Pokhara to Kathmandu - Nepal Mountain Bike
Nepal, Bike - Fat Tyre, 12 days - from £995 (land only) - from €1,195 (land only) - from $1,640 (land only)
Village Trails Explorer
Our unique itinerary seeks out the best tracks and trails between villages and valleys north of the Pokhara to Kathmandu road
- Superb Himalayan off-road mountain biking holiday
- Explore the ancient temples of Kathmandu
- Stunning lakeside rides at Pokhara`s Phewa Tal
- Bike the Vertical Mile across the Kathmandu Valley rim
- Cycle to to the sensational Annapurna viewpoint of Sarangkot
Nepal is recognised to be one of the world's great mountain biking destinations and this superb cross-country bike ride, pioneered by KE, is one of our favourites and an acknowledged classic. Linking together a maze of remote dirt roads and village paths between Pokhara and Kathmandu, this is a brilliant mountain biking adventure in just a week and a half. Flying to Pokhara, we have a couple of days biking the area's classic routes, including the Kali Horseshoe, with superb views of the Annapurnas and of the beautiful Macchapucchare (Fishtail). We then ride eastwards, via the Marsyangdi River and the ridge-top town of Gorkha. From here, we have devised a superb new 2-day section that completely avoids the main Pokhara to Kathmandu road and follows instead a radical route alongside the Ankhu Khola (one of the main tributaries of the Buri Gandaki River). Finally, beyond Trisuli Bazaar, we make the testing, mile-high, climb to the Kathmandu Valley rim, where we are treated to a breathtaking panorama of Himalayan peaks from our lunch stop at Kakani. The final afternoon's ride provides an entertaining downhill blast back to bustling Kathmandu, after which we can celebrate in style in the incomparable Nepalese capital. This is a trip at low altitude, with classic Himalayan trails and a generally very pleasant climate. Stunning scenery and great cycling across diverse terrain, together with the friendliness of the local people, make this an unforgettable experience.
Is this holiday for you?
FAT TYRE ADVENTURE. If you love fast cross-country and like to test yourself on back-country trails, this is the ideal ride for you. Suitable for Mountain Bikes fitted with knobbly tyres, this trip will provide a fun challenge for regular weekend bikers with reasonable off-road skills. Although we are able to bike almost the entire route, there will be some short steep climbs or sections of stepped pathway, where you will have to carry or push your mountain bike. Generally, the riding conditions are excellent, on rough jeep roads and broad village paths. There are also some sections of technically demanding single and doubletrack, some tough climbs and some exciting descents. We must stress that apart from the emergency tool kit that you would take on any day ride, you will not be required to carry any luggage. Altitude is not generally a problem as the biking is mainly below the 2000 metre mark. Accumulating over 7000 metres of ascent and descent, previous off-road experience and a reasonable level of fitness is essential for maximum enjoyment. The support vehicle cannot generally follow the bikes. Average 40 kilometres per day. BIKE HIRE AVAILABLE LOCALLY.