Nagarkot Mountain Biking

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The Nagarkot Biking tour is a highly sought-after experience for most riders. With mountain biking, you can now get closer to nature in a more adventurous and exciting way. The Nagarkot Mountain Biking tour provides a unique opportunity to explore the culture and landscape of the Kathmandu Valley.


You will be taken to some of the most popular hillside locations around the valley that offer panoramic views of the great Himalayan ranges. The Kathmandu to Nagarkot mountain biking trail spans approximately 35 km, and Nagarkot itself is situated at an elevation of 2,175 m, east of Kathmandu City.


Nagarkot, a former Village Development Committee, has gained immense popularity for its unique oneness with nature. Therefore, the Kathmandu to Nagarkot Biking tour is the best way to familiarize yourself with the rural setting.


Moreover, the sceneries of the Himalayas, such as Annapurna, Langtang, Dorje Lakpa, Ganesh Himal, Dhaulagiri, and Gauri Shankar, are breathtakingly beautiful from Nagarkot. You can also get a rare glimpse of the mighty Mount Everest from this viewpoint. Thus, the hill station of Nagarkot is one of the major highlights of the Nagarkot Mountain biking tour.


Furthermore, the trail is technical and narrow in some sections. The biking tour involves a gradual ascent to Nagarkot (20 km) on the perimeter of the valley. Additionally, crossing the pastureland and the veranda of different houses gives the impression of being closely nestled to the hillside.


The route

The Kathmandu to Nagarkot mountain biking journey embarks from the Kathmandu Valley and initiates for about 38 kilometers. 


Head east from Kathmandu and follow the Araniko highway towards Bhaktapur. After approximately 15 kilometers, you'll reach Bhaktapur, an ancient city with well-preserved architecture. Take a break here to explore the historic Durbar Square. 


Continuing east on the Araniko Highway, and keep following the signs for Nagarkot. The road gradually starts to ascend and you'll begin to experience beautiful scenery, with several small villages, terraced fields, lush forests, and the occasional glimpse of the Himalayas on a clear day. 


After about 32 kilometers of riding, you'll reach Nagarkot. this peaceful hill station is known for its stunning sunrise and sunset views of the Himalayan range. 



The Scenery

As you journey from Kathmandu to Nagarkot, you'll pass through verdant forests and terraced fields where crops like wheat and potatoes are grown. The fields create a picturesque scene as they cascade down hillsides. As you approach Nagarkot, you'll be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of Kathmandu Valley. Along the way, you'll come across quaint Nepali villages where you can observe the daily lives of the locals. The trail will take you through rural landscapes, including dirt roads, narrow paths, and scenic routes, providing a sense of isolation and tranquility.


If you time your ride, you can witness incredible sunrise or sunset views from Nagarkot, which is famous for its sunrise viewpoint. The changing colors of the sky and mountains during these times are truly remarkable. Away from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu, you'll find a quiet and meditative atmosphere in the hills and forests while riding a bike to Nagarkot.


Why Kathmandu-Nagarkot mountain biking?

Breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountains including the Langtang and Everest ranges. 


Witness the magical sunrise or sunset views from the Nagarkot hill station.


Interact with the locals and immerse yourself in the rich Nepalese culture.


Visit temples, observe traditional lifestyles, and enjoy authentic local cuisine.


Opportunity to escape the city's noise and pollution and enjoy the serenity of the hills and forests.


Capture the stunning vistas and unique cultural moments along the way.


Combines the thrill of biking with the beauty of the Himalayas and the tranquility of the Nepalese countryside.

Itinerary

 

Starting from Kathmandu city, Nagarkot Mountain Biking trails and enters the green and serene Nagarkot. During Nagarkot Mountain Biking you will get an opportunity to explore Bhaktapur city. Bhaktapur City has a lot of cultural heritage sites to display. On the way, you get to cherish the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, the Newari culture is sure to fascinate you.


The art and architectural monuments on the way describe the excellent history of the Newari community living in Bhaktapur. Further, we pass thatched houses and farmlands along the way toward Nagarkot.


 The road above is nicely paved, so it is easy for the bikers when they reach the rim of the valley. As you move forward the greenery from the lush forest will ease any restless mind. Further, the way is a natural uphill 20 km climb.


The picturesque view once you reach the summit of the hill is worth each muscle you break after biking. Moreover, the mountains like Ganesh Himal, Gauri Shankar Himal, and Dhaulagiri range surrounding the giant valley below are distinctly visible. The mountain biking trail from Kathmandu to Nagarkot is sure to offer you a one-in-a-million opportunity to see nature is worth it.

Today, you will have an astounding sunrise view from the viewpoint of Nagarkot. When the sun's rays hit the mountains, mountains like Dhaulagiri, Ganesh Himal, and Manaslu become golden.


You will have the best views of the mountains during this time. After that, you will have a delicious breakfast and head back to Kathmandu. The descent offers a thrilling mix of technical trails, forested paths, and open stretches, allowing you to let loose and relish the sheer joy of mountain biking. On this day you can capture the view or anything you missed yesterday. After reaching Kathmandu, your Nagarkot Mountain tour ends.

Included & Excluded Items in the Trip Package

Included

    • Full board meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    • 3* accommodation in Nagarkot First Aid medicine

    • Drinking water

    • Experienced mountain biking guide

    • All necessary gears, repair kits, helmets & mountain bike

Excluded

    • Travel Insurance

    • Deserts and bar bills

    • Tips for guide

Difficulty Level of Nagarkot Mountain Biking


The difficulty of the Nagarkot mountain biking tour mainly depends on factors such as:

Terrain:

The trail consists of both uphill and downhill stretches each, with levels of steepness. The climb from Kathmandu to Nagarkot can be quite demanding because it is uphill while the return journey can be fast-paced and require skills due, to the sections.


Distance:

You'll need to ride, about 30 to 35 kilometers each day. It might be doable, for cyclists. It could be tiring for those who aren't used to long rides.


Traffic and Road Conditions:

The roads can vary from paved to uneven surfaces, and traffic conditions, especially those closer to Kathmandu, might require careful navigation.


Experience Level:

Cyclists who have experience, in riding different types of terrains including uphill and downhill cycling will probably find this tour easier to handle. People who are new, to cycling, may find certain parts of the tour more difficult.


Important Riding techniques


Uphill Climbing:


Maintain a steady pace and rhythm to conserve energy.

Use lower gears and distribute your weight evenly to maintain traction.

Shift your body weight forward to prevent the front wheel from lifting on steeper ascents.


Downhill Descents:


Keep your body loose and flexible to absorb shocks and bumps.

Shift your weight to the back of the bike for stability and to prevent going over the handlebars.

Use both brakes, but modulate them to avoid skidding. The front brake provides more stopping power but requires caution to prevent flipping.

When you are crossing obstacles, like rocks or small pits lift yourself off the seat to absorb impacts. 


Body Posture:


To absorb shocks it is important to keep a position, with bent elbows and knees. 

Always keep your head up. Look ahead to anticipate any changes, in the trail. 

Make sure to adjust your body position depending on the terrain in order to maintain stability throughout the ride.


Learning exercises:


To improve your skills it's important to practice these techniques, in various environments.

Consider participating in skills clinics or joining group rides where you can learn from other riders.


Preparations


Staying Fit;

Improve your endurance and stamina by engaging in cycling and other cardio exercises. It's essential to focus on strengthening your leg muscles, for sections while also practicing riding techniques.


Taking Care of Your Bike;

Make sure your bike is in good condition by checking the brakes, gears, tires, and overall functionality. It's always wise to carry a repair kit, spare tubes, and the necessary tools for any on-the-go fixes that may be required.


Choosing the Gear;

Prioritize safety by wearing a fitted helmet and cycling attire. Consider wearing shorts for added comfort during rides. Additionally, bring along layers of clothing to adapt to changing weather conditions and gloves for grip and hand protection.


Staying Hydrated and Nourished;

To keep yourself hydrated throughout the ride make sure you have water with you. Pack energy bars, snacks, and a packed lunch to refuel during breaks. Remember to incorporate carbohydrates and proteins into your meals, for energy levels.


Safety Precautions;

Make sure to adhere to traffic regulations particularly when sharing the road with others. Remember to use lights and reflectors especially if you're cycling during low light conditions. It's important to maintain a distance, from both cyclists and vehicles.


Being Weather Wise;

Always check the weather forecast before embarking on your cycling adventure. Be prepared for changes in weather conditions especially if you'll be riding through areas where the weather can be unpredictable.


Prepared for Emergencies;

Carry a first aid kit with you at all times along with emergency contact information. Familiarize yourself with facilities or emergency services that are accessible along your planned route.

            Consider Group or Guided Tours;

            If it is your time cycling on this route or, in the region it may be beneficial to join a guided tour or ride with a group of fellow cyclists.

            Accommodation


            About Meal

            Here are some of the food choices you'll come across on your journey;

            Traditional Nepali Cuisine;
            Dal Bhat; This is a staple meal that includes lentil soup (dal) and rice (bhat). It's often served with vegetables, pickles, and sometimes meat.
            Momos; These are dumplings filled with either meat or vegetables. They're typically accompanied by a dipping sauce.
            Newari Cuisine; You'll find specialties such, as bara (fried lentil patties) yomari ( dumplings), and various types of choyela (marinated meat).

            Refreshments;
            Samosas; These are fried pastries filled with potatoes or meat.
            Chiya; Along the route, you can enjoy Nepali tea or chiya ( tea) at local teahouses.
            Fresh Fruits; Local markets offer bananas oranges, apples, and other seasonal fruits.

            Local Eateries and Restaurants;
             Restaurants; Explore eateries that serve dal bhat thukpa (noodle soup) and local curries.
            Street Food; You might come across street vendors selling snacks like corn, peanuts or fried treats.

            Western and Tourist-Friendly Options;
            Pasta and Pizza and baked goods such, as bread, pastries, and cakes.

            Typically the tour takes around two days. You'll cycle from Kathmandu to Nagarkot in one day. Then make your way back, from Nagarkot to Kathmandu on the next.

            The tour can be moderately challenging as it involves climbs, descents, and different types of terrain. Cyclists with some riding experience in terrains should find it manageable. However, beginners may find certain sections more demanding.

            Make sure to pack items such as water, snacks, spare tubes, repair tools, suitable cycling clothing, a helmet for safety reasons sunscreen for skin protection, maps, or a GPS device for navigation. Additionally, carry clothing based on weather conditions. It is also recommended to have an aid kit and emergency contact information with you.

            Absolutely! Nagarkot offers a range of accommodations including hotels, guesthouses, and lodges. We will take care of managing your accommodations by booking in advance.

            Yes indeed!  We will arrange mountain bikes ideal for this tour. It's important to ensure that the bicycles are well-maintained and suitable for the terrain you'll be riding on.

            Typically the favorable times to go on this tour are, during the spring season (March to May) and autumn season (September to November). These months offer weather. Provide excellent views of the beautiful Himalayas. It's advisable to avoid going during the monsoon season (June to August) due to rainfall.

            Prioritizing your safety is essential. Remember to wear a helmet, follow traffic regulations, carry supplies, stay updated with weather forecasts and remain alert of your surroundings. It is crucial to ride and be prepared for any changes in terrain or weather conditions.

            While this tour may present some challenges both experienced individuals and beginners can certainly give it a try with preparation, training, and a cautious approach. Considering joining guided tours or riding alongside cyclists can provide additional support.

            Absolutely! There are viewpoints along the route that offer breathtaking vistas of the Himalayas. Additionally visiting Changu Narayan Temple and exploring villages would be well worth your time.

            Having a guide can be really helpful especially if you're new, to riding or not familiar with the route. They can offer support and guidance throughout your trip. Guides are valuable because they can give you directions, share insider information, about the area and assist you in situations.