Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport has many flight routes in and out of Nepal. Please see the map for your closest connection. Currently Kathmandu is the only city in Nepal with an international airport. But this works perfectly fine as all of our Nepal tours start and end in Kathmandu.
All our fixed departures are scheduled with the best dates in mind for where we are travelling to. Spring and Autumn are high season in Nepal. The weather is mostly pleasant all year round with day time temperatures averaging at 25 degrees celsius and dropping to between 14-18 degrees celsius at night during Spring and Autumn. When higher up in the mountains it is similar in the daytime thanks to the sunshine, but at night it is colder and can drop to 5-10 celsius.
Nepal descends from the roof of the world to the plains of India and encompasses within it the world’s eight highest peaks – including Mount Everest. It descends through the mountains of the high Himalaya to the middle hills and the lowland jungles bordering India known as the Terai. The water that supplies much of South Asia originates in the Himalayas, feeding countless rivers and streams of unique and breath-taking natural beauty.
Nepal is ethnically diverse and home to 61 ethnic groups with different languages and cultures. The majority of the country identifies as Hindu, but Buddhism is also one of Nepal’s major religions – Buddha was born in Lumbini, in western Nepal. Hinduism and Buddhism are often practiced together, and there are also other local religious practices specific to a particular place.
Many species of endangered and exotic animals, birds, plants and trees are found in Nepal, including the one-horned rhino, musk deer, the Bengal tiger, the snow leopard, dolphins, pandas, wild buffalos, wild elephants, Himalayan yaks, aardvarks, golden eagles, migrating Siberian geese, wild orchids and native rhododendron trees amongst many others – and of course don’t forget to listen out for tales of the Yeti!
Nepal offers countless lofty and spiritual peaks, lakes, ancient Hindu shrines and temples, Buddhist gumbas, and lost valleys. The forests and hills are home to the camps of nomadic and semi-nomadic hunting and gathering peoples (including the Raute and Chepang), the mobile camps of Tibetan shepherds, and communities of honey hunters. Tiny villages, towns and cities offer great contrasts and there is always something new to experience
Tiny villages to urban cities scattered throughout the east, west, north and south of the country are divided largely by the soaring and mystic mountains, hills, roaring and twisting serpentine rivers and streams. They offer different, unique and vibrant cultures, dialects, climates, culinary cuisines, architecture, flora and fauna providing colourful contrasts to each other. Trekking and traveling around this small country brings constant changes in vista, dweller, tests, experience and atmosphere to the never ending amusement of the bewildered traveler.
We have an office in Kathmandu as well as being based in Rutland, UK.
We have a fleet of Honda CRF250Ls already in Kathmandu that we use for all our tours in Nepal ( we have tried and tested many bikes in Nepal, including the Royal Enfield Himalayan, and have had the best time riding the CRF250Ls because it is lightweight, agile and has good suspension, plenty of power, but not too much, it is forgiving when you get tired, unlike many enduro bikes. It is also reliable and won’t break down easily.
In Tibet we have teamed up with a bike rental company in Lhasa who have a fleet of BMW GS300, 650, 750, 800 and 1200 (you’ll find Tibet now has mostly paved roads and considering the great distances traveled on tour and the average altitude being 4500m, a bigger and more reliable bike is best).
If an Enfield bullet is your bike of choice, then we can arrange for this, however we will only do tours on Enfield bullets if everyone is riding a Bullet.
We have compiled a list to help you with your packing. Although how protected you want to be is a personal decision, we hope you find this helpful.
- A summer riding jacket with built-in armoured shoulders, elbows and back. (The ones with a removeable waterproof and thermal lining are the best because of the changeable weather)
- A pair of good motorcycle jeans.
- We recommend you wear a touring helmet or off-road helmet with goggles as these work best with a face mask (we were wearing them before they were cool, thanks to the dusty roads and pollution)
- Motorcycle Boots (Sidi are great)
- A pair of long-johns (for when we’re higher up in the mountains)
- Waterproofs (shouldn’t be necessary when riding in high season, but as we are riding into the mountains the weather can change very quickly.)
- Motorcycle Gloves (summer riding gloves are fine for most as during the day it is sunny and warm) although a pair of winter riding gloves for itineraries where we go to Upper Mustang are always a good idea (and you don’t need to worry about the extra luggage as it goes in the pick up, not on the back of your bike!)
- An anti-pollution mask for the times when we are riding around in heavy traffic in the cities and on the highway, as the roads can get dusty. We’d recommend a Respro, Techno mask: www.respro.com/pollu@on-masks (no affiliation to respro-they are just what we use)
You are welcome to pay via direct bank transfer. We accept international payments as well as UK bank transfers. We normally ask for a deposit to confirm your booking, unless the booking is last minute then we will ask for the full payment up front. To book up you can either submit a booking form online here: Booking
Or you can email us and we will send you a booking form to fill out by hand, scan/photograph and send back to us.
- Bike Hire -depending on the itinerary, either a Honda CRF250L, Royal Enfield Himalayan or BMW GS.
- Support vehicle and Mechanic
- Airport to Hotel Transfers
- Handpicked Accommodation (Mixture of Hotels and Lodges)
- Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner plus snacks and hot beverages)
- Expert English Speaking guides
- International Flights
- Visa for Nepal
- Personal travel/medical insurance
- Alcoholic drinks
- Anything not already listed in the included section.
When booking with Ride Nepal your payments are protected in accordance with TRIP (Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection) For further protection please see below regarding personal insurance.
Please see our terms and conditions where payment procedures and policies are clearly stated.
We strongly encourage all riders to take out a good insurance policy that not only covers the basic things such as medical, rescue and repatriation but also travel insurance which covers you whilst riding a motorcycle on and off road. As well as trip cancellation insurance to cover you against any unforeseen circumstances which may mean you have to cancel your trip, for an insurable reason such as personal injury.
A good place to start is through one of our partner’s here in the UK who have teamed up with AON, check out Travel Insurance BC motorcycles. You can also have a look at Voyager, Navigator or Holiday Safe as possible insurance providers.
We take care of which permits we may need for each trip, so you won’t need to. As for Visas, Nepal is one of the easiest countries for their visa process, we send you detailed information via email on how to get your visa once you have booked up. Here are your options:
Upon entry to Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport you can acquire a visa.
You can now submit your visa application online which quickens the visa process upon arrival. You just need to bring your printout receipt with you and pay for your visa on arrival at the airport then you can continue through immigration. http://www.nepembassy.org.uk
If you wish then we are happy to help. We can send you a visa application form to fill in and get it completed for you in London.
It takes up to a month to process and you would need to send your passports, passport photo and photocopy of your current passport well in advance of the trip start date, preferably 2 months ahead.
When you travel to Nepal it is always wise to take into consideration that you will be heading to an increased altitude. For most people this is not a problem, however if you have any underlying health conditions then you may need to consult with your doctor.
Kathmandu is located at 1340m, this is where you fly into and should not be an issue for most.
On all our tours we travel to different altitudes, we always acclimatise and increase our altitude slowly.