Nagarkot to Kathmandu via Bhaktapur
ElevationAscent: 1,312' 400 m
Descent: -3,074' -937 m
High: 6,090' 1,856 m
Low: 4,297' 1,310 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 48% (26°)
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“A downhill tour of the eastern Kathmandu Valley with a cultural stop at Bkaktapur.”— Leslie Kehmeier
Throughout the ride, expect technical and narrow sections of trail, passage through villages and sweeping views of the Kathmandu Valley. It's an excellent ride that combines challenging mountain biking with ancient culture and customs.
The route described here is part of Big Mountain Bike Adventures Himalaya Heights trip.
Starting from a small plateau near Nagarkot village, descend the upper reaches trail which link a series of steep and technical sections of trail and footpaths. Be aware of thick vegetation steep sideslopes on the initial descent. A fall can send you tumbling a fair bit through thorny bushes. That said, this part of the ride is thrilling.
The route then has a short respite through a beautiful hardwood forest, contouring with a brief climb. From there you'll ride along a ridge with great views of terraced field below and the Kathmandu Valley to the south.
The route descending steadily from here, alternating between rocky village walkways, dirt-packed doubletrack and techy singletrack. Be aware of people and animals as you pass through the villages and don't be afraid to smile and say hello.
As things level out you'll find yourself working on your slow speed balance through the elevated rice field pathways. It's definitely 'local' flow with sharp bends and hard turns.
The Nagarkot to Bkatapur route ends at the UNESCO World Hertiage Site village of Bkatapur where you can enjoy a rooftop lunch and a tour.
To continue the ride, roll out of Bhaktapur from the Sweet Home restaurant and turn left down through the city. Reconnect with the rice paddy singletrack for a bit and then hang a left at the intersection where the Nagarkot to Bhatapur route would come straight down a small hill.
From here the route is rolling and links together a combination of singletrack through pastoral fields, rocky pathways through villages and sections of paved road.
The final bit of the route has one quick, steep, loose descent through a gully to roll out to a road. Stay right and follow along the northern edge of the Tribuvan Airport. The route ends near the Guhyeshwori Temple on the south side of the Bagmati River.