Mountain Bike Kathmandu to Pokhara

Day 1 Meet in Kathmandu

We meet at the hotel and spend the afternoon seeing Kathmandu's best attractions. We'll visit the temple hilltop of Swoyambhunath (also known as the Monkey Temple), revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, and to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durbar Square in the heart of the city, featuring the iconic architecture of the old city. After our afternoon through the alleyways of Kathmandu, we meet for dinner and a trip briefing.

Hotel Tibet

Day 2 Kathmandu – Nagarkot – Kathmandu

After breakfast, we drive to the hill station of Nagarkot on the north-eastern rim of the Kathmandu Valley and then proceed by bike a further 4 km uphill to the highest point of Nagarkot Tower, surrounded by forest. From here, if it’s a clear day, we'll have views from Ganesh Himal to Everest. Then we ride downhill to Nala on dirt trails until Bhaktapur – an ancient Newar town that has preserved its culture as well as its cobbled streets, palaces, temples, elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, and open courtyards. We'll spend an hour or so exploring the alleyways of this UNESCO World Heritage town. We cycle on side roads to return to Kathmandu via the Guheshwori Temple, for a true insight into the typical village life of the Kathmandu Valley.

Hotel Tibet
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 38km

Day 3 Kathmandu – Kakani

Today’s ride will be mostly uphill until reaching the northern rim of the Kathmandu Valley and the hill station town of Kakani at 2,073 m (6,800 ft). There may be a bit of traffic initially, but after crossing Balaju Water Garden, we have Nargarjun (Queens) Forest, the home of the former king, shading our ascent. We gradually climb to the Mudkhu intersection, and then it's nice and flat and down to Teenpiple. It's a steady climb to Kakani though, and one which offers some lovely sights on a nicely paved road. After Teenpiple, we will then be riding a gradual uphill section via terraced farm land - mostly potato and radish – to Ranipauwa intersection. As we climb the last 4 km to Kakani, the beautiful Langtang range greets us on the left as we look north directly into 7000+ m peaks. Here are great views of the Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, and Ganesh Himal and Trisuli Valley. A full tented camp with Sherpa crew will greet us at Kakani.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 27km

Day 4 Kakani – Trishuli

Breakfast with a sunrise view, and then we start the all downhill ride on paved roads. Once we reach the bottom, we are greeted by the gushing white waters of the mighty Trisuli River at the entrance to the Trisuli Valley. As we proceed deeper into the Himalayan foothills, you will see several settlements with terraced fields and the unusual sight of a few trout fish farms before the town of Trisuli Bazaar. Once we reach Tadi, the trails become flatter and wider before reaching our camp and time to enjoy the riverside.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 46km

Day 5 Trishuli – Gorkha

We continue to ride by the side of the Trisuli River to Galchhi on a semi-paved road and then take our support vehicle to Gorkha, a former capital of Nepal, where we have a tour of the historic Royal Palace of the former Shah dynasty, residing on top of a hill at 1135 m (3281 ft) The king would watch over his people as far as his eyes could see from the tallest palace in the very centre of Nepal! Gorkha is also the home of the great Gurkha warriors - who fought with knives (Kukuri’s) against guns and developed a fearsome reputation.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 36km

Day 6 Gorkha – Sundar Bazar

You have great downhill ride from Gorkha. In 10 km, we descend 600 m. At the end of the downhill, we join a paved road that takes us down to the Madi river crossing. Here, we get off the paved road to take a suspension bridge across the river. A gentle 5 km climb follows then we roll down for the next 10 km to the Marshyangdi River. We stop for lunch at the town of Turture. After lunch, we continue on the paved road for the next 14 km before we have a 2-km climb to reach Sundar Bazar. We camp next to a stream on the outskirts of this bustling town.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 45km

Day 7 Sundar Bazar – Kalasti

Leaving the Annapurna views behind, we ride alongside the Naudi Khola (Khola means small rivulet in Nepali) into beautiful Kunchha. Here we take a break and have some local tea before heading westwards along the Risti Khola to Kumalgaon. We regroup before heading north on dirt trails and ride mostly uphill to Bhorletar, passing typical, small Nepali villages on the way.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 40km

Day 8 Kalasti – Begnas Lake

Today's riding will be a bit of challenge as we cycle mostly uphill and on dirt tracks. We are heading to Begnas Ridge, where again you'll be treated to amazing Himalayan views. We stop for tea at Sarke Bhanjyang before we have the reward of a descent down trails to the water’s edge of picturesque Begnas Lake. We set up camp on the side of the lake. The fantastic Himalayan views dominated by the peaks of the Annapurnas plus the lake views will surely leave an impression.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 30km

Day 9 Begnas Lake – Kali Hill

After having breakfast alongside Begnas Lake, we ride again mostly uphill for about 15 km on red dirt trails to the top of Tiwari Danda, and on a clear day, there'll be stunning views back to Begnas Lake. From here, we bike onto Kalikasthan and Kali Temple (named after the goddess of victory over evil powers) and the spot for our overnight camp. We'll have a bird’s eye view of Pokhara Valley and our final destination.

Tented Camp
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 28km

Day 10 Kali Hill – Pokhara

Our final day of riding will be on a mix of dirt and paved trails. We first ride through the villages of Chautartha, Lapsi Danda, and finally Bijayapur Khola, where we join the main road into Pokhara Lakeside, the main tourism hub of Pokhara and Nepal’s 2nd largest city. It is the beautiful lake that dominates the town, and next to it we'll find our hotel. After lunch, you'll have time to explore Pokhara's many cafes or to hire a boat and spend some time on the lake. After nine days of cycling, it's time to relax!

Mount Kailash Resort
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Ride 38km

Day 11 Pokhara

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pokhara centre to start another adventure or to fly or drive back to Kathmandu.