(B: BREAKFAST, L: LUNCH, D: DINNER)
|Day 1||Kathmandu||International Guesthouse||D|
|Day 2||Bhaktapur – Godawari||Dom Himalaya Hotel||B, L, D|
|Day 3||Godawari – Dakshinkali||New Dakshinkali Village Resort||B, L, D|
|Day 4||Dakshinkali – Daman||Sagar Presidency||B, L, D|
|Day 5||Daman – Hetauda||Avocado & Orchid Resort||B, L, D|
|Day 6||Hetauda – Chitwan||Hotel Wildlife Camp||B, L, D|
|Day 7||Chitwan||Hotel Wildlife Camp||B, L, D|
|Day 8||Chitwan To Lumbini||Hotel Laxmi||B, L, D|
|Day 9||Lumbini – Tansen||Hotel Tansen Residency||B, L, D|
|Day 10||Tansen – Pokhara||Butterfly Lodge||B, L, D|
|Day 11||Pokhara||Butterfly Lodge||N/A|
|Day 12||Pokhara – Kathmandu||International Guesthouse||B, D|
|Day 13||Kathmandu Departure||N/A||N/A|
Upon arrival at Tribhuvan International airport, our representative will greet and meet you ton transfer to your hotel which is located in the heart of the tourist district of Kathmandu, Thamel (approximately a 30-minute drive). Depending on your arrival time, there may be time to explore the streets, sights and shops of Thamel or to relax after your journey, before joining your guides for an early evening welcome meal, where they will explain more about the coming day’s tour and activities.
After breakfast at the hotel there will be a drive to the ancient city of Bhaktapur.
Your guide will take you on a tour of the city and to the four major religious squares which are recognized as world heritage sites. Upon completing the city tour, lunch will be provided followed by a short 2-hour bike ride on undulating trails, passing by paddy fields and the serene forest of Phulchowki towards Godawari via Lubhu (Lalitpur). Lubhu is known for its handmade cloth and textile production.
Godawari is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Nepal being known for its rich wildlife and magnificent environment. It is also popular for its botanical garden which hosts a wide range of exotic and indigenous plants in its grounds. The area is popular among both locals and tourists due to its pleasing landscape surrounded by evergreen forest, where you can feel a sense of tranquility and
Biking distance: 26km
After breakfast, the cycling tour continues on jeep track through Chapagaon village which offers excellent views of Kathmandu Valley and is also the home of the Vajra Varahi (a female buddha also known as the Diamond Sow in Tibetan Buddhism).
On leaving Chapagaon, you will head south crossing over the Lele River and head towards Bungamati. The Bungamati village is famous for its agriculture, livestock and fishing. It is also the hometown of the deity Machhindranath, who is regarded as the compassionate god of agricultural prosperity and is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists alike. After crossing a suspension bridge over the Bagmati River you will approach a Ganesh Temple (Elephant God Temple) and from here, the sealed Dakshinkali road strings together some fascinating cultural sights. Whilst the remaining ride is largely uphill, it is gradual!!
Biking distance: 38km
To start the cycling trip today you will cycle along a gravel road to Kulekhani via a Tamang village. Along the way you can experience the authentic Nepalese lifestyle and visit the largest hydro power and artificial lake in Nepal, Kulkehani Dam, where afterwards you will continue with an approximate 2-hour climb to the overnight destination of Daman at 2400m above sea level. Our vehicle will be available for those not relishing the climb!!
Biking distance: 59km
During today’s ride you will be treated to the most spectacular views of the Himalaya – an incredible 400km panorama which extends from the Annapurna’s to Mt. Everest. There are also great views over the Terai, the low plains of Nepal and further to India in the distance below.
For the rest of the day you’ll enjoy the ultimate downhill ride with over 2000m of descent through pine and rhododendron forests which eventually gives way to semi-tropical vegetation as the air becomes more humid. Small clusters of houses cling to lonely hill tops but as we approach the Terai we pass through more and more villages.
The town of Hetauda (455m above sea level) lies at the bottom of the descent and you will end today’s cycling on an unforgettable high.
Biking distance: 52km
It’s a much flatter ride today after the downhill exhilaration of yesterday. You will now be in central Terai, a region of hot subtropical plains, and the surrounding vegetation reflects this. Sal (hard wood) and Kal (silk cotton) trees line the roads to the Royal Chitwan National Park, which was designated as a World Heritage Site in 1984.
At Tadi, the route diverts onto a dirt track to the outskirts of the national park area at Saurahaand Tonight you will stay at a hotel in the park. The park is the largest and most famous wilderness in Nepal and covers a pristine area with a unique ecosystem. It boasts more than 43 species of mammals and is especially renowned for the endangered one-horned rhinoceros and Bengal tigers. It is also home to 450 species of birds and 45 types of amphibians and reptiles.
Biking distance: 71km
We offer a range of activities in Chitwan that are included in the cost of the tour but are not compulsory if you want a rest day!
Canoeing: A journey down the river Rapti in a traditional ‘dug-out canoe’ and an opportunity to quietly observe the exotic species of birds and animals that come to drink at the water’s edge.
Guided jungle walks or drive: Accompanied by an experienced naturalist you can walk or drive deep into the jungle, to prime locations in search of rare animals.
Bird watching: An early morning walk through the bush and along the Rapti River, with an expert guide to view some of the 450 species of exotic birds including the Giant Hornbill, Lesser Florican and Paradise Flycatcher.
Tharu culture show: A dance performance from a Tharu ethnic group who originally migrated from Rajesthan in India.
Village tour: Visit a traditional Tharu village deep in the jungle.
The start of the day cycling travels to the Tikauli forest via Bishajari Lake. You will then continue on the paved Mehendra Highway and break for a lunch at Dawene after 72 km’s of riding. Again, our vehicles will be on hand if anybody feels they would like a break from riding, or for those feeling really energetic you can continue riding for another 45km’s to Butwal, where everyone will hop on the vehicles for the transfer to Lumbini. Lumbini is recognized as the birthplace of the Lord Buddha in
623 BC and is of religious significance for Hindus’ and Buddhists.
Biking distance: 117km or 72km
In the morning you will be visiting Lumbini and the Buddha gardens followed by a return drive to Butwal, which will take you through rural Nepal, giving a glimpse of village life in the Terai lowlands. After lunch it’s back on the bikes to continue on to Tansen. Tansen is an old Newari city known for its traditional architecture and sweeping views of the Himalayas.
Biking distance: 39km
The day will start with an exhilarating descent on a windy road down to the Siddartha Highway after which we have a gentle climb up to Galyang, followed by 2-hour drive to the lakeside tourist enclave of Pokhara.
Biking distance: 45km
There are a multitude of activities to indulge yourself in whilst staying in Pokhara. From a relaxing row across the Phewa Tal lake to an exhilarating 30-minute paragliding flight from the famous Sarangkot view point. Your guide will discuss all the options available in the area and assist in booking and arranging anything that takes your fancy.
After breakfast, there will be a short car ride to Pokhara domestic airport for the 1- hour flight back to Kathmandu. Once back in the capital, you will be transferred to your hotel where the rest of the day will be free for last minute souvenir shopping in the many Thamel shops located close by the hotel. All riders are invited to a farewell dinner with their guides in the evening.
Transfer to airport for departure flight.