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Nepalese Nirvana
Tour Location
India (North), Nepal
Tour Information
Hosted (Ride Leader)
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer, Mechanical
21 days
Tour Language:
Cost From:
USD 6100
Tour Distance & Dates
1710 Km
Riding Days:
Daily Average:
95 Km
Sep, Oct
17 Sep 2019
Tour Operator:
TDA Global Cycling
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Nepalese Nirvana

Section 3 of the Trans-Himalaya Epic

21 Days Adv-Challenging 1710 KmAVG 95 Km

The starting point of this section, the holy city of Rishikesh, will allow the riders to practice their yoga and meditation skills before heading out towards Nepal and Kathmandu. The first 3 days of riding will take the cyclists into India’s first National Park, the Corbett Tiger Reserve, beautifully situated in the foothills of the Himalayas. They will get a chance to camp out in the Rathua Forest and possibly see one of the park’s 220 tigers. A rest day in Marchula on the north-eastern edge of the Reserve will allow the riders a chance to further explore the incredible variety of wildlife in the park – elephants, sloth bears, macaques, crocodiles and much more.

The route now takes the riders back up into gorgeous rolling hills along twisting roads, past temples, lakes and small villages. The locals think of the region as the ‘Land of the Gods’ and as the riders spin along they will likely agree. In the hill station town of Ranikhet, cyclists can visit the Jhula Devi Temple, dedicated to the Hindu goddess Durga, and adorned by hundreds of bells. After 3 days of climbing the riders will enjoy a long downhill run to the Nepalese border before spinning across the lowlands to Bardia National Park.

A rest day at an eco-lodge gives everyone an opportunity to enjoy the beautiful setting on the banks of the Girwa River, surrounded by grasslands populated by rhinos, elephants and tigers. The route now continues eastward through the flat plains of Nepal’s Teri region, a fascinating jumble of cultures and traditions. In Lumbini, the reputed birthplace of the Buddha, riders can pedal through the tranquil grounds of numerous Buddhist temples and monasteries. Bicycles are now pointed north and the cyclists will put on their climbing shoes. The next 2 days take them up into the stunning Mahabharat Ranges on the Siddhartha Highway passing through the medieval town of Tansen with its charming cobblestone streets before arriving in Pokhara for a rest day.

Pokhara is famous as the starting point for the world famous Annapurna Trek but the riders will have to settle for some rest and relaxation, perhaps sitting by the lake and watching the rising sun illuminate the Himalayan peaks that provide the perfect backdrop for the town. Of course, the more energetic amongst them can enjoy some of the world’s best paragliding! Leaving Pokhara, the riders will face a challenging 800m climb to the top of a ridge, arriving in Bandipur, one of the country’s most charming locales and the epicentre of Newari culture. The next day brings forth Gorkha, an important Newari pilgrimage site, with its ancient palace and historic temples. The last 3 riding days to Kathmandu will take the riders onto some isolated rural roads and tracks, giving them an opportunity to experience local life before descending into legendary Kathmandu and the end of this astonishing section.
Booking Conditions
A registration fee of US$150 must first be paid to hold your place on the tour.
Hotels and camping
Camp meals, restaurant meals, roadside lunches
Vehicle to carry your bags
Experienced Tour Leader
'Sweep' Rider
Security as needed
Bike Mechanic
Local support
Experienced chef
Tour jersey
Commemorative tour medal
Celebratory final dinner
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