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
Participants: Sujit Kandel (Group Leader), Rozon Shrestha, Sailesh Budhathoki, Anil dangol, Nawraj Bhattrai & Sujan Maharjan
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.
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.
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.
We pass through the twists and turns of the maize field, able to explore local peoples & villages on the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10% Single tracks
75% Jeep tracks
15% Paved road
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
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