Challenge type: Bike in support of EMMS International
Runs from : 16th November 2018 to 25th November 2018
‘One of my toughest challenges and proudest achievements’.
Join us for a challenge like no other as you cycle through magical Nepal and discover its incredible breath-taking scenery! Our 350km cycle will take you on a journey from the bustling city and ancient temples of Kathmandu to the charming lakeside town of Pokhara. You’ll pass through rarely visited mountain villages, along secluded trails and see rural Nepal as well as exotic wildlife. Moreover, you’ll have the chance to support life-saving healthcare that shows every life matters in Nepal.
· Discover incredible breath-taking scenery of Nepal with its magnificent lakes and mountains
· Explore Chitwan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and historic Kathmandu Valley with its temples, shrines and stupas
· Support palliative care projects in Nepal and see a life-saving healthcare project in action
· Make new friends and enjoy fellowship
Day 1: London - Kathmandu
Depart UK on overnight flight.
Day 2: Kathmandu
We arrive in Kathmandu and check into our hotel for a short rest followed by a bike fitting. We will meet our local team and listen to a briefing on the challenge ahead.
Day 3: Kathmandu - Bhaktapur – Swayambhunath – Kathmandu 47km approx.
We set off early out of Kathmandu city for approx 7km and into the Kathmandu Valley towards Bhaktapur. Today is a circular route bringing us back to Kathmandu again. The route will pass near the ancient Hindu pilgrimage site of Pashupatinath as we head towards the temple of Changu Narayan.
Located at the top of a long ridge with mountain views, this temple is the oldest Vishnu temple in the Kathmandu Valley & believed to date back to the 4th Century. We will leave the bikes in the car park as we walk up to the temple. After the visit it is mostly downhill to Bhaktapur, an ancient town known for
its historic temples and courtyards as well as pottery and other traditional handicrafts. From Bhaktapur we head back to Kathmandu – an easy cycle but on busy roads.
Day 4 Kathmandu – Markhu 52km approx.
We set off on the main highway through the suburbs of Kathmandu and head south towards the village of Pharping. This is a mountain day with 2 passes to climb and terrain is mainly stony off-road. The first is the toughest, the
road starts to climb immediately as we pass temples and small villages. This is hard work but definitely worth it for the fantastic mountain views over the Kathmandu valley. The route becomes more rural as we climb to
1570m. From the summit there are amazing views of the Langtang peaks, Ganesh Himal, Manaslu and on a clear day as far as the Annapurna mountain range. We finish the day at our lakeside camp in Markhu. Today will be one of the most challenging days as there are some very steep hills to climb, mostly on stony off-road terrain.
Day 5 Markhu – Hetauda 80km approx.
The hardest day is today as we tackle the long and steep climb to the pass, this is on tarmac road. We are rewarded in the afternoon though with a long 50km downhill stretch. We start with off-road climbing for 13km before we reach the quiet tarmac road. From here it is almost continuous uphill tothe small village of Simbhanjang Pass, the highest point of this trip at 2435m. We enjoy a well-deserved lunch at the pass before a very welcome downhill nearly all the way to the town of Hetauda passing through small rural villages en route.
Day 6 Hetauda - Royal Chitwan National Park – Sauraha 73km approx.
After yesterday’s challenges we relish an easier cycling day at lower altitudes and on a flatter route. We follow a river along a flat valley through farming land until we reach the Royal Chitwan National Park. Sal (hard wood) and Kal (silk cotton) trees line the roads all the way to the Royal Chitwan National Park. We arrive at the Park by lunchtime after a fast ride and enjoy lunch at the lodge. This afternoon will be free to rest and enjoy the beautiful sunset over the river. We overnight at a lodge near the park.
Day 7 Mugling – Marckichok – Bandipur 22km approx.
This morning starts very early with an elephant safari in the park. The park is a natural habitat for tigers, rhinoceros, leopards and wild bears. We return to the lodge for breakfast and then transfer 2-3 hours to avoid the busy main road to Markichok. We cycle 10km along the main road to Pokhara where the roads are more suitable for cycling. Small local roads take us on a very steep uphill for 8km to reach the stunning mountain village of Bandipur, an ancient trading post untouched by modernisation. After an amazing sense of achievement from the climb, we will have time to explore the village before we continue our overnight lodge accommodation
Day 8 Bandipur – Pokhara 77km approx.
We continue our journey to Pokhara, starting with a descent before joining the main road with some long uphill sections. After the towns of Dumre and Damauli the road heads over the River Seti and continues all the way to Pokhara with some uphill in stretches. The scenery becomes more and more impressive as we near the end of the ride. It is possible to see most of the mid-western Himalaya as well as great contrasts - from snow-capped peaks to green forest and paddy fields. Pokhara is situated in the valley in the shadow of the Annapurna Mountains and on the shore of the Phewa Lake. It is the country’s most popular tourist destination after Kathmandu.
Day 9 Pokhara - Kathmandu
Today you will have the chance to visit Green Pastures Hospital to see the work of the International Nepal Fellowship (INF) and EMMS International. We will take an internal flight from Pokhara to Kathmandu (1 hour approx). Tonight we enjoy a celebratory meal. Overnight Kathmandu.
Day 10 Flight Kathmandu - London
Depending on flight times we may arrive in the UK the next day.
This is a complex itinerary and is subject to change © Copyright of Classic Tours
Friendship that will last a lifetime
“I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to cycle in beautiful Nepal, raised funds for this programme, and met some new amazing friends from Scotland, Ireland, and England, and the most excellent Nepali support team and our tour manager.” Em Altez, 2014 Participant from Hawaii
Reduce poverty and pain in Nepal
Registration fee – pay EMMS International directly at www.emms.org/cyclenepal
Special early bird discount available until January 2018. You only pay £149 until 31 January 2018.
Flights, accommodation, transfers, bikes, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals (except lunch on final day).
What's Not Included?
Flight taxes - £360 (Aug 2017, subject to change), travel insurance, lunch on final day, visa (£20) optional tours, gratuities & spending money. N.B. All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change
If you have any questions, please contact Louise Macleod at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 313 3828.
Registration fee - £149 until 30th January 2018. £199 thereafter
We ask each participant to raise a minimum of £2,950 to help ensure that families in Nepal get access to proper medical care. You can show that being sick and poor doesn’t have to mean unnecessary suffering. Although this may seem like a lot of money, but can you do it! We’ve got lots of tips and advice to guide you with your fundraising and are happy to speak to you and help yo0u on your way. We’ll send a copy of our Fundraising Guide to all participants.
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