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
See Terms for complete list of Includes and Excludes.
Spectacular mountains – Deep gorges
Raging Rivers – Terai wetlands
Winding Roads – Hidden valleys
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
Challenging roads – Off-road sections
River crossings – Landslides
Heavy chaotic traffic
Day 1 – Arrive in Kathmandu
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.
Day 2 – Early Breakfast - Ride West!
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.
Day 3 – The Ride to 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.
Day 4 – Kali Gandaki coming...
Day 5 – The next day we reach Jomsom
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 .
Day 6 – Back Down the Mountain
Day 7 – Down to the Pokhara Valley
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.
Day 8 – Pokhara Rest Day
Day 9 – Siddhartha Highway to 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.
Day 10 – Chitwan Part II
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.
Day 11 – East West Highway
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
Day 12 – Explore Kathmandu
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.
Day 13 – Depart Kathmandu
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.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.