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Biking and Safari Adventure in Nepal – 11 Days

This biking and safari adventure takes you, at first, for a thrilling ride around the Kathmandu valley. As you ride up and down the hills and adventurous trails on your mountain bike, the beautiful Himalayas

OVERVIEW OF THE TRIP

Trip:
Tour Type: Mountain Biking
Trip Duration: 11 Days
Max Altitude: 2,175 m /7134 ft
Trip Starts From: Kathmandu
Trip Ends At: Kathmandu
Trip Region: Nepal
Best Season: 
January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
Trip Level:
Trip Route: Kathmandu - Kakani - Shivapuri Village - Chisapani - Nagarkot - Namo Buddha - Kathmandu

Trip Information

This biking and safari adventure takes you, at first, for a thrilling ride around the Kathmandu valley. As you ride up and down the hills and adventurous trails on your mountain bike, the beautiful Himalayas dominate the skyline. And then, the trip takes you to Chitwan National Park. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher, says it is “one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia”.

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 Namo Buddha, which has a beautiful Buddhist monastery. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. You will also pass through a giant statue of Shiva, one of the significant Hindu gods. And around the end of the biking tour, a scenic single track takes you to Bhaktapur, one of the oldest cities of the valley, which is adorned with impressive medieval as well as ancient buildings and temples.

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.


    ITINERARY

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 2 – Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,300 m). Distance: 33 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 3 – Ride from Kakani to Shivapuri Village (2,000 m). Distance: 33 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 4 – Ride from Shivapuri to Chisapani (2,430 m). Distance: 67 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.

  • Day 5 – Ride from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175 m). Distance: 37 km. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 6 – Ride from Nagarkot to Namo Buddha (1,750 m). Distance: 49 km. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 7 – Ride from Namo Buddha and Back to Kathmandu. Distance: 40 km. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 8 – Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (415 m) by Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at Resort.

  • Day 9 – Full Day Jungle Activities inside the Chitwan National Park. Overnight at Resort.

  • Day 10 – Early Morning Activities and Drive Back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.

  • Day 11 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Flight Departure.


    TRIP DETAILS

  • Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport (1,400 m)

    Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. He will be displaying an Aarohi Holiday signboard outside the airport terminal. 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. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form and a non-liability disclaimer. And you are also requested to ask any questions. We will provide you Aarohi Holiday duffel bag, and cap at the meeting.

    Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.

  • Day 2 - Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,300). Distance: 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.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

  • Day 3 - Ride from Kakani to Shivapuri Village (2,000 m). Distance: 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.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

  • Day 4 - Ride from Shivapuri to Chisapani (2,430 m). Distance: 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, 3 km, to Chisapani. Chispani is a small hill top village that has an excellent view of the himalayas all around the valley.

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

  • Day 5 - Ride from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175 m). Distance: 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.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 6 – Ride from Nagarkot to Namo Buddha (1,750 m). Distance: 49 km

    Today we ride pass the narrow roads towards Namobuddha. 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. Riding uphill through Kavre Bhanjyang we reach Namobuddha, a beautiful, quiet and pure place with a very famous Buddhist Monastery.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.

  • Day 7 – Ride from Namo Buddha to Kathmandu. Distance: 40 km

    Today, in the morning explore the famous Monastery and relive the buddhist culture and then after breakfast, ride downhill to reach Panauti a village with old newari settlement. Pasing on the scenic Lakuri Bhanjyang and small village and temples we reach Bhaktapur, one of the oldest cities of the Kathmandu Valley. From Bhaktapur, you ride to the city of temples, called Kathmandu.

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

    Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.

  • Day 8 – Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (415 m) by Tourist Vehicle.

    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.

    Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 9 – Full Day Jungle Activities inside the Chitwan National Park

    After the Breakfast we will move ahead for morning tour which will provide you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with Elephant Safari/Jungle Walk.
    Then after the Lunch we would go for canoe ride through the  grassland and forest upstream of Narayani River. We will take local boats to watch crocodiles along the banks and also visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. Late afternoon you would be entertained with the Cultural Tharu Program.

    Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.

  • Day 10 – Early Morning Activities and Drive Back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle

    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.

    Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.

  • Day 11 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Flight Departure

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

    Breakfast included.


    COST INCLUDES

  • Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a two to three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Nagarkot including breakfast

  • Twin sharing accommodation in a comfortable guesthouse in Kakani, Shivapuri village, Chisapani and Namo Buddha 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

  • Aarohi Holiday’s 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

  • Free Aarohi Holiday duffel/kit bag and sunhat (yours to keep)

  • All government taxes and official expenses

  • USD 750 extra per person is required, if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip


    COST DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)

  • Your travel insurance. (See the travel insurance page)

  • Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)

  • Lunch and dinner in all places except in Chitwan (about USD 15 to 20 per person per day)

  • All items of personal nature like drink, laundry, etc

  • Tips for tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)

  • Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section


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