1 Shivapuri National Park

Unpaved but well-mapped roads thread through a delightful forest preserve in the Kathmandu Valley’s northern reaches.

2 Nagarkot descent

On this classic tour trip, you get a pre-dawn (or previous evening) bus ride up to Nagarkot, the Himalayan sunrise view, served with breakfast followed by the thrilling 800m descent to Kathmandu, following either 4WD trails or serious single-track.

3 Lhasa to Kathmandu

Packages offering “the world’s longest descent” usually give you two heart-lifting (and heart-and-lung-testing) weeks of Tibetan touring, including high-altitude Everest views, followed by the legendary 4000m descent from the Tibetan plateau into Kathmandu.

4 The Tribhuwan Rajpath

A classic monster climb and descent, with the possiblity of some delightful return routes.

5 Begnas Tal

This fine lake is the gateway to miles of pastoral back roads east of Pokhara.

6 The Annapurna Circuit

The controversial new Annapurna roads may have given trekking a knock, but they offer the possibility of an amazing ascent to Manang, and a descent through the world‘s deepest gorge.

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