This is real Mountain biking exploration, we know that only three mountain bikes have visited Tumlingtar and we have sent them there. For the first three days of this trip, we have no backup vehicles, so when we can’t ride we carry the bikes. We fly into Tumlingtar and spend the first day getting the bikes put together after the flight. The next day we explore Tumlingtar and the surrounding villages all on the bike, since there are a lot of really nice single tracks here.
Then on the third day the real adventure begins we make our way along Arun River down to Kewabesi where we meet our support staff and from here on we camp. The rest of the trip is on a series of hard uphill climbs, and trilling downhill rides, but we can now hitch a ride with our support vehicles when the going gets too tough.
This tour provides everything that makes a Mountain bike adventure, a lot of single trails, a couple of strait forward but long climbs and last but not least two long thrilling downhill rides on tarmac. We look forward to take you mountain bikers out there in eastern Nepal for some real mountain biking.
Day 1 Arrive in Kathmandu
Day 2 Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Day 3 Flight to tumlingtar
Day 4 Tumlingtar and around
Day 5 Tumlingtar to Kewabesi
Day 6 Kewabesi to Pakhribas
Day 7 Pakhribas to Mulghat
Day 8 Mulghat (Tamur River) to Dharan; Drive to Biratnagar
Day 9 Fly to Kathmandu
Day 10 Depart Kathmandu
Arrival in Kathmandu
Flying to Kathmandu along the northern border of Nepal on a clear day is itself an unforgettable experience, with the entire Nepali Himalaya sprawling below you. You will be met at Airport by company representative to escort you to your hotel. Look out for Explore Himalaya signboard with your name on it.
Sightseeing in Kathmandu (Boudhanath, Pashupatinath & Patan)
Kathmandu is the historical and cultural heart of Nepal and has been a popular destination for tourists ever since Nepal opened its doors to visitors. The city presents a wonderful mix of Hinduism, Tibetan Buddhism and Western influence. There will be a guided tour to Boudhnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal and after that to Pashupatinath, the most popular Hindu shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. We take a tour to Patan also called as Lalitpur (the City of Artisans), which is 5 km away from Kathmandu. We walk through Patan Durbar Square, and delight in the architectural wonders of Malla era. Mahaboudha Temple, Kumbeshwor Temple, Krishna Temple and Golden Temple are the major attractions at the square.
Flight to Tumlingtar
We take an hour flight by twin otter from Kathmandu to Tumlingtar. Tumlingtar is situated on a plateau just above Arun River in an elevation of 460 meters. Around Tumlingtar, we find lush forests, banana groves and rice paddies. We are almost 1000 meters lower than Kathmandu and the climate is almost tropical, so be prepared to sweat! After we have put our bikes back together, we go exploring around Tumlingtar if we have time before sunset. There are lots of nice small trails to explore on the Tumlingtar plateau. We stay in a small simple guesthouse in Tumlingtar.
Tumlingtar and around
Today we will make an excursion to Khandbari (1040 m), the regional capital sited on the crest of a ridge two hours’ ride from Tumlingtar towards Makalu Base Camp. If we are here on Saturday we will experience the weekly market. Khandbari is a charming place, with a flag-stoned main street, whitewashed houses with gardens and manicured lawns. We return to Tumlingtar for the night.
Tumlingtar to Kewabesi
This is where the real adventure begins today we have to make our way some 25 kilometers down the Arun valley. From Tumlingtar the trail follows the plateau till it ends four kilometers south of the town from here it is down hill to Shawa River, where you will get to ride across a suspension bridge. The rest of the day we follow Arun River, sometimes a bit above it and at time right on the riverbank. We have time for a dip in the river at lunch, before we continue to our camp at Kewabesi. At Kewabesi we meet our crew who are going to take good care of us the rest of the way to Dharan. Kewabesi is a big delta next to Arun River and just before the Leguwa River joins Arun.
Kewabesi to Pakhribas
This is the day that is going to teach us what it means to climb; Pakhribas is about 1400 meters higher in elevation than Kewabesi. We start the day with another few kilometers of single trail to Leguwa, here we meet our support vehicles, which are going to be there for the rest of the tour if someone needs a lift up one of the hills. From Leguwa we have a few more kilometres on relatively flat dust road, before the real climb starts at Manmaya. Manmaya to Pakhribas is one long climb; we have plenty of time, so for the stubborn and the strong there is enough time to reach Pakhribas without taking a lift from the support vehicles.
Pakhribas to Mulghat
Today we are going to have a flying downhill ride, but first we have to ride another 10 kilometers on a level dust road to Hile. This is a pleasant roadside town situated high on a hill at 1850 meters; the elevation and cool breezes provide a welcoming relief from the heat of the Arun valley. Many of the people who inhabit this village are Tibetans who have settled here. From Hile the road descends a spur to Dhankuta at 1220 meters. The road does not pass directly through Dhankuta, but we will find some small roads through the town, because it is well worth a visit. It is a Rai, Newar and Limbu town - large, attractive and clean, with whitewashed houses and winding streets paved with stone. When we are finished touring Dhankuta we make another fast descend to our camp at the Tamur River at Mulghat.
Mulghat (Tamur River) to Dharan; Drive to Biratnagar
After Mulghat the road turns south following a side valley of the Tamur River until it reaches the Churai hills, the last range of hills before the plains. The road climbs to Bhedetar, a pass at 1460 metres, and once again we might need a lift. From some places on this ridge there is view of Kanchenjunga (8598 m) and its prominent neighbor Jannu (7710 m), on the Indian border. The view from the pass is a most dramatic sight - to the south there are nothing but plains. We now have our last trilling decent to Dharan at 370 metres. In Dharan we jump in the cars and drive to Biratnagar, where we spend a night before flying back to Kathmandu.
Fly to Kathmandu
We catch an early flight back to Kathmandu, where we check into our hotel and get a well deserved hot shower.
Transfer to the airport in time to catch you flight home.
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