Exploring the known, and some unknown, destinations on pedal power—and at this time of the year—is as near as one can get to experience the perfect getaway. With so many places to go, in and around Kathmandu Valley, it might be quite a hassle to choose an appropriate one,especially when you have less time in your busy schedule. 

So, we have put together a listof suitable destinations, as recommended by Ajay Pandit, national player (cyclist), as per the time and toughness of the route.

Every Morning Rides

Must carry

•Basic toolkit

•Proper cycling gear and wear

Time: 2 hours (on average) 

This route is for the everyday riders who take cycling as their fitness recipe. However, the time duration assumed may vary as per the capacity of the riders and their equipment. Early morning ride is recommended to avoid pollution.

Tokha

Route:Kathmandu Durbar Square - Nayabazar - Balaju - Mudkhu -Tokha

 

Difficulty level: Normal

Local shops and eateries:  Available

Local attractions: Tokha Ganeshsthan, Bhutkhel Park 

Budhanilkantha (Helipad)

Route: Kathmandu Durbar Square - Lazimpat - Golfutar - Chapali - Budhanilkantha Temple - Nangki Gumba - Helipad

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Local shops and eateries: Available before entering Shivapuri National Park

Local attractions: Nangki Gumba, forest greenery

Khokana

Route: Patan Durbar Square - Ekantakuna - Nakhu - Bhainsepati - Khokana

Difficulty level: Normal

Local shops and eateries: Available

Local attractions: Farming fields, typical Newar communities and their food

 

Kirtipur 

Route: Patan Durbar Square - Dhobighat suspension bridge - Chobar Gate - Kirtipur

 

Difficulty level: Normal

Local shops and eateries: Available

Local attractions: Gumba, scenic view of Chobar hill

 

Weekend/Overnight

These routes are for the weekenders, those who have time of more than a day or two that they want to utilize to go cycling. However, the risk factor is always there when going out for a longer trip, so caution should be the watchword.

Must carry

•Bike maintenance toolkit

•Protective cycling gear and wear

•Power snacks and light food

•Water bottle/water purifiers

•Tents and sleeping bags

•First aid box

•Insect repellents

•Light, warm clothes for campers

•Torch light and extra batteries

•Necessary electronic equipment

•Extra cash

Dakshinkali Temple 

Route: Patan Durbar Square - Dhobighat - Chobar - Taudaha - Chalnakhel VDC - Shree Narayan Pharping - Dakshinkali Temple

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Local shops and eateries: Limited

Accommodation: Limited

Camping: Available (tents). Need to take permission from the local authority.

Local attractions: Dakshinkali Temple

Kakani (Camping)

Route: Kathmandu Durbar Square - Sworakhuttey - Balauju Chowk - Dharmasthali - Trishuli Highway - Kaulethana - Kakani

Difficulty level: Hard

Local shops and eateries: Limited

Accommodation: Available

Camping: Available

Local attractions: Sceneric view along the route, Kakani hill

Shivapuri

Route: Kathmandu Durbar Square - Thamel - Samakhusi - Baniyatar - Tokha - Nepal Army, Shivapuri - Shivapuri hill

Difficulty level: Hard

Local shops and eateries: Limited, available before entering the national park premises.

Accommodation: Limited/ not available

Camping: Need to take permission from the Nepal Army camp at the entrance.

Local attractions: Green forest of the national park

Lakhure Bhanjyang View Tower (Camping)

Route: Patan Durbar Square - Gwarko - Lubhu - Lamatar Phedi- Thakuri Gaun Road - Lakhuri Bhanjyang view tower

Difficulty level: Hard

Local shops and eateries: Limited

Accommodation: Limited/ Not available

Camping: Available (tents). Need to take permission from the local authority.

Local attractions: Scenic view of the natural surroundings, view tower.

Nagarkot (Camping)

Route: Koteshwor - Araniko highway - Changu Narayan Road - Chailing - Telkot - Nagarkot

Difficulty level: Hard

Local shops and eateries: Available, but limited at destination

Accommodation: Available

Camping: Available

Local attractions: Sunrise view from the tower, scenic view of the valley.

Weeklong Trip

This trip is for the fearless ones, with routes filled with adventure and risks, thus proper planning is needed before setting out on the journey. Not only during the journey, but caution is to be taken weeks before setting out on the trip, maintaining proper diet and exercise routine to lessen the problems and make the trip as smooth as can be. And, also, it is very important to take a few days proper bed rest after returning from the adventurous trip.

The time calculated is for average normal healthy cyclists on ‘A’ grade cycle and equipment. The time duration may vary according to the capacity of the cyclist, and the environmental and circumstantial factors that may occur.

Must carry

•Bike maintenance toolkit

•Protective cycling gear and wear

•Power snacks and light food

•Water bottle/water purifiers

•Tents and sleeping bags

•First aid box

•Insect repellents

•Light, warm clothes

•Torch light and extra batteries

•Necessary electronic equipment

Kathmandu Valley Round Trip

Route: Kakani - Chisapani - Nagarkot - Dhulikhel - Namo Buddha - Lakhurey Bhanjyang

Days: 3 - 4 (on average) 

Difficulty level: Extreme

Local shops and eateries: Limited

Accommodation: Limited/not available (available only at center points) 

Camping: Available (tents). Need to take permission from the local authority.

Pokhara Trip

Route: Nuwakot - Dhading - Gorkha - Lamjung - Pokhara

Days: 7 (one week) 

Difficulty level: Extreme

Local shops and eateries: Limited

Accommodation: Limited/ not available (available only at center points)

Camping: Available (tents). Need to take permission from the local authority.