• Issue 1
  • 10 January, 2012



Hetauda Farm House

Nestled in the foothills of the exotic Himalayas, the Lifecycle Hetauda Farm House offers travellers an experience of a wildlife. The resort is just a three-hour drive south of Kathmandu towards the Terai plains. Access to the resort is on foot across a suspension bridge and through a bamboo forest. The Farm House is set among rice paddies at the edge of the Rapti River.

The Farm House was started by four Nepali cycling enthusiasts who are keenly involved in promoting mountain biking as a sport and Nepal as a premier mountain biking destination. Nepal has some of the most diverse terrain in the world with wide variations across a small area, making it an exciting and unique mountain biking destination.

Accommodation at the Farm House is natural and comfortable and spacious in twin share rooms. Food is simple and delicious, and cooked by local chef Radha Didi – an expert at making food that is good for you! The Farm House offers many activities in addition to riding. If you want to take life at a slower pace, you can explore the Chepang and Tamang villages around the resort. Go on a cultural tour, see how farm life changes through the seasons, and make friends with the locals. After a day of activity you can relax with a shiatsu massage to stimulate your muscles or cool off in our natural spring water pool or in a hammock. If you are interested in cooking, Radha Didi can teach you how to cook fragrant Nepali dishes.

So, get on your bike and get riding in Nepal!

Ride Out

Unlike the steep, unforgiving mountains in the north of Nepal, the gentle hills around Hetauda cater to a variety of levels, whether you’re a rookie or a seasoned pro. Prime your skills at the resort’s pump track, then head out for a tour with professional cyclist through the rice paddies and quiet forests. Single tracks abound, as well as free ride delights and downhill tracks. Where the mountains meet the plains, there’s something for everyone.

Cross country: Cycle along adventurous jeep and single tracks through Tamang villages.

Free ride: Hetauda offers plenty of gradual uphill and winding single tracks through farmlands with drops, natural wall rides, and swift and switchback trails.

Downhill: If you are game, try the extreme to moderate downhill sections consisting of jeep and single tracks, as well as fast and technical tracks.

Family fun rides: Get your family and friends together for a fun and safe rides through picturesque villages and rice paddies.

Other activities

Back at the Farm House, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Spend the morning fishing, help plant rice, or simply chill out by the pool and bar while partaking of the local organic cuisine.

  • Tubing in Rapti River: Cool off and relax in a tube while floating down the Rapti River. Watch villagers fishing and playing from this unique vantage point.
  • Fishing: Take part in local river culture and make friends while learning local fishing techniques.
  • Village walk: Explore farm life on a village walk; see women ploughing the fields, planting and harvesting rice, rearing chickens and pigs – and even join in.
  • Learn to cook: Learn to cook local Nepali cuisine in our community kitchen.
  • Shiatsu massage: After a long day of activities, enjoy a Shiatsu massage by our local masseuse to increase circulation and vigour.

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