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Kathmandu Valley Rim - Fun Ride

Day To Day Itinerary

DAY 01: This is an ad-on tour. Your tour starts from Kathmandu. Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani. Overnight in guest house.

We leave Kathmandu after breakfast through the bustling back streets of Thamel and on to good wide undulating jeep tracks into the jungle. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular mountain views. We travel downhill and then on upwards for the seriously fit ride (22km) up to Kakani. We camp in a reserve at 2,000m to enjoy the stunning views of Ganesh and Langtang Himals and the valley of Likhu Khola 1,000m below.

DAY 02: Ride from Kakani to Budhanilkantha. Overnight in resort. 53 km.

We head off on one of the best trails in the valley (which was used as the Mountain Bike Championship course) down towards Budhanilkantha (Sleeping Vishnu) on wide undulating jeep track and pave road and pass through the Shivapuri forest to Budhanilkantha, a remarkable 5th century statue of the Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of the snake king in the middle of small pond. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular panoramic mountain views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal on the way and moreover by a night at a true resort established in a rural setting with culturally rich and naturally pristine environment whose garden harbors nearly 75 species of birds and 2000 flowering trees and shrubs.

DAY 03: Ride from Budhanilkantha to Nagarkot. Overnight in hotel.

Today starts with a steep upward ride (approx 7 km) on broken paved and off road through the Shivapuri National Park. Today is a challenging day, we pass the Shivapuri Reserve along part of the route to the Helambu trekking trail. We join a secondary tarmac road to Sankhu. We stop here for lunch and explore this ancient town. From here we cycle along a mixture of jeep track and single road to wind our way up the two-hour climb to Nagarkot on the valley rim. The views of the Himalayan range more than compensate this arduous ascent. On a clear day even Mount Everest can be seen! We stay in Nagarkot at a guesthouse from where we can enjoy the sunset.

DAY 04: Ride from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel via Nala. Overnight in hotel.

Today, after breakfast we have two options; one is to either ride downhill on paved roads up to Bhaktapur and then to Nala or a uphill ride to Nagarkot Tower and then a technical steep downhill to Nala and on to Dhulikhel.

DAY 05: Ride from Dhulikhel to Sisneri via Panauti & Drive to Kathmandu.

We descend on a jeep track to the ancient city of Panauti where Lord Buddha lived as a prince prior to his offerings to the hungry tigress. This city is truly lost in time and is rarely visited by tourists. The Indresara Mahadev Temple is the oldest surviving dated temple in Nepal and believed that it was built in 1294 AD. Climbing towards west, we follow a jeep track along the meandering Koshi River. Beyond the town of Madhuban we enter a narrow pristine valley, ascending 300m on a superb single trail to reach the summit of a hill on Kathmandu Valley’s rim. This is probably the oldest route east out of Kathmandu Valley, known as Lakhure Bhanjyang. What a grunt! But the views of the Himalayas more than compensate! From here we descend 500m via switch back jeep track to Sisneri, a quiet village. The ethnicity of the people change as we descend from Tamangs in the hills to Thakuries, Chhetris to valley bottom Newari farmers. A short distance beyond Sisneri is our pickup point for the drive back to Kathmandu.