Bike through the diverse & unforgettable Nepal landscape
Cycle tour from the foothills of the Annapurnas at Pokhara, traversing beautiful Nepal by bicycle to the green valley of Kathmandu, in the shadow of the Himalayas throughout. Along the way spot rhinos, tigers, and bears in the wild Chitwan National Park.
This bike tour runs from Kathmandu and returns.
Nepal is a breathtakingly beautiful country, from the soft light of the subtropical Terai in the south, which lies just above sea-level, to the snow-capped peaks to the north, at over 8,000m. With many parts of the country offering fine views of the mountains, there is no need to get right amongst them to witness the majestic yet ethereal beauty of the range.
This is a classic off-road journey between Pokhara and Kathmandu spending no more than 40km on sealed roads. The route travels through villages and small towns, and through 'Kipling-esque' jungle home to tigers, elephants and rhinos - may of which are highly endangered, and even extinct in other parts of South Asia.
The journey ends at the stunning Kathmandu Valley where a tour of the city introduces some of its many and wonderful UNSECO historical sites.
With the introduction of this trip we are offering a cycling tour taking in Nepal's main highlights of Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan National Park, that is broadly achievable to all cyclists with a good level of fitness.
Join us on this unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most diverse countries. Experience the huge variety of landscapes, cultures, and wildlife that make this tour truly epic.
150 km distance
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No matter where we are some things don’t change. Great bikes are essential to a great cycle tour. All the bikes we use are current Giant, hardtail mountain bikes, with appropriate tires, lockout front suspension and hydraulic disc brakes. Sizes available to suit all heights.
On this tour accommodation ranges from extremely comfortable and stylish hotels in the major tourist centres of Kathmandu and Pokhara, to some simpler hotels and guesthouses, but at all times the rooms are clean and very comfy.
Grasshopper have always focused on quality riding and experiences and food is an important one of these experiences! We understand the importance of a quality meal after a ride, and we aim to open horizons in your culinary adventure, with delicious and exciting local fare. From mouth-watering snacks presented mid-ride to the adventurous tasting of local delicacies, you will never go hungry!
This tour has been hand crafted by Grasshopper's Expedition Engineers. This team brings with them a wealth of knowledge on all things Asian, and all are experienced in the delivery of outstanding expeditions. In addition to a Grasshopper representative joining you, you will be supported by a well informed, English speaking local guide who can provide unique insights on the local customs, cultures and landscapes.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available in case you want a break from riding, and to carry your luggage.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
This is one of the few tours where we work with partners. In the remotest parts of Asia, we have worked very hard to seek out the finest partner businesses to work alongside us to create tours that are unique to Grasshopper. These businesses share the same attention to details and customer centred focus, working together to bring you the best possible cycle tour. Importantly, each tour is comprehensively researched in advance by the Expedition Leader.
4 to 14
This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of 4 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.
There is no surcharge for single travellers - we will match you with another same sex single traveller. If you want a single room there is a an optional upgrade that you can book.
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Fly Kathmandu to Pokhara
Our trip starts at Kathmandu airport for our early morning flight to Pokhara. This is a stunning half hour trip right along the Himalayan Range, passing four of the world’s giant mountains over 8000m - an experience not to be missed!
On arrival we will get fitted out with our bikes and then go for a short and relaxed ride along the lake after which Pokhara is named. The afternoon is free to explore this charming lakeside town. Some of the many things to do include walking up to the famous Peace Pagoda with its incredible view of the Himalayas, shopping for local or Tibetan handicrafts, taking a microlight flight or how about throwing yourself off the nearest mountain! Pokhara is a mecca for paragliders - soaring above the town, they fill the skies like circling eagles. No Meals
Cycle to Begnas Lake
Approximately 30km cycling
Leaving Pokhara, we soon find ourselves off the main roads and climbing over a distance of around 11km. Sealed road gives way to jeep tracks a few kilometres before our day’s high point, which is just after the village of Hot Chili. Climbing out of the village we turn off onto a doubletrack trail just before the ridge and begin an incredible, sustained descent down to the beautiful Begnas Tal Lake. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Damauli
Approximately 50kms cycling
This is a long, challenging day of mountain biking that sees us traverse two small ridges via Sundari Danda (‘Beautiful Ridge’ in Nepali) and descend to the Mhodi Khola river at Borletar. Initially we are on jeep trails, but after a short climb to the second pass we find ourselves on a great downhill on a single track that takes us through stunning terraced fields. As we ride we are continually met by amused locals who question our sanity for biking through their remote villages. We reach Bhorletar after about 20km and from here we follow the river on a wide jeep trail for the rest of the day, but don’t be fooled, there are some challenging little climbs left to do on this final section. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Ghumaune Ghat, transfer to Narayanghat
Approximately 35km cycling & 20km driving
This morning we follow the Seti river downstream towards its junction with the Trisuli river. The gorge we ride through has some wonderful forest and occasionally opens up into small farming hamlets, where people will watch us cycle through with amazement! We'll have a picnic lunch by the river along the way, before reaching the little suspension bridge at Ghumaune Ghat.
From here we continue by van to the bustling, bazaar town of Narayangath, where the vast Gangetic Plains of southern Nepal and northern India meet the Himalayan foothills. Here we check into our hotel and enjoy a late lunch. In the mid-afternoon we set off to explore the vibrant bazaar and sample the local mode of transport - rickshaw! Return to the hotel in the evening where dinner is served. Meals: BLD
Cycle to Meghauli
Minimum 30km - Maximum 60km cycling
After breakfast we mount up on our bikes again and hit the local Terai trails, sharing our way with local bicycles and maybe an ox cart or two. Heading out of town the little ‘paved’ road soon runs out and we get onto the dirt tracks. We continue on small roads and little walking trails through the gorgeous fields and villages of the indigenous Tharu people of the Terai. Look out for the traditional village buildings with their characteristic, tribal style wall paintings. Along the way we'll enjoy a lazy picnic lunch and drop into a local tea shop or two as well. By mid afternoon we will arrive at our jungle lodge, where we will be based for the next few nights. Meals: BLD
Approximately 10km cycling
Today is dedicated to a jungle safari in the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Chitwan National Park. There will be a jungle walk and a morning elephant ride with a great chance of seeing rhino, various types of monkeys and deer, and perhaps even a tiger if we are very lucky. Your experienced guides will teach you all about jungle life, the ways of the animals living here, the exotic jungle flora and abundant birdlife, and all about the conservation programmes being run in the park.
We top off an amazing day with a ride down the Rapti River in local style dugout canoe to spot not one, but two types of crocodiles (don’t worry, they are small crocs!) as well as beautiful birdlife and wildlife sheltering near the river. We then ride our bikes back through villages and fields to our jungle lodge for a drink and the chance to catch a view of animals coming down to the river for a drink at dusk. A truly unforgettable day! Meals: BLD
Cycle to Sauraha
Approximately 40kms cycling
It's back on the bikes today as we continue through the hypnotising Terai landscape, with its unique ‘soft focus’ light, along the amazing jungle corridor between the Himalayan foothills and the Chitwan National Park. At Bishazaar Tal (Twenty Thousand Lakes), one of the most beautiful places in all of Nepal, we'll stop for a packed lunch, with jungle and lakes all around and, if it's a clear day, views up to the snowcapped mountains. Seeing 8,000m peaks while standing at 150m above sea-level is not something you do every day!
We continue cycling and by late afternoon reach Sauraha. Here you will find shops, internet cafes, restaurants and bars, and the rest of the day is free to spend exploring the town, or just relaxing with a drink by the river as the sun goes down. Meals: BL
Cycle to Hetauda
Approximately 30km cycling & 40km driving
Today we continue east along the Rapti River, along small dirt tracks and single trails, through farm land, small villages and forest where there is a real chance of us running into some rhinos!
Following the border of Chitwan NP we can see the human / wildlife interaction and conflict and will learn about the challenges the National Park poses for the locals' livelihoods and safety, and also the challenges for the animals in terms of poaching. After a packed lunch along the way, and a further hour's riding we have the choice of loading up the bikes in the van to drive the last 30 min to our destination or riding along the highway for a short section before getting off onto jeep tracks again.
Our destination today is the Gyan Farm, a lovely little farm house set in the countryside close to the National Park, nestled in a green grove of trees right next to the river. Meals: BLD
Explore around Gyan Farm by bike
Minimum 0km cycling - Maximum 60km cycling
Today offers a great deal of flexibility and can be taken as a rest day for those who wish it, or you can join in either morning or afternoon rides as suits you. Our suggested morning ride heads towards the eastern side of Gyan Farm towards the Uttarpani & Driver Danda (hill). About 70% of the way is single track with a half hour gradual climb, gaining views of the surrounding landscape, followed by a swift, flowy single track back to the farm house through the forest.
Back at The Farm we can enjoy lunch and a cool dip in the pool, followed by time for a little afternoon siesta in the poolside hammocks. Later in the afternoon, those seeking more riding head towards Round Hill via single tracks and a very cool suspension bridge. After about 45 minutes of gradual uphill we stop for a drink at our favourite little shop, with a great chance to have a chat with the locals who hang out there. From here we ride down the most exciting and flowy single track where you blast down plenty of drops and natural wall rides and swift switchbacks. Back at the river we wind our way to the Farm for a well earned drink by the pool. Meals: BLD
Jungle ride and transfer to Kathmandu
Maximum 30km cycling and 4 hours driving
A leisurely morning follows breakfast before we head out for a jungle ride through fields and into the Sal forest. Sal are the tall trees indigenous to the area, which give an incredibly hard and highly prized wood. We have a great and totally different style of ride this morning on the forest’s natural pump tracks and along great single tracks with lots of turnings and flowing switch backs.
After a last poolside lunch back at the Farm we transfer around 4 hours back into the Kathmandu Valley, where we arrive in time for a quick shower and change before we head out for a dinner to celebrate the completion of our cycling. Meals: BLD
Sightseeing in Kathmandu
No cycling today, instead a full day tour to some of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the Kathmandu Valley.
Our first stop is the hilltop Swayambhunath, also known as the 'Monkey Temple' for the many resident monkeys that scamper around the myriad of small shrines and stupas. From here we will proceed to Bodhanath - one of the biggest Buddhist stupas in the world, with its four pairs of eyes aligned in the four cardinal directions. Home to the Tibetan community in exile and ringed by houses, monasteries and shops it is a great place to observe Tibetans practising their devotions.
Our final exploration today takes us to Pashupatinath, one of the holiest Hindu temples in Nepal. Dedicated to Pashupati (Shiva in his incarnation as 'Lord of the Animals'), the temple is situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River, and is the main cremation site for Hindus in the Kathmandu Valley, with burning ghats lining the river banks below the temple.
Dinner tonight is free for you to explore the many culinary options that Kathmandu has to offer. Meals: BL
Tour ends in Kathmandu
This morning is free to relax and get the last bits packed until it is time for us to come and pick you up for your final ride to the airport. We hope you have had an amazing time in Nepal and we bid you farewell, for now and we hope to see you in the Himalayas again soon. Meals: B
What's the Riding Like?
Mostly unsurfaced roads
Not above 2000m alt.
10 days cycling
255km - 345km distance
The terrain is a mixture of sealed and unsealed secondary roads and tracks. On this tour we rarely cycle on tarmaced roads, about 40 kilometres in total. The majority of the ride is on small hard packed dirt roads through the villages with minimal traffic. The road surface can at times be rough and broken, depending on seasonal conditions. In most cases, there is a comfortable line through the puddles or potholes and it makes for more interesting riding than a perfect road.
This is Nepal and all this beauty comes at a cost, although you will probably find the cycling easier than expected given that we are riding in the foothills of the Himalayas. Of course there are some hills, but we do make sure that during the tour there are more downs than ups! Most of the hill riding is undulating so where there’s an up there is always a rewarding descent and the gradient does not exceed 12% at any time. We do not expect anyone to be affected by altitude sickness, as we cycle well below 2000m, but it does make for slightly harder riding at the start as your body acclimatises. We make sure that at these times we never over-exert ourselves.
On some of the days the cycling distance is flexible and can be adjusted to the wishes of the group. With the use of the support vehicle, riders who might find some parts of the trip a little too challenging can still experience the adventure that this tour presents by using the support vehicle if the conditions get too hard.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of reviews from some of our adventure tours.
Every day was a new adventure! The riding was challenging but very fun, especially downhill! I had an amazing trip surrounded by amazing people!
This was an outstanding trip... great guide, the bike and equipment were first rate, and the experience was excellent in every way.
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