Kathmandu Valley Rim Mountain Biking - 9 Days

From the heart of Kathmandu, riding on your side and avoiding the crowd and traffic, along a good paved road and off the beaten path, where you are likely to pass through dust, you head off to Kakani, from where you will see a view of beautiful mountain ranges. This is the first scenic part of Kathmandu Valley Rim Mountain Biking in terms of mountains. At the same time, the biking helps you to escape from the hectic life of Kathmandu. And the scene from Kakani is a plus point to you if you are a biker, who wants to see the impressive view of mountains very much. But Kakani is more than this, for it is also famous for strawberry farming. On the subsequent day, you will be biking to Mulkharka.

Penetrating through the forest, you ride off the beaten path once again, which is what you will be doing for a few more days, but uprising trail, unpaved trail, and dropping trail are in your day to day biking program list, which will give you different experience as you move along these trails. You also encounter different types of landscapes. After conquering all these forest trails, including stone trail, you will reach Mulkharka. Riding on the ruins of jeep trail, you head off to the National Park, another point of interest of Kathmandu Valley Rim Mountain Biking. Equally, Chisopani offers a fantastic view of mountains. From Chisopani, some parts of biking trail that leads you to Nagarkot are paved ones, and they are lonely, as well as, they are perfect for you, if you are longing to ride on a traffic free road. This road connects you to Nagarkot, one of the famous viewpoints of Nepal, from where you can see the stunning view of the Himalayan ranges, including the world’s highest peak – Everest.

From a scenic Nagarkot, you ride through paddy fields, small villages and to the Indrawati River, which is a tributary of the Sun Koshi River. This river originates in Tibet and is a part of the Saptakoshi River System (7 Rivers). You ride uphill trail to reach Dhulikhel. Surrounded by a thick forest, which contains rhododendron, magnolia, sal trees, and terraced fields, Banthali is a small and quaint village. It also has ancient temples and monasteries, such as Namo Buddha, Indreshwar Mahadev, and Brahmayani. From Banthali, you ride gradually up to Lakhure Bhanjyang, which offers a bird eye view of the Kathmandu Valley and mountains, and from there, you head off to Kathmandu.

Day 1

Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal. Stay overnight in a Guest house.

Day 2

Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (23 km). Stay overnight in a hotel.

Day 3

Ride from Kakani to Mulkharka (25 km ). Stay overnight in a Guest house.

Day 4

Ride from Mulkharka to Nagarkot. Stay overnight in a hotel./p>

Day 5Ride from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (35 km). Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 6Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali (17 km). Stay overnight in a resort.
Day 7Ride from Balthali to Kathmandu (45 km). Stay overnight in a hotel.
Day 8Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

Trip Highlights

  • A Sleeping Statue of Lord Vishnue in a Pond
  • 75 species of birds and 2,000 flowering trees and shrubs
  • Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal
  • Nagarkot, a best hill station with a viewpoint to see Mt. Everest
  • Bird’s eye view of green terrace field, massive surrounding hills
  • The Godvari Botanical Garden
  • Patan Durbar Square
  • Krishna Temple
  • Scecnic View of the Kathmandu Valley
  • Bhaktapur Durbar Square
  • Day 1Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m)

    The representative of Ace Holidays receives you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. You see the representative displaying the signboard of Ace Holidays outside the airport terminal. You will be transferred to your respective hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays.

    Note:We will organize your pre-trip meeting at our office or at your hotel on the same day. In this meeting, you are requested to bring your passport, 3 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. In this meeting, you are also requested to ask any questions of your trip. Ace Holidays provides you Duffel Bag and Cap (yours to keep).

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: No Meals

  • Day 2Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani- 23 km

    You ride upward towards Kakani along the paved road, most of the time. The entire trip offers a spectacular view of the Kathmandu Valley, and the biking trail passes through forest, meadows and by waterfalls. You will see a panoramic view of Ganesh Himal and Langtang ranges.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Kakani
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 3Ride from Kakani to Mulkharka – 25 km

    You are riding through the forest, sometimes off road, sometimes uphill, and sometimes downhill. You also ride a single biking trail, which is known as “30 min of Heaven.” You also ride along a rocky trail. After conquering all these forest trails, including stone trail, you enjoy a nice jungle scenery to Mulkharka.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse in Mulkharka
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 4Ride from Mulkharka to Nagarkot

    You ride a jeep track up and down to the national park. You will see a good view of mountains. Nagarkot is a scenic hill top village and offers the best view of mountains. Nagarkot is one of the famous tourist destinations of Nepal and offers a panoramic view of Langtang ranges, as well as, sunrise and sunset view on these mountains. Nagarkot is also famous among the locals.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Nagarkot
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 5Ride from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel – 35 km

    You ride on a single track from Nagarkot. You also ride by terraced fields, through small villages, and to the Indrawati River. In the background are the Himalayas. You also ride on the Friendship Highway. The snow covered mountains seen from Dhuklikhel is a fine panoramic view. When a blue haze covers the lower portion of the mountains, they seem to be floating in the air.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Dhulikhel
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 6Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali – 17 km

    From Dhulikhel, you ride a flat paved trail mostly to Balthali. This is a traditional village, which has houses and innumerable temples with ancient architectures. The greenery landscapes make your riding delightful.

    Accommodation: Resort in Balthali
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 7Ride from Balthali to Kathmandu – 45 km

    Today, you first ride to Panauti and visit its temples and monuments. Indreswora is the most popular temple of this place. On reaching Lakhure Bhanjyang after gradual ascent, you will see the bird eye view of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as, of mountains. You then ride downhill to Lubu. By riding on a paved road, you head off to Kathmandu.

    Accommodation: 2 or 3 star hotel in Kathmandu
    Meals: Breakfast

  • Day 8 Transfer to Tribhuwan International Airport for Departure.

    Today is the departure day; therefore, you are picked up from the hotel and transferred to Tribhuwan International Airport on time.

    Meals: Breakfast

  • (Breakfast provided).


    During the trip, weather, local politics, transport or other factors, that are beyond Ace Holidays’ control can result in a change of itinerary. It is, however, very unlikely that the itinerary would be changed to a large extent. If changes are necessary, the leader will decide what is the best alternative for you. Taking changes into consideration, as well as, the best interests of the whole group, Ace Holidays will do everything to minimize the effects, but it cannot be held responsible for the results, arising from changes or delays.

Arrival and Departure

Upon arrival in Tribhuwan International Airport, Kathmandu, you see the guide holding the signboard of Ace Holidays, and your guide accompanies you from the airport to the hotel. Similarly, on the departure day, your guide accompanies you from the hotel to the airport.

Important Note: The local porters at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, may ask tip/money to you. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO THEM, not even to the person, who is holding Ace Holidays' sign board. Begging is one of the harsh realities of this country, Ace Holidays believes that it should be discouraged. Ace Holidays will also not repay you if you give money to anyone at Tribhuwan International Airport.

Accommodation and Food

Accommodation includes in twin shared rooms in Two to Three Star Hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Palanchowk, Dhulikhel, and Godavari on bed and breakfast. You can buy Continental, Chinese, Italian, and Indian foods.

A Typical Day on the Biking

You will have a hearty breakfast between 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. before you bike. At the right moment, you pack your bags and then head off to the dining hall. After approximately 2-3 hours of biking, you will have your lunch somewhere on the trail. After a good lunch, you typically spend around 2-3 hours or even more on the trail before reaching your stopping place. Throughout the day, you will take frequent breaks and admire the fascinating mountains views. You also take plenty of pictures, which are backed up by the incredible panoramic mountains, rivers, landscapes, prayer flags, temples, shrines, cairns, and monasteries. Ace Holidays' bike guide loves to teach various Nepali card games to you. Finally, you head off to bed at 8 p.m.

The Group Size

Minimum group size for this trip is 2 people and the maximum is 14 people, the average number is normally 8 people. Ace Holidays provides 1 bike guide, 1 assistant guide (if the group size is 6 or more), it assigns 1 porter for 2 bikers.

Guides and Staffs Arrangements

Skilled, experienced, and helpful bike leaders make your trip smooth. Ace Holidays carefully select these leaders on the basis of their appropriate experience, skills and personal aptitudes. With an object of serving local communities, Ace Holidays only employs local staffs who have adequate knowledge about culture, ecosystem, flora, fauna, geography, and history of their local regions. The bike leaders of Ace Holidays have undergone the following training:

-Intensive Wilderness First Aid
-Bike Guide Training
-Eco Trekking Workshop and Adventure Meet
-English Language
-Conservation and Biodiversity

Best Seasons

From Februaury to November.

Change on the Itinerary

Your safety is of paramount concern when you travel with Ace Holidays. Please note that your bike leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the itinerary if it is concerned with your safety. Since this adventure entails traveling in the remote mountainous region, Ace Holidays cannot guarantee that you will not deviate from it because weather conditions, health condition of a group member, unexpected natural disasters, etc., can all contribute to changes in the itinerary. The leader will try to ensure that the trip runs, according to your plan, but please be prepared to become flexible.

Giving to the Local Community

Ace Holidays works closely with local community and is one of the main supporters of Sambhav Nepal, a non-political and non-profit social organization. Ace Holidays also supports the remote villages of Gorkha and other parts of Nepal through donation, sponsorship programs and various projects.


Ace Holidays donates a percentage of its business profit on a yearly basis, and it also supports the ongoing maintenance cost of the local schools and community-based schools of the Gorkha District.


One of the major activities of the Sambhav Nepal is the children sponsorship program, which is conducted in full collaboration with Ace Holidays.

Partnership for Volunteering Program

The Arupokhari Volunteer Program, devised by Ace Holidays and Sambhav Nepal, aims to mobilize the teams of experts and interested individuals as an effective and economic measure in providing the human capitals for education, health and community development in the villages of Gorkha district, western Nepal. For more details, visit Sambhav Nepal's website www.sambhavnepal.org

Equipment and Packing List

The following gives you a general idea of the personal items that you can bring for the trip. The personal items are of individual interests and choices. The most important fact that one should keep on mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather.

In a supported biking trip, heavy items are carried by vehicles and personal belongings, such as money, water bottle, rain gear, camera, sun cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by you. So, you are briefed to pack items in two different bags before the trip.

Ace Holidays will supply complimentary water-proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays.

Riding Kits

  • 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)
  • Head torch
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants

  • Feet

  • Thin, lightweight inner socks
  • Thick, warm wool hiking socks
  • Hiking boots with spare laces
  • Camp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)
  • Gaiters for hiking in winter to the base camp
  • Upper Body

  • T-shirts
  • Light and expedition weight thermal tops
  • Fleece jacket or pullover
  • Fleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket
  • Down vest and/or jacket *
  • Hands

  • Lightweight gloves
  • Heavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outer (seasonal)
  • Accessories

  • Sleeping bag rated to zero DC
  • Headlamp (e.g. Petzl Zoom) with spare bulbs and batteries
  • Trekking Bags/Duffel bag
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Large plastic bags - for keeping items dry insidetrekbag
  • Daypack (approximately 2500 to 3000 cubic inches)
  • Trekking Poles
  • Water bottle (2) or camel bag
  • Toiletries (Small wash towel, Toilet papers etc)
  • Ear Plug (who know some people on group are snoring)
  • Toiletaries

  • 1 medium sized quick drying towel
  • Tooth brush/paste (preferably biodegradable)
  • Multipurpose soap (preferably biodegradable)
  • Deodorants
  • Nail clippers
  • Face and body moisturizer
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Small mirror
  • Hygeine

  • Wet wipes (baby wipes)
  • Tissue /toilet roll
  • Anti bacterial hands wash
  • Extras/Luxuries

  • Binoculars
  • Reading book
  • Trail Map/Guide book
  • Journal & Pen
  • iPod
  • Pencils and small notebooks
  • Travel game i.e. chess, backgammon, scrabble
  • Swimming customs (for Kathmandu)
  • Sleeping Bag and Down Jacket Rental

    You can rent a good sleeping bag and a down jacket from Ace Holidays. The price is USD 25 per person for each of these. Total cost is USD 50 per person for both sleeping bag and down jacket for the entire trip.
  • First Aid Kit

    Please note your guide will carry the first aid kit bag during the trek. However, you are recommended to bring your personal first aid kit bag.
  • Additional Information

    Have more questions, and if you wish to discuss any aspects of this trip or your suitability, please visit our FAQs or contact us.

Please Note: In these types of rides, you usually pedal along the whole trail without lift access or shuttle, and you do not need any extraordinary equipment to complete the ride. This means bikes are light and usually hardtails (only front suspension). The terrain can be rough, but not extreme. The trip required more endurance as well as some skills, depending on the region you are biking. Vehicle support is provided where possible to make your journey safe and stress-free.

Tight fitting, figure-hugging clothing, such as those made of Lycra can often be offensive to the locals, especially to women. If you find these items comfortable to wear then please wear it as a base layer, and please also pack something to wear on top of it.

The luggage have a weight limitation of approximately 33 pounds or 15 kg for the flight from Pokhara to Jomsom.

If you’re bringing your own bike, you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain, and you should also bring the following things.

  • 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 tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal
  • Ace Holidays states the price per person below. Group Discounts of 5 % to 15% is available for booking of 4 or more than 4 people. A group booking of 12 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with an availability of a free trip to 1 person. This trip can also be customized, according to requirements.

    Small Group Journey - The departure dates currently available to join our fixed group departure

    No Fixed Departure Dates are available for this Package.

    Private Journey - Customize the Suitable Date for You

    Ace Holidays understands that some clients want their trips to be a private affair and spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at their own Schedule. Considering this, Ace Holidays organizes private trip for them, as well. Please choose the departure date.

    Private Journey

    Tailor Made Journey - Itinerary Personalized According to Your Specifications

    You can also use this biking as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, you could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. You can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi River. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from the specialists of Ace Holidays, please fill in our tailor-made form.

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    Price Includes
    • Airport and Hotel pick up and drop off service by a private tourist vehicle.
    • Standard twin sharing accommodation in a hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Palanchowk, Dhulikhel, and Godavari (breakfast included.)
    • Ace Holidays' licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size
    • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice (We recommend to bring your own Bike)
    • Ace Holidays gives you a complimentary water and wind proof duffel bag, which you can use on the trip. This duffel bag is a gift to you from Ace Holidays
    • Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment, and medicine for guide, porter, and driver.
    • Free Ace Holidays'sun hat and a duffel bag (yours to keep).
    • All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges.

    Price Does Not Include
    • Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu (costs roughly USD 10 to USD 15 per person per day)
    • Travel insurance, which covers emergency rescue and evacuation. (See Secure Insurance Page)
    • International airfare and airport departure tax.
    • Nepal Entry Visa: you can obtain a visa easily upon arrival at Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent Nepalese currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and USD 100 respectively. Please bring 1 passport size photo).
    • Tips for bike guides (Tipping is expected).
    • Any other expense, which is not mentioned in 'Price Includes' section.

    Trip Highlights

    • A Sleeping Statue of Lord Vishnue in a Pond
    • 75 species of birds and 2,000 flowering trees and shrubs
    • Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal
    • Nagarkot, a best hill station with a viewpoint to see Mt. Everest
    • Bird’s eye view of green terrace field, massive surrounding hills
    • The Godvari Botanical Garden
    • Patan Durbar Square
    • Krishna Temple
    • Scecnic View of the Kathmandu Valley
    • Bhaktapur Durbar Square

    How fit do I need to be for this biking trip?

    You should be physically fit because you have to bike to an elevation of 2100 m.

    Will somebody come to pick me up at the Airport upon my arrival?

    Yes, Ace Holidays' airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace Holidays's sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by the private vehicle of Ace Holidays.

    What sort of accommodation can I expect in Kathmandu and along the biking route?

    Ace Holidays provides 3 Star Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu and Pokhara with breakfast .

    What equipment and tools are included in this bike trip?

    A helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle, and a repair kit with a rental bike.

    What equipment is available at additional cost?

    Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5, respectively, per day per person.

    Can I bring my own bike and accessories?

    Yes, You can. It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before joining the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but they may not always be compatible with your bike. On arrival, you meet your leader, and you also need a baggage trolley to take your bike to vehicle. Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it by yourself . We take every care to ensure your bike is well treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.

    What is the procedure of checking in with a bike and what luggage weight allowance do I have?

    Your bike is a part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kg. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully.

    What cycling gear do I need?

    Safety and comfort are what you are looking for here. Here is a quick list of what you will need for the trip: • Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent) • Touring shoes • Cycling gloves • Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair) • Socks - wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair) • Leg warmers or tights for riding • Short-sleeved shirts (2) • Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection • Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants • Waterproof shoe covers It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.

    What sort of food can I expect during biking?

    Chinese, Indian, Nepali, and continental.

    What are the kinds of transportation that Ace Holidays use?

    Ace Holidays uses different kinds of transportation, depending on the nature of the travel, for examples, local bus, helicopter, yaks, mules, air – conditioned car, van, private vehicle, and tourist bus

    Are there any bike maintenance and repairs while on the trip?

    The support vehicle (where available) and the guide carries the required repair tools and spares.

    Can I charge my digital camera or other equipments on my trip?

    These facilities are available in most of the places in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. Remember to bring multiple adapters!

    How much additional money do I need per day?

    It depends on your spending habits. Generally, in Kathmandu, you can allocate USD 20. USD 7 to 10 a day will be enough to buy bottles of water, chocolates and a few drinks during biking.

    Do I need to tip my guide and porters? How much would that be?

    This is a difficult thing to gauge. Ace Holidays has seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not required, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of your satisfaction.

    Is the water fine to drink?

    In most places, bottled water is readily available.

    Are Ace Holidays' staffs insured?

    The staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters pf Ace Holidays are insured.

    What essential documents do I need to bring with me on tours?

    Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you: • Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy. • Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy • Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately • Flight tickets • Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.

    Can I add extra days to my trip?

    A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. We can add extra days to your trip

    I would like to extend my holiday, any recommendations?

    Yes, there are plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip.

    What immunizations will I need?

    Vaccaination is not complusory, but it is better if you vaccinate against diphtheria, hepatitis, malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus. Ace Holidays would like to know your blood group because it is important in case of emergency. Please tell Ace Holidays if you are suffering from any disease.

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