Getting there: Singapore and Thai Airways are among the airlines that fly from the West Coast to Katmandu. Round-trip fare from Los Angeles costs about $1,568. It is also possible to fly on other carriers to Bangkok, Delhi or Hong Kong, then make connections to Katmandu on Royal Nepal Airlines.
Documents: U.S. citizens must have a passport plus entry visa ($10), available from the Nepal Embassy. Call (202) 667-4550 for details.
Political update: Call the U.S. State Department Travel Advisory Desk in Washington at (202) 647-5225.
Renting a bike: Daily rentals are very cheap--$3 and up per day--but many bikes are old, poorly maintained street machines.
Bicycle tours: Tours by the following companies include in the package price a rental mountain bike with at least 18 gears, helmet, trained guide, some meals and, in some cases, van support to carry clothes and camping equipment, if necessary:
Himalayan Mountain Bikes (c/o Marco Polo Travels, P.O. Box 2768, Katmandu, tel. 011-977-1-413-632 or 418-733) operates a variety of tours ranging from one-day trips in Katmandu to a 13-day bike/trek camping tour.