Kathmandu valley offers the amazing day tour experience for all levels of riders. Whether it is a full-day climbing or single track exploration in the National Park.
Fat tyres, a soft padded seat, and 17 more gears than average- the mountain bike is an ideal, go-anywhere, versatile machine for exploring Nepal.
In this Mountain biking in Nepal tour to Kathmandu valley will take you to an elevation of 2200 m. You will experience the past picturesque Newari villages and traditional farms. Also, enjoy stunning views of the Himalaya, ride through wild forests, National Parks and excellent paddy fields.
- Climbing and single track exploration in the Shivapuri National Park.
- Excellent and versatile mountain bike.
- Picturesque of traditional Newari villages and stunning views of the Himalaya.
- Ride through wild forests and amazing paddy fields at an altitude of 2200m .
- Biking Guide
- International brand bikes and helmet (The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice)
- All entrance fees for the temple, monasteries
- Support vehicle (in case of the emergency)
- Meals, Alcoholic drinks and cold drinks.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Tips for guide.
The tour cost includes an English speaking guide, packed lunch, mountain bike and helmet. You can also extend your trip to Pokhara, Chitwan and many other beautiful places. You can choose either one of the single track to explore:
This trail is perfect for beginners and within easy reach from Thamel. You only need half a day for this ride as it takes about 3 to 4 hours to complete this trail and be back at your hotel.
The Scar Road
One of the most challenging trails in Kathmandu, the route goes to Kakani (2,030 m), an excellent hill station on the valley rim, and then to Budhanilkantha, and comes back to your hotel in Kathmandu. You will need 5 to 6 hours for this route.
This technical ride, which takes about 5 to 6 hours, starts from Kathmandu, heads to Budhanilkantha and then to Kapan and returns back to your hotel in Kathmandu. The route goes through two Buddhist monasteries. If you are interested and have time, you can visit the gompas (monasteries) and interact with nuns and monks.
This is another biking route within easy reach from Thamel but harder than Mudhkhu-Tokha Trail. This moderate ride takes you on a 21-km serpentine road to the top of Nagarjun Hill (2128m) inside Shivapuri National Park. The top viewpoint offers some of the amazing views. It takes about 5 to 6 hours to complete.
If you plan to do a mountain-biking trip of more than a day or two, it may be a good idea to bring your own bicycle from home. Your bicycle can be carried as part of your baggage allowance on international flights. You are required to deflate the tyres, turn the handlebars parallel with the frame and remove the pedals. Passage through Nepali customs is quite simple once you reassure airport officers that it is ‘your’ bicycle and it will also be returning with you, though this requirement is never enforced. On most domestic flights, if you pack your bicycle correctly, removing wheels and pedals, it is possible to load it in the cargo hold. Check with the airline first. Local buses are useful if you wish to avoid some of the routes that carry heavy traffic. You can place your bicycle on the roof for an additional charge (Rs 50 to Rs 100 depending on the length of the journey and the bus company). Keep in mind that more baggage is likely to be loaded on top once you’re inside. A lock and chain is a wise investment.
Nepali roads carry a vast array of vehicles: buses, motorcycles, cars, trucks, tractors, holy cows, wheelbarrows, dogs, wandering children and chickens, all moving at different speeds and in different directions. Traffic generally travels on the left-hand side, though it’s not uncommon to find a vehicle approaching you head-on. In practice, smaller vehicles give way to larger ones, and bicycles are definitely at the bottom of the heap. A few intrepid mountain bikers have taken bicycles into trekking areas such as the Annapurna Circuit and, more recently, the Mansalu Circuit, hoping to find great riding, but you have to be prepared to carry your bicycle for at least 30% of the time. In addition, there are always trekkers, porters and local people clogging up the trails. Sagarmatha National Park doesn’t allow mountain bikes. Courtesy and care on the trails should be a high priority when cycling.
Tight-fitting lycra bicycle clothing might be functional, but it's a shock to locals, who maintain a very modest approach to dressing. Such clothing is embarrassing and also offensive to Nepalis. A simple way to overcome this is by wearing a pair of comfortable shorts and a T-shirt over your bicycle gear. This is especially applicable to female cyclists, as women in Nepal generally dress conservatively.
Trails are often filled with locals going about their daily work. A small bell attached to your handlebars and used as a warning of your approach, reducing your speed, and a friendly call or two of ‘cycle ioh!’ (cycle coming!) go a long way in keeping everyone on the trails happy and safe. Children love the novelty of the bicycles, the fancy helmets, the colours and the strange clothing, and will come running from all directions to greet you. They also love to grab hold of the back of your bicycle and run with you. You need to maintain a watchful eye so no one gets hurt.
When you book biking tour with us, we will supply you the high quality international brands like Cube, Trek or Giant hardtail, helmet, lock and basic repair kit. If you bring your own bicycle, it is essential to bring tools and spare parts, as these are largely unavailable outside of Kathmandu. Established mountain-bike tour operators have mechanics, workshops and a full range of bicycle tools at their offices in Kathmandu.