13 Days
Duration
Nepal
Tour Through
7/10
Toughness
Mar – Apr, Sep – Nov
Tour Months

From Kathmandu, the tour heads west through villages rich in heritage and culture. Our tour of Central Nepal will delight and challenge the most experienced rider. On pioneering highways with Himalayan backdrops, to hilltop village ‘home stays’, your Nepal experience will leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.


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

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We ride to hidden mountain lakes, past pioneering hydro-projects, communing with locals living 14th century village lifestyles. We stay in a Terai jungle resort beside Chitwan’s National Park, tracking Nepal’s unique miniature rhinoceros and garial croc’s on elephant back. We ride an old Rana regime road – steep and challenging, from the east-west highway into the hills.

Rest-up at Pokhara’s Lakeside chill-outs or row the lake and climb to the Peace Stup. Paraglide with eagles or ride the world’s highest most thrilling ‘Zip-Wire’. We stay in old Tibet trail trading towns, beautifully preserved with stunning views from your bedroom.

Circling the Kathmandu Valley we ride hidden mountain roads, down through green jungle. We ride to quiet hill stations with stunning mountain vistas. From star rated hotels to village Home Stays we’ve designed the perfect tour of Nepal leaving you with lasting memories of this beautiful Himalayan nation.

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 Beni

After a simple breakfast Riders can take a walk through the village, chat with the locals and discover something of the lifestyle of local people. Then we’re back on the bikes, riding down through orange groves to the highway. You’ve ridden through most of the road conditions and traffic that we can expect on tour.

We’re still riding in a generally westerly direction, aiming for the junction in Pokhara that heads north west to the northern Annapurna ranges. The road actually goes all the way to the high mountains of Mustang – it will eventually link to a highway running across Tibet, though its upper reaches are quite treacherous and not yet metalled. The ride takes us through green jungle zig-zaging past small villages and roadside settlements to the small town of Beni. It’s in a deep valley beside the Kali Gandaki river, often cited as being the second deepest gorge in the world.

Beni is near the start of the famous Annapurna Trekking route whose lodges and Tea houses have traditionally has been owned and managed by Thakali people. Their lodgings and cuisine are renowned across Nepal and we’ll be staying in a small hotel managed by a Thakali family.

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Day 4 – Kali Gandaki Exploring

With only a short ride ahead of us today there’s time to walk through Beni, above the small town and enjoy views of the Kali Gandaki river valley – Lovely Hill (1 Hour Walk), Galehswar Temple (1 Hour), Rupse Fall (1 Hour). Remember to pack your trekking shoes! Around mid-afternoon when the group is ready we’ll ride back down the valley. 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 5 – 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 reknowned 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.

A short ride further will bring us down to 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 6 – The Siddartha Highway

The show’s back on the road today, it’s a narrow mountain road, and one of only three roads that connect the southern wetlands – the Terai, with the middle and northern regions of Nepal. The Siddartha Highway is probably one of Nepal’s most scenic and definately one of the most spectacular. 130kms of non-stop bends, vertical-sided gorges and breathtaking views. Our destination is Tansen. Once a Magar Kingdom whose favour and fortune was restored when it became a Newari trading post.

In the civil war in Nepal it was subjected to numerous attacks by the maoists during which the Rana Palace was all but destroyed; although now it’s being restored. The town also sports a Mission hospital serving thousands of patients each year. It is also renowned for the Dhaka cloth that is woven there, used amongst other things for the traditional Nepali topi, the cloth cap worn by many Nepalis. And more recently a Swiss NGO has introduced the cultivation of coffee. It’s a small town and its location is midway between Pokhara and our next destination making it suitable for our night stop. Dinner is served in the hotel.

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Day 7 – Across the Terai

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 8 – Chitwan Jungle Rides

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 9 – 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 and climb to the pass at nearly 2,600m. It’s from here on a clear day the snow clad peaks bordering Tibet can be seen. We pass through Daman the small village at the top and ride down some distance before turning right for the hidden valley-village of Bajrabarahi. Here we will camp, yes, it’s a night under canvas. If everything goes to plan the camp should already be erected and awaiting our arrival. is the location of today’s night stop where we’ll split again into small groups for to enjoy dinner staying in local villager’s houses.

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Day 10 – North to Daman

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 – anti-clockwise and exit the valley in the east. Then we ride east back into the hills to a pretty hill station with clear views to the east.

Nagarkot was historically an important military base for the Rana army, controlling the movement of people between the Kathmandu valley and the road to the northern border with Tibet; kot meaning fort or hilltop fortress.

Time permitting, in the early evening, we ride to a nearby hilltop to climb the watchtower to enjoy the views of snow capped peaks to the north and east. We will stay in ridgetop hotel with great views across the hills to the east, where they say on a clear day you can even see Mt Everest (with a telescope!)

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Day 11 – Return to 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. We night stop in the same Thamel hotel.

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Day 12 – Kathmandu City Exploring

It’s the last day of the Tour which gives us a chance to explore the old city of Kathmandu, browsing through the busy lanes and markets of Ason and Basantapur.

We’ll return to Thamel and enjoy your last dinner on us in Kathmandu. Our night stop is in the same Thamel hotel.

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Day 13 – Tour End

Your tour is over. After an early light breakfast and in good time we’ll transfer you to Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport for your onward flights home.

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.