Pokhara To Gorkha Biking In Nepal - 11 Days
Location: Nepal, Asia
This tour starts by flying to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city with majestic view of whole Annapurna Range dominated by Machhapuchare (Fishtail). We explore the Pokhara Valley and it's surrounding scenic areas and then head towards an old historical city Tansen. We end up to a beautiful spot which houses one of the historical palaces named Gorkha Palace.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to a hotel.
DAY 2: KATHMANDU - POKHARA (BY AIR)
Drive to domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Overnight in a hotel.
DAY 3: Bike up to Sarangkot which is about 15 km from the lakeside, mostly on paved road and about 10 km off-road towards Naudanda and hit again on paved road with less traffic mostly downhill via Hemja. Bike back to the Hotel.
DAY 4: On this day we bike through the main town Mahendrapul and turn right on off-road after crossing the British Gorkha's Camp, which is mostly mixed trail with unless 2 or 3 short carry up and down about 10min. in between Ghachok and Lhachok after crossing Bhurjung Khola and back again on Tarmac road to Hemja (Tibetan Refugee Camp). Awesome mountain views on this trail as Annapurna South and Fishtail.
DAY 5: Today's almost 10% off-road biking through Davis Fall and cross the river. About 7km Jeep track up towards Kristi Danda. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna and the majestic Fishtail mountain. We turn towards Nirmal Pokhari on fantastic off-road with single trail down to the Seti River and slowly head back to hotel.
DAY 6: From the hotel we bike along the highway to Tansen and Butwal. We cross right to the off-road climbing approx. 3 km on Jeep track that goes as far as 12km from the main road and nice single trail will began with technical down and ups through Biswa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) to the dam side.
DAY 7: Today we bike 10km to the Pokhara - Kathmandu Highway and then turn left to Begnas Lake. After lunch steep climbing about 6km off-road up to Kalikasthan (15-20minute carry up) then 7 km wide Jeep track down to Bijayapur Khola and continue on biking on highway and back to the hotel.
DAY 8: Ride up to Harpani and back to the hotel via same way. Biking almost attached with Fewa Lake on your left. Bike back to the hotel.
DAY 9: Today we ride from hotel towards Begnas via main road. We bike to Talbesi across the Sundari Danda from where we can see both Rupa and Begnas lakes on right and left respectively. From here we climb steep uphill about 2 km with altitude gain of 100m and again we have uphill of 2km with dense forest and we reached to Saure Bhanjyang where jeep track ended and we take steep downhill walking trail washed by monsoon rain but rideable on dry season. We will bike via Baguwa village to Karpurtar through beautiful rice fields where the intersection of three roads, one goes to Besisahar, one goes to Sundari Bazar and one goes to Damauli (Karpurtar to Damauli 38km). We ride towards Damauli via suspension bridge on Madhi and Mitini Khola and stay in Damauli in a hotel.
DAY 10: Today we ride to Ghansi Kuwa (Grass cutter built well). From here we take a left on the dirt red mud trail and climb to Ramjung Ki Vardan (5km with 310m altitude gain); an old Rama temple over there. Then we ride through single trek via Tanahu Gaon and forest and reach Mel Danda from where we can see towering Fishtail mountain. After 1.5 hrs uphill and downhill riding we reach Chainpur Maibahal and take a rest for half an hour and head towards Dumre. Overnight in a hotel.
DAY 11: Today we ride up and down of 12km and reach Turture and cross Marshyangdi river and we reach to the deserted airport and ride uphill and downhill to the Luitel village, a remote village from where we can see Fishtail mountain and Ganesh Himal. Then we descend down to the Daraundi Khola and after crossing the river we reach Chepetar. From here it takes us 1hour to get into the main Gorkha road called 13km point and then we ride to the Gorkha palace. We ride around historical Durbar Square of Gorkha. Later our support vehicle will pick us up for our return journey to Kathmandu.
- Breakfast, lunch, dinner and Guest House accommodations during the tour
- Experienced Mountain Bike Guide / Mechanic
- Bike / Helmet
- National Park fees
- Airport transfers
- Insurance of the guide
- 2 Nights Hotel in Kathmandu with breakfasts
- International flight & departure tax
- Lunch & dinner in Kathmandu
- Single supplement accommodation
- Entry fee into Bhaktapur.
- Support transport during the tour
- Porters / Helpers
- Personal gears & clothing
- Tips, any expenses of personal nature, client's insurance, entry fees for sightseeing
- Anything extra due to delay and flight cancelations.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
- What's a typical biking day like?
- How fit do I need to be?
- What sort of accommodations used on the tour?
- What about altitude sickness?
- How Qualified are the guides?
- What do I need to take?
Q. What's a typical biking day like?
A typical day starts with an early morning brew served in your tent. After a hot breakfast, during which camp will be packed and the support vehicle or porter loaded, we start cycling in the pleasant cool of the morning. Lunch is usually taken at about 12 noon and takes about an hour or so. We aim to pitch camp for the night by 4 or up to 5 p.m., i.e. well before dusk. During the day you are free to cycle at your own pace, enjoying the scenery and stopping to take as many pictures as you wish.
On our Tea House Trekking days are similar to camping treks apart from your meals and sleeping accommodations are provided by lodges on route.
Q. How fit do I need to be?
Biking in Himalaya, each and every trip is different, some are hard and technical, and some are easy. But it's for sure all involve biking from 5 hrs to 7 hrs a day, the trails vary from wide dirt tracks, to steep rocky ups and down but we advice to take your time and ascend slowly. So generally you must be fit.
Q. What sort of accommodations used on the tour?
Generally we have on offer two types of accomodations in our biking tours, camping or tea house. Tea houses are generally locally built with unique local design and are reasonably comfortable. Depending on region they provide single, double or dormitory room. Generally the toilet facilities will be outside but some place they might offer attached as well. Most tea houses provide a mattress and a quilt or blanket so it's always advisable to take your own sleeping bags.
On our camping tours, we will use tented accommodations, our staffs will set all up for you sleeping tent, toilet tent, shower tent, kitchen tent and dinning tent, generally camping tours are with more personal services and we will take care everything by ourselves.
Q. What about altitude sickness?
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), commonly known as altitude sickness, is an extremely serious, potentially fatal condition. It can occur at altitudes above 2,000m, more usually above 3,500m. There are simple and effective steps to control the risk of AMS. All our guides are fully trained and experienced in dealing with AMS.
The main thing is to drink plenty of fluids, take your time, avoid straining yourself, keep an eye on each other and always enjoy the beauty, culture and friendly. And avoid drinking alcohol and too much of smoking.
Q. How Qualified are the guides?
Our guides are loyal employees of the company, so you can trust on them fully. They are fully licensed to lead any mountain biking tours. We as a professional, every year manages various training to give updates to our guides like English Language, first aid, high altitude sickness, emergency handling or problem solving techniques etc. Our guides are not only guide; they are also professional Mountain Biking racers, advisers, officer on national mountain biking issues.
Q. What do I need to take?
The weather in the Himalaya is unpredictable and it's always advisable to fully gear up. See below for help list.
- Cycling jersey (Half & long sleeves)
- Cycling shorts (Half & long sleeves) Baggy shorts are great for visiting temples etc.
- Cycling Shoes SPD or light weight running shoes)
- Cycling gloves (Half & full fingers)
- Wind breaker or stopper
- Waterproof jacket & trousers (Breathable are great for biking)
- Small day bag with bag cover for rain
- Helmet & Headband
- Sun glass with extra lens for different weather.
- Cycling socks
- Ear warmer for winter in Nepal & Tibet
- Camelbak (good for riding in Nepal) or Water bottle for cycling
- Specific tools (e.g. Disk brake, suspension, and wheel)
- Extra specific disk brake pads & oils for disk brake with spare housing and pins.
- Power bar & powder (Hard to get in Nepal, Tibet, India)
- Leg & arm warmer (Good option for long sleeves)
- General tools e.g. pump, multi tools
- Extra tubes & Tyre for long tour.
- Any special tools for your bike if require.
Other A ccessories: Personal toiletries, personal first aid kit, sun block, lip cream, shampoo, soap, shavers, moisturizer, passport copies, pocket knife, camera and film, towel, water bottle, music and books, flashlight/torch, repairing kits, water purifying tablets.
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