Kathmandu-valley-biking

Kathmandu Valley Round Biking

  • duration 13 days
  • usd 2,090
  • difficulty Medium
  • best season Aug-May
  • max altitude From 4,390 feet at Kathmandu to 7,136 feet at Nagarkot

trip overview

Visit the major monuments in the Kathmandu Valley and travel to the nearby hill station in an eco friendly cycle tour.

Detail itinerary

  • day 01
    Arrival in Kathmandu.

    We will pick you up as you land into Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu and take you to your hotel in a private vehicle.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
  • day 02
    Pre-trip meeting. Then ride from Kathmandu to Kakani.

    Representatives and guides of Mountain Kick will meet with you at your hotel will brief you on the itinerary. We begin cycling in Kathmandu but soon we will leave the city to follow an off-road track through Nagarjun forest. We ride past farmhouses and villages uphill to Kakani which offers scenic view of the Himalayas.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 03
    Ride from Kakani to Budhanilkantha.

    We ride through Shivapuri National Park with the Himalayas in the backdrop and different flora and fauna in the front to reach Budhanilkantha. The Budhanilkantha Temple located here is an open-air Hindu temple the statue of which was carved in the seventh century.It is one of the most popular temples in Kathmandu.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 04
    Ride from Budanilkantha to Nagarkot.

    We begin our day with a short ride to the Boudhanath Stupa. The Stupa is rich in culture and has been listed in Unesco’s World Heritage List. From there, we ride to the historic town of Sankhu which is all farmlands. Then, we take a jeep-track to Nagarkot hill station. Nagarkot offers an excellent view of the Himalayas, sunrise and sunset.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 05
    Rest at Nagarkot.

    The weather at Nagarkot is very pleasant so we will spend the day making bike excursions to different monuments in the ancient city of Bhaktapur and back.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 06
    Ride from Nagarkot to Palanchowk.

    It is a downhill ride today through villages and farmlands to Palanchok. From Palanchok, you can ride uphill to visit the famous Palanchok Bhagwati temple dedicated to goddess Bhagwati, the main female deity in the Hindu religion. Beautiful scenes of the Himalayas will accompany us throughout the trip.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 07
    Ride from Palanchowk to Dhulikhel.

    Dhulikhel is one of the major towns surrounding the Kathmandu Valley. We will ride downhill first and then ascend to reach this beautiful city in the hills.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 08
    Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali.

    A paved road leads to Balthali village. The village is unique because it is surrounded by different ecosystems which make it perfect for bike tours. There are forests and hill-side farmlands to visit or you can cycle towards the village and see traditional houses or temples.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 09
    Ride from Balthali to Suryabinayak.

    We visit another beautiful village of Panauti before descending to Bhaktapur. Here we cycle around Bhaktapur Durbar Square, a centuries-old royal courtyard where the former palaces and temples still stand in their former glory. This is another site included in the Unesco’s World Heritage list. You will feel like you have got back in time as the people and neighborhoods here have remained the same for ages. We spend the night at Suryabinayak village.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 10
    Ride from Suryavinayak to Godavari (1,545m).

    An off-road track through a forest and some villages leads to Godavari. Godavari is famous for its flower gardens and forests and offers a peaceful bike-riding experience. A short trip to the summit of the Phulchoki Hill will be rewarded with beautiful scenes of the Kathmandu Valley and the Himalayas.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 11
    Ride from Godavari to Kathmandu.

    We ride back to Kathmandu through Lalitpur district. In the district, we will visit yet another Unesco-listed heritage site the Patan Durbar Square. This is similar to the Durbar Square in Bhaktapur but offers a slight different taste of Lalitpur’s history and culture.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast
  • day 12
    Sightseeing in Kathmandu.Farewell Dinner.

    We will spend the final day of cycling by visiting the remaining heritage sites in Kathmandu. We will visit the Pashupatinath Temple, one of the holiest Hindu temples in the world and the Syayambhunath Stupa, a Buddhist temple which stands overlooking the Kathmandu Valley.

    • Accomodation: Hotel
    • Meal: Breakfast & Farewell Dinner
  • day 13
    Final Departure.

    We will drop you to Tribhuvan International Airport and you will be gone with recollections of your Himalayan journey to keep you busy throughout the flight.

    • Meal: Breakfast

Included in cost

  • Receive you from and drop you to the airport or hotel in our company vehicle.
  • Stay at a three-star hotel in Kathmandu on a twin-sharing basis. Breakfast is provided.
  • Sightseeing around Kathmandu in a private vehicle with our guide. All entrance fees will be paid.
  • Stay at guesthouses during the cycling trip on a twin-sharing basis. Meals are not provided.
  • Local government-licensed guides.
  • Fees for entering Shivapuri National Park.
  • We will lend you a down jacket and a sleeping bag for throughout the trek.
  • A duffel bag, a sun hat and a t-shirt as a souvenir from us.
  • A traditional Nepali feast with cultural shows as a farewell dinner.
  • All tourist fees, government charges and other official expenses throughout the trip.

Not included in cost

  • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. All meals throughout the cycling trip.
  • Additional stay before, during or after the set itinerary.
  • Charges at airports or other areas for excess luggage.
  • Alcohol, hot or cold drinks, bottled water, and other snacks.
  • Phone calls, internet, laundry, additional porters, and other personal expenses.
  • Travel insurance. (It is compulsory and covers emergency rescue and evacuation.)
  • International airfare to and from Kathmandu.
  • Visa fees for entering Nepal.
  • Trekking equipment.
  • Other expenses not mentioned in “Included in cost” list.

Accomodation during the Trip

In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. Single supplement will be served on request and will cost an additional USD 250.Also note that single rooms is easily available in Kathmandu and the trekking regions at lower elevation but it might be difficult to find them at higher elevations.

faqs

  • How do I come to Nepal?
    You have to book your own international flight from your country to Nepal and back according to your trip departure dates.
  • Which is best time of the year to travel?
    Most of the biking routes are open throughout the year but September through to December and March to May are the best months to travel.
  • What travel documents do I need?
    As soon as you land into Kathmandu, we take care of all your travel documents required during your trip. You just need to bring your passport and a copy of your travel insurance. Tourist fees and permits to enter certain areas will be arranged for by Mountain Kick.
  • What happens after I land into Nepal?
    A chauffeur from Mountain Kick will come receive you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Representatives of the company will visit you at the hotel itself and brief you on your trip.
  • Where will I be staying during the trip?
    In Kathmandu, you will stay in a three-star hotel while you will be staying at standard guesthouses during your travel. There will be electricity, internet, laundry and hot showers in all of the places you stay. You will have to share your room with a fellow traveller in our typical package. At some destinations, especially in the Himalayas, you will have to stay in a tented camp. If you want to make separate living arrangements, talk to us beforehand and we can arrange single rooms for additional $250. Some guesthouses at very high altitudes and remote places may not have attached washrooms or single rooms.
  • And food?
    All your major meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included in your biking package except in Kathmandu (where only breakfast is provided for). You will be served local food at all places we dine but you can order anything you like on the menu which you will have to pay for yourself. You will have a range of options so there won’t be a problem if you are a vegetarian or vegan. We make sure you get healthy and hygienic food throughout your travel.
  • What will a cycling trip with Mountain Kick involve?
    You will cycle in the Himalayas in a group of international travellers fully assisted by our guides and local support staff. Travel will involve plenty of sightseeing and mixing with local culture.
  • Which bike will I get?
    You will need a hard tail mountain bike with full suspension for cycling in high altitude. For road biking, you will need a road bike or a hybrid bike. We have several types of high quality bikes for you to choose for the trip. Your rides will be checked by our mechanic before embarking on each journey and will be regularly maintained.
  • Do I need prior cycling experience?
    Not necessarily. But as you have to cycle for hours in rugged mountainous terrain, you have to be in good physical shape. It is, however, expected that you have taken light endurance training especially for longer trips.
  • How long do I have to cycle each day?
    On most days of your trips, you will trek for a couple of hours only. But some biking days require as much as eight hours of cycling in high altitude. However, there will be plenty time each day for rest and acclimatization.
  • How much help do I get during the trip?
    Our guides and porters always put your safety and comfort first. We have English-speaking guides who take you to all major attractions throughout the travel and are happy to answer all your queries. We have local support staff in all villages and camps you reach to assist you in any way possible.
  • What happens in case of injuries and emergencies?
    The guides always carry a professional first aid kit with them to treat with minor injuries. We also have health professionals at villages and camps along the journey. The travel insurance you take (which is compulsory) covers any and all emergency rescue and evacuation.
  • What if I want to do something beyond the itinerary?
    We are always happy to accommodate your wishes during the travel so far as they do not conflict with schedules and other travellers. If you have special plans, you can talk to us beforehand so that we can arrange a customized trip for you.
  • What equipment do I bring?
    You have to bring all travel equipment yourself. Please see the equipment list section for a standard list of required equipment prepared by our guides. Most of the items are easily available in Kathmandu in case if you miss any and we also lend you some of the gears for the duration of the trip for a small fee.
  • Will I get to communicate with the outer world?
    There is internet and telephone connection in all of our stops for the day throughout the journey. You will be able to call back home or post your pictures on Facebook everyday.
  • What are the modes of transportation for travel mentioned in the itinerary?
    Rides for sightseeing and reaching destinations within city limits are done in a private vehicle like a car, a jeep or a microbus. Most of the long distance travel is done in luxurious tourist buses hired exclusively by the company. In some journeys, you may also need to take a public bus but as you will travel in a group with our guides and support staff, you need not worry about your safety or comfort.
  • How much money do I need to carry during the trip?
    Around $50 will be enough to buy you lunch and dinner in Kathmandu. During your travel, you can get by with around $25 a day. But it depends on how much you want to spend. Due to the exchange rate and predominantly rural economy of Nepal, things are pretty cheap in Nepal.
  • Can I use my credit cards?
    Almost all international credit cards are accepted in Nepal. However, not all places, especially during your travel, accept them. There may be a fee involved in processing your card.
  • Are tips for my guides and porters expected? How much?
    Our staff do not expect you to tip them. Generally, travellers tip them if they are satisfied with the service as a means of gratitude. Even when travellers tip the guides and porters, there is no fixed rate. However, if you like to tip them, follow customs of your own country for tipping (which, as we have learned, is 10 to 15 percent of total cost for most western countries).
  • Where will I get a visa to come to Nepal?
    You can obtain a visa at your home country through Nepal’s embassy or consular office. But you can easily get a visa upon arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu. You just need two passport-size photographs. A tourist visa with multiple entry for 30 days costs $40 while the same for 90 days costs $100.
  • How do I book a tour?
    Click Book Now to enter your details and we shall contact you. You can contact us directly for any further information or to prepare a customized itinerary for you. For payment information, see our Terms and Conditions.

Trip notes

  • Please make sure you take a travel insurance at home before arriving here. It is mandatory and you cannot take it in Nepal. Your insurance agent will know which insurance plan suits your travel.
  • It is advisable that you free up a few days before and after your trip schedule. For reasons beyond our control like flight delays, accidents and natural hazards, the itinerary may have to be altered.
  • Please inform us and our guides if you have any medical condition that might affect your trip. Please consult your doctor beforehand for any precautions you need to take and always carry medicines if you need them. However, our guides and local support staff have been trained in basic medical intervention and your travel insurance covers any emergency rescue or evacuation.
  • You may decide to alter your itinerary to some degree as long as there are no time constraints and everyone consents, if you are travelling in a group. Talk to us before embarking on the trip or you may also talk to our guides to see if we can arrange something. One thing we have learned from mountaineering all these years is however good you plan your journey, there are bound to be some improvisations to make our experience richer.

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As one of the core guiding principles for Mountain Kick, we always give back to the mountain community in any way we can as a means of gratitude. The people who live in the Himalayas and share their homes with us deserve to have all their little problems fixed which seem very basic for outsiders but are commonplace in rural Nepal. The people lack proper access to healthcare, sanitation and education but a little effort from travellers goes on a long way to solve these issues. Mountain Kick has made it its corporate social responsibility to help improve the living standards of the local community. We make donations to their cause, organize social campaigns and programs and also have a few trips designed to mix a little volunteer work in your holiday.

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