Biking and Safari Adventure in Nepal – 11 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3332
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 11 Days
- Trip Level: ModerateThis tour is rated moderate and is for all levels of cyclists in above average physical conditions. You need to be in good shape and reasonably fit. Moderate trips are ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy nature and culture, as well as occasional climbs and mud. Some experience is recommended for the this biking trip. There are several climbs and drops in this trip as you soar through some ancient Nepalese villages, hilltops with stunning views of the Himalayas, religious sites and serene gardens. Moderate biking trips include a mixture of paved roads, jeep tracks and single tracks.
- Max Altitude: 2,175 m /7134 ft
- Activity: Mountain Biking
- Starts at: Kathmandu
- Ends at: Kathmandu
- Trip Route:
Kathmandu - Kakani - Shivapuri Village - Chisapani - Nagarkot - Namo Buddha - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
- Challenging biking trails like trail to Kakani, Scar Road, 30 Minutes of Heaven and others
- Tasting the delicious trout fish (locally farmed) throughout the route to Kakani
- The magnificent views of the Himalayas from Annapurna to Everest
- Sunrise on the Himalayas seen from Nagarkot
- Riding along the lush paddy fields and traditional plantation and harvesting
- Namo Buddha, a beautiful Buddhist monastery and one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites
- Historically, artistically and culturally rich towns like Panauti and Dhulikhel
- Bhaktapur, one of the oldest cities of the Kathmandu valley
This biking safari adventure takes you, at first, for a thrilling ride around the Kathmandu valley. As you ride up and down the hills and adventurous trails on your mountain bike, the beautiful Himalayas dominate the skyline. And then, the trip takes you to Chitwan National Park. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher, says it is “one of the best wildlife-viewing national parks in Asia”.
You begin your biking adventure by paddling from Kathmandu. Enjoy riding in the bustling city and then start a challenging ride to Kakani, a quiet town atop a ridge. The hill station offers mesmerizing views of the Himalayan ranges from Annapurna to Everest (weather permitting). Ahead is a 9-km single track, known as “Scar Road”, which runs through Shivapuri National Park. In the trip, you will get lots of opportunities to ride in challenging trails. On Day 3 while biking from Shivapuri village to Chisapani, you will ride on a single biking trail known as “30 Minutes of Heaven”.
From Chisapani, cycle to Nagarkot, which is another popular hill station offering the breathtaking sights of the snow-white peaks. The major attraction of staying overnight at Nagarkot is the sunrise in the morning. Wake up before dawn and go out on the balcony. You will be amazed at the scenery. The sun rays light up the Himalayan mountains and turn them from white to red and gold.
From Nagarkot, ride for 5 km along a ridge at first. You will pass through beautiful towns that have preserved their cultures well and have distinct medieval look. They are Panauti and Dhulikhel, both of which are Newari towns. You will stay at Namo Buddha, which has a beautiful Buddhist monastery. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage sites. You will also pass through a giant statue of Shiva, one of the significant Hindu gods. And around the end of the biking tour, a scenic single track takes you to Bhaktapur, one of the oldest cities of the valley, which is adorned with impressive medieval as well as ancient buildings and temples.
When the biking tour ends, the safari adventure begins. Take a drive to Chitwan National Park. At the park, you will do lots of activities such as elephant safari, canoeing, jungle safari, visit to elephant breeding centre and watching wildlife. You will get to watch some of the rare wild birds and animals and plants.
- Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu (1,400 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 2 – Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,300 m). Distance: 33 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
- Day 3 – Ride from Kakani to Shivapuri Village (2,000 m). Distance: 33 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
- Day 4 – Ride from Shivapuri to Chisapani (2,430 m). Distance: 67 km. Overnight at Guesthouse.
- Day 5 – Ride from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175 m). Distance: 37 km. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 6 – Ride from Nagarkot to Namo Buddha (1,750 m). Distance: 49 km. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 7 – Ride from Namo Buddha and Back to Kathmandu. Distance: 40 km. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 8 – Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (415 m) by Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at Resort.
- Day 9 – Full Day Jungle Activities inside the Chitwan National Park. Overnight at Resort.
- Day 10 – Early Morning Activities and Drive Back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 11 – Transfer to the International Airport for Your Flight Departure.
Day 1 – Arrival in Kathmandu International Airport (1,400 m)
Our airport representative will receive you at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. 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.
Either on this day or the next day, depending upon your arrival time, there will be a pre-biking meeting, where you are requested to bring your passport, 2 passport-sized photos and a readable copy of your travel insurance. Also in this meeting, you must clear all due balance, sign a legally binding trip form and a non-liability disclaimer. And you are also requested to ask any questions. We will provide you Ace the Himalaya duffel bag, and cap at the meeting.
Overnight at a hotel. No meals included.
Day 2 - Ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,300). Distance: 33 km
Ride out of Kathmandu through the bustling back streets of Thamel. Leaving the city behind, ride outside the Queen forest (Raniban) for a while and then bike up to Kakani mostly climbing on paved road.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 3 - Ride from Kakani to Shivapuri Village (2,000 m). Distance: 33 km
Have breakfast and start the day’s biking. At first, there is downhill. Enjoy the thrill of going down a hill in Nepal. Then, there is a bit of uphill track. Once pass through this, it is mostly downhill. The route is called Scar Road, which runs through Shivapuri National Park. After riding in the trail, rest at Shivapuri village. This village affords a magnificent view of the Himalayas.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 4 - Ride from Shivapuri to Chisapani (2,430 m). Distance: 67 km
After having a hearty breakfast, ride uphill to reach a flat jeep trail that runs about 7km around the valley rim. Next, pass through single track through the jungle. Further the trail includes a jeep trail uphill, 3 km, up to Nagi Ghompa,then descend 9km down to the rocky road. Then move forward to Mulkharka passing through the scenic jungle.
After taking break for an hour or so, you once again ride through jungle trail (8km) riding past the streams and lake, finally make your last uphill ride, 3 km, to Chisapani. Chispani is a small hill top village that has an excellent view of the himalayas all around the valley.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 5 - Ride from Chisapani to Nagarkot (2,175 m). Distance: 37 km
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 upto a jeep trail onto a smooth path for 7km and start climbing upwards to Nagarkot.
Riding upwards we reach Nagarkot, another hill station with splendid view of the himalayas and sunset on the background.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 6 – Ride from Nagarkot to Namo Buddha (1,750 m). Distance: 49 km
Today we ride pass the narrow roads towards Namobuddha. Passing through different jungle and riding downhill, along beautiful small villages head off to Nala from where the road leads you to the historical town of Dhulikhel. Riding uphill through Kavre Bhanjyang we reach Namobuddha, a beautiful, quiet and pure place with a very famous Buddhist Monastery.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast included.
Day 7 – Ride from Namo Buddha to Kathmandu. Distance: 40 km
Today, in the morning explore the famous Monastery and relive the buddhist culture and then after breakfast, ride downhill to reach Panauti a village with old newari settlement. Pasing on the scenic Lakuri Bhanjyang and small village and temples we reach Bhaktapur, one of the oldest cities of the Kathmandu Valley. From Bhaktapur, you ride to the city of temples, called Kathmandu.
After the one-week biking trip be prepared for the luxury safari trip to Chitwan National Park which starts on the next day.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast included.
Day 8 – Drive from Kathmandu to Chitwan National Park (415 m) by Tourist Vehicle.
After having breakfast, head to Chitwan National Park. On reaching resort, you would be briefed by our Guest Relations Officer. After the lunch you would be going for Village tour on a OX cart. Meanwhile the dinner would be ready by the time you return to the resort.
Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.
Day 9 – Full Day Jungle Activities inside the Chitwan National Park
After the Breakfast we will move ahead for morning tour which will provide you one of the best times to see the wildlife at its best with Elephant Safari/Jungle Walk.
Then after the Lunch we would go for canoe ride through the grassland and forest upstream of Narayani River. We will take local boats to watch crocodiles along the banks and also visit the Elephant Breeding Centre. Late afternoon you would be entertained with the Cultural Tharu Program.
Overnight at a resort. Breakfast, Lunch and dinner included.
Day 10 – Early Morning Activities and Drive Back to Kathmandu by Tourist Vehicle
Today, after morning tea we would be going for bird watching as Chitwan is very famous also for the different species of the birds, which is the attracting fact for the visitor. After that we would be back to resort, have breakfast and get ready for heading towards Kathmandu in a tourist vehicle. Our representative will assist you for it.
In the evening, we host farewell dinner for you at a typical Nepali restaurant with cultural dance show.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and farewell dinner included.
Day 11 - Transfer to the International Airport for Your Flight Departure
The trip concludes. Our airport representative will drop you at the international airport in Kathmandu for your flight departure from Nepal.
The price per person for small group journey is fixed as stated below. Group discounts from 10% to 25% are available for booking of two or more than two persons. A group booking of 10 or more people is subjected to a maximum discount with the availability of free trip for one person. If your group is much larger, please contact us to discuss about the discount rate. There are also the options of private and tailor-made journey best suited for you, your family and friends!
Start dates are your arrival date in Nepal where as the End dates are the returning date from Nepal Check Availabile Dates:
Date (Start - End) Price (Per Person) Sat, 28 Apr - Tue, 8 May USD 1,999 Sat, 5 May - Tue, 15 May USD 1,999 Sat, 12 May - Tue, 22 May USD 1,999 Sat, 19 May - Tue, 29 May USD 1,999 Sat, 26 May - Tue, 5 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 2 Jun - Tue, 12 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 9 Jun - Tue, 19 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 16 Jun - Tue, 26 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 23 Jun - Tue, 3 Jul USD 1,999 Sat, 30 Jun - Tue, 10 Jul USD 1,999 Sat, 1 Sep - Tue, 11 Sep USD 1,999 Sat, 8 Sep - Tue, 18 Sep USD 1,999 Sat, 15 Sep - Tue, 25 Sep USD 1,999 Sat, 22 Sep - Tue, 2 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 29 Sep - Tue, 9 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 6 Oct - Tue, 16 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 13 Oct - Tue, 23 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 20 Oct - Tue, 30 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 27 Oct - Tue, 6 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 3 Nov - Tue, 13 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 10 Nov - Tue, 20 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 17 Nov - Tue, 27 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 24 Nov - Tue, 4 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 1 Dec - Tue, 11 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 8 Dec - Tue, 18 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 15 Dec - Tue, 25 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 22 Dec - Tue, 1 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 22 Dec - Tue, 1 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 29 Dec - Tue, 8 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 29 Dec - Tue, 8 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 5 Jan - Tue, 15 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 12 Jan - Tue, 22 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 19 Jan - Tue, 29 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 26 Jan - Tue, 5 Feb USD 1,999 Sat, 2 Feb - Tue, 12 Feb USD 1,999 Sat, 9 Feb - Tue, 19 Feb USD 1,999 Sat, 16 Feb - Tue, 26 Feb USD 1,999 Sat, 23 Feb - Tue, 5 Mar USD 1,999 Sat, 2 Mar - Tue, 12 Mar USD 1,999 Sat, 9 Mar - Tue, 19 Mar USD 1,999 Sat, 16 Mar - Tue, 26 Mar USD 1,999 Sat, 23 Mar - Tue, 2 Apr USD 1,999 Sat, 30 Mar - Tue, 9 Apr USD 1,999 Sat, 6 Apr - Tue, 16 Apr USD 1,999 Sat, 13 Apr - Tue, 23 Apr USD 1,999 Sat, 20 Apr - Tue, 30 Apr USD 1,999 Sat, 27 Apr - Tue, 7 May USD 1,999 Sat, 4 May - Tue, 14 May USD 1,999 Sat, 11 May - Tue, 21 May USD 1,999 Sat, 18 May - Tue, 28 May USD 1,999 Sat, 25 May - Tue, 4 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 1 Jun - Tue, 11 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 8 Jun - Tue, 18 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 15 Jun - Tue, 25 Jun USD 1,999 Sat, 22 Jun - Tue, 2 Jul USD 1,999 Sat, 29 Jun - Tue, 9 Jul USD 1,999 Sat, 7 Sep - Tue, 17 Sep USD 1,999 Sat, 14 Sep - Tue, 24 Sep USD 1,999 Sat, 21 Sep - Tue, 1 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 28 Sep - Tue, 8 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 5 Oct - Tue, 15 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 12 Oct - Tue, 22 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 19 Oct - Tue, 29 Oct USD 1,999 Sat, 26 Oct - Tue, 5 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 2 Nov - Tue, 12 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 9 Nov - Tue, 19 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 16 Nov - Tue, 26 Nov USD 1,999 Sat, 23 Nov - Tue, 3 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 30 Nov - Tue, 10 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 7 Dec - Tue, 17 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 14 Dec - Tue, 24 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 21 Dec - Tue, 31 Dec USD 1,999 Sat, 28 Dec - Tue, 7 Jan USD 1,999 Sat, 28 Dec - Tue, 7 Jan USD 1,999
- We understand that some clients want their adventure trek/trip to be a private affair, so that it would enable them to spend some of their memorable moments with their near and dear ones at there own Schedule. Considering this, Ace the Himalaya organizes private journeys as well. Please choose your own departure date.
- You can also use this tour as a base for a tailor-made itinerary. For example, we could add on more time exploring the Kathmandu Valley or relaxing in Pokhara, or add some wildlife safaris in Chitwan or Bardia National Parks. We can also adjust the trekking route and add some exciting white water rafting on the Seti, Trisuli or Bhote Koshi rivers. To discuss your ideas or to get some suggestions from one of our travel consultants, please fill in our tailor-made request form.
Pick up from and drop off at the hotel and the airport on a private tourist vehicle
Twin sharing accommodation in a two to three-star hotel in Kathmandu and Nagarkot including breakfast
Twin sharing accommodation in a comfortable guesthouse in Kakani, Shivapuri village, Chisapani and Namo Buddha including breakfast
Two-night-and-three-day accommodation in Chitwan with full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) as well as all jungle activities in the national park
Farewell dinner in the evening before the day of departure
All ground transportation by tourist car / van / minibus depending on the group size
Entrance fees and permits for all national parks, monasteries, temples and heritage sites
Ace the Himalaya’s licensed English-speaking mountain biking guide
Mountain bike for riding (The brands include Trek or Giant full-suspension bikes depending on your choice.)
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag and sunhat (yours to keep)
All government taxes and official expenses
USD 750 extra per person is required, if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel for the entire trip
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)
Your travel insurance. (See the travel insurance page)
Nepal entry visa – you can obtain a visa easily upon your arrival at the Tribhuwan International Airport in Kathmandu (Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 15 days can be obtained by paying USD 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying USD 40 and 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport-size photos.)
Lunch and dinner in all places except in Chitwan (about USD 15 to 20 per person per day)
All items of personal nature like drink, laundry, etc
Tips for tour staff and driver (Tipping is expected.)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section
All you need to bring for this biking trip is simply some comfortable clothes. There is no any requirement of special equipments on the tour. However, for your ease, the following list gives you the general idea about the personal items you need to manage for the trip. The personal items referred here are optional and depends upon your choice. The most important factor to be considered while choosing the equipment and your backpack is the time of the year you are traveling.
In a tour, the vehicle transfers all the heavy items and equipment. But the personal belongings of the clients which are required at any moment like money, water bottle, camera, sun cream and toilet paper, etc. should be carried by you yourself. It’s therefore, advisable that you pack the personal belongings into your daypack.
We will supply complimentary water and windproof duffel bag which you can use on the tour for your shopping purpose. The duffel bag is yours to keep.
- 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
- Tubeless tires (two for each tire)
- 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 Equipments for the Biking Trip:
- Duffel or rucksack bag or suitcase (We will provide one complimentary Ace the Himalaya duffel bag for you to keep.)
- 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 sun beam, dust and wind
- A neck warmer is another piece of gear for extra warmth if you feel you will need it and is for cold season i.e. January, February and December(Optional)
- 1 pair of warm gloves (This is required if you are traveling in cold season i.e. January, February and December.)
- T-shirts (2)
- Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket (preferable if you are traveling in rainy season from June to September)
- 1 pair of cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis) and 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)
Medicines and First Aid Kits
Please Note: Our guide will also carry the first-aid kit bag during the trek. However we still recommend you to bring your personal first-aid kit as well.
- Extra strength Excedrin for altitude related headaches
- Ibuprofen for general aches and pains
- Imodium or Pepto-Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea
- 1 small personal first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guide will have more extensive medical gear but you should have the basics for general use.
Miscellaneous, but Important !
- Passport and extra passport photos (4 copies)
- Airline ticket (Please make a copy and leave one at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your departure)
- Durable wallet/pouch for travel documents, money & passport
- Lip balm (At least SPF 20, 2 sticks. A string taped to the stick is helpful, to hang around your neck and some are now being sold with a cord already attached. Handy as it avoids you from having to stop and look for it)
- Toiletry kit (Be sure to include hand wipes and liquid hand sanitizer)
- 2 bandanas
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 equipment can be easily found in stores in Kathmandu for cheaper prices.
Here's a few answers to most common Questions asked by the customers.
For the Biking and Safari Adventure in Nepal Trip, you need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Moderate trips are ideal for cycling enthusiasts who enjoy nature and culture, as well as occasional climbs and mud. Some experience is recommended for the Biking and Safari Adventure trip. There are several ups and downs in this trip as you soar through some of the most popular hilltops with stunning views of the Himalayas, religious sites and serene gardens. Moderate biking trips include a mixture of paved roads, jeep tracks and single tracks.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya signboard. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We use standard rooms at two to three-star hotels in Kathmandu and Nagarkot with breakfast included. Along the biking route, decent guesthouse/lodges generally provide basic clean facilities with a mattress and a quilt or blanket. We can also offer you Ace the Himalaya sleeping bags if needed (to be returned after the trip). We usually provide single and double rooms. And at Chitwan, we provide you three-star resort on full board.
Breakfast is included with hotel and guesthouse accommodation but lunch and dinner is not included in the package price. And at Chitwan, full board meal (breakfast, lunch and dinner) is included.
All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American cuisine with some local influences. Always plenty to choose from. Please ask your guide for the advice and suggestion. Lunch and dinner are not included while you are in biking trip.
Ace the Himalaya is all about providing you with local insights, lifestyle as well as adventure. We provide you only those options which enhance your local experience while allowing you to bike comfortably and efficiently. We use private tourist vehicles for pick-ups and drop-offs from and at the hotel and the airport and to transfer you from Kathmandu to Chitwan and back. Depending on the group size we use cars, minibus, vans or alternatively 4WD jeep, more maneuverable in traveling along the narrow and bumpy roads of Nepal. All the vehicles are usually air-conditioned unless we are travelling in cooler areas. Vehicle support will be available at accessible spots. We use our own Fleet service for Transportation. Click to know more about our fleet service!
The best time for Biking and Safari Adventure is from September to June. It is not suitable and safe to bike during the monsoon season from June to August except for Lhasa to Kathmandu mountain biking.
Either hard-tail or full suspension mountain bikes will do fine.
All the brands we provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hard-tail rentals best suited for the trips. We provide full suspension bikes (if preferred by our clients) for an additional charge. The brands of mountain bike are:
Trek: 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-series
Cube: Comp, LTD, CMPT, Reaction
Giant: ATX, Tralon
Other brands: Capic and V-Ket
Bikes are hired at the time of booking and are included in the price. The frame size of the bike has to be matched with your height. And since there is a limited number of each size, we strongly suggest you provide us with this information well ahead. In the case of any damage incurred to the bike or the equipments, the client will be liable to pay for the repair and/or replacement depending on the nature of the damage.
We provide a helmet, a pump, a spare tube, a water bottle and a repair kit with a rental bike.
Cycle computer and a GPS unit for USD 2 and USD 5respectively. The cost is for per person per day.
Yes, you definitely can! It is highly recommended that you have your bike thoroughly serviced before coming on the trip. Spare parts are available in Kathmandu, but may not always be compatible with your bike.
Most airlines are quite used to people traveling with bikes and if a bike is properly boxed and within the luggage allowance, it is a relatively hassle-free experience. On arrival at your destination, you will be met by your leader, and you will just need a baggage trolley to take your bike as far as the transfer vehicle.
Make sure the bikes are properly packed. You may do it yourself. Here’s a guide (a link). Or if you’re not sure, you could have a local bike shop pack it for you.
We take every care to ensure your bike is well-treated, but it is normal for a bike to sustain minor scratches, resulting during the daily ride as well as loading and unloading from support/transport vehicles.
Your bike is part of your baggage allowance on the plane, details of which are shown on your flight ticket, and maximum weights are usually between 20 and 25 kg. A boxed bike weighs around 16 kg, so you need to pack carefully. Put heavy items in your hand baggage; wear your heavy/bulky jacket when you check in. Ace the Himalaya will not be liable for any excess baggage charges brought by the airline as a result of exceeding the baggage allowance, whether you have a hired bike or take your own bike. In practice excess luggage charges are rare for those who pack sensibly, even if you are a little over the specified limit.
A few airlines impose specific standard bike carriage charges. All such charges are beyond our control, and to be paid by the client. If we know of a bike carriage charge in advance, this will be added to the relevant trip notes. In the unlikely event of any of your luggage and/or bike being misplaced or damaged while in the care of the airline, a Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be filed with the appropriate airline on arrival. This is essential if you subsequently wish to make a claim against the airline or on your travel insurance. This must be done at the airport where your baggage arrived or should have arrived.
The support vehicle (where available) and the guide will carry the required repair tools and spares. We do recommend you carry some basic tools and spares (like a puncture kit and Allen keys). Our guides are also qualified mechanics and have ample experience maintaining bikes on the trips.
Safety and comfort are what you’re looking for here. Here’s a quick list of what you’ll need for the trip:
· Cycling helmet (included with the bike rent)
· Touring shoes
· Cycling gloves
· Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
· Socks – wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)
· Leg warmers or tights for riding
· Short-sleeved shirts (2)
· Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
· Windcheater, rain gear, jacket and pants
· Waterproof shoe covers
It is recommended that you carry a backpack with your valuables like camera and passport. Panniers are not suitable for the trips.
Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able to help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip. Please inform us in advance if you plan to bring your own saddle and pedals.
No. The guide will carefully pace the ride to include rest and refreshment along the way. Where available, the support vehicle will accompany you and you can always hitch a ride if you need a break.
These facilities will be available in most of the places. Remember to bring travel adapters!
There are telephones in most of the towns/villages along the routes from which you can make international calls. Internet and international calls are available at the hotels and guesthouses in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Shivapuri village, Chisapani, Namobuddha and Lakuri Bhanjyang.
All our guides are equipped with the local mobile phone. You may wish to pass the number of our guide to your family for the callback or you can make a call from the guide’s mobile and pay him directly for the international call too.
In Kathmandu, yes – to some extent. Once you are out of the cities, all you need is cash.
It depends on your spending habits. Generally, you can allocate USD 15 to USD 20 per day for a lunch and a dinner.
This is a difficult thing to gauge. We have seen everything from USD 20 to USD 1000 per person for guides and porters. Tipping is not compulsory, but a small gesture of thanks to your guides and local porters thanks for their help. The level of the tip should reflect the level of satisfaction from and personal involvement with your guide.
In most places, bottled water is readily available. If you wish to drink normal water, you need to use purifying aid, which you need to bring with you.
Our company insures all our staff members, including guides, cooks, Sherpas and porters. Please browse through Company Information pages to view insurance details.
Here are some documents that you will need to carry with you:
· Valid Passport – must be valid for up to 6 months after you return from your tour, keep a separate photocopy.
· Travel insurance, keep a separate photocopy
· Cash and Traveller’s Cheques, keep numbers and proof of purchase separately
· Flight tickets
· Emergency contact numbers for T/C’s, banks, insurance, family contacts.
A holiday should never be about making it to the final point quickly. Along your trek we can add days at your request with additional costs to cover guides, porters, accommodation and food.
Yes, there are a plenty of options and choices to extend your holiday before or after your main trip. Please go into our trip extension page for further information.
No vaccinations are compulsory fro travelling in Bhutan, but we do recommend you are covered for diphtheria TB, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, *malaria, typhoid, polio and tetanus.
We also recommend:
· A dental check-up prior to travelling.
· That you know your blood group in case of emergency.
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions which might affect you on tour, you make these known to your tour leader and Ace the Himalaya at the time of your booking.