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Ultimate Nepal Ride

Trip Facts
  • Difficulty : Moderate
  • Duration: 12 Days
  • Trip Grade :
  • Destinations : Nepal
  • Activities : Motor Bike Tour
  • Departure Date :
  • Best Seasons :
  • Highest Altitude :3760 m
  • Start - End :Kathmandu - Kathmandu

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Traversing mystical worlds on a 500cc Royal Enfield motorbike
  • Spectacular views of the numerous 7,000+m peaks of the complete Annapurna massif
  • Soak up the main cultures of Nepal Hinduism and Buddhism, climbing through subtropical scenery to arid wilderness desert
  • The artistic and architectural traditions of Durbar Square’s monuments and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Swayambhunath, Bouddha and Pashupatinath Temple
  • Chitwan's undisturbed wildlife, flora and dense forests

ESSENTIAL TOUR INFORMATION

  • Clients driving the motorbike must possess an international driving licence
  • Drivers must be qualified to operate a 350cc or greater motorbike
  • Indemnity bond required for motorbike rental
  • For convenience purchase a multi-entry Nepal visa. It is possible to obtain a second single entry visa at the Nepal and Tibet border
  • It is our intention to operate the itinerary as detailed. However, it may be subject to change resulting from climatic conditions, flight alterations or a change in regulations either by the
    Government or Communities

Day 1 Arrive Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast. Alt: 1,350m.
At Kathmandu International Airport, you will be met by a Trek Nepal representative and transferred to your hotel. There will be a full tour briefing in the evening.

Day 2 Kathmandu Sightseeing & Bike Introduction
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast. Alt. 1,350m.
After breakfast, meet at the lobby and proceed for the sightseeing tour of the ancient Kathmandu city with its many beautiful temples and shopping courtyards. As one crosses from the modern area of New Road into the Durbar Square, the onetime Freak Street, one is suddenly in the midst of Kathmandu’s famed medieval architecture.

The major tourist attractions on this tour includes a visit to the Hanuman Dhoka (Hanaman ate) which takes its name from the Monkey God, Hanuman from the epic, Ramayana The palace of the Malla Kings located in the Hanuman Dhoka is of the 14th Century and it is still retained as a ceremonial palace of the present Shah dynasty. Important traditional Royal ceremonies including the coronation of the King of Nepal are still conducted at Hanaman Dhoka alace. Near the Hanaman Dhoka is the house of the Living Goddess Kumari -Kumari Bahal. Two painted stone Lions stand guard at the entrance. Visitors may enter the courtyard to see the Living Goddess but are forbidden to take photographs. Also visit Kasthamandap”, a temple built from the wood of a single tree from where Kathmandu city derived its name.

Continue drive to Swayambhunath Stupa - one of the protected monument sites of the Kathmandu Valley. It is situated on the top of the hill lying 4 kilometers west of Kathmandu. More than 2,500 years old, this ancient landmark is connected to the visit of Manjushree who created Kathmandu – a lake than – by draining its waters. The sage saw a celestial lotus in bloom on the top of this hill and sacrificed it. It is an important pilgrimage center as well as the centre of art, architecture, religion and culture of Mahayana Buddhism. The stupa of Swayambhu is a hemispherical mound of compacted earth, and is built to specific rules, and is replete with symbols. The mound represents the four
elements of earth, fire, wind and water. The 13 gilded rings of the spire symbolize the 13 steps of the ladder leading to Nirvana, the final salvation. The shrine is bedecked in colorful
prayer flags.

The pilgrim’s progress to Swayambhunath’s holy premises is actually through a sylvan path of 365 steps. The entrance is graced by a huge Vajra (Symbol of thunder bolt). Statues
of Buddha adorn the four corners of the stupa. Statues of goddess Ganga and Jamuna guard the eternal flame behind it. There is a Tibetan gompa (monastery) and innumerable chaityas (small stupas). The balcony of Swayambhunath is ideal for viewing the entire valley spread out below.

Day 3 Kathmandu / Pokhara
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 820m. Ride 7 hours. Distance 210kms.

After breakfast, set out of the Kathmandu to the Prithivi Highway. Firstly we negotiate the traffic out of Kathmandu and ride out of the Valley to the check post of Thankot located on the crest of a ridge and descend to Naubise, 17 kilometers of winding mountain road. From here, the highway is much more defined and makes a smoother ride. The ride from here is scenic as we follow the banks ofthe Trishuli river, a river very popular for rafting adventures and we arrive at Kurintar, 97 kilometers from Kathmandu in about another 1 ½ 2hours where there is a nice restaurant “Riverside Springs Resort”. After a short break, ride to Muglin (110 kms from Kathmandu), the junction where the highway bifurcates, South to Chitwan and West to Pokhara. Head west for 90 kilometers to Pokhara by firstly crossing the suspension bridge and following the Marshyangdi river for a while. Pass through typical Nepali landscape of scattered villages with ochre colored thatched houses, rice fields, winding roads and groups of small settlements. Our arrival in Pokhara area is greeted with fantastic views of the western Himalayas, the Annapurna range and the famous Fish Tail Mountain.

Pokhara stands at 884 m above sea level, about 700 m lower than Kathmandu Valley. In Kathmandu Valley the high temples are all around you, in Pokhara it is the mountains. Only foothills separate Pokhara form the full height of the Himalayas, and the magnificent 8000 m. peaks of the Annapurna range. Pokhara is a vacationer's paradise with its crystal clear lakes and fantastic views of the Annapurna range including the Fish Tail Mountain.

Day 4 Ride from Pokhara to Tatopani.
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 1,190m. Ride 4 ½ hours. Distance 105kms.

After early breakfast, set out for Beni Bazaar, 78 KMS on the Baglung Highway this takes about 3 hours and a convenient place to stop for lunch. From here we set out on the newly constructed road to Jomsom. The new road is a rough affair as the terrain has to be maintained regularly due to landslides and land slips due to the monsoon season. However it is more than compensated by the charm of the region and the scenic natural beauty.

Crossing small streams and negotiating gravel paths, arrive at Tatopani (26 KMS) which means “Hot Water”, and is one of the most popular overnight stops in this area. It is so named because of the Hot Springs, located close by.

Day 5 Tatopani / Jomsom (2720 m) / Muktinath (3760 m).
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 3,760m. Ride 5 hours. Distance 65kms.

After an early breakfast, set out on the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River passing waterfalls and Thakali and Magar Villages to Dana (4750 ft./ 1446 m.). Steeply ascend to Ghasa (6600 ft. / 2012m) along the Kali Gandaki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world.

As we pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountain range, a dramatic change in vegetation is witnessed from green forests, to dry arid desert. It takes gradual acclimatizing with the surrounding. The Thakali’s are the dominant tribe of the valley, related to the Gurung and Magars of the southern slopes. From here we head to Jomsom passing through the villages of Kalopani and Marpha. Jomsom (2713 m) is the Administrative centre of the Mustang region and the gateway to the Annapurna region. A land of mystique, the rugged peaks of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagari gaze down in their awesome splendour at weathered landscapes that contrast with the deep river ravines over noisy riverbeds. Jomsom is a mixture of hard work, social frivolity tempered by culture founded on deep religious traditions. It has the only airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara in the early mornings before the winds build up.

After lunch, set out of Jomsom Bazaar, cross the wooden bridge and then ride to the river bed. The going is slow here because of the uneven gravelled road but after a while we ascend on a dirt track ascending all the way to the settlement of Muktinath by way of Jharkot. If lucky, one can find ammonite fossils millions of years old but one can also buy them directly from the traders.

The arid desert landscape, rolling hills and the mountain views offers abstract beauty gives a feeling of being on top of the world.

Day 6 Muktinath / Kagbeni
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 2,800m. Ride 1hour. Distance 170km.

After breakfast visit Muktinath. At 3750 m, its eternal flame draws the Hindus and Buddhist alike and is therefore interesting to note the mixture of Buddhist and Hindu culture in this area. There are many interests to occupy the day in this ancient town, which also used to be the capital of one of the province of Mustang. It draws thousands of pilgrims annually.

After the visit, ride down to Kagbeni (2800 m) which is the gateway to Upper Mustang. (Note: The Kaligandaki Valley becomes increasingly windy during the day as the winds blows south to north and makes it difficult for travellers.

Sightseeing tour of Kagbeni - “Bolt at the two rivers”. At an altitude of 2840 meters, it is a famous village of Baarah Gaun (Lit: twelve villages) region in Mustang district. It is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud brick houses, dark alleys and imposing chortens. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. This village also boasts of a Monastery and the monks are of the yellow hat or the Gelup Sect.

The Kali Gandaki was one of the major trading routes between Tibet and India. The traders brought the famous salt from Tibet and barley, spices and clothes from India. After the Chinese invasion in Tibet, the trade came to a halt but is slowly improving.

Day 7 Ride Kagbeni / Pokhara.
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 820m. Ride 7hours. Distance 124kms.

Early start essential. It is a pleasant relief to be able to tackle the roughest section of the journey in the early morning. Descend to Marpha, Kalopani and arrive at Tatopani for lunch. The continue riding back to the settlement of Jaleswor located close to the river and then on to Beni. After a quick stop, set out following the trail along the river and the after about an hour meet the main highway at Maldhunga and then continue of the metalled road to Pokhara which is reached in about 2 ½ hours.

Pokhara stands at 800 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationers’ paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lake side bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and it is a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty.

The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard. Looming ahead to take the centre stage is Machhapuchhare or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the Lamjung Himal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of Dhaulagiri (8161 m).

Day 8 Ride Pokhara to Chitwan
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Alt. 130m. Ride 4 hours. Distance 90km.

After breakfast ride to Royal Chitwan national Park (approx 3 hours). On arrival at the entry point, meet resident naturalist and transfer to the wildlife safari camp. At the resort, the manager will brief the clients about the activities of the resort and assign the rooms.

In the afternoon, board the Elephants for a 2 ½ hour safari in search of the one horned Rhino, the elusive Royal Bengal Tiger and many other animals as deer, wild boars, sloth bear, leopard, etc. and over 450 species of birds.

Day 9 Chitwan Jungle Safari
Overnight Lodge/Teahouse. Included meals breakfast only.
Early morning the guests are again taken for a 3 hour wildlife safari on an Elephant to view and photograph wildlife from close quarters. The animals are scattered, elusive and mostly reside in the dense grasslands which grow to a height of 20 ft. the only means of penetrating this dense grassland is by elephants.

In late morning visit the Elephant stables where the resident naturalist highlights the life of the beast. This is an interesting hour with the elephants and the guests get the opportunity of participating and witnessing the rare scene of elephants at bath. Guests are taken for a drive through the jungles comprising of Saal forests and riverine forests and visiting the numerous lakes to view the Mugger crocodiles, water birds and appreciate the flora of the national park. This will be followed by a boat ride on the river to view the endangered fresh waterDolphin, fish eating Gharial Crocodiles and many migrant and resident water birds.

Day 10 Ride to Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Included meals breakfast.
Alt. 1,350m.

Ride 6hours. After breakfast, transferred to the Park exit point and meet the mechanic and Motorcycles. Set out for the Mahendra highway, turn right and ride on the flat plains of the terai through forested areas and small roadside settlements to arrive at the boom township of Hetauda (77 kms 1 ½ hours). From the main intersection, turn left and continue the ride for another 6 km to arrive at the cross section where the roads to Kathmandu via Daman & Naubise and the road to Kathmandu via Khuleykhani Dam and Pharping. We take the right turn and then ride 12 km to Bhainsay, a small town on the foothills. From here it is a 10 kilometer ride to Bhimphedi where riders are required to pay the toll tax for crossing over the narrow curvy and steep road up to the Kulekhani Dam. Kulekhani Reservoir is also known as Indra Sarobar and the security guards do not allow people lingering along the dam area. So, a short break for some quickly taken photographs, we continue on the ride to Kathmandu.

Some sections of the roads are still under construction and may be a bit difficult to negotiate and tests the driving skills of the riders. However, it is only about 15 kilometres and then the route becomes a more pleasurable ride except for the jeep drivers that tests ones patience with their speed driving and continuous honking of their horns. This section of the ride provides beautiful scenery of the mountains, rolling forested hills, deep gorges and typical Nepali village scenery. Our arrival at Pharping brings us to the city limits and a 18 kilometre rides brings us to the city centre.

Day 11 Half Day Sightseeing in Kathmandu
Overnight Hotel. Included meals: breakfast. Alt: 1,350m.
Leaving behind the lively and hectic temple and its market stalls we head to another energetic and sacred place of worship, Bouddhanath Stupa. Located 7km east of the city Bouddhanath Stupa, also known as Khasti Chitya, is the largest stupa in Nepal. It lies on the ancient trade route from Tibet to Kathmandu, and for centuries Tibetan merchants have rested and prayed here. Today, it is the holiest Tibetan temple outside of Tibet. Pilgrims, both Tibetans and Sherpas, gather daily to complete a kora (ritual circuit) of the stupa. A stupa has been standing on this site since the 5th century and in 1979 it became a World Heritage Site. It is designed on the mandala – the Buddhist cosmos.

The bank of the sacred Bagmati River is our next visit today. Pashupatinath Temple, which is situated on the banks of the sacred Bagmati River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is also known as ‘The Temple of Living Beings’. It is the holiest Hindu Temple in Nepal and is regarded as the most sacred temple of Lord Shiva in the world. The existence of this
temple dates back to 400 AD. The magnificent temple is built in the Nepalese pagoda style and is richly ornate with beautiful carvings, gold covered roofs and silver covered doors,
and within houses the sacred linga of Lord Shiva.

Afterwards free day to go around on your own or shop.

Day 12 Depart Kathmandu
Day free until final departure transfer to the airport for onward flight.

What Is Included

  • All transfers to and from the airport accompanied by an English speaking representative
  • Accommodation based on twin sharing as detailed in the itinerary. Twin rooms are provided for non-couples as well as couples
  • Meals as outlined in the itinerary
  • Rental of Royal Enfield Bullet 500cc bike
  • All fuel
  • Support vehicle with space for luggage and seating, if necessary
  • Services of an experienced Trek Nepal Int’l motorcycle guide and mechanic, and a guide.
  • A spare bike as standby for the group and all spare parts
  • Drinking water and refreshments (soft drinks only) during the biking days.
  • Sightseeing tours as per the itinerary accompanied by local guide and inclusive of entrance fees.

What Is Excluded

  • International airfare, airport taxes, visa fees, passport costs, insurance premiums of any kind and excess baggage charges
  • Personal Travel Insurance (cover your adventure activity as well as medical, emergency evacuation and personal belongings). It is imperative to be insured with suitable cover
  • Personal clothing and footwear such as jackets, gloves, helmet, guards, waterproofs, boots
  • Personal equipment, for example rucksack, day backpack, torch, water bottle, sleeping bag and mat
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Optional single accommodation supplement
  • Personal expenses such as phone bills, room service charges, porterage, bar bills (meals exclude bottle and alcohol drinks), laundry, tips to guides, porters and drivers
  • Expenses incurred during emergency evacuation due to any reason
  • Cost for the damage/repair of motorcycles, if any
  • Any item not detailed in the “What Is Included”
  • Optional tours, excursions and activities
  • Costs incurred due to natural calamities, strikes, breakdowns and those beyond the control of Trek Nepal Int’l (P) Ltd and its associates