Nepal Mountain Biking, Rafting and Chitwan Jungle Safari Tour 14 days

The Kathmandu valley offers some of Nepal's best mountain biking. We stay at five out of the six best outlooks for viewing the mighty Himalaya, 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 palaces and temples were built and rebuilt and Nepalese art and culture were developed and refined. 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.

According to Legend somewhere high in the Himalaya of Gosainkund region where Lord Shiva is said to reside. He drove his Trident (Trisul) into the ground to create three springs hence the name Trisuli. Though lacking in technicality and scenery it is still the most famous and well-known river in Nepal. This is because the river runs along the Prithivi high way that enables one to go to other parts of the country and also to India. There still is one section of the river that does not meet the road and this is the section where one can enjoy the scenic view of the gorge.

The magic of Nepal awaiting every traveler lies in its full glory of lush jungles, between the rugged snow peaks of the majestic Himalayans and the endless variety of colorful wildlife and mighty rivers. Those visiting Nepal look for this kaleidoscope of living colour and find them nowhere else so complete as on the Rapti river in Southern Nepal, on whose banks you find the Royal Park Hotel. Beyond the river every hotel guest can view a brilliant display of nature on parade, crowned by unforgettable sunset over the famous Royal Chitwan National Park.
The tiger still lives here among the lush flora of the Rapti's marshlands with the last remaining great one horned rhinoceros, the home of some of the world's most exotic birds and the slumbering crocodile. Everywhere you look an incomparable feast for the eyes awaits you.
Trip Facts:
  • Trip Length: 13 nights 14 days
  • Activity : Mountain Biking, Rafting & Jungle Safari Tour
  • 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 Katmandu 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, (Sleeping Vishnu) 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 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 KTM 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 reward a short steep climb into Nagarkot. This is part of the biking movie 'Retread' 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 views from the terrace. Today we explore the trails around Nagarkot or you can take a rest day. 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 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, 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 Lord Vishnu. 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 conquests 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: Nagarkot-Shanku-Boudhanath-Kathmandu/Sleeping Vishnu (34 - 40km with 650 m. descent)
The day starts with an exciting descent on Jeep tracks. We pass through many rustic villages, Himalayas in the right on clear day! We reach the beautiful ancient village of Shanku. From here we are on tarmac road towards Boudhanath Stupa (a largest stupa in the Nepal), here we will have lunch and then ride back to Kathmandu via Tokha village and Kopan Monastery it's 3 hours ride threw some beautiful villages, field and temples. Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: We leave early in the morning to our destination of the starting point of our rafting adventure. After our usual briefing and the formalities we head straight into grade 3 rapids like Snell's Nose, Monkey, Teen Devi (Three Goddess) etc. We will reach our campsite at Charoudi after 3 to 4 hours of paddling workout. Relax, lounge around the sandy beach and enjoy the calm and serene atmosphere. Get ready for a treat as our guides pride themselves on being the best cooks in the business. After dinner, you can unwind and reflect on the day's rafting and begin to look forward to tomorrow's adventure where we will be splashing our way down the river once again. Overnight Camping.

Day 08: After a hearty breakfast we get ready by doing some stretches to help make our muscles flexible. Today we will come across one of the most technical rapid in Trisuli called Upset and followed by Surprise and feel it's power of grade 4 rapid. We will come to our campsite in Kuringhat and meet up with some of the village children and people where they come to investigate. They are just curious to see foreign people. You can try your communicating skills to try and interact with the locals. After dinner and as we head to bed with the anticipation of tomorrows rafting in mind. Overnight Camping.

Day 09: Waking up to a hot breakfast for our third and final day of rafting. This will be an interesting day as we raft down the Trisuli passing under the cable cars that take worshippers up to the temple of Manakamana where it is believed that one will be granted with whatever one's heart desires. Splashing our way down to Mugling which is a busy little town where people stop to have meals and refreshments as for the villagers it is a place for trading and also where the highway breaks into two, one leading to the flat part of Nepal and to India and the other taking you higher to Pokhara where it is the starting point of most treks. We finally come to our take out point at Gai Ghat. Overnight Camping.

Day 10: After Lunch Village tour by ox-cart. Overnight at hotel in Chitwan.

Day 11: After Breakfast Elephant Ride till lunch. After Lunch Canoe Ride, Elephant Breeding Centre Tour or Jungle Walk till tea break. After Tea Break Tharu stick dance. Overnight at hotel in Chitwan.

Day 12: Jungle Drive or Cycle Tour in 20 thousand Lakes. After Lunch Elephant bath and Side show. Overnight at hotel in Chitwan.

Day 13: Early morning leave for bird Watching than return to lodge for breakfast and drive to Kathmandu. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 14: Departure

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Nepal Mountain Bike & Rafting Trip 10 days