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Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking | 9 Days

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At a Glance:
Tour Code: KVRM009
Style: Cycling | Mountain Biking
Grading:
Maximum Altitude: 2200m
Transport: Private
Duration: 9 Days
Start in: Kathmandu |Ariport
End in: Kathmandu |Ariport
Price: US$ 799 per person
Best Season: All Year around
Trip Description

Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking is one of the best and adventurous destinations in Nepal which brings you some of the exhilarating ultimate view points and cultural heritage sites. We travel along little-used dirt roads away from the hustle and bustle of the city. This route will not disappoint for those looking for a challenge. A single track ride around the most scenic parts of valley, boasting plenty of temples, mountain, small villages. It leads along the terraced farmlands, emerald hills, pristine forests of rhododendron and pine. Throughout the trip, we will experience all of the sights, sounds, tastes and smells that make up life in Nepal’s ‘Middle Hills’, Cycle up to the Nagarkot, where you could have awe-inspiring view of the massif mountain range ranging from Gaurishankar to Annapurna as well as an incredible sunrise and sunset view. We cycle some of remarkable up and downhill to arrive the very popular monastery of Namobuddha. It will be the best opportunity because you can visit the golden province of historical city Bhaktapur as well as Newari village, can able to know the real lifestyle of rural Nepali people and also can observe their enrich culture.

Outline Itinerary
  • Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu
  • Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing
  • Day 3: Ride to Nagarkot
  • Day 4: Ride from Nagarkot to Namobuddha
  • Day 5: Ride to Balthali from Namobuddha
  • Day 6: Ride from Balthali to Panauti via Khopasi
  • Day 7: Back to Kathmandu
  • Day 8: Leisure day in Kathmandu
  • Day 9: Departure
Highlights of the tour:
  • Mingle with cultural and historical sites
  • Incredible sunrise and sunset view
  • Magnificent view of Himalayas
  • Visiting ancient temples, places and villages
  • Sightseeing at Buddhist deity Namobuddha
What's Included:
  • Airport pick up and drop
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • All sightseeing trip as mentioned
  • All entry fees during sightseeing
  • Teahouse accommodation with breakfast during biking
  • All transport on a private coach
  • 3* accommodation with breakfast in the city
What's Not Included:
  • Lunch and dinner in the city and during biking
  • Drinks and bar bill
  • Tipping
  • Personal insurance
  • Other things not mentioned
  • Bike
Holiday Information

Joining Arrangements & Transfers

All Clients travelling to Kathmandu will be met at the airport by a TTG representative who will arrange the transfer to the group hotel.  Please look at our logo at the arrival gate. 

 

Accommodation

While in Kathmandu the group will stay in a mentioned hotel or hotels with similar categories as on itinerary.  We choose hotels not to far from the main downtown. Most of our hotels will be in central located so that you can shop, eat and go anywhere easily.

Whilst on trek we spend in lodges/tea houses. The Nepalese trekking lodges also known as 'tea-houses' are simple, friendly and atmospheric. As they are far from the nearest road is it not surprising that they are simple establishments as everything must be carried up by porters or animals. Most of these lodges have heated dining areas which are often attractively decorated. Bedrooms tend to be quite basic and are unheated with wooden beds and foam mattress. You will need a sleeping bag. The lodges have shared washing and toilet facilities. Some lodges have solar powered showers (charged at $3 - $5 per shower) and battery charging facilities (also charged at a rate per hour). Staying at the lodges is a great way to meet fellow hikers and the locals. Most accommodation is arranged on a twin sharing basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will room with another single traveller of the same sex

 

Food

Typical meals provided in the lodges will include some Nepali dishes and some international cuisine from pizza and chips. However as a responsible tour operator we encourage you to eat local food whenever possible because this will help the local economic and these local foods are always fresh.

 We order meals in advance and your trip leader will suggest you what is safe and good to eat there. Breakfast will usually be porridge, eggs, bread, lunch will be a simple meal with a like noodle, rice, and dinner will be 2 courses consisting of soup, main meal. All drinks & beverages and Deserts are extra. In Kathmandu breakfast is included if you have booked the hotel with us. If you are vegetarian is great if not we still recommend you to stay vegetarian especially during the biking trip.

 

A Typical Day

Shortly after first light you should wake and start packing your kitbag and making preparations for the day. Coming down to the dining room we will be served breakfast from the lodge kitchen before setting off on the day’s ride. We will generally reach our lunch stop by mid-day after around 3 or 4 hours of biking, some days are shorter. Lunch is taken at tea houses along the route. This is normally a leisurely affair and is a great time for relaxing, reading and sitting in the sun. Our porters usually catch up with the group during lunch and then are well on their way to the evening’s stop by the time we set off again. It is usual for the afternoon’s ride to be shorter than the morning session. On arrival at the lodge the trek leader will organise everyone’s room. After checking in to your room you may wish to relax with a beer on the terrace of your lodge before taking dinner. Dinner is taken in the dining room which normally has some form of heating. This is a great time of day for reliving the events of the trek so far and for general socialising. By 9.00pm most bikers/trekkers will have retired to bed and by 10.pm the whole lodge will be asleep.

 

Group Leader & Support Staff

The group will be led by an experienced English-speaking local leader, and there will be support truck for luggage and incase people can’t ride.

 

Spending Money

Approximately US$400-600 (or equivalent Swiss Frank, Euros etc.) changed into local currency, should be sufficient for miscellaneous personal expenses including tips for guide/porters, drinks for all. It is not necessary to obtain local currency (Nepali rupees) prior to departure. Swiss Franc, Sterling, US Dollars and Euros are equally acceptable for exchange in Nepal. We recommend that you carry your travel money in the form of cash, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival in Kathmandu. If you prefer not to carry all of your spending money in cash, it is possible to withdraw money (rupees only) from ATMs in Kathmandu using your debit or credit card. During the trek it is possible to buy snacks, chocolate, tea, coffee, soft drinks and beer on most days. Please be aware that since everything has to be carried up, these items become more expensive as you gain altitude.

 

Guidance on Tipping

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ for good service. Tips do not form part of the wages of your guides, porters and trek crew but they are very much appreciated. It is important to remember that tipping is voluntary and should be dependent on good service. Normally the tips are given at the end of the trek and this is best done as a group rather than from individuals. Most groups will give the tips with a bit of ceremony (or sometimes a party) on the last evening, to mark the end of the trip. The level of tipping should be determined by the group as a whole with everyone contributing an equal amount that all are comfortable with. As a rough guide, we recommend about 10% of your trip.  At the end of a trek many people also like to donate various items of their equipment to the porters and trek staff who work so hard to make the trip a success. Boots, gloves, hats, scarves and even socks (clean of course) are always warmly received by the porters. Technical clothing and equipment such as head-torches and trekking poles are highly prized by the Shepa crews. If you think you would like to donate equipment at the end of your trip, your local trip leader will make arrangements for a fair distribution among the biking crew.

 

Baggage Allowance 

Your baggage on trip will be carried by Vehicle so we normally don’t have exact allowance, however on the flight to Jomsom is maximum 10+5 hand carry so make sure you are in Limit. It is possible to leave clothes or other items not required on trip at the hotel in Kathmandu or Pokhara. 

 

Altitude

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3800m metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatize successfully. When we plan an itinerary we consider this very carefully and plan our holiday. 

 

Equipment List

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKING CHECKLIST

The following basic equipment checklist should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment down to a minimum. NB. This is just a check-list. We are not asking you to bring everything on this list; much will depend on personal preference. April-May is not a cold month in Nepal and most of the places we ride is hot during the day and cool in the morning and evening. Except 2-3 nights it will be mostly very warm so do not bring lots of warm clothing.

  • Fleece headband (to keep your ears warm)
  • Lightweight long sleeved thermal shirt
  • Lightweight windproof biking jacket
  • T-shirts (3)
  • Padded cycling shorts - baggy style
  • Underwear (4 pairs)
  • Lightweight trekking boots or just trainer is fine.
  • Sandals
  • Camelbak or 2 x 1 litre water bottles & cages
  • Sleeping bag
  • Small padlock & spare keys
  • Toiletries
  • Thermarest
  • Sunglasses
  • Fingerless biking gloves
  • Waterproof (breathable) jacket
  • Fleece jumper (eg Polartec 200)
  • Light weight trekking style pants
  • Warm cycling tights
  • Socks (4 pairs)
  • Cycling shoes
  • Spare laces
  • Small towel
  • Head lamp eg. Petzl Zoom (spare bulb & battery)
  • 4 large plastic bags (for keeping items dry in kitbag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), altitude (Diamox), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets.

 

Passport & Visas

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit. 

All nationalities require a visa. The visa fee is $40 for 15 days, $50 for 30 days, $120 for 90 days and is obtainable on arrival. Payment must be made in cash and USD, GBP or Euros are accepted. Please bring 4 passport size photos for different permits.

 

Trekking Permits – what do we need from you?

We need your passport copy or details (exactly like in Passport, all name has to be there) to make the necessary permit, issue the flight tickets and arrangement. Please make sure we have this one month ahead of your trip.

 

Health & Vaccinations

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. Malarial prophylaxis is not usually required for trips in the mountains, however if you are visiting rural and remote low lying areas then they might be necessary. On holidays to more remote areas you should also have a dentist check up. 

 

Currency

The unit of currency in Nepal is the Nepalese Rupee. We can change this money in Kathmandu which has better rate than hotels and Airports. Guides will show you the place after arrival.

 

Electricity Supply & Plug

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

http://www.worldstandards.eu/electricity/plugs-and-sockets/

 

Preparing For Your Trip

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking/biking holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Regular hiking/biking in hill country is the best training but jogging, squash and swimming are also good for developing cardio vascular fitness and stamina. Note that you will encounter a lot of steps on the trail while ascending and you might wish to tailor your exercise to take this into account. Whatever your preparation you should make time to spend at least a few days prior to your trip making long walks in hilly country. It is also a good idea to do some reading about the country and the culture of the local people before you embark on an adventure holiday.

 

Climate

October to November and March to May are the best times for trekking& biking in Nepal. These months either side of the summer monsoon season are neither too hot in the foothills nor too cold in the higher elevations and they offer the best conditions for trekking/biking. The last 2 days can be a little hotter while riding.  Pre-monsoon is the best time to see the colourful blooms of the rhododendron at lower elevations. The post-monsoon months usually offer the clearest skies and the most settled weather. At either of these periods you will encounter a wide range of daytime temperatures during your trip from approximately 25ºC in Kathmandu to approximately 14ºC at 3000 metres, and approximately -3ºC at high passes. The ‘real feel’ temperature in the middle of the day will be much warmer than this but at night in the rarefied air the temperatures plummet and you can expect to experience overnight temperatures below freezing anywhere above 3000 metres.

 

Books

  • Lonely Planet Guide to Nepal. Lonely Planet
  • Rough Guide to Nepal. Rough Guides
  • Trekking and Climbing in Nepal. Steve Razzetti
  • Trekking in the Nepal Himalaya. Stan Armington
  • Kathmandu and the Kingdom of Nepal. Prakash Raj
  • Portraits of People: Nepal Himalayas. Eric Valli

 

Maps

Kathmandu Valley Map. 1:50,000. Nepa Maps

A good scale map with contour interval at 40 metres. This is the definite map for Kathmandu valley Rim Biking Tour.

 

Not to forget?!

Please do not forget to come with a positive attitude, flexibility, a sense of humors and an appetite of adventure and discovery!

 

What others are saying about us ?

What lonely planet said about us: “Long-established trekking company with a breadth of experience and an easy-to-find location. Trekking Team Group 

What Rough guide said about us: "A very reliable, super friendly agency offering top-notch service.”

What Stefan Loose German Guide Book said about us: “Ein Absolut verlässlicher, superfreundlisher veranstalter  mit erstlkassigem Service” 

The Following dates and prices are LAND ONLY itinerary joining in Kathmandu. Please make your own flight arrangements. If you need some help to arrange an international flight, we can suggest you some agents who are specialized on ticketing.

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DATE WITH FESTIVAL & EVENTS - recommended If you are planning your holiday and want to have once in a life time experience then chose the date that combined with events or festivals. It will enhance an experience of life time in your holiday.


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Day 1: Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu. A traditional warm welcome by our airport representative. Short briefing about the package in the hotel. Typical welcome dinner in the evening.

Day 2: Kathmandu sightseeing

After the pre-trip meeting, you will be taken for sightseeing of Kathmandu Valley to explore the vibrant city after breakfast at your hotel. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. Drive to famous Buddhist Stupa Swayambunath, also known as Monkey temple, on the hill of Kathmandu Valley where you can see stunning view of mountains and Kathmandu valley. This temple attracts Buddhists and tourists from around the world. Swayambhunath Stupa is the most ancient and enigmatic of all the holy shrines in Kathmandu valley. Its lofty white dome and glittering golden spire are visible from far and wide. Next is Pashupatinath, the temple of Lord Shiva. This is probably the most famous temple for Hindu in Indian Sub-continent. There is crematorium beside the temple where dead bodies are burnt to ashes. After exploring Pashupatinath you will visit fascinating sights of Patan Durbar Square, one of the most glorious exa mples of traditional Nepalese architecture, full of century’s old temples and palaces, overnight at the hotel in Kathmandu.

Day 3: Ride to Nagarkot

Today after breakfast, assemble your bike and start cycling towards a beautiful hill top Nagarkot through the scenic beauty and pine forest along the ridge with splendid view of the valley and monuments. Upon reaching there you will get an opportunity to see splendid sunset and also a picturesque scenic view.

Day 4: Ride from Nagarkot to Namobuddha

Today you move to Namobuddha and here big Buddha monastery, 60% track is downhill, off road, some track good highway and near Namobuddha little bit uphill, head down hill on unused jeep tracks and through Tamang villages. Then after cycling through the historical town of Dhulikhel brings you to Namobuddha which a beautiful popular monastery tucked away on a ridge.  In there you can meet monk people and explore Buddhist culture.

Day 5: Ride to Balthali from Namobuddha

Leaving behind Namobuddha , today you will continue your biking through fields and orchards to the quite village of Balthali, having a picnic lunch along the way. Here you again have an amazing views to the mountains and can enjoy the charms of the village life. Paddling on a dirt road, passing beautiful small villages, terraced fields with the picturesque scenic views, you will reach Balthali, overnight in hotel of Balthali.

Day 6: Ride from Balthali to Panauti via Khopasi

Get up early morning to see beautiful sunrise view, return back to hotel for delicious breakfast. Gradually riding downhill towards Khopasi crossing a suspension bridge over a Koshi River, you will reach Khopasi. Then paddling to downhill through the picturesque scenic view you will get a chance to explore the typical newari cultural village Panauti. Spend your night in Panauti.

Day 7: Back to Kathmandu

Before you set off for Kathmandu enjoy one of the historic and cultural Newari village by interacting with the local people of their daily lifestyle and religion, after that have a delicious hot breakfast in hotel. Leaving Panauti behind you will ride back to Kathmandu through scenic beauty, enjoying the village and countryside. Overnight in hotel of Kathmandu

Day 8: Leisure day in Kathmandu

Your final day in Kathmandu is very free. You can do whatever you like. Many prefer for shopping while some other want to explore cultural aspect of the Kathmandu valley. Our local guide helps you find appropriate place for shopping as per your need and interest.

Day 9: Departure

Final warm farewells, our airport representative will accompany you to the airport see you off. Fly back to home.

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Jan 15 2016

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Additional Information

This is ADVENTURE travel, and many of the trip destinations in this site are remote areas, within under developed countries, where events are less predictable than is usually the case in. The unexpected is the norm in these areas and, despite painstaking planning and organization, our adventure trips can never be taken for granted like regular trips. Many of the places that we visit do not have the same quality of emergency health and safety services that you are used to in the developed world. Internal flights can be canceled, road transport is generally uncomfortable and unreliable, and hotels often do not approach the standards of the West.

 

IF YOU ARE NOT PREPARED FOR THIS, YOU SHOULD NOT TRAVEL WITH US. This unpredictability also means that the itineraries that we put forward for each of our trips should be seen as statements of intent, rather than as contractual obligations. A variety of factors, including weather, transport difficulties and political instability, might dictate that we change any itinerary. The trip leader will make any changes that are necessary, after consultation with the group. Only rarely will such changes be significant, and we will always do everything within our powers to minimize the effects of the enforced changes. We cannot be held responsible for the results of changes or delays, irrespective of how they are caused.

What makes this trip different ?

Trekking Team Group is the major supporter of Ambe Foundation, an apolitical and not-for-profit organisation. We contribute our support for the development of some community schools in remote villages in Nuwakot district. We have been supporting Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School, both community-based educational institutions, through donation, sponsorship and partnership in various projects. To know what we do and why we do please click here.

Donation

Trekking Team Group donates one percentage of its total business profits to the foundation on yearly basis. The donated amount supports the ongoing maintenance of Gramin Devi School and Khumbeshwori School in Nuwakot.

Sponsorship

One of the major activities of Ambe Foundation is the children sponsorship programme. It is conducted in full collaboration with Trekking Team Group.

Partnership (Volunteering Program)

The Ambe Volunteer Programme, organised by Ambe Foundation and Trekking Team Group, aims to mobilise teams of experts and interested individuals effectively for education, health and community development in Nuwakot district.

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