Cycling around Nepal

Nepal Bike Tour

Surrounded by spectacular vistas and rhododendron forests, which give way to bamboo groves, you will encounter the marvelous culture of the people, with a mix of Aryan and Mongoloid people. The Annapurna Himal lies between the Kali Gandaki and Marsyangdi river valley, forming a solid, mountain bastion. It spans a total of 40 miles and incorporates twelve peaks that are higher than 7000m


Day-1: Kathmandu

Day-2: Nagarkot, cycle to Nagarkot

Day-3: Cycle and visit Bhaktapur

Day-4: Drive to Pokhara

Day-5: Fly to Jomsom, ride to Kagbeni

Day-6: Cycle to Muktinath

Day-7-8: Cycle part of Annapurna circuit

Day-9: Cycle part Annapurna Circuit, transfer to Pokara

Day-10: Free day Pokara

Day-11: Fly to Kathmandu

Day-12: Depart Kathmandu


Day-1: Kathmandu

Arrival transfer, included dinner, overnight at Thamel Eco Resort

Day-2: Nagarkot, cycle to Nagarkot, overnight hotel (B-L)

After breakfast, transfer by road to Bhaktapur to avoid traffic, then cycle to Nagarkot on nice backroads and through pine forest. As we pedal along the rim of the valley we pass terraced farmland and houses that seem to cling to the hillside. When we reach the top of the hill we are rewarded with the our first glimpses of the snowy peaks of the Himalayas.

Day-3: Cycle and visit Bhaktapur

After an early morning breakfast we ride west to the medieval town of Bhaktapur. Bhaktapur is an ancient city, with beautiful Newari art and a wonderful cultural heritage. There are many lovely temples and palace squares to explore.

Day-4: Drive to Pokhara

Free morning. In the early afternoon we drive to Pokara. On a clear day the views from here over the lake are breathtaking. There is plenty of time to enjoy this city and make some last minute preparations for our ride up in the Himalayas.

Day-5: Fly to Jomsom, ride to Kagbeni, overnight guesthouse (B-L-D)

A spectacular morning flight will bring us to Jomsom, a lovely village nestled in the Annapurna mountain range at 2800m. We then cycle to Kagbeni, only two hours away. This is perfect way to get acclimatised to the higher altitudes. In the afternoon we will go out on foot and explore the valley. This was one of the major trading routes between Tibet and India. The traders brought salt from Tibet and barley, spices and cloth from India. We stay overnight in Kagbeni.

Day-6:Cycle to Muktinath (B-L-D), guesthouse

We set off early for a strenuous ride uphill to the spiritual hub of Muktinath. A jeep can be used for those who can't make the strenuous uphill.

Day-7-8: Cycle Annapurna circuit (B-L-D), guesthouse

From today our ride is mostly downhill until we get back towards Pokara. Don't be deceived though, the adventure is far from downhill with the legendary mountain views! We cycle along the parts of the Annapurna Circuit and we stop overnight in lovely authentic local villages.

Day-9:Cycle Annapurna Circuit (B-L-D)

The last day of cycling is just few hours, finishing at Beni. Our bus will be waiting for us. We load up the gear and prepare for the bus journey back to Pokhara.

Day-10:Free day Pokara

Day-11: Fly to Kathmandu
Afternoon city tour, overnight Thamel Eco Resort


Departure day, airport departure transfer

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Cycling Variations

Kathmandu Holy Muktinath Tour Annapurna Tilicho Lakes

Day-1 Arrival to Kathmandu & Transfer to the Hotel (1,400m)

Day-2 Kathmandu Nuwakot Dhading Aarughat

Day-3 Mountain Biking from Gorkha Aarughat to Pokhara.

Day-4 Fly to Jomsom after arrival bike ride to Kagbeni

Day-5 Cycling from Kagbeni to Kalopani.

Day-6 Full day mountain bike tour at Jomsom to Muktinath and back to Kagbeni.

Day-7 Cycling from Kagbeni to Baglung

Day-8 Cycling from Baglung to Pokhara

Day-9 Fly back to Kathmandu

Day-10 Rest day at Kathmandu

Day-1: Arrive Kathmandu

Day-2: Guided Sightseeing in Kathmandu

Day-3: Drive: Kathmandu / Besishar (760m) / Khundi (790m)

Day-4: Khudi / Bhaunadanda (1310m) Total Cycle: 19km

Day-5: Bhaunadanda / Tal (1700m) Total Cycle: 12km, 600hm, Rideable 45%

Day-6: Tal / Chame (2670m) Total Cycle: 21.8km, 985hm, Rideable 60%

Day-7: Chame / Pisang (3300m) Total Cycle: 16.4km, 600hm, Rideable 48%

Day-8: Pisang / Manang (3540m) Total Cycle: 17.2km, 400hm, Rideable 95%

Day-9: Manang / Khangsar (3,750m) Rideable 50%, Time: 5 hrs

Day-10: Khangsar / Tilicho Lake Base Camp (4,200m) Rideable 55%

Day-11:Early morning ride to the Tilicho Lake and back to Khangsar (3,750m) Rideable 40%

Day-12: Khangsar / Manang (3540m) Rideable 50%

Day-13: Continue to Letdar (4200m)

Day-14: Letdar / Thorung Phedi (4450m) Total Cycle: 19km, 910hm, Rideable 75%

Day-15: Cross Thorung La (5416m) to Muktinath (3800m) Total Cycle: 22.4km, Rideable 60%

Day-16: Muktinath to Jomsom (2710m) Cycle: 25.6km, Rideable 95%

Day-17: Jomsom / Kalopani (2530m) Cycle: 26.2km, Rideable 90%

Day-18: Kalopani / Tatopani (1190m) Cycle: 24.4km, Rideable 75%

Day-19: Bike until Beni Baazar ( 830m). Drive to Pokhara (79km) Total Cycle: 24km, 90% ride-able

Day-20: Fly to Kathmandu (1310m)

Day-21: Kathmandu.

Day-22: Fly back After breakfast, we transfer you back to the airport for your onward departure flights

Day-23: Depart Kathmandu

Your Questions Answered

The riding on this tour is not too strenuous as compared to the Tilicho Lakes cycle tour
Large trucks, buses and cars use the main routes and there is this constant stream of traffic. Very few main roads have a shoulder and when there is one its used by motorcycles. There is very little in the way of shops once you are outside the Kathmandu valley and then the roads are a lot quieter
Most of the cycling trail are off road with lots of steep and up-down trails and Himalayan Views with typical villages
This is a lodge trek so you will spend your night in lodges in your room. Beds are provided along with mattresses but we suggest you bring a sleeping bag. When in Kathmandu and Pokhara you will be in a hotel.
This is one of the most often asked questions - "how will I cope with the altitude". To be honest, this is an 'unknown' factor as no-one can predict how your body will cope at altitude. People who have been to altitude many times in the past without problems, may on one climb suddenly develop problems. There are many factors that play a role. You will be at a higher altitude around the Annapurna region
The tour can be done during Autumn (Sep - Nov) which is the best time or Spring (March - May)

Yes you do. We (Nomadic Adventures) do not allow anyone to climb with us unless they have adequate travel insurance. Adequate, means you must be covered for

1) trekking or hiking - this may sound strange, but many insurance list that as an exclusion.

2) altitude up to 6,000 meters. Most travel insurance providers do not include this under their standard option and often limit it to 3500m or less.

3) Sprains strains and physiotherapy - yes, many insurers exclude this, though ironically, this is what you will most likely need cover for.

4) personal accident - this is the horrible part of insurance. Yes, you need to be covered in the case of death. We are often told by clients - "if anything happens to me, just leave me there." It is not that simple. Bodies need to be brought home or laid to rest overseas, and this can run into thousands of dollars, creating a huge burden on family members.

We will assist in helping you provide good cover. If you need cover or simply a quote, follow the details herewith: Once you have done your initial quote, you will need to upgrade your cover to include altitudes up to 6000m. Towards the bottom of the page you will see a section called, Options: Upgrade your cover. Click the link called 'View Adventure Sports Benefits'. A blue pop up screen will open. Look for the level of cover required for 'trekking to 6,000 meters' or 'hiking to 6,000 meters'. Depending on your country it is usually a level 1 or 2. Note: we are not insurance experts and it is your responsibility to ensure you have correct and adequate cover. If you live in South Africa, we have other cover options

Nepal Bike Tour at a Glance