You'll cycle through an exciting cross section of Nepal, taking in rustic villages, ancient cities and magnificent temples. You won't have to off-road too much, but you will get to go off the beaten track to see hidden settlements and outposts stuck in a time all of their own.
Day 1: Pokhara/ Sarankot. Fly to Pokhara with an early morning flight. On arrival we will be transferred you by boat to our Country house "The Retreat", nestled on the other side of Phewa Lake. This beautifully built residence made of hand cut stone on a hill top with 180 degree views of the Annapurna Himalayas and the whole lake and set amongst a landscaped garden will make for a delightful stay. A home cooked traditional Nepalese meal will be tonight’s dinner. We’ll first catch up on a little breakfast and make a return crossing of the lake and start riding to Bindhbasani Temple.
It’s all on road as we depart Pokhara Township before we start a 10 km uphill to Sarangkot hill station. Mountain views are exceptional from here as we gaze directly upon the Annapurna Ranges but seem to be within arms reach of the most popular "Fishtail" (Machhapuchhre) Himal. After lunch we ride downhill to Thulakhet then to Pame and transferred to our resort for the rest of the day. Today’s ride is warm-up ride leading into our next 5 days heading back towards Kathmandu and the town of Arughat. Today Total: Distance: 45 km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 2: Pokhara-Kalikasthan-Begnas Tal. Breakfast on the front lawn overlooking the lake then we boat it to Lakeside to start our riding on a flat paved road till Bijayapur Khola, a journey of approx. 12km. After crossing the bridge we peddle left from the Army camp and ride alongside the river to Lapsidada and onwards to the beautiful village named Kalikasthan (this name comes from goddess Kali temple. The total uphill ride is 9km till Kalikasthan.
Again we will have fantastic view of Annapurna, Manaslu and Daulagiri peaks from here. We take a lunch break here and cool off after the uphill from Bijayapur Khola. A touch of the local flavors and menu will be on offer as we lunch at the local store before we bike it about 6km downhill to Talchok. The terrain flattens out and then leaves a small uphill into our small island resort situated in between Begnas and Rupa Lake. Total Distance: 42km. Meals: Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Begnas-Rambazar-Bhorletar-Sisaghat. Today’s ride is mostly downhill over the 35kms that takes us further east and after just 4km of flat and a small climb we reach to Urchale Bhanjyang (Bhanjyang meaning small pass). Now, we have 12km downhill to Karputar and then we cross the Modi River and reach Bhorletar. It’s a small town with just a few shops to service the local settlements. We will take a break here and grab a snack from these local shops, giving a few insights to local culture and their way of life.
After lunch, again it’ an easy ride that is mostly down to Sisaghat where we will stay in the local guesthouse. A basic overnight stay void of the normal western luxuries. Along the way, each and every place we visit on this route offers variations on food, culture and traditions. The road we travel was an old walking route from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Gorkha, before there was any road network connected. Total Distance: 35km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Sisaghat-Kunchha-Paudi-Tarpughat-Palungtar. Today, is a longer day on the trails with the first 25km mostly uphill till Kunchha. With it comes a beautiful ride via Soti Pasal and the many small shops where we will make our lunch stop and have a good chance to mingle with the locals where they are few and very friendly. After Kunchha, and having completed our uphill prior to lunch we now have earn’t a rewarding downhill except for the 1km uphill after crossing mighty Marsyangdi River.
We pass through the town of Paudi and then ride alongside of Marsyangdi River via Tarphutar and onto Tarpughat. Our final destination for the day is a short ride beyond at Palungtar where we’ll find our Guest House. We might get to view some local celebrations and festivities if it you’re here in the festive season of October /November. Total Distance: 55km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Palungtar- Laxmi Bazar - Gorkha. Leaving Palungtar after a leisurely breakfast, we ride 5km beyond, uphill to Luitel Gaon and then to Satdobato (Satdobato: meaning seven trails meeting points), so its fairly obvious that many village trails meet at this point. We will enjoy fresh brewed Nepali tea and oranges (orange farming in this area is quite popular, every house having at least over 20 trees) whilst taking a break then leave the main trail and use a shortcut route to Chhepetar, which may require a short carry of our trusty bikes for just for 5 minutes once we have crossed the bridge at the Daraundi River.
Daraundi will be our lunch spot, with some well stocked local goods and once recharged then we’ll tackle the mostly uphill but gradual climb to the historic City of Gorkha via Laxmi Bazar. Beautiful terraced farm land where whole hillsides bloom yellow from the flowering mustard plants during the months October to February make for a memorable sight. Gorkha is the ancient kingdom and old capital of the ex-Shah dynasty, who ruled until recently for 237 years in Nepal. Gorkha Dubar is on top of the hill just beyond the main town and we’ll visit in here in the evening. Overnight Guesthouse. Total Distance: 37km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Gorkha – Kathmandu valley. From the ridge-top at Gorkha beautiful sunshine and spectacular views of Manaslu and Annapurna are the feature from your breakfast table. With Kathmandu our destination today we’ll make a warm up ride of 1km uphill then cruise into Phinam village on a flat dirt jeep tail before finding Taple to complete a lovely morning’s ride. It will be the beautiful villages on the way to Khanchok where we will have lunch; one of the last on trail lunches of our 7-day long tour.
Another short climb to welcome after lunch as you bike into Ghyamsal. A big downhill awaits us just out of town and all the way into Arughat. Arughat was important place in the ancient time for the local trade. After a tea break, we pack our bikes on our bus and drive into the Kathmandu Valley over the next 4 hour. Tonight, we stay in Thamel, and you have enough time to chill out in the many good restaurants and bars around town. O/N Hotel Fuji Total Distance: 42km. Includes: (B), (L).
Day 7: Nagarkot: Today we take a single track route into the north-east corner of the Kathmandu Valley, then it is time to ride a mix of single and jeep tracks to wind our way upwards to Nagarkot. Our actual route will depend on the condition of the trails. A short steep climb into the hill station of Nagarkot will reward you with glorious mountain vistas from where 8 of the world’s top 10 peaks can be seen from our comfortable hotel located on the valley rim. Enjoy the spectacular view of the Himalayas which stretch all way to Mt. Everest made ever more enjoyable by sunset drinks from the hotel terrace. 25km or 35km. O/N Nagarkot. Distance: 35km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Nagarkot - Bhaktapur – Kathmandu. We start our last day’s riding with a downhill dream ride descending more than 2800ft, starting from 7100ft (2164m). But first there is breakfast on the terrace with a last peak over many 7000-m white mountain tops stretching through to Tibet before we commence the smooth paved switchback descent down into the valley that runs to the entrance of Bhaktapur City. From here we ride to the medieval town and earlier Kingdom of Bhaktapur, a world Heritage site, restored by UNESCO to its former glory. The narrow streets, squares and temples are great fun to explore by bike and the town is closed off to vehicle traffic.
The inhabitants of Bhaktapur are Newari’s whose excellent craftsmanship can be seen in the many shops selling silverware and religious items. We‘ll take lunch in the rich cultural atmosphere of Taumadi Square surrounded by temples and devotees making offerings. It’s also possible to visit Changu Narayan, a must for those interested in culture - the ancient temple complex here, which includes the oldest Hindu temple in the valley dating from the sixth century. In the evening we transfer back to our accommodation in Kathmandu for a last night and celebration of our achievements over dinner! O/N Hotel Fuji. Total Distance: 35km. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Depart Kathmandu. You are free to depart this morning.
Note: All distances are approximate and the actual route taken on the day may vary according to the leader’s discretion taking into account local conditions and the abilities of your group.
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