Biking the Mid Hills – in Tiger & Elephant Country

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16 Days
Mar-May, Sep-Dec
Moderate/Adventurous
2320m
Overview

Introduction:
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. Mountain biking is great fun and a perfect way to discover Nepal’s

great diverse landscape and culture, of tremendous terrain’s, tracks and trails. Where mountain bike takes you away from the hustle bustle of the city-town life into serene country life, on a hidden trail rarely visited area of local villages, its traditional rural life style that has preserved for centuries. Mountain biking is a great way to explore the Kathmandu valley or to follow the trail to the plains of Terai or bike to the legendary yak and yeti trail to Everest or other Himalayan destination, which allows you to experience the tranquility of rural Nepal in the shadow of the Himalaya.

Outline Itinerary:

Day 01:

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

Day 02:

Half day sightseeing tour. Assemble the bikes. O/N Hotel. (B)

Day 03:

Start the biking trip, bike to Chitlang (Start the biking on the main highway till Thankot. From here intersection to Chitlang – off road uphill ride to Bhanjyang and then downhill on off road to Chitlang) – approx 30 kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 04:

Bike to Tistung – Palung (Continue on off road to Markhu, gradual. Then intersection to Palung main highway) – approx 25 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 05:

Bike to Hetauda (Bike on main highway) – approx 55 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 06:

Bike to Chitwan with visit local Tharu Village in Sauraha and also visit Bishhajari Tal (Bike & Drive to Chitwan) – approx 40 Kms. O/N Jungle Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 07:

Full day jungle activities at Chitwan. O/N Jungle Lodge. (B/L/D)

Day 08:

Biking from Chitwan and intersect with main Kathmandu / Pokhara highway at Muglin and continue riding to Bandipur – approx 70 Kms. O/N Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 09:

Bike to Gorkha (Bike down hill on off road to Khaireni and continue on main highway to Gorkha) – 32 Kms. O/N Hotel or Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 10:

Bike to Palungtar (Bike on off road downhill Daraundi Khola and gradual biking on off road to Palungtar) 32 Kms. O/N Camp.

Day 11:

Bike to Kalasti (30 Kms). O/N Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 12:

Bike to Begnas Lake (48 Kms). O/N Camp. (B/L/D)

Day 13:

Bike to Pokhara (30 Kms). O/N Hotel. (B/L)

Day 14:

Biking around Pokhara. O/N Hotel. (B)

Day 15:

Fly Pokhara / Kathmandu. Transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel. (B)

Day 16:

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: 

In Kathmandu with half day sight seeing tour.

 

After your first night in Kathmandu, you will be well informed on arrival about the time for your half day guided sightseeing tour in Kathmandu at places of interest.

   

Day 03: 

Bike to Chitlang approx 30 Kms

 

The day begins with a small uphill after leaving Kathmandu valley reaching at the ridge above Thankot village from here the ride leaves on the less frequented route for few hours through small farm villages and farm land then reaching to Chitlang for the overnight camp after 3-4 hours of good ride.

   

Day 04:

Bike to Tistung and Palung approx 25 Kms

 

The ride continues on the hidden back trail away from the main road for few hours and meeting the first highway of Nepal built during the late 1950’s the road is less busy than the other highway this biking route meets at Palung for the overnight stop at this farm village.

   

Day 05:

Bike to Hetauda approx 55 Kms

 

Today’s bike ride is on the main winding road with excellent views of the Himalayan peaks from west to far east the ride climbs up to Daman and to Simbhanjyang before descending to Hetauda for the overnight stop.

   

Day 06:

Bike to Chitwan National Park approx 45 Kms

 

The biking route leads on the main high east and west highway of Nepal on the Terai region the flatland of Nepal, the ride reaches at Sauraha the entrance of Chitwan National Park the Asia’s best gaming park, here we have 2 nights to marvel with jungle safari accommodation in lodge or Hotels.

   

Day 07: 

At Chitwan for Jungle activities.

 

Early morning, (wake-up call) a knock at the door for your early Jungle activities, jungle program will be according to group wise either Bird watch tour, Elephant Safari or a Jungle walk. After the morning program of 1 ½ to 2 hours back to the lodge for breakfast in the main dining hut, the tables are allocated according to different groups and guest wise. A few hours of leisure before the next program till evening time.

   

Day 08: 

Bike to Bandipur approx 70 Kms

 

After a wonderful time at Chitwan ride back on the main road all the way to Mugling where the road to Pokhara and Kathmandu meets from here taking the west route to Bandipur for another leisure adventure, Bandipur an old Newar town it was one of the centre trading town before the road to Kathmandu and Pokhara was built, this place offers home stay program with grand view of the Annapurna Himalayan range.

   

Day 09:

Bike to Gorkha 32 Kms

 

From here bike back for and hour or two to Dumre town from here bike on the same road and then leave the Kathmandu-Pokhara highway for Gorkha climbing for few hours till the large town of Gorkha is reached for the overnight stop. Gorkha, a hill bazaar and the ancestral home of the Shah dynasty which ruled Nepal to this day, it is from here that King Prithvi Narayan Shah started his conquest of the country’s various tiny kingdoms and unified them into a single nation, Nepal. Perched one thousand feet above Gorkha Bazaar, the palace dominates the surroundings and is visible from all around the area. The palace also boasts beautiful architecture. Al though only Hindus are allowed to enter the palace premises, it is worthwhile walking up the stairs for the view.

   

Day 10:

Bike to Palungtar 32 Kms

 

The ride continues leaving the main road for the dirt jeep track passing through numerous farm villages and farm land, on the less frequented trail by travelers, the ride climbs few ups and downs and on the gradual path to Palungtar for the overnight camp.

   

Day 11:

Bike to Kalasti approx 30 Kms

 

Today’s biking reaches towards western part of Nepal in the foot hills of Annapurna Himalayan mountain range, the ride is on the isolated area passing through several small towns and farm villages till Kalasti a small farm village is reached for the overnight camp.

   

Day 12:

Bike to Begnas Lake approx 48 Kms

 

The ride for 3-4 hours brings at Begnas lake one of the beautiful serene lake around Pokhara area, with a nice setting overlooking the great peaks of Annapurna and Manslu Himalaya chain of mountains at Begaas overnight camp near by the lake side.

   

Day 13:

Bike to Pokhara 30 Kms

 

After a memorable biking adventure the ride meets at the main road to Pokhara-Kathmandu Highway, from here it is on the busy road till Phewa lake at Pokhara for the overnight stop in the Hotel by the lakeside.

   

Day 14:

Biking around Pokhara.

 

A leisure day with lots of options for biking around the old town of Pokhara or to Devis water fall or visit and hike to Buddhist peace stupas, boat ride or simply laze and view the striking peaks of Annapurna with the majestic Fish Tail Mountain the  Machhapuchare peak.

   

Day 15: 

Fly to Kathmandu.

 

As the per flight time transfer to Pokhara airport for the short half hour scenic flight to Kathmandu on arrival our staff will transfer you back to the Hotel.

   

Day 16:

International Departure.

 

Today as per the International flight time, our staff will transfer 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. Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Chitwan for 2 nights on full board basis with jungle activities.
3. Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Pokhara for 2 nights on full board basis.
4. Airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara.
5. Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
6. Guest House accommodation as per itinerary in Gorkha on full board basis.
7. Support Vehicle where necessary.
8. All applicable Permit and Entry Fees.
9. Service of Nepali Mountain Biking Guide with his wages, food and accommodation.
10. Internal flight Pokhara / Kathmandu with applicable airport taxes.

 

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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