Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour

Trip Duration 8
Max Altitude 2,215 m/7,267 ft
Group Size 2 to 20
Best Time for Visit Jan-Jun, Sep-Dec

Trip Overview

Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Overview

The Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour offers a captivating journey. It Provides the culturally rich and geographically diverse landscapes surrounding Nepal's capital city. This trek presents an ideal blend of natural beauty and cultural exploration within a relatively short duration. Spanning around 5-7 days, this trek takes trekkers on an unforgettable circuit around the Kathmandu Valley, revealing stunning views, serene villages, and ancient heritage sites. Beginning from the outskirts of Kathmandu, the trek winds its way through lush forests, terraced fields, and traditional villages. The trail leads to vantage points like Nagarkot and Dhulikhel, where breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas, including Everest, are a highlight. Along the route, trekkers experience the local lifestyle, interacting with warm-hearted villagers belonging to various ethnic groups such as Newars, Tamangs, and Gurungs. Starting on the outskirts of Kathmandu, the trail meanders through lush forests, terraced fields, and quaint villages. Breathtaking sunrise and sunset views over the Himalayas, including Everest, can be enjoyed from vantage points like Nagarkot and Dhulikhel. Interactions with local villagers, primarily Newars, Tamangs, and Gurungs, provide insight into their traditional lifestyles. Beyond its natural splendors, the trek is a cultural odyssey. Trekkers pass by ancient temples, stupas, and palaces that illustrate the valley's rich history and architectural brilliance. Bhaktapur, an ancient city, stands out for its well-preserved architecture and vibrant markets, giving trekkers a glimpse into the past. Accessible year-round, the trek has distinct seasonal charms. Spring (March to May) brings colorful rhododendron blooms, while autumn (September to November) offers clear skies and pleasant temperatures. The moderate altitude of the trek ensures it's suitable for varying fitness levels.

Conclusion and Summary

In essence, the Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour is a mesmerizing expedition that showcases Nepal's natural allure and cultural heritage. It's an ideal choice for those seeking a compact yet fulfilling trekking experience that encompasses diverse landscapes, local lifestyles, and historical treasures.

 Trip Highlight

  • Sightseeing in and around Kathmandu, including the three primary Palace (or “Durbar”) Squares in Basantapur, Bhaktapur, and Patan.
  • Tasting the delicious trout fish (locally farmed) available throughout the route to Kakani.
  • Sunrise from Nagarkot with a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
  • Riding along the lush paddy fields and traditional plantation and harvesting.
  • Visiting ancient temples, Palaces, and villages to experience the local culture and age-old traditions on single trails and jeep tracks.
  • Sightseeing at Budhanilkantha of Sleeping Vishnu, a Hindu deity.
  • A relaxing time in the outskirt town of Godavari and visiting the pleasant Godavari Botanical Garden.
  • A farewell dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant on the day before departure to celebrate our trip’s success.


Max. Altitude: Kathmandu (1,400 m)

Our airport representative will be receiving you at Tribhuvan International airport, Kathmandu and s/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard outside the airport terminal. You will be then transferred to your respective hotel in our private tourist vehicle.

Overnight at a Hotel
Meals not included

Max. Altitude: Kakani (2,100 m)

We host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu which includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. After the meeting, we prepare our equipment and backpack and then ride off to Kakani. We head through the bustling back streets of Thamel and on to good wide undulating jeep tracks alongside the Nagarjun forest. On the way, taste the delicious trout fish farmed locally – which gives the route the name “Trout Highway”. We bike mostly uphill to Kakani, which is at 2,100m in elevation. Once at our destination, we enjoy the stunning views of the Ganesh and Langtang mountains.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Max. Altitude: Chisapani (2,215 m)

The early morning breakfast prepares us for the long day ahead. We head out on the trail from Budanilknatha toward Shivapuri National Park. The paved uphill road will give way to an off-road jeep track once we enter the Shivapuri National Park and then we head towards Mulkharka from where we follow the jeep track up and down into the heart of the national park.

Part of the route is on the Helambu trekking trail. Our final destination is Chisapani which rounds off a challenging day. The village is a mixed settlement of Brahmins, Gurungs, and Sherpas. The village also commands a beautiful view of the large section of the Himalayan range, which emits an ethereal glow in the setting sunlight.

Overnight at a Guesthouse
Breakfast included

Max. Altitude: Nagarkot (1,932 m)

Early morning after having breakfast, we now move towards Nagarkot riding down the jeep trail 12 km and passing through the jungle and mountains on the North as a backdrop till the next junction where we rest for lunch—descending down up to a jeep trail onto a smooth path for 7km. Riding upwards we reach Nagarkot, another hill station with a splendid view of the Himalayas and sunset in the background.

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Max. Altitude: Namobuddha (1,750 m) & Dhulikhel (1,550 m)

Today we ride past the narrow roads toward Dhulikhel. Passing through the different jungles and riding downhill, along beautiful small villages head off to Nala from where the road leads you to the historical town of Dhulikhel. From Dhulikhel, we ride on the route to the sacred Buddhist monastery Namobuddha where we stay the night.

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast included

Max. Altitude: Balthali (1,445 m)

Today, we continue biking from Namobuddha to the traditional village of Balthali with ancient architecture of the houses and innumerable temples welcome us. This definitely allows for a great spot for sightseeing. The greenery and the farms make our ride very pleasant. The village of Balthali is tucked away behind the forest of Panauti and is considered as a naturally and culturally rich destination. The cozy hotel you’ll be at sports a bird’s eye view of green terrace field, massive surrounding hills and faint streaks of the Himalayas to the north.

Overnight at a Resort
Breakfast included

We descend on the mixed jeep tracks and paved road to Panauti, another ancient village, then ride down to Bhaktapur. Listed as a UNESCO world heritage site, Bhaktapur Durbar Square is a collection of pagoda and shikhara-style temples grouped around a fifty-five-window palace of brick and wood. The main attractions include the Lion gate, the Golden gate, the Palace of fifty-five windows, art galleries, and the statue of King Bhupatindra Malla. You get to experience the culture of Nepal at its finest in Bhaktapur and also the legendary “Jujudhau,” locally made yogurt. After sightseeing here, we head to Kathmandu.

Overnight at a Hotel
Breakfast and Farewell dinner included

The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your flight departure from Nepal.

Breakfast included

Departures & Availability

The set departure dates listed are specially quoted and specified for group joining option. Let us know if the set departure dates are not suitable for you- another dates which are suitable for you can certainly be added by us.

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Start Date Price Availability

All trip prices are per person based on double occupancy, are subject to change without notice and do not include airfare. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars.

Price include

  • All (international and domestic) airport transfers on a tourist vehicle
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 3-star hotel for 2 nights in Kathmandu including breakfast (Private room accommodation can be organized at an extra cost)
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 2 or 3-star hotel in Nagarkot for 1 night including breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing/double accommodation in a 2 or 3-star hotel in Budhanilkantha, Namobuddha, Balthali, and Panauti village including breakfast.
  • Twin-sharing/double tourist standard guesthouse accommodation in Chisapani including breakfast.
  • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
  • All ground transportation by Private tourist vehicle.
  • Entry permits and fees for all temples, parks, monasteries, and cultural and historical sites.
  • Friendship World Trek’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide(s). The number of guides and assistant guides is dictated by the group size.
  • Mountain bike for the number of days riding. The brands include Cube, Trek and Giant hardtail or full-suspension bikes, depending on your choice.
  • Wages, accommodation, meals, gear, insurance, and medications for all staff
  • Filtered water in the trails using Water Filter or using water purification tablets
  • 1 duffel/kit bag, trekking map, sun hat, Buff (Neck Gaiter) and trip completion certificate
  • A farewell dinner on the last night in Nepal
  • All administrative expenses and government taxes

Price Excludes

  • Meals (lunch and dinner) – about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.
  • International flight fare and airport departure tax
  • Any beverages including bottled and boiled water
  • Travel insurance along with high-altitude emergency evacuation coverage
  • Nepal Entry Visa (Visa can be acquired easily after your arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu with a fee of USD 50 for 30 days visa and USD 125 for 90 days visa)
  • Biking attire and other personal gears.
  • Tips for biking staff and drivers.
  • Any expenses other than the Price Include section

Gears And Equipment

Trip Information

The Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking offers some great mountain biking trails. We travel along little-used dirt roads away from the hustle and bustle of the city. A delightful world of wooded slopes, small villages, and hidden temples is only a short bike ride away. The views include all of the principal peaks of the Nepal Himalaya – from Makalu to the Annapurnas.  The ride provides some excellent easy to semi-technical single-track riding along old jeep roads.

Throughout the Kathmandu Valley biking trip, we will experience all the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells that makeup life in Nepal’s ‘Middle Hills’. We will visit the historic cities of Panauti and Bhaktapur, along with the hill resort of Nagarkot with its sunrise view of the Himalayas. We will witness temples, monasteries, and picturesque villages tucked away in the forests along the way. We are so close to the chaos of Kathmandu, yet so far off the beaten tourist trail.

This is a fun but challenging trip, suitable for those with some off-road biking experience since a couple of trails are technical. There are also some long climbs rewarded by even bigger descents. With the mornings spent cycling above a sea of clouds, it would not be an exaggeration to call this a heaven for all levels of mountain bikers!

Gears And Equipment

The following gives you a general idea of the items you can bring for this biking trip. The personal items are of individual interest and choice. The most important fact that one should keep in mind is that one should have enough clothes to tackle the cold weather in the Himalayas.

During your biking trip, a support vehicle will carry the required repair tools and spares. We do recommend you bring some essential tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Personal belongings that you may need for the day like money, a water bottle, rain gear, a camera, sun cream, toilet paper, etc. should be carried by you. So you are briefed to pack items in two different bags.

We will supply a windproof duffel bag you can use on the trip.



Riding Kit


  • Helmet
  • Bike gloves x 3 pairs
  • Biking glasses
  • Padded cycling shorts (to last at least 5 rides)
  • Long-sleeved base layers
  • Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops
  • Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)
  • Hat and non-biking gloves
  • Head torch

If you’re bringing your own bike:

  • Brake pads specific to your bike x 2 sets
  • Rear mech hanger specific to your bike x 2
  • Bottle of dry lube
  • Four inner tubes, or spare bottle of fluid for
  • tubeless tyres (two for each tyre)
  • Quick link to suit your chain
  • For 29” wheels bring extra spare tubes; these are more difficult to find in Nepal

Please note: If you’re bringing your own bike, you must make sure that you have it professionally serviced before the trip, and ask your bike shop to use dry lube on your chain.



List of Recommended Equipment for the Biking Trip


  • Duffel or Rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary ACE duffel bag for you to keep.)
  • Daypack
  • Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears (only if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, and December)
  • Goggles or sunglasses for sunbeams, dust, and wind.
  • A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for the cold season i.e January, February, and December. (optional)
  • 1 pair of warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in the cold season i.e January, February, and December).
  • T-shirts (2).
  • Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are traveling in the rainy season from June to September.)
  • 1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair of shorts.
  • 2 pairs of lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February, and December).
  • 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
  • 1 pair of light camping shoes or sneakers.
  • 1 pair of sandals (Optional).


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First Aid Kits and Medications


  • (Note: Guides carry medications and first aid kits during the trip. However, personal kits and medications are highly recommended.)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • ointment
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Other Essentials


  • Passport
  • Extra copies of passport-sized photos
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletry kits
  • Water purification tablets or UV water purifier (if you plan to treat water)
  • Hydration bladder
  • Towel
  • Pillowcase
  • Toilet paper (2 rolls)
  • High protein snacks (such as protein bars or nuts)
  • Waterproof/dry bags for carrying important documents and money
  • Airline tickets (Please leave a copy at our office in Kathmandu. This can be useful if there is a change in the date of the flight.)

This list is only a guide. While you are required to bring everything on this list, there are numerous options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment. Use your experience and the listed features to find the best gear for you. Some of the above equipments can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.

Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking Tour Route Map

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