Nepal KTM valley itinerary
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 5, 2012 10:29 AM Last Post By: LukeIRL
Oct 23, 2012 9:51 AM
Nepal KTM valley itineraryHi travellers!
As part of Nepal trip I would like to explore the KTM valley by bicycle! Im finding it hard to gage what can be done in a day as Im sure its pretty hilly. We are in good shape, and cycle often, although its always "normal flat" cycling and never mountainbiking. I don't want to overpack my days as there should be time to enjoy the experience.
Can anyone offer any help as to how long it would take in between the places below, and in how many days we can do the entire itinerary? Where should we spend the night? Any places I missed? Any places we could skip? Or maybe put our bikes on a bus for some parts?
KTM - Pashupatinah - Bodnath - Kopan - Gokarna - Sakhu - Nagarkot - Dhulikhel - Namobuddha - panauti - bakthapur - KTM
Thank so much!!
Oct 23, 2012 11:20 PM
1If you are going to Nargakot there are some lovely places to stay. From memory the accomodation in Bakthapur is pretty basic - but the place itself is well worth a long look.
I visited Nepal before I got into cycling so I'm not much help on how hard the hills would be... can I suggest you google some bicycle tour company sites, and have a look at their itineraries.... some of these have descriptions of the difficulty level.
Oct 24, 2012 10:17 AM
2Ok, I looked at our itinerary again and came up with the following,
day 1 : KTM - Sankhu - Nagarkot
day 2: Nagarkot - Dhulikhel
day 3: Dhulikhel - Nammobuddha - Panauti
day 4: Panauti - Bhaktapur
day 5: Bhaktapur - KTM
On a separate day trip (on the festival of 10 march) we will go visit Pashapatinah - Bodnath - Kopan -Gokarna - KTM
Any of you who have done these trips (or part of), can you please comment on time and difficulty? Google mapping does not really help me as we would like to go on paths off the main roads. Also, teh hills make it hard to gage what can be comfortably fitted in 1 day.
Oct 24, 2012 12:12 PM
3It's a long time since I've ridden in Kathmandu, so I can't help with your specific questions, but there are some general issues I recall which you might find useful.
Firstly the city has extremely poor air quality. It's the only place I've ever ridden (and I've ridden in a lot of cities) where the pollution was bad enough to cause breathing difficulties while cycling
Secondly I remember the road out of the city towards the Tibetan border to be very busy and very narrow. It's best avoided in my view. I also rode out of the city southwards towards the Rajpath, and while it wasn't as bad as the Tibet road, it wasn't great.
It would be worth spending time studying google earth in detail to find alternatives to the main roads out of the city.
Oct 27, 2012 12:09 PM
4Given that it is a bit over 100 kilometres, five days should allow plenty of time for getting off the bicycles and checking stuff out. I googled a route to see what your plan looked like and came up with this-
I've got to agree with post 3 about the air quality in Kathmandu itself- and it can only have gotten worse since I was there last.
Oct 28, 2012 12:57 AM
5I cycled out from Kathmandu last November, heading for the border at Sonauli. Once out of the city centre I did not find either the traffic or air pollution to be that annoying.
Oct 29, 2012 9:09 PM
6I just returned from a bike trip Kathmandu to Pokhara to Butwal to Hetauda to Daman to Kathmandu. I did not cycle your route. There are tons of road maps in Thamel area when you arrive and I would expect the latest LP or Rough Guide to have some road info along with passes if they are on the road you target.
How you handle the pollution depends on what you are used to. I live in a large US city and was not effected by the pollution(nor do I smoke). Once out the Kathmandu valley, the air is much better unless a belching truck or bus comes by. The traffic is busy, including the main roads. You have to be aggressively defensive and get used to anything double passing while coming at you. Bike companies in Kathmandu do tours to Dhulikel and elsewhere.
Have a good journey.
Oct 30, 2012 5:50 AM
Nov 4, 2012 10:18 PM
8There's a nice backroad from Banepa (down the hill from Dhulikhel) to Bhaktapur. I cycled it in June this year. Get a Kathmandu Valley map in Nepal (GREAT maps in Nepal - I miss them) and you should be fine for directions.
My route was from the Tibetan border at Kodari back to Kathmandu. I stopped off for a night in Dolalghat, then Dhulikhel (the climb from Dolalghat to Dhulikhel took most of the day), 2 nights in Bhaktapur and then a morning ride to Thamel.
I recommend staying more than one night in Bhaktapur. It's a lovely town, and you have to pay a steep entry fee because it's a World Heritage Site. The fee is the same for however long you stay. I recommend the Big Bell GH. Nice staff, and good breakfast.
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