High Ridges of Kathmandu

* Biking around the valley rim overlooking Kathmandu amid breathtaking views of the giant Himalayas

A pleasant scenic rides on the back alley of the old city and head towards the village of Dhulikhel and Godavari and to explore the villages from situated in the Nepal, the land of ups and down, the only flatland on the Gangetic plains of southern Terai running east to west, nevertheless it offers a challenging to pleasant scenic ride from the tropical plains of Terai, meditarian mild mid mountainous lush valleys to the arctic climate of the high alpine region. The only way to discover these hidden treasure land and villages with its warm ever-smiling people is by a walking journey or on mountain bikes.

Outline Itinerary:
Day 01: Arrive Kathmandu. Meet & transfer to Hotel. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Bike to Kakani via Nagarjun Forest - Bike to Raniban (Queen Forest) – uphill on Jeep track. From the top descend on single & technical track to main highway and continue to Kakani – 52 Kms. O/N Camp.
Day 03: Bike to Sundarijal via Budhanilkantha – Bike on single track to Gurju Bhanjyang and downhill to Budhanilkantha on off road – 32 Kms. O/N Lodge.
Day 04: Bike to Chisapani – off road uphill to Chisapani – 22 Kms. O/N Lodge.
Day 05: Bike to Nagarkot – off road all the way to Nagarkot – 20 Kms. O/N Camp.
Day 06: Bike to Dhulikhel – off road downhill to Nala and continue on main highway to Panauti and off road to Namo Buddha. Descend to Dhulikhel – 45 Kms O/N Camp.
Day 07: Bike downhill on off road to Panchkhal and after lunch ride on main highway to Dhulikhel for overnight. O/N Camp.
Day 08: Bike to Lakure Bhanjyang – start with main highway and connect off road to Panauti and continue to Lakure Bhanjang – 28 Kms. O/N Camp.
Day 09: Bike to Godavari (Botanical Garden) – downhill off road to Sisneri and uphill to Kotdanda and descend to Godavari for Lunch. After lunch bike to Phulchowki Top and descend single track to Godavari.– 35 Kms. O/N Camp.
Day 10: Bike to Pharping – bike on the main highway – 30 Kms. O/N Camp.
Day 11: Bike to Kulekhani, 32 Kms, gradual ride on jeep track. O/N Camp.
Day 12: Bike to Tistung, 25 Kms, ride on jeep track. O/N Camp.
Day 13: Bike downhill to Naubise and ascend to Kathmandu, 55 Kms. O/N Hotel.
Day 14: Half day sightseeing tour of Kathmandu. Afternoon free for shopping & independent activities. O/N Hotel.
Day 15: Transfer to airport for departure.
 Departure Dates  Availability
 22 Mar-05 Apr  Available
 19 Apr-03 May  Available
 20 Sep-04 Oct  Available
 18 Oct-01 Nov  Available
 08 Nov-22 Nov  Available
 13 Dec-27 Dec  Available
Day 01:

Arrive at Kathmandu and transfer to Hotel.

  On arrival at Kathmandu Tribhuwan International Airport you will be received by our staff and transfer you to respective Hotels, where our guide will give you a brief orientation of the Hotel, Kathmandu, biking, do's and don't and other related information that you might require while in Nepal.
Day 02: 

Bike to Kakakni approx 52 Kms

  The first day ride leads towards North West of Kathmandu leaving the main city behind the biking climbs up to Nagarjung and the reaching at Kakakni after riding around Raniban area.
Day 03:

Bike to Sundarijal via Budnilkantha approx 32 Kms

  The day begins with a gradual winding ride overlooking the views of Kathmandu valley through the alpine forest the ride descends for a while with a short climb after reaching at Budhanilkantha then riding on the gradual trail all the way to Sundarijal for the  overnight stop.
Day 04:

Bike to Chisapani approx. 2,240m. 22 Kms

  The morning ride leads to a climb on the winding path the trail is more or less gradual in the beautiful woods of oaks, pines and rhododendron with occasional views of the Himalayas to the north, our walk follows short downhill path with two more hours of pleasant trek through the serene forest, and then coming out of the forest to a clearing at Chisopani ridge, where the trail from Shivapuri, Kathmandu and Helambu and Gosainkund meets. Chisopani, a small village situated on the ridge overlooking stunning scenery of the Jugal Himal range and Annapurna to the far west with Gaurishanker and Number towards east.
Day 05:

Bike to Nagarkot 20 Kms

  After a wonderful night stop here at Chisopani, early morning is the best time for the views of the sunrise over the Himalayan range of peaks, continue the wonderful ride on the gradual downhill trail towards south east following the wider dirt road built by the Nepalese Army. After an hour on the good road switch back to the off beaten small shortcut path downhill to Chowki Bhanjyang passing through the army barrack, on reaching Chowki Bhanjyang a small rural village overlooking the eastern side of the Kathmandu valley rim. From here, ride continues on the winding gradual path for few hours passing through the Jarsing Pawa 1,700m, at Jarsing Pawa our route diverts to the upper left on the small path leading towards a small patch of pine forest, after an hour and half of nice gentle biking, then descend for a short distance to Kartike bhanyang. From this place an hour climb on the wider track brings to the popular mountain village at Nagarkot for the overnight stop.
Nagarkot, at a height of 2,100 meters above sea-level, this hill top is visited for viewing beautiful sunrises and sunsets and visitors take delight in the layout of the Kathmandu Valley below, on a clear day Mt. Manaslu, Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shanker and Everest can be seen from this very spot.
Day 06:

Bike to Dhulikhel 1,550m. 45 Kms

  From Nagarkot with the stunning morning views of the sunrise over the magnificent snow capped peaks, morning ride follows the winding path with few gentle uphill and some gradual section, passing through number of farm villages and cultivated terraced field on this isolated area, this region is rarely visited by westerners, it will be a pleasant walk on this less frequented route for a while till it joins the main road at Dhulikhel. Amongst the many routes which criss-cross this low land farmland, it is not always easy to know which the correct path is. It is best to follow a member of the head bike guide at this stage. After a good ride coming to the road head at Dhulikhel, this is one of the best mountain resorts around the valley rim for the panoramic view of the Jugal mountain region. This old Newar town lies beyond the eastern rim of the Valley with comfortable lodging for extended trips, overnight at Dhulkhel.
Day 07:

Bike around Dhulikhel 45 Kms

  There a few places where one can ride today riding to the Panuti village a farm village and then to Namobuddha a scared place for the Buddhist in the middle of peaceful forest then ride back to Dhulikhel for the overnight or for lunch.
Day 08:

Bike to Lakure Bhanjyang 28 Kms

  The ride today starts with a gradual downhill ride to the village of Panuati from here a good slow uphill through the alpine forest overlooking grand views of the green valleys and of the distant peaks towards North the ride after few hours of strenuous brings you at the ridge of Lakure bhanjyang for the overnight stop.
Day 09:

Bike to Godavari with Phulchowki 35 Kms

  The morning ride starts with a downhill slope track following the dirt trail till Godavari area at the rim of Kathmandu valley is reached, the place is famous for various exotic vegetations and it has a botanical and herb garden a peaceful area.
Day 10:

Bike to Pharping 30 Kms

  The ride leaves Godavari through the farms and villages where less visited by westerners around this area, this is the place where the old life of Kathmandu and Patan still exists, an interesting area to observe. Pharping is an ancient renowned city situated in Southern Region of Kathmandu. It was popular with the name "Shikharapuri Mahanagari (Metropolitan City)" which was recognized as an independent state with 48000 people in ancient time. So "Shikharapur" is an ancient name of Pharping village. Shikharapur was independent Newari State when Gopaleshowr Temple was in the middle of Pharping. It was an established state at that time when Kathmandu Valley was a lake. It is said there was no existence of Kathmandu, Bhaktapur and Lalitpur. Later Goddess Manjushree cut the Chovar gorge and the water of valley flowed outside then after valley became suitable to stay. Hence, Pharping has its own ancient history, so, it is considered as a History of Village. It's also said that Great Gurus of Hinduism and Buddhism get enlightened at Pharping. It's also famous as a religious place. For example; Great Guru Padmasambhava got enlightened at Asura Cave, Gorakhanath and Sheshnarayan Cave at Pharping. It's important religious place for Buddhist pilgrimages as well.
Day 11:

Bike to Kulekhani 32 Kms

  For Pharping the ride leaves further south passing through rural areas at the very end or rim of Kathmandu valley the ride climbs towards Kulekhani, where there is a hydro electricity dam for Kathmandu city.
Day 12: 

Bike to Tistung 25 Kms

  The ride today on the main old and the first highway of Nepal, the road winds downhill most of the way passing through several farm lands and villages overlooking grand views of the Ganesh Himal, Mananslu and Annapurna to far west, the ride ends after few hours of good biking on the main highway.
Day 13:

Bike to Naubise and to Kathmandu 55 Kms

  The ride today is on the downhill slope most of the way to Naubise town situated on the main Kathmandu-Pokhara highway, from here the ride climbs for few hours till the town of Thankot is reached from here is fairly moderate ride in the busy road till Hotel is reached for the overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 14:

In Kathmandu with half day tour.

  After a memorable time in the outskirt of Kathmandu and beyond enjoy the sightseeing tour at places of interest where Kathmandu-Patan has many heritage sites.
Day 15: 

International Departure.

  Today as per your international flight time, keep your confirmed air ticket, and your passport handy. Our HimEX staff will take you to the airport for your final departure from this amazing country, Nepal.
The price includes following services:
 1.  Accommodation sharing twin room at Hotel in Kathmandu for 3 nights on Bed & Breakfast basis.
 2.  Airport transfers in Kathmandu.
 3.  Guided sightseeing tour as per itinerary with applicable entrance fees.
 4.  Hotel / Guest House accommodation as per itinerary during biking on full board basis.
 5.  Support Vehicle where necessary.
 6.  All applicable Permit and Entry Fees.
 7.  Service of Nepali Mountain Biking Guide with his wages, food and accommodation.
However our price does not include followings:
 1.  International flights to / from Kathmandu.
 2 .  Nepal entry visa fees.
 3.   Lunch and dinner while in Kathmandu Hotel.
 4.  Travel, Medical and Personal insurance.
 5.  Expenses of personal nature, i.e. tipping, laundry, bottled drinks, bar bills etc.
 6.  Any expense for early returning member due sickness, injury or any other reason. No refund will be entertained for any unused service.
 7.  Extra expense occurred due to unexpected circumstances like cancellation of internal flights, floods, strike etc.
 8.  Personal clothing and biking gear.
 9.  Hiring charge of Mountain Bike (if hire from us cost US$ 25 per day – Kathmandu to Kathmandu).

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Trip Facts
  • Trip Name : High Ridges of Kathmandu
  • Trip Duration : 15 Days
  • Trip Grade : Moderate/Adventurous
  • Trip Date :
  • Activity : Biking Tours
  • Highest Altitude : 2195 m
  • Month : Mar-May, Sep-Dec