The Panauti Cycling tour offers a taste of vibrant lush green landscapes and cultural hotspots dating back to the 15th century. An hour and a half drive from Kathmandu to Panauti followed by a switch to bicycles from the Panauti Bike Station (an initiative from locals of Panauti Community Homestay) and heading into a mystical village filled with ancient stories will surely cast your mind hundreds of years back.
Composed of many off-road trails, you will pass through the serene untouched beauty of Panauti villages. The single mountain biking track continually winds around picturesque settlements, terraced paddy fields, and panoramic views of jaw-dropping Himalayan peaks. Cycling atop the hill and witnessing the bird’s eye view of the wonderful valleys and pedaling around the steep and rugged trail is surely set to give you an adrenaline rush that will make your heart beat with excitement. The sound of the water echoing from the cliff, hidden waterfalls are there to bring peace to your mind.
Panauti is an ancient Newari town founded in 1082 AD and situated 32 km southeast of Kathmandu. This village is filled with temples and a vibrant culture dating from around the 15th century. Resting on the Mahabharat Lap, it is surrounded by the Roshi and Punyamati rivers, gentle hills, and lush green fields boasting a cool and moderate climate. The Panauti villages were prosperous during the Malla period (1274- 1307You AD) of Nepal and were considered to be developed villages during the Licchavi period (400 to 750 CE) .
Drive from Kathmandu to Panauti. Cycling Tour around Panauti.
Your Panauti cycle tour starts early in the morning. You will drive to Panauti from Kathmandu which takes about an hour and a half. After reaching Panauti, we take our mountain bikes and head into the meandering cycling trail around the Panauti village. Explore the deep jungle trail, steep climbs, and steeper descents, challenging single trails, perfect for both beginners and pros.
You will be having lunch at the Panauti Community Homestay, prepared by local families from the village. The Panauti Community Homestay is successfully run by the women of Panauti.
We will then head towards Khopasi whilst admiring the orange orchards. We will take a break at Sunthan along the way to look around the village and enjoy being out in the hills.
Khopasi is another small Newari town. Getting off our bikes we will take a short break for some Nepali masala tea. On the route back, we stop at Panauti hydropower, one of the oldest hydropower projects in Nepal, which was established in 1965. We also visit a silk farm in Khopasi and learn about silkworms, silk farming, and silk production.
We will cycle until we arrive at the Panauti Bike Station to drop off the bikes and drive back to Kathmandu.