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Old 02-01-2009, 07:52 PM   #1
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Day tripin in Kathmandu valley

spent a couple of months in Nepal, Mountain biking, food poisoning, hiking the Annapurna Circuit, a 250 km walk, with a 5,600 meter pass and finally just before I left rented a bike for the day and cruised around the valley from which Kathmandu lies.

This is actually leaving, but hey you dont know the difference and it makes this story flow more if I say its me arriving! I actually arrived after a 27 hour bus ride from Varinasi india.


Everest some big ass mountain everyone kept going on about, hey you can't ride up it so who cares.


Always check out the local constabulary before you ride a bike. Some how a police woman with a big fuck off knife looks way more scary then one carrying a gun.


After riding in Bali and Thailand, even the crazy traffic in Kathmandu didnt seem bad. I kinda enjoy having no road rules.


Be back later tonight to add some more, In Singapore at the moment and I really need to get out and see the place. awesome little two strokes racers all over this island, but the bikes are really expensive and no where to rent anything. :(
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:38 AM   #2
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Bikes are certainly the most convenient way to get around in Nepal. The import tax makes them expensive and means you only see, s
small engine imports from India, China and Japan. I rented a little 125 yamaha for 400r for the day, about $4.50!


Kathmandu is an amazing city. From over a thousand years ago its been a main trading route from China and Tibet. Walk down any street or alley and you'll find some little entry way to ancient old courtyards.




The view from Patan over Kathmandu with the valley in the background and the Himalayas beyond.

Absolutely nothing wrong with this place, got years of good service left in her. Just dont take those 4x4's away.


Ok enough of the tourist shit, lets go ridin. heading out on the road north up into the hill's and it gets rural very fast.


since everyday has been a holiday for the last year, Id forgoten it was a Saturday and everyone was heading for the hills.




Doesnt matter what day of the week it is, the buses are always packed. In Pokhara I rode the roof of a jeep for about 30 miles through the mountains.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:45 AM   #3
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Now that's completely different and the rental is a bargain!

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Old 02-02-2009, 04:52 AM   #4
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Now that's completely different and the rental is a bargain!

Man Im telling ya, everything in Nepal is a bargain, its an awesome place.
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Old 02-02-2009, 07:36 AM   #6
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My Neighboring Country.
I would like to visit it my self.
Himalayas are quite fascinating aren't they....
I see you rented a yamaha libero. Nice
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:33 PM   #7
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My Neighboring Country.
I would like to visit it my self.
Himalayas are quite fascinating aren't they....
I see you rented a yamaha libero. Nice
Good eye on the bike! Id wanted to try out a Pulsar but they wanted 800r for those and im a cheap bastard.

My plan is to head back to india in July to travel Himachal Pradesh, Kashmir and Ladakh. I think you've done those already. But then im going back to Nepal, so stay intouch and maybe we can head over together.
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I came up behind some other riders and was happy to sit on their tale. You never know when some big ass truck is going to be coming round the corner on your side of the road, so I was happy to let them take the hit first. After passing through some military check points, which it seems bikes dont have to stop for, we came to a village and the other bikes pulled over. I'm pretty close to the Tibet boarder so seemed like a good point to stop for tea. chatted with the other riders, then started to head back down into the valley.



Crazy that even in remote villages where people live on and below the poverty line,everyone is on a cell phone. By the way the average yearly income in Nepal is 25,000r about $350


Getting back into Kathmandu and the lovely traffic.


Theres one loop road round Kathmandu. Its a crazy mess of bikes, trucks, buses, buffalo and pedestrians. Its amazing to think that just back in the 50's there wasnt even a road into Kathmandu. I read the book Annapurna the first 8,000m peak, while I was hiking, and it told of how even though there was no road to Kathmandu, there was still a few roads and 100 cars in Kathmandu. how did they get there? Porters carried them over the mountains from India! 50 to 60 porters per car.

Driving round the ring road I saw two motorcycles go down within the space of 10 minutes. no one hurt, but on a daily basis the roads out in the country have buses and trucks that go over the side of the cliffs for one reason or another. Lately theres been a lot of talk in the papers about the drunk bus drivers.

The ring road


I wass heading out to the west side of town to check out a road Id come in on by bus. its the main road into Kathmandu and hooks up with the main road in from India. So its pretty crowded and today there had been a bus that had over heated on the steep climb over the pass.


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