The Kathmandu Valley offers a host of day tour options for all levels of riders, from an easy afternoon jaunt into the country to a full days climbing and single track exploration in the National Park and everything in between. Biking in the Valley can take you to the heights of 2200 meters, showcases stunning panoramas of the Himalaya, opens up the vibrant semi rural culture just outside the bustling city and explores jungles, National Parks and many kilometers of rambling single tracks through rice fields and villages. So if you have time on your holiday get out there on a bike and explore the Kathmandu Valley with Himalayan Single Track. All our day tours include guide, lunch, mountain bike and helmet. We can also arrange day tours in Pokhara Valley so get in touch with us soon.
Fun and Friendly Tracks and Trails
Mudkhu to Tolkha 33km – Easy Ride 3 to 4 hours
This fun and easy ride explores the tracks and trails in the North of the valley. Departing from the shop, riders need to navigate about 4 km of traffic roads before an easy 4km climb on a paved road up to Mudkhu. Mudkhu is every cyclist’s favorite place for tea and a chat, you may meet some locals here. From here ride to Tinpipple and then head off road on jeep tracks and village trails riding through villages and rice fields. The trail hugs the valley rim and offers good views of Kathmandu and a good insight into semi rural life in Nepal. The trails are easy and undulating with many easy ups and downs. Reaching the ancient town of Tolkha we take lunch at the temple. Return back to Kathmandu on easy roads and test your skill on a few short sections of Single Track.
Valley North Single Track Explorer
Balaju – Mudkhu – Chaurgoan –Jhor -Tolkha – Budhanilkhanta – 47km – Moderate Ride, 4 to 5 hours
A mix of off-road trails and the best single track sections on offer in the Valley north. Zig zag your way through the rice paddies and semi rural villages and test your skill on some fine sections of single track. The ride combines sharp, steep climbs, sweet down hills and single tracks. There are many variations on this route depending on where your guide takes you and your fitness and skill.
Big Climb and Sweet Downhill
Jamacho & Mudhku Single Tracks – 42km- Moderate Ride, 4 to 6 hours
The ride kicks off with a short section of traffic roads to the National Park Gate. Enter the jungle and follow the winding jeep trail on its 21 km climb to the top of the second highest ‘hill’ in the Valley. Views are great from the top, take time to rest and explore the small monastery and have a packed lunch. Now the downhill begins, retrace the main trail for 3 km then head right, deeper into the jungle, from the army check post there are great views of Manasulu and Ganesh Himal. From here the single track fun begins with a fast descent, the trail at times can be overgrown with jungle vines, all the more fun. After the single track, 6km of sweeping flat trail takes us out of the jungle and back to the main road at Mudkhu for a tea stop. From Mudkhu follow cross country trails and fun single tracks before returning to Kathmandu.
The Fabled Scar Road
Kathmandu – Kakani – Bhudanilkhanta – 57km – Hard Ride, 5 to 6 hours
One of the most challenging rides in the valley that rewards you with fantastic mountain views on a clear day and around 9 km of single track riding in the dense jungle. The ride starts with a long on road climb of around 27 km to Kakani (you also have the option of going on the bus or in a jeep). The last 5 km of this climb are quite steep. Stop for rest and lunch in this tiny village and admire the Himalayan views. From here we enter the park and have a short but tough climb that may involve some push and carry. Things get exciting as we enter the jungle and the track narrows. Technical riding abounds for the next hour or so. Emerge from the jungle and drop almost vertical back down into the Kathmandu Valley. A truly great ride.
Splendid Single Tracks, Jungles and Monasteries
Thamel –Bhudanilkhanta-Staff College – Nagighompa-Heli Pad-Kopan 47 km –Technical Ride 5 to 6 hours
Leaving our Shop, the ride heads northwards following the main road for around 8 km on a steady climb to Bhudanilkhanta. From here, ride up hill for another 8km on a smooth switch back road which climbs through the jungles of Shivapuri National Park. Past the army college the road flattens and you can get great views of both the valley and the Himalaya. The next section we call ‘30 min of heaven’, a sweeping single track in the Jungle with great turns and descents. Re-join the jeep track and climb for a further 3 km before the trail again begins to descend, turn off the main trail for a steep and super technical descent through the villages and the ‘Heli Pad’ … if you can ride it all! Take a late lunch in Bouldanath to fill up empty tummies before returning to Thamel.
Temples, Ancient Villages and Single Trails
Changunayaran – Sankhu – Ghorkarna 41 KM – Moderate Ride 4 to 6 hours
One of the best cross country rides in the Kathmandu Valley. The terrain is varied from paved country lanes, bumpy jeep tracks and sweet sections of single track. Leave behind the city and cycle past Pasupatinath Temple and head cross county through Sanu Thimi and climb upwards to the ancient temple of Changunayran we can explore the temple and have lunch. From here a sweet section of single trail and jeep track takes us through the rice fields to the Newa town of Sankhu where we will stop for lunch. After that we head to Ghorkarna using a selection of narrow trails before returning to Kathmandu.
Southern Culture and Suspension Bridges
Chapagoan – Khokhana – Bungamati – Chobvar – 47 km Moderate/Technical Sections 5 hours
A great day ride that explores some rural sections of the valley, ancient villages and some good section of single track plus a spectacular suspension bridge crossing. A fun moderate tour that highlights the rich and varied culture of the Kathmandu Valley. This ride passes through Patan and Central Kathmandu so be prepared for some traffic.
Ride with a Pro –Drift Nepal Expedition Team
Do you like a challenge? Let us introduce you to one of Nepal’s Top Ten Professional Riders. Follow them out on their favourite trails, single tracks and training routes. Get to know about our riders and how they tick. You will enjoy this fast paced ride. The best bit, this a Non-Profit ride for Drift Nepal Expedition, the money goes straight into the Single Track Team Fund to help support the professional riders in their training and racing endeavours.
Morning Ride Nepalese Style
A great way to get the day started, beat the heat and the traffic. Our morning ride kicks off at 6am and quickly heads out into the north valley. Our first stop is the famous Mudkhu Tea shop where you can try the local “Chia, Chana and Anda”(Sweet Milk Tea, Spicy boiled Chickpeas and boiled egg) and meet some locals. From here we head off road and single track and work our way back to Thamel.