Shivapuri 6 Day Tour £1200.00
Once you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport we will pick you up directly from the airport transfer you to your hotel. Amidst all the chaos lies ancient stories of warriors, rivaling dynasties and great spiritual masters. This legendary capital city is home to an eclectic mix of people, shops, restaurants, temples, stupas, myths and legends!
At the hotel we will brief you about the trip. Our assistants will help assemble your mountain bikes if necessary.
*Remember usually flights are overnight so you should allow an extra day for the journey to Kathmandu.
We will drive you (23km) to Kakani (altitude 1840m). Starting the ride from Kakani and riding east (4km) on the ridge to the trail head of the 4×4 vehicle track (alt. 2010m). From this hill you can see the Himalayas from the west to the east as well as mountains in Tibet and China. You’ll see many different ranges from the Annapurna Range, Manaslu Range, Ganesh Himal Range, Langtang Range, Rolwaling Range to the Solokhumbu Range. We will descend down through the national forest towards the Tamang villages on the hillside. The route then climbs up to Suryachaur (alt. 1960m) for lunch. After lunch the trail descends to Gurjay Bhanjang (alt. 1850m) where we will enter Shivapuri National Park. The 4×4 track will be slightly uphill at first and then will decend down to Shivapuri Village Resort (alt. 1900m). Here surrounded by the wild forest will be our first night outside Kathmandu.
Day 3 starts with the ride up to the main 4×4 trail then continuing east. The trail has lush forests passing by waterfalls and many scenic viewpoints. It is also filled with wildlife from exotic birds to the rare-sighted leopard. Depending on the condition of this track we might have to carry our bikes in some places. There will be packed lunch provided for this day’s ride. That evening Chisapani with it’s beautiful mountain views is where we spend the second night. The lodge here is basic.
Riding further East along the ridge line the trail descends to Sankhu-Bhotechaur Road (alt. 1800m). From here onwards there’s a black top road until Jarsing Pawa. The ride then heads further along dirt tracks to Kartike (alt. 1520m) and then up to Nagarkot (alt.1900m). At Nagarkot, on a clear day you can catch sight of Mt. Everest along with many of the himals.
Today there will be an option to get up before breakfast and drive up to the tower to see Mt.Everest and the panoramic Himalayan view at sunrise. After breakfast we can ride down to Bhaktapur (alt. 1360m) on black top or on different more challenging terrain. Kathmandu sits in the valley below. This ride will take us to the ancient city of Bhaktapur.We will walk around Bhaktapur and have lunch at Durbar Palace square. Bhaktapur is a World Heritage site. That evening will see us back in Kathmandu. After checking into the hotel, our crew will clean and pack the bicycles. This will be your last dinner with your guide and the crew, and an opportunity to thank them with a tip as is the tradition in Nepal.
Grab your last minutes shopping/sightseeing & say goodbye to your guides before being dropped to the airport for your onward flight.
Bardaan Rai is an expert mountain bike guide who has been working in the tourism sector of Nepal for more than a decade. He is a certified guide and a first aid responder. He has worked with international cycling clients from Germany, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, China, India etc.
He is also a founding member of the Himalayan Outdoor Festival, a first of its kind in Nepal. A three-day celebration of human-powered adventure sports, music and Himalayan lifestyle. It includes 3 main activities; trail running, rock climbing and mountain biking.
He is also working with different reputed schools in Kathmandu to educate school children in outdoor activities such as basic cycling skills, backpacking, camping, leave no trace and leadership programs for children.
The Technical ability required for the trip would be 5 out of 10.
The trails are technically challenging at times with hiking sections and some exposure. A good fitness level will also be required.
Bike and equipment
A perfect bike for this trip is a lightweight dual suspension all mountain bike with disk brakes. It would be great to have a bike in excellent working condition before the trip begins. Bike spare parts would be difficult to find in Nepal, as there are only a handful of bike brands. Hence, it would be ideal to carry spare parts of your own bike. Basic bike repair kit will be available.
Kathmandu stands at 1400m. We will mostly be biking around the valley but the weather will be different while biking at 2200m (Nagarkot). Therefore, we need to be prepared for everything. Mostly Kathmandu has a warm climate.
Our Mountain bikes trip leader is a Certified Wilderness First Responder (www.nnols.com).
Our trips take place mostly in the trails inside the jungle, technical trails, rocks etc. hence it will always be risky and hazardous. Make sure you ride within your limits. Biking is a dangerous sport. It is always good to keep your bike in good condition and keep yourself hydrated. Personal medical travel insurance is mandatory.