Beyond the Annapurnas Motorcycle Adventure

October 7th – 17th 2019 & March 30th – April 9th 2020 & October 7th – 17th 2020

£3175.00 1 rider shared room (each) *please enquire for pricing of travelling in the support vehicle

£3595.00 with single supplement

Get ready for a wild adventure into the Lower Mustang region of Nepal. This area is most likened to the Tibetan plateau as the landscape is vast and barren like a high altitude desert. Journey through a mixture of wild and rugged terrain, starting from the bustling city of Kathmandu to the historic city of Gorkha, where the first King of Nepal started the unification of the country and home to the Gurkhas. Ride between the peaks of the Annapurna mountain range, stopping off at hot springs and through the deepest gorge in the world and onto the barren planes of the high Himalaya.

The roads are a mixture of paved and unpaved, with a lot qualifying to be some of the most dangerous in the world. This ride is not for the faint hearted!

Highlights

  • 70% dirt tracks
  • Ride the Deepest Gorge in the World; The Kali Gandaki
  • Reaching heights of 14,764ft
  • Ride on local trails off the beaten path with high passes of over 5000m
  • Hot water Springs at Tatopani
  • UNESCO world heritage sites like Gorkha Palace and Hanuman Dhoka
  • Pokhara – optional activities; white water rafting; zip line, bungee jump, paragliding & ultralight flight
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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.

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Day 2 Nuwakot (approx. 80km) 4hrs riding time approx.

Leaving Kathmandu, we get a kick of adrenaline as we head into the chaotic city traffic. Riding on a varied mix of mountain roads, paved, unpaved, gravel and sand as we head over hill passes and through tropical valleys to Nuwakot Durbar, a historic palace used by the late King Pritivi Narayan Shah. We will stay at The Famous Farm tonight, a boutique hilltop hideaway with amazing views.

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Day 3 Gorkha (approx. 130km) 6hrs riding time approx.

Riding on a mixture of highways, sandy tracks and dirt tracks today, besides the river which flows from the East side of Mount Manaslu (26,759ft). After a bit more jeep track we’ll come back to tarmac roads to take us to the historic town of Gorkha, home of the fierce Gurkha warriors.

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Day 4 Pokhara (110 km approx.) 3.5 hrs riding time approx.

Passing through tropical forests and riding on jeep tracks we take the back route to Pokhara riding by Begnas and Rupa ‘Tal’ (lakes). We briefly join up to the Prithivi Highway, once featured in the BBC’s documentary “The world’s most dangerous highways”  which then leads us in the laid back lakeside town of Pokhara. Staying at Fishtail Lodge tonight in 5* comfort.

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Day 5 Kalopani (121km approx.) 6.5hrs riding time approx.

Today we traverse World’s deepest Gorge, the Kali Gandaki. There will be many hairpin turns and we will follow jeep tracks most of the way and onto the start of the Tibetan plateau. Arriving later at Kalopani where views of the mighty Dhaulagiri (26,795ft) and Annapurna I (26,545ft) can be had.

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Day 6 Marpha (100km approx.) 5hrs riding time approx.

We’ll be heading to the ultimate destination in Nepal: Muktinath, which is a high altitude sacred temple where Hindus, Buddhists and Jains come on pilgrimage. There are 108 freezing cold water spouts which if you run through them will cleanse you of all your sins!

Later we’ll ride north on small jeep tracks higher up onto 14,764ft and explore the high altitude desert terrain. Returning to the picturesque white-washed village of Marpha to rest for the night and indulge in their famous apple juice and apple pie.

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Day 7 Marpha (4-5hrs approx. riding time)

Exploration of the local jeep tracks and new roads being built around the area. Passes of over 5000m and lots of incredible views.

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Day 8 Pokhara ( 143km approx. riding time 7hrs approx.)

Once back in Pokhara we land up at the amazing Fishtail Lodge situated on Lake Phewa just a short raft ride away.

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Day 9 Pokhara

Pokhara is the centre for adventure sports in Nepal, we can arrange for you to try paragliding, white water rafting, ultralight ride, bungee zip and the world’s longest zip line.

Or take a rest day.

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Day 10 Kathmandu 200km (6hrs riding time approx.)

Today we’ll be back on the Prithvi Highway all the way to Kathmandu,  it’s a busy highway with a lot of traffic. Once back you can relax, enjoy a dip in the pool and then we’ll head out for a celebratory meal this evening in Kathmandu.

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Day 11 Departure

Time to say farewell to Nepal and your guides. We will arrange for you to be dropped back to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Included

  • Bike rental (Honda CRF250L or other bikes available, all fuel, all meals and soft drinks, all handpicked accommodation (the best available hotels or lodges), friendly English speaking guides, support vehicle, permits, all transfers, mechanic/follow up rider (for groups of 4+)

Excluded

  • International flights, alcohol, tips, laundry, visa, any optional extra activities in Pokhara, personal travel insurance