Kathmandu Valley Bike Tour

Panoramic view from Kathmandu Valley Bike Tour

Kathmandu Valley Bike Tour

Prices

From $825USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels / Lodges

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Highlights

Discover Nepal's scenic landscapes and rich culture on this 9-day guided cycling tour

Witness breathtaking Himalayan views at sunrise and sunset.

Enjoy a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city, including some of the city’s most famous cultural sites.

Learn more about Buddhism as you visit several temples that are important to the faith, including the big Namobuddha temple.

Interact with native Tamang and Newari people and learn more about their daily life and culture as you stay in their villages.

Imagine exploring the Kathmandu Valley by bike, on a guided cycling tour? What better way to explore the highlights of cycling in Nepal, with peaceful villages, great views and lots of incredible Nepali culture.

Kathmandu is the vibrant and exciting capital city of Nepal. But the Kathmandu Valley extends beyond the hustle of the city, out into peaceful mountain villages where native people groups live life according to their traditional customs and culture.

This guided Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking tour lets you experience the fullness of both city and countryside as you explore this amazing region by bike. You’ll visit important centers of religion and culture and surround yourself with breathtaking Himalayan scenery. Interact with monks in the Buddhist temple of Namobuddha, as well as local villagers that you encounter along the way. You’ll never forget the beauty of the sunrise or sunset from a scenic mountain overlook in the Kathmandu Valley. Book your Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking tour today and let the adventure begin!

Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu

Welcome to Kathmandu, Nepal! When you arrive at the Tribhuwan International Airport, an airport representative from your tour will meet you. At the hotel, your guide will brief you with more details about your tour. Enjoy a traditional Nepali welcome dinner to celebrate your arrival.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu
Meals
Dinner

Day 2 Explore Kathmandu

After breakfast and a quick, pre-trip meeting, take a guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu and experience the wonders of this vibrant city. Visit the famous Buddhist temple Stupa Swayambunath, also known as the Monkey Temple. The temple is high on a hill, and you’ll enjoy an inspiring view of the mountains and the surrounding valley. Stupa Swayambhunath is an ancient and mysterious shrine that attracts tourists and Buddhist visitors from all over the world with its distinctive white dome and sparkling gold spire. Next, visit renowned the Hindu temple of Pashupatinath and the crematorium beside it. Finally, your tour also takes you to Patan Durbar Square where you can see notable temples and palaces from centuries past, each an intriguing example of traditional Nepalese architecture.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Ride to Nagarkot

Begin your bike ride today after breakfast. Cycle through a beautiful pine forest then follow the ridgeline where you’ll have a magnificent view of the valley and some monuments in the area. When you reach the beautiful hilltop town of Nagarkot, enjoy a wonderful view and a fantastic sunset.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Nagarkot (2,175 m/7,136’)
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Cycle to Namobuddha

Today’s cycling route takes you from Nagarkot to Namobuddha. About 60% of the trail will be downhill today, using off-road trails, unused Jeep roads, and some stretches of better highway as you approach Namobuddha. You’ll pass through some native Tamang villages and the historic village of Dhulikhel. When you arrive in Namobuddha, visit the large and beautiful Buddhist monastery where you can interact with monks and learn more about Buddhist culture.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Namobuddha (1,660 m/5,446’)
Meals
Breakfast

Day 5 Cycle to Balthali

As you leave Namobuddha today, your path takes you through orchards and fields. Cycle along a dirt road where you can experience charming village scenes and terraced fields, always against the backdrop of picturesque mountain panoramas. Stop along the way for a picnic lunch, then enjoy more beautiful views all the way to Balthali, where you’ll stop for the night.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Balthali (1,520 m/4,987’)
Meals
Breakfast

Day 6 Bike to Khopasi then to Panauti

Wake up early today and watch an amazing scenic sunrise before returning to the lodge for breakfast. Today’s ride takes you downhill to the Koshi River, which you will cross via suspension bridge to reach the town of Khopasi. Continue riding through picturesque surroundings until you arrive in the Newari village of Panauti. Spend the night here and learn more about the native Newar people.

Overnight Location
Lodge in Panauti (1,500 m/4,921’)
Meals
Breakfast

Day 7 Return to Kathmandu

Today is your last day of cycling as you return to Kathmandu by bike. Before leaving Panauti, take advantage of the opportunity to interact with the local Newari people to learn more about their culture, daily life, and religion. Conclude your cycling tour with a beautiful stretch of trail through the countryside.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Meals
Breakfast

Day 8 Kathmandu

Today is a free day in Kathmandu. You can decide how to spend your time, whether you would like to do some souvenir shopping or continue sightseeing and exploring the city on your own. Your guide can advise you and help you plan your day according to your interests.

Overnight Location
Mandala Boutique Hotel (1,400 m/4,593’), Kathmandu
Meals
Breakfast

Day 9 Departure Day

Your Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking tour has come to an end. After an exciting and memorable experience, an airport representative will escort you to the airport and bid you a fond farewell. Have a wonderful journey.

Overnight Location
N/A
Meals
Breakfast

Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour Dates and Prices

This guided biking tour in Nepal is run either as a private tour for your group only, however, sometimes there are options to join other groups (please enquire for more information). The pricing depends on the number of people on your group.

Pricing below is per person:

  • Guided Group of 2-5: $895USD per person
  • Guided Groups of 6+: $825USD per person
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Accommodation on Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour

This tour is based in mountain lodges, also called tea houses, along the route. These accommodations are simple, since there is no road access to reach them, but they are also friendly and full of atmosphere. Most lodges have dining areas that are heated, but the bedrooms are typically unheated. Wooden beds with foam mattresses are provided, but you will need a sleeping bag. Washing and toilet facilities are shared, and some have solar showers available for an additional charge.

Before and after the cycling tour, stay in a 3-star hotel in Kathmandu. Rooms are double occupancy, and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement of $250USD to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up, where possible. Private rooms are not available in the trekking lodges.

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

Night 3-6

Mountain lodges along the trail

Stay in cozy mountain lodges along the trail. These lodges are simple and amenities are basic, but they are full of atmosphere.

Mandala Boutique Hotel, Kathmandu

Located in a quiet corner of the Thamel area of Kathmandu, this hotel has easy access to shopping and other tourist attractions. It is clean and air-conditioned for your comfort.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s included in the Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour?

Meals

8 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included on this tour. This includes special welcome and farewell dinners.

Accommodations

Accommodations for all 8 nights are included. Along the cycling tour, stay in simple mountain lodges (tea houses). Before and after the Annapurna Circuit, stay in a 3.5-star hotel in Kathmandu.

Transportation during the Tour

Domestic flights and land transportation described in the itinerary is included, as well as a guide on the flight and all airport taxes. Airport transfers between the Kathmandu Airport and your hotel are also included.

Also Included

  • An experienced, insured, and equipped English-speaking guide
  • Guided sightseeing and entry fees in Kathmandu
  • Luggage transfer

Not included

  • Bicycles (Available to rent for an additional fee)
  • Flights to/from Kathmandu
  • Visa to enter Nepal
  • Meals not listed as included (lunches and dinners in Kathmandu)
  • Personal drinks / alcohol
  • Additional costs due to illness, rescue, force majeure, flight/itinerary changes
  • Tips for guides and other trekking staff
  • Personal costs such as charging batteries or hot showers

Optional Extras

Bicycle rental:

  • Single suspension - $25USD per day
  • Dual suspension - $50USD per day

Frequenty Asked Questions about Kathmandu Valley Bike Tour

How hard is the Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking tour?

We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Sections of the trail are strenuous, but at higher elevations, even easier sections of trail become more challenging. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about mountain biking at high altitudes.

Do I need a visa to visit Nepal?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

Are meals included on the Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking tour?

8 breakfasts and 1 dinner are included.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have Health and Medical insurance to join this trip. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Kathmandu to start this tour?

The Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu is the only international airport in Nepal. If arriving in Nepal by air, you must fly to this airport. Transportation is provided between the airport and your hotel in Kathmandu.

Is the Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking tour in English?

Yes, the tour guide is English speaking.

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends where it begins, in Kathmandu. Tour staff will escort you to the Kathmandu Airport.

What should I pack?

You will be given a complete packing list for your trek upon booking. Plan to layer your clothing to be comfortable in different temperatures. You should be able to add a waterproof layer (jacket and trousers) to stay dry, as well as protect yourself from the sun with a hat and sunglasses. A headlamp with extra batteries is also recommended. You should also have a sleeping bag, dry bags, a padlock (to lock your trek bag) and a basic first aid kid. Don’t forget cycling clothes such as padded cycling shorts, warm cycling tights, and a helmet. Please respect the traditional Nepalese culture by dressing conservatively (avoid bare shoulders and keep legs covered)

Can I charge my phone / camera / other device?

You may need an outlet adapter for any electrical items. To find more information, PRESS HERE. Electricity may not always be available along the tour. Some lodges will have solar powered charging facilities for an additional hourly fee.

How much spending money will I need?

Plan to have cash, exchanged into Nepali rupees. It is possible to withdraw rupees from ATMs in Kathmandu but not outside the city. An estimated $400-600 USD per person should be sufficient for meals in Kathmandu, drinks, snacks and other personal expenses such as showers and charging batteries in the mountain lodges. This should also cover tips for your guide, porters, and other staff.

Do I need any vaccines to travel to Nepal?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for this country?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Nepal for this tour?

This tour is available year-round. The best time to travel to Nepal for this trek is during the pre-monsoon season from March through early May, or post-monsoon in October and November. Monsoon season typically lasts from late May through September.

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Prices

From $825USD

Difficulty

Guided

Hotels / Lodges

Active Travel is what we do

10Adventures knows Active and Adventure Travel because everything we do is focused on Active and Adventure Travel. We understand the needs of travellers and partner with excellent local guides who specialize in active, experiential and adventure travel.

Real humans are always a click or call away

Your time is important, and you shouldn't have to deal with automated bots or a confusing phone system. At 10Adventures you are assigned an Adventure Concierge, who is a real person who has one job: to support you during the planning & booking of your trip.

Customize or go private and get the perfect trip for you

Taking a holiday can be the most fun you have all year. At 10Adventures we believe that you should have the ability to personalize the trip, to get it just the way you want. Sometimes that's joining a group, but more often it's going private with your loved ones, and getting the dates and itinerary that's just right for you.

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We rate this tour as a 3 / 5. Sections of the trail are strenuous, but at higher elevations, even easier sections of trail become more challenging. Consult your doctor if you have concerns about mountain biking at high altitudes.

Local guide

Hari

Kathmandu, Nepal

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