See a different side to Kathmandu as you explore the idyllic towns and incredible scenery just outside of town by bike on this half-day tour. It’s a great way to escape the chaos and noise of the city center to experience a more laid-back side of life in Nepal.
Begin your trip in the morning at the Hotel Marshyangdi, where you’ll meet your guide. Select a mountain bike that works for your height and preferences, and grab some safety gear to ensure a trouble-free ride.
Then climb onto your bike and proceed with your guide on a 5.5-mile (9-kilometer) ride to the village Chobar. This visually striking hamlet, complete with a collection of ancient stone structures, is located on a green hill near the Chobar Gorge. As local legend would have it, the gorge was formed by the Bodhisattva Manjushri, who wielded a giant sword and chopped through the hillside, draining an ancient lake and creating the Kathmandu Valley.
Admire the suspension bridge that swings above the gorge. The structure was brought through the mountains from India more than 100 years ago. Running through the canyon is the Bagmati River, flanked on its banks by ghats, where locals sometimes perform ritual ablutions and cremations.
Continue your ride to Kirtipur, one of the oldest areas in the Kathmandu Valley. The timeless atmosphere of this historic village owes to its beautiful location, situated on a ridge with dramatic views of the far-off Himalayas. Most of the town locals are weavers, and you’re likely to spot dyed yarn dangling in windows and hear the clanking sound of looms busy at work.
Pedal through the village on your bike, learning from your guide about its architecture, handicrafts, and temples. You’ll also have a chance to familiarize yourself with the culture of the Newari, a group of people who have lived in the urban centers of Nepal for countless years. The group is known for its top-notch craft skills, which include beautiful woodwork and pottery, along with delicious cooking.
After a few hours of cycling you’ve likely worked up a decent hunger, so have a seat at a local restaurant to enjoy an authentic meal in traditional Nepalese style. Grab a seat on a straw mat and use your fingers to eat the tasty Newari cuisine laid before you. After savoring your delicious meal, rest for a bit before heading back to Kathmandu by bike with your guide.
Please note: The excursion involves a rigorous amount of cycling, so please ensure you are in good physical shape to enjoy it.