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Experience Nepal at its best with the marvelous mount bike ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara and Chitwan. Ride across the old trade route used by traders to connect Kathmandu with Gorkha, Pokhara and other areas before the days of the highways. Amalgamate with the ethnic inhabitants still living with their old ways in the towns and Bandipur, Nuwakot and Gorkha. Ride through paddy fields, farmlands and witness the views of the mountain peaks all around.
The trail of the mountain bike from Kathmandu to Pokhara passes through the ancient trade route used before highways were built. The trail passes through trade towns of Nuwakot and Gorkha, which still have their architectural beauty intact. Explore the Durbars, temples and architectural delights of Nuwakot Durbar. Witness the views of the architectural masterpieces of King Prithvi Narayan’s Gorkha Durbar.
This mountain biking experience not only helps you test your physique but gives a chance to experience a variety of cultures along the path. The mystique of the beautiful lake city of Pokhara is another added attraction of the tour. Witnessing the flora and fauna of the Chitwan National Park brings an end to this wonderful experience. This tour is an entire package which showcases the topographical, cultural, environmental diversity of the beautiful country of Nepal.
Today marks the beginning of this wonderful adventure in Nepal. Kathmandu is the heartthrob and the capital of this beautiful mountainous country, and the only city with an international airport. You will be arriving in Kathmandu from your respective locations today. Our guide will transfer you to the hotel.
The evening can be spent strolling around the throbbing streets of the Kathmandu city or relishing the unique and the delicious nepali cuisines. Rest adequately as the adventure begins from the very next day.
Kathmandu is home to extremely beautiful architectural miracles worth exploring. Today, the destinations allocated for sightseeing include the Kathmandu Durbar Square in all its glory and the Patan Durbar Square with its handmade architectural designs.
Kathmandu Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and an epitome of cultural and religious diversity. The special attractions are the Hanuman Dhoka Museum, Taleju Temple, Kalbhairav, Kumari Temple( Temple of the Living Goddess) and the Basantapur Durbar. With its old temples, architecturally rich encryptions and some renovated areas, Kathmandu Durbar Square surely releases an ambiance of a place that used to be ruled by ancient kings.
Patan Durbar Square another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the center of the Patan City and is another architecturally rich Durbar Square. It is a specimen of ancient Newari architecture and is furthermore attractive because of the three courtyards named the Mulchowk, SundariChowk, and the Keshav Narayan Chowk. There are numerous types of temples in numerous shapes and sizes, all around the vicinity of the Patan Durbar Square. The attractions include the Golden Temple of Hiranya Varna, Bhimsen Temple, Krishna Mandir and the scenes from Mahabharata and Ramayana (Hindu holy books) adorn the entire region of the Durbar Square.
There will also be a briefing about the upcoming mountain biking experience after we are transferred into the Shivapuri National Park. The biking journey will start tomorrow, from this wonderful national park area. BLD included.
Hearts fluttering and legs ready, the adventure starts today. Starting from the heart of the Shivapuri National Park, we head north today. We leave the chaos behind and enjoy the serenity of the jungles and less populated regions that we pass through. The well preserved Shivapuri National Park offers the glimpses of the panorama of Manaslu, Ganesh Hima and Langtang standing in full glory.
From the pass on GurjeBhanjyang, we descend downward on a steep path to the Trishuli Valley. The rocky descent is followed by passing through the banks of the Tadi River. After some time, we will cross a suspension bridge and head upwards. A steep climb will bring us to the ancient Kingdom of Nuwakot created by the modern Nepal’s forefather Prithvi Narayan Shah. The fortress of Nuwakot has a lot to offer. Explore the unique architectural beauty of the temples and palaces and explore the depths of the revered Taleju Temple. The rustic Nuwakot Palace looks delightful in the evening. Amalgamated with the views of the mountain peaks peeking at us from far away, the views of the sun setting over the Himalayas are truly a wonderful, picturesque experience. Distance 44.5 KM. Biking time approximately 6 hours.
We start off early morning with a downhill path from the Nuwakot fortress to the administrative center of Nuwakot, Bidur. Bidur is home to a C.D.O. office and a District Police Office. Through the interaction of the offices on the right and left, we take a turn for Dhunge. A petrol pump is situated in the middle, whereby leaving for the left road takes us to Trishuli Bazaar, the right road towards Langtang region and there is another road which leads to Kathmandu. Trishuli Bazaar is the destination for today.
From Bidur we will cross the bridge over the Trishuli River and start riding towards the left side. We will pass through a canal that provides water for the TrishuliHydropower Project. We will now ride along to reach the residential area called Colony from where we take the main road towards the Raishing Village. Passing Raishing, we ride along to come across the Kalynapur village, equipped with a market, boarding school and a health post. Further upwards is the Kagune Village from where we cross the bridge over the Khare River.
A further ride, through the mystique of the villages of Nepal, brings us to the Chulainebsa Village which consists of a temple, rest place, and a water spot. We move forward through our ride to reach the SamariBhanjyang, TiduBhatti village, JorChautra village and finally, after some ups and downs, we will reach the Trishuli River Center. Distance 30 KM. Biking time approximately 6 hours.
Today is yet another exciting day as we will move towards Arughat. The ride starts with passage through undulating dirt roads and tarmac alternating each other. By witnessing the spectacle of the normal daily life of people, and mixing in with the ethnic inhabitants spread all along the region, we reach MuraliBhanjyang. Views of mountain peaks are seen in some areas of the ride today.
After a gentle and smooth 17 km climb to Murali Bhanjyang, we continue northwards. From the Bhanjyang, it is a smooth downhill path to Arughat. Arughat is a small town nestled on the banks of the roaring Budhi Gandaki River. Arughat is also the starting point of the trail to the Manaslu (8156m) circuit and you might meet some trekkers, preparing for their trek of the Manaslu Circuit Trek. Distance 40KM. Biking time approximately 6 hours.
Today, we will be reaching the historically important town of Gorkha. We start off by crossing the Budhi Gandaki River and ride up a steep climb. After about a 4 kilometer climb, the trail gradually eases out. There is enough steady climbing today, so it is recommended that you preserve enough strength, make your feet ready and ride on. Witnessing the views of the ethnic inhabitants going about their daily work and waving you by is surely a wonderful experience.
The one final turn around the end of the day is certainly a difficult one. However, after this steep final turn, the Gorkha Palace appears out of nowhere. This historically significant palace, with the backdrop pf the beautiful Mt. Manaslu in the background, calls for a celebratory experience. Gorkha is the Kingdom of King Prithvi Narayan Shah, known as the father of modern Nepal. The historical significance of this Palace is unparalleled to any, and amalgamated with beautiful architectural designs, reaching this point is surely a treat in itself. Distance 37.7 KM. Biking time approximately 5 hours.
Today, we will end the day in one of the most beautiful villages of Nepal, Bandipur. We start the day with a downhill path for about 10 Km. the awesome downhill path through villages and residential areas bring us to Chepetar. From here, there is a paved road which leads us to the Daraundi River.
We cross the bridge over the roaring Daraundi River and then set off on a climb. The climb up to a flat area is beautiful and gentle. From the top, we move down again for the next 10 KM. the path is beautifully adorned with people going about their work and villages with ethnic style houses adoring the path. We reach Turture and finally head along to cross the Marshynagdi River. From here, we will be picked up by our private vehicle, to be driven to the ethnic Newari village of Bandipur.
The hilltop settlement of Bandipur is a treat to urban eyes. Panoramic view of the Annapurna’s makes the beauty of this already perfect village even more relishing. Beautiful wooden houses inspired by age-old architectural designs adornBandipur. There is a Siddha Cave which can be visited here before we end the night. Distance 49.6 KM. Biking time approximately 6 hours.
Our legs are now acquainted well to the riding experiences and we have improved out strength over the past few days. We are now ready to take up any challenges coming our way. With this attitude in mind, we leave the beautiful village of Bandipur behind. Through the south face of the settlement, we ride downwards on a fast sweeping downhill path.
We pass through scattered Magar villages along the way to reach a segment. Now, the trail immediately climbs upwards over the next 5 KM. from this point, the trail is mostly flat or downhill. At the end of the day, we reach the banks of the Seti River, in a place called Damauli. We spend the night here. Distance 26.1 KM. Biking time approximately 3 hours.
The day starts off today, will an upstream ride through the Madi River. The ride passes through a part paved and a part dirt road to the village of Bhorletar. We cross the river across Bhorletar and head off for a steady climb to the MajkotBhanjyang. The climb is a steady one and passes through settlements of ethnic inhabitants along the path.
We re-group once at the top and start descending downwards for about 5 KM. after reaching the base of the hill, we move on to get the much-awaited views of the Rupa Lake. After some time, the breathtaking views of the beautiful Begnas Lake welcome us. Through rolling hills, we reach the Begnas Resort which is the stop for our night. Distance 46.4 KM. Biking time approximately 6 hours.
Today is yet another exciting day as our destination for the day is the beautiful Lake City of Pokhara. we start off with a ride along the dirt road running parallel to the main highway. The trail takes us through bazaars and settlements on the outskirts of Pokhara. We cross the bridge over Bijaypur and continue along dirt roads into Lakeside.
Pokhara Valley is considered to be one of the most picturesque and revered spots in Nepal. Pokhara is rightly called as the lake city due to its abundance of beautiful lakes, the major attraction being the Phewa Lake. These lakes arise from the glaciers of the Annapurna Range. Lakeside is the district situated along the sides of the Phewa Lake. Phewa Lake reflects back the panorama of the beautiful Dhaulagiri, Macchapucchre, Annapurna peaks and other rising above us. Macchapucchre is only 28 kilometers from Phewa Lake and the views of this beautiful mountain are the most alluring from this point.
Phewa Lake is the second largest lake in the Pokhara Valley. It has been for ears, the center of attraction of the valley, with a lot of restaurants and hotels situated alongside it. We can boat around the Phewa Lake and visit the temple situated in its middle. Baidam or the lakeside is the home base for travelers. Distance 44.5 KM. Biking time approximately 6 hours.
Pokhara is home to a lot of beautiful destinations to visit. These include the famous Mahendra Cave, bat cave, Gupteshwore Cave, Mountaineering Museum, Davis Falls and much more. There is also the delightful opportunity to visit Sarangkot. Sarangkot is a beautiful viewpoint which can be reached through a drive or ride from the Lakeside. Another option is to cycle all the way to the beautiful Peace Stupa, where a beautiful Stupa is situated. The Peace Stupa offers the views of the beautiful peaks of the Annapurna Region in all its glory. This day is a well-earned day of sightseeing around the beauty and tranquility of Pokhara.
Today, we put a stop to cycling trip and drive to yet another beautiful district of Nepal, Chitwan. After breakfast in Pokhara, we start off on a drive to Chitwan. The drive to Chitwan follows an enjoyable and scenic drive to several Tharu Villages packed with ethnic populations. Tharu’s are the local inhabitants of Chitwan and they are agriculturists.
We will be spending the upcoming day in a lodge in Chitwan. After being briefed bu the guide, we will set off to enjoy several activities in Chitwan.
Chitwan National Park is home to several fauna and flora. Home to great one-horned rhinoceros, sloth boar, 4 different species of boars 2 species of monkeys, 4650 species of birds, 2 species of crocodile and the extremely elusive Royal Bengal Tiger, the Chitwan National Park has a huge number of opportunities to offer. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to take part on an elephant safari or nature walks depending upon your requirement.
The slide presentation of fauna and flora of Chitwan National Park by well-trained senior naturalists is another attractive feature for those with an inherent interest in different flora and fauna. Approximately 5 to 6 hours drive.
This is yet another well-earned day for sightseeing around Chitwan. We have a lot of activities to cover. Early morning, there will be an elephant safari into the depths of the grasslands of the huge property of the Chitwan National Park. If you are particularly lucky, you might even get a chance to witness the spectacle of the Royal Bengal Tiger. Another option is the jeep safari, which is equally exciting. After breakfast, you can mix in with the friendly elephants. Naturalists will brief about the amazing habits of these friendly animals. We might even get a chance to witness the rare scene of elephants taking a bath.
The afternoon can be spent relaxing around the resort or embark on an exciting canoe ride down the Rapti River. Gharial crocodiles, mugger crocodiles, fresh water dolphins and a huge number of water birds can be viewed here. Another opportunity is to stroll around the Chitwan National Park to witness the views of the exquisite birds living in the region.
With the memories of the wonderful bike riding experience, fresh in mind, we drive back to Kathmandu. The drive takes about 6 hours to complete approximately. Once in the lodge in Kathmandu, we will stroll around the streets of Kathmandu and have the opportunity to buy souvenirs for loved ones back home. You also have the chance to relax and enjoy the Nepali cuisine. Approximately 6 hours drive.
For those who wish to explore more of the architecturally rich city of Kathmandu, you have the option of sightseeing around the capital or you can also opt to take a day off and rest.
The day will start off with the visit to the Pashupatinath Temple. Considered as one of the most sacred Hindu shrines in the world, the richly-ornamented pagoda house adds up to the mystique of the holy place. Called as a form of Lord Shiva, the Pashupatinath temple is said to have existed since 400 A.D. Devotees take a dip in the holy BagmatiRiver beside the temple.
Boudha is another UNESCO World Heritage Site we will be visiting today. Called as one of the largest stupas in South Asia, this focal point of Buddhism stands thirty-six meters tall. It is located in the path, which was the ancient trade route to China.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting the open museum or the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. A living heritage, Bhaktapur is a city of devotees and the Durbar Square is home to countless temples. Major attractions, not to be missed are the Lion Gate, 55 Window Palace, The Golden Gate, Nyatapola Temple, Dattatreya as well as the status of the Late King Bhupatindra Malla. Beautiful carved specimens and picture gallery will finally end the sightseeing day.
The trip ends today and it's time to bid goodbye to Nepal. After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Kathmandu International Airport for departure as per your flight timings.
All transfers will be conducted on a private vehicle
A back up vehicle will accompany the group during the mountain bike ride.
A visa for Nepal can be obtained on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border and Kodari on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission. To renew a Visa you can go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months and you will need a blank page on your passport for visa.
Visa Facility Duration Fee
Multiple entry 15 days US$ 25 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 30 days US$ 40 or equivalent convertible currency
Multiple entry 90 days US$ 100 or equivalent convertible currency
We personally don’t recommend or advertise any particular insurance organization but we can help you figure out what kind of insurance company you should make a deal with. We kindly advise our guests that travel insurance is mandatory before any other travel and trek agreements.
Ways of triggering your insurance:
Personally we recommend you to pick an insurance company who are willing to pay you while you need medical attention in Nepal during the time of evacuation and other medical emergencies and not after you return from Nepal.
Main conditions to look for in an insurance policy:
General insurance only offers medical evacuation up to 4000m but we will attain maximum height of more than this, so we advise our clients to search for a company that provides medical insurance and evacuation plans up to 6000m. If you are planning to climb any peak along with trekking please make sure your policy also pays for “Climbing” as an option.
You will need to find a policy where your insurance is activated only for the days that you are trekking. If you suffer from altitude sickness and have to be evacuated in an instant you will have to trigger your insurance. These insurance can cost up to $5000. Although these kinds of evacuations are very rare we still need to be prepared for it. So to make any insurance claim you firstly need to get a medical report from a hospital of Nepal as proof before triggering your insurance claim. You will be charged about $150 as a medical fee by the hospital to get your medical reports and documentations before claiming your travel insurance. Some insurance also cover for minor interference and obstacles like flight cancellations to Lukla or even from Kathmandu to your home.
As mentioned before, please look for an insurance policy that pays you during the time of emergency while trekking and not after you get back to your country.
What you need to know:
We inform you that any kind of medical fees that your insurance does not cover will be your responsibility. So we want you to have a very good and thorough look at the insurance policy before applying for it. We do not take any kind of responsibilities for insurance related payments and fiscal managements but we will help you get required documentations and reports for the insurance.
Examples of insurance companies:
Bigcattravelinsurance.com, WorldNomads, travelguard.com, Squaremouth.com
Important highlights to remember:
There are two ways to deal with modification in travel plans. First is you can cancel the trip completely and second is you can postpone the date. But for any of these change to take effect we need to be informed 6 weeks before your booked trip date before cancelling or postponing the trip.
Important note: In case of natural disasters and national political issues our hands are tied so we cannot undertake any kind of activities which we will take full responsibility of and make sure our clients get the flexibility of making decisions to either postpone or cancel the trip they initially advocated for. There will be no extra fees or cost for rescheduling but if you decide to cancel the trip volunterily our cancellation fees apply which is listed and described below.
Cancellation fees rules:
These are our specific rules for trip cancellations and refund fees involved:
So, we request our respectful guests to inform us about any kind of modification plans (postpone or cancellations) at least before 43 days of travel date. This will help us to refund your designated deposit and also maintain financial status of every worker and organization involved.
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If you would like to avoid the 4% transaction fee then you also have an option to deposit the money into Makalu Travels' bank account in Wells Fargo Bank, USA. The bank details will be provided on request. You will receive a notice from us after a successful deposit or any kind of financial transaction. We will make sure that your transfer amount has arrived to us before sending you any type of confirmation invoice or notification.
The hotel we will accommodate you to is Hotel Le Himalaya pre and post trek in Kathmandu. We will book the hotel rooms for you as per your request with a good pricing than that of online booking. We will transfer all your luggage while being transferred from one accommodation center to another. In Kathmandu we will have a very standard hotel but while trekking we won’t have such luxury so we will have to spend our nights in tea houses. These tea houses are fairly of good standard, you can’t be too picky in the Himalayas! You can contact us if there is any specific query you have about the accommodation structure.
Rooms are very spacious and have private bathrooms and toilets. You will not have to compromise even a bit while your stay at Kathmandu. Hotel Le HImalaya is where you will be before and after the trek as we will have pre booked everything for our respected guests. In case of extending your vacation in Nepal we can help you book rooms for extra nights but we will need to be pre informed. If it is a peak season it will be difficult to manage room in same hotel but we will make an utmost effort to accommodate you in the hotel of same caliber.
Note: Our guests will not have to pay for the nights that they don’t spend in a hotel room in Kathmandu. We can always come to an agreement if there are certain flight delays or cancellations. During these kind of situations we will accommodate our guests fitting best to their requirements.
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