Classic Nepal Ride

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Trip code: 
MNN
Way to Travel:
Guided Group
Activity:
Cycling
Min age:
16
Group size:
4–16

Cycle through rural villages with superb Himalayan views

Nepal, Famed for its stunning mountains, incredibly warm and friendly people, fantastic food, diverse culture and beautiful temples dotting the landscape. By exploring this incredible country by bike, you can immerse yourself in a huge range of different cultures, climates and landscapes, all in just two weeks. During the course of the trip you will get to ride in the foothills of the Himalayas, cycling through ancient cedar forests and picturesque farmland, with the chance to explore fascinating old towns and remote temples en route.

Highlights

Explore some of Nepal's more off-the-beaten-track countryside by bike. Search for the elusive Rhino whilst on Elephant back safari in the Chtitwan National Park Great variety of cycling routes and terrain, both on tarmac and easy off road tracks. Meet Nepal's famously friendly people Take in the incredible Himalayan views without having to cycle over any high passes.

Key information

10 days cycling with 95% vehicle support

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Day by day breakdown
Day 345.0km/27.0miles
Day 425.0km/15.0miles
Day 553.0km/32.0miles
Day 653.0km/32.0miles
Day 755.0km/34.0miles
Day 956.0km/34.0miles
Day 1062.0km/38.0miles
Day 1140.0km/24.0miles
Day 1280.0km/49.0miles
Day 1322.0km/13.0miles

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Depart London

    Dpeart London.

  • Day 2

    Arrive Kathmandu.

    Arrive in Kathmandu late afternoon and transfer to the hotel. Local hire bikes will be issued for anyone who requires them, and then you have some free time to either explore or relax. We will have a full briefing in the evening at dinner.
    Standard Hotel

  • Day 3

    Transfer out of Kathmandu to Pashupatinat then cycle to Bhaktapur; cycle past paddy fields to Godawari.

    After an early morning breakfast in Kathmandu we drive to the mediaeval town of Bhaktapur. This beautiful city, now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the home of traditional art and architecture, historical monuments and craft works, pottery and weaving industries. A well-preserved ancient city, we will have time to explore its Newari temples and squares. After lunch in the square we cycle to Godawari. This afternoon’s ride is over mixed terrain, sometimes we cycle on tarmac roads and sometimes on dirt tracks with some off road sections. We cycle through the village of Lubhu, known for its handmade cloth, from where we continue heading west on a jeep track passing paddy fields at the foot of the Phulchowki Hill, which is the highest hill in the valley (2770m). Finally we meet the main road to Godawari and the last 3km takes us on an easy climb to our hotel. (The bus will not be with us this afternoon and those not wanting to cycle off road can go on the bus to Godawari, from where there is the option to visit the Botanical Gardens).

    Cycle 45km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 4

    Cycle on tracks to Bungamati village; ride through the valley to Dakshinkali. Afternoon walk to visit Dakshinkali Temple.

    We start the day cycling to Bungamati, a traditional 16th Century Newari village south of Kathmandu, famous for its woodcarvers. We have time to explore before heading off towards Dakshinkali on a mix of dirt tracks and surfaced roads. As we cycle we have time to take in some excellent views of the Kathmandu Valley. We finally hit the paved road that leads all the way to Dakshinkali. The road is quite narrow and often busy with people visiting the temple which is one of the most famous in the Kathmandu Valley. Dedicated to Kali, the goddess of power, ritual sacrifices are regularly made here. In the afternoon or evening we will visit the temple (though only Hindus are permitted inside). If there is time we can also hike to Parping monastery.

    Cycle 25km
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Ride to Kulekhani Dam then through pine forest to Markhu; afternoon road ride up to Daman.

    Today is probably the biggest challenge and one of the highlights of the trip. After breakfast we drive up to Humane Banjyang (11km) and then ride some exciting rough jeep trails that lead up and across the valley rim on to the Kulekhani Dam Site. This was completed in 1982 and was Nepal's first major hydroelectric project. The ride is incredibly scenic and we cycle along a beautiful valley and pass through pine forests and small villages before reaching Markhu. We then continue riding on rough tracks and then meet the main road called the Tribhuvan Highway. For the enthusiastic riders there is a final challenging 14km road climb to Daman. The road winds up and up through magnificent forest. Watch out for the sting in the tail at the end of the day – our hotel is about another 4km past the view tower in Daman itself! The climb is well worth the effort - our simple hotel enjoys a spectacular mountainside location, with a superb outlook on the Himalayas. Daman also happens to be the highest point in the valley at 2387m and offers an unimpeded view of the entire Himalayan range. On a clear day you can see all the way from Everest in the east to Dhaulagiri in the west.

    Cycle 53 km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Morning walk to nearby monastery; afternoon spectacular downhill ride to Hetauda in the lowlands.

    If it’s clear it’s well worth getting up for the sunrise. Wrap up warm as it can be cold here in the early morning especially in autumn. From the hotel view tower we get spectacular sunrise views across much of the Nepal Himalaya. We can see all the way from the Annapurnas in the west, past the Manaslu, Langtang and Jugal Himals all the way to the mountains around Everest – you can even spot Everest on a really clear day.

    After breakfast we set off for a gentle but beautiful hike to a nearby small Tibetan monastery, inhabited by Bhutanese monks, before returning to the hotel for lunch. With our appetites satisfied we saddle up for the exciting ride down to Hetauda in the Terai, the lowland area of Nepal. The ride today is all on surfaced roads and begins with a descent of 2030m over 53km. The road makes lots of sharp turns and bends, so although the views are fantastic please ride with caution. The descent takes us through Rhododendron (the Nepalese national flower), pine forests and past wonderful terraced hillsides typical of Nepal. The road is busier as we continue riding towards the city of Hetauda, a noisy Indian style city. Our hotel here is very simple.

    Cycle 53km
    Basic Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Cycle or drive along the east west highway to Lothar Bridge. Leave the road and cycle to Chitwan N.P.

    This morning we have the option to cycle or drive the along the fairly busy Mahendra Highway for 30km to Lothar Bridge. We then start riding off road with lush forest on our right and the Rapti River on our left as we follow a narrow jeep track to Chitwan. We are now in the part of Nepal called the ‘Terai’, which is essentially a wide belt of fertile land bordered by the Himalayan foothills to the north and to the south by the Ganges River. Riding on ancient bullock-cart tracks we pass through neat mud-walled villages, vivid green paddy fields and mixed sub-tropical forests, criss-crossed by numerous rivers. We ride all the way to our hotel (if we cycle all the way from Hetauda we will arrive late afternoon and if we drive to Lothar Bridge we will arrive by lunchtime). The hotel is surrounded by jungle and is spectacularly located on the banks of the Rapti River, which borders the famous Royal Chitwan National Park. This peaceful and tranquil place is perfect after a day's ride.

    Cycle 85km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Day in Chitwan N.P.; enjoy a dugout canoe trip and an elephant back safari in search of the Asian rhino.

    Today we spend the whole day in and around the Chitwan National Park. The most popular way of seeing animals is on elephant back, and we will be very unlucky not to see at least the Indian one-horned rhinoceros and several species of deer. We also make a trip along the Rapti River in a dugout canoe, looking for crocodile and observing the many birds. The safari lodge has knowledgeable and helpful staff, who accompany us on all the excursions.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Ride to Beezhazari Tal and on to Narayanghat; transfer and ride to Lumbini, Buddha's birthplace.

    After breakfast we start riding on jeep tracks towards the Tikauli forest through an area called Beezhazari Tal (which means 20,000 lakes). We ride 8km through the forest and will probably see various deer and a good variety of birds, and will have a break by one of the many beautiful lakes. With the forest behind us, the scenery changes once again. For the later part of this morning we follow more dirt tracks with a vast area of farmland stretching before us. We then join the Mahendra Highway and ride as far as the busy town of Narayanghat, where we stop for a break. Surrounded by captivating scenery we continue on the main road to Kawasuti and stop for lunch. In the afternoon we load our bikes on to the vehicle and have a 130km drive to Lumbini.

    Cycle 56 km
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Ride through remote villages to Butwal.

    Lumbini is the birthplace of Lord Buddha (623BC) and it is now a busy place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from many different countries. There are large gardens in Lumbini where there are a number of temples and monasterie. We spend some time in the morning walking around the gardens and visiting a couple of monasteries. We then head out of Lumbini on our bikes and have a wonderful easy off road ride through typical Indian style villages. The ride offers a real glimpse of rural life in this part of Nepal with haystacks and buffalo water holes and widespread fields. Single file, we ride through narrow village alleyways before meeting the Mahendra Highway. We continue cycling on this road until Butwal, where we stay in a simple hotel.

    Cycle 62km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 11

    Cycle on the Siddhartha Highway to Tansen.

    After a hearty breakfast it’s a beautiful uphill ride to Tansen on the Siddhartha Highway. The ride starts fairly gradually and the road snakes its way up a wonderful valley. We then begin to climb, quite gently at first. As we approach Tansen the gradient increases and the final ride into the town is quite a challenge. Of course our hotel is on top of a ridge above the town! But what a view – as we ride round the last corner a whole spectacular panora of the Himalaya comes into view. Starting in the west we can see Dhaulagiri and the Annapurnas. Then the famous fishtail mountain, Machhapuchhare comes into view followed by the Lamjung Himal and the Manaslu Himal . Situated at 1375m Tansen is a mediaeval hill town perched high above the Kali Gandaki River.It was once the seat of a powerful kingdom but is now a busy market town dominated by the rambling pink Tansen Durbar, the former seat of the Rana governor. Its entrance gate, Baggi Dhoka, is supposedly the largest and tallest gate in Nepal, with dimensions that allow the governor to make an impressive entry atop an elephant. This afternoon there should be time to walk down into the town and explore this interesting place.

    Cycle 40km
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 12

    Descend to Ramdi, transfer to Pokhar.

    We get up early today for the spectacular sunrise from the hotel. North the Himalaya stretch across the horizon and the snow capped peaks tower above us. South the middle hills disappear in the mist down to India. After breakfast it’s back onto the bikes for the ride to Pokhara. We start by descending very steeply through the narrow winding streets of old Tansen, before meeting the Siddartha Highway. We continue our descent on a wide paved road that twists and turns all the way to Ramdi. It can get quite cold on the descent in autumn so we stop at Ramdi for a cup of hot sweet Nepali ‘chai’. A bridge takes us across the Kali Gandaki River and we now have a gentle climb towards Galyang. The road undulates most of the way to our lunch stop. We ride as far as Waling where we load our bikes onto the vehicle. We drive for about an hour and then there is the option of riding the last 14km into Pokhara. Weather permitting, there should be spectacular views of Machhapuchhare and the main Annapurna range rising up to 8091m. On reaching Pokhara we check into the hotel where we will be based for the next two nights.

    Cycle 80km
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Trek to Kalikistan; afternoon cycle back to Pokhara.

    Pokhara lies at the bottom of a wide valley directly beneath the Annapurna range. If Kathmandu and its valley are the architectural treasure of Nepal, then Pokhara is nature's equivalent. At only 804 metres above sea level it is set amongst semi-tropical plants and has a delightfully temperate climate. Machhapuchhare and the Annapurna range of mountains dominate the skyline especially in the mornings, and the town is a great place to relax.Today a combination of hiking and biking sees us embarking on a section of the 'Royal Trek', so-named because Prince Charles once covered this route. We drive 20km east out of Pokhara to Begnas Lake, where we set off on foot towards Kalikistan. The path winds up above the lake and climbs through mixed forest and through small traditional Nepali villages. We walk for about 3½ hours to Kalikistan, where we have lunch and pick up our bikes. From here we have dramatic and exhilirating 22km downhill back to Pokhara. We follow the road through Pokhara old town and back to the hotel.

    The rest of the day is free to explore the lakeside - there are shops selling handicrafts as well as restaurants and cafés dotted along the lakeside or you may want to take a taxi to the Gurkha Museum or even hire a boat to go rowing on the lake.

    Cycle 31km
    Comfortable Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to Kathmandu; afternoon free.

    Today we fly back to Kathmandu. It's a 30 minute flight, with stunning mountain views all the way. Usually the flight departs in the morning and the bikes return by road. However these flights can be subject to delays and do not always depart on time. Back in Kathmandu we have the afternoon free to explore the shops and sights of this fascinating city. Points of particular interest include Durbar Square, the location of the former Royal Palace with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers, Pashupatinath - Nepal's most important Hindu temple, and Bodnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. In the evening we will have dinner in one of the city's many restaurants.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 15

    Fly to Kathmandu; afternoon free.

    Today we fly back to Kathmandu. It's a 30 minute flight, with stunning mountain views all the way. Usually the flight departs in the morning and the bikes return by road. However these flights can be subject to delays and do not always depart on time. Back in Kathmandu we have the afternoon free to explore the shops and sights of this fascinating city. Points of particular interest include Durbar Square, the location of the former Royal Palace with its intricate woodcarving and four fine towers, Pashupatinath - Nepal's most important Hindu temple, and Bodnath, the largest Buddhist stupa in Nepal. In the evening we will have dinner in one of the city's many restaurants.
    Standard Hotel

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 16

    Fly to London.

    Those on the group flight will be transferred to the airport this morning and will arrive back in Britain on the same day. For land only clients the trip ends after breakfast.

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Essential Info

Visas

Nepal

Most nationalities require a visa for Nepal, which can be obtained in advance or on entry. If you wish to apply before departure the current visa cost is £20 for a 15 day visa and £35 for a 30 day visa for UK passport holders. The current cost of a visa on arrival is US$25 for 15 days, US$40 for 30 days or if extending your stay $100 for 90 days. All are multiple entry. The visa on arrival fee can be paid for in cash in US Dollars, Pounds Sterling or Euros. You will also need a passport photo. Application forms are available in the immigration hall (or for electronic passports there are visa registration machines which, after inserting your passport, automatically fill out a form for you). You must firstly join the queue to pay the visa fee, and then go to the relevant immigration desk to obtain your 15, 30 or 90 day visa stamp. There can be long queues for visas on arrival.

Non UK nationals should check requirements with their nearest embassy (a few nationalities are not permitted visas on arrival).

Vaccinations

Nepal

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A.

There is low to no risk of malaria throughout Nepal and antimalarial tablets are not usually advised although may be considered for certain higher risk groups; you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice. The risk is highest in the low lying southern ‘terai’ districts bordering India.

A yellow fever certificate is only required if travelling from a country with risk of yellow fever transmission or for travellers having transited for more than 12 hours through a country with risk of transmission.

Dengue fever is a known risk in Nepal. It is a tropical viral disease spread by daytime biting mosquitoes. There is currently no vaccine or prophylaxis available for Dengue, and therefore the best form of prevention is to avoid being bitten. We recommend you take the usual precautions to avoid mosquito bites.

Most of our trips to Nepal go to high altitudes where there is a risk of being affected by Acute Mountain Sickness. Our itineraries are designed to enable everyone to acclimatise to these altitudes, but you should be aware that it is still possible for you to be affected. Please refer to the Altitude Warning within the Trip Notes for further advice on AMS.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 10 lunches and 7 dinners are included.

Some of the lunches will be packed lunches and some of the dinners will be buffet style. The food will be a mixture of traditional Nepalese Dal Bhat with some Indian, Chinese and Continental food. For meals that are not included please allow approx. GBP10-15 per meal, which should also include drinks. For water, fruit and snacks during the cycling days the leader will collect a kitty of approx. GBP40 in Kathmandu. It is a good idea to bring a supply of your favourite energy snacks, and also electrolyte drink with you from home as these items are hard to find in Nepal.

Weather

Nepal has four distinct seasons and the weather conditions vary from season to season and from region to region. Spring is from March to May when it is hot and dusty with occasional rain showers. Summer is from June to August, when it is the hot and humid monsoon season. Autumn is from September to November and is cooler with clear skies, winter is from December to February when it can be very cold at night, even in the Terai. This trip is run in spring, autumn and winter when the temperatures and riding conditions can vary considerably. (Please note that in the lowlands at the very hot times of year we might not be able to cycle so much as it is very hot and humid). Autumn (September to November) – this is an ideal time to visit Nepal with warm sunny days and cooler nights. The Kathmandu Valley should be warm and sunny in the daytime with temperatures ranging from 10ºC to 25ºC. The hills in Daman will be cold at night and you will need a set of warmer clothes for the evenings and early mornings, we would recommend bringing a windproof top for the downhill sections. Daytimes should be nice and sunny. In the lowlands it will be hot and sunny with daytime temperatures up to 25/35ºC. Night times will be cooler. In Pokhara you can expect sunny days and cooler nights. Spring (March to May) – at this time of year the daytime temperatures range from hot to very hot and it’s a great time of year for those interested in flower. In the Kathmandu Valley the temperatures range from 15ºC to 25ºC. In the Terai (lowlands) temperatures can rise to 35ºC and it is hot and humid. In the hills at Daman it will be pleasant. Pokhara will be hot and sunny. There can be rain in spring but it is not usually prolonged and it helps damp down any dust. Winter (December to February) – this is a good time to travel in Nepal as it is less busy. Temperatures are cooler but still warm in the daytimes. Daytimes in the Kathmandu Valley start off cold (10ºC or lower) but rise to 15/20ºC when the sun comes out. Evenings are cooler and you will need a jacket/fleece. In the lowlands the mornings and evenings can get cold but the daytimes are pleasant and sunny (up to 25ºC). The hills at Daman will be cold and you will need a warm set of clothes for mornings and evenings and a windproof for cycling in the mornings and the long downhill sections. In Pokhara mornings and evenings will be cool but daytimes are usually pleasant and sunny. Please remember that in any mountain area the weather is never wholly predictable and you should be prepared and equipped to deal with any differences in weather beyond the conditions described above. Please see the Essential Equipment section below for more details of clothing for specific seasons.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road Average daily distances are 54km per day Activity level 4 (Moderate/challenging) The majority of cycling is on paved or dirt roads, most are in good condition but there are some rougher sections. Most of the rides are undulating with some good downhill section though the occasional climb is to be expected and some can be steep. This tour has 90% vehicle-support so you are free to use the services of the support vehicle at any time if you wish to do so. The leader will inform you in advance about any off road sections where the bus is not around for support. 80% of the cycling is on surfaced roads and on some of these routes there will be traffic. You will be advised of this in the daily briefing. A good level of fitness is required and you should feel confident cycling for 8 days in sometimes humid conditions (especially in April). As the trip stays at relatively low altitudes (below 3000m) there will be minimal affects from the altitude and the laid back pace means you can relax as well as immerse yourself in the local culture.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Accommodation

3 nights comfortable hotels, 8 nights standard hotels and 2 nights basic hotels.

All hotels used are comfortable and of good quality, services and amenities vary but en suite facilities are provided throughout.

Call for general departures:
0208 772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

Expert Blog Entries

  • Reviewed November 2016
    Darrell Stocks

    Challenging Fun!

    This was my 7th cycling trip and all have been great fun. All these experiences allow me to become a self appointed expert! It is fascinating to compare the trips, the leaders, the transport, the accommodation etc. This trip is graded moderate/challenging but so is Sri Lanka, for example. The latter was a doddle compared to Nepal. This trip has multiple big hills, very long descents and a substantial amount of off-road. It was also the 'fastest' and 'fittest' group I've ridden with - on an Exodus trip. There were regular occasions when some riders had to hop on the bus (not unusual on these trips). If the group is fast then the slower riders have to get on the bus or the quicker ones have to wait a long time at the meet up point. The grading is subjective but I would urge all potential customers to get as fit as they possibly can so that they can get the most out of the trip. I would also suggest to Exodus that they drop the moderate out of the description. LASTLY, book this trip NOW as there is a rumour that it may get dropped - it's not in my latest brochure! There was the usual mix of hotels - higher quality than I expected. The food was enjoyable curry buffet. The guide and his staff were just the job. Broadband was available in every hotel lobby and sometimes in the bedroom. The hotel in the mountains with a sunrise view of Everest was very cold (both room and restaurant) so take suitable clothing. I'm sure (I've been before) Kathmandu smog/air has got worse. Take a buffy/face mask and strepsils! There is the usual mix of cultural visits - temples, monasteries etc. The school visit, partially sponsored by our guide, was uplifting as well as being at the top of a big hill (walk up, cycle blast down rough road).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Snowy mountain tops and the visit to the school
  • Reviewed October 2016
    Nicola Southall

    Classic Nepal Ride

    I left my heart in Nepal, the people are kind and generous and the landscape diverse and beautiful. This truly was the trip of a lifetime and we were lucky enough to share the experience with a fantastic, fun group of travellers, I miss cycling those steep hills, or undulating Nepalise flat as described by the wonderful Kumar.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Getting up early to see the sunrise over the Himalaya was breathtaking, getting a small glimpse of Everest when the clouds lifted momentarily. Chitwan was fantastic, elephants, rhino, crocs all in abundance, the lodge was amazing with lovely local food. Trekking into the jungle to visit a Buddhist shrine surrounded by prayer flags and receiving a blessing was incredibly moving and humbling. Being invited into villagers homes, sharing tea and local snacks with our hosts and basking in their sedate and calm lifestyle,free from the materialistic western world.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    What can I say, Kumar is a fantastic guide and a wonderful human being, I am honoured to think of him as a life long friend and will never forget him, snickers, Kasuw and our wonderful driver. Made sure we had the trip of a lifetime, always smiling always professional. Nothing was too much trouble for Kumar, his local knowledge and organisational skills made everything run like clock work and ensured we got the most from our time in Nepal.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We took too many warm clothes, practise hills!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The trip of a lifetime with a first class guide and team, can't wait to return to Nepal.
  • Reviewed April 2016
    Lisa Stout

    Amazing Nepal

    This was my 4th Exodus trip, and my 3rd cycling holiday. It met all the high standards I have come to expect from Exodus....but with a special magic brought from the amazing Nepali people. The cycling and food were great, but for me what really made this trip special was the extreme warmth, friendliness and interest we got from the people all over the country. From tiny villages in the remote countryside to bustling towns -I was made to feel like a valued and long lost friend wherever I went! It is even more amazing when you consider the tough times they have been through following the 2015 earthquake. People in the cities wear t-shirts that say "Nepal Will Rise Again"....and I 100% believe they are right in that.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    This will sound weird....but it is is the moment a penniless villager came out of her mud hut to give me a gift of a cucumber!! We were on our way to Chitwan national park, and our guide was exploring a new route. The people in this village were obviously poor and had nothing really, but they were so excited to see us that they all came out and we stayed chatting for 40 min. Many photos ensued...and because it was a hot day, one lady came out with gifts of cucumbers for us, which we ate on the spot as if they were apples. I have never tasted such a good cucumber

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar was fantastic. Exodus leaders are always very good....but he was extra special. Full of boundless energy and joy, which rubbed off on everyone in our group. Extremely knowledgable,very kind, proud and passionate about his country. He worked his socks off to make sure we were all happy and were left with a good impression of Nepal. He never stopped smiling. I think he is part of the reason we got such a good response from all the Nepali people we met. I have arthritis in my knees and so took on this trip with some trepidation how much cycling I could actually do - but Kumar took the time to listen & understand my problem so he could advise me how to get the maximum joy out of the cycling I was able to do,

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you have any spare room in your suitcase -take some old (but wearable) t-shirts. Kumar will arrange for these to be donated to the poorest village families....and you will never forgot the look of happiness on their face at having their first set of new clothes in a decade! :) A camera (or phone camera) is a must....but what was really special on our trip was a lady who took a polaroid-style camera, to give the villagers photos of themselves to keep. They loved it! Many of them had never seen a photo before and it was very sweet to see their reactions.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't be put off by stories of earthquake damage. It really won't affect your holiday much at all. Yes some of the famous old temples are damaged...but there is so much else to see that I for one didn't feel like I missed anything. The spirit of the Nepali people is amazing, and they are fighting back to recover after the tragedy of 2015. It is a poor country, and they need tourists to begin visiting again. For me this was a life-changing holiday, and I can't wait to go back. As my 4th Exodus holiday, for me it comes joint-first together with the 2 week cycling Vietnam tour.
  • Reviewed December 2015
    Alan Mitchell

    Classic Nepal

    My wife and I have enjoyed a number of Exodus cycling trips and this was definitely one of the best. The cycling, especially the off-road sections, was challenging but also exhilarating. Each day was filled with varied experiences. The scenery and wildlife were amazing. We discovered so much about the way of life, food, customs, culture and history of the different areas that we visited. All were thoroughly enjoyed.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many but catching glimpses of the magnificent Himalayas was memorable. Some National Parks and "safaris" to see wildlife can be disappointing but Chitwan National Park was one of the highlights of the trip.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar and his team were excellent. Having read reviews of the trip, we knew Kumar had a good reputation but he exceeded all our expectations. He was hard working, friendly, he listened, he packed so much into each day and he ensured that the group was safe at all times. He was a superb ambassador for Nepal and for Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't be deterred by stories about the earthquake or the blockade on the Indian border. Both are tragic for Nepal but our trip was not significantly impaired by either of these unfortunate events. We could only admire the resilience of the Nepalese who despite poverty and adversity, just get on with life. The country needs tourists to help restore their economy so please visit and provide much needed support for this wonderful country that is currently having a very tough time.
  • Reviewed November 2014
    Andrew Deaner

    Classic Nepal Ride

    This was the most interesting cycling trip we have ever done. An absolutely wonderful experience.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The people of Nepal are the friendliest in the world and they live in the most beautiful country. The Himalayas are spectacular, especially pared with the terraces of the foothills. November is a perfect month to visit. The weather is reliable but not too hot to cycle.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our group leader was superb. He was profesional and friendly and immediately got the measure of our laid back group. Cannot speak more highly of him.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be aware that the term 'road' is very loosely used in Nepal. This can make the cycling particularly challenging when going up hill. In Kathmandu the polution is severe - many of the locals wear masks. The hotels are of mixed standard so be prepared not to expect too much comfort at every stop and the level of cleanliness can be poor. However the bedding itself was clean. this is a country where delays are normal and you need a laid back attitude. You will need slighlty warmer clothes for a couple of the mornings but not too many. We definately over-packed.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I would highly recommend this trip as it enables you to see Nepal away from the major tourist cities and to experience this wonderful country and its people.
  • Reviewed January 2014
    Anonymous

    CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

    An amazing trip, with phenomenal scenery, a great group of people and a totally fantastic tour leader (Kumar) and his crew.I'm glad to see the trip back on for 2014 as this would be hard to beat.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many: the mountains, the food, the places we visited and stayed in. A couple of us fancied a duck curry (random), so our tour leader had a word with a local villager, who in turn arranged the curry to be cooked and we went back later to eat accompanied by a couple of beers!During most of the second week, we had a stunning Himalayan back-drop everywhere we travelled, which we never got bored of and I think I took hundreds of pics to prove it!The variation of cycling was also really varied too - riding through forests, downhill (long downhills) on tarmac, off-road dirt tracks, riding through many villages dodging children, goats, ducks, chickens, sheep, monkeys and (loads of) dogs!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar's enthusiasm is infectious and nothing was too much trouble for him. He put maximum effort into making sure everyone had the best time and enjoyed everything his country had to offer. If Kumar does not win a 'Best Tour Leader' award for 2013, it would be a travesty! One of the most memorable moments for me was seeing Kumar running down a hotel corridor (at about 6.45am, as I was on my way to breakfast) and calling me to come with him quickly. As we got outside, the Himalayas were in full view for the first time (from cloud cover). It was breathtaking scenery and again, demonstrates Kumar's enthusiasm.Kumar arranged everything to perfection and everything we wanted to do, he made sure happened - and much more besides. A true hero and Exodus are fortunate to have someone so dedicated.I have done a previous Exodus trip (to Vietnam, and again, the tour leader was great) and I cannot express the importance of having a good guide for a trip. They can make or break a trip, so it is fair to say, Kumar definitely helped make my Nepal trip!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you love cycling (which to be in this section of the website, it's safe to say you do), this trip is well worth booking, as it has everything.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Don't think too much about it - just go ahead and book this trip!
  • Reviewed December 2013
    Anonymous

    CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

    superb trip, very varied, off the beaten track and great leader.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    beautiful ride from Lumbini through a rural landscape that probably hasn't changed much for centuries.Fabulous mountain views from Damman and Tansen. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar was very very professional at everything he did. Where does he find his energy??

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just do it.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    What a pity Exodus has dropped this trip for 2014 as we all thought it was brilliant. One of the best we've done.
  • Reviewed January 2013
    Anonymous

    CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

    Great adventure holiday for exploring the cultural and scenic highlights that Nepal offers in abundance.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Watching the sun come up at Daman with clear views all the way to Everest and the rest of the Himalayas.Cycling and walking through villages set in stunning countryside with smiling children and friendly locals greeting us.Boudnath Stupa a peaceful oasis in the middle of Kathmandu where you can chill and reflect on the nature of existence or just sit and drink Nepali tea surrounded by stunning Buddhist architecture.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Mangel was an excellent trip leader ably supported by Ajay, Purna and his assistant. They went out of their way to be flexible and make sure we visited some fascinating places.  By the way Ajay is a seriously good mountain bike rider content to ride at the back of the group making sure  everyone was ok and cleaning all the bikes to ensure they stayed in tip top condition.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is a fantastic trip if you want to experience the culture and scenic beauty of Nepal. However it is not a full on cycling trip. The bikes are a great way to experience areas you would not normally see, but the group will have different abilities and the pace and distance cycled will reflect this. I loved the cultural side and the cycling was a way of enhancing this. If you want full on cycling there are more challenging trips available. Read up about the country it's culture and history before you go. This will help enhance your experience especially of places which reflect the Buddhist and Hindu culture which is fascinating.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Nepal is a reflection of its people who for all the relative lack of wealth  consistently friendly, helpful and a joy to meet. I came back with great memories of encounters, great photos and above all a realisation that this is one of the most stunning places to visit if you open your heart and embrace the place and people. A Wonderful trip that still brings a smile to my face when sharing experiences and photos with friends.
  • Reviewed December 2012
    Anonymous

    CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

    A great cycling trip with chance to see Nepal from the lowlands to the hills - culture, mountains, people and cycling. The trip shows you the Kathmandu Valley with its culture and temples, then takes you over the hiils to the lowlands and Chitwan and then back over the hills to Pokhara. Great trip for a first time visitor to Nepal. There is a great variety of ccyling from roads and great downhills, some challenging uphills and then good dirt tracks and a bit of off road. The trip ends in the beautiful resort of Pokhara with its backdrop of the Himalaya. All throughout the trip we saw the Himalaya to our north - what a backdrop. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were lots of them - seeing the amazing panoramic views of the Himalaya almost every day, the leader's pure enthusiasm for his job and the amount of effort he put in to make us all enjoy our trip, the challenging climb to Daman, paddling in the river at Chitwan with a rhino, cycling into Pokhara with a backdrop of the Annapurna mountains, the electric blankets on the bed in Daman! having the Nepali mountain bike champion as our assistant guide, the most careful and polite bus driver in Asia, the variety of rides - some on good roads, some dirt tracks, bit of a challenge on small off road sections. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar is amazing. Really great leader -entusiastic, great organiser. Good with the group. Made things work like clockwork. You could not ask for more.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Take a warm jacket for autumn and winter departures - the nights can get cold in Daman and the hills. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just do it!
  • Reviewed December 2012
    Anonymous

    CLASSIC NEPAL RIDE

    This is a fantastic trip with Kumar being an excellent guide. The cycling was demanding because it was often on rough roads and you are using mountain bikes. The holiday covers different areas of Nepal so we got a feel of the country. The food was generally good and the accommodation acceptable given the areas we stopped in.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Many great moments! Riding up to the top to arrive at Daman - cold but happy to have achieved the climb and then having 57 kilometres of downhill the next day. Birdwatching in the Chitwan National Park (5 types of kingfisher) and then tracking tigers footprints expecting to meet them at any moment! Glorious scenery of the mountains (I think we were lucky). A huge variety of terrain.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kumar was an excellent group leader. He was always cheerful and polite and bonded with all the group members. He tried to be as flexible as possible and listened to the group and co-ordinated changes where possible. His English is very good so he had no problems understanding the group. When we reached a new hotel he was quick to ensure everything was in place and where he saw a problem was there helping the staff. He served food, helped carry things and even went to the local bar to buy much needed beer! His motto was "Tell me of any problems you have so I can help fix them before they turn into complaints" and it seemed to work. A great guide.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    The trails are often rough so I would recommend padded gloves and neck scarves to keep out the dust on some roads. The night at Daman is cold due to the higher altitude and fact that you have been on a bike for some hours so would recommend decent jumpers/thermals for that night. The heaters worked in the restaurant but I think we were lucky there was gas in the canisters! Accommodation is very variable - one night was particularly grubby but as it was the only place available in that area nobody had any major complaints.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is an excellent trip and one that all the group enjoyed. I would recommend it!

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

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