Day 1 – Kathmandu (D)
We will meet at the Hotel Samsara and spend the afternoon seeing Kathmandu's best attractions. We'll visit the temple hilltop of Swoyambhunath (also known as the Monkey temple), revered by Hindus and Buddhists alike, and to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durbar Square in the heart of the city which displays the iconic architecture of the old city. After our afternoon through the alleyways of Kathmandu we'll meet for dinner and a trip briefing. Overnight at the Hotel Samsara.
Day 2 – Summit 1 Kakani (1982 m) & Summit 2- Raniban (2097 m) (BLD) 90kms
The first two summits will be climbed on our first day! Not a bad warm up for what lies ahead but the biking is very manageable as we ride on a sealed road to the top of Kakani. At the top we'll have a hot tea and a snack by the roadside shared with the locals before a thrilling downhill as you retrace the sweeping roads below. With Kathmandu almost in sight we exit the road into the Queens Forest (Raniban) and ride on a tranquil jeep track through lush surroundings and wildlife. A canopy of trees makes for perfect biking on a somewhat groomed but often rocky jeep trail. An abrupt uphill completes the last 2 kms to the lookout over the capital city and our second summit. We take a different trail down out of the forest and then traverse across the north sector of the valley on some wonderful undulating village roads linking us to Budhanilkantha where we’ll find our overnight accommodation at 1450 m. We arrive with time to relax and enjoy the late afternoon already with two peaks in the bag! Overnight at the Park Village Hotel. Altitude gain 1279m.
Day 3 – Summit 3 – Nagarkot (2166 m) (BLD) 45kms
From Budhanilkantha we have some great destinations ahead of us and no need to rush but simply explore each of these gems as they arrive. Kopan monastery is on the trail and this then leads into Bodhnath and Nepal’s biggest stupa and Tibetan hub. There is enough to see here to fill a day, but we'll have a coffee overlooking life around the stupa before we get back on the bikes to bag our next summit. We ride east negotiating the busy streets to start with until we get more rural as we approach Sankhu, an ancient village where little has changed in centuries. We begin to make our ascent on Nagarkot (2166 m) with great views along the way. Once we reach the ridge it is a further 30 minutes to the lookout point and the highest point of Nagarkot. Nagarkot offers some of the best views of the valley and on clear day you can see eight of the World's 10 highest peaks – including Mt.Everest. These are not on our list of climbs! Overnight at the Hotel Country Villa.
Day 4 – Summit 4 – Lakhure-Bhanjyang (2000 m) (BLD) 55kms
This morning we ride into the southeast corner of the valley. We ride a downhill trail to the fascinating Changu Narayan Temple. Then it's more downhill into Bhaktapur where we'll visit this ancient Newar town. The Newar's are the indigenous ethnic group of Kathmandu Valley. We'll spend an hour or so exploring the alleyways of this UNESCO World Heritage site. Then we cycle on to Nala and the outskirts of Panauti. It’s all up from here! A steady climb with emerging views that finally leaves us on the ridge that forms the southern rim to the valley. Once we reach Lakhure-Bhanjyang we'll ride to our overnight tented camp with amazing views of the valley and peaks to the north. Now you’ve completed four out of seven summits. Overnight in a Tented Camp. Altitude gain 600 m.
Day 5 – Summit 5 – Hattiban (1852 m) (BLD) 55kms
After breakfast and hopefully clear views of the Ganesh and Langtang Himals, we descend to the Bagmati River across a swinging footbridge. First it’s the sizzling switchback descent from Lakure-Banjyang as we ride west traversing the southern villages of the valley and the sacred Bagmati River. Get ready to enter the 14th century! These villages abound with temples where ancient rituals are still practiced. The ride then continues north, climbing on jeep track through forests to the village of Bungmati and onto the river crossing or Saibu Bhanjyang leading us to the turnoff to the next summit. We ride on a jeep track that is only up, soon reaching the Hattiban Resort and the chance to relax on the terrace with a drink and enjoy the win over Summit 5 and the panoramic views from south to north, the valley and the 7000-8000 peaks beyond. Relaxing in Hattiban, you’ll have an extra day to think about the last two climbs on your list of ascents. Overnight at the Hattiban Resort. Altitude gain 682 m.
Day 6 – Rest Day (BLD) 10kms
Today we are free to explore two important religious towns. The Newari town of Pharping is an important pilgrimage site for both Tibetans and Hindus. Nearby the temple at Dakshinkali is one of Nepal's main temples dedicated to the goddess Kali. Twice a week devotees sacrifice animals - particularly cockerels and uncastrated male goats – to worship the goddess. Overnight at the Hattiban Resort.
Day 7 – Summit 6 - Bhatte Danda (1800 m) (BLD) 45kms
Today we start off easy with a downhill before we hit a flat off road stretch and ride via paddy fields to Bungamati. From here we start to climb on jeep tracks through forests and you'll get to see local life as we pass through the villages of Champi and on to the sleepy village of Lele. Next we descend to Chapagaon village and have commanding views of Kathmandu valley. We ride on a jeep track across the undulating southern end of the valley, to the remote point of Bhatte Danda, offering another great place to enjoy a cuppa tea at the summit. Then it's down to Godwardi and our hotel. Overnight at the Godawari Village Resort. Altitude gain 600 m.
Day 8 – Summit 7 - Phulchoki (2765 m) (BLD) 50kms
The day of our final and loftiest summit and we have kept the best till last! From Godawari we are well placed for this 1,465 m climb up. We pass huge marble excavation pits as switchbacks take us up through forest reserves. A few deep breaths of the thinning air will finally see you crank the last few metres to the top of Phulchoki. From this high point you'll be able to look back and see all the peaks you have conquered. Nearby is the Phulchoki Mai Shrine ready to receive any request's. It's downhill from here as we ride back to Godawari for refreshments and then continue down to the urban hustle of Kathmandu. We meet up for a farewell dinner. Overnight at the Hotel Samsara. Altitude gain 1465 m.
Day 9 Kathmandu (B) This morning is on your own before your onward flight