Pokhara to Kathmandu

Superb Himalayan off-road mountain biking holiday




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Holiday Overview


  • 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.
  • A free day in Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour amongst the Buddhist and Hindu sites.
  • Fly to Pokhara and, after lunch at the hotel, enjoy an introductory ride beside the lake of Phewa Tal.
  • Cycle up and around the hill of Sarangkot with views of the Annapurna peaks. Overnight in Pokhara.
  • Ride the Khali Horseshoe with an awesome descent through the village of Hot Chilli to Begnas Tal.
  • Today’s Dawn to Dusk ride follows jeep roads and village paths to Kalasti on the east side of Modi Khola.
  • Cycle the Ridge Riders route through unspoiled villages to Chhepetar beside the Dorandi Khola.
  • Short tarmac ride up to Gorkha. Afternoon free to explore, with optional hike to a high viewpoint.
  • Ride the Corker from Gorkha, down to the Buri Gandaki and on to Kali Sundhari Bazaar.
  • Cycle on a rough jeep road to Samari Bhanjyang, downhill to Phedi and continue to Trisuli Bazaar.
  • Bike up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley via Thansing Phat. Descend to our hotel in the city.
  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.
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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Kathmandu. Transfers from Kathmandu Airport are provided. Depending on your arrival time, you may have the opportunity to explore the immediate vicinity of the hotel and get acclimatised to this bustling city. Alternatively, you may prefer to recover from your journey by relaxing beside the hotel pool. KE Land Only package services begin with the evening meal. Your guide will take dinner with you and will provide an informal briefing about the days ahead.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • A free day in Kathmandu with a sightseeing tour amongst the Buddhist and Hindu sites.

    Our bikes (still packed) will be collected in the morning and are transported overland to Pokhara. After breakfast we’ll take a sightseeing tour of Kathmandu, including the sacred Hindu site of Pashupatinath and the striking Buddhist Stupa at Bodnath. After lunch we have time to explore the bustling, narrow streets of the Thamel area of the city and visit the ancient palaces of Durbar Square. As a part of this trip package we have included complimentary evening meals at our hotel or favourite restaurants in Kathmandu on each night that we stay in the city.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

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  • Fly to Pokhara and, after lunch at the hotel, enjoy an introductory ride beside the lake of Phewa Tal.

    After breakfast we catch the morning flight to Pokhara, which provides superb aerial views of the peaks of the central part of the Nepal Himalaya, especially the Annapurna range. We also have views of the route that we will be riding on our bikes. On arrival at Pokhara, we check into a very pleasant hotel in the lakeside district of the city. Pokhara is at an altitude of just 800 metres and is warmer than Kathmandu. It’s also less hectic and has a very chilled, almost beach like, atmosphere. It boasts probably the best mountain views of any major town in the Himalayas, with the Annapurnas, especially the sacred mountain of Macchapuchare (the Fishtail) dominating the skyline. After lunch, we are reunited with our bikes, which we reassemble and check out by taking a short ride along the shores of Pokhara’s lake, Phewa Tal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 100m

    • Distance 17km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 100m

    • Time 1 - 2 hrs cycling

  • Cycle up and around the hill of Sarangkot with views of the Annapurna peaks. Overnight in Pokhara.

    Pokhara is too pleasant a place to leave immediately and so we spend an extra day here. Now fully recovered after our long journey, we set off on a quite challenging day ride, the circuit of Sarangkot. This ride is mainly on a switch-back blacktop road. Just before the top of the pass at Kaski, we turn onto a jeep track and a combination of short, steep climbs and contouring trails take us to a high viewpoint overlooking Pokhara and the lake. From here, there is an impressive panorama of the Himalayas stretching from Dhaulagiri to Manaslu. Descending now, we can enjoy a great 10 kilometre blast down to Pokhara on steep, fast mixed trails, then on through the town to our lakeside hotel. A cold beer as the sun sets over the Himalaya is a great way to finish our first full day of biking.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 48km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1000m

    • Time 4 - 6 hrs cycling

  • Ride the Khali Horseshoe with an awesome descent through the village of Hot Chilli to Begnas Tal.

    We now set off on our classic off-road journey back to Kathmandu, avoiding tarmac roads wherever possible. Leaving Pokhara, initially on the main Kathmandu highway, we soon turn off onto a narrow road that climbs towards the north-east. We follow a natural horseshoe on ridge-top trails that encircle Khaste Lake, with the tarred road soon giving way to a rough jeep track. Our high point is at around 1270 metres, just after the village of Hot Chilli. Beyond this small settlement, we turn off onto a doubletrack trail just before the ridge and begin an awesome and sustained descent complete with (optional) technical sections down to the lake of Begnas Tal. We pass through Begnas Village and meet up with our support vehicle and crew, who have already established our camp and have drinks waiting. For those who want more cycling, there’s the option of a short, flattish ride by the lake. Or, the more adventurous, can sample the stepped carry-climb back up to the Kali Ridge and repeat the earlier descent.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 620m

    • Distance 34km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 730m

    • Time 4 hrs cycling

  • Today’s Dawn to Dusk ride follows jeep roads and village paths to Kalasti on the east side of Modi Khola.

    As the name implies this is a longish day, which provides brilliant biking. Climbing directly above our camp on a jeep road, we can take a detour to a village right at the top of a low hill between Begnas Tal and Rupa Lake, to the south. Then, we drop back down to the jeep road on a village path that includes interesting sections of steps. Beyond the twin lakes, we climb again to cross the ridge of Sundari Danda and drop down to the Modi Khola at Bhorletar, at first on a jeep road - which is in the process of being improved - then on rougher, undulating trails. Instead of crossing the river at Bhorletar, we have reconnoitred a new route on the western bank, passing through the villages of Pulchok and Poland, crossing tributary streams and even including some sections of singletrack through the paddy fields - raised paths and 90 degree bends make for some fun riding. The locals can be pretty amused by our antics. We are the only bikers that they have seen attempt this route and they seem to think we’re all crazy. We finally cross the river to reach our camp at the small village of Kalasti. Again our support vehicle has had to go along the main highway and our crew will be waiting for us and have our riverside camp set up.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 40km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 850m

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle the Ridge Riders route through unspoiled villages to Chhepetar beside the Dorandi Khola.

    You may begin to wonder how can we sustain the quality of the off road riding - and today it gets even better. Starting out below 400 metres, we have a mix of up and down today, with a longish initial ascent and and lots of downhill rushes. To begin with, it’s uphill, on a section we named the 'jungle highway', to the start of the real climbing. We gain around 400 metres over the course of about 2 and a half hours, passing through completely unspoilt ridge-top villages that make this route so memorable. Although only a relatively short distance from the main highway, these villages have only ever had a handful of Western visitors and our recent groups have certainly been the only mountain bikers they had ever seen. The locals could not be more friendly and pleasant. A fast and rough descent leads to the narrow tarmac road from Dumre to Besisahar (the principle access point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek). We are only on the blacktop for half an hour, heading north, before we turn off and cross the Marsyangdi River. A short steep climb than takes us up to the rim of the valley and a small village which is a good spot to stop for lunch, with views towards Manaslu, one of the world’s 8000 metre peaks. After lunch, we climb again and then enjoy some outstanding cross-country riding, through small villages and past mud-brick kilns on a maze of footpaths and dirt roads. Crossing a small pass - soft drink stop at the village at the summit - we then drop down to the Dorandi River. This is a magical jungle section that is 95% rideable - apart from the odd section of steep steps. Back down at 500 metres again, we reach our camp at Chhepetar beside the Dorandi River.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1000m

    • Distance 56km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 900m

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs cycling

  • Short tarmac ride up to Gorkha. Afternoon free to explore, with optional hike to a high viewpoint.

    After a leisurely breakfast, we ride a short section of jeep track that takes us to the tarred road leading to the ridge-top town of Gorkha. As this is an offshoot of the main highway, traffic is relatively light and we have a pleasant road climb up to Gorkha, which generally takes about an hour and a half. Arriving in this small hill-town, we check in at a basic, but comfortable hotel with the added bonus of hot showers. We have most of the day to take it easy or look around. Gorkha holds a central place in Nepalese history, as it is the hometown of the former Royal Family and is the ancient capital of Nepal. It is also where the original Gurkha soldiers came from. There is the option of 3-hour circular walk taking in the 300 metre ascent to the ancient Gorkha Durbar with its palace, temples and fascinating carvings. This climb is well worth the effort as the peaks of the Annapurna and Manaslu massifs suddenly come into view as we reach the top. Or, there is also the option of a circuit ride that contours through the cultivated terraces and loops back to the halfway point on the climb we tackled yesterday - the views of the Dorandi valley are outstanding. Although Gorkha is midway between Kathmandu and Pokhara, very few Western tourists come here and the terrace of our hotel makes the ideal spot for relaxing and taking in the spectacular views.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 700m

    • Distance 16km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 50m

    • Time 2 hrs cycling

  • Ride the Corker from Gorkha, down to the Buri Gandaki and on to Kali Sundhari Bazaar.

    Still one of the best days of riding anywhere, we have made some changes to today's route to provide a better mix of off-road and jeep road riding. This is the first of 3 excellent and quite challenging days on this trip. On our original reconnaissance back in 1998 it was agreed by everyone that this was the one of the best mountain biking days that we had ever had - it may have been something to do with the fact that no one had a clue where we were going to end up, as nobody had ever biked here before. Leaving Gorkha it's straight onto rough, undulating jeep tracks, contouring at around the 1100 metre level to a viewpoint where we should see the peaks of Manaslu and Ganesh. Then, from the village of Mailung, we begin a wild 700 metre descent - firstly along the ridge and then dropping directly into the Buri Gandaki Valley, with some optional technical sections. Once we reach the valley floor, our amended route turns north (instead of south) and follows a largely forgotten jeep track towards the village of Sallentar, with some sections of paddy fields and several stream crossings. Before Sallentar, we cross the Buri Gandaki and follow village trails and jeep track above the Ankhu Khola to Hansi Bazaar and then Kali Sundhara Bazaar. Our support vehicles have made a long detour to reach this remote spot and the group's baggage and camping equipment may need to be portered across the Ankhu Khola to our overnight camping place. The vehicles cannot cross the river here and will make another detour to meet up with us again tomorrow.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 800m

    • Distance 40km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1450m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Cycle on a rough jeep road to Samari Bhanjyang, downhill to Phedi and continue to Trisuli Bazaar.

    We make an early start for possibly the toughest day of the holiday, especially if it is hot. Our vehicle support can be called up for anyone who is having a bad day. We continue our journey eastwards, starting out with a long and steep ascent on a washed-out and at times rocky jeep road, via Chisapani and Charanki Pauwa, to Katunje. There are fantastic panoramic views of the Annapurnas, Manaslu, Ganesh and the Langtang peaks. We drop down again into a tributary valley of the Trisuli River and then climb up to the ridge known as the Samari Bhanjyang, with some more short sections where we may have to get off and push. Beyond this point it's largely downhill on jeep road to Phedi, where we meet the tarmac road for the last stretch into Trisuli Bazaar. We set up our camp beside the river on the outskirts of this major bazaar town.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 56km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1400m

    • Time 7 - 9 hrs cycling

  • Bike up to the rim of the Kathmandu Valley via Thansing Phat. Descend to our hotel in the city.

    Crossing the rim of the Kathmandu Valley involves a challenging climb, with 1600 metres of ascent on a newly improved tarmac road via Thansing Phat. Long, and at a generally fairly easy gradient, this 'Vertical Mile' climb will take around 4 hours. Our support vehicle follows us and we will stop for lunch at our high point, with great views of the Nepal Himalaya. After lunch, our descent into the city will take just about an hour. At our Kathmandu hotel, we pack up our bikes and then go out to celebrate the end of our Himalayan biking bonanza with dinner in one of Kathmandu’s top restaurants.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Ascent 1700m

    • Distance 56km

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    • Meals bld

    • Descent 750m

    • Time 5 hrs cycling

  • Departure day. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. Transfers to Kathmandu Airport are provided. There are lots of extensions that can easily be added to your holiday in Nepal. Why not pre-book a simple day-tour in the Kathmandu Valley, or a multi-day excursion to one of the important wildlife reserves at Chitwan or Bardia. Extension packages are also available to include a visit to neighbouring Tibet or Bhutan. Contact our office for details.

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Holiday Information

  • An experienced professional local bike guide
  • Kathmandu Airport transfers
  • Internal flights and all land transport involved in the itinerary
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu
  • All accommodation as detailed in the trip dossier
  • All meals throughout the trip
  • Full camping service including all equipment (excluding personal equipment)

  • Travel Insurance
  • Nepalese Visa
  • Tips for local bike guide and support crew
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
  • Bike Carriage on the flights - please check with your carrier for charges

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

All clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a KE representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel. Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if Kathmandu Airport transfers are not required. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with our acknowledgement of your booking.

On the camping sections of this trip one of the cook crew will wake you shortly after first light with a cup of tea or coffee brought to your tent. You will have plenty of time to get up and pack your kitbag before sitting down to a hot breakfast, during which camp will be struck. Depending on the day’s riding ahead we will generally aim to set off around 9:00am and will make stops as required to regroup on the trail. We will usually break for a stop in a convenient village mid morning as well as early to mid afternoon and our lunch stop is generally taken after we have completed over half of our day’s ride. The lunch break is a chance to relax and enjoy our packed lunch that is prepared, in advance, by our crew. Our crew will normally have arrived at our next camp well in advance of us and will have our camp established and the tents pitched. Soup and hot and cold drinks will be available shortly after our arrival at camp and any spare time is usually spent relaxing and dealing with any bike maintenance required. Dinner is a 3-course meal served in the mess tent. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trip so far and for general socialising.

During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in Kathmandu at a centrally located tourist-class hotel. We will also spend 2 nights in hotel accommodation in Pokhara and a further night in a basic hotel in Gorkha. There will be a total of 5 nights camping. All accommodation is arranged on a twin-sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. It is possible to hire a single tent while on trek for an additional cost. Please note single tent hire does not include single rooms in hotels. In Kathmandu and Pokhara, single rooms are available at supplementary cost. Additional hotel nights in Kathmandu can also be pre-booked. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the Dates and Prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

The food served during the trip is a mixture of local and Western, mostly purchased in Nepal and cooked for us by highly trained cooks. The emphasis is on providing a high-carbohydrate and largely vegetarian diet. On this trip there are opportunities to purchase additional snacks and drinks as we pass through villages. In Kathmandu we take our meals in the hotel and local restaurants. All meals are included.

All meals are included in the trip price, from dinner on Day 1 through to breakfast on Day 12.

Approximately £200 (or equivalent in US$ or Euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. Depending on your airticket, you may need to pay £15 airport departure tax when leaving Nepal. You should also allow approximately £50 for support crew tips. It is not necessary to obtain local currency prior to departure. Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. You can also withdraw money from ATM's in Kathmandu and Pokhara using your debit or credit card. During the ride, it is possible to buy additional water, snacks, chocolate, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up from the nearest road, these items become more expensive in the remoter communities.

Internal Flights

Access to the high and remote areas of the Himalaya where our treks start is often only possible using internal flights. The changeable nature of mountain weather makes flying conditions complex. In addition the Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal does not operate to the same standards as those of western nations and all airlines in Nepal appear on the European Commission’s list of airlines that are banned from flying into EU member states. Flying in Nepal is an acknowledged risk, and the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office travel advice provides further details which you can read on their website at: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/nepal/safety-and-security. KE is mindful of its duty of care to clients travelling with us in Nepal and we were stakeholders in a recent independent air audit of Nepal airlines undertaken by UK tour operators during 2013. KE uses only three airlines in Nepal which were approved by this audit as safe carriers. These airlines are: Yeti Airlines, Tara Air and Buddha Air. We continue to cooperate with other tour operators to monitor aviation safety in Nepal and will ensure we remain a stakeholder in any further air safety audits. While we have taken appropriate action to try to minimise the risks of flying in Nepal, you should be aware that flying in mountainous terrain is not without any risk.

An experienced professional Nepalese mountain bike guide will accompany the group. Larger groups may also have a KE Western biking leader. There will also be one or more support vehicles and drivers and a full camp crew.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your support crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the holiday and this is best done as a group. Your group leader will give you help and advice on this. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. As a guide, we recommend that each group member contribute around £50 to these tips. At the end of a trip many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to their crew, who work so hard to make the trip a success. Fleeces, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the crew. Bike clothing and equipment are highly prized by the bike guides. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the crew.

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline’s website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

We recommend SEMI-SLICK tyres for this trip. Your bike must be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Please call us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Front suspension is essential and comes as standard on the vast majority of modern mountain bikes. Many of the roads and tracks we follow are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles, and in many places not even these. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. You are depending on your bike to transport you throughout your holiday, across demanding terrain. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bicycle dealer to service it for you. For home mechanics, points to note particularly are:

a) Check rims and if they are worn, cracked or dented replace with a new rim or wheel to avoid wheel failure. It is especially important to check that the rims on rim-braked bikes are not worn concave by the brake blocks - replace them if they are.

b) Check wheels are true and spoke tension is tight.

c) Check ALL bearings and quick release skewers, adjust / grease bearings as required.

d) Check and, if required, replace brake and gear cables.

e) Check brake discs, brake pads, calliper mounts and cables / hydraulic lines - replace if necessary.

f) Check, lube / threadlock (as required) and tighten all bolts to specified torque settings (esp. suspension pivots, bottom brackets, disc rotor bolts & disk mount bolts).

g) Check chain, cassette and chain rings for wear - replace as necessary.

h) Make sure you have the right tyres, inner tubes and BIKE SPECIFIC SPARES for your bike.

Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture and changing an inner tube. Naturally, our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs. However, due to the often-remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance.

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage -providing you have packed it adequately. We have many years experience of travelling with our bikes, and nowadays we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape -ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don’t forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don’t forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home.

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box -these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group’s support vehicle.

This great biking holiday takes us across the grain of the country, between one valley system and the next, following the trails and paths which connect the many villages that lie to the north of the main Kathmandu to Pokhara highway. Approximately 75% of our route cannot be accessed by our support vehicles. At the start of the day, when the group sets off biking, our support crew will drive around to our next overnight halt and have the camp set up for our arrival. Generally, the support vehicle cannot follow the group.

We recommend that you take your own bike on this holiday. It is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. However, it is possible to hire a bike locally. We have established a relationship with a bike hire company in Kathmandu who can provide Trek 4900 and Cube CMPT Acid mountain bikes at a cost of US$260 for the duration of the holiday. These are good quality Aluminium framed bikes with 100mm suspension forks, Shimano components and Shimano hydraulic disc brakes. This cost will be paid locally and does not cover you if you lose the bike or damage it beyond 'fair wear and tear'. You may be required to pay a security deposit or provide your credit card details in advance, to cover potential loss of or damage to the bike. If you want to hire a bike, please contact the KE office and we can reserve one on your behalf. We must stress that your hire contract will be with the local hire company and that KE cannot be held responsible for any issues arising from bike hire. If you do hire a bike, we recommend that you take your own shoes, pedals and possibly even your saddle, which will go a long way towards making it feel like your own bike. You will also need to take your own helmet, which must be worn at all times when riding.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The altitudes attained on this holiday are not extreme and the maximum altitude attained is no more than the equivalent of a pressurised cabin on an international flight. You may ‘feel’ the altitude the first time you trek above 2000 metres but all that is required is a slower pace to compensate. You should pay particular attention to your hydration levels while trekking above 2000 metres.

All nationalities need a valid passport and a current Nepalese Visa for entry into Nepal. The easiest way to get your Nepal visa is on arrival at Kathmandu Airport. Visa fees must be paid in cash. The most convenient currency to purchase Nepalese visas is US dollars, but GB pounds and Euros are also accepted. The charges for the visa depend on your length of stay (please see fee information below). Two passport photos are also needed. Photographs can be obtained at the airport but this may be time-consuming.

Nepal visa fees (Multiple Entry). 15 days: US$25, 30 days: US$40, 90 days: US$100

Note that visa fees can change without warning and we advise that you bring extra cash as a contingency.

Please note that if you are travelling to Nepal via Delhi you may also require a visa for India. This may apply even if you are not leaving the airport unless your baggage has been checked all the way through to your destination. Generally, if you use the same carrier for both legs of your journey (into Delhi and from Delhi to Kathmandu), you will not need an India Visa. Please note that the responsibility for ensuring you have the necessary visas, travel permits etc, for your chosen route of travel to the joining point, lies entirely with you. We are always happy to give advice on these requirements if you contact us.

Note that if you book a UK flight-inclusive package with KE using Jet Airways or Air India via Delhi, you will not require an India visa.

Important Notes:

For all regions of Nepal you are now required to have a permit to trek / bike. To apply for this we must have your full passport details before your departure. We recommend you also take 4 passport photographs with you to Nepal.

We require additional items for following trips:

Annapurna trips (ANS, ASL, ACL, APL, AEL, ANL, ANC, UAT), Dhaulagiri via the French Pass (DLG), and Royal Trek and Chitwan (RTC).

1 passport photograph to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

1 passport photograph plus 1 copy of the information page of your passport to be sent / emailed to the KE office at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

  • The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for predominantly warm days conditions and cooler evenings. Good quality padded cycling shorts are essential.
  • Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.



  • Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD’s


  • Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 2)
  • Mid-layer- long sleeved cycling top (x 2)
  • Outer layer - lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Fleece jacket or jumper


  • Regular biking gloves

Daypack and contents

  • A cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15 litres total carrying capacity is recommended
  • Water bladder - min. 2 litres water capacity
  • Lightweight waterproof top
  • Multi-tool
  • Puncture repair kit
  • Inner tube
  • Pump
  • Camera
  • Sun cream (inc. total bloc for lips/nose)
  • Small roll of gaffer tape
  • Fleece Jacket or Jumper
  • Lightweight loose trousers to wear over shorts for modesty
  • Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).


  • Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
  • Cycling tights or tracksters


  • Eyewear - Biking glasses
  • Cycling helmet – mandatory

Trek Bag Contents

  • Travel and apres biking clothes (inc. some warmer clothes for evenings)
  • Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
  • Wash bag, towel, toiletries, including anti-bacterial handwash
  • Warm hat
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
  • Sleeping Bag (Comfort Rating – zero degrees centigrade)*
  • Thermarest/Camping Mattress *
  • Headtorch/Headlamp
  • Swimwear

Equipment hire

  • Items marked * can be rented through KE Adventure Travel


Please note: If you are hiring a bike, you do not need to bring any spares – but you should still take a pump, a puncture repair kit and a couple of 26 x 2 inch standard mountain bike inner tubes with Presta valves.

  • If you are taking your own bike, you should bring the following with you as a minimum. Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally the bike guide will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and inconvenience waiting for assistance.

Tyres – for this trip you will need 1.9 to 2.25 inch cross-country tyres suitable for mostly dry conditions.

  • Pump
  • Plastic tyre levers
  • Small tube of grease
  • 1 rear brake cable
  • 1 rear gear cable
  • Spare set of brake blocks / disc pads (front and rear)
  • 2 spare spokes for front and rear wheels
  • Spoke key
  • 4 x inner tubes Spare chain links
  • Liquid chain lube (bottle not aerosol)
  • Multi-tool with Allen keys
  • Chain link extractor (if not on multi-tool)
  • 2x puncture repair kits
  • A rag and brush for cleaning bike and drive train.
  • Spares specific to your bike **

KE tools and spares

  • On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc).

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

  • We do provide ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.


  • Please do not hesitate to call us for further advice about what to bring or any other aspect of this trip. We are more than happy to offer you the benefit of our experience. Further helpful information can also be found in the Your Bike, Baggage Allowances, Climate and Travelling with Your Bike sections of the detailed trip notes.


A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Nepal

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $25 for 15 days, $40 for 30 days, $100 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. You will require 2 passport photos.

For all regions of Nepal that we visit an additional permit is required. This is included in the holiday price and KE will apply for it, with your full passport details and 1 passport photo copy (sent or emailed). You must supply this to us at least 4 weeks prior to departure.

For certain trips in additional to the above we also require a copy of the information page of your passport.

These trips are: Kanchenjunga (KAN), Mustang (MUS), Dolpo (DOL), Manaslu (MAN), Hidden Valleys of Naar and Phu (NAP), Naar to Mustang (NTM), Humla and Limi Circuit Trek (HUM), Naya Kanga and the Ganja La (NKG), Yala Peak and the Ganja La (YPGL), Tent Peak (TPK), Ramdung and Parchemo (RAM), Mera Peak, Island Peak and the Amphu Labsta (MIP), Island Peak Climber (IPC), Peaks and Passes on Nepal (MTR); Mera Peak Climb (MER); and Chulu Far East & the Tilicho La (CTL); Tabsar Peak and the Tsum Valley (TVC), Mukot Peak (MKP).

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:


The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your trip. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: www.fco.gov.uk. North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: www.travel.state.gov for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The biking season in Nepal is governed by the occurrence of the Monsoon to 2 periods - pre and post monsoon. In the spring, well before the onset of the rains, the climate is very favourable. Post-Monsoon, from October onwards, the weather is very stable, becoming progressively cooler into December. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. This trip is generally at a lower altitude than the majority of our trekking trips in Nepal and the average temperatures encountered will be much warmer than on our high mountain trekking or biking trips. Average daytime temperatures will range from 25 to 30 degrees Centigrade, with warm nights. Visit the World Meteorological Organization’s website at worldweather.org for climate statistics for Kathmandu.

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There is no single map that covers the whole of our Pokhara to Kathmandu route in detail, however, a selection of general and bike trail specific maps are readily available in Kathmandu.

Extend Your Holiday

Chitwan Jungle Extension

The jungles of southern Nepal are an interesting counterpoint to trekking in the foothills or the high Himalaya. Tiger Tops Tharu Lodge provides a relaxing and comfortable base for a wildlife safari and cultural village experience. On two full days of wildlife viewing in the National Park 'buffer zone' - the interface area between visitors and the animals that live at Chitwan – you will be accompanied by expert guides on safaris by jeep, boat, on foot and by elephant back.

Chitwan Jungle Tharu Lodge Extension

From $980 per person

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Kathmandu Tour - Nagarkot and Bhaktapur

The Kathmandu Valley contains the cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu itself, all of which were once independent kingdoms. An exploration of the valley’s historic and cultural sights is an excellent way to begin or end your adventure in Nepal. Highlights of the day's tour include the ancient city of Bhaktapur, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for it’s temples and traditional buildings, and Nagarkot on the Kathmandu Valley rim, the perfect place to watch a Himalayan sunrise.

Kathmandu Valley Tour - Nargakot and Bhaktapur

From $125 per person

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Gokarna Forest Resort Kathmandu

From $138 per room per night

Shanker Hotel

From $100 per room per night

Situated next to the grounds of the former Royal Palace and only a 10-minute walk from the popular Thamel district, this former Rana residence was converted into a hotel in 1964. The original architecture was based on a French palace and the hotel has a grand appearance. Set in a large and beautifully tended garden, it provides a hideaway from the hustle and bustle of city life and is an ideal base from which to explore Kathmandu. All its rooms which are en-suite have been recently refurbished and the hotel facilities include 2 restaurants, 2 bars and a swimming pool where you can also order drinks.

Shangri La

From $119 per room per night Another of Kathmandu’s original ‘luxury’ hotels. While the sophistication of its amenities may be upstaged by Kathmandu’s more modern concrete and glass hotels, the Shangri La maintains an old world charm that cannot be beaten. Located in the diplomatic enclave of Lazimpat, away from the hustle and bustle yet just 10 minutes walk from tourist centre of Thamel, the hotel is set in a pleasant garden and facilities include a pool, tennis court and massage therapist. The hotel has a speciality Indian restaurant and a garden café serving international cuisine as well as a bar.

Dwarikas Hotel

From $279 per room per night Dwarika’s is a heritage hotel modelled on the grandeur of the palaces of the Newar Kings. Consisting of several buildings arranged around a quiet courtyard, the hotel incorporates many original 15th – 17th century features in its architecture from the lifetime collection of its founder. The rooms are in the same Newari style and lavishly luxurious in their appointments. Its location close to Pashupathinath and Bouddhanath is perfect for exploring this side of Kathmandu. There are 3 restaurants serving Nepali, Japanese and international cuisine, a bar, spa and fitness centre, and a swimming pool.

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