peaks of the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himalaya. Moreover, we will visit the famous Gorkha Museum and Temples.
This is a day for Hindu pilgrims. Devghat is a more or less 150 Km ride, which is home to various temples and caves of Hindu gods, goddesses, and saints. There are numerous ashrams where various religious activities are performed all year round. You can bathe at the junction of the Krishna Gandaki River well known for its rare 'Saligram Sheela (Holy Stone), which Hindu devotees worship as Lord Vishnu. On the way to Devghat we have an option to ride on the cable car and visit much accolade Manakamana Temple, a temple dedicated to Goddess and it is believed that the goddess fulfills all of your wishes.
This day, after breakfast we will cycle to Sauraha, about 150 km from Devghat. You will be excited to visit Chitwan National Park, which is rich in flora and faunas. While in Sauraha, we can observe distinct Tharu culture unlike any other part of Nepal.
Leaving Sauraha behind, we will now be heading towards Hetauda. The city is famous for scenic beauty as well as cultural beauty. Visit to Temples, Makwanpur Gadhi, Herbal farms and Memorial Park. It's 70 km ride or more. Overnight at Hetauda.
About 65 km from Hetauda is Daman, a small village, marketplace, and another great balcony view point to see beautiful Himalayan range. Daman gives you the most spectacular view of the mountains from Dhaulagiri to Mt. Everest in whole of Nepal. Daman is also a favorite spot to enjoy the snow. Overnight at Daman.
Today we will enter Kathmandu Valley via Kirtipur, Pharping, and Chobhar. Known for its art and wonderful squares, Patan, also known as the land of Artisans, is a great place to spend the night. Overnight at Patan.
Next morning we will visit one of the famous durbar squares i.e. Bhaktapur Durbar Square via Namobudhha. Bhaktapur, an open museum is a beautiful Newar city rich in ancient arts, religious values, fabulous cultural traditions, architectural masterpieces and ancient sculptures that date back to 100s of years ago. Overnight at Bhaktapur.
Kathmandu is the heart of Nepal, a melting pot and an eclectic mix of the past and the present. Today, we will be seeing its best places that include Pashupatinath, Boudhanath, and Kathmandu Durbar Square.
We will visit all the places that we couldn’t on the previous day such as Swoyambhunath (Monkey Temple), Bhaktapur Durbar square and Patan Durbar Square as per your preference and the availability of time. You also have the option to do mountain flight in the morning to experience the magnificent view of all those gigantic mountain ranges.
We believe in operating small intimate group to provide personal attention and services to our guests. Small groups can enjoy the trek hassle free and enjoy the customized trip according to their need and suitability. We do not incorporate more than 14 People in a group, unless we get special requests from our clients.
We make sure to take security measures during trip to make your trip delightful. We hire experienced and license holding guides to safeguard your life. We suggest you to follow the guide’s instruction carefully and take responsibility for personal belongings. Always keep your valued belongings near you and lock the door from inside during the night.
There are plenty of water stations on each stop on the route. You can easily fill up the bottle from the open taps. We recommend that you bring water purifier tablets with you or at least get it from Kathmandu before you depart for trip. You can also buy mineral waters but we usually recommend tap water which is pure and it helps us not promoting plastic bottled water.
Weather at the Kathmandu is not so much cool so you should carry a lightweight waterproof jacket along with pant and thermal innerwear to escape the severe cold. If you are doing this tour during winter season you have to carry one down jacket also. But during cycling wear a light and comfortable clothes.
All our guides are experts holding license from Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal Government. They are the most valuable assets of the company. Guides know the route like the back of their hand and use their expertise in ensuring your safety.
If you need extra day to complete the trip, you will need to inform the guide in advance and the guide will let the company know. Adding a day to trip can result in many changes in other arrangements such as transportation, guide’s schedule, flight details, hotel bookings and all. So, we really do not recommend this to our clients unless there is an emergency case. But it is true that those changes could be made but it will cost extra. The best way to do it is to inform the agent company about it.
Before coming to Nepal, make sure you are covered for diphtheria & TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Make sure you are in best shape to complete the trip without any complication.
To confirm your booking, a deposit of 15% of total trip amount is required if you are booking at least a year in advance before trip departure date. If booking is made between 100-364 days before the trip departure, you'll need to pay 20% to confirm the trip. If payment is made between 99-60 days, 25% of the total trip amount will need to be paid and if booked between 59-30 days, 50% of the total trip amount needs to be paid and finally, if you are booking 29 days prior to trip departure, then 100% payment should be made. The payments can be easily made by the bank transfer. The due balance is payable on arrival in Kathmandu with cash (preferably USD/EURO) or card on POS/credit card machine. Please note that non refundable fee is 10% or $200 whichever is greater.