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Pokhara to Kathmandu Guided Cycling Holiday
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Tour Summary


Superb Himalayan off-road mountain biking holiday

“This tour is ideal for someone looking to do a trip to the Himalayas with low altitude and generally pleasant climate.”

· Explore the ancient temples of Kathmandu
· Stunning lakeside rides at Pokhara`s Phewa Tal
· Bike the Vertical Mile across the Kathmandu Valley rim
· Cycle to to the sensational Annapurna viewpoint of Sarangkot

6 nights hotels and lodges, 5 nights camping, 9 days biking, 350 km (218 miles), 75% off-road – 25% vehicle supported, Max altitude – 2250 metres. Join in Kathmandu. MEAL PLAN: All meals included

Tour Introduction


Nepal is recognised to be one of the world’s great mountain biking destinations and this superb cross-country bike ride is one of our favourites and an acknowledged classic. Linking together a maze of remote dirt roads and village paths between Pokhara and Kathmandu, this is a brilliant mountain biking adventure in just a week and a half.

Flying to Pokhara, we have a couple of days biking the area’s classic routes, including the Kali Horseshoe, with superb views of the Annapurnas and of the beautiful Macchapucchare (Fishtail). We then ride eastwards, via the Marsyangdi River and the ridge-top town of Gorkha.

From here, we have devised a superb new 2-day section that completely avoids the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road and follows instead a radical route alongside the Ankhu Khola (one of the main tributaries of the Buri Gandaki River). Finally, beyond Trisuli Bazaar, we make the testing, mile-high, climb to the Kathmandu Valley rim, where we are treated to a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks from our lunch stop at Kakani.

The final afternoon’s ride provides an entertaining downhill blast back to bustling Kathmandu, after which we can celebrate in style in the incomparable Nepalese capital. This is a trip at low altitude, with classic Himalayan trails and a generally very pleasant climate. Stunning scenery and great cycling across diverse terrain, together with the friendliness of the local people, make this an unforgettable experience.

Day-by-Day Cycling Holiday Itinerary


Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Rendezvous at the group hotel. Complimentary airport transfer provided. Package services begin with the evening meal.

Day 2: Tour of Kathmandu

Our still packed bikes travel overland to Pokhara, whilst we enjoy a tour of Kathmandu visiting sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites, followed by dinner in one of favourite restaurants.

Day 3: Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara

After breakfast we take the short flight along the Himalaya to Pokhara. Here in the warmth of this idyllic location we assemble our bikes and take a short afternoon ride on the shore of the picturesque lake of Phewa Tal. Overnight at a Pokhara hotel. Ride distance: 16 km (10 miles).

Day 4: Hill of Sarangkot

Today, we make a circuit ride up and around the hill of Sarangkot which provides a magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range. A long descent takes us back to our hotel in Pokhara and chilled beer! Ride distance 48 km (30 miles) with 1000 metres of ascent and descent.

Day 5: Khali Horseshoe

Leaving Pokhara we tackle the ‘Khali Horseshoe’, including an awesome descent through the village of Hot Chilli to our lakeside camp at Begnas Tal. Optional riding from camp in the afternoon. Ride distance 34 km (21 miles) with 620 metres of ascent and 730 metres of descent.

Day 6: Modi Khola

Our ride today is ‘Dawn to Dusk’. Initially ascending, we then follow a mix of jeep roads and village paths to the Modi Khola. Biking alongside the river and heading south, we finally cross to our camp on the east side of the river at Kalasti. Ride distance 40 km (25 miles) with 800 metres of ascent and 850 metres of descent.

Day 7: Marsyangdi River

It gets even better as we tackle ‘Ridge Riders’. Our morning’s ride on the ‘jungle highway’ takes us through unspoiled ridge-top villages, then via a major downhill blast to the Marsyangdi River. After lunch, we have a great cross-country ride to the Dorandi River and our camp at Chhepetar. Ride distance 56 km (35 miles) with 800 metres of ascent and 700 metres of descent.

Day 8: Gorkha

This morning, we have just a short ride, mostly on a tarmac road and uphill to Gorkha, where we check in at a simple hotel. The afternoon is free to chill out and to explore. An ascent on a stepped path to the viewpoint at the Gorkha Durbar is one option. Ride distance 10 km (6 miles) with 400 metres of ascent and negligible descent.

Day 9: Corker from Gorkha

The ‘Corker from Gorkha’ is possibly the best ride of the whole trip, as we descend to the Buri Gandaki, then take an exciting new route alongside the tributary Ankhu Khola, following challenging tracks and trails, to a camp beyond Kali Sundhari Bazaar. Ride distance 40 km (25 miles) with 800 metres of ascent and 1450 metres of descent.

Day 10: Samari Bhanjyang

Heading east through villages well off the beaten track, we start out with a long climb on a rough jeep road to Samari Bhanjyang. It’s then downhill to Phedi and a junction with the tarmac road for the last stretch to our riverside camping place close to Trisuli Bazaar. Ride distance 48 km (30 miles) with 1300 metres of ascent and 1250 metres of descent.

Day 11: Vertical Mile

Today, we tackle to the long, but steady climb up to the Kathmandu Valley rim – a ‘Vertical Mile’ involving 1600 metres of ascent over a distance of 16 km (10 miles). We follow a quiet road via Thansing Phat and then drop down from the north into Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel. Ride distance 56 km (35 miles) with 1700 metres of ascent and 750 metres of descent.

Day 12: Depart from Kathmandu

Package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers are provided.

Map & Route Information

Route Profile – Important!

Linking together a maze of remote dirt roads and village paths between Pokhara and Kathmandu, this is a brilliant mountain biking adventure in just a week and a half.

Flying to Pokhara, we have a couple of days biking the area’s classic routes, including the Kali Horseshoe, with superb views of the Annapurnas and of the beautiful Macchapucchare (Fishtail).

We then ride eastwards, via the Marsyangdi River and the ridge-top town of Gorkha.

From here, we have devised a superb new 2-day section that completely avoids the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road and follows instead a radical route alongside the Ankhu Khola (one of the main tributaries of the Buri Gandaki River).

Finally, beyond Trisuli Bazaar, we make the testing, mile-high, climb to the Kathmandu Valley rim, where we are treated to a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks from our lunch stop at Kakani.

The final afternoon’s ride provides an entertaining downhill blast back to bustling Kathmandu, after which we can celebrate in style in the incomparable Nepalese capital.

This is a trip at low altitude, with classic Himalayan trails and a generally very pleasant climate.

Stunning scenery and great cycling across diverse terrain, together with the friendliness of the local people, make this an unforgettable experience.

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Holiday Overview

Please read carefully as important information is contained in the below…

What’s Included

• An experienced professional local bike guide
• Kathmandu Airport transfers
• Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
• Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
• All accommodation as described
• All meals throughout the trip
• Full camping service including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

What’s Not Included

• Travel Insurance
• Nepalese Visa
• Tips for local bike guide and support crew
• Miscellaneous expenses – drinks and souvenirs etc
• Bike Carriage on the flights – please check with your carrier for charges

Meal Plan

All meals are included in the trip price, from dinner on Day 1 through to breakfast on Day 12.

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally located tourist-class hotel. We will also spend 2 nights in hotel accommodation in Pokhara and a further night in a basic hotel in Gorkha.

There will be a total of 5 nights camping. All accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex.

It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels.

In Kathmandu and Pokhara, single rooms are available at supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu can also be pre-booked. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

Is this holiday for you?

If you love fast cross-country and like to test yourself on back-country trails, this is the ideal ride for you. Suitable for Mountain Bikes fitted with knobbly tyres, this trip will provide a fun challenge for regular weekend bikers with reasonable off-road skills.

Although we are able to bike almost the entire route, there will be some short steep climbs or sections of stepped pathway, where you will have to carry or push your mountain bike.

Generally, the riding conditions are excellent, on rough jeep roads and broad village paths. There are also some sections of technically demanding single and doubletrack, some tough climbs and some exciting descents. We must stress that apart from the emergency tool kit that you would take on any day ride, you will not be required to carry any luggage.

Altitude is not generally a problem as the biking is mainly below the 2000 metre mark. Accumulating over 7000 metres of ascent and descent, previous off-road experience and a reasonable level of fitness is essential for maximum enjoyment.

The support vehicle cannot generally follow the bikes. Average 40 kilometres per day and bike hire available locally.

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Pokhara to Kathmandu, 12 days, 11 nights
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