An Undiscovered Trail Surya Chaur, Kathmandu, Nepal

Trip Overview:
Place: Surya Chaur, Kathmandu, Nepal
Trip Route: Balaju Bypass – Mudkhu – Tinpiple- Gurujubhanjyang- Suryachaur back from Suryachaur-Gurjeybhanjyang-Jhor-Tokha-Gongabu to Balajuchwok.

Date: 4 June, 2016
Duration: 45-50 Km
Time: 5:30am – 3Pm

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Group photo with participants in Balaju Chowk

Participants: Sujit Kandel (Group Leader), Rozon Shrestha, Sailesh Budhathoki, Anil dangol, Nawraj Bhattrai & Sujan Maharjan

Trails info:
The trails are mixed of some Flat paved roads, Rocky and Bumpy trails. You will be able to experience some Uphill and Downhill on the way.

Best season: Winter & Autumn
Route suitable for: Hiking, Cycling & Motor biking.

Lodging and fooding:
There are lots of shops on the way. At Suryachaur, there are few small lodges which can accommodate 10-15 people.


We all gathered at Balaju Bypass and started our trip at 5:30 am. Balajuchowk which is located at the Nagarjuna foothill in the northern section of the Ring Road. We saw few people jogging, doing exercise while riding by the Raniban.

Sunrise view from Raniban, Kathmandu
Sunrise view from Raniban, Kathmandu

It took 20 min to reach Mudkhu from the Bypass, road are flat till Mudkhu. From  Mudkhu the real adventure  begin, you are able to experience the combine’s sharp, steep climbs, short & sweet down hills and single tracks from the Mudkhu till Surya Chaur.

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View from Mudkhu
Group picture (From Left Rozon, Anil, Sujit & Sailesh)
Group picture (From Left Rozon, Anil, Sujit & Sailesh)

From Mudkhu we reach Tinpiple within 15mins. We had our breakfast and some chit chat with the villagers about the trip, after half an hour of break in the Tinpiple we started riding from Tinpiple, than we enter to Tarkeshwor municipality following the jeep track.

Having breakfast in Tinpple.
Having breakfast in Tinpple.
Local village seen from Tinpple
Local village seen from Tinpple
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Local village seen from Tinpple

We pass through the twists and turns of the maize field, able to explore local peoples & villages on the way.

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Riding through the Maize field
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Riding through the Maize field
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Villager showing us the right direction.
Local village on our way to Suraychaur
Local village on our way to Suraychaur

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on our way to suryachaur

 

We lost our way after we reached to Dhakalgaon from where the Shivapuri national park begins and we tried to find our track, but we are totally confused, we asked to the local Denizens about the route. But didn’t get any helpful replies,

they suggested us to take a long way to get back into the trail, but we are trying to get shortcuts, some peoples gave us an idea about adventurous hike for to get the trail back  but we need to carry our bikes on our shoulders and we took it as a challenge and did it. That decision made our trip most adventurous and excited.

Climbing the hills with Cycle
Climbing the hills with Cycle
Climbing the hills with Cycle
Our team Climbing the hills with Cycle

Tough trails

A video posted by sujan maharjan (@sujan09) on Jun 4, 2016 at 4:51am PDT

the hiking route which we have to pass through with cycle
The hiking route which we have to pass through with cycle

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Taking rest after hiking for 45 mins
Taking rest after hiking for 45 mins with cycle
Taking rest after hiking
Taking rest after hiking

After getting back to the trail we rested for a while and started riding again, we had chocolates and bananas during our ride to get more energy.

We done some amazing ride inside the woods and got our rest point at Gurje Bhanjyang which is situated at approximately 1800 meter.

Group picture after we reached to Gurje Bhanjyang
Group picture after we reached to Gurje Bhanjyang

Above the sea level and border point of Kathmandu & Nuwakot districts, after half an hour ride from there we finally reached  our destination Suryachaur.

Suryachaur is situated in approximately 1900 meter. above the sea level. This is an ideal place with some flat terrains from where you can get to see the whole Thangshing Valley and the great mountain views  like Ganesh Himal & Langtang Range

On a clear day but we are unlucky to achieve these experiences because of pre-monsoon.

Our final destination, suryachaur
Our final destination, Surya Chaur
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View from Surya Chaur
View of surya chaur
View of surya chaur

We enjoyed our self’s by clicking photographs and observed natural views. This place gonna be a best place for family picnic, camping and for overnight stay.

Anil dangol and his skill!!
Anil dangol and his skill!!
Two handsome hunks, Sujit dai and Bikash dai
Two handsome hunks, Sujit dai and Bikash dai
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Nawraj dai with his million dollar smile 😀
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Bikash dai posing with Sujit dai’s cycle 😀
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Rojon and sailesh enjoying checking their photos
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Sujit dai akka Gorkhali Thito

sailesh and his pose

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And that’s me 🙂
Sukuti (Dry Meat) local shop
Sukuti (Dry Meat)
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We can’t stop our-self trying Sukuti (Dry Meat)
Jhwaaiikhatte a local drink
Jhwaaiikhatte a local drink
Our lunch Dal bhat power 24 Hour :D
Our lunch Dal bhat power 24 Hour 😀
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Having our lunch
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Bikash dai and his love for photography
This is what Bikash dai try to capture
This is what Bikash dai trying to capture

The trails are good for both intermediate and pro riders; this bittersweet journey takes you through the slow uphill ride and a couple of grueling steep climbs throughout the journey. It was a fun but challenging and memorable trip. It is suitable for those who love some off-road biking experience.

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On our way to home 🙂
Our final group picture our ending point of the Journey.
Our final group picture our ending point of the Journey.

 

Hydrate and refuel
Drink plenty of water during your bike ride and never ride in an empty stomach because you will likely burn out during or after the ride. Especially for routes without proper water access, carry some drinking water as well as purifying tablets in your backpack. When it comes to replenishing energy, high carb foods like chocolate and granola bars do the trick. Ration your supplies and never drink carbonated drink before climbing an uphill – they give you morbid cramps.

Good to know
Be safe, go prepared
Safety comes first in your list of priority, so don’t forget to wear a proper helmet and gloves in all the rides. Under scorching heat in longer cross country rides, wear shades to protect yourself from the glare (and occasionally dust) which you might face while riding. Further, make sure your bike is in good condition and there are no faults with the brakes, the rear one in particular.

Trail composition:
10% Single tracks
75% Jeep tracks
15% Paved road

Note:

We better recommend taking this route to avoid hike with your bike.
Optional Route: Balaju Bypass-Mudkhu-Tinpiple-Tarkeshwor-Jagatbuspark-Gurjeybhanjyang to Suryachaur back from Suryachaur-Gurjeybhanjyang-Jhor-Tokha-Gongabu to Balajuchwok

Hope you enjoyed reading our blog, if would like to join our next weekend cycling, please join our facebook group hunkies ride and if you have any question regarding Surya chaur, please drop me a email at mr.sujanmaharjan@gmail.com or follow me @sujan_mhrjn

Thank you,

Happy Reading.
-Team Hunkies Ride

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3 thoughts on “An Undiscovered Trail Surya Chaur, Kathmandu, Nepal

  1. SuryaChaur is awesome place.But I want to suggest that suryachaur is not in Kathmandu.It is located at Nuwakot -Sunkhani VDC. Please give correct information that people always respect your hard-works.

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