Pokhara to Kathmandu - Nepal Mountain Bike
Nepal, Bike - Fat Tyre, 12 days - from £945 (land only) - from €1,135 (land only) - from $1,560 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel. Complimentary airport transfer provided. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal.
Day 2: Our still packed bikes travel overland to Pokhara, whilst we enjoy a tour of Kathmandu visiting sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites, followed by dinner in one of favourite restaurants.
Day 3: After breakfast we take the short flight along the Himalaya to Pokhara. Here in the warmth of this idyllic location we assemble our bikes and take an afternoon ride to Phewa Lake.
Day 4: Today we make a circuit ride up and around Sarangkot hill which provides a magnificent panorama of the Annapurna range. A long descent return to Pokhara and chilled beer ! Ride distance 48 km (30 miles) with 1000 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 5: Leaving Pokhara we tackle the 'Khali Horseshoe', including an awesome descent through the village of Hot Chilli to our lakeside camp at Begnas Tal. Optional riding from camp in the afternoon. Ride distance 30 km (19 miles) with 620 metres of ascent and 730 metres of descent.
Day 6: Our ride today is 'Dawn to Dusk'. Initially ascending we follow a wild section of singletrack to the Modi Khola, which we cross at Sisaghat and continue by jeep road to our camp on the east side of the river at Kalasti. Ride distance 45 km (28 miles) with 1125 metres of ascent and 1490 metres of descent.
Day 7: It gets even better as we tackle 'Ridge Riders'. Our morning's ride on the 'jungle highway' takes us through unspoiled ridge-top villages, then via a major downhill blast to the Marsyangdi River. After lunch, we have a great cross-country ride to the Dorandi River and our camp at Chhepetar. Ride distance 60 km (38 miles) with 750 metres of ascent and 700 metres of descent.
Day 8: This morning, we ride a jeep track and then a tarmac road for the climb up to Gorkha, where we check in at a simple hotel. The afternoon is free to chill out and to explore. An ascent on a stepped path to the viewpoint at the Gorkha Durbar is one option. Ride distance 16 km (10 miles) with 700 metres of ascent and negligible descent.
Day 9: The 'Corker from Gorkha' is possibly the best ride of the whole trip, as we descend to the Buri Gandaki, then take an exciting new route alongside the tributary Ankhu Khola, following challenging tracks and trails, to a camp beyond Kali Sundhari Bazaar. Ride distance 45 km (27 miles) with 900 metres of ascent and 1420 metres of descent.
Day 10: Heading east through villages well off the beaten track, we start out with a long climb on a rough jeep road to Samari Bhanjyang. It's then downhill to Phedi and a junction with the tarmac road for the last stretch to our riverside camping place close to Trisuli Bazaar. Ride distance 50 km (31 miles) with 800 metres of ascent and descent.
Day 11: Today, we tackle to the long, but steady climb up to the Kathmandu Valley rim - a 'Vertical Mile' involving 1600 metres of ascent. We follow a jeep road up to Kakani and start an amazing descent through the Royal Nagarjun Forest to Kathmandu, where we check in at our hotel. Ride distance 48 km (30 miles) with 1720 metres of ascent and 900 metres of descent.
Day 12: KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Airport transfers are provided.