We start our Kathmandu bike riding toward the northwest of the Kathmandu Valley, a UNESCO heritage region recognized for its rich culture and historic sites. After about 20 minutes of riding, we’ll escape Kathmandu’s snarled traffic in favour of peaceful trails, first riding around the base of the Nagarjun Forest Reserve, also known as Raniban (the Queen’s forest). Along the route, you’ll get to enjoy beautiful scenes of terraced rice paddies and mustard fields, surrounding clusters of thatch-topped and ocher-mudded houses (don’t worry, we’ll let you stop for photos).
After leaving the paved road and traffic behind us, we’ll tackle a mild climb up a jeep track through the fields and chicken farms towards Teenpipli. Literally, the word ‘Teenpipli’ means ‘three pipal trees’ but unfortunately, a heavy storm has left only two of these sacred fig trees still standing.
We’ll take a rest and refuel in the town of Chautara before hopping back on our bikes and down a dirt road – be ready for adventure, because we’ll encounter some single-track trails along the way! Depending on the season, as you cycle past, you may see farmers working the fields growing rice, wheat, or mustard.
Next up, we’ll climb to Tokha, one of the most beautiful places in Nepal, and from where you can catch a superb view of the Kathmandu Valley. Here, we can visit the Bhimsen temple, dedicated to a deity who is worshipped for his strength and courage, as well as the Kali temple and the village cremation grounds. Kali is the female aspect of Shiva, and is recognised as both a giver and taker of life. We’ll rest up again before heading to Buddhanilkantha, an impressive sculpture of sleeping Vishnu on a gigantic serpent.
Inclusions: Mountain bike, safety helmet, biking guide with mechanical back-up, lunch.
Exclusions: Items of a personal nature, Beverages, Tips or gratuities for guide.
Dress standard: When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. In many rural areas in Asia women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
Your Trip: This trip is offered on a "join-in" basis. Maximum group size is 12.
Confirmation of booking: If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
Child Policy: Children under age 12 are not permitted on this tour.