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Classic Nepal Ride

Explore Kathmandu and cycle through rural villages of Nepal



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10 days cycling with 95% vehicle support

Explore Kathmandu and cycle through rural villages of Nepal

Nepal, Famed for its stunning mountains, incredibly warm and friendly people,
fantastic food, diverse culture and beautiful temples dotting the landscape.
By exploring this incredible country by bike, you can immerse yourself in a
huge range of different cultures, climates and landscapes, all in just two
weeks. During the course of the trip you will get to ride in the foothills of
the Himalayas, cycling through ancient cedar forests and picturesque
farmland, with the chance to explore fascinating old towns and remote temples
en route.

Type: Land Only

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What’s included

Food:
All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Some of the lunches will be packed lunches and some of the dinners will be
buffet style. The food will be a mixture of traditional Nepalese Dal Bhat
with some Indian, Chinese and Continental food. For meals that are not
included please allow approx. GBP10-15 per meal, which should also include
drinks. For water, fruit and snacks during the cycling days the leader will
collect a kitty of approx. GBP40 in Kathmandu. It is a good idea to bring a
supply of your favourite energy snacks, and also electrolyte drink with you
from home as these items are hard to find in Nepal.

Start destination:

End destination:

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Kathmandu. Local hire bikes will be issued for anyone who requires
them. We thenhave some free time to either explore or relax. We will have a
full briefing in the evening at dinner.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 2

After an early morning breakfast in Kathmandu we drive to the mediaeval town
of Bhaktapur. This beautiful city, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage
Site, is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments
and craft works, pottery and weaving industries. A well-preserved ancient
city, we will have time to explore its Newari temples and squares. After
lunch in the square we cycle to Godawari. This afternoon’s ride is over
mixed terrain, sometimes we cycle on tarmac roads and sometimes on dirt
tracks with some off road sections. We cycle through the village of Lubhu,
known for its handmade cloth, from where we continue heading west on a jeep
track passing paddy fields at the foot of the Phulchowki Hill, which is the
highest hill in the valley (2770m). Finally we meet the main road to Godawari
and the last 3km takes us on an easy climb to our hotel. (The bus will not be
with us this afternoon and those not wanting to cycle off road can go on the
bus to Godawari, from where there is the option to visit the Botanical
Gardens).
Cycle 45km
*Standard Hotel*

Day 3

We start the day cycling to Bungamati, a traditional 16th Century Newari
village south of Kathmandu, famous for its woodcarvers. We have time to
explore before heading off towards Dakshinkali on a mix of dirt tracks and
surfaced roads. As we cycle we have time to take in some excellent views of
the Kathmandu Valley. We finally hit the paved road that leads all the way to
Dakshinkali. The road is quite narrow and often busy with people visiting the
temple which is one of the most famous in the Kathmandu Valley. Dedicated to
Kali, the goddess of power, ritual sacrifices are regularly made here. In the
afternoon or evening we will visit the temple (though only Hindus are
permitted inside). If there is time we can also hike to Parping monastery.
Cycle 25km
*Basic Hotel*

Day 4

Today is probably the biggest challenge and one of the highlights of the
trip. After breakfast we drive up to Humane Banjyang (11km) and then ride
some exciting rough jeep trails that lead up and across the valley rim on to
the Kulekhani Dam Site. This was completed in 1982 and was Nepal’s first
major hydroelectric project. The ride is incredibly scenic and we cycle along
a beautiful valley and pass through pine forests and small villages before
reaching Markhu. We then continue riding on rough tracks and then meet the
main road called the Tribhuvan Highway. For the enthusiastic riders there is
a final challenging 14km road climb to Daman. The road winds up and up
through magnificent forest. Watch out for the sting in the tail at the end of
the day – our hotel is about another 4km past the view tower in Daman
itself! The climb is well worth the effort – our simple hotel enjoys a
spectacular mountainside location, with a superb outlook on the Himalayas.
Daman also happens to be the highest point in the valley at 2387m and offers
an unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range. On a clear day you can see
all the way from Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west.
Cycle 53 km
*Standard Hotel*

Day 5

If it’s clear it’s well worth getting up for the sunrise. Wrap up warm as
it can be cold here in the early morning especially in autumn. From the hotel
view tower we get spectacular sunrise views across much of the Nepal
Himalaya. We can see all the way from the Annapurnas in the west, past the
Manaslu, Langtang and Jugal Himals all the way to the mountains around
Everest – you can even spot Everest on a really clear day.
After breakfast we set off for a gentle but beautiful hike to a nearby small
Tibetan monastery, inhabited by Bhutanese monks, before returning to the
hotel for lunch. With our appetites satisfied we saddle up for the exciting
ride down to Hetauda in the Terai, the lowland area of Nepal. The ride today
is all on surfaced roads and begins with a descent of 2030m over 53km. The
road makes lots of sharp turns and bends, so although the views are fantastic
please ride with caution. The descent takes us through Rhododendron (the
Nepalese national flower), pine forests and past wonderful terraced hillsides
typical of Nepal. The road is busier as we continue riding towards the city
of Hetauda, a noisy Indian style city. Our hotel here is very simple.
Cycle 53km
*Basic Hotel*

Day 6

This morning we have the option to cycle or drive the along the fairly busy
Mahendra Highway for 30km to Lothar Bridge. We then start riding off road
with lush forest on our right and the Rapti River on our left as we follow a
narrow jeep track to Chitwan. We are now in the part of Nepal called the
‘Terai’, which is essentially a wide belt of fertile land bordered by the
Himalayan foothills to the north and to the south by the Ganges River. Riding
on ancient bullock-cart tracks we pass through neat mud-walled villages,
vivid green paddy fields and mixed sub-tropical forests, criss-crossed by
numerous rivers. We ride all the way to our hotel (if we cycle all the way
from Hetauda we will arrive late afternoon and if we drive to Lothar Bridge
we will arrive by lunchtime). The hotel is surrounded by jungle and is
spectacularly located on the banks of the Rapti River, which borders the
famous Royal Chitwan National Park. This peaceful and tranquil place is
perfect after a day’s ride.
Cycle 85km
*Standard Hotel*

Day 7

Today we spend the whole day in and around the Chitwan National Park. The
most popular way of seeing animals is on elephant back, and we will be very
unlucky not to see at least the Indian one-horned rhinoceros and several
species of deer. We also make a trip along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe,
looking for crocodile and observing the many birds. The safari lodge has
knowledgeable and helpful staff, who accompany us on all the excursions.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 8

After breakfast we start riding on jeep tracks towards the Tikauli forest
through an area called Beezhazari Tal (which means 20,000 lakes). We ride 8km
through the forest and will probably see various deer and a good variety of
birds, and will have a break by one of the many beautiful lakes. With the
forest behind us, the scenery changes once again. For the later part of this
morning we follow more dirt tracks with a vast area of farmland stretching
before us. We then join the Mahendra Highway and ride as far as the busy town
of Narayanghat, where we stop for a break. Surrounded by captivating scenery
we continue on the main road to Kawasuti and stop for lunch. In the afternoon
we load our bikes on to the vehicle and have a 130km drive to Lumbini.
Cycle 56 km
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 9

Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha (623BC) and it is now a busy place
of pilgrimage for Buddhists from many different countries. There are large
gardens in Lumbini where there are a number of temples and monasterie. We
spend some time in the morning walking around the gardens and visiting a
couple of monasteries. We then head out of Lumbini on our bikes and have a
wonderful easy off road ride through typical Indian style villages. The ride
offers a real glimpse of rural life in this part of Nepal with haystacks and
buffalo water holes and widespread fields. Single file, we ride through
narrow village alleyways before meeting the Mahendra Highway. We continue
cycling on this road until Butwal, where we stay in a simple hotel.
Cycle 62km
*Standard Hotel*

Day 10

After a hearty breakfast it’s a beautiful uphill ride to Tansen on the
Siddhartha Highway. The ride starts fairly gradually and the road snakes its
way up a wonderful valley. We then begin to climb, quite gently at first. As
we approach Tansen the gradient increases and the final ride into the town is
quite a challenge. Of course our hotel is on top of a ridge above the town!
But what a view – as we ride round the last corner a whole spectacular
panora of the Himalaya comes into view. Starting in the west we can see
Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Then the famous fishtail mountain,
Machhapuchhare comes into view followed by the Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu
Himal . Situated at 1375m Tansen is a mediaeval hill town perched high above
the Kali Gandaki River.It was once the seat of a powerful kingdom but is now
a busy market town dominated by the rambling pink Tansen Durbar, the former
seat of the Rana governor. Its entrance gate, Baggi Dhoka, is supposedly the
largest and tallest gate in Nepal, with dimensions that allow the governor to
make an impressive entry atop an elephant. This afternoon there should be
time to walk down into the town and explore this interesting place.
Cycle 40km
*Standard Hotel*

Day 11

We get up early today for the spectacular sunrise from the hotel. North the
Himalaya stretch across the horizon and the snow capped peaks tower above us.
South the middle hills disappear in the mist down to India. After breakfast
it’s back onto the bikes for the ride to Pokhara. We start by descending
very steeply through the narrow winding streets of old Tansen, before meeting
the Siddartha Highway. We continue our descent on a wide paved road that
twists and turns all the way to Ramdi. It can get quite cold on the descent
in autumn so we stop at Ramdi for a cup of hot sweet Nepali ‘chai’. A
bridge takes us across the Kali Gandaki River and we now have a gentle climb
towards Galyang. The road undulates most of the way to our lunch stop. We
ride as far as Waling where we load our bikes onto the vehicle. We drive for
about an hour and then there is the option of riding the last 14km into
Pokhara. Weather permitting, there should be spectacular views of
Machhapuchhare and the main Annapurna range rising up to 8091m. On reaching
Pokhara we check into the hotel where we will be based for the next two
nights.
Cycle 80km
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 12

Pokhara lies at the bottom of a wide valley directly beneath the Annapurna
range. If Kathmandu and its valley are the architectural treasure of Nepal,
then Pokhara is nature’s equivalent. At only 804 metres above sea level it is
set amongst semi-tropical plants and has a delightfully temperate climate.
Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna range of mountains dominate the skyline
especially in the mornings, and the town is a great place to relax.Today a
combination of hiking and biking sees us embarking on a section of the ‘Royal
Trek’, so-named because Prince Charles once covered this route. We drive 20km
east out of Pokhara to Begnas Lake, where we set off on foot towards
Kalikistan. The path winds up above the lake and climbs through mixed forest
and through small traditional Nepali villages. We walk for about 3½ hours to
Kalikistan, where we have lunch and pick up our bikes. From here we have
dramatic and exhilirating 22km downhill back to Pokhara. We follow the road
through Pokhara old town and back to the hotel.
The rest of the day is free to explore the lakeside – there are shops selling
handicrafts as well as restaurants and cafés dotted along the lakeside or
you may want to take a taxi to the Gurkha Museum or even hire a boat to go
rowing on the lake.
Cycle 31km
*Comfortable Hotel*

Day 13

Today we fly back to Kathmandu. It’s a 30 minute flight, with stunning
mountain views all the way. Usually the flight departs in the morning and the
bikes return by road. However these flights can be subject to delays and do
not always depart on time. Back in Kathmandu we have the afternoon free to
explore the shops and sights of this fascinating city. Points of particular
interest include Durbar Square, the location of the former Royal Palace with
its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers, Pashupatinath – Nepal’s most
important Hindu temple, and Bodnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. In
the evening we will have dinner in one of the city’s many restaurants.
*Standard Hotel*

Day 14

Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport this morning and
will arrive back in Britain on the same day. For land only clients the trip
ends after breakfast.
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Prices & Dates

Date: 2017-11-262017-12-09

Trip code: MNN171126

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2155

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Customer Feedback

Challenging Fun!

Summary:
This was my 7th cycling trip and all have been great fun. All these
experiences allow me to become a self appointed expert! It is fascinating to
compare the trips, the leaders, the transport, the accommodation etc. This
trip is graded moderate/challenging but so is Sri Lanka, for example. The
latter was a doddle compared to Nepal. This trip has multiple big hills, very
long descents and a substantial amount of off-road. It was also the ‘fastest’
and ‘fittest’ group I’ve ridden with – on an Exodus trip. There were regular
occasions when some riders had to hop on the bus (not unusual on these
trips). If the group is fast then the slower riders have to get on the bus or
the quicker ones have to wait a long time at the meet up point. The grading
is subjective but I would urge all potential customers to get as fit as they
possibly can so that they can get the most out of the trip. I would also
suggest to Exodus that they drop the moderate out of the description. LASTLY,
book this trip NOW as there is a rumour that it may get dropped – it’s not in
my latest brochure!

There was the usual mix of hotels – higher quality than I expected. The food
was enjoyable curry buffet. The guide and his staff were just the job.
Broadband was available in every hotel lobby and sometimes in the bedroom.
The hotel in the mountains with a sunrise view of Everest was very cold (both
room and restaurant) so take suitable clothing. I’m sure (I’ve been before)
Kathmandu smog/air has got worse. Take a buffy/face mask and strepsils! There
is the usual mix of cultural visits – temples, monasteries etc. The school
visit, partially sponsored by our guide, was uplifting as well as being at
the top of a big hill (walk up, cycle blast down rough road).

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Snowy mountain tops and the visit to the school

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Summary:
I left my heart in Nepal, the people are kind and generous and the landscape
diverse and beautiful. This truly was the trip of a lifetime and we were
lucky enough to share the experience with a fantastic, fun group of
travellers, I miss cycling those steep hills, or undulating Nepalise flat as
described by the wonderful Kumar.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting up early to see the sunrise over the Himalaya was breathtaking,
getting a small glimpse of Everest when the clouds lifted momentarily.
Chitwan was fantastic, elephants, rhino, crocs all in abundance, the lodge
was amazing with lovely local food.
Trekking into the jungle to visit a Buddhist shrine surrounded by prayer
flags and receiving a blessing was incredibly moving and humbling.
Being invited into villagers homes, sharing tea and local snacks with our
hosts and basking in their sedate and calm lifestyle,free from the
materialistic western world.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
What can I say, Kumar is a fantastic guide and a wonderful human being, I am
honoured to think of him as a life long friend and will never forget him,
snickers, Kasuw and our wonderful driver.
Made sure we had the trip of a lifetime, always smiling always professional.
Nothing was too much trouble for Kumar, his local knowledge and
organisational skills made everything run like clock work and ensured we got
the most from our time in Nepal.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
We took too many warm clothes, practise hills!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The trip of a lifetime with a first class guide and team, can’t wait to
return to Nepal.

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Amazing Nepal

Summary:
This was my 4th Exodus trip, and my 3rd cycling holiday. It met all the high
standards I have come to expect from Exodus….but with a special magic
brought from the amazing Nepali people. The cycling and food were great, but
for me what really made this trip special was the extreme warmth,
friendliness and interest we got from the people all over the country. From
tiny villages in the remote countryside to bustling towns -I was made to feel
like a valued and long lost friend wherever I went! It is even more amazing
when you consider the tough times they have been through following the 2015
earthquake. People in the cities wear t-shirts that say “Nepal Will Rise
Again”….and I 100% believe they are right in that.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
This will sound weird….but it is is the moment a penniless villager came
out of her mud hut to give me a gift of a cucumber!! We were on our way to
Chitwan national park, and our guide was exploring a new route. The people in
this village were obviously poor and had nothing really, but they were so
excited to see us that they all came out and we stayed chatting for 40 min.
Many photos ensued…and because it was a hot day, one lady came out with
gifts of cucumbers for us, which we ate on the spot as if they were apples. I
have never tasted such a good cucumber

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kumar was fantastic. Exodus leaders are always very good….but he was extra
special. Full of boundless energy and joy, which rubbed off on everyone in
our group. Extremely knowledgable,very kind, proud and passionate about his
country. He worked his socks off to make sure we were all happy and were left
with a good impression of Nepal. He never stopped smiling. I think he is part
of the reason we got such a good response from all the Nepali people we met.
I have arthritis in my knees and so took on this trip with some trepidation
how much cycling I could actually do – but Kumar took the time to listen &
understand my problem so he could advise me how to get the maximum joy out of
the cycling I was able to do,

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you have any spare room in your suitcase -take some old (but wearable)
t-shirts. Kumar will arrange for these to be donated to the poorest village
families….and you will never forgot the look of happiness on their face at
having their first set of new clothes in a decade! 🙂
A camera (or phone camera) is a must….but what was really special on our
trip was a lady who took a polaroid-style camera, to give the villagers
photos of themselves to keep. They loved it! Many of them had never seen a
photo before and it was very sweet to see their reactions.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Don’t be put off by stories of earthquake damage. It really won’t affect your
holiday much at all. Yes some of the famous old temples are damaged…but
there is so much else to see that I for one didn’t feel like I missed
anything. The spirit of the Nepali people is amazing, and they are fighting
back to recover after the tragedy of 2015. It is a poor country, and they
need tourists to begin visiting again. For me this was a life-changing
holiday, and I can’t wait to go back. As my 4th Exodus holiday, for me it
comes joint-first together with the 2 week cycling Vietnam tour.

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Classic Nepal

Summary:
My wife and I have enjoyed a number of Exodus cycling trips and this was
definitely one of the best. The cycling, especially the off-road sections,
was challenging but also exhilarating. Each day was filled with varied
experiences. The scenery and wildlife were amazing. We discovered so much
about the way of life, food, customs, culture and history of the different
areas that we visited. All were thoroughly enjoyed.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were many but catching glimpses of the magnificent Himalayas was
memorable. Some National Parks and “safaris” to see wildlife can be
disappointing but Chitwan National Park was one of the highlights of the
trip.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kumar and his team were excellent. Having read reviews of the trip, we knew
Kumar had a good reputation but he exceeded all our expectations. He was hard
working, friendly, he listened, he packed so much into each day and he
ensured that the group was safe at all times. He was a superb ambassador for
Nepal and for Exodus.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t be deterred by stories about the earthquake or the blockade on the
Indian border. Both are tragic for Nepal but our trip was not significantly
impaired by either of these unfortunate events. We could only admire the
resilience of the Nepalese who despite poverty and adversity, just get on
with life. The country needs tourists to help restore their economy so
please visit and provide much needed support for this wonderful country that
is currently having a very tough time.

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Summary:
This was the most interesting cycling trip we have ever done. An absolutely
wonderful experience.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The people of Nepal are the friendliest in the world and they live in the
most beautiful country. The Himalayas are spectacular, especially pared with
the terraces of the foothills. November is a perfect month to visit. The
weather is reliable but not too hot to cycle.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was superb. He was profesional and friendly and immediately
got the measure of our laid back group. Cannot speak more highly of him.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Be aware that the term ‘road’ is very loosely used in Nepal. This can make
the cycling particularly challenging when going up hill. In Kathmandu the
polution is severe – many of the locals wear masks.

The hotels are of mixed standard so be prepared not to expect too much
comfort at every stop and the level of cleanliness can be poor. However the
bedding itself was clean.

this is a country where delays are normal and you need a laid back attitude.

You will need slighlty warmer clothes for a couple of the mornings but not
too many. We definately over-packed.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
I would highly recommend this trip as it enables you to see Nepal away from
the major tourist cities and to experience this wonderful country and its
people.

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CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

Summary:
An amazing trip, with phenomenal scenery, a great group of people and a
totally fantastic tour leader (Kumar) and his crew.I’m glad to see the trip
back on for 2014 as this would be hard to beat.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
So many: the mountains, the food, the places we visited and stayed in. A
couple of us fancied a duck curry (random), so our tour leader had a word
with a local villager, who in turn arranged the curry to be cooked and we
went back later to eat accompanied by a couple of beers!During most of the
second week, we had a stunning Himalayan back-drop everywhere we travelled,
which we never got bored of and I think I took hundreds of pics to prove
it!The variation of cycling was also really varied too – riding through
forests, downhill (long downhills) on tarmac, off-road dirt tracks, riding
through many villages dodging children, goats, ducks, chickens, sheep,
monkeys and (loads of) dogs!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kumar’s enthusiasm is infectious and nothing was too much trouble for him. He
put maximum effort into making sure everyone had the best time and enjoyed
everything his country had to offer. If Kumar does not win a ‘Best Tour
Leader’ award for 2013, it would be a travesty! One of the most
memorable moments for me was seeing Kumar running down a hotel corridor (at
about 6.45am, as I was on my way to breakfast) and calling me to come with
him quickly. As we got outside, the Himalayas were in full view for the
first time (from cloud cover). It was breathtaking scenery and again,
demonstrates Kumar’s enthusiasm.Kumar arranged everything to perfection and
everything we wanted to do, he made sure happened – and much more besides. A
true hero and Exodus are fortunate to have someone so dedicated.I have done a
previous Exodus trip (to Vietnam, and again, the tour leader was great) and I
cannot express the importance of having a good guide for a trip. They can
make or break a trip, so it is fair to say, Kumar definitely helped make
my Nepal trip!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
If you love cycling (which to be in this section of the website, it’s safe to
say you do), this trip is well worth booking, as it has everything.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Don’t think too much about it – just go ahead and book this trip!

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CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

Summary:
superb trip, very varied, off the beaten track and great leader.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
beautiful ride from Lumbini through a rural landscape that probably hasn’t
changed much for centuries.Fabulous mountain views from Damman and Tansen. 

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kumar was very very professional at everything he did. Where does he find his
energy??

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just do it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
What a pity Exodus has dropped this trip for 2014 as we all thought it was
brilliant. One of the best we’ve done.

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CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

Summary:
Great adventure holiday for exploring the cultural and scenic highlights that
Nepal offers in abundance.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Watching the sun come up at Daman with clear views all the way to Everest
and the rest of the Himalayas.Cycling and walking through villages set in
stunning countryside with smiling children and friendly locals greeting
us.Boudnath Stupa a peaceful oasis in the middle of Kathmandu where you can
chill and reflect on the nature of existence or just sit and drink Nepali tea
surrounded by stunning Buddhist architecture.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Mangel was an excellent trip leader ably supported by Ajay, Purna and his
assistant. They went out of their way to be flexible and make sure we visited
some fascinating places.  By the way Ajay is a seriously good mountain
bike rider content to ride at the back of the group making sure  everyone
was ok and cleaning all the bikes to ensure they stayed in tip top condition.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This is a fantastic trip if you want to experience the culture and scenic
beauty of Nepal. However it is not a full on cycling trip. The bikes are a
great way to experience areas you would not normally see, but the group will
have different abilities and the pace and distance cycled will reflect this.
I loved the cultural side and the cycling was a way of enhancing this. If you
want full on cycling there are more challenging trips available. Read up
about the country it’s culture and history before you go. This will help
enhance your experience especially of places which reflect the Buddhist and
Hindu culture which is fascinating.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Nepal is a reflection of its people who for all the relative lack of wealth 
consistently friendly, helpful and a joy to meet. I came back with great
memories of encounters, great photos and above all a realisation that this is
one of the most stunning places to visit if you open your heart and embrace
the place and people. A Wonderful trip that still brings a smile to my face
when sharing experiences and photos with friends.

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CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

Summary:
A great cycling trip with chance to see Nepal from the lowlands to the hills
– culture, mountains, people and cycling. The trip shows you the Kathmandu
Valley with its culture and temples, then takes you over the hiils to the
lowlands and Chitwan and then back over the hills to Pokhara. Great trip for
a first time visitor to Nepal. There is a great variety of ccyling from roads
and great downhills, some challenging uphills and then good dirt tracks and a
bit of off road. The trip ends in the beautiful resort of Pokhara with its
backdrop of the Himalaya. All throughout the trip we saw the Himalaya to our
north – what a backdrop. 

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There were lots of them – seeing the amazing panoramic views of the Himalaya
almost every day, the leader’s pure enthusiasm for his job and the amount of
effort he put in to make us all enjoy our trip, the challenging climb to
Daman, paddling in the river at Chitwan with a rhino, cycling into Pokhara
with a backdrop of the Annapurna mountains, the electric blankets on the bed
in Daman! having the Nepali mountain bike champion as our assistant guide,
the most careful and polite bus driver in Asia, the variety of rides – some
on good roads, some dirt tracks, bit of a challenge on small off road
sections. 

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kumar is amazing. Really great leader -entusiastic, great organiser. Good
with the group. Made things work like clockwork. You could not ask for more.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take a warm jacket for autumn and winter departures – the nights can get cold
in Daman and the hills. 

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Just do it!

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CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

Summary:
This is a fantastic trip with Kumar being an excellent guide. The cycling
was demanding because it was often on rough roads and you are using mountain
bikes. The holiday covers different areas of Nepal so we got a feel of the
country. The food was generally good and the accommodation acceptable given
the areas we stopped in.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Many great moments! Riding up to the top to arrive at Daman – cold but happy
to have achieved the climb and then having 57 kilometres of downhill the next
day. Birdwatching in the Chitwan National Park (5 types of kingfisher) and
then tracking tigers footprints expecting to meet them at any moment!
Glorious scenery of the mountains (I think we were lucky). A huge variety
of terrain.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Kumar was an excellent group leader. He was always cheerful and polite and
bonded with all the group members. He tried to be as flexible as possible
and listened to the group and co-ordinated changes where possible. His
English is very good so he had no problems understanding the group.

When we reached a new hotel he was quick to ensure everything was in place
and where he saw a problem was there helping the staff. He served food,
helped carry things and even went to the local bar to buy much needed beer!

His motto was “Tell me of any problems you have so I can help fix them before
they turn into complaints” and it seemed to work. A great guide.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The trails are often rough so I would recommend padded gloves and neck
scarves to keep out the dust on some roads. The night at Daman is cold due
to the higher altitude and fact that you have been on a bike for some hours
so would recommend decent jumpers/thermals for that night. The heaters
worked in the restaurant but I think we were lucky there was gas in the
canisters!

Accommodation is very variable – one night was particularly grubby but as it
was the only place available in that area nobody had any major complaints.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This is an excellent trip and one that all the group enjoyed. I would
recommend it!

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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