Nepal Mountain Biking

Instead of all other transport tte Best way to explore the Kathmandu valley is on a mountain bike. Nepal's diverse terrain is a mountain biker's dream adventure comes true. Mountain biking offers an environmentally sound way of exploring this magnificent country, its landscape and living heritage. There are plenty of dirt roads and trails in Nepal to meet every mountain biker wildest fantasy. Mountain biking is specially recommended if you wish to explore urban centers of Nepal such as Pokhara and Kathmandu as well as the countryside. Adventurous souls may plan extended trips to such exotic locales as Namche Bazaar, and western Nepal. You could even do the entire length of Nepal across the plains.

Mountain Biking Destinations

  • Bhaktapur to Banepa ( 12KM),
  • Kathmandu to Daman ( 75KM)
  • Balaju to Kakani (23KM)
  • Kathmandu to Kodari: (114KM)
  • Kathmandu City Tour ( 60KM.)
  • Kathmandu to chitwan safari( 136KM)
  • kathmandu Pokhara ( 210KM) and many more...

Sankhu Nagarkot

Starting off towards the east from Sankhu, it takes around three-four hours to hike to Nagarkot, a hill resort 32 km east of Kathmandu. The road passes through terraced fields and strutted houses. This route is fun for mountain biking too. Returning from Nagarkot, you can take a different route leading towards Banepa via Nala which takes five-six hour

Kathmandu - Kodari

The 114-km highway starting from the bifurcation off Thimi is the Arniko Highway that links Kathmandu with Lhasa. The tranquility of terraced fields against the backdrop of green hills and snowcapped mountains and interrupted by brick factories on the roadside is what a hike on the Arniko Highway offers. Hike or bike to Suryamode and rest in one of the restaurants. It takes four days in total to reach the border between Nepal and Tibet and return, if biking. The trail passes different villages and has the best presentation of rural life. Stay overnight at Dhulikhel/Barhabise and Tatopani.

Dhulikhel Via Bhaktapur

For mountain bikers looking for a peaceful ride, the road leading from Bhaktapur to Dhulikhel, a hill resort 32 km east of Kathmandu, is simply terrific. The highway hardly sees any traffic and the view is magnificent. Dhulikhel can also be approached from Banepa, 4 km east of Dhulikhel, and Nala, 4 km northwest of Banepa. Further hiking to Panauti, three hours south of Dhulikhel, is possible. A day’s walk to Namobuddha is also a lot of fun.

Kakani

It is a slow and easy ascent to this hill resort 23 km northwest of Kathmandu. The entire trip offers a magnificent view of the valley along with the fresh and serene atmosphere of the hills. The route passes through forests, waterfalls and meadows. There are several restaurants on the way if you feel like resting or munching on some snacks.

Kirtipur

Kirtipur is situated 6 km southwest of Kathmandu and can be reached in half an hour on bike. On reaching the main bazaar, head north uphill to the Bagh Bhairav temple which has an interesting tale. Bike further uphill to reach the Shiva-Parvati temple from where you can have a splendid view of the Kathmandu Valley. Return to the bazaar and take the road leading southwest and then follow a dirt road to the Adinath Lokeswar temple.

Chobhar - Champa Devi

Chobhar hill, situated 6 km south of Kathmandu, can be reached on bike in 15 minutes from the dirt road leading off from the Ring Road at Dhobighat. The Chobhar Gorge and the Jal Vinayak temple are situated here. After another 15 minutes’ biking from here at Khare Bazaar, follow the dirt road leading to the right. On reaching Bansbari, hike for two hours through forest area to reach Champa Devi. This is an ideal place from where to view the whole valley. The return route can be different reaching anywhere between Pikhel and Pharping.

One of the things you notice leaving Kathmandu by road is just how quickly the surroundings become rural. Long before reaching the hills that mark the edge of the valley I was cycling along dirt roads from village to village. These are tiny, humble villages, but they are faced with a busy future. Kathmandu’s population grows at a rate of around 6.5 per cent every year; and over the past two decades alone, its urban spread (the amount of land it takes up) has increased by an incredible 450 per cent. If this growth continues ~ and there’s no evidence to suggest it won’t ~ it’s only a matter of time before Kathmandu starts encroaching on the villages with which it shares the valley floor.