Famous as the home of the world’s highest mountain, Nepal is well known as a trekker’s paradise, but the variety of terrain, culture and cycling trails on offer also makes it an excellent option for cyclists looking for adventure. Whether you want to ride through the Annapurna foothills to the lowlands of the Terai and Chitwan National Park or embark on an epic ride over high passes to Lhasa in Tibet, a cycling holiday in Nepal can cater to all levels of rider. To bike amongst the highest mountains on earth in the company of some of the warmest and friendliest people makes a tour here quite unforgettable.
A popular ride along paved and dirt roads is from the ancient Kathmandu Valley to the lakeside town of Pokhara taking in majestic views of the Himalayan ranges of Langtang and Annapurna. You can cycle through the ancient kingdoms of Kathmandu, Patan and Bhaktapur; visiting remote temples and pedalling through ancient cedar forests and picturesque farmlands. Have a rest from your bike and try to spot the rich wildlife in Chitwan National Park on an elephant-back safari.
You end the ride amid terraced farmland, forests and pastures in Pokhara set in the fertile foothills of the Annapurna massif which is regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain regions of the world. Keen mountain bikers can follow the route of the classic Annapurna Circuit Trek on a hard core off road ride with inevitable sections of pushing and carrying the bike.
Kathmandu is located at 1400 metres and sits in a bowl surrounded by four high mountains and valleys where mountain bike trails with challenging climbs and exhilarating descents link traditional villages.
An epic ride to undertake is the route from Lhasa in neighbouring Tibet to Kathmandu in Nepal. The cycle route follows the Friendship Highway through amazing landscapes, past isolated settlements that are cut off for much of the year and nomadic herdsmen. This is an extremely rewarding route though challenging due to the high altitude riding.
The best season for cycling is from the end of September to mid-April. From September to November you can expect crystal clear skies and comfortable biking temperatures. Between December and February the temperatures drop but the mountain views are clear. In March and April the rhododendron forests burst into flower and temperatures are once again ideal. Between May and August the heat builds up and monsoon rains arrive.