Extreme Everest De-Tour

11th -24th February 2019 & 24th October – 8th November 2019 

£4350.00 1 rider shared room (each)

£4895.00 with single supplement

On this trip you will journey up through hills, mountains and valleys to a small road with a mighty view – where Mount Everest and 38 other 6000+m peaks of the Himalaya are spread before you. This trip is for those riders who want everything, a challenging ride, plenty of off road; sand, mud, dust, broken tarmac and tarmac roads. Level of difficulty is high.

 

Tour Summary

Highlights

  • 40% Off Road, 20% Broken Road, 40% Tarmac
  • Camping by the River of Gold
  • Views of Everest and 38 other Himalayan peaks
  • Off Roading at 9000ft and between the Annapurna range of mountains
  • Chitwan National Park
  • Pokhara & Lake FewaGorkha home of the Gurkhas and the UNESCO world heritage site; Gorkha Palace
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Day 1 Kathmandu

Free Day for Arrivals

Usually flights are overnight so you should allow an extra day for the journey to Kathmandu. Once you arrive at Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport we will pick you up directly from the airport transfer you to your 5* hotel. There will be the opportunity for exploration of the ancient city in your own time this day depending on your time of arrival. Once you are settled in we collect you from the hotel and introduce you to your bikes. The evenings’ briefing will be latest at 6pm, with an introduction and familiarisation with your bikes and a talk on safety and riding style in Nepal. We’ll ride out to town for dinner this evening and a taste of Kathmandu traffic.

You’ll receive duffel bags for re-packing of your bags for the following morning, whilst your own suitcases can be left at the hotel’s storage facility.

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Day 2 Trishuli

Leaving Kathmandu Valley you’ll ride north passing through an old town of Tokha (alt. 4462ft), climb up the valley hill and cross over the pass from Guruje Bhanjyang (alt 6168ft). From here you descend on many switchbacks down to Likhu River. The first section is gravel road then after crossing a bridge we will ride on narrow tarmac along the side of a hill. Passing near to Nuwakot Durbar, a historic palace used by Late King Pritivi Narayan Shah. You’ll stay at The Famous Farm tonight, a boutique hilltop hideaway with amazing views.

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Day3 Gorkha

Starting on tarmac roads today until you’re past the local market you then ride west on gravel jeep track for most of the day’s ride. Later you’ll find ourselves on a wide road currently being constructed: the road is full of deep fine dust. Salyantar/Arughat for lunch, this area sits on a flat area besides the river, the river flows from the East side of Mount Manaslu (26,759ft). After a bit more jeep track you’ll come back to tarmac roads to take us to the historic town of Gorkha, home of the Gurkhas. You’ll stay at Gorkha Gaun for the night, a hidden paradise with rooms that feel like small cottages. If you’re lucky with the weather you’ll see Mt. Manaslu.

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Day 4 Pokhara

After a short stint on tarmac you crossover to a jeep track that will head north taking us through smaller hills, where you’ll be surrounded on both sides with the mighty Himalayas. Passing through tropical forest before riding down towards Begnas and Rupa ‘Tal’ (lakes). You join up to the Prithivi Highway, a beautiful road once featured in the BBC’s documentary “The world’s most dangerous highways” which runs to Pokhara. Finishing our day along this road you enjoy heading into the hustle and bustle of Pokhara town this afternoon to get to our hotel tonight we have to go on a raft pulled across the lake by a rope. 

Fishtail Lodge is in a unique location situated on a peninsula on Lake Fewa a scenic base for a short stay in the town. 

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Day 5 Chitwan

Leaving Pokhara behind you head south along the Trishuli river. You come across sections of broken tarmac, and mostly tarmac roads until we hit the jungle. You finish by riding through some jungle-border villages on sand and gravel tracks. Arriving at the 5* lodge tonight set just across from the wild deep jungle with a water body separating you from the jungle. The patient visitor can see wild animals come to drink and cool off right from the hotel.

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Day 6 Jungle Safari

Enjoy a free day, go on an elephant back safari* or jeep safari, or just chill out at the resort. If you’re lucky some of the wildlife you may spot might include the Greater One-horned rhino, the Royal Bengal tiger, leopards, spotted deer, wild dogs, sloth bears and jackals. The water bodies afford the patient visitor glimpses of the prehistoric-looking Mugger crocodile as well as the long-snouted Gharial crocodile basking on the banks of the river.

*In Nepal elephants are treated well as they are people’s livelihood. If anyone does not wish to opt for an elephant tour then there are also the options of jeep safari and jungle walks.

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Day 7 Bardibas

This is a straight, flat, busy highway in the south of Nepal bordering India. You’ll be travelling in the heat along with many others sharing the highway. Traffic will not be limited to just cars and buses but will also include water buffaloes, cows, people, bullock carts and elephants.
You arrive at a busy highway town that has lots of trucks coming through from India and traffic going east/west and north/south of Nepal. Maybe not picturesque but a necessary pitstop after riding 200km in the heat.

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Day 8 Okahldunga

Firstly you ride through the middle hills leaving the jungles behind us on roads which are amazing feats of engineering. Then you head up to the foothills of the Himalayas. It’s a more challenging ride today as you increase the altitude and head to the Everest viewpoint destination. The river of gold stretches out beneath you as you wind your way up the hillsides into the Solukhumbu region. Many switchbacks lay ahead and some river crossings too. Some broken tarmac roads today and tarmac the rest of the way with lots of double blind turns and very steep drops.

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Day 9 Pattale

Today you finish your journey upwards after stopping for a necessary altitude adjustment in Okhaldunga and arrive in Pattale about 1.5hrs later. Giving you plenty of time for an off road excursion at 9000ft! This is definitely the best way to experience some good dirt tracks with stunning alpine scenery and remote villages. Also the sunset and sunrise view from your lodge will only add to your day and if you’re lucky there will be views of 39 peaks of the Himalayas, including Mt. Everest!

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Day 10 Khurkot

Today you head down to the Tama Kosi River where it’s a day full of switchbacks on a steep hillside on a newly tarmac-ed road, with beautiful views of the river and into the hot river valley. The Tama Kosi River joins up to the Sun Kosi River which you’ll camp beside tonight. At the beach you can test your excellent biking skills out on the sand or go for a cooling dip in the River which is also renowned for it’s Gold. You’ll eat and relax under the stars. The Ride Nepal crew will take care of all the camping set up.

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Day 11 Charikot

Heading to Charikot is a really enjoyable ride of mostly tarmac road with some spoilt sections. There’s plenty of uphill and hairpin bends and spectacular scenery. Arriving at Charikot where views from the Charikot Panorma Resort of Mount Gauri Shankar can be had along with other mountains that sit in China (Tibet). 

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Day 12 Nagarkot

Leaving Charikot behind the road back towards Kathmandu valley is dug up in places and full of potholes. This is a challenging day with lots of rocks, mud, sand, gravel broken tarmac etc. This section of road is also part of the BBC’s world’s most dangerous highways documentary. Arriving at Nagarkot tonight on the rim of the Kathmandu valley.

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Day 13 Kathmandu

This morning you should get up early and enjoy sunrise where if you’re lucky the mountains will come out above the clouds in the valley. You can relax this morning and slowly head back to Kathmandu the back route along the jeep tracks. Arriving back in Kathmandu hustle and bustle at your hotel time for relaxation and recuperation in the hotel’s swimming pool or spa. 

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Day 14 Departures

Today we’ll take you on a rickshaw ride through lanes of the touristy Thamel and down to Kathmandu Durbar square, an amazing UNESCO world heritage site with many temples and post-earthquake restoration work. Walking back through the old market lanes we’ll try the local delicacies. We’ll drop you back to the airport in time for your flight back to the UK.

Included

Bike rental (Honda CRF250L, all fuel, all meals and soft drinks, all handpicked accommodation (the best available hotels or lodges & camping 1 night for Everest trips only), friendly Nepali/Japanese/British guide(s), support vehicle, permits, all transfers, third party motorcycle insurance, mechanic/follow up rider (for groups of 4+)

Not Included

International flights, alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, visas, any optional extra activities in Pokhara, personal insurance, rescues & repatriation etc, expenses incurred due to events beyond our control ie. weather, flight cancellations, political disruptions, natural calamities etc.