Pokhara to Kathmandu, the fun way

The main Pokhara to Kathmandu highway has little to recommend it. A busy, dirty, noisy road, that’s dangerous to cycle – we didn’t want to go anywhere near it on bikes. We did, however, need to get our wheels between the two cities and were fortunate enough to meet Sonam at Dawn till Dusk in Kathmandu, who suggested a more northerly route away from the traffic. This we followed on quiet roads, with views of the Annapurna, Manaslu and Ganesh Himals, that were fantastic for biking. Only the last hour from the rim of the Kathmandu Valley into the city were busy, but we cycled this on a Saturday when day trippers made the traffic heavier than usual.

The 289km route took us 5 days, during which time we climbed 6,800m. There were guesthouses each day, so we travelled light, with no camping or cooking gear. Here is a map (blue line) and a list of towns on the route:


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KM Town
0 Lakeside, Pokhara
21 Bazaar near Begnas Tal
30 Talbeshi
45 Boletar
69 Sundar Bazaar
87 Thandi Pokhari
120 Gorkha
136 Jhingote
161 Arughat
175 Khahare
190 Katunje
207 Samari Bhanjyang
221 Trishuli
264 Rani Pauwa
266 Kakani junction
289 Thamel, Kathmandu

Cycling in Gorkha

3 thoughts on “Pokhara to Kathmandu, the fun way

    1. Neil and Harriet Post author

      Cheers – it’s a nice route with very little traffic. Every time we caught a bus on the main road from KTM-Pokhara we saw cycle tourists on it and wondered why on earth they didn’t go the quiet way!

  1. Rich

    Awesome route, thanks for featuring it on your site. I’m planning to visit India and Nepal in 2015, again, and will remember this one when I am ready to make my way from Pokhara to Kathmandu;)

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