Another proposal for a journey you find nowhere else in the world! This challenging extensive mountain bike tour starts in the capital of Kathmandu, where you first will visit the highlights and then the road cycling adventure starts along the old trade route to Pokhara. Long enjoyable distances on old roads and paths, all with wonderful views of the Himalayas that provide the daily portion “Nepal-adventure”! In the vibrant city of Pokhara we rest, wash our equipment, check the bikes and prepared ourselves for the spectacular Annapurna circuit! We follow the challenging and unique western route. Annapurna is a 55 km long mountian massif whose highest point reaches up to 8091 meters altitude. The route we follow is (100%) doable with the bike, so that we can travel longer distances per day. This is also possible due to a jeep from Himalayan Leaders which will accompanying us and that is taking care of all transport of luggage. Going via the eastern route, the mountain bikers are escorted by porters.
After all these impressions we fly from Jomsom to Pokhara, where we continue our adventure! We drive back to Kathmandu, and with our experienced mountain guides the Kathmandu Valley will be explored through a variety of single and jeep tracks. You will experience the less known places. Day-to-day: 28 days Biking Tour through Nepal: Kathmandu, Pokhara and Jomsom.
Transport from the airport to the hotel in the pleasant district of Thamel, where in its narrow streets you will find hundreds of small shops and restaurants. We will treat you to a refreshment and evening welcome dinner with teammembers from Himalayan Leaders. Taste a typical Nepali “Dal Bhat” and do not forget the local rice wine!
The capital has plenty of special attractions to offer. So today we visit the three most famous and impressive temples. The main one is the Nepali Pashupatinath temple, one of the biggest Hindu temples of Shiva in the world, located on the banks of the Bagmati river in the eastern part of Kathmandu. The temple is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Boudhanath is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in one and has the largest spherical stupa in Nepal. This stupa dominates the skyline. The ancient Stupa is one of the largest in the world. Finally we visit swayambhu where we have an excellent view of the Kathmandu valley. This temple is nicknamed “Monkey Temple”, which betrays its primary (!) residents. More centrally located is Kathmandu Durbar Square, literally a place of palaces in the center. After all these impressions we return to the hotel.
After breakfast we will inspect the bicycles and our equipment to prepare ourselves for the great adventure. On this first day we leave in a westerly direction, leaving Kathmandu and cycling on a paved road towards Dhading Besi. This is the capital of Dhading district. The word bensi besi means in Nepali lowlands. The city is located along two rivers, the Arung and Thopal Khola.
Rise early because the bikes are waiting for us. After breakfast we move further west, towards Arughat. The trail is now largely on asphalt tracks and old paths.
Today awaits us a huge and steep ascent, and the reward is great. We arrive in the afternoon in the famous town of Gorkha, the former residence of the royal family of Nepal. We will reach Gorkha after a beautiful ride through the green hills. Gorkha tribes from the famous “Gurkha” soldiers who served in the British Army. In Gorkha you have a spectacular view of the distant environment and rice terraces . Those who still are willing to climb (1700 stairs!) to the temple on the summit in Gorkha, can see the massive Mansalu. Especially with sunrise this offers a spectacular view!
Today we have a combination of asphalt and off-road over 50 km in order to arrive in Torture. On the right we keep sight on the spectacular Himalayas.
We are now more than halfway to Pokhara and the rhythm is good now! We become accustomed and perhaps spoiled by the beautiful vistas, the green plains, forests, rice terraces, friendly and always curious Nepalis in the mountain villages. We reach today -after a nice ride- the traditional town of Dhamauli..
Like yesterday we cycle today at an altitude of about 1000 meters, a short but impressive off-road tour to Begnash, only 15 km away from Pokhara. Begnas Tal lies along a small lake and who still has the legs to climb to Pansh Baiya, is treated to a fantastic view of the Annapurna’s (now very close to it!). In the village you get to know the real traditional Nepali life, but you can also walk through the nearby forrest.
Today is the last stage to our first goal. In 5 hours time we ride to Pokhara, the starting point for all tours to the stunning Annapurna massif
Pokhara is a vibrant city with its pleasant atmosphere and the picturesque Phewa lake. Here, fill the camera cards with the white peaks above the lake. Wait for the perfect picture if the eagles cross the mountainside. Nowhere else in Nepal it goes as fast as up as here in Pokhara. The area is subtropical with warm temperatures between 25 and 35 degrees in summer and in winter between 5 and 15 degrees. From the hotel you have a beautiful view on the top of Annapurna: Dhaulagiri, Annapurna and Manaslu, and you’ll see in between the Annapurna Machapuchare. This mountain dominates the panorama of Pokhara with its two peaks. Pokhara is also worth seeing because of the many underwater caves and waterfalls. So who would rather climb down is welcome in the caves of Mahendra, Bat and Gupteswor.
Today a spectacular part of this mountain biking trip. The adrenaline is sure to rise now that the Annapurna’s part of the daily routes! We ride today in the Beni district of Dhawalagiri. Here the Kali River and the river Myagdi merge together on 900 meters. Beni therefore means confluence of rivers. In ancient times in Beni was the trade route between Tibet and Nepal. .
Today, it’s up to Tatopani, a developing community in the Jumla district.
Today we climb up fast (over 2500 meters!) and are rewarded with Kalopani as destination, a nice place to view at sunset the Annapurna I (8,091 meters).
After breakfast we go up and reach after a journey of six hours the center of the Nepali apple production: welcome to Marpha! It is one of the highlights of the Annapurna circuit, in addition to the Thorung La pass.
Again it is up today and we pass the 3000 meter mark. Along the Kali Gandaki river we reach Kagbeni, also an idyllic village on the old trade route to Tibet and specially selected for this unique journey!.
After all the above highlights is the literal high point today as we climb to almost 3800 meters! After about four hours climb we reach with enough adrenaline the pilgrimage site of Muktinath. This place is important for both Buddhists of the Tibetan Plateau (which covers India, Nepal and Tibet) as Hindus from Nepal and India of great religious significance. In Muktinath the natural elements come together according to the holy books of Hindus, the Vedas, as well as the Buddhist scriptures, the sutras, life on earth is composed: earth, water, fire, air. In particular, the fire fueled by natural gas in one of the temples bubbles up spontaneously from an underground stream. It experienced yogis from both religions are known for strong energies and meditation on the place is extra beneficial. There is water to be said cleanse the soul. Hence the Hindi name Muktinath, “which place (nath) of salvation (mukti) means.
These last days on the mountain takes us to Jomsom Annapurna Circuit. Again we meet the Kali Gandaki river and a sacred rock. We see the snow peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri and one of the deepest canyons in the world (!). The Tibetan influence is omnipresent, with prayer flags, prayer roles and various monasteries.
Today we can to slow down now the impressive drive through the mountains is over. Filled with impressions after breakfast we fly to Pokhara, where the afternoon can be freely spent.
We have become so used to our bikes that we have these days to make a nice ride in Pokhara and its beautiful scenery with an experienced guide.
After breakfast we say goodbye to the west of Nepal and fly or ride in 6 hours back to the capital Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel with breakfast.
Today we get on the bike and go investigate isolated and authentic towns and villages around Kathmandu. One is Kirtipur, which is completely spared from mass tourism and means glorious village. The ancient city has numerous historical achievements and is considered an outdoor museum of Newari architecture and crafts. In the afternoon we ride back to Kathmandu.
Again we go up again. After breakfast we cycle to Kakani, a settlement in the Nuwakot District. It is a high mountain village and was known as a holiday resort for the Ghurka soldiers.
The village Mulkharka offers a beautiful view of the Kathmandu valley. The beauty of this tour is that there is hardly any traffic and we are surrounded by beautiful countryside and steep climbs and descents.
We stay in the mountains again and enjoy views of the Himalayas, but now in an easterly direction. We stay in a typical lodge for hikers.
One of the most famous destinations is Nagarkot with a spectacular view over the Langtang mountain range, including the breathtaking sunrise over the mountains and sunset views. We see the panoramic view of the fascinating landscapes and hills of the Kathmandu valley.
Today begins the great descent of nearly 2200 to 1350 meters towards Kathmandu where we see Changunarayan. Tonight we deliver our bikes with a nostalgic feeling of ‘conquer’ Nepal after this extensive and unforgettable journey into the Himalayas.
The last day you are free to shop in the cozy streets and along the many shops in Kathmandu. Remember the famous ‘Gingertea’ not, the fragrant incense, enjoy a Tibetan singing bowl, colorful T-shirts or maybe just a CD with the sounds that you heard so often on the trail. Overnight at hotel with breakfast.
Today we say goodbye and transfer to the airport. But as they say in Nepal, you came as a traveler and you leave as a friend. Namaste!