Moderate trekking involves 5 – 6 hours a day walking at a steady pace below 4000 meters for around 10 days trekking trip.
Nepal packs more adventure than you can ever imagine. One of the adventures that you will enjoy is the cycling tour around the valley.
The Kathmandu Valley Cycling Trail will take you to a few of the exotic places around the valley. Ride through peaceful forests and lush fields of crops, with just enough time to soak in the view of the majestic Himalayas.
The trail demands a fit body and proper gear. The tracks are dusty, rocky and uneven with long climbs and thrilling descends. The elevation can reach as high as 2200m from ground level of 1500m.
The best time to take this trip is early / mid November when the crops and flowers are in their full bloom. This is when the country is in the festive mood.
The first ride is on road which will take you through small villages and few roadside housing, with a constant climb to approximately 400m and reach the maximum elevation of 1900m. The traffic while getting out of the city might be a bit scary, so it is advised that you gather some knowledge about the road rules before oiling up your chains.
Upon reaching the destination you will be guided to your Guest house to catch a breath. The majestic views of the mountains are spectacular during sunrise and sunset. In the evening you might be up for a little stroll down the villages and enjoy fresh air and lush fields of mustard. During early winter (Mid November) you will see a lot of lights and dancing due to the festival “TIHAR”.
Today might be the longest day on the trail. You will start at sunrise and ride to the east viewpoint for the mountain panorama view but it won’t last long if its winter. The haze will cover up the mountains and leave you with nothing but a dense fog, so you might want to hurry if you really want to see the Himalayan panorama.
Today you will ride for 7 hours with a lot of uphill pushes and thrilling downhill. The weather around the area is clear and with no hard wind. Most of the tracks will be rough with a lot of boulders today and you might have a hard time if you are not used to mountain biking and if you have not acclimatized well. You will ride through the Shivapuri National Park, which means you won’t have much mountain views but forests. You will reach an elevation of 2200m and descend to 1600m as the trail comes to the end for the day.
Prepare yourself for a short but hard ride. Today’s trail will mix biking with a bit of hike which will take you to the maximum altitude of 2100m and descend to 1965m as the trail ends for the day. You will start with a 2 hour uphill from Mulkharka and a short downhill to Jhule (about 0.5km) and through Jharsing Pauwa. The track is fairly good with no boulders but dusty and hot.
After riding for a while you will come across an edgy track which will lead you to Nagarkot followed by a final climb of 1965m (1 hour) to you accommodation. Upon reaching your accommodation you will have plenty of time for a short hike of 2.5 Hours to the Nagarkot View Tower for the panoramic view of the mountains and back. In the evening you will get the taste of Nepali Dal – Bhat with Chicken for dinner and call it a day.
Today is the last day of the trail. The adrenaline will rush through your veins as you ride a 1.5 hour long downhill going through the countryside and small local villages. After the rush you will have a small uphill to one of the oldest temple in Nepalese history “Changunarayan” before dropping down to the valley.
Upon reaching the city your guide will take you through an alternate route to omit most of the busy road. Doing so, you will miss the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. But, you will ride through small villages with mustard fields and a fusion of modern and ancient Nepal.
Full Suspension Mountain Bike
Sweat Absobant and Warm Clothing
Leg Protection and Helmet
First Aid Kit