Kathmandu Valley Rim Biking – 13 Days
- Trip Code: ATH3326
- Country: Nepal
- Duration: 13 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 - Nagarkot - Dhulikhel - Balthali - Bhaktapur - Godavari - Kathmandu
- Best Season: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November & December
- 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 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 success
The Kathmandu valley offers some great mountain biking trails. We travel along little-used dirt roads away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Only a short bike ride away lies a delightful world of wooded slopes, small villages, hidden temples and the views which include all of the principal peaks of the Nepal Himalaya – from Makalu to the Annapurnas providing some excellent, easy to semi – technical single track riding along old jeep roads. Throughout the trip, we will experience all of the sights, sounds, tastes and smells that make up life in Nepal’s ‘Middle Hills’. We will visit the historic cities of Basantapur, Bhaktapur and Patan; hill resort of Nagarkot with its sunrise view of the entire Nepal Himalaya and the 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!
- Day 01– Arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal (1,345 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 02– Pre-trip meeting and ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,100 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
- Day 03- Ride from Kakani to Budanilkantha (1,630 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 04– Ride from Budanilkantha to Nagarkot (2,175 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 05– Rest day at Nagarkot. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 06– Ride from Nagarkot to Palanchowk (820 m). Overnight at Guesthouse.
- Day 07– Ride from Palanchowk to Dhulikhel (1,600 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 08– Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali (1,445 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 09– Ride from Balthali to Suryabinayak (1,360 m), via Bhaktapur Durbar Square. Overnight at Guesthouse.
- Day 10– Ride from Suryavinayak to Godavari (1,545 m). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 11– Ride from Godavari to Kathmandu (1,345 m), via Patan Durbar Square. Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 12– Sightseeing in Kathmandu (on a private tourist vehicle). Overnight at Hotel.
- Day 13– Final departure from Nepal.
Day 01- Arrival in Kathmandu airport (1,345 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 Hotel. No meals included
Day 02 - Pre-trip meeting and ride from Kathmandu to Kakani (2,100 m)
At around 8:00 am, we host a pre-trip meeting at your hotel in Kathmandu and introduce your leader/guide. Please seek this opportunity to ask questions about the trip. This includes a final briefing and preparations for the trip. For the meeting, please make sure you bring your passport, two copies of passport-size photos, and a readable copy of your travel insurance policy. During this meeting, please clear the due balance, if any, and sign the legally binding trip form as well as the non-liability disclaimer. Please inform us in advance if you will be arriving late and therefore are unable to attend the pre-trip meeting.
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. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular mountain views. 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 elevation. Once in our destination, we enjoy the stunning views of Ganesh and Langtang mountains and the valley of Likhu Khola 1,000 m below.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast Included
Day 03 - Ride from Kakani to Budanilkantha (1,630 m)
Head off on one of the best single tracks in the valley down towards the Budhanilkantha Temple (Sleeping Vishnu), passing through the Shivapuri National Park. Budhanilkantha is a remarkable 5th century statue of the Lord Vishnu, reclining on the coil of giant king snakes in the middle of small pond. Your efforts are rewarded by spectacular panoramic mountain views of Ganesh and Langtang Himal on the way. Moreover, the hotel you’ll be staying at in Budhanilkantha is true resort established in a rural setting with culturally rich and naturally pristine environment whose garden harbors nearly 75 species of birds and 2,000 flowering trees and shrubs.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 4- Ride from Budanilkantha to Nagarkot (2,175 m)
Today we head off towards Boudhanath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. (We will not do sightseeing here today as we’ll come back for more on the second-to-last day.) Following the tarmac past Boudhanath, we take in clearer views of Kathmandu. We continue ride to the Sankhu village and we stop here for lunch and explore this ancient town. From here we cycle along a jeep track road to wind our way up with a two-hour climb to Nagarkot – one of the most well-known hill stations of the country. The views of the Himalayan mountain range from Nagarkot, especially from the Tower, more than compensate this arduous ascent. On a clear day, even Mt. Everest can be seen! We stay in Nagarkot at a guesthouse from where we can enjoy the sunset.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 05 - Rest day at Nagarkot
We take time to explore the numerous biking trails around Nagarkot, or just take some rest and enjoy the pleasant atmosphere at Nagarkot. You may also wish to visit Changu Narayan, a culturally rich temple not far from here. The temple complex includes one of the oldest Hindu temples in the Kathmandu valley and has intricate statues and stone tablets depicting ancient Hindu folklore. From here you can also enjoy good views of the valley and surrounding hills.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 06 - Ride from Nagarkot to Palanchowk (820 m)
We will head down hill on a mix of single and jeep tracks. We descend through terraced paddy fields and small farming villages. We turn off to Phalanchowk and ascend 9km on a paved road (there is always a support vehicle). You’ll visit the Bhagawati Temple, which houses one of the most beautiful and worshiped Bagawati goddess’ images in Nepal. The stunning image is carved of black stone and bedecked in jewelry. From your hilltop vantage point, you’ll have a spectacular view of the Himalaya and the surrounding valleys.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast Included
Day 07 - Ride from Palanchowk to Dhulikhel (1,600 m)
After a wonderful night at Palanchowk, we start the day with an off-road descent. This stretch is technical but there is an easier option further west, which merges with the same trail. We cross the main road and continue 20km uphill to Dhulikhel and our hotel for the night. We have lunch here and for those who haven’t had enough rides, in the afternoon to explore the local trails or the well-preserved town.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 08 - Ride from Dhulikhel to Balthali (1,445 m)
From Dhulikhel, we ride on the flat mostly paved route to Balthali. The traditional village 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 hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 09 - Ride from Balthali to Suryabinayak (1,360 m) via Bhaktapur Durbar Square
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 the neighboring Suryabinayak village.
Overnight at a guesthouse. Breakfast Included
Day 10 - Ride from Suryavinayak to Godavari (1,545 m)
Leaving Bhaktapur behind we head towards northwest on jeep tracks and single tracks, passing paddy fields along the gorgeous and serene forest of Phulchowki on our way to Godavari. The Godavari Botanical Garden hosts a wide range of exotic and indigenous plants in its famous gardens. It has been of prime importance for scientific research and observation and is popular among both the locals and tourists because of its pleasing landscape surrounded by evergreen natural forest. You can feel a sense of tranquility and refreshment in Godvari, which also has innumerable hiking spots, including Phulchowki hill – the highest point in the Kathmandu valley.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 11 - Ride from Godavari to Kathmandu (1,345 m), via Patan Durbar Square
We spend time exploring some exciting trails near Godavari then onto excellent off-road trails close to Kathmandu, a pleasant conclusion to our thrilling biking session! On the way, we will pay a visit to the Patan Durbar Square, which is an enchanting combination of palace buildings, artistic courtyards and graceful pagoda temples. The former royal palace complex is the center of Patan’s religious and social life and houses a museum containing an array of bronze statues and religious objects. One remarkable monument here is a 17th-century temple dedicated to the Hindu god Krishna, built entirely of stone. We return to the hustle and bustle of Thamel on tarmac roads and celebrate our completion of this rewarding trip.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast Included
Day 12 - Sightseeing in Kathmandu (on a private vehicle)
Your sightseeing trip will start at around 7:00 am after a hearty breakfast. You will have a private vehicle and a professional tour guide at your disposal. We visit Boudhanath Stupa, one of the biggest Buddhist shrines in the world, where we observe Buddhist monks praying in the monasteries surrounding the stupa. After Boudhanath Stupa we visit Pashupatinath, the most famous Hindu temple in the country, located on the banks of the holy Bagmati River. Here we see Hindu holy men (sadhus) meditating, pilgrims bathing and occasionally funeral pyres burning on the ghats. We then head towards Swayambhunath – also called the Monkey Temple – a Buddhist stupa perched atop a hillock on the western side. You get a magnificent view of the valley from here.
In the evening, have a relaxing stroll and a last-minute shopping spree in Thamel and Basantapur. We host a farewell dinner in a typical Nepali-style restaurant with cultural performances (dancing and singing with costumes) tonight to celebrate our hard work and achievement in the biking trip.
You have the option to extend your trip to continue onto Chitwan jungle safari, Pokhara sightseeing, trekking, rafting & bungee, Kathmandu valley shopping tour, scenic Everest flight, and other activities.
Overnight at a hotel. Breakfast and Farewell Dinner Included
Day 13 - Final departure from Nepal
The trip concludes – our airport representative will drop you at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport 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!
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- 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.
Airport / Hotel / Airport pick up & drop off service by private tourist vehicle.
Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Kathmandu, breakfast included.
Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Nagarkot, breakfast included.
Twin sharing accommodation in a two or three star hotel in Budhanilkantha, Dhulikhel, Balthali and Godavari, breakfast included. (4 nights in total)
Twin sharing tourist standard guesthouse accommodation in Kakani, Palanchowk and Suryabinayak, breakfast included (3 nights in total)
A farewell dinner in traditional Nepali restaurant with some cultural dance program.
All ground transportation by tourist car / van / minibus, depending on the group size.
Guided city tour in Kathmandu on a private vehicle, including monument entry fees.
Ace the Himalaya’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.
Food, accommodation, salary, insurance, equipment and medicine for our field staff.
Free Ace the Himalaya duffel/kit bag, sunhat and t-shirt (yours to keep).
All government taxes and official expenses.
Price Does not Include
International airfare and airport departure tax. (See the international flights page)
Your travel insurance (mandatory for the trip; should cover helicopter rescue charges). (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 US $ 25 or equivalent foreign currency. Similarly, Tourist Visa with Multiple Entries for 30 days and 90 days can be obtained by paying US $40 and $ 100 respectively. Please bring 2 copies of passport size photos).
Lunch and dinner for entire trip– about USD 15 to 20 per person per day.
All items of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
Biking attire and other personal gears.
Tips for biking staff and driver. (Tipping is expected)
Others expenses not mentioned in the Price Includes section.
- USD 420 extra per person if you wish to upgrade the accommodation to a five-star hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, and Godavari. Upgrading options are unavailable in other towns.
All you need to bring for this biking trip is simply some comfortable clothes; there is no any requirement of special equipment on the tour. However, for your ease, the following 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 Bag-pack 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, suns cream and toilet paper etc. should be carried by yourself. It is 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 – 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 – 2 sets
- Rear mech hanger specific to your bike – 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.)
- 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 sunbeam, 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 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 cotton pants (loose jeans/khakis), 1 pair shorts.
- 2 pairs lightweight long underwear/thermals (if you are traveling in winter January, February and December).
- 2 pairs of liner socks, synthetic or Capilene.
- 1 pair light camping shoes or sneakers.
- 1 pair 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.
- Immodium or Pepto Bismol capsules for upset stomach or diarrhea.
- 1 small personal sized first-aid kit with blister treatments such as mole skin, band-aids, some waterproof tape, anti-infection ointments, etc. Your guides 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 on at our office in Kathmandu just in case if you need to change the date of your).
- 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 Kathmandu Valley Rim Mountain Biking 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 Kathmandu Valley Rim biking trip. There are several ups and downs in this trip as you soar through some the most ancient Nepalese, 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. The highest elevation we’ll reach in Kathmandu Valley Rim trip is Nagarkot at 2,175m above sea level.
Yes, our airport representative will be there to greet you at the airport. S/he will be displaying an Ace the Himalaya sign-board. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel.
We use standard rooms at three- or four-star hotels in Kathmandu with breakfast included. Along the biking route, decent hotels are available but in more remote spots, 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.
Breakfast is included with the hotel, guesthouse but lunch and dinner is not included in the package price.
All the restaurants that we dine at cater for Continental, Chinese, Mexican, American-based cuisine with some local influences, always plenty to choose from.
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 sightseeing, city tours and pickups. 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 traveling 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 Kathmandu Valley Rim Mountain Biking is from September to June. It is not very advisable 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. In some parts of the routes, you can take downhill shortcuts for which we strongly recommend full suspension bikes. (Your guide will let you know if there are any shortcuts you can take.)
All the brands we provide are properly serviced and fully functional standard hardtail rentals best suited for the trips. We provide full suspension bikes (if preferred by our clients) for an additional charge.
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 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 5, respectively, per day per person.
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 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 kgs. 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 your exceeding the baggage allowance, whether you have a hire 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. Where 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
Yes. All the bikes are compatible with customized bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able 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 in your hotel reception by paying some service charges. 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 hotel in Kathmandu, Nagarkot, Dhulikhel, Godhavari and Budanilkhanta.
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 required, 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 easily 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 though 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.
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