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Cycling Nepal - Annapurna and the Terai

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 day(s)
Group Size: 4 - 10 people
Destination(s): Nepal  
Specialty Categories: Bicycle Touring  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2950 Australian Dollar (AUD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 2950 Australian Dollar (AUD)

After a day in cosmopolitan Kathmandu to prepare for your adventure, we let you settle into your saddle with an easy but exciting ride through delightful rural valley villages, experiencing their colorful local culture and the dramatic mountainous backdrops. After that, you'd better hold on tight to your handlebars - your second day on the bike starts off with a thrilling downhill ride from the hilltop lookout of Daman, which drops down by 1500m altitude along 80 simply thrilling kilometers, twisting and turning through a river valley that gives you an enthralling view of the Himalayas on a clear day.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu. Transfer to our centrally located hotel. You are free to explore the area, prepare the bikes and in the evening attend a trip briefing and enjoy a dinner out with your biking companions in anticipation of the adventure that lies ahead. Accommodation: Guest House. Includes: (D).

Day 2: Kathmandu/ Cycle to Daman. We leave Kathmandu early morning in a support bus to Tistung, on the edge of the Kathmandu valley. From here we saddle-up for our introductory off-road ride, with full vehicle support, in the Palung Valley to Kulekhani Lake (28km). Today’s cycling will be through rural villages and the scenes of local life and friendly local people make for a fantastic riding experience. After a late lunch we re-hit the trail and those of you that are undaunted by Himalayan hills can ride up to our hotel, the Everest Panorama Resort, near Daman.You will enjoy the spectacular mountain views, on a clear day you can almost see the full Himalayan mountain range, from Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west. Overnight Daman. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Cycle Daman to Hetauda. After breakfast we cycle down to a nearby monastery then return to the hotel for lunch. Having filled up with excellent food, we prepare for the exciting ride to Hetauda in the Terai. The road descends an amazing 1,500m in altitude over 80 km, twisting and turning a river valley this is a truly exhilarating ride. Overnight Hetauda. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Cycle Hetauda to Sauraha. We take a short transfer by support vehicle to clear Hetauda and any traffic and after approx 30km start our biking into Sauraha, the main town adjoining Chitwan National park. We’ll be riding dirt tracks with guide support only, over some 40km of level terrain. The terrain in the Terai is completely different to other parts of Nepal as it is flat and feels very much like you are in India, which in fact is very close! This is fantastic riding as we travel on bullock-drawn cart tracks as we pass through neat mud-walled villages, paddy fields and mixed sub-tropical forests crossed by numerous rivers and we reach our accommodation, hopefully arriving in time to enjoy one of the amazing Terai sunsets! Overnight Safari Lodge Chitwan. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Rest day Chitwan National Park. Today is your chance to explore the jungle and an exciting guided tour either on elephant back or a foot safari can be arranged to make the most of the experience. Chitwan National Park is the oldest national park in Nepal was also granted World Heritage status due to the extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna found here. Think of Rudyard Kipling’s "Jungle Book" and you’ll have an idea of what to expect! Some of the flagship species include one of the last populations of Indian Rhinoceros and Bengal tiger as well as Leopards and Asian Elephants. It is a remarkable experience to wander through the forest and see peacocks, troops of Monkeys and deer herds all around you. The park is home to at least 43 species of mammals, 450 species of birds, and 45 species of amphibians and reptiles. The Sal forests are literally teeming with wildlife and the river is also home to rare Gangetic Dolphins. Overnight Safari Lodge Chitwan. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 6: Cycle Chitwan National Park to Tansen. We leave the park and spend the whole day cycling through the western Terai along dirt and tar sealed roads, seeing village life close up. There is an epic descent and for those that feel up to it a one hour climb to the Someshwar Mountains. Distance covered today will be approximately 60km. In the afternoon we make our way by vehicle to Tansen, an ancient hill town, famous for its architecture strongly influenced by Newari migrants from the Kathmandu valley. Our Stay here offers an opportunity to experience genuine Nepali culture and nature, as Tansen receives few foreign visitors. Our Hotel is located on the hill of Srinagar which offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan range from Dhaulagiri to Ganesh Himal. Overnight Tansen. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Cycle Tansen to Pokhara. This morning you have the option of trekking for two hours in the morning to reach the Kali Gandaki River and the recently restored Ranighat Palace. Known as the "Taj Mahal of Nepal" this beautiful building sits on a remote location overlooking the river and has an air of mystery about it. In the afternoon we continue onwards by bike to Pokhara, gaining beautiful views of Mt. Machhapuchhre (The Fishtail) and the Annapurna Range. Nepal’s second city, Pokhara, is set along one of three lakes in the area, providing serene views with the backdrop of the Annapurna range behind. The mountains here are surprisingly close and are so immense you can not fully absorb how huge they are. We relax in this fantastic scenery among many of the bars and restaurants that scatter Lake Phewa’s shoreline. You can hire boats on the lake and walk up to the World Peace Pagoda. From here enjoy the views of the mountains, lake and Pokhara spread out in front of you and then walk for 30minutes up to the hilltop, where we stay at a beautiful mountain resort called the Retreat. Overnight Pokhara. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 8: Rest day in Pokhara. Today is free for you to explore around Pokhara, relax in one of the Lakeside cafes, take out a rowing boat or just stay at our hillside accommodation and enjoy the incredible views. Overnight Pokhara. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 9: Cycle and hike the Royal trek. Today we hike and bike along the Royal Trek, a low altitude trek just outside Pokhara so named after Prince Charles hiked it on a visit to Pokhara. After a 13 km drive out of Pokhara to Begnas Lake we set off on foot to Majnathana, two hours uphill, where we meet up with our bikes. From here we descend 20km off-road, initially following the ridgeline and giving awe inspriring views of Annapurna IV. Once we reach the bottom of the ridge you can ride the 10 km back to Pokhara on relatively flat terrain. Overnight Pokhara. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 10: At leisure in Kathmandu. We catch a morning flight back to Kathmandu, with amazing views over the ranges from Annapurna to Langtang (the bikes return by road). On arrival into Kathmandu transfer to our centrally located hotel and the rest of the day is free for sightseeing or relaxing. Tonight we’ll enjoy a farewell dinner to be held with your guide, amongst the excellent restaurants in Thamel to mark the conclusion of the tour. Overnight Kathmandu. Includes: (B), (D).

Day 11: Depart Kathmandu. The following morning airport transfers will be arranged for those that have booked together with bikes and luggage. Two hours prior to flight time you will be transferred to Kathmandu International Airport.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- 10 nights Hotel/ Guest House accommodation on twin sharing basis
- Well maintained mountain bike with helmet (see below)
- All meals as shown
- Local cycling leader
- Local Driver/ mechanic
- Entry fees to Chitwan National Park
- Support vehicle throughout.

About This Supplier
Location: Australia
Joined InfoHub: Apr 2010
Client Request Served: 37

M20187 provides extraordinary walks and bike rides in Asia and Australia. We specialize in walking and cycling adventures that offer exciting, off the beaten track destinations backed by expert guides, personal service and good equipment. We have over 12 years experience organizing treks and cycle trips through...

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