Wonders of Southern Nepal by Bicycle

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

This tour starts in Kathmandu, where you will be picked up at the airport and transferred to your hotel. There, we will have a trip briefing and bike fitting, followed by a welcome dinner.

Hotel Tibet
Dinner

Day 2 Kathmandu – Daman

We transfer to the start of our ride at Humane Banjyang. From here, we ride through lush pine forests and through villages, with a climb up to the rim of Kulekhani Dam. We then continue riding on dirt trails to Marku, where we break for lunch overlooking a clear lake. We continue on the Tribhuvan Highway up to our highest point of the day: 2,320 m at the village of Daman. Here we'll have a panoramic view of the Himalayas, with Everest in the east on a clear day.

Everest Panorama Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 63km
+2337m
-1381m

Day 3 Daman – Hetauda

This morning, we hike up an easy trail to a spectacular view of the valley from an old Tibetan monastery. After photos, we return to the hotel for lunch. Our afternoon riding will be easy as we descend through pine forests and rhododendrons, the Nepalese national flower, and cycle through small villages and their extensive farmlands. We ride on a backroad south to Hetauda, in the Terai, the lowlands of Nepal. The roads will get busier as we approach the city surrounded by hills and at the confluence of three rivers.

Hotel Avocado
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 53km
+719m
-2718m

Day 4 Hetauda – Chitwan

After breakfast, we drive to Lothar Bridge to start our off-road riding on a jeep track through a shady forest, following the Rapti River. We cycle to Sauraha, a small and very quaint village of mud and daub huts and houses, and continue through rice paddies with the Himalayan foothills as our backdrop to the north. Most of our ride will be off-road on ox-cart trails, crossing numerous rivers that keep the lowlands fertile as we cycle to our relaxing resort on the edge of Chitwan National Park.

Green Mansion Jungle Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km
+64m
-155m

Day 5 Chitwan Rest Day

Chitwan, Nepal's first national park, was established in 1973 and protects 932 sq km of sal forest, water marshes, and rippling grassland that is home to the endangered one-horned Indian rhino, tigers, leopards, and rare Gangetic dolphins. Today, we leave the bikes behind as they aren't allowed in the park and explore the reserve from water level on a canoe safari. You'll immerse yourself in the wonderful world of nature where you will hear bird songs, the rustle of deer in the bushes, and have a chance of glimpsing some of the most endangered animals on earth.

Green Mansion Jungle Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Chitwan – Lumbini

Rise to the peaceful sounds of birds before fuelling up for a full day of activities. We start by cycling to the Tikauli Forest, and for 8 km, we will be in the midst of more than 130 species of flora as we ride on a dirt trail. The landscape shifts to farms and villages once we leave the forest behind. We continue on the paved Mehendra Highway and break for a picnic lunch. We then transfer to Lumbini, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. The exact spot where Queen Mayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama, who as the Buddha Gautama founded the Buddhist tradition is marked by a pillar erected by Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997, there are numerous temples and the Puskarini, or Holy Pond, where the Buddha's mother took the ritual dip prior to his birth.

Hotel New Crystal
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 42km
+205m
-216m

Day 7 Lumbini – Tansen

This morning's ride takes us through rural Nepal, giving us glimpses of village life in the Terai lowlands. We ride through villages where chickens and pigs run free and past fields where water buffaloes are wallowing in the mud. We ride on quiet country roads to meet the Mahendra Highway and have lunch at Butwal. After lunch, we load the bikes for the short, winding drive up to the hill station town of Tansen at 1440 m. This old Newari city is known for its traditional architecture, sweeping views of the Himalayas, and cool temperatures.

Hotel Srinagar
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 77km
+1801m
-485m

Day 8 Tansen – Pokhara

We ride from our hotel through the old alleyways of Tansen; then we have an exhilarating descent on a winding road that takes us down to the Siddartha Highway. Here the road widens, but the twists and turns continue to the town of Ramdi. The road rises, and there's a gentle climb up to Galyang and lunch. Then we get in our vehicles for a 2-hour drive to Pokhara. Spread along the edge of Phewa Lake, this picturesque town is the starting point for treks in the Annapurna region. If the clouds haven't moved in, there will be stunning views of Machhapuchhare’s peak at 6,997 m and the whole Annapurna range.

Mount Kailash Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 35km
+821m
-1412m

Day 9 Pokhara – Begnas Lake– Pokhara

Pokhara is also known as the “city of seven lakes”, and today we drive to one of them, Begnas Tal, for a hike and a bike ride. From the shores of the lake, we set out on foot for a two-hour trek. Once we ascended, we follow a ridge line with the stunning white peaks of the Annapurna range providing an inspiring backdrop. In Majdana, we will up with the bikes and ride downhill on a dirt track to the Vijayaypur River. We then hit pavement and follow the road through to Pokhara old town and directly back to the hotel.

Mount Kailash Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 33km
+280m
-280m

Day 10 Pokhara – Kathmandu

This morning, we depart the serenity of Pokhara to return to the bustle of Kathmandu. Flights are frequently delayed, so we will book ourselves on a morning flight and give ourselves a cushion in case of the unexpected. Keep your cameras with you for the 30-minute flight as we'll have unimpeded views of the snow-covered peaks of the Himalayas. Back in Kathmandu, you have the afternoon free to do some shopping or see more of the many fascinating sights. We meet up in the evening for a farewell dinner.

Hotel Tibet or similar
Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11 Kathmandu

Day free until transfer to airport for your flight.

Breakfast