Himalayan Highways Motorcycle Adventure

 February 26th – March 10th 2020 

£3595.00 2 up (each)  *Pillion can also ride in the support vehicle

£4350.00 1 rider shared twin room (each)

£4895.00 with single supplement

On this trip you will journey through the middle hills, catching sight of the Himalayas and riding along the valley floors. You will ride along narrow mountainous roads with mighty views. Stay within 50 miles of Mount Everest and view 39+ Himalayan peaks from a unique hilltop in the Solukhumbu region. This motorcycle tour is pure adventure with a huge variety of road conditions and climates, unlocking the wild and rugged beauty of Nepal’s heritage.

After taking in the Himalayas you will travel down through the hills to lowland jungles of the Terai and safari on the back of an elephant -you may be lucky enough to spot the rare sighted Royal Bengal Tiger. Our penultimate stop before completing our circuit is the lad back lakeside town of Pokhara where you can rest and recuperate before heading back to Kathmandu.

Tour Summary

Highlights

  • Kathmandu – an old kingdom, the original Shangri-La, where Buddhist & Hindu temples, stupas, shrines & monasteries are written into the landscape.
  • Ride through the valley of the Sun Kosi River. (River of Gold)
  • See Mt. Everest View and 38 other Himalayan peaks from a unique hilltop in the Solukhumu region.
  • Go on elephant back safari in Chitwan National Park
  • Visit world heritage sites, like Hanuman Dhoka or Swayambhunath.
  • See the Annapurna range of mountains reflected in the tranquil waters of Lake Fewa.
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Day 1 Kathmandu

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 Nagarkot

This morning there’ll be a lazy few hours to recover from any jet lag and hang around the hotel or get out for a wander in the hustle and bustle of the city. Around midday we’ll get going and begin venturing outside Kathmandu towards Nagarkot on the valley rim, where fantastic views of the mountains lay ahead. Busy city traffic, jeep track, broken roads, muddy sections and tarmac will give you an unforgettable intro to riding in Nepal. You’ll be able to relax with a swim at Club Himalaya which resides on the hilltop, being the best location for views of the valley and the Himalayas.

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Day 3 Charikot

It’s an early start today, especially if you want to get up (and you should!) for the sunrise where the Himalayas are beautifully lit up before your eyes. There is a combination of broken sections and tarmac roads today. One section of road is part of the BBC’s world’s most dangerous highways documentary. Chaotic, hilly and a bit of rough riding today. Arriving at Charikot where views from the Charikot Panorma Resort of Mount Gauri Shankar can be had along with the mountains over in Tibet.

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Day 4 Khurkot

Today you head down to the Tama Kosi River, many switchbacks take us down a steep hillside on a newly tarmac-ed road, with beautiful views as you descend into the hot river valley. Today is a short day with mostly tarmac riding. The Tama Kosi River joins up to the Sun Kosi River which we’ll camp beside tonight. For freshening up you can go for a cooling dip in the River which is also renowned for it’s Gold. Relaxing under the stars tonight the Ride Nepal team will take care of the Camp set up.

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Day 5 Pattale

A challenging ride today as we increase our altitude and head to our Everest viewpoint destination. The river of gold stretches out beneath us as we wind our way up the hillsides into the Solukhumbu region. Many switchbacks, some river crossings and a lot of climbing. We aim to get there in time for sunset so if we’re lucky with the weather then we’ll get a panoramic view at sunset of the glowing white 39 Himalayan peaks.

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Day 6 Phaplu

This is a free rest day for walking or riding around and taking in the mountain air. This area is quiet with not much to do but sit and look at the mountains. There are small mountain villages scattered around and also some dirt tracks which are a lot of fun for riding or walking around the stunning alpine scenery of the 9000ft+ hillsides. There is an option to visit the Tibetan monastery situated about 60km on an unpaved route bring you there to see what an authentic remote working Buddhist monastery looks like.

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Day 7 Bardibas

As you’ve come up you must now go back down the long winding roads as we head towards the flatlands of the Terai. Today you’ll cover many climatic zones as we cross over from the mountain lands to the jungles.

Once we’re in the river valley the road then heads back up a steep hill to the town of Khaniyakharka, site of the hilltop fort where the British army were stopped in the 1800s and the legend of the fierce Gurkha warrior was born. The roads will smooth out as you head into the Terai, home of the Bengal tiger.

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Day 8 Chitwan

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’ll arrive with time to relax and enjoy the Jungle Resort.

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Day 9 Jungle Ride

Enjoy a free day, go on elephant back 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.

*other options of on foot and in a 4×4 jeep are also available.

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Day 10 Pokhara

Leaving the jungle behind we will ride by the Trishuli river and on clear days there are stunning views of the Annapurna mountain range from the highway.  Entering the tourist town of Pokhara, the mountains lie before your eyes, white and glistening peaks reflected in the waters of Lake Fewa along which the town sits. To get to your 5* hotel tonight you 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.

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Day 11 Rest Day

Many options today, as Pokhara has lots of attractions, including;

  • Devi’s Falls – a beautiful waterfall where caves take you to  a hidden cavernous passage just underneath the waterfall to get a spectacular view from behind the water.
  • The Peace Stupa on top of a nearby hill is also a short ride out of town where there is an amazing view of Pokhara, the lake and the mountains.
  • The International Mountain Museum is also worth visiting and contains a wealth of information on Nepal’s mountains.
  • Another beautiful viewpoint is from Sarangkot hilltop where the sunrise and sunsets are especially awe-inspiring.

For those wanting an adrenalin injected option, Pokhara does not disappoint; Bungee jumping, Paragliding, Zip Line, Ultra light flight and white water rafting are all on the menu – please ask us about doing any of these activities, they are not included in the tour package but we can help make arrangements if you want to do it as your own excursion.

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Day 12 Kathmandu

Your final leg of the journey is along the Prithvi Highway, according to the BBC one of the world’s most dangerous highway! It’s a great way to end this journey along the mountain roads in the wild and rugged scenery back to your 5* hotel in Kathmandu. In the evening we’ll have a celebratory dinner which you are welcome to join!

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Day 13 Kathmandu Rest Day

Today if you want to do some sightseeing then you can come along for a rickshaw ride through Thamel the touristic quarter of Kathmandu, down towards Hanuman Dhoka at Kathmandu Durbar Square, one of the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Here you’ll be taken for a short guided tour, then after stopping to taste some local delicacies on the way back through the old market.
The rest of the day will be free for your own leisure.

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Day 14 Departures

Free day for your own leisure until we transfer you back to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Included

  • Bike rental (Honda CRF250L, all fuel, all meals and soft drinks, all handpicked accommodation (the best available hotels or lodges & camping 1 night), friendly English speaking guides, support vehicle, permits, all transfers, mechanic/follow up rider (for groups of 4+)

Not Included

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