Single Track Mountain Biking Adventure

Arrival City

Kathmandu

Departure City

Kathmandu

Lodging level

Tea House/ Hotel

Meals

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Trip Grade

Moderate

Maximun Altitude

Attractions

Activity

Sightseeing & Mountain Biking

Overview

This trip is the real mountain biking exploration, we know that only three mountain bikes have visited Tumlingtar and we have sent them there. For the first three days of this trip, you have no backup vehicles, so when you can’t ride you carry the bikes. You fly into Tumlingtar and spend the first day getting the bikes put together after the flight. The next day you explore Tumlingtar and the surrounding villages all on the bike, since there are a lot of really nice single tracks here.

Then on the third day the real adventure begins. You make your way along Arun River down to Kewabesi where you meet your support staff and from here on you camp. The rest of the trip is on a series of hard uphill climbs, and trilling downhill rides, but you can now hitch a ride with your support vehicles when the going gets too tough. This tour provides everything that makes a mountain bike adventure, a lot of single trails, a couple of strait forward but long climbs and last but not least two long thrilling downhill rides on tarmac. We look forward to take you mountain bikers out there in eastern Nepal for some real mountain biking.

Itinerary

You will be greeted by a panoramic view of snow-capped mountain peaks sprawling down below once you fly in the sky of Kathmandu. A representative and driver from our office will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. The representative will help you check into your designated hotel. At the hotel you will be briefed about your trip activities.

After the early morning breakfast, you travel along the exotic locales of Kathmandu, where more diversified cultural settings in the valley welcome you. A day tour of the valley will take you to Boudhanath, where you will grab an opportunity for the insightful peep into the invaluable culture attached to Buddhism. This may make you feel like you have just been on a spiritual journey. Boudhanath is one of the largest dome-shaped stupas in the country where the practices of Buddhism can be observed at its best. Then it continues to Pashupatinath, the major Hindu shrine with countless temples dedicated to different Hindu deities within its widespread area. However, the main temple Pashupatinath is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Destroyer - Shiva dwells here as protector of animal kinds as per the myth. A final destination to explore is Patan Durbar Square, where Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor temple, Krishna Temple, Golden Temple and many other places of Patan, will unveil before you as an open museum showcasing intricately carved windows, intrinsic roof struts, statues of gods and goddesses, temples designed in pagoda style with sensual carvings and repose metalwork facades and many other exquisite facets.

You take an hour flight by twin otter from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar is situated on a plateau just above Arun River in an elevation of 460 meters. Around Tumlingtar, you find lush forests, banana groves and rice paddies. You are almost 1000 meters lower than Kathmandu and the climate is almost tropical, so be prepared to sweat! After you have put your bikes back together, you go exploring around Tumlingtar if you have time before sunset. There are lots of nice small trails to explore on the Tumlingtar plateau. You stay in a small simple guesthouse in Tumlingtar.

Today you will make an excursion to Khandbari (1040 m), the regional capital seated on the crest of a ridge two hours’ ride from Tumlingtar towards Makalu Base Camp. If you are here on Saturday, you will experience the weekly market. Khandbari is a charming place, with a flag-stoned main street, whitewashed houses with gardens and manicured lawns. You return to Tumlingtar for the night.

This is where the real adventure begins! Today you have to make your way some 25 kilometers down the Arun valley. From Tumlingtar the trail follows the plateau till it ends four kilometers south of the town from here it is downhill to Shawa River, where you will get to ride across a suspension bridge. The rest of the day you follow Arun River, sometimes a bit above it and at time right on the riverbank. You have time for a dip in the river at lunch, before you continue to your camp at Kewabesi. At Kewabesi you meet your crew who are going to take good care of you the rest of the way to Dharan. Kewabesi is a big delta next to Arun River and just before the Leguwa River joins Arun.

This is the day that is going to teach you what it means to climb. Pakhribas is about 1400 meters higher in elevation than Kewabesi. You start the day with another few kilometers of single trail to Leguwa, here you meet your support vehicles, which are going to be there for the rest of the tour if someone needs a lift up one of the hills. From Leguwa you have a few more kilometers on relatively flat dust road, before the real climb starts at Manmaya. Manmaya to Pakhribas is one long climb; you have plenty of time, so for the stubborn and the strong there is enough time to reach Pakhribas without taking a lift from the support vehicles.

Today you are going to have a flying downhill ride, but first you have to ride another 10 kilometers on a level dust road to Hile. This is a pleasant roadside town situated high on a hill at 1850 meters; the elevation and cool breezes provide a welcoming relief from the heat of the Arun valley. From Hile the road descends a spur to Dhankuta at 1220 meters. The road does not pass directly through Dhankuta, but you will find some small roads through the town, because it is well worth a visit. It is a Rai, Newar and Limbu town - large, attractive and clean, with whitewashed houses and winding streets paved with stone. When you are finished touring Dhankuta you make another fast descend to your camp at the Tamur River at Mulghat.

After Mulghat the road turns south following a side valley of the Tamur River until it reaches the Churai hills, the last range of hills before the plains. The road climbs to Bhedetar, a pass at 1460 meters, and once again you might need a lift. From some places on this ridge there is view of Kanchenjunga (8598 m) and its prominent neighbor Jannu (7710 m), on the Indian border. The view from the pass is the most dramatic sight - to the south there are nothing but plains. You now have your last trilling descent to Dharan at 370 meters. In Dharan you jump in the cars and drive to Biratnagar, where you spend a night before flying back to Kathmandu.

You catch an early flight back to Kathmandu, where you check into our hotel and get a well deserved hot shower.

Transfer to the airport in time to catch you flight home.

General Information

    The Trip Cost Includes
    • 3 nights Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu on twin sharing with breakfast only
    • Local lodge/Tea house accommodation enroute with all meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
    • Airport transfers and tour transfers in private vehicles as per the itinerary
    • Sightseeing tour with English speaking local guide and entry fees to the monument as per the itinerary
    • 1 Mountain bike per member with Helmet and spare parts
    • Service of one English speaking local biking guide during the bike tour.
    • National Park permit fee

    The Trip Cost Excludes
    • Nepal Visa fee
    • Support vehicle throughout the trip (can be provided as per request with supplement cost)
    • Any Airfares and transfers
    • Lunch and Dinner during stay in Kathmandu
    • Personal clothing & equipment (Jacket, Helmet, Gloves, Trousers, Goggles etc.)
    • Any Damage of Bike during the tour (to be settled as per the expense/maintenance bill)
    • Tips to the guide, drivers and local staffs
    • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation due to any reason
    • Clients Insurance and Medical expenses
    • Anything not mentioned under the heading “Price Includes”.

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BOOKING PROCEDURE

Your booking of this trip will be confirmed by email once we receive your deposit of $500 and the signed copy of booking form and contract. The balance is due no later than two months prior to departure. If you book a tour less than 2 months prior to departure, you must send the full payment within 7 days of confirmation by us.

CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your booking, the following scale of charges will apply: • 2 months before departure – Loss of deposit (US$ 500) • 29 days to 2 months before departure – 30% of total trip cost • 10 to 28 days before departure – 60% of total trip cost • Less than 10 days before departure – 100% of total trip cost

DISCLAIMER

The itinerary is taken only as a guideline. We cannot be held responsible for any delays caused by International or domestic flights, strikes, Government regulations, weather or natural casualties etc. In such cases, Explore Himalaya shall provide suitable alternatives which will be decided upon mutual agreement. If you have any questions regarding this trip, please feel free to contact us at enquiry@explorehimalaya.com or directly by phone: +977-1-4518100. We answer all enquiries within 24 hours.

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