Introducing Southern Valley
The destinations in this area lie on four radial routes that branch off the southern Kathmandu Ring Rd like spokes from a wheel, making it hard to combine more than a couple of sites in one out-and-back trip. A couple of useful connector routes link some of these radial routes to make a useful loop itinerary.
The Chapagaon and Godavari routes can be combined on a bike, motorbike or foot trip. Kirtipur, Chobar and Bungamati can be combined on another bike or motorbike trip by crossing the Bagmati River at Chobar Gorge. Kirtipur, Chobar, Pharping and Dakshinkali can also be visited in one trip.
Most of these destinations make for excellent day trips on a mountain bike. Many involve steep uphill stretches as you approach the valley walls - which is all the better for the return trip. Of these, the best mountain-bike runs are probably the roads to Bungamati and to the Lele Valley via Chapagaon.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009