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Kathmandu - Kakani - Kathmandu Biking Tour

The Kathmandu Kakani Budhanilkantha mountain biking tour starts with riding towards the village of Kakani passing along overland roads, villages, small towns and lots of ups and downs, bends and enjoying the lush green environment and spectacular mountain views. The ride then proceeds to Budhanilkantha, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu where a huge statue of the lord is located resting in a pond. The tour is categorized as ‘ hard’ and require good amount of fitness. Basically, riders will explore around the Kathmandu Valley with it’s mystical beauty and also to witness the day to day lives of the people living in/around the valley. 

Trip Highlights

  • Ride past off roads through forests, farmlands, small villages, ancient temples.
  • Witness great mountain panorama of the Langtang region
  • Explore the Kathmandu Valley far from the bustling city ‘Kathmandu’ itself.
  • Discover unique culture & traditions.

Outline Itinerary

Day 01 : Ride Kathmandu to Kakani then to Budhanilkantha and back to Kathmandu

What is Included

  • Local Guide/expert mechanic.
  • Customized Giant or Fuji Front suspension bike & Helmet.
  • Mineral Water
  • Packed Lunch
  • All taxes and service charge

What is Not Included

  • Travel insurance, evacuation, medical expenses and related transfers.
  • Bike clothing & support vehicle if needed.

Day 01 : Ride Kathmandu to Kakani then to Budhanilkantha and back to Kathmandu

Start-off from Thamel & ride towards Kakani passing along small villages, towns, tea-shops, forests. Then descend down to Budhanilkantha, a Hindu temple. Later on back to Thamel, Kathmandu. 6-7 hrs ride.

Mountain Biking Information

Fitness and experience
For day trips around the valley anyone can do them from the novice to the advanced rider. If you are planning on longer rides then you should have a good level of fitness and some biking experience. If you have never ridden long distances or consecutive days before then it can become quite difficult and painful for you in the rear end department. If you are doing a long trip we suggest you try and ride 50km 3 or 4 times a week and do some uphill climbing as well. By being fit you will improve the enjoyment of your trip.

The guides
The guides are all highly qualified and expert riders. They know all the best trails and ways around the foothills. Your guides are also all bike mechanics and can fix any problems that should occur on the trail. Your guides will be trained in first aid and emergency procedure. Most importantly your guides are all locals, being well versed in the local culture and history to allow you to get the most out of your trip. They are fun and friendly for your upmost enjoyment.

The trails
Whilst in Nepal you will experience a great array of trails. For riding around the valley the first part of the ride you should expect to be riding in heavy traffic. Once across the ring road the trails will vary for bumpy jeep tracks, quite paved country roads and single tracks through rice paddies. In the national park areas the trails will be unused and very rough jeep tracks and single walking tracks. When you are going up into the mountain regions you should expect to carry your bike quite a bit. The trails are mainly single walking track with very rocky section and steep stair cases. In the Annapurna region, there are a lot of jeep size tracks which make for nice riding.

Best time of year
The best time of year for biking in Nepal is January to June and September to December. During the winter months it can be quite cold so bring some warm clothes. If you don’t mind getting wet and muddy, then august is a great time to come and slip and slide your way down the trails.

The bikes
When doing a biking tour you can bring your own bike and helmet along with you. To transport your bike on the plane is no problem and as long as you are not over the weight limit you will not be charged extra. Your bike should be dismantled and packed securely in a box. We recommend you to take out t insurance for your bike and bring along a good lock and any spare parts. Spare parts such as tires and inner tubes, peddles, chains etc can be brought in Nepal, though the quality and price vary a lot.

You can hire a bike in Nepal. at a small extra cost the company will supply you with a top quality giant or Fuji bike with front suspension, a bike helmet, spare inner tubes and tools and a good lock and chain. You will be required to leave some form of identification as a deposit for any hire bike.

What to bring
For day trips shorts and t-shirt are fine as everything else is supplied for you. If you plane on a longer trip in the higher altitudes, apart for the normal travel things, you should bring along.

  • Long and short biking pants
  • long and short jerseys
  • light thermal tops and pants
  • good quality trainers or cycling shoes
  • fleece jacket or vest
  • water proof / wind proof jacket
  • a light woolen cap
  • sunglasses and sun cream
  • tracksuit and jumper for when not riding

How to Enter Nepal?
In order to fly directly to Nepal from your home country, Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. TIA has direct air link with Osaka, Shanghai, London, Frankfurt, Hongkong, Singapore, Bangkok, Delhi, Dubai, Bombay and Calcutta. Lufthansa, Royal Nepal Airlines (RNAC), Air India, Singapore Airlines, Thai are the airlines that carry most of the foreign travelers into Kathmandu; and if you buy tickets from any other airlines, you will probably connect with one of these airlines for the final leg of your flight.

Do I need a visa to travel to Nepal?
All foreign nationals, except Indian Citizens, need visas to enter Nepal.

What do I need to get my visa?
You need a valid passport, two passport size photos and US$ in cash.

Where do I apply to get my visa?
The best way to apply for visa is from the Nepalese diplomatic missions in your home country. The other choice is to get it from Immigration office at the entry points of Nepal.

What if I decided to stay more than 60 days in Nepal? Where and what should I do to extend my Tourist Visa?
There’s no problem in it. The Immigration Department of Kathmandu or Pokhara can extend the visa for another 30 days and the charge for this is US$ 50. Indeed the visa can be extended for a total of 120 days, an additional 30 days visa may be granted on reasonable grounds from the Immigration Office. Nevertheless, a tourist cannot stay in Nepal under tourist-visa for more than 150 cumulative days.

When is the best time to travel in Nepal?
The weather is probably the best guide for deciding when to plan your trip to Nepal. The best time to visit Nepal is between September to November and February to May.

What is the national language of Nepal?
Nepal’s national language is called Nepali. It is written in Devnagri Script. This script is the same as the one used in Hindi language – the national language of India. There are more than 72 different spoken languages in Nepal. It is also official language of Nepal.

What’s the common form of greeting in Nepal?
It is called Namaste or Namaskar. You can say the greeting in words as well as do it using a gesture. Join your palms together and bring them close to your chest and about 5 to 7 inches below your chin. The word Namaste has many meanings such as Hello, How are you? I am glad to see you, nice to meet you, good morning, etc.

What should I wear?
Light, loose garments are recommended in spring (March, April and May) and summer (june, July, August), while woolens and jackets or similar warm clothing’s are required from November to February.

What is the currency of Nepal?
Nepalese currency is spelled as Nepalese Rupees or Rupee (Rs) or Nepali Rupee, and in short it is written NRS or RS. 100 Paisa equals 1 Rs. Currently Notes of the following denominations are used: 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5, 2, and 1 rupees. Coin hasn’t been popular in Nepal and hence is almost always ignored in business. The coins of the following denominations can be found: 1 paisa, 5 paisa, 10 paisa, 50 paisa and 1 Rs, 2 Rs, and 5 Rs. It is recommended that you travel with smaller notes in less populated areas, while large notes are easily accepted elsewhere.

Are there ATM facilities in Nepal?
Yes, in Kathmandu and Pokhara. International credit cards (Master Card, Visa Card etc) are also accepted in all leading hotels, shopping centers, bars and restaurants in Nepal.

Will my Cell phone (mobile phone) work in Nepal?
Please, Contact your service provider and check if Nepal country is included in their `Global roaming’ package. Please note, not all parts of Nepal are covered by the GSM Network in Nepal.

What health precautions need to be taken?
Make sure to use only boiled or bottled water and avoid raw vegetables and fruits as far as possible until you get assured.

What is the time difference in Nepal?
Nepal time is GMT plus 5 hours 45 minutes.

Important Note

If the above itinerary does not meet your needs, we can design individualized travel plans based on your preferences.

Trip Facts

Destination: Nepal

Duration: 1 Day(s)

Trip Grade: Challenginng

Activities: Mountain Biking

Best Season: September - May

Starts/Ends: Thamel, Kathmandu

Departures: Daily

Price start from US$ 105.00

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