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Explore Panauti – Cycling Tour in Kathmandu


Explore Panauti – Cycling Around Kathmandu Valley

USD 95


Trip Overview

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. 

About Panauti

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) . 

Note: This is a Join in day trip, if you want to do a private cycling tour the price is Subject to Change.

Trip Highlights

  • Lunch at a local community homestay in Panauti
  • Gentle uphill and best downhill around Panauti Villages
  • An excursion with a local guide
  • Exploring an ancient city filled with temples and monuments
  • Lush green landscapes and a peaceful environment
  • Picturesque view of the Langtang and Gaurishankar Himalayan range
  • Birthplace of King Ansubarma, a fabled king from the Licchavi period
  • Silkworm Farm visit
  • Experience local village life of Panauti
  • 3rd oldest hydro plant in Nepal


 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.

  • Trip Duration Full Day
  • Trip Grade Perfect for beginners and seasoned veterans alike
  • Best Season Everyday
  • Elevation 1410m/1525m

Services Included

  • Private transfer Kathmandu to Panauti and vice versa
  • Lunch in Panauti Community Homestay
  • Mountain bike
  • English speaking local cycle guide
  • Helmet
  • First-aid kit with guide
  • Tool kit/ spare tube/tyre

Services Excluded

  • Entrance and Monument fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any item not specified as included
  • Expenses arising from unforeseen circumstances beyond the control of Royal Mountain Travel