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Pokhara to Kathmandu:
The Ultimate in off road Himalayan Mountain biking

Introduction:

This trail takes us on a fantastic off road route linking the 2 major cities in Nepal, Pokhara and Kathmandu.

Following your arrival in Kathmandu, we limber up for our journey by taking a short tour of the medieval city of Kathmandu before flying out to Pokhara. Situated by the beautiful Phewa lake, Pokhara affords some of the most stunning views of the Annapurnas and Machhapuchre (or the "Fish Tail" peak). Another day trip around the area will ensure that everything is in order before we set off back to Kathmandu.

Less than 30 miles of this ride is on tarmaced highway, so prepare yourself for what has been described as "...the best off-road riding in the Himalayas". Tracing an assortment of broad foot paths, old jeep trails and some technical single tracks we make our way across remote territory that's seldom visited by westerners. Challenging ascents as well as some incredible descents combine to make this   off-road biking a Great Mountain Bikers dream.

Although we will have a support vehicle carrying all of our tents and equipment, due to the off road nature of this track, they will be unable to follow us directly. Generally however, despite having some short stepped sections where a carry will be necessary.

 

Grade: Demandingly Adventurous

Price:

Average distance covered perday: 40-50km
6-9 Pax:10 & Above
Tour Departure: Minimum 4-6 persons
US$ 985US$ 815
Season: September - MaySingle Supplement:      US$ 155
Bike hiring charge:       US$ 285
 

Itinerary:

Day 01Arrive Kathmandu.O/N Hotel
Day 02Bike tour of the sights of  Kathmandu. O/N Hotel
Day 03Fly to Pokhara, short afternoon ride around Phewa Tal. O/N Hotel
Day 04Day circuit by bike up to the view point of Sarangkot (60km). O/N Hotel
Day 05Bike from Pokhara up to Kali village, here we turn off to descend through the farm village to the shores of Begnas Tal. O/N Camp.
Day 06Crossing a small pass we  bike towards Sundari Danda (ridge) to reach the Madi Khola river at Bhorletar, from here we follow a rough track to our campsite near the village of Kalasti (45km). O/N Camp
Day 07Todays ride involves some down hills interspersed with a lot of climb. The track clings to the ridge as we over look the main highway between Damauli and Dumre (45km). O/N Camp.
Day 08Near the start of the Annapurna Circuit trek, we cross the raging Marsyandi river before continuing across country to the ridge top town of Gorkha (45km). O/N Hotel.
Day 09Home of the Royal family and Gurkha soldiers, Gorkha has much of historical interest. The temple/fortress complex on the hill is well worth the steep climb and a half day excursion around Gorkha is a refreshing break. O/N Hotel 
Day 10A stunning action packed day, our ultimate goal, having made our wild descent into the Buri Gandaki Valley, is a riverside camp just off the main highway (45km). O/N Camp
Day 11The only long section of trip, we ride for 32kms to Trisuli before turning off. Todays big climb takes us to Kakani,  on the Kathmandu Valley rim. The long slog is rewarded by spectacular views of the Himalaya (65km).
Day 12Morning starts with the fabulous view of the Himalaya. The ride today is a mixture of up and down with gradual track and a fast descent bring us to Budhanilkantha (temple of sleeping bishnu) before Kathmandu is reached, just in time for lunch (35km). O/N Hotel
Day 13At leisure in Kathmandu for independent activities. O/N Hotel
Day 14Transfer to Airport for International departure.

What the price includes:

Mountain Biking Tour backed by Professional Mountain Biking Guide on full board, 4 nights Hotel Marshyangdi or similar on BB in Kathmandu, 2 nights at Hotel Stupa or similar in Pokhara on Full Board, 2 Nights Lodge in Gorkha, Camping arrangement backed by our sherpa crew on full board, applicable permit and entry fees, airport transfers in Kathmandu & Pokhara, internal flight 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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