High Ridges of Kathmandu

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15 Days
Mar-May, Sep-Dec
Moderate/Adventurous
2195m
Overview
  •  Biking around the valley rim overlooking Kathmandu amid breathtaking views of the giant Himalayas.

 

Introduction:
A pleasant scenic rides on the back alley of the old city and head towards the village of Dhulikhel and Godavari and to explore the villages from situated in the Nepal, the land of ups and down, the only flatland on the Gangetic plains of southern Terai running east to west, nevertheless it offers a challenging to pleasant scenic ride from the tropical plains of Terai, meditarian mild mid mountainous lush valleys to the arctic climate of the high alpine region. The only way to discover these hidden treasure land and villages with its warm ever-smiling people is by a walking journey or on mountain bikes.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:

Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.

Day 02:

Bike to Kakani via Nagarjun Forest – Bike to Raniban (Queen Forest) – uphill on Jeep track. From the top descend on single & technical track to main highway and continue to Kakani – 52 Kms. O/N Camp.

Day 03:

Bike to Sundarijal via Budhanilkantha – Bike on single track to Gurju Bhanjyang and downhill to Budhanilkantha on off road – 32 Kms. O/N Lodge.

Day 04:

Bike to Chisapani – off road uphill to Chisapani – 22 Kms. O/N Lodge.

Day 05:

Bike to Nagarkot – off road all the way to Nagarkot – 20 Kms. O/N Camp.

Day 06:

Bike to Dhulikhel – off road downhill to Nala and continue on main highway to Panauti and off road to Namo Buddha. Descend to Dhulikhel – 45 Kms O/N Camp.

Day 07:

Bike downhill on off road to Panchkhal and after lunch ride on main highway to Dhulikhel for overnight. O/N Camp.

Day 08:

Bike to Lakure Bhanjyang – start with main highway and connect off road to Panauti and continue to Lakure Bhanjang – 28 Kms. O/N Camp.

Day 09:

Bike to Godavari (Botanical Garden) – downhill off road to Sisneri and uphill to Kotdanda and descend to Godavari for Lunch. After lunch bike to Phulchowki Top and descend single track to Godavari.– 35 Kms. O/N Camp.

Day 10:

Bike to Pharping – bike on the main highway – 30 Kms. O/N Camp.

Day 11:

Bike to Kulekhani, 32 Kms, gradual ride on jeep track. O/N Camp.

Day 12:

Bike to Tistung, 25 Kms, ride on jeep track. O/N Camp.

Day 13:

Bike downhill to Naubise and ascend to Kathmandu, 55 Kms. O/N Hotel.

Day 14:

Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon free for shopping & independent activities. O/N Hotel.

Day 15:

Transfer to airport for departure.

 

Itinerary

Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

 

On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, biking, do’s and don’t and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.

   

Day 02: 

Bike to Kakakni approx 52 Kms

 

The first day ride leads towards North West of Kathmandu leaving the main city behind the biking climbs up to Nagarjung and the reaching at Kakakni after riding around Raniban area.

   

Day 03:

Bike to Sundarijal via Budnilkantha approx 32 Kms

 

The day begins with a gradual winding ride overlooking the views of Kathmandu valley through the alpine forest the ride descends for a while with a short climb after reaching at Budhanilkantha then riding on the gradual trail all the way to Sundarijal for the  overnight stop.

   

Day 04:

Bike to Chisapani approx. 2,240m. 22 Kms

 

The morning ride leads to a climb on the winding path the trail is more or less gradual in the beautiful woods of oaks, pines and rhododendron with occasional views of the Himalayas to the north, our walk follows short downhill path with two more hours of pleasant trek through the serene forest, and then coming out of the forest to a clearing at Chisopani ridge, where the trail from Shivapuri, Kathmandu and Helambu and Gosainkund meets. Chisopani, a small village situated on the ridge overlooking stunning scenery of the Jugal Himal range and Annapurna to the far west with Gaurishanker and Number towards east.

   

Day 05:

Bike to Nagarkot 20 Kms

 

After a wonderful night stop here at Chisopani, early morning is the best time for the views of the sunrise over the Himalayan range of peaks, continue the wonderful ride on the gradual downhill trail towards south east following the wider dirt road built by the Nepalese Army. After an hour on the good road switch back to the off beaten small shortcut path downhill to Chowki Bhanjyang passing through the army barrack, on reaching Chowki Bhanjyang a small rural village overlooking the eastern side of the Kathmandu valley rim. From here, ride continues on the winding gradual path for few hours passing through the Jarsing Pawa 1,700m, at Jarsing Pawa our route diverts to the upper left on the small path leading towards a small patch of pine forest, after an hour and half of nice gentle biking, then descend for a short distance to Kartike bhanyang. From this place an hour climb on the wider track brings to the popular mountain village at Nagarkot for the overnight stop.
Nagarkot, at a height of 2,100 meters above sea-level, this hill top is visited for viewing beautiful sunrises and sunsets and visitors take delight in the layout of the Kathmandu Valley below, on a clear day Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker and Everest can be seen from this very spot.

   

Day 06:

Bike to Dhulikhel 1,550m. 45 Kms

 

From Nagarkot with the stunning morning views of the sunrise over the magnificent snow capped peaks, morning ride follows the winding path with few gentle uphill and some gradual section, passing through number of farm villages and cultivated terraced field on this isolated area, this region is rarely visited by westerners, it will be a pleasant walk on this less frequented route for a while till it joins the main road at Dhulikhel. Amongst the many routes which criss-cross this low land farmland, it is not always easy to know which the correct path is. It is best to follow a member of the head bike guide at this stage. After a good ride coming to the road head at Dhulikhel, this is one of the best mountain resorts around the valley rim for the panoramic view of the Jugal mountain region. This old Newar town lies beyond the eastern rim of the Valley with comfortable lodging for extended trips, overnight at Dhulkhel.

   

Day 07:

Bike around Dhulikhel 45 Kms

 

There a few places where one can ride today riding to the Panuti village a farm village and then to Namobuddha a scared place for the Buddhist in the middle of peaceful forest then ride back to Dhulikhel for the overnight or for lunch.

   

Day 08:

Bike to Lakure Bhanjyang 28 Kms

 

The ride today starts with a gradual downhill ride to the village of Panuati from here a good slow uphill through the alpine forest overlooking grand views of the green valleys and of the distant peaks towards North the ride after few hours of strenuous brings you at the ridge of Lakure bhanjyang for the overnight stop.

   

Day 09:

Bike to Godavari with Phulchowki 35 Kms

 

The morning ride starts with a downhill slope track following the dirt trail till Godavari area at the rim of Kathmandu valley is reached, the place is famous for various exotic vegetations and it has a botanical and herb garden a peaceful area.

   

Day 10:

Bike to Pharping 30 Kms

 

The ride leaves Godavari through the farms and villages where less visited by westerners around this area, this is the place where the old life of Kathmandu and Patan still exists, an interesting area to observe. Pharping is an ancient renowned city situated in Southern Region of Kathmandu. It was popular with the name “Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)” which was recognized as an independent state with 48000 people in ancient time. So “Shikharapur” is an ancient name of Pharping village. Shikharapur was independent Newari State when Gopaleshowr Temple was in the middle of Pharping. It was an established state at that time when Kathmandu Valley was a lake. It is said there was no existence of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Later Goddess Manjushree cut the Chovar gorge and the water of valley flowed outside then after valley became suitable to stay. Hence, Pharping has its own ancient history, so, it is considered as a History of Village. It’s also said that Great Gurus of Hinduism and Buddhism get enlightened at Pharping. It’s also famous as a religious place. For example; Great Guru Padmasambhava got enlightened at Asura Cave, Gorakhanath and Sheshnarayan Cave at Pharping. It’s important religious place for Buddhist pilgrimages as well.

   

Day 11:

Bike to Kulekhani 32 Kms

 

For Pharping the ride leaves further south passing through rural areas at the very end or rim of Kathmandu valley the ride climbs towards Kulekhani, where there is a hydro electricity dam for Kathmandu city.

   

Day 12: 

Bike to Tistung 25 Kms

 

The ride today on the main old and the first highway of Nepal, the road winds downhill most of the way passing through several farm lands and villages overlooking grand views of the Ganesh Himal, Mananslu and Annapurna to far west, the ride ends after few hours of good biking on the main highway.

   

Day 13:

Bike to Naubise and to Kathmandu 55 Kms

 

The ride today is on the downhill slope most of the way to Naubise town situated on the main Kathmandu-Pokhara highway, from here the ride climbs for few hours till the town of Thankot is reached from here is fairly moderate ride in the busy road till Hotel is reached for the overnight in Kathmandu.

   

Day 14:

In Kathmandu with half day tour.

 

After a memorable time in the outskirt of Kathmandu and beyond enjoy the sightseeing tour at places of interest where Kathmandu-Patan has many heritage sites.

   

Day 15: 

International Departure.

 

Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our HimEX staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.

 

Includes / Excludes

The price includes following services:
1. Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
2. Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
3. Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
4. Hotel / Guest House accommodation as per itinerary during biking on full board basis.
5. Support Vehicle where necessary.
6. All applicable Permit and Entry Fees.
7. Service of Nepali Mountain Biking Guide with his wages, food, and accommodation.

 

However, our price does not include followings:
1. International flights to / from Kathmandu.
2 . Nepal entry visa fees.
3. Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
4. Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
5. Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
6. Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
7. Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
8. Personal clothing and biking gear.
9. Hiring charge of Mountain Bike (if hire from us cost US$ 25 per day – Kathmandu to Kathmandu).

Extensions

If you are not tied up with time limitations, or have more time before or after your main trip with us, you can join / take following extension trips to make your holiday even interesting. According to extra time you have, you can choose a visit to National Parks for jungle safari viewing rare animals, migrant birds and exotic reptiles or enjoy the whitewater rafting or take a cultural tour of Kathmandu, Pokhara, Nagarkot or even make a quick visit to neighboring countries of Tibet – Roof of the world, India – The country of wonders, Bhutan – The Dragon Kingdom.

We can add these extensions before or after your holiday according to the flights that you have booked / can book. Beside these, if you even want just stay in Kathmandu for relax or any independent activities, we can book extra nights at the Hotel. You can book these extensions together with your main trip booking.

 

Chitwan National Park

It is one of the oldest and popular National Parks in Nepal recognized by UNESCO as a World Natural Site. More than 500 Asian one-horned rhinoceros and some 100 nocturnal Royal Bengal Tigers have made their home in this dense forest. There are an estimated 50 species of mammals, over 526 species of birds, 49 amphibians and reptiles and 150 species of butterflies.

The park is spread over an area of 932 sq kms and located in the lowlands of Nepal. The forest cover is predominantly Sal, interspersed with tall grasslands, small hills, ox-bow lakes and flood plains.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Chitwan can be reached both by surface and air.

 

Bardia National Park

The park provides excellent habitat for endangered animals like the rhinoceros, wild elephant, tiger, fresh water Dolphin and many other species of mammals along with over 200 species of birds.

Standard Packages are of 2 nights and 3 nights. Bardia can be reached both by surface and air but since it will be too far to drive from Kathmandu, we offer the packages by air only.

 

Kathmandu

It is a treasure trove of ancient art and architecture that lie hidden in the labyrinth of manmade structures. The ancient pagoda temples and Buddhist stupas stand majestically above the rest of the landmarks. The Palace squares fascinate visitors with its exquisite woodwork and carving. You can extend your holiday from 1-3 days visiting these sites.

 

Pokhara

Pokhara is most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu, not because of its easy accessibility but because of its scenic beauty and proximity to many Himalayas. Rarely does a tourist miss a trip to this beautiful valley of lakes and mountain views. Ekai Kawaguchi who was the earliest visitor of this district, was awed by its beauty. The Annapurna range of the Himalayas dominates the landscape around Pokhara and many of treks and expeditions start from here. Around Pokhara one can go boating on lakes, bird watching, paragliding, fishing, ultralight flying or even pony trek besides regular treks. Pokhara can be reached by air as well as surface.

 

Nagarkot

Nagarkot is one of the most popular hill resorts on the fringe of the Kathmandu valley. With an elevation of 2,195m, is 32 kms away from Kathmandu offers a panoramic view of the valley and is described by the visitors as a place whose beauty endures year round. The extraordinary view of the Himalayan peaks from Dhaulagiri to Kanchenjunga is stupendous. Sunrise view from here is truly magnificent. An array of luxury resorts has made this place enjoyable for all kinds of tourists.

 

Tibet

Tour in Tibet offers a fabulous journey with awesome beautiful picturesque landscape and its colorful people and their culture, tranquil lakes, numerous high passes with stunning views of the mountains. Enriched by the ancient most lavishly decorated monasteries and temples with chanting saffron colored monks, ever smiling faces of people and their typical lifestyle all contributes to this trip a memory of your lifetime. A land so rich in culture, tradition and steeped in religion with its unique landscape, casts an enchanted spell that holds you in thrill and excitement. A journey of a life time, at the roof of the world with exciting adventure on route, and breathe-taking views of range of snow capped mountains. This is truly a stunning trip starting with a panoramic drive or flight over the gigantic Himalayas, a tour of great historical cities of Lhasa, Gyantse and Shigatse in the comfort of the spacious land cruiser and standard Hotels that Tibet has to offer.

 

India

The country of wonders, the lively bazaars, ornate architecture and the something puzzling customs of Indians make any visit a refreshing from the western life. Endowed with a backdrop of that can be anything from snow capped mountain to palm-lined beach, Indian rarely fails to delight adventurous travelers. India is considered to be the rich cultural melting pot with its colorful festivals of all the religion and people, blending well with magnificent landscape of historical cities, jungle, valleys, arid desert to high beautiful Himalayan peaks which makes it a traveler’s destination from sand, sea to snow.

 

Bhutan

The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan, commonly known as ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’ is regarded as the last paradise on earth is slowly emerging from centuries of self-imposed isolation. Closed for the outside world until early seventies, Bhutan has adopted the regulated tourism policy for its visitors in this tiny Himalayan Kingdom by allowing to enter limited numbers of tourists every year. Bhutan has retained its religious and cultural values despite of encroachment of modern civilization in the every nook and corner of the world. Unspoiled majestic virgin peaks, unique cultural heritage preserved for many centuries, an architectural style like no others, a land of full of warm hearted and friendly people have made Bhutan a truly unique destination. You will still find its past in present.

 

ACTIVITIES

River Rafting

Rafting is undoubtedly the best way to explore the Arcadian Nepal. It involves excitement, scenic views and challenge. Nepal has numerous fine rivers for rafting, kayaking or canoeing. The most prominent white water rafting regions are the eastern, the mid and the western rivers. Of all these regions, river Trisuli and the Bhotekoshi are the main popular rafting rivers for short trips. The rivers sometimes offer hair raising roller coaster rides. The float down stream is exhilarating and the scenery of the valley gorges between Himalaya and min Himalayan range is equally captivating. So whatever duration or level of excitement you need we have it.

 

Mount Everest Flight

Mountain flight is truly a memorable experience that one should not miss out in Nepal. If you feel you have not seen enough mountains, the mountain flight is the right choice to rejoice with spectacular panoramic mountains’ views. The bird’s eye view of the 6 mighty mountains above 8,000m out of the 14 from a close range is simply unbelievable. The one hour magic flight will make it possible for you to view uninterruptedly all the enchanting beauty of lofty and snowcapped mountains beyond your imagination. Above all is towering figure of Mount Everest amidst cluster of mountains spread all over Nepal and Tibet will mesmerize the onlookers with its astounding charm and grandeur. It is a great personal pride for you to hover above the clouds closer to the highest peak of the world-a-feat to be achieved only through mountain flight.

 

Bungy Jumping

Just imagination of jumping down from a bridge of 160m above a tropical gorge with the Bhote Koshi, one of the Nepal’s wildest rivers raging below is enough to make your heartbeat run faster. It is the thrill of Bungy jumping as it there is no fun for real adventure lover if challenge is not so hard and difficult. It is located within a reach of 4 hours outside Kathmandu and just 19 kms away from the Tibet Border.

The Bungy bridge happens to be the only privately owned bridge in Nepal. It has been specially designed for Bungy Jumping with a 4X safety factors and has a loading factor of 41,500kg or 4.5 tons according to Swiss measurement.

 

Paragliding

Paragliding is relatively new adventure sports in Nepal. Paragliding in this Himalayan country can be a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience for the adventure seekers. You can experience unparalleled scenic grandeur as you share airspace with Himalayan griffin vultures, eagles, kites while floating over the villages, monasteries, temples, lakes and the jungle with a fantastic view of the majestic Himalayas.

The main area for flying in Nepal is the Annapurna region, more specifically the Pokhara valley. This lakeside town is Nepal’s second city, nestled at the foot of the Annapurna Himal. The views commanded from here of 3 of the world’s 8000m peaks, are unsurpassed. At an altitude of 800m ASL the subtropical climate means that year round, it is short and T shirt weather. The micro climate of the valley makes it an ideal area for flying, with far more constant conditions.

 

Ultralight Flight

Ultralight aircraft is being operated from Pokhara. It has an unique blend of both mountain and plateau area. While flying over the Pokhara valley, you will not miss the scenic beauty of both the Himalayas and the most famous lake of Nepal, Phewa Tal. The flight will be a journey through nature. Don’t miss this truly unique experience.

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