Cycle Tour: Nepal Multi Activity
15 days Graded Moderate – Difficult
In the land of the majestic Himalayas is one of the world’s most beautiful countries, Nepal. From the roof of the world aloft the scaling icy peaks, down to the lowest point reaching the sea level along the Indian border, there is an incredible variety of scenery, including glaciers, alpine pastures, thick uninhabited forests and carefully terraced hillsides. The variety of habitats allows you to see the most diverse land and with it the people and the culture who have adapted to such a variety of environments.
This trip gives you the opportunity to experience Nepal’s diversity in one of the most rewarding ways, by bicycle (mountain bike). However, to make it a an even more exciting and dynamic experience we have incorporated Elephant safari and river rafting to make it a truely muti-activity adventure of a lifetime.
We spend the first two days on a valley rim ride in Kathmandu, visiting Paspatinath on route to Dulikhel, a mountain view resort where we spend the night. The following day, we ride a beautiful route to Nammo Buddha (the site of Buddha’s self sacrifice before his final human incarnation) and Panuti before returning to Kathmandu. This gives us a chance to make any cycle adjustments before embarking on our tour.
Starting from Kathmandu we head into the Mahabharat Range mountains where you can experience the best Himalayan views in Nepal, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the in the East. From here we bike down into the terai, close to the border of India where you will visit small thatched villages and experience the ancient farming traditions. Once in the terai, we visit the Chitwan National Park, one of Asia’s finest wildlife parks, where we stay two nights to allow time for elephant safari in search of rhino and tiger, or take to the river in a dug-out canoe. Refreshed from the comforts of our lodge we return to the road and continue west across southern Nepal. Heading out from the forest of Chitwan, we enter flat farmlands and enjoy watching Ox carts along the road and buffalo wallowing in ponds. We are now heading to Lumbini, the birthplace of the present Buddha, the ultimate re-incarnation after his sacrifice in Nammo Buddha. This farmland is abundant not only with amazing culture of village life, but also some fabulous birdlife. If you make the tour during December, January or February you will be able to see the Sarus Crane, and anytime of year you can see many species of vulture.
From lumbini we then head north towards the mountains, cycling towards the mighty Annapurna range and the sacred peak of Macchapuchhare. This section is of course up hill (however, we get a helping hand from the back up vehicle) to reach the hill station of Tansen. We stop overnight here before then cycling on to Pokhara, the second city which lies at the foot of the Annapurna Himal Range.
Arriving in Pokhara, we have some time to relax by the lake or to experience some trekking before biking the ‘Royal Trek’ to Begnas Tal. Here we enjoy a lodge by the Lake enjoying superb mountain views. The following day we go in the support vehicle to the put in place for our rafting – a splendid finale to our tour. Travelling down the river in a wilderness environment we are able to spot more wildlife along the route. Staying overnight on a river camp the next day we complete our raft and jorney back to Kathmandu.
Full of palaces and temples, culture and wildlife this is the ultimate Nepal experience. The combination of some superb dirt tracks and more relaxing road sections, and the abundance of sights along the route makes this both an exhilarating and fascinating place to cycle and indeed one of the most varied biking trips you could wish for.
The Vital Statistics
- 15 days ex Kathmandu
- 13 nights city hotel / Guesthouse B&B
- 1 night river camp
- Sightseeing throughtout the tour
- Cycle Leader and Techinical Support
- Back-up vehicle throughout the tour
- Royal Chitwan National Park safari
- Seti River white water Rafting
- Good variety of cycling routes, on tarmac and rough tracks