From lowland plains and valleys to hills and higher mountains, bike trails beckon mountain bikers everywhere to take on the challenge of Nepal’s diverse landscapes. The country has some of the finest bike trails in the world across different levels of difficulty that take bikers through the most amazing displays of nature. This is the reason why mountain biking in Nepal is fastly becoming popular, and the country is rising to be the mountain biking hub in the region.
The areas surrounding Kathmandu Valley provide numerous biking trails. The lower valley will take you through fascinating Newari villages and old temples. You can also go to the hilly terrains in Kathmandu Valley where you will not just enjoy the ride but also get to enounter the local culture and see panoramic views of the imposing Himalayas. If you want a surge of adrenaline, you can take the downhill routes, which abound in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
What are the other routes you can take when you go mountain biking in Nepal? There are so many choices.
The route from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel is one of the most commonly followed bike trails. It begins in Koteshwor, proceeds to Kathmandu and continues toward Bhaktapur. From there, the trail goes to Banepa and then to Dhulikhel, which is the end of the trail. Some bikers do not stop there, however. They go forward to Namo Buddha, straight to Panauti, and then back to Banepa.
Another trail begins in Kalanki, Kathmandu and proceeds toward the Prithvi Highway going to Naubise. The route then goes to Tribhuvan Highway, the oldest highway in Nepal, all the way to Daman where the bikers stay overnight. It’s an exciting downhill ride from there on the way to Hetauda. Some bikers continue the trip to Narayangarh while others go farther toward the Indian border.
The Pokhara–Sarangkot–Naudanda trail is also a commonly taken route for mountain biking in Nepal. The trail starts at Lakeside Pokhara. From there, bikers go toward Sarangkot and head off to Naudanda. Bikers then proceed to a downhill ride going to the highway.
When is the best time to go mountain biking in Nepal? The ideal time for this activity is from the months of October to March. During these months, the skies are clear and there are no more monsoon rains. Winter nights can become cold so wear warm clothes if you are going on long bike routes that require overnight camping. Generally, mountain biking is possible any month of the year. However, when the monsoon rains are over Nepal, the trails are slippery and expose bikers to the risk of accidents. Thus, it is better to go mountain biking in Nepal when the monsoon rains are gone.
You will find mountain bikes for rent all over. The models being rented out range from simple bikes to really good ones. Settle the price before taking out the mountain bike. The rent for mountain bikes goes anywhere from $3 to $30. If you plan to take on the longer routes when you go mountain biking in Nepal, you are advised to bring your own saddle for maximum comfort.