Whether you are a novice or a veteran in mountain biking, trails in Kathmandu will keep you entertained. From fairly easy paths to challenging and technical single tracks is what the hills around the valley offers. While you discover more of Kathmandu, you are likely to be addicted to cycling as is the case with many in recent years. Mountain bikers in Kathmandu have never stopped exploring and newer trails open to anyone wishing to take a diversion. We list here some routes that have been frequented by cycling enthusiasts.
Some of the Mountain Biking Routes in Kathmandu
Mudkhu – Jhor – Tokha
North of the valley, a moderate slope through the Trishuli highway for about 30 minutes takes us to Mudkhu. This is the meeting point for cyclists: a small tea shop to rest and lots of routes to explore. From here, we follow the Trishuli highway till Tinpiple and take a diversion. You would be amazed by what you pass – rice fields and scanty settlement with forests covering a huge section of the path and a rather long one. The road to Jhor could be confusing; however, anyone passing by would be eager to help. This is the righteous location to rest and enjoy. The waterfall is a popular destination where you can easily get refreshed. Returning, the ancient Newar city will intrigue anyone with its hospitality and delicious cuisines.
Kathmandu – Kakani – Budhanilkantha
Taken as one of the most challenging rides around the valley, the Scar Road comes out to be among the most rewarding ones as well. Fantastic mountain views on clear days and a thrilling single-track ride that keeps on knocking your adrenaline to the edge makes the ride a memorable one for most people. If you stop anywhere on top of the Kakani hill, the views are just magnificent. Very few shops on the way so it’s a good idea to carry some food and lots of water.
Budhanilkantha – NagiGompa – Kapan
This is another of the interesting rides in the valley rim. The route could just be the continuation of the scarred road if you are not so tired after that long ride! We recommend you to start fresh, however. The uphill is horrendous from Budhanilkantha and climbs through the jungles of the Shivapuri National Park. This is followed by a nice single track which joins back to the jeep track after about 30 minutes. The downhill is one of the most enjoyed by skilled riders, very technical yet very interesting. Drop down to Kapan to take a wonderful view of the valley and fill your tummies at Boudha while enjoying its tranquil surrounding.
Bhaktapur – Nagarkot – Sankhu
Sweep through the ancient city of Bhaktapur to understand the local lifestyle early in the morning and head on to the Nagarkot hill. From here, you get a plethora of cycling challenges. Spend the night on the top of the hill and watch the beautiful sunrise along with the panoramic view of the mountains and drop towards the east through a well-marked trail to Dhulikhel. This is a long and challenging route. However, if you want to stick to something simple and less time consuming, drop to the ancient city of Sankhu - a fairly technical ride through the rough descent, and return to Kathmandu.
Chovar – Bungamati – Khokhana – Chapagaon
While you take the ups and downs along the trails from Chovar, through the ancient settlements of Bungamati and Khokhana the traditional lifestyle is easily visible. As you leave the settlement, meet the black-topped road that gives a pleasant ride to Chapagaon. This is an easy trail with not much traffic and lots of greenery. If you intend to take a more challenging route, start from Chapagaon and follow the Raj Kulo. Yet another interesting alternative would be to take the route to Lakuri Bhanjyang from Chapagaon and make your way to the ancient city of Panauti, east of Kathmandu.