Unlike any other trips cycling from Kathmandu to Dhulikhel via Nala includes both back breaking uphill and a perfect downhill ride. The first part of the ride is on the sidelines of busy Kathmandu city followed by the historic city of Bhaktapur. After a short ride on brick paved alleys of the 16th century and avoiding the pedestrian traffic, we get Nagarkot bound.
After around 2 hours of slightly demanding uphill ride we reach around 2100 meters from the sea level and the the hilltop settlement of Nagarkot. On a clear day awaits the view of 8 eight thousand meter mountains right from the lunch table and almost every corner. After breaking for lunch we begin for the most exciting session of the the mountain biking trip of the day.
Off we go downhill from Nagarkot - from elevation of 2100 meters we roll down Dhulikhel which is at 1500 meters from the sea level. The trail is serene, offers view of mountains of eastern Nepal from a different perspective than Nagarkot. It is around 30 kilometers from Nagarkot to Dhulikhel and it takes a novice rider just above 2 hours and an experience rider around an hour to reach the final destination. The trail is wide at some places but majority of the trail is single track and at times technical. This cycling trip is just not bland cycling trip and it also offers a wonderful opportunity to view birds in the region. We as well would see the lives of people who live close to nature despite being very close to the country’s most developed city.