Best Cycling Trails in Kathmandu for Adventure and Fun

Best Cycling Trails in Kathmandu for Adventure and Fun

The craze for cycling in Kathmandu has increased tremendously in the past few years. With the establishment of cycle lanes in the city like Lalitpur, the people residing in the valley are hopeful for a better cycling experience around the city and outskirts of the valley.
Although most people view Kathmandu as a crowded city with no fun and adventurous activities, very few people who have cycled through the hills around the valley know how intoxicating the cycling/bike trails are. To those who complain about not finding easy or exciting cycling routes in Kathmandu, read the full blog, Best Cycling Trails in Kathmandu for Adventure and Fun, and mark your calendar for your next cycling trip.

 

Why Mountain Biking is growing in Nepal amongst youth?

 

A sudden rise in the number of cyclists has been noticed in Nepal and that too among the youths. The reason behind the popularity of mountain biking/cycling among the youth has several reasons, but what tops the list is the fact that the youth chase fun and adventure, and they want to explore nature in the most thrilling way. While for some cycling is just for fun and adventure, some youth view cycling as the best way to keep their body healthy as cycling can burn fat as well as strengthen the joints. Active biking is also believed to reduce stress by releasing hormones like endorphin. Another interesting fact about cycling is that it not only reduces stress and anxieties, but also boasts confidence as cyclists challenge themselves to go beyond the hills, which they thought would be impossible at first. Together with this, experts also believe that it is the best form of cardio exercise. And with the recent fuel crisis and price hike, youth are wondering why are they even riding bikes when they can cycle around the city in the best way possible.

 

Top 8 Cycling Routes near Kathmandu:

 

Kathmandu to Nagarkot Cycling:

 Kathmandu Nagarkot Cycliing

 

Located 28km west of Kathmandu, Nagarkot is one of the fascinating locations to explore the countryside view and enjoy the panorama of the Himalayas. The Kathmandu to Nagarkot cycling is famous among cyclists as it includes not only the thrill but also allows one to explore the ancient temples of the city and palace like the Bhaktapur Durbar Square and Changunarayan temple.
The cycling journey to Nagarkot can be started from Koteshwor and continued towards Nagarkot. The trail initially passes through the roadway and then through some steep climb. Cyclists can enjoy downhill cycling through Changunarayan Temple, the oldest UNESCO enlisted cultural heritage site, and also visit the Bhaktapur Durbar Square.

The Pottery square of Bhaktapur Durbar square is getting popular for pottery training. So try them when you are within the area.

✔ Difficulty level: Moderate
✔ Distance Cover: 28 KM (one way)
✔ Duration: 4-5 hours

 

 

Balaju to Kakani Cycling:

 

Kakani Cycling


The Balaju to Kakani cycling trail is another popular route for the nature lover who wants to spend some time far from the hustle. The journey can be started from Bypass and continued through the Shivapuri Nagarjun forest reserve to Kakani.
The cycling route is straight up through the main road through Balaju, Bypass, that winds off to Jitpur and then to Kakani. Kakani is also renowned as a picnic spot and offers stunning sights of the Himalayas. Once you end up in the location, rest under the shade and spend some time. You can either return through the same trail or continue your journey towards Budhanilkantha, passing through the Shivapuri National Park that homes several plants and animal species. The ride from Kakani to Budhanilkantha is very refreshing.

If you are visiting Kakani for the first time, make sure to try some fresh strawberries from the local strawberry farm.

✔ Distance cover: 23 KM
✔ Difficulty level: Moderate
✔ Duration: 5-7 hours

 

 

Patan to Lakuri Bhanjyang Cycling:

 

Lakuri Bhanjyang Cycling

 

The Patan to Lakuri Bhanjyang trail is a memorable route in the sense that the trail passes through the oldest city in the area, Lubhu, which is renowned for handcrafted looms and blocks. The cycling journey starts from Patan and winds off to Lubhu city. Cycling along the rough track, you will arrive at Lakuri Bhanjyang. On a clear day, you can enjoy the 360-degree view of the Kathmandu valley together with snow-capped pinnacles. After exploring the place, you can cycle back through the rustic valley of Bebar Khola towards Godawari or Bishanku Narayan.

✔ Distance: 18 KM
✔ Duration: 3-4 hours
✔ Difficulty level: Moderate

 

 

Swayambhu to White Gumba Cycling:

 

White Gumba Cycling

 

Located on the hill opposite Swayambhu is the white gumba. The Gumba sits on top of a hill overlooking the city, offering a perfect ambiance for contemplation.

The climb up to the Gumba is strenuous and covers a distance of 4KM. The cycling journey starts from Swayambhu, Halchowk, and continues through a mixed trail of paved and gravel roads. Leaving behind the holy temple Ichhangu Narayan dedicated to lord Vishnu, you will continue to pedal for another 1-1.5 hours through the steep ascent to Seto Gumba. On the way, you can enjoy the views of locals working in the field. As you approach the location, you will notice the fluttering prayer flags.
If you want to visit the Gumba, plan your trip on Saturdays. However, on holidays like Saturday, you will be swarmed by visitors. If you have been to the Gumba before and want some peaceful time. You can go on the trip any day you like.
✔ Distance: 4KM,
✔ Duration: 4-5 Hours
✔ Difficulty Level: Technical

 

 

Budhanilkantha-Tokha Cycling:

 

Tokha Cycling

 

On this cycling trip, you will cycle through the diverse terrain and visit the major attraction of the region like Jhor waterfall, Chandeshwari temple, and Budhanilkantha temple. Initially, on the journey, you will cycle through a black-topped road leaving behind the stops like Gangalal hospital and Hattigauda. Once you arrive at Budhanilkantha, you will pedal through the rocky route to Tokha. The trail from Budhanilkantha to Tokha is a mix of single and jeep tracks with a few steep climbs until you arrive at Tokha's main bazaar.

After spending some time in the Jhor waterfall and enjoying the sights, head down the hill to Samakhusi to end the journey.

✔ Distance: 23 KM
✔ Duration: 3-4 hours
✔ Difficulty: Moderate

 

 

Kathmandu-Markhu Cycling:

 Markhu Cycling

 

The Kathmandu to Markhu cycling is a perfect route to enjoy the rural side of the Kathmandu valley. The major attraction of this trip includes Dakshinkali temple, Indra Sarovar lake, Kulekhani reservoir, and boating in the lake.
Start your cycling journey from Balkhu and continue to pedal through the black-topped road till Chobhar. On the journey ahead from here, you will ride past Taudaha and the Chalnakhel bus stop towards the Dakshinkali temple. The trail ahead is the off-road track. After covering approximately 11km, you will see a glimpse of Indra Sarovar lake. From the village of Kulekhani, you will ride another few hours to arrive at Markhu.

Feel free to do some boating and fishing while in the area. You can extend your trip up to Chitlang or end the trip and follow the same trail back home.

✔ Distance: 41 KM
✔ Duration: 7-8 Hours
✔ Difficulty: Hard

 

 

Kathmandu-Budhanilkantha-Kapan Monastery (The Helipad Trail):

 

Kapan Monastery Cycling

 

The Kathmandu-Kopan Monastery route is one of the fascinating routes of the valley that winds off from Chakrapath towards Budhanilkantha, passing through Bansbari and Golfutar. Prior reaching the gate of Budhanilkantha, you will take a right and pedal through the graveled path. The route is somehow technical with dusty trails and off roads until you arrive at the helipad region. From the site, you can enjoy the panoramic sights of the valley and then continue your descending ride along the gnarly paths towards the Kapan Monastery. The Tibetan Monastery sits atop a hill and overlooks the city. Spend some time within the area and head back via Sukedhara.

✔ Distance: 18 KM
✔ Duration: 3-4 hours
✔ Difficulty level: Technical

 

 

Kathmandu-Godavari Cycling:

 

Godavari Cycling

 

Godavari is renowned as the botanical garden that homes numerous plant and flower species. The Satdobato to Godavari cycling is one of the relaxing cycling trails where you will ride past a small village called Lele. The major attraction of Lele is the Tika Bhairab Temple. The Kathmandu-Godavari trail is undemanding that can be completed by anyone with no previous cycling experience.

✔ Distance: 17KM
✔ Duration: 3-4 Hours
✔ Difficulty level: Easy

 

 

Things to Pack:

 

Cycling trips with friends and family can be a perfect way to bond and reduce stress. But what makes a cycling trip successful and memorable is the things that you pack for the trip. To avoid mishaps during the trip, don't forget to include the below-mentioned items:
•    First aid kit
•    Sunscreen
•    Insect repellent
•    Bandage
•    Vaseline
•    Wipes
•    Tissues
•    Hand sanitizer
•    Pump
•    Pocket knife
•    Dry fruits
•    Water bottle
•    Raincoat (depending on the season)
•    Gloves
•    Sunglasses
•    Energy bars
•    Lunch box
•    Map
•    Puncture Repair kits

 

Best Place to Hire Bicycle in Kathmandu:

 

We have already mentioned the routes and things to pack for the trip. But can we rent/hire a bicycle in Kathmandu? Well, the answer is yes. You can hire bicycles for a day trip from the shop located in a different location inside the city. A few of the renowned bicycle stores from where you can rent bicycles are mentioned below:

•    Himalayan Single Tracks: Satghumti, Thamel
•    Pathfinder Cycling: Thamel
•    Universal Mountain Bike shop: Sanepa, Lalitpur
•    Epic Mountain bike: Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur
•    Marin bikes: Jhamsikhel, Lalitpur



Cycling FAQs Answered:

 

1. What should I have in my bag pack during cycling trip?

✔ The things you should have in your backpack during a cycling trip may vary between multi-day or single-day trips. However, for a day cycling trip, you can pack the following things:
•    First aid kit
•    Sunscreen
•    Insect repellent
•    Bandage
•    Vaseline
•    Wipes
•    Tissues
•    Hand sanitizer
•    Pump
•    Pocket knife
•    Dry fruits
•    Water bottle
•    Raincoat (depending on the season)
•    Gloves
•    Sunglasses
•    Energy bars
•    Lunch box
•    Map
•    Puncture Repair kits

 

 

2. What type of clothes should I wear while going cycling?

✔ The clothing for cycling may vary according to the season. If you are cycling in the winter season, you must have:
•    Base layer: long sleeve jersey
•    Middle layer: Turtleneck
•    Outer layer: Insulated cycling jacket and heavy tights
•    Gloves and wool socks are necessary.

✔ Moreover, if you are cycling in the summer, you can opt for
•    Bike shorts
•    Bike Jersey
•    Socks and gloves


3. Is cycling recommended during the rainy season?

✔ Biking in the rainy season is dangerous as the trails gets slippery when the rain is poured on the surface. Although most experienced cyclists go on biking trips regardless of the season, beginners may find it quite hard, as they cannot control their bicycles, resulting in minor to major accidents.


Conclusion:

In this blog, we have included some of the Best Mountain Biking Routes in Kathmandu that can be completed by experienced and beginner cyclists. There are several other trails around Kathmandu valley that are yet to be discovered. In our next blog, we shall be revealing the hidden trails around the valley that are perfect for some adrenaline rush.

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