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Trip Facts

  • Group Size: Min-2
  • Grade: D: Tough
  • Transportation: Private Vehicle
  • Type of Tour: Mountain Biking Tour, Activity Holiday
  • Total Days: 11 Days
  • Trip Cost: USD -

Pokhara to Gorkha Biking Tour

Trip Overview

This tour starts by flying to Pokhara, a beautiful lake city with majestic view of whole Annapurna Range dominated by Machhapuchare (Fishtail). We explore the Pokhara Valley and it's surrounding scenic areas and then head towards an old historical city Tansen. We end up to a beautiful spot which houses one of the historical palaces named Gorkha Palace.

Day to Day Outline Itinerary

Day   Activities
Day 1 - ARRIVAL
Arrival in Kathmandu, transfer to a hotel.
Day 2 - KATHMANDU - POKHARA (BY AIR)
Drive to domestic airport and fly to Pokhara. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 3 - Bike up to Sarangkot which is about 15 km from the lakeside, mostly on paved road and about 10 km off-road towards Naudanda and hit again on paved road with less traffic mostly downhill via Hemja. Bike back to the Hotel.
Day 4 - On this day we bike through the main town Mahendrapul and turn right on off-road after crossing the British Gorkha's Camp, which is mostly mixed trail with unless 2 or 3 short carry up and down about 10min. in between Ghachok and Lhachok after crossing Bhurjung Khola and back again on Tarmac road to Hemja (Tibetan Refugee Camp). Awesome mountain views on this trail as Annapurna South and Fishtail.
Day 5 - Today's almost 10% off-road biking through Davis Fall and cross the river. About 7km Jeep track up towards Kristi Danda. Enjoy the spectacular mountain views of Dhaulagiri, Nilgiri, Annapurna and the majestic Fishtail mountain. We turn towards Nirmal Pokhari on fantastic off-road with single trail down to the Seti River and slowly head back to hotel.
Day 6 - From the hotel we bike along the highway to Tansen and Butwal. We cross right to the off-road climbing approx. 3 km on Jeep track that goes as far as 12km from the main road and nice single trail will began with technical down and ups through Biswa Shanti Stupa (World Peace Pagoda) to the dam side.
Day 7 - Today we bike 10km to the Pokhara - Kathmandu Highway and then turn left to Begnas Lake. After lunch steep climbing about 6km off-road up to Kalikasthan (15-20minute carry up) then 7 km wide Jeep track down to Bijayapur Khola and continue on biking on highway and back to the hotel.
Day 8 - Ride up to Harpani and back to the hotel via same way. Biking almost attached with Fewa Lake on your left. Bike back to the hotel.
Day 9 - Today we ride from hotel towards Begnas via main road. We bike to Talbesi across the Sundari Danda from where we can see both Rupa and Begnas lakes on right and left respectively. From here we climb steep uphill about 2 km with altitude gain of 100m and again we have uphill of 2km with dense forest and we reached to Saure Bhanjyang where jeep track ended and we take steep downhill walking trail washed by monsoon rain but rideable on dry season.
We will bike via Baguwa village to Karpurtar through beautiful rice fields where the intersection of three roads, one goes to Besisahar, one goes to Sundari Bazar and one goes to Damauli (Karpurtar to Damauli 38km). We ride towards Damauli via suspension bridge on Madhi and Mitini Khola and stay in Damauli in a hotel.
Day 10 - Today we ride to Ghansi Kuwa (Grass cutter built well). From here we take a left on the dirt red mud trail and climb to Ramjung Ki Vardan (5km with 310m altitude gain); an old Rama temple over there. Then we ride through single trek via Tanahu Gaon and forest and reach Mel Danda from where we can see towering Fishtail mountain. After 1.5 hrs uphill and downhill riding we reach Chainpur Maibahal and take a rest for half an hour and head towards Dumre. Overnight in a hotel.
Day 11 - Today we ride up and down of 12km and reach Turture and cross Marshyangdi river and we reach to the deserted airport and ride uphill and downhill to the Luitel village, a remote village from where we can see Fishtail mountain and Ganesh Himal. Then we descend down to the Daraundi Khola and after crossing the river we reach Chepetar. From here it takes us 1hour to get into the main Gorkha road called 13km point and then we ride to the Gorkha palace. We ride around historical Durbar Square of Gorkha. Later our support vehicle will pick us up for our return journey to Kathmandu.

Client Reviews

My husband and I went on a trek in Nepal this past August, and we had a fabulous time. It was truly the most unique, beautiful outdoor travel experience that either of us have ever had. For anyone considering trekking in the Himalayas, we highly recommend Raj Tamang as a guide. His company, Responsible Adventures (www.responsibleadventures.com) and (www.notjusttreks.com), is professional and customer-service oriented. We were amazed at the ways that Raj and his employees went above and beyond to make this experience memorable for us. Raj is a 'walking encyclopedia' of information about the culture and history of Nepal, and his confident, welcoming nature put us at ease. He was experienced at facilitating positive, genuine interaction between Himalayan villagers and Western trekkers such as ourselves, and that made all the difference in our 10 days touring the Manang valley. His company offers a service that is truly a cut above the rest.

We can't wait for another opportunity to trek with Raj! Feel free to check out our story and pics at www.joshandelise2008.blogspot.com

Elise and Josh Drexler
Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

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