- Explore Tibet’s last remaining Forbidden Kingdom
- Visit the ancient walled-city of Lo Manthang
- Traverse the trans-Himalaya and Tibetan plateau, 4600m
- Visit the world’s oldest active monastery
- Drink tea with nomadic yak herders
- Explore a world that time has forgot
SKILL LEVEL – ADVANCED
- Can ride for five to six hours
- Good riding experience.
- Experienced with riding a Royal Enfield
- Comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions
The maximum no of people in the group is 15. The optimum people of one Batch/Group for efficiency in operation is 8 pax or 12 pax.
CLIMATE OF NEPAL FOR RIDING
Nepal is a land of extremes. The climate varies dramatically with altitude and the seasons. Luckily, the weather changes are most predictable so we can schedule the tours in advance. We spend most of our time in the mid-hills where the climate is perfect for riding. With bright sunshine, few showers, clear roads, fresh air and stunning scenery, its Motorcycle Nirvana.
Between Mid November and February , early mornings can be chilly and it can get cold at night when we ride over 2000m. In the south of the country, at low altitude, it gets seriously hot from about May . Between June and August, the wet season takes hold. Best time to ride is February – May, and September – Mid December.
Day 1: Wander Through Charming Thamel
Arriving at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, you’ll be greeted by a friendly representative . We’ll whisk you away to excellently located partnered hotel with a touch of comfort and upscale luxury.
From here, after a short rest you’ll wander through a veritable labyrinth of small shops and brightly-colored buildings filled with local arts and artifacts in the tourist hub of Kathmandu – Thamel .
Take in a massage, pick up a cashmere scarf, or dine at one of the many scrumptious Nepali restaurants in the picturesque Thamel district. In the evening prepare for your journey to Pokhara next day and get briefed about your upcoming adventure and ask any questions that you might have.
Day 2: Unwind in Unique Pokhara
Pokhara is well-known as the most serene city in Nepal and you’ll see why after a quick morning trip from Kathmandu to our next stop. It is a 6 hours drive from Kathmandu with amazing views along the way .
Fully sated, you’ll check in to our partnered hotel in Pokhara for a quick rest before seeing what Pokhara has to offer.
Team meetings, Extra Tour briefing , Bike introductions , Gear Sizing etc will be on the agenda today .
Also if possible we will arrange for a short ride around the city to get you familiarized with your bikes and get you more excited. Overnight in Pokhara dreaming about the adventure which starts from tomorrow .
Day 3: Ride to Kalopani
A relatively long ride up the Himalayas gaining about 3000m . We will cross Buddhist influenced towns , monasteries and see the landscape changes constantly .Truly a magnificent experience. The road is 65km Black topped till Beni and a tough 45 km off road ride till Kalopani which will surely test your biking skills .
Day 4 : Ride to Kagbeni via Muktinath
Start your ride after your breakfast in Kalopani . We travel simultaneously with the Kali Gandaki River with scenic views of Annapurna , Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri accompanying us . Reach Muktinath at 3800m- the temple of salvation After offering our prayers we ride back to Kagbeni for our night halt.
Day 5 — Ride from Kagbeni to Ghami
Kagbeni is a beautiful Tibetan village with a lot to experience and learn . We will spend the morning soaking in the culture and the beautiful views that Kagbeni has to offer. Today is the day we make the transition to the coveted area of Upper Mustang . At the end of Kagbeni Village we get our permits checked and sorted and following the Kali Gandaki River and remote settlements of the local inhabitants. Our halt will be at Ghami for the night.
Day 6 – Ride from Ghami to Lo- Manthang
This is the day we reach our main and final destination of our ride – Lo Manthang – Tibets Last Forbidden Kingdom . Tibetan styled walls , prayer wheels will continue to dominate our sight as we enter Upper Mustang . A big village called Charang will be crossed where we will stop for some rest. If time permits we also can learn more about the history and the town . In the final stage of the ride we ascend towards Lo – Manthang .
Day 7 – Lo Manthang Monasteris
Today is a very relaxing day . Resting , taking a shower will be our primary agenda . We will make short trips to the beautiful local monasteries and learn more about Lo and Buddhist Culture. The afternoon is all yours to wander the streets , talk with locals , drink tea , test your haggling skills at the art stalls , and take it all in .
Day 8 – Ride to Tibetan Border Kora- la and back to Lo- Manthang .
Todays ride will be our highest altitude gaining point to the Tibetan border of Kora la . We ride high up in the Tibetan Plateaus and the scenic sights will just keep amazing you. It is not an official crossing border point but might be in the future. We return to Lo Manthang for the night.
Day 9 – Ride from Lo Manthang to Samar
We bid adieu to Lo Manthang and start our journey southwards to Pokhara. Annapurna , Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri start to embrace us as we go down with the plateaus and terrains changing . We arrive at Samar – a quiet village with some old ruins dotting the barren hilltops around the valley.
Day 10 – Ride Samar to Marpha
We continue riding south to the Apple capital of Nepal – Marpha . It’s a white walled city which asks itself to be explored . With some apple brandy to keep you warm it is a perfect end to a good ride.
Day 11—Ride from Marpha to Tatopani
Today we will lose all of the altitude that we have gained jumping from 3000m to 1200m to Tatopani . Tato means hot in Nepalese and Pani means water . The ride goes downhill towards Tatopani. En-route we halt to savor the view of Rupche Fall, which comes after Ghasa, which is a major stopover point of the region. Admire the beauty of the fall and resume the ride along the mishmash highland road all the way to Tatopani. The name of the village refers to hot natural springs, so you can let go all the riding exhaustion bathing in the natural hot springs at Tatopani.
Day 12 – Ride from Tatopani to Pokhara
When soldiers return from battle to their homes , this is the feeling you get after returning to Pokhara. You will enjoy civilization and after you check into your hotel , the day is all yours to rest , have a few drinks , go for a massage or have a look at the photos and videos of the tour and just reminisce in them.
DAY 13 — Pokhara to Kathmanu in a Private Vehicle.
Day 13 will see us return to Kathmandu after a sumptuous breakfast in Pokhara in a private vehicle .Reach Kathmandu by evening and check into our partnered hotel. Shopping , buying some souvenirs and relaxing should be on the agend a this evening .
Day 14 : Say Farewell to Nepal (for now)
After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight back home. While the week may have seemed to fly by, your memories with us will last a lifetime.
- Airport Pick up and Drop
- Accommodation in highly reviewed 3-star hotels in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Lodge style/Guest House rooms during the ride. ( Day 3- Day 12)
- Breakfast in Kathmandu and Pokhara.
- Dinner and Breakfast on all days during the ride. ( Day 3 – Day 12)
- Transport from Kathmandu to Pokhara and back in an Air conditioned vehicle. ( Toyota Hi Ace )
- Rental of a One Royal Enfield Himalayan per person for the whole riding tour ( Day 3 – Day 12 )
- Fuel , Spare parts of the bike in the support vehicle.
- All the permits required for the ride . ( ACAP/TIMS ) Mustang Permit costing 500 USD needs to be purchased at Kagbeni.
- Group Medical Kit
- Support Jeep with one Mechanic and one Helper .
- Experienced English Speaking Group Leader on Bike
- Extra guide as we enter Upper Mustang ( As a government rule )
- Sightseeing in Pokhara on Day 7 in an Air conditioned vehicle.
- Travel insurance
- Visa for Nepal( If required , Not required in the case of Indian Nationality )
- Alcohol and Snacks outside of meal times
- Personal Expenses
- Upper Mustang Permit @500 USD per person
- Any costs arising out of factors beyond control .