Day Rides around Kathmandu Valley

Time Frame: Anytime!

Duration:
5-7 Hours

£180.00 per rider

Terrain: Variable

Max altitude: 2200m

Region: Kathmandu Valley

#1

Temple Run

Percentage of unpaved road
15%

7 Hrs, Max Altitude: 2195m Lunch included

This ride out starts in Kathmandu where we visit Boudhanath, the largest Tibetan stupa outside of Tibet.  We ride by rice paddies to reach the ancient town of Sankhu. We take local jeep tracks to reach Nagarkot, a famous hillside resort with panoramic views of the Himalayas. Then we again ride on jeep tracks to Changunarayan. This Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu is home to the oldest stone inscription in Nepal, dating back to 464 AD. We enter the old Kingdom of Bhaktapur and through Thimi, home to some of the greatest architecture in Nepal. We finish our ride by visiting Pashupatinath, the largest temple complex in Nepal. This day ride will be an exciting and immersive way of touring the city’s most famous temples and giving you a chance to get out of the city to the hilltop village of Nagarkot.

#2

Kakani

Percentage of unpaved road
30%

6 Hrs, Max Altitude: 2070m Lunch included

Grab some fresh mountain air on this trip along the top of the Kathmandu basin taking mainly paved roads. Kakani is a town 24 km to the north west of Kathmandu on the valley rim which sits at 2070 meters. There are stunning views from here of many Himalayan peaks: Gosaikunda, Langtang Himal, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu Himal, Annapurna Himal and Rolwaling Himal can all be seen from this spot on a clear day. The village of Kakani is famous for strawberry and white radish farming and alongside the many cold streams flowing down the hill are local trout farmers.  We then ride on the back road to Budhanilkanta temple to see the sleeping Vishnu. Then back to Kathmandu.

#3

Kakani 2 -Jeep Tracks

7 Hrs, Max Altitude: 2070m Lunch included

Same as above, but with more dirt roads making it a more challenging ride.

Percentage of unpaved road
60%

#4

Shivapuri Loop

Percentage of unpaved road
60%

7 Hrs, Max Altitude: 2195m Lunch included

Shivapuri National Park is located on the northern fringe of the Kathmandu Valley, home to Leopards, Jungle Cats, Himalayan Black Bears, Barking Deer, Golden Jackals, Civets, Mongoose, Wild Boar, Chinese Pangolin and Hanuman Langur along with over 300 species of Birds. We will ride northwest out of Kathmandu passing by old  Newari farming land and up to Guruje Bhanjyang (a small hill pass) at 1900m. From the pass you can see the Himalayas when the weather is clear.  We traverse around the National forest on a local village jeep track. We then arrive at Chisapani 2150m for  a quick lunch break. We  head back to Kathmandu via Jaharsingpawa pass 1800m along a spoilt black top road. 

#5

Nuwakot Durbar

Percentage of unpaved road
35%

7 Hrs, Max Altitude: 1800m Lunch included

This ride out takes you outside of the Kathmandu valley to the ancient citadel in Nuwakot.  The old palace fort historically was a crucial trading point for Malla Kings of the Valley. Standing strong for over 1000 years, there is lots of history here, not to mention the recent unification of Nepal by Prithvi Narayan Shah. We ride on a mixture of sandy tracks and gravel roads on the way to Nuwakot passing farmland and the Lipu river. The road is sandy and slippery towards Trishuli Bazaar and up to Nuwakot Durbar, although not overly technical. From here we can go back the same route to Kathmandu or head back on the busy highway via Galchi.

  • Bike Hire (Honda CRF250L)
  • Expert English Speaking guide on their own bike
  • Lunch
  • Fuel
  • Personal insurance
  • Motorcycle kit (Available @ small charge)

Things needed

  • A valid motorcycle license
  • A Helmet (available for hire)
  • Deposit of $500.00
  • Passport copy
  • Signed Motorcycle Rental Agreement

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