Ian Richardson 2019
My “Into the Mountains Adventure ” was a truly unforgettable experience. I’m not sure I can say it any better than previous testimonials but just to reiterate: RideNepal are a completely professional operation with excellent communications before arriving in Nepal (to the point where because Grace and Udaya were in London they offered to meet with me in person to cover any questions I might have in person which was great).
Takeshi was my guide, and his pacing and instructions / explanations were spot on – I gained so much confidence over the 9 days, and having not ridden much off hard roads before, I ended up riding sections that I would not have thought I was capable of before the trip.
Immersive is a very good word for this journey. You see so much at close range, and yet cover so much more ground than you would by any other mode of transport. You meet locals as well as other travellers. The accommodation on the trail reflects the terrain, from good hotel rooms at lower levels to lodges as you get towards Manang – but you always have all you need. Words cannot do justice to the scenery and the vistas that you discover so I won’t try.
In summary, it’s the best thing I’ve done in years and cannot recommend RideNepal as an operation, and the adventure that they have created, highly enough! “Just do it” would be my suggestion!
Jarred Taylor 2019
“I thought I’d share some more about my wonderful journey in Nepal with Udaya and Takeshi. This is not only a ride, but a complete immersive experience in the culture, foods, sights, and sounds of the wonderful people of Nepal. One may only experience this by motorcycle and travel with those who’ve lived the life of a true Nepali. True, you may take a Tata truck, horse or trek, but never can you cover as much ground as you can with an off road motorcycle. The ride is well planned, so you always have a hot meal, time for rest or coffee, a hot shower and a quality meal after a long day’s journey. The views are epic and do expect to travel to places untouched by humans or by motorcycle and push yourself to new heights with confidence only given to you by experienced guides. Also learn about the local cultures and religions, monuments and history. The ride is what you make of it; do take time to enjoy and document your surroundings, meet new people, try new foods and participate in the culture of Nepal! Udaya knows just about everyone in Nepal so do expect to meet great people along your journey and learn much about the history of Nepal. Udaya and Takeshi are experienced riders both on dirt and on Tarmac. Do not fear the roads, as they are with you every step of the way and instill confidence in your riding abilities. This is one epic journey and not to be missed! Namaste :)”
-Cara Linscott 2018
“On behalf of Bikesport Gavin and gang had a fantastic adventure with great organisation and all fantastic value for money…highly recommended”
-David Gloyne 2018
“What an amazing trip, the guides couldn’t do enough for you and were happy to make changes to keep everyone pleased..! Can’t wait to book my next adventure with them..!”
–Sean Jobson 2018
“Me and 3 mates just have done this trip and we have nothing but good things to say.
From start to finish the whole team goes above and beyond what you expect to make sure the trip suits what you want . We have done everything from off-road to road riding to see the most beautiful views I have ever seen . I personally and my 3 mates are definitely booking with these again and I would recommend them to everyone
I would like to say thank you to the whole team for making our trip amazing and hopefully see you all again soon. Thanks, Sean”
-Teresa and Jeremy Grant 2018
“Had a holiday to remember. Nepal is a stunning country to tour and the holiday was made very special by all the hard work and knowledge of Ride Nepal guides, Udaya, Grace, Takeshi and Rajeev. Highly recommended and enjoyable.”
-Harry Squib 2018
“Well back home now after an unbelievable adventure biking in Nepal with some great guys John Johnston, Simon Parry from Hadrian V Twin and Udaya, Takeshi, Rajeev and Grace from Ride Nepal. Great bunch of guys and a fantastic experience, highly recommended, once in a lifetime trip thanks guys for everything.”
-Simon Blakeborough 2015
“This was a trip of a lifetime which I would recommend to anyone who loves adventure. Road Motorbiking( I use the word road in the broadest sense), off road motorbiking, trekking in the most beautiful and unspoilt part of Nepal(we saw two other groups of tourists in 2 weeks!) and rafting. The trip was well organised, though flexible to allow us to include all we wanted, even when things changed (fuel crisis and weather) …and the Motorbikes were excellent, I rode new CRF250!
The Highlights for me were riding up to the temple of Shiva at Muktinath at 4000m on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and running through the 108 taps of freezing water! Apparently it means I am forgiven of all my sins! Dragging myself over a 5600m high pass and sitting around the fire in a locals house we were welcomed into, hiding from a storm and listening to his stories of what life was like when the Hippy Trail came through Nepal! I cannot recommend this trip and this company highly enough, and I am hoping to go back next year. Many thanks to Udaya, Takeshi and the team. Brilliant”
Dirt Rider Magazine 2011, Travis Rabenberg
“On our way to Nagarkot there is only one small two track winding through out the mountains that is 100 miles long and follows the river throughout the bends and turns. The trail was a nice wide two track and you can experience all types of riding while still in one day.”
“Riding through the flat lands was great, grass and small cricks to cross for the start was a blast. There was even a few whooped out sections that were a joy to play around on. Passing through a few small villages where all the kids cheered and the parents waved. Once in a while I would crack the throttle and pull the front end up. Riding a wheelie through the middle of town was fun!…This is one ride I will never forget.”
-Tavi Bota 2015
“Go to Nepal, a land which will force you to reassess your views on mountains, mountain life and mountain people. The Himalayas encompasses bits of all the other mountains you may have encountered in the Northern Hemisphere and thus you’d be excused if you believed you were in familiar surroundings. This will change when the altitude will deliver its punches and smack you with both its strength and different kind of beauty. While in Nepal you should do it all: trekking across high mountain passes, embark on some climbing expedition, get on some jungle jeep safaris or choose the adventurous motorbike rides from the hustle of Kathmandu or the peaceful Pokhara deep into the high valleys, across suspended bridges and up onto some of the high mountain plateaus peeking into the rare aired Tibet. Don’t forget about rafting down some awesome white waters or flying close to the mighty Everest in the comfort of charter planes or better of choose to fly the open featherlike microlights fully exposed to the size and scents of those awesome mountains and valleys. If you were trekking stay clear of the beaten track and avoid the busy routes such as Everest or Annapurna areas and choose instead tourist free areas such as the Dolpo region in the far west where valleys such as Jumla offer you an insight of the difficult but yet cultural rich farming life which still means so much in that part of the world. Make an effort and dedicate at least 20 days to a Nepalese adventure and if you wish to make each one count look for the amazing local team lead by Udaya and Takeshi at Bespoke Nepal. They’ll make sure you will sample all the sensorial delights this fantasy land has to offer. And do ask them to add their best men, Rajeev in the mix. He will nicely round up your experience by crafting new meanings for hospitality and friendship – the Nepali versions. You will eventually depart Nepal having learned two very important words Namaste and Bistare. They’re equally important. One will bring a smile on everyone’s face and open all doors while the other will teach you the true meaning of this experience…patience. Thank you Nepal. See you again.”
-Simon Roberts 2003
“Myself and a friend trekked the Everest Base Camp trail with Udaya as part of a 2 week trip. A truly fantastic experience in a beautiful and magical country. I have to say that the experience was made richer through the knowledge and connections which Udaya brought. Everywhere we went we were connected to a personal welcome that let us see Nepal in a way that ordinary commercial tourists don’t. If you want to visit Nepal and be guaranteed a genuine (and ethical) experience I would recommend you travel with Udaya.”