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Nepal Mountain Biking & Jungle Safari Tour - 11 Days

Nepal Mountain Biking & Jungle Safari Tour
1999

While Nepal may be synonymous with trekking, its world-class rapids and exhilarating mountain descents are made for mountain biking. Many of the bike trails are best suited to more experienced riders with a good level of fitness. And while most can be done on your own, you’ll often need to rely on locals for directions, so signing up for our organised Nepal Mountain Biking & Jungle Safari Tour will make life considerably easier. The result? Fine views and a challenging descent through a national park, after a tough initial climb of around 700m.

11 days Nepal Mountain Biking & Jungle Safari Tour

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    You begin your biking adventure by paddling from Kathmandu. Enjoy riding in the bustling city and then start a challenging ride to Kakani, a quiet town atop a ridge. The hill station offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest (weather permitting). Ahead is a 9-km single track, known as “Scar Road”, which runs through Shivapuri National Park. In the trip, you will get lots of opportunities to ride in challenging trails. On Day 3 while biking from Shivapuri village to Chisapani, you will ride on a single biking trail known as “30 Minutes of Heaven”.

    From Chisapani, cycle to Nagarkot, which is another popular hill station offering the breathtaking sights of the snow-white peaks. The major attraction of staying overnight at Nagarkot is the sunrise in the morning. Wake up before dawn and go out on the balcony. You will be amazed at the scenery. The sun rays light up the Himalayan mountains and turn them from white to red and gold.

    From Nagarkot, ride for 5 km along a ridge at first. You will pass through beautiful towns that have preserved their cultures well and have distinct medieval look. They are Panauti and Dhulikhel, both of which are Newari towns. You will stay at Dhulikhel today. The next morning’s ride will take you from Dhulikhel to Banepa via the sacred Buddhist pilgrimage site, Namobuddha. From Banepa you will be picked up and driven back to Kathmandu. You will pass through a giant statue of Shiva, one of the significant Hindu gods along the way.

    When the biking tour ends, the safari adventure begins. Take a drive to Chitwan National Park. At the park, you will do lots of activities such as elephant safari, canoeing, jungle safari, visit to elephant breeding centre and watching wildlife. You will get to watch some of the rare wild birds and animals and plants.

    Day 1
    Arrived in Kathmandu

    Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

    Either on this day or the next day, depending upon your arrival time, there will be a pre-biking meeting, where you are requested to bring your passport, 2 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance.

    Day 2
    Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2300m) - approx 33 km

    Ride out of Kathmandu through the bustling back streets of Thamel. Leaving the city behind, ride outside the Queen forest (Raniban) for a while and then bike up to Kakani mostly climbing on paved road.

    Day 3
    Ride from Kakani to Shivapuri Village (2000m) - approx 33 km

    Have breakfast and start the day’s biking. At first, there is downhill. Enjoy the thrill of going down a hill in Nepal. Then, there is a bit of uphill track. Once pass through this, it is mostly downhill. The route is called Scar Road, which runs through Shivapuri National Park. After riding in the trail, rest at Shivapuri village. This village affords a magnificent view of the Himalayas.

    Day 4
    Ride from Shivapuri to Chisapani (2430m) - approx 67 km

    After having a hearty breakfast, ride uphill to reach a flat jeep trail that runs about 7km around the valley rim. Next, pass through single track through the jungle. Further the trail includes a jeep trail uphill, 3 km, up to Nagi Ghompa,then descend 9km down to the rocky road. Then move forward to Mulkharka passing through the scenic jungle.

    After taking break for an hour or so, you once again ride through jungle trail (8km) riding past the streams and lake, finally make your last uphill ride (3km) to Chisapani. Chispani is a small hill top village that has an excellent view of the himalayas all around the valley.

    Day 5
    Ride from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2175m) - approx 37 km

    Early morning after having breakfast, we now move towards Nagarkot riding down the jeep trail 12 km and passing through the jungle and mountains on the North as a backdrop till the next junction where we rest for lunch. Descending down upto a jeep trail onto a smooth path for 7km and start climbing upwards to Nagarkot.

    Riding upwards we reach Nagarkot, another hill station with splendid view of the himalayas and sunset on the background.

    Day 6
    Ride from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1550m) - approx 22 km

    Today we ride pass the narrow roads towards Dhulikhel. Passing through different jungle and riding downhill, along beautiful small villages head off to Nala from where the road leads you to the historical town of Dhulikhel.

    Day 7
    Ride from Dhulikhel to Banepa (1500m) via Namobuddha - approx 28 km

    Today, in the morning we ride from Dhulikhel to Banepa. Along the way we ride uphill through Kavre Bhanjyang to reach Namobuddha, a beautiful, quiet and pure place with a very famous Buddhist Monastery. We explore the famous Monastery and relive the Buddhist culture and then after breakfast, ride downhill to reach Banepa a village with old Newari settlement. From Banepa, we will be picked up and driven back to Kathmandu.

    After the one-week biking trip be prepared for the luxury safari trip to Chitwan National Park which starts on the next day.

    Day 8
    Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park

    After having breakfast, head to Chitwan National Park. On reaching resort, you would be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After the lunch you would be going for Village tour on a OX cart. Meanwhile the dinner would be ready by the time you return to the resort.

    Day 9
    Full Day Jungle Activities inside the Chitwan National Park

    Today, after morning tea we would be going for bird watching as Chitwan is very famous also for the different species of the birds, which is the attracting fact for the visitor. After that we would be back to resort, have breakfast and get ready for heading towards Kathmandu in a tourist vehicle. Our representative will assist you for it.

    In the evening, we host farewell dinner for you at a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show.

    Day 10
    Final departure

    The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.

    In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipment. But the personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, sun cream and toilet paper, etc. should be carried by you yourself. It’s therefore, advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.

    Riding Kit

    • Helmet
    • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
    • Biking glasses
    • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
    • Long-sleeved base layers
    • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
    • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
    • Hat and non-biking gloves
    • Head torch

    If you’re bringing your own bike:

    • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
    • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
    • Bottle of dry lube
    • Four inner tubes or spare bottle of fluid
    • Tubeless tires (two for each tire)
    • Quick link to suit your chain
    • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes (These are more difficult to find in Nepal.)

    If you’re bringing your own bike, you must make sure that you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain.

    Recommended Equipments

    • Duffel or rucksack bag or suitcase
    • Daypack
    • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears (only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e. January, February and December)
    • Goggles or sunglasses for sun beam, dust and wind
    • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e. January, February and December
    • 1 pair of warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e. January, February and December.)
    • T-shirts (2)
    • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are traveling in rainy season from June to September)
    • 1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis) and 1 pair of shorts
    • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter: January, February and December)
    • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene
    • 1 pair of light camping shoes or sneakers
    • 1 pair of sandals

    First Aid Kits

    Our guide will also carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well.

    • Extra strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
    • Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
    • Imodium or Pepto-Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
    • 1 small personal first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guide will have more extensive medical gear but you should have the basics for general use.

    Miscellaneous

    • Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
    • Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your departure)
    • Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
    • Lip balm (At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it)
    • Sunscreen
    • Toiletry kit
    • 2 bandanas

    Inclusive

    • Twin sharing accommodation in a three-star hotel in Kathmandu, Dhulikhel and Nagarkot including breakfast
    • Twin sharing accommodation in a comfortable guesthouse in Kakani, Shivapuri village and Chisapani including breakfast
    • Two-night-and-three-day accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park
    • Farewell dinner in the evening before the day of departure
    • All ground transportation by tourist car / van / minibus depending on the group size
    • Entrance fees and permits for all national parks, monasteries, temples and heritage sites
    • Licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide
    • Mountain bike for riding (The brands include Trek or Giant full-suspension bikes depending on your choice).
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff
    • Duffel bag and sunhat
    • All government taxes and official expenses

    Exclusive

    • Your travel insurance
    • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying US $25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and US $100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
    • Lunch and dinner in all places except in Chitwan (about US $15 per person per day)
    • All items of personal nature like drink, laundry, etc
    • Tips for biking guide and driver

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    Trip Facts

    • 16
    • 1 - 12
    • 2175 m
    • easy
    • $$$
    • city hotel, lodge
    • hotel included breakfast, lunch and dinner
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