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The Namo Buddha Biking Tour - 06 Days

The Namo Buddha Biking Tour in Nepal is actually meant for the ones who have a good flair on biking.

It was only in 1988 that mountain biking sprouted up as an alternative adventure to trekking. Nagarkot is one of the most scenic spots located about 35 kms east of Kathmandu, from where one can relish splendid vistas of snow-capped Himalayan ranges. Besides, it is also a vantage point to witness the scintillating sight of sunrise and sunset.

Namo Buddha is a Tibetan monastery situated on a hilltop, around 45 kilo meters away from Kathmandu, in Kavre district. It is rarely visited, as the sight is not yet connected to a motor road. Since a 45 kms hike may not always be palpable, mountain bike is the best option to get us there. Namo Buddha Tour begins with a ride to Dhulikhel, a beautiful serene village located towards the east of Kathmandu. We then paddle up along the steep trail to the Kali (ferocious Hindu female goddess) Temple until we finally arrive at the monastery of Namo Buddha. After picnic lunch atop the monastery, we ride back down to Dhulikhel and check into our resort, where we halt overnight.  In the days ahead, we have some off-road riding, which brings us to one of the ancient cities, Bhaktapur, via the village of Nala. This tour is actually meant for the ones who have a good flair on biking. It gives a good tease to your stamina!   

 

OUTLINE ITINERARY

Day 01: Arrival In Kathmandu(1400m)

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing

Day 03: Bike from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (2195m); explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square en route (Distance biked - 38kms)

Day 04: Bike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1625m) via Namo Buddha (1750m) - Distance biked - 35 kms

Day 05: Bike from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu ; explore Patan Durbar Square en route (Distance biked - 33km)

Day 06: Final departure

 

  Important  Snippets 

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.

The mountain biking trails in Nepal are not extremely rugged. Although it is obvious that some biking skills, good fitness level and endurance would be needed to pursue such trip, it can be enjoyed by the riders of all levels. The accompanying biking guide shall have the technical know-how and vehicle support can also be provided wherever needed.

 


Kathmandu, the busy and flamboyant capital city of Nepal.Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu (1400m)

Upon arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, you will be received by a representative from Marron Treks and then transferred to your hotel. At the hotel, you will be greeted with welcome drinks. We then have a quick pre-trip meeting where you will be briefed on the necessary formalities and your tour itinerary. You can spend the remaining half of the day, resting. Or, if lying flat is too unbecoming for you, stroll around the nearby places just to get the feel of this energetic capital of Nepal. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast included.

                                     

Day 02: Kathmandu city sightseeing (1400m)Swayambhunath, one of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in Kathmandu, Nepal.

After breakfast, hop in to our private vehicle and head off for a guided tour to the renowned historical and cultural landmarks of Kathmandu. You will be visiting the sites like - Pashupatinath Temple (the most revered Hindu shrine), Swayambhunath (Monkey Temple) and Kathmandu (Basantapur) Durbar Square. All these sites have been listed in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list. After the entertaining and informative tour, we drive back to the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.



Paddling to Nagarkot, a beautiful hill station near Kathmandu, Nepal.Day 03: Bike from Kathmandu to Nagarkot (2195m); explore Bhaktapur Durbar Square en route (Distance biked - 38kms)

An action packed day lined up for us. We savor the succulent breakfast at the hotel and then gear up for the biking fiesta! Nagarkot is about 38 kms away from Kathmandu. The roads are uphill, narrow and curvy but the ambience is mind-boggling; lush green terraced farms, interesting hamlets and of course, some great mountain views!  We can readily stop anywhere for some photography. On the way, we pass by an ancient medieval town, Bhaktapur. We explore the Bhaktapur Durbar Square. The site is a conglomeration of ancient temples, palaces and monuments, all reflecting the incredible art and craftsmanship of the ancient era. Bhaktapur is dominated by the "Newar" populace. This god-fearing indegenous people have kept their unique culture and tradition intact till date. Despite the wave of modernity lambasting the cities nearby, Bhaktapur has so far been able to retain its ancient charm. 
After this short indulgence in the cultural wonders of Bhaktapur, we get back to our run machine and paddle towards Nagarkot, via Sakhu. The chill of the fresh air, superabundant greenery and luscious mountain views clearly indicate our arrival at this picturesque hill station. We ride to one of the finest resorts nearby and freshen up ourselves. In the evening, we hike to  the Nagarkot tower and witness an utterly romantic sunset view. Overnight at a hotel in Nagarkot; breakfast included.


Day 04: Bike from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel (1625m) via Namo Buddha (1750m) - Namo Buddha, a legendary spot in Nepal where Lord Gautam Buddha, in his previous incarnation, fed his own flesh to a hungry tigress.Distance biked - 35 kms

When you are staying overnight at Nagarkot, you cannot dare to miss out the trinity of mountain vistas, sunrise and sunset! Sacrificing the comfort of the cozy bed, we get up early and saunter once again to the vantage point of Nagarkot Tower. One could literally be flabbergasted witnessing the sun gradually escalating over the magnificent Himalayas. After this heavenly retreat, we walk back to our hotel and have breakfast. The biking resumes as we paddle all the way down from Nagarkot towards the Newari settlement of Nala. En route, we also get the glimpses of few villages dwelt by the "Brahmin and Chettri" communities. Paddling ahead, we descend along a small hill and arrive at the holy Buddhist site of "Namo Buddha". According to a legend, it was here that Lord Buddha, in a previous incarnation, fed his flesh to a hungry tigress as an offering. A stone statue of Buddha marks the site and  there is an active monastery on top of the hill. We visit the monastery and resume our ride towards Dhulikhel. The route ahead is a combo of dirt and tarmac roads, with a fair amount of switchbacks. With tired legs but a contented heart, we arrive at Dhulikhel and check in to one of the good hotels here. Overnight at Dhulikhel; breakfast included.



Biking in Nepal from Nagarkot to Kathmandu.Day 05: Bike from Dhulikhel to Kathmandu ; explore Patan Durbar Square en route (Distance biked - 33km)

We savor an energizing breakfast simultaneously relishing the sunrise and mountain views. On this final biking day, we whip past the ancient city of Panauti. This rarely visited town hosts the  "Indreswor Mahadev Temple". Constructed in 1294 A.D, the temple is one of the oldest shrines in Nepal. Paying our homage to hindu diety, we resume the bike ride, this time paddling uphill towards the west and then following the Roshi River all the way until the town of "Madhuban". Beyond Madhuban, we enter into a narrow pristine valley ascending 300m along a superb trail to reach the summit of Lakhuri Bhanjyang. This is probably the oldest route to the eastern outskirts of Kathmandu Valley, connecting the other ancient cities with Panauti. We then cycle the last part of our journey from Sisneri to Kathmandu. En route, we squeeze in some time to visit the the Patan Durbar Square. Akin to the Bhaktapur Durbar Square, the palatial premises of Patan encapsulate some of the most eye catching ancient architectures and craftsmanship. Upon arrival at Kathmandu, you can get back to your hotel and relax for some time. Or, if you are not that worn out with incessant paddling, you may spend the remaining time shopping souvenirs at Thamel. In the evening Marron Treks will host a farewell dinner party- a full fledged Nepali fiesta featuring a range of traditional Nepali cuisines coupled with a live cultural show. Forget who you are or where you came from. Savor the Nepali dishes, dance to the tunes of Nepali folk songs…be a Nepali at least for this evening!  Overnight at a hotel in Kathmandu; breakfast and dinner included.


Day 06: Final departureTribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Unless you intend to extend your trip to try out some of our other holiday pacakges, this will be your last day in Nepal. A representative from Marron Treks will escort you to the Tribhuwan International Airport, three hours prior to your flight schedule.
As you wave us good bye and enter the terminal block, you would perhaps recall your arrival at this place. No wonder everything seems so familiar now, because you had come here as tourist, but you are going back as a friend! Have a safe flight back home and we look forward to being your travel companion in Nepal again.

  • You have just been a part of this sizzling adventure. If you have the appetite for more, we gladly offer you an array of challenging and entertaining quests that catapult you to the diverse landscapes of Nepal, giving you a rare opportunity to witness the multifarious vegetation, jaw-dropping natural beauty,  serene turquoise lakes and luscious mountain vistas. Please click on "Nepal Trekking", pick your preferred trek package and give us the chance to add yet another dash of adventure to your life!!

  Important  Snippets 

The itinerary prescribed above is the standard template of the trip plan offered by Marron Treks which can be readily customized to match the guests’ preferences. However, the guests are expected to understand that the execution of the trip plan might be circumvented by an array of uncontrollable factors like bad weather, political turmoil, strikes, blockades and other unforeseen contingencies. Under such abnormal circumstances, the trip plans might undergo slight or sharp alterations, taking into consideration the best interest of the clients. Wherever the changes are made, Marron Treks cannot be held responsible for the consequences. Nevertheless, we shall endeavor our level best to make sure that the trip is carried out with respect to the original trip specifics.

The mountain biking trails in Nepal are not extremely rugged. Although it is obvious that some biking skills, good fitness level and endurance would be needed to pursue such trip, it can be enjoyed by the riders of all levels. The accompanying biking guide shall have the technical know-how and vehicle support can also be provided wherever needed.


Accommodation

During Mountain Biking in Nepal we opt you accommodate in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Hotel Royal Singhi (3 star), Hotel Manaslu (3 star), Radisson (5 star), Yak & Yeti (5 star) or similar in Kathmandu City. In Pokhara City, we accommodate you in 3 star or 5 star hotels like Base Camp Resort (3 Star), Mt. Kailash (3 star) , Fishtail Lodge (5 star) , Shangrila Village (5 star) or similar.

 

Meals

We arrange the best quality food for all guests. Basically we recommend you local community foods so that you could enjoy the culture, the way of living of local people and also promote the locally available resources of organic food and beverages. Other than that many kind of Continental, Chinese, Italian and Indian cuisine like Pizza, Spaghetti, French Fries, Soups, Breads etc are also available in most of the places based upon your requirement.

 

Our Guides

A Guide will be provided to you for the trip details. Marron Treks has experienced and helpful guides who make your trip enjoyable as well as successful. To make our visitors journey fruitful, the team of MarronTreks has got number of guides who have good knowledge about the culture, language, location and each and every little things of that particular region.

 

Best Months
Sep-May is  considered to be the best months for Mountain Biking in Nepal

 

Supporting Vehicle

In the trip you have your personal vehicle then you can use that to start up your journey or we could provide you one supporting vehicle.It depends upon your choice.

 

Travel Insurance

Before starting your journey with MarronTreks it is advised that you arrange your travel insurance before leaving your homeland. The main thing is to make sure your insurance covers you for both medical and evacuation costs. In some places it is not necessary but it would be better if you have the travel insurance with you all the time. That would make your trip safe and hassle free.

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Cost Includes

  • Airport pick-up and drop services.
  • Hotel accommodation in Kathmandu, Nagarkot and Dhulikhel on “BB” basis as per the itinerary.
  • Guided sightseeing tour of Kathmandu city.
  • All applicable tourist entrance, monumental and local permit fees as deemed necessary for the tour.
  • Cost of hiring a mountain bike and accessories (helmet).
  • Remuneration to a biking guide with a technical know-how.
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • Company’s t-shirt, cap and a day pack (provided as complimentary gears).
  • Support vehicle for the emergency use only.
  • A comprehensive medical kit (will be carried by the guide).
  • Personal insurance for crew members.
  • All government and local taxes.
  • Farewell dinner with live Nepalese cultural program.

 

Cost Excludes

  • International airfare and departure taxes.
  • Personal insurance for travel to Nepal.
  • Emergency rescue evacuation cost.
  • Nepal entry visa fee – Visa can be obtained upon your arrival at the Tribhuban International Airport in Kathmandu. (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days costs US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days costs US $40 and $ 100 respectively. You will need a valid passport and 2 Biking attire and other personal gears.
  • Lunch & dinner where ever not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tips to the guide, driver and hotel staffs (Tipping is expected).
  • Bar bills, alcoholic drinks & beverages.
  • Other expenses of personal nature (phone calls, laundry etc.).
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the 'Cost Includes' section above.

Mountain Biking Gears

You don’t actually have to contemplate hard when it comes to organizing the essential gears for a mountain biking trip. The renting outlets sprouting up in every nook and corner of Kathmandu will have all your gears, including the mountain bike, fetched up. So all you need to carry are some basic clothing, shoes and energy drinks. But if you are one of those very particular types, who intends to ride on his/her own special bike, we would want you to compulsorily bring few gadgets (specified below), if you really want to have a smooth ride. Of course, all the items on our list are not a “must” and we’ve only included them to give you a general conception about the biking gears.
All the heavy items, including your main luggage will be transferred by our escort vehicle and the only thing that you need to carry with you is your compact supply bag (backpack). Stuffs like money, passport (including other relevant trip documents), toiletries, drinks/chocolates etc. can be carried on your day pack so that you can have easy access to them.

 

  • Essential Riding Gears

Map

Biking Shoes and socks

Mountain Bike

Helmet

Energy Drink

Biking Glasses

Head Torch/Flash Light

Bike gloves (3 pairs / full and half)

Short-sleeved and long-sleeved cycling tops

Biking socks (at least 5 pairs)

Hat and non-biking gloves

Brake pads

Inner tubes or spare bottle of fluid

Mountain Bike

Bikes are abundantly available on rents here in Nepal. We make sure that you get the best bike at disposal and will take care of its maintenance throughout the ride. However if you prefer to bring you own bike, it’s important that you get well serviced before the trip and bring the following gadgets with you:-

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; they are barely available in Nepal

 

  • Equipments

Backpack/Rucksack

Duffle bag (will be provided by Marron Treks as a complimentary gear and you needn't return it)

Pack cover (to protect your gears from getting wet)

Day sack/Nylon stuff sack

Sleeping Bag/ Silk liner (will be provided by Marron Treks but should be returned after the trip)

Warm wool or synthetic hat that covers your ears (only if you are travelling in the cold season i.e January, February and December)

Goggles or sunglasses

1 pair warm gloves

T-shirts (cotton and short sleeved).

Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket

Cycling shorts- long & short both (for unexpected weather changes)

Loose cotton pants

Camping shoes or sneakers

A pair of flip-flops (Optional)

 

  • Medicaments

It is important that you include the medicines prescribed by your doctor. Below is just the generic list of medications. We advise you to always consult your travel doctor as you might be resistant or allergic to some medicines. Generally, our guide carries the first aid kit with him, but it’s always better to have your own kit.

 

 Anesthetics (Ibuprofen/Aspirin)

 Broad spectrum antibiotics tablets

 Metronidazole and Antacids (for diarrohea /indigestion)

 Broad spectrum ointments (Neosporin/ Clotrimazole/Gentamicin)

 Antiseptic liquids (Dettol/Savlon)

 Assorted band-aids

 Small gauge pad

 Roll of adhesive tape

 Iodine tablets

 

  • Miscellaneous Bits

The items below could seem trivial, but if you don’t have them, you might just find yourself sticky and stinky, which isn’t actually good for you!

 

 Toiletries

 Quick-drying camp towel

 Detergent powder/bar

 Toilet paper

 Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 20+) & Lip balm

 Pocket knife

 Sewing/Repair Kit (for tent & mattress)

 Emergency kit including a whistle, waterproof match/lighter

 Padlocks for bags and lodge rooms

 Stuff sacks

 Earplugs

 Candlesticks

 

  • Optional Carry

Nothing hard and fast about carrying the items on this list as they are not the basics. Yet, though not all, if you still manage to squeeze in some of these items on your carry, you will not regret as they might just come handy during the trip.


Camera, memory card and battery charger

GPS unit Altimeters

Binoculars

Plastic bags for wet cloths

Books and magazines

Choice of dry food

 

Departure Date

Generally, there are no fixed departure dates for the optional adventure like "Mountain Biking". If you intend to pursue the adventure on any specific date, please contact us directly and let us know about your preferred schedule. We will endeavor our level best to make sure that the adventure commences on the set date.





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