A classic route from Kathmandu to Pokhara via Chitwan and Lumbini
Length: 13 DAYS
& 12 Nights
Kathmandu to Pokhara
Riding through the Terai lowlands
A more relaxed tour with easier riding conditions
Guided mountain biking tailored to your abilities.
Based in the Himalayan foothills and lowlands of Nepal, our Classic Nepal mountain bike holiday commences from Kathmandu, before taking the world’s second longest descent to the lowlands of Nepal (the Terai) and onwards to Pokhara via Chitwan National Park and Lumbini (the birth place of Lord Buddha)
This tour will suit riders looking for something less extreme than the high Himalayas and with full vehicle support can be tailored to suit all abilities.
- September to June
▼ CHITWAN, NEPAL ▼
▼ DAILY ITINERARY ▼
You will be met at Tribhuvan International airport by a representative from Mountain Biking Worldwide Holidays and taken to the hotel which is located in the heart of the tourist district of Kathmandu, Thamel (approximately a 30-minute drive). Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to explore the streets, sights and shops of Thamel or to relax after your journey, before joining your guides for an early evening welcome meal, where they will explain more about the coming days tour and activities.
Sightseeing around Bhaktapur Durbar Square, followed by a ride to Godawari
Biking Distance: 26km
After breakfast at the hotel there will be a drive to the ancient city of Bhaktapur. Your guide will take you on a tour of the city and to the four major religious squares which are recognized as world heritage sites. Upon completing the city tour, lunch will be provided followed by a short 2-hour bike ride on undulating trails, passing by paddy fields and the serene forest of Phulchowki towards Godawari via Lubhu (Lalitpur). Lubhu is known for its handmade cloth and textile production.
Godawari is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Nepal being known for its rich wildlife and magnificent environment. It is also popular for its botanical garden which hosts a wide range of exotic and indigenous plants in its grounds. The area is popular among both locals and tourists due to its pleasing landscape surrounded by evergreen forest, where you can feel a sense of tranquility and refreshment.
Godwari to Dakshinkali
Biking Distance: 38km
After breakfast, the cycling tour continues on jeep track through Chapagaon village which offers excellent views of Kathmandu Valley and is also the home of the Vajra Varahi (a female buddha also known as the Diamond Sow in Tibetan Buddhism). On leaving Chapagaon, you will head south crossing over the Lele river and head towards Bungamati. The Bungamati village is famous for its agriculture, livestock and fishing. It is also the hometown of the deity Machhindranath, who is regarded as the compassionate god of agricultural prosperity and is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Bagmati river you will approach a Ganesh Temple (Elephant God Temple) and from here, the sealed Dakshinkali road strings together some fascinating cultural sights. Whilst the remaining ride is largely uphill, it is gradual
: Dakshinkali to Daman
Biking Distance: 59km
To start the cycling trip today you will cycle along a gravel road to Kulekhani via a Tamang village. Along the way you can experience the authentic Nepalese lifestyle and visit the largest hydro power and artificial lake in Nepal, Kulkehani Dam, where afterwards you will continue with an approximate 2-hour climb to the overnight destination of Daman at 2400m above sea level. Our vehicle will be available for those not relishing the climb!!
Daman to Hetauda
Biking Distance: 52km
During today’s ride you will be treated to the most spectacular views of the Himalaya – an incredible 400km panorama which extends from the Annapurna’s to Mt. Everest. There are also great views over the Terai, the low plains of Nepal and further to India in the distance below.
For the rest of the day you’ll enjoy the ultimate downhill ride with over 2000m of descent through pine and rhododendron forests which eventually gives way to semi-tropical vegetation as the air becomes more humid. Small clusters of houses cling to lonely hill tops but as we approach the Terai we pass through more and more villages.
The town of Hetauda (455m above sea level) lies at the bottom of the descent and you will end today’s cycling on an unforgettable high..
Hetauda to Chitwan
Biking Distance: 71km
It’s a much flatter ride today after the downhill exhilaration of yesterday. You will now be in central Terai, a region of hot subtropical plains, and the surrounding vegetation reflects this. Sal (hard wood) and Kal (silk cotton) trees line the roads to the Royal Chitwan National Park, which was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
At Tadi, the route diverts onto a dirt track to the outskirts of the national park area at Saurahaand tonight you will stay at a hotel in the park. The park is the largest and most famous wilderness in Nepal and covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem. It boasts more than 43 species of mammals and is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. It is also home to 450 species of birds and 45 types of amphibians and reptiles.
Chitwan Rest Day
We offer a range of activities in Chitwan that are included in the cost of the tour but are not compulsory if you want a rest day!
Canoeing: A journey down the river Rapti in a traditional ‘dug-out canoe’ and an opportunity to quietly observe the exotic species of birds and animals that come to drink at the water’s edge.
Guided jungle walks or drive: Accompanied by an experienced naturalist you can walk or drive deep into the jungle, to prime locations in search of rare animals.
Bird watching: An early morning walk through the bush and along the Rapti River, with an expert guide to view some of the 450 species of exotic birds including the Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican and Paradise Flycatcher.
Tharu culture show: A dance performance from a Tharu ethnic group who originally migrated from Rajesthan in India.
Village tour: Visit a traditional Tharu village deep in the jungle.
Chitwan to Butwal and transfer to Lumbini
Biking Distance: 117km or 72km
The start of the day cycling travels to the Tikauli forest via Bishajari Lake. You will then continue on the paved Mehendra Highway and break for a lunch at Dawene after 72 km’s of riding. Again, our vehicles will be on hand if anybody feels they would like a break from riding, or for those feeling really energetic you can continue riding for another 45km’s to Butwal, where everyone will hop on the vehicles for the transfer to Lumbini. Lumbini is recognized as the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in 623 BC and is of religious significance for Hindus’ and Buddhists around the world.
Transfer to Butwal and ride to Tansen
Biking Distance: 39km
In the morning you will be visiting Lumbini and the Buddha gardens followed by a return drive to Butwal, which will take you through rural Nepal, giving a glimpse of village life in the Terai lowlands. After lunch it’s back on the bikes to continue on to Tansen. Tansen is an old Newari city known for its traditional architecture and sweeping views of the Himalayas.
Tansen to Gaylang and transfer to Pokhara
Biking Distance: 45 km
The day will start with an exhilarating descent on a windy road down to the Siddartha Highway after which we have a gentle climb up to Galyang, followed by 2-hour drive to the lakeside tourist enclave of Pokhara.
Pokhara Rest Day
There are a multitude of activities to indulge yourself in whilst staying in Pokhara. From a relaxing row across the Phewa Tal lake to an exhilarating 30-minute paragliding flight from the famous Sarankot view point. Your guide will discuss all the options available in the area and assist in booking and arranging anything that takes your fancy.
Flight to Kathmandu
After breakfast, there will be a short car ride to Pokhara domestic airport for the 1-hour flight back to Kathmandu. Once back in the capital, you will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day will be free for last minute souvenir shopping in the many Thamel shops located close by the hotel. All riders are invited to a farewell dinner with their guides in the evening.
A Mountain Biking Worldwide representative will accompany you to the airport for your return flight home.
▼ PACKAGE OPTIONS ▼
Classic Nepal Packageincludes...
- 2 nights in a 3* hotel in Kathmandu
- 2 nights at a 3* hotel in Pokhara
- 8 nights in MTB-Worldwide selected hotels
- Most meals
- Sightseeing and activities in Kathmandu and Chitwan
- 8 days guided riding
- Domestic flight Pokhara to Kathmandu
▼ ESSENTIALS ▼
The Mountain Bike Worldwide team wants your holiday to not only be the adventure of a lifetime, but also a relaxing and fun experience, so here's our Essential & Frequently Asked Questions!
Two (or more) Qualified & Experienced Guides
We understand that everybody is different. Some riders will want to push hard, others will want to take in the views and learn about the surrounding area and cultures. All of our guides are selected not only for their fitness but also for their local knowledge. The passion for mountain biking, fun loving nature and local connections, that all our guides have, ensure that your adventure will be an incredible journey.
Sport Specific Nutrition
We know how important it is to remain properly fuelled during an arduous day in the saddle and so have teamed up with TorqFitness to provide all our adventures with a selection of energy products.For an additional $210, you can collect your Torq nutritional pack, of gels, bars, energy powder and recovery powder on location, saving you excess baggage charges and customs scrutiny. You will then only need to carry provisions for use during the day whilst the remainder will be transported by the support vehicles or porters.
The nature of your holiday is to have an adventure, but that doesn’t mean you have to rough it. For all of our adventures we use the best accommodation that is available in the area. All our hotels / guesthouses have been personally vetted, so whether it’s a 3* hotel in the city or a basic teahouse in the mountains you can rest assured you will be warm, comfortable and well fed.
Each group will have at least 2 riding guides, that way if any riders want to push on and “race” the stage, the remainder of the group will still have an accompanying guide. Each group (where terrain allows) will also be closely accompanied by a support vehicle, carrying water, food, bike spares etc, with space to transport any rider to the hotel should the going get too tough. All our guides are mechanically adept and will be able to fix most bike problems out on the trail. There will also be a separate vehicle and guide to transport all the luggage and to ensure your hotel / guesthouse is ready for your arrival after a hard days riding.
Your detailed adventure information pack will list the exact meal arrangements but in general, all breakfasts and evening meals are included in the price of your trip. Most dietary requirements can be catered for, even in the remotest of areas, and as all trips are guided by experienced riders you can be assured of loaded plates of high carbohydrate quality food to fuel you through the day.
All in country transport costs related to the adventure are included in the trip cost.
During the actual adventure most evenings will be spent dining as a group, but pre, and post adventure we arrange a social get-together so that everybody can get to know each other and the guides, and share their experiences.
The Finer Details
All our adventures follow the same itinerary / route as the races in our World Challenge Series ensuring that we have extensive, first hand and current knowledge of all the finer details relating to the area. The MTB-Worldwide team together with their in country partners, check out the trails, hotels, local transport on an annual basis so that all racers and adventurers alike can be assured of an ultra smooth passage during their time away.
The MTB-Worldwide team are proud of their branding and want to share their vision with the world. On arrival, all MTB-Worldwide Holiday guests will receive a MTB-Worldwide t-shirt and a branded kit bag. They are yours to keep as mementos of your epic adventure and as a thank you for travelling with us.
Adventure Information Pack
Being avid mountain bikers, travellers and adventure enthusiasts ourselves, we know how important it is to be able to visualise your trip before arrival. All MTB-Adventures Holiday guests will be sent a detailed PDF trip specific information pack. This extensive document will arm riders will all the details they need to plan and prepare for their adventure, and will include a day to day itinerary, maps, photos, information relating to the country and much more.
Our knowledgeable MTB-Worldwide team are always on hand via email or phone to answer any queries that you may have related to the adventure, during the booking process or after you have booked.
We will keep you informed with regular updates from the adventure, and closer to departure, with specific details of the guides, hotels, meeting times etc. If you "opt in" we will also give you contact details of other riders joining the adventure so that you can start exchanging information and getting to know other riders before arrival.
We aim to make all adventurers feel as comfortable and relaxed as possible. We offer single room supplements for any rider that prefers to have a room to themselves (prices vary on destination).
MTB-Worldwide Holidays take riders into some of the remotest and wildest areas on earth”. The MTB-Worldwide team takes rider and crew safety extremely seriously and only uses the most reputable and properly equipped ground logistics teams on location. All our logistic teams also provide the support for our races and have a track proven record for customer service and safety. By travelling with MTB-Worldwide you can rest assured that your safety and well being could not be in better hands.
Compare Your Times
Via GPS data you will be able to compare your stage times with those of corresponding races and the top adventure timings will be featured in a MTB-Worldwide timings leader board on the website. Incentives – If after taking on a MTB-Worldwide Holiday, you feel like taking on one of the world challenge series races, we will give you a 10% discount of any of the race entry fees.
All the MTB-Worldwide team have flown to far flung destinations with their bikes, an know that it is not the most relaxing of procedures, from checking it in at one end to the nervous wait for it to arrive unscathed at the other. To make your MTB-Worldwide holiday even more stress free we have a range of high quality mountain bikes (nothing we wouldn’t ride ourselves) available to rent. Please enquire for prices.
What's NOT Included;
- International flights to and from the adventure country
- Country entry visa fees
- Equipment hire / rental
- Transport to the adventure pickup location
- Lodging before and after the adventure
- Trip / medical insurance (which is compulsory and must include helicopter evacuation in the event of an emergency)
- Medical expenses
- Alcoholic and soft drinks consumed during the adventure
- Personal items purchased during the adventure
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