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Mountain Bike Kathmandu to Pokhara

11 Days/10 Nights Departure Dates: 2012

19 Feb 29 Feb 11 Mar 21 Mar 3 June 13 June 30 Sep 10 Oct 25 Nov 5 Dec
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The ultimate mountain biking experience ride with views of the highest mountains in the world! As we skirt along the Himalayas from Kathmandu to Pokhara you will have glorious views of the Langtang and Annapurna range and catch glimpses of Mt. Everest. Land-locked Nepal is home to eight of the world's 10 tallest mountains and to more than 240 peaks over 6,000 m/ 20,000 ft above sea level. A land of Hindu temples and Buddhist stupas, yaks and rhinos, peaks and valleys, Nepal offers up an endless number of surprises. The Kathmandu Valley was once home to three tiny kingdoms Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur and each left behind stunning architecture, an artistic culture and rich pageantry that we will explore before heading to Gorkha. Here, in the 18th Century, the ruler of the small principality of Gorkha formed a unified Nepal from a number of independent hill states. After a visit to the palace and learning about Gurkha warriors it is on to a Hindu temple that celebrates the goddess Kali. The tour ends in Pokhara, once on the trade route between India and China, and now the base for trekkers on the Annapurna circuit. As we cycle from ridge to ridge you'll encounter the friendly smiles and openness of the Nepali people. We camp on our route so that we can ride through areas that are less frequented and unspoiled. Once out of Kathmandu we'll see very few westerners passing through especially not on mountain bikes. This is a spectacular ride with thrilling descents and challenging climbs, panoramic views and an opportunity to experience a different Nepal from those on the well-frequented trekking routes.

US$1,750 Tour US$150 Single Supplement US$150 Bike Hire

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Trip Profile
We ride more than 340 km, about 80 per cent off road, in 9 cycling days. We have designed the route to give a wide variety of riding. There are some first class single track trails to gentler dirt roads. Many roads and trails traverse the mountains and our route winds up and down hillsides. We guarantee you will never be bored by the riding. Biking Conditions: We will cycle on a mixture of surfaces from jeep width dirt trails, to single track to paved roads. There is some technical riding involved on this tour, with the added challenge of cycling at higher altitudes than most are used to. This trip is fully supported and weary cyclists can take breaks in the support vehicles if required. Suitability: This trip is for an experienced mountain biker with good riding skills who has had a fair amount of off-road riding time, and enjoys some challenging climbs and trails.

Biking Difficulty

(out of five) Day to Day Steep climbs, single track B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner trails in a mountainous area which fit riders will find challenging. Some technical Day 1 Kathmandu experience is strongly We will meet at the Hotel Samsara and spend the afternoon seeing Kathmandu's suggested.

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 which displays the iconic architecture of the old city. After our afternoon through the alleyways of Kathmandu we'll meet for dinner and a trip briefing. Hotel Samsara. D Day 2 Kathmandu Nagarkot Kathmandu After breakfast we drive to the hill station of Nagarkot on the north-eastern rim of Kathmandu Valley and then proceed by bike a further 4 km uphill to the highest point Nagarkot Tower, surrounded by forest and which offers a great scenic outlook across the southern and valley floor. From here, if its 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 and elaborate carvings, gilded roofs, open courtyards. We'll spend an hour or so exploring the alleyways of this UNESCO World Heritage town. We will cycle on side roads to return to Kathmandu via the Guheshwori temple, offering you a true insight into the typical village life of Kathmandu Valley. Hotel Samsara. Ride 35 km. B L D Day 3 Kathmandu - Kakani Todays ride will be mostly uphill until reaching the northern rim of Kathmandu Valley to the hill station town of Kakani at 2,073 m/ 6,800 ft. There may be a bit of traffic the first 2 km, but after crossing Balaju Water Garden we will have Nargarjun (Queens) Forest, the home of the former king, on the left hand side 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

Cycling Distance
347 kilometres

Cycling Days
9 full

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+ metre peaks. Here we'll have 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. Ride 27 km. B L D Day 4 Kakani - Trishuli Breakfast with a sunrise view and then we start the all downhill ride on paved road. 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 environment of the Trisuli River. Tented Camp. Ride 46 km. B L D

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Day 5 Trishuli Gorkha Today, we continue to ride by the side of the Trisuli River till Galchhi on a semi paved road and then drive our support vehicle to Gorkha, a former capital of Nepal, where we take a sightseeing tour of the historical Royal Palace of the We live in Asia and have thoroughly researched the former Shah dynasty. Gorkha Palace resides on top of a hill at an altitude of 3,281m/10,700 ft. The king would watch over his people as far as his eyes could routes to assure that you see the best scenery and see from the tallest palace in the very center of Nepal! Gorkha is also the home ride the best terrain, be it on of the great Gurkha warriors - who fought with knives (Kukuris) against guns and road or dirt. developed a feared reputation. Tented Camp. Ride 36 km. B L D We have carefully chosen Day 6 Gorkha Besisahar Today you will have great downhill ride from Gorkha, passing though Turture village and orange orchards that will be ripe October to December. The ride then levels out as far as Paudi Bazaar. This route joins the start of the popular Annapurna trekking route. There's an option to lengthen today's riding an extra 20 km with a visit to Sundar Bazaar or you can head straight to our overnight We love Asian cuisine, wellcamp located besides the Marshyangdi River. known for being hot and Tented Camp. Ride 45 km - 65 km. B L D spicy and for its use of
fresh ingredients, and will make sure you get to sample lots of it. accommodation that is the best available for the location and offer a good mix, from home stays to luxurious lodges, on our tours.

Day 7 Besisahar- Kalasti Leaving the Annapurna views behind, we ride alongside of the Naudi Khola (Khola means small rivulet in Nepali) into beautiful Kunchha village. 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 small typical Nepali villages on the way. Tented Camp. Ride 40 km. B L D 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'll stop for tea at Sarke Bhanjyang before we have the reward of a descent down trails to the waters edge of picturesque Begnas Lake. We set up camp on the side of the lake and the great Himalayan views dominated by the peaks of the Annapurnas plus the lake views will surely leave an impression. Tented Camp. Ride 30 km. B L D Day 9 Begnas Lake Kali Hill

After having breakfast alongside Begnas Lake we ride again mostly uphill for about 15 kms on red dirt trails to the top of Tiwari Danda with 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 birds eye view of Pokhara Valley and our final destination. Tented Camp. Ride 28 km. B L D 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 to Bijayapur Khola where we'll join the main road into Pokhara Lakeside, the main tourism hub of Pokhara and Nepals 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 and enjoy a few beers! Trek-O-Tel Hotel. Ride 40 km. B L D
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Day 11 Pokhara After breakfast, you will be transferred to Pokhara center to start another adventure or to fly or drive back to Kathmandu. B

Nuts & Bolts

Bikes: Because some people can't imagine going on a trip without their own beloved bicycle, we do not provide them as part of this tour. However, you are able to hire bikes locally for the price listed on the front page of this document. The bikes are well-known makes of mountain bikes (depending on the tour) with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and Shimano components and front suspension. If you bring your own bike, please make sure it is a mountain bike, preferably with front suspension, and that it is in good mechanical order. Bike Repairs: Basic spares and tools are carried by the guide and on the support vehicle, though we cannot guarantee having spares for every conceivable problem. Carrying a basic tool kit, a spare tube and a pump while riding is recommended. Safety: Wearing a helmet is compulsory on all our biking adventures. Your tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue, but to a large degree you must be responsible for your own safety while riding. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a mountain biking tour. Support: We will be supported by vehicles throughout this tour and they are always available for tired cyclists. It is very easy to get bikes on and off, so you can rest when you are tired and cycle whenever you feel like it. Guides: You will be led by a local English-speaking tour leader and if the group is 10 people or more we will add another guide to the tour. All our tour leaders are well informed in the history, culture and religions of the area where you are biking and are skilled at passing that knowledge on to you. Your guide is also medically trained and an experienced cyclist, able to handle most minor repairs en route.

The Nitty Gritty

Arriving and Departing: This tour begins in Kathmandu and ends in Pokhara. International flights, to and from the start and finish points are not included in the tour price. If you need help or advice arranging international flights please contact us. Passports and Visas: Please make sure that your passport is still valid for at least six months at the end of the tour. All foreigners, except Indians, must have a visa. You can obtain a visa on arrival at the airport by filling out an application form and providing a passport photograph. To get a jump on the line, you can download a visa application form from the websites of the Nepali embassy in Washington, DC or London ahead of time. A single-entry visa valid for 60 days costs US$30. Health: There are no compulsory vaccinations although it is strongly recommended that you are vaccinated against: Typhoid; Hepatitis A and B. Tetanus and polio vaccinations should also be up to date at the time of travel. If you have come from an area infected with yellow fever you are required to be vaccinated before entering the country. Please speak to your doctor/physician for the most recent information. Altitude: Travellers to the Himalayas may suffer breathlessness and headaches before becoming acclimatized. Though we won't be going over 2,000 m/6,000 ft, it is important to take things lightly at first and to drink plenty of water. Weather: Temperatures and climate vary according to the altitude. Nepal has two seasons the dry season runs from October to May and the wet (monsoon) season from June to September, when 80% of the rain falls. Nepals weather is generally predictable and pleasant with March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) being the best times to visit. The Kathmandu Valley, at an altitude of 1,310 m/ 4,297 ft, has a mild climate, ranging from 19-27C/67-81F in summer, and 2-20C /36-68F in winter. Come prepared for chilly evenings and bring proper gear for brisk early morning starts and descents. Accommodation: In Kathmandu, guests can look forward to staying at the Samsara Hotel. During our route to Pokhara we'll camp for seven nights. You will sleep in tents and a mess tent, toilet (with a seat) and shower tents are also provided. All accommodation described in the itinerary are included in the tour cost. Food: Meals are included in the itinerary where B = breakfast, L = lunch, and D = dinner. Camping meals will be prepared by the cook team and feature Nepali and Western-style cuisine. Any special dietary requirements can also be catered for as well. Please let us know at the time of booking. Drink: Keeping you completely hydrated is a job we take very seriously. Cold water and energy-restoring drinks are included in the tour price. Soft drinks and other beverages during meals are not included. Beer and alcohol are NOT included in the price. Extra Expenses: We recommend that you tuck away a few extra dollars a day for incidentals. Included entrance fees are those for the listed sites and national parks that are part of the itinerary. Any other site fees are not included.

Subject to Change

In remote destinations abnormal conditions can prevail at any time, and all adventurous holidays can therefore be subject to unexpected change and we will do our best to adhere to the original itinerary and cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible when necessary.

Money: The currency is the Nepali rupee (Rs) and there are Standard Chartered Bank ATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara that take international cards. However, to be safe, we suggest you change money in Kathmandu and carry cash as backup in case the power goes down, the ATM is out of order, or you lose or break your plastic. Major credit cards are widely accepted at midrange and better hotels, restaurants and fancy shops in the Kathmandu Valley and Pokhara only. The information in this document is given in good faith, and covers the average range of conditions likely to be found on this trip. Where differences exist in the information between this and previous information, this document is the correct version and supersedes the brochure or website.