Top 5 Cycling Routes around Kathmandu
We have covered hiking, trekking and other things to do in Kathmandu. If you still haven’t got enough then try cycling around Kathmandu. A fun filled adventure that not only tests your physical strength but also leaves you with breath taking views of the Himalayas and the valley.
With a minimum charge of $5 a day you can rent a good cycle. Because cycling is getting very popular in Kathmandu there are many agencies that provides guides and cycling gears on hire. So check your brakes, and gear up as I present you (in no particular order) the 5 best cycling routes around Kathmandu valley that you can enjoy!
Lakuri Bhanjyang: A 30km long trail connecting Patan to Lakuri Bhanjyang. It is categorized as an intermediate level cycling trail.
Starting your journey from Patan (one of the 3 main cities in the valley), you head towards Sundhara, followed by a 6 km journey to Lubhu (an ancient city famous for handmade loom, and brick makers).After a few minutes’ ride through the crowded Lubhu city, your uninteresting ride soon peters out and you ride along the rugged jeep track and then, finally commence on a 500m risky switchback ascend to LakuriBhanjyang.
On a clear day, the view of Kathmandu valley and the mountains surrounding the place is,definitely, a sight for sore eyes. The second half of your journey is a mere sweet descend through the rural valley of BebarKhola,famous for the settlers belonging to ancient Newari, Tamang and Chhetri civilizations, leading to Panauti from where, it’s a straight road ride back to Patan.
Chobar to Champadevi: Chobhar hill, situated 6 km south of Kathmandu, can be reached on a mountain bike in 20 minutes. Chobhar Gorge and JalVinayak temple are situated here.
15 min ride through Chobar village takes you to a rugged road leading to Bansbari. On reaching Bansbari, ride for two hours through the forest area to reach Champa Devi. This is an ideal place from where you can observe the whole valley and the great mountain range, even Mt. Everest on a clear day.
There are two different routes while returning. You could either head towards Pikhel or Pharping, and from there, make your way back to Kathmandu. It’s a rough, bit hard ride up and down the hill.
Kathmandu to Nagarkot: At an elevation of 2150m and 30 km from Kathmandu, a cycle ride to Nagarkot view tower is not a bad idea.
Good for both intermediate and pro riders, this bittersweet journey takes you through slow uphill ride along the newly constructed highway and a couple of minutes of grueling steep climbs. Starting your journey from Kathmandu (let’s say Baneshwor), you ride through Koteshwor, Suryavinayak and reach Kamalvinayak. From here, it’s a 15km slow ascend along the pitched road leading you to Nagarkot.
The best place to learn about different cultures (especially Newari) and the best seat in the house for the popular sunrise view form the view tower; it’s a cycling tour you are never going to forget!
Balaju-Kakani: This is another scenic cycling route around the valley. The ride to Shivapuri from Kathmandu starts at Balaju (2 kilometers north of Thamel) and heads towards the road to Kakani which, at an altitude of 2073 meters, is 23 kilometers away.
The road passes through the twists and turns of the Nagarjuna Forest Reserve. A short break observing the flora and fauna might be a good idea here. Once you reach the peak of the ridge, after going through the initial pass to the valley, take the road to the right, instead of going down the road leading to Trishuli Bazar. The T-junction is clearly marked.
After riding another for 4 kilometers of steep hill, you reach Kakani. With lots of tea houses around, stopping for lunch with splendid views of the mountains and forests is like an icing on a delicious cake!
Kathmandu Valley Rim: It’s an ideal cycling trail for those who are in search of a little bit of challenge. Both,the number of riding days and the physical effort needed, Is high.
With minimum of 4 days to be spared, this cycling route takes you through the Panoramic Nagarkot (2100m), Chisapani (2193m), Shivapuri National Park along with some historical Hindu temples like Changunarayan,famous monastery of Namobuddha and 3 major cities; Kathmandu, Lalitpur and Bhaktapur.A perfect opportunity to know everything that Kathmandu valley has to offer! This route is a definite to-do in any biker’s list!
Bored with trekking! Well this could be an activity for you that’s not just as challenging but also equally rewarding! Take a bike and ride along the trails, fun has a new name now!