13 Days
Duration
Nepal
Tour Through
9/10
Toughness
Mar – Apr, Oct – Nov
Tour Months

From Kathmandu we ride west to the beautiful Newari Bandipur. Then ride proceeds further west then north towards the mountains. Over the next five days you ride into the high mountains above Jomsom, Mustang District. The aim is to reach the ancient Muktinath Temple, at 3,710m. The tour includes Pokhara and Chitwan.


Tour Start & Finish at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
Tour Duration 13 days
Tour Months Mar to Apr, Sep to Nov
Included   Motorcycle, Fuel, Hotels, Main Meals, Domestic Transfers, Guide
Excluded  Visas, Travel Insurance, Excess Luggage Fees, Catch-Up Costs

See Terms for complete list of Includes and Excludes.


 

 

Scenery

Spectacular mountains – Deep gorges

Raging Rivers – Terai wetlands

Winding Roads – Hidden valleys

Night Stays

Three Star Hotels – Hillside Resorts

Local Guest Houses – HomeStays

Jungle Resorts – Local Lodges

Temples et al

Newari Temples – Hindu Temples

Bhuddist Gumpas – 14th Century Farming

Orange Groves – Gorkha History

Conditions En-Route

Challenging roads – Off-road sections

River crossings – Landslides

Heavy chaotic traffic

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Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu

Arrive in Kathmandu, will collect you from the airport and bring you to our Thamel hotel, right in the heart of Nepal’s famous capital.

With flights arriving in the afternoon or early evening, the arrival day is useful to allow you the chance to acclimatise to the minor chaos that is Kathmandu. It’s an opportunity to browse the shops and sights in the bustling Thamel district and absorb a little of what the coming adventure will offer. There’ll be a pre-ride briefing in the hotel’s leafy courtyard garden before we sample some fine Nepali cuisine at a local restaurant. we stay in this Thamel hotel.

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Day 2 – Early Breakfast - Ride West!

Having transferred your belongings to your motorcycle panniers and tank bag the night before, it’s an early breakfast and a short drive westwards, out of the mayhem of the city to where the motorcycles are waiting. The drive is stunning and you’ll realise the majesty of the surrounding Himalayas.

We’ll have lunch as we arrive at the riverside resort where your motorcycle awaits you. Load up your bike with our ‘tour proven’ luggage and we’re ready to move off. We’re on the Pritivi Highway – named after the uniting king of Nepal Pritivi Narayan Shah, so it is not unreasonable to visit the hill town of Gorkha from where the name originated.

The ride is part main highway part hill-town road, it’s a 40km run to give you a chance to get the feel for your Enfield. In Gorkha we’ll visit the 16th century royal palace, there’s a road to the top so you don’t need to climb the 1700 steps to see it, coupled with fantastic views of the mountain ranges to the north including both Manaslu and Himalchuli mountains. A cup of tea… and back on your motorcycles. It’s back south down to the Pritivi Highway, turn right and we ride west along the highway following the Marsyangdi river. We’re looking for a small turning left after the village of Dumre.

About 5kms up a steep narrow road we reach Bandipur a beautifully preserved Newari village, built on the wealth of the Indo-Tibet trade that passed through these hills. It’s only a short walk to the market where we split into small groups, enjoy dinner with the family and spend the night with villagers in their homes in the village.

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Day 3 – The Ride to Dhampus

Taking a turning off the main road, we climb a steep stone road to the village of Dhampus.

With a population of about 2,700 and 540 households it’s a lively and prosperous village. It’s position at an altitude of 1,750m is perfect for viewing the main peaks of the Annapurna Range, there are views of the ‘Fishtail’ – Machapuchhre Peak , Annapurna I, Annapurna II, Annapurna III, Annapurna IV, Annapurna South and Nilgiri peaks. Dhampus – predominantly a Gurung village, Gurungs being a mountain people renowned for their rich culture of music and dance.

We can take time to walk through the village and chat with the friendly locals. We’ll stay in simple but comfortable accommodation with breathtaking views of the ranges to the north.

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Day 4 – Kali Gandaki coming...

With a fairly tough ride ahead of us today we ride above Beni We’re aiming to reach Tatopani, the hot springs promised in the name, are there for the weary.
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Day 5 – The next day we reach Jomsom

We reach Jomson, after riding through the reinvented Thakali Guest Houses, we stop for a raincheck.

Conditions permitting we ride on to Mukhtinath. Once a day or two’s trek away, the air will get thinner, so we see who’s fit for the last climb to .

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Day 6 – Back Down the Mountain

The show’s back on the road today, it’s a narrow mountain road, only recently carved out of the Kaligandaki valley. We aiim to reach Tatopani for our last mountain night stop.
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Day 7 – Down to the Pokhara Valley

You’ve ridden most of the road to Pokhara. We’ve tasted village life but it’s time to ride down to the Lakeside at Pokhara. On the way down we’ll visit two Buddhist monasteries. The larger is a Tibetan Tashi Palkhiel Monastery built and managed by the refugees and their benefactors. The other is a smaller Gumpa is a traditional Gurung Monastery.

The Tibetan Refugees also renowned for their carpet weaving produce some beautiful carpets, which they will be only to happy to sell to you! Some riders may wish to see the weavers at work. There are four Tibetan Refugee camps in and around Pokhara.

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Day 8 – Pokhara Rest Day

Everything happens on Pokhara’s Lakeside, with the chance to drop in for a chilled beer at The Bullet Base Camp bar. Our hotel is hidden in the middle of Lakeside and riders can browse the shops or take a boat ride across the lake and walk up through the jungle the Peace Stupa. Time and weather permitting for the more daring, there is the chance to paraglide over the mountains around Fewa Tal Pokhara’s famous lake. It’s Nepal’s well loved ‘post-trekking recuperation zone’ – everything for the weary trekker and motorcyclist too. Dinner is your choice in one of the many restaurants on Lakeside.
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Day 9 – Siddhartha Highway to Chitwan

After breakfast we’ll set off for the last section of the Siddhartha Highway. At the busy town of Butwal we meet the main East West Highway and enjoy a good blast to the east. We’re riding across the Terai, Nepal’s fertile wetlands home to a wide variety of wildlife, some of which is unique to Nepal. We’ll stop for refreshments and lunch on the way and by early evening we will arrive in the small but lively village of Sauraha in Chitwan.

We’ll leave our motorcycles and take a short walk through the village centre for Sundowners at “The Beach”. We’re spending two nights here so we can take time to browse the shops and chat with the locals. We night stop in a quiet jungle resort between several elephant houses.

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Day 10 – Chitwan Part II

Today is a rest day, our mechanic will check and service the motorcycles. Elephants and canoes are the preferred modes of transport today and explore the Chitwan National Park for tigers, rhino’, sambar and wild boar. After elephant rides you are welcome to wash the elephants in the Rapti river; bring your swimwear! The locals are Tharu people who have a unique culture of their own and are renowned for their complex and lively traditional dances.

Interestingly Tharu people have become immune to malaria which is prevalent in the Terai, though our rooms will have mosquito nets and a good application of anti-mosquito cream is generally enough to provide protection. Dinner and drinks ‘On The Beach’ beside the Rapti river. We night stop in our air-conditioned jungle resort.

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Day 11 – East West Highway

East into the rising sun we ride across broad monsoon river beds – riding with the overloaded Tata trucks plying their trade along the East west highway, snacks and photo stops whenever you wish. Until we reach the prosperous and tidy town of Hetauda. It’s an important junction between India, the east and west and north of Nepal. We’ll take some lunch in Hetauda.

We strike north from Hetauda – that’s a left turn, and quickly climb in the mountains. We’re heading back to the Kathmandu valley, we’ll reach it by a mix of dirt road and metalled road to a village in the the south west of the valley. We skirt part of the ring road and back to our Kathmandu hotel

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Day 12 – Explore Kathmandu

After a relaxed breakfast we prepare for the short ride back to Kathmandu, passing through Newari villages whose villagers will be harvesting wheat. We stop at a local restaurant and sample some Newari specialities for lunch before we embark on the last leg back to our same Thamel hotel.

At the hotel we part company with our motorcycles. Dinner is your choice in any of the many restaurants in Thamel. It’s your last night on tour.

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Day 13 – Depart Kathmandu

It’s the end of your Tour. We’ll transfer you to the airport.

We wish you well on your journey and thank you for riding with Freespirit.

* We generally stop on the highway for lunch, groups either collect a kitty or riders pay individually.

Tour Prices Include…

Motorcycle including fuel, oil, maintenance & spares.
A Jeep as a support vehicle with driver.
Royal Enfield mechanic and spares where required.
Road Captain/Tour Guide.
All domestic transfers.
All hotel accommodation for the Tour dates (unless otherwise arranged).
All meals whilst at a hotel / lodge / camp. Typically Breakfast and Dinner.
Restricted Area Permits, where required.
Road Book notes and area maps, with en-route contact details.
First-Aid Boxes are carried in the support vehicle and with the Tour Guide.
Expedition Luggage: 2 Panniers, Tank Bags (by request) and 1 Holdall for accumulated stuff*.
*Luggage can be carried in the support vehicle.

Tour Prices Do Not Include…

International Flights / Excess baggage charges.
International Airport departure taxes, airline fuel surcharges.
Visa (Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.)
Personal Travel Insurance.
Lunch. Lunch is usually a “Road Experience” and is either paid for by yourself or a ‘group kitty’.
Entrance fees to national parks, monuments and sites of historic interest.
Hotel bar and snack bills, bottled drinking water.
Vaccinations and medicine.
Laundry service, tips, room service, porters, telephone and fax calls.
Motorcycle clothing.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.

Mustang Highway