Kathmandu MTB Circuit

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Kathmandu MTB Circuit is a 104.8 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Magargaun, Bagmati, Nepal that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
105 km
ELEVATION GAIN
3634 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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Classic Mountain bike circuit around Phulchowki mountain, from Lele-Bhatase Danda-Panauti, starting in Lalitpur. A fantastic 104km, 10 hour circuit that goes from the Kathmandu Valley out through Chapagaun right around the south of the Phulchowki massif and back via Khopasi and Phulchowki. The route: Head out through Chapagaun and take the eastern (left) road around Bhagavan Danda and down into Lele. Turn left and pass through the bus park and follow the tarmac around to the right and up over the Bhardeu ridge. Whizz down into Bhardeu and up the other side to Chaughare Bhanjyang. Fuel up at the tea shop on the right on cups of tea (really good tea here) , tarkari and malpa bread. Then head east around the foothills of Phulchowki down through a really beautiful section with spectacular landscapes around including Kaleshwor Danda to the south. At the bottom head uphill for about 1 km before taking the jeep track that goes steeply uphill to the left. Ride/push up this to the top and then follow the jeep track around the contour until you reach the half way point at Bhatase Danda. Ask around which tea shop is open and eat and drink. Take the new road into Kavre. It is a bit hard to find but heads east out of the village and down-downhill. There is then a long climb and a particularly long and tough last section up to the last bhanjyang at 2260m. The final jeep track part of the circuit is a long descent on bumpy road down through Dhumkharka and on to Khopasi. Return via Panauti-Banepa and the main road back into Kathmandu. This is a fantastic route with all the virtues! It is a coherent circuit amidst great scenery with good tea shops and hardly any traffic for the 80% of the route between Chapagaun and Khopasi.

7 months ago

Thursday, November 24, 2016