Nepal Mountain Bike & Rafting Trip 10 days

The Katmandu valley offers some of Nepal's best mountain biking. We stay at five out of the six best outlooks for viewing the mighty Himalayas, from Dhaulagiri in the west to Everest in the east, so you will not miss what is arguably the world's finest mountain scenery. In addition, the valley is also the historic center of Nepal, the place where temples were built and rebuilt which resulted in the development and refinement of Nepalese art and culture. Kathmandu Valley is also known as 'The city of temples' A combination of superb dirt trails and single track connect the abundance of temples, monasteries and palaces making this both an exhilarating and fascinating place to cycle. This is a fun but challenging trip, suitable for those with off-road biking experience, as some trails are technical and there are some long climbs rewarded by even bigger descents.

The Bhote Kosi is best described as a liquid rush! Although little more than a mountain stream fed by the glaciers of Tibet, this river trip is full of excitement, technical maneuvering and adrenalin-pumping action. This river is rife with challenging rapids from start to finish. It is considered by rafting enthusiasts and professionals alike that the Bhote Kosi is without a doubt one of the most exciting short rafting trips in the world! And we just love running it!

Trip Facts:
  • Trip Length: 09 nights 10 days
  • Activity : Mountain Bike & Rafting
  • Starts in : Kathmandu
  • Ends in : Kathmandu
Day to day itinerary:

Day 01: After arrival in Kathmandu, you will be transferred to hotel in Thamel, the touristy city Of Kathmandu. Thamel is busy, full of restaurants, cafes and shops. In the afternoon, we sort out the bikes and over dinner, there will be a tour briefing. Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: We leave Kathmandu after breakfast through the bustling back streets of Thamel and on to good wide undulating jeep track and single track and pass through the Queen forest to the Budhanilkantha, a remarkable 5th century statue of the Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of the snake king in the middle of small pond. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular panoramic mountain views of Ganesh and Langtang Himals on the way and moreover by a night at a true resort established in a rural setting with culturally rich and naturally pristine environment whose garden harbors nearly 75 species of birds and 2000 flowering trees and shrubs. Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: We start with a steep upward ride (approx 7 km) on paved and off road through the Shivapuri Reserve. Part of the route is on the Helambu trekking trail. Our final destination for today is Chisopani (which means cold water in Nepali), which rounds off a challenging day. Again today's lodge enjoys outstanding and closest views of the panoramic mountain ranges- this is one of the best outlooks within the valley region. Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: We ride down from Chisopani into the NE corner of the Kathmandu valley, then it's on to a mix of single and jeep track to wind our way to Nagarkot, our route will depend on the condition of the trails. The comfort and peaceful surrounding of hotel on the valley rim rewards a short steep climb into Nagarkot. This route is part of the biking movie 'Retread' which was filmed and Everest can be seen form here on a clear day. Ride 25km or 35km. Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Early morning farm activity awake us and we can enjoy the sunrise view from the terrace. Today we explore the trails around Nagarkot or you can take a rest. There are numerous off-road routes possible today, either road or wide dirt and single track. We have a choice of day rides ending at the medieval town of Bhaktapur for lunch, then time to look around before we transfer back up the hill to Nagarkot, or ride up the road if you wish. Bhaktapur is an old restored city full of temples and courtyards. Also it's possible to visit Changu Narayan temple, a must for those interested in culture - the ancient temple complex here, which includes the oldest Hindu temple in the valley where in the sixth & seventh centuries, Newari stone masons made cravings of LordVishnu . The stone tablet standing on the west side of the temple is said to be the earliest known inscription in Kathmandu Valley. It depicts King Mandev's military conquest in the fifth century. It's on the way and enjoys commanding views over the valley and its fine statues are the best outside the National Museum. Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: The 'Retread' Trails. This is an epic single track descent through terraced paddy fields and small villages that lead us to the Indrawati River. We will stop to take photos as the Himalayas are right behind us all the way down and also makes offerings at the local temples to help ensure that we remember those technical skills when we need them. After 1000m of downhill a jeep road leads us to the Friendship Highway, the main road to Tibet. We have lunch in a secret spot by the river before we climb the dusty road to the main road. From here drive or bike to the river side camp. Overnight Camping

Day 07: We meet at our destination resort where refreshments will be awaiting you. Relax, lounge and enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere. After dinner, you can unwind and reflect on the day's biking and begin to look forward to tomorrow's adventure where we will be splashing our way down the river. Overnight Camping

Day 08: After a hearty breakfast we get on the bus and head down to the starting point of our rafting trip. At the put-in site, our team of seasoned guides will give you a thorough safety talk complete with practice- and then we see what you are really made of. There will be approximately 1½-2 hours (this is because of the technicality of the river and we would like you to first get the taste of the river as a warm up run) of rafting on the first day but don't worry you will be going through some of the best rapids from grade 3+ to 4+. These rapids will not disappoint you. We will then bus back to camp in our support vehicle. Get ready for a treat as our guides pride themselves on being the best cooks in the business. (Please advice on 'lunch'). Overnight Camping

Day 09: Wake up to the sounds of nature and to a hot breakfast. Eat up because you will need the energy for the next 2 ½ to 3 hours of non-stop paddling aerobics as we do the rest of the river. To warm up, we will zip through yesterday's section and I guarantee you'll love it so much you'll want to go for a third run! The final section is even more challenging with longer and more technical rapids. We'll pass under hanging bridges where the local children crowd to see the crazy foreigners shriek past. Be ready for an adventure as we head down numerous drops, catch swift eddies and bump around big boulders. As we reach our take out point at the Dam, we will find lunch is ready. After packing up and loading the gear, we head back to Katmandu.

Finally, big Congratulations! You have now just rafted one of the best short-river technical trips in the world. This means that you are a qualified river junkie ready to take on any river.

Day 10: Fly out from Kathmandu.

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Nepal Mountain Bike & Rafting Trip 10 days