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Mountain Bike Kathmandu to Pokhara
This Nepal mountain biking tour explores the culture and pageantry of the three tiny kingdoms of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur before heading to Gorkha. Visit the palace of the former principality of Gorkha and learn about Gurkha warriors before riding on to a Hindu temple that celebrates the goddess Kali. The bike tour ends in Pokhara, once on the trade route between India and China, and now the base for trekkers on the Annapurna circuit. You'll camp on the route so that you can ride through areas that are less frequented and unspoilt.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration11 days
- Culture LevelOut There
- Skill Level4 - Advanced
- Activity Level4 - Challenging
- Elevation4 - Challenging
- Distance215.6 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance24.2 miles
- Day 1Touchdown Kathmandu
Meet at Kathmandu hotel for a tour through the city to visit some top attractions – Monkey Temple and Durbar Square. After an afternoon of going through the alleyways of Kathmandu, the group will for dinner and a trip briefing.
- Day 2Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Kathmandu
After breakfast, you will be driven to the hill station of Nagarkot on the north-eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley and then proceed by bike further for 4 km uphill to the highest point, Nagarkot Tower, where you'll have views from Ganesh Himal to Everest. Then you'll ride downhill on dirt trails until Bhaktapur - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will cycle on side roads on the return to Kathmandu via the Guheshwori temple, offering you a true insight into the typical village life of Kathmandu Valley.
- 21.7 miles
- Day 3Kathmandu – Kakani
Today's ride will be mostly uphill until reaching the northern rim of Kathmandu Valley at the hill station town of Kakani (2,073 m/ 6,800 ft) where the beautiful Langtang range greets the group. A full tented camp with Sherpa crew will greet us at Kakani.
- 16.8 miles
- Day 4Kakani – Trishuli
Start the day right with breakfast and a sunrise view then ride downhill to the Trisuli Valley. You'll ride through several settlements with terraced fields. Once you reach Tadi, the trails become flatter and wider before reaching the camp for you to enjoy time by the riverside environment of Trisuli River.
- 28.6 miles
- Day 5Trishuli – Gorkha
Today, you'll continue to ride by the side of the Trisuli River. The group then transfers up to Gorkha, a former capital of Nepal, to take a sightseeing tour of the historical Royal Palace of the former Shah dynasty.
- 22.4 miles
- Day 6Gorkha – Sundar Bazar
Today you will have a great downhill ride from Gorkha, passing though Turture village and orange orchards that will be ripe from October to December. Tonight's camp is next to a stream on the outskirts of Sundar Bazar.
- 28 miles
- Day 7Sundar Bazar – Kalasti
Leaving the Annapurna views behind, you'll ride along side a stream into beautiful Kunchha village. You'll be taking a break there and have some local tea before heading westwards along the Risti Khola to Kumalgaon. Then it's dirt trails as you ride mostly uphill to Bhorletar, passing small typical Nepali villages on the way.
- 24.9 miles
- Day 8Kalasti – Begnas Lake
A challenging riding day, cycling mostly uphill and on dirt tracks to Begnas Ridge, where again you'll be treated to amazing Himalayan views. The group will stop for tea at Sarke Bhanjyang before having the reward of a descent down trails that head to the water’s edge of picturesque Begnas Lake. Camp is set on the side of the lake and the great Himalayan views dominated by the peaks of the Annapurnas plus the lake views will surely leave an impression.
- 18.6 miles
- Day 9Begnas Lake – Kali Hill
After having breakfast alongside Begnas Lake you'll ride again mostly uphill for about 15 kms (9.3 mi) on dirt trails to the top of Tiwari Danda, Kali Temple (named after the Goddess of victory over evil powers) and the spot for tonight's camp.
- 17.4 miles
- Day 10Kali Hill – Pokhara
The final day of riding will be on a mix of dirt and paved trails through villages before joining the main road into Pokhara, Nepal's 2nd largest city. After checking into the hotel, the afternoon is free to explore the cafes or to hire a boat on the lake.
- 24.9 miles
- Day 11Pokhara
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pokhara center to start another adventure or to fly or drive back to Kathmandu.