Category Archives: outdoor recreation

Astrek Climbing Wall & Clubhouse

Astrek Climbing Wall & Clubhouse

20120315-115746.jpg

Location: Thamel,
Establishment: Climbing wall and restaurant
Cost: 450 Nrs to climb, similar for food
Near by walking: Thamel chowk, most of Thamel, Fire & Ice
Info:

Tucked in to an alleyway in Thamel, behind a large gate, is the tallest climbing wall in Kathmandu. The Dai behind the counter will set you up with a harness and shoes if necessary, and one of their guys will belay for you.20120315-115754.jpg
The wall has a cafe of sorts, and though the whole place has the feel of an American bowling alley, it’s actually pretty decent.
20120315-115759.jpgGet your climbing fix here…

Posted from .

Himalayan Single Track

Himalayan Single Track

Jenny, the proprietor, peeks around the corner

Location: Sathgumti (7 Corner), Thamel
Establishment: Bicycling Shop
Cost: depends!
Near by walking: Electric Pagoda, Thamel
Info:
mob: +977-9803343098
Office: +977-1-4700909
email: info@himalayansingletrack.com
www.himalayansingletrack.com

If you’re hankering for a bike ride and need to rent or buy quality gear and perhaps do a guided ride, HST can help you. Situated a fair way down the seven corners road and down an alley, HST has a tiny little shop front suitable to hanging out with Jenny, the owner, while her mechanics work on your bike or while you’re waiting for your guided tour group to all show up. Jenny knows her stuff, as she’s out riding a lot of the time and uses quality equipment and decent staff.


View Kathmandu Interest in a larger map

Swayambhunath (Swayambhu) Temple

Swayambhunath (Swayambhu) Temple

Monkey at Swayambhu

Monkey at Swayambhu

Location: Swayambhu (just inside ring road, west side of KTM)
Establishment: Temple, tourist shops
Cost: 100-300 nrs entry fee (red dip card holders excepted)
Near by walking: monkeys
Info:
Swayambhunath, or ‘Swayambhu’ as anyone who’s been here a week abbreviates it, is The Monkey Temple. There are certainly a lot of monkeys. Take a car up and park along the road. You already get a good view here, but walk on up further, pay your entry, and take in the scenery. Many folks offering to be your docent for cash, don’t bother. Walk up the stairs (that’s the outdoor activity part :) ) and mount the top of the temple. Ferrel dogs take over for monkeys once on top. Over-priced gimcracks and tourist stuff are abound.
The best part is seeing the great view of the valley.


View Kathmandu Interest in a larger map

Bike Station

Bike Station

Location: Lazimpat
Establishment: Bike shop
Cost: 500 – 650 nrs for a daily mtn bike rental
Near by walking: Kotetsu Japanese Restaurant, Radisson (a bit of a walk)
Info:
Main #: 01(from cell phone)-444-4250
Buddha: 985.103.3456
Prayesh: 985.103.2248

Bike Station has been my mainstay for bike rentals. The official price is 650 nrs a day, but friends of friends can haggle, especially if you are going to be a repeat customer. Be sure to get a spare tube (usually included) along with your rental. Check the brakes and indexing just to be sure they are good. Bike Station is run by a couple of nice guys (and avid cyclers) who go on rides daily (very early). Also, since Kathmandu shops (a lot anyway) are closed Saturday, be sure to pick up your bike Friday afternoon for your Saturday ride, or arrange with one of the owners to pick up late Saturday for a Sunday ride. Be sure to return your bike the next day to avoid two days charge.

Bike Station also sells equipment, but I’ve not yet had the occasion to explore their options.


View Kathmandu Interest in a larger map