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Foothills of Mt. Kanchenjunga:
Mountain biking in the shade of the world’s 3rd highest peak

Introduction:

On this trip we combine a mountain bike trip in eastern Nepal through the foothills of Kanchenjunga with explorations of the valley crest of Kathmandu.

From Kathmandu, our flight takes you to the southeastern plains, to the busy town of Biratnagar. We then board a smaller Twin-Otter flight to the isolated airstrip of Sukhetar at Taplejung: the gateway to the 3rd highest mountain in the world, Kanchenjunga.

Sukhetar is a high mountain village situated at the foothills of the huge Kanchenjunga massif. From here, the following five days of adventure begin, we encounter thrilling descents and challenging climbs, as we slowly descend to the Terai, the plains of Nepal. This ride is a north to south traverse, and each of the passes rewards us with magnificent panoramas that stretch from Everest to Kanchenjunga.

As the ride nears the border with India, with a gradual decrease in altitude, the lush green forested valleys give way to more heavily cultivated areas, which in this area means a sea of tea plantations. Throughout the tour, friendly people with bright smiles will enliven your journey. This area is certainly less frequented and unspoiled, with very few westerners passing through -let alone mountain bikers. We cover 240kms on this spectacular ride which ranges from the awesome to the adventurous, but this is only first half of your holiday.

For the second half of this ground-breaking trip, we return to Kathmandu and complete a further five days of biking on the ridge top trails which encircle the valley's rim. Only a short bike ride away from the hustle and bustle of city life, lies a wonderful world of wooded slopes, small villages and hidden temples. The trail follows a dirt road with the most spectacular backdrop imaginable. Within the space of a day's ride, we will see views that include most of the main peaks of the central Nepal Himalaya-from Mt. Makalu to the Annapurnas.


 

A perfect blend of the remote eastern pockets of Nepal, combined with the stunning rural trails of the Kathmandu Valley


Grade:
Moderate- Adventurous

Season:                     Autumn to Summer
Average distance covered per day:Approx. 35-40kms.Tour-Departure:       Minimum 4 -6 person.
Maximum Altitude:2700 meters

Price:

6-9 Pax:10 & Above
US$ 1,815US$ 1,485
Single Supplement:        US$ 195
Bike hiring charge:         US$ 340
 
Itinerary:
Day 01:Arrive Kathmandu meet and transfer to respective Hotels. O/N Hotel.
Day 02: Free day in Kathmandu, a guided tour arranged on request. O/N Hotel.
Day 03: Fly to the east of Nepal, to Biratnagar. O/N Hotel.
Day 04:A short morning flight to Sukhetar (2515m) at Taplejung. O/N Guest House
Day 05:Bike - descend towards the Kabeli river to meet the roadhead and our support vehicle (35kms).O/N Camp.
Day 06:Bike - ascend 1500m over a distance of 32kms to camp at Jor-Pokhari. O/N Camp.
Day 07:Bike - 20km down-hill , then after a 8km uphill ride to Phidhim a bus drive takes us to our camp at the top of the Pauwa pass (2700m). O/N Camp.
Day 08:Bike for 45 kms to Illam town (1350m), camp on the suburbs. O/N Guest House.
Day 09:Bike to Mai-khola, 12km of downhill, then 20km up to the top of Fikkal pass. From here we bike about 37 km, all the way down to Char Alee. On the same day we take a bus to Biratnagar as heavy traffic with buses and trucks makes the road very busy. O/N Hotel.
Day 10:Fly back to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
Day 11: Rest day in preparation for the next adventure. O/N Hotel.
Day 12:Bike for 35kms through the town-villages of Patan and Panauti via Lubhu O/N Camp.
Day 13: Bike to Dhulikhel via Namobuddha (about 23kms). O/N Camp.
Day 14: Bike to Nagarkot via the medieval town of Bhaktapur (35km). O/N Camp.
Day 15:Bike to Chisopani ridge and camp. This is an approx. 4 hours bike ride with a 1 hour walk (23kms). (On this day, the bikes need to be carried by porters) O/N Camp.
Day 16:Bike to Shivapuri hill (2300m), then it’s a downhill ride to Kathmandu. O/N Hotel (48kms). Approx. 6hours ride.
Day 17:In Kathmandu. O/N Hotel.
Day 18:International Departure.

What the price includes:

Mountain Biking Tour backed by Professional Mountain Biking Guide on full board, 6 nights Hotel Marshyangdi or similar on BB in Kathmandu, 2 nights at Hotel Swagatam or similar in Biratnagar on Half Board, Camping arrangement backed by our sherpa crew on full board, applicable permit and entry fees, airport transfers in Kathmandu & Biratnagar, internal flights and support vehicle.

What the price does not include:

Hiring charge of Mountain Bike, Personal clothing, Medical Kit, lunch & dinner while in Kathmandu, Travel / Medical Insurance, Rescue Evacuation in case of emergency, airport taxes and expenses of personal nature.



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