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An exceptional, action-packed motorbike tour in the land of Buddha and Everest. Survey a string of very different landscapes, as you discover the rich diversity of Nepalese culture. It’s hot to begin with: you steer close to the Terai jungle, visit superb Newar temples, and ride between rice fields and terraced crops. Then you begin to sense nearby Tibet: Annapurna and Dhaulagiri display their purity. And now you’re on the rough trails of Mustang, in Buddhist lands. Royal Enfields are easy-to-drive machines that can go everywhere. Look after them and they’ll carry you to great heights. A motorcycle expedition for seasoned riders out to test their limits and experience the ultimate.
You're met at the airport as per your arrival time, and transferred to Patan. Authentic and bursting with life, this "city of beauty", as the Nepalese call it, is the ideal place for a first day's acclimatising.
It's the big departure for your motorbike discovery of Nepal. We head to the southwest of Katmandu, and really begin to soak up rural Nepal. The landscapes change from one valley to the next, as the road winds through traditional villages and terrace crops, until we reach the region of Terai.
In the morning, an elephant ride into the luxuriant vegetation of Chitwan National Park. A guided safari will provide one-horned rhinos, monkeys, crocodiles, and maybe if you’re lucky, an unforgettable encounter with a royal Bengal tiger, leopard or bear. In the afternoon, we take a boat ride on the Narayani River.
We leave the jungle behind and ride northwest into the mountains. Our Royal Enfields thrive in their favourite playground, and the cooler air is welcome! We visit Tansen, a little town built on the mountainside - a restful setting after this long stage.
A beautiful stage to Pokhara: a good road up the verdant valley of the Aadhi Khola River. We stay alert as we enter Pokhara, where the traffic thickens. Arrive near Phewa Lake in the afternoon. Free time.
Direction: Mustang! Now things start getting serious... The trail runs along the Kali Gandaki River, the valley grows ever narrower, and finally we glimpse the first snow-clad peaks of the Annapurnas (altitude: above 8,000m/26,245ft)! Arrive in Tatopani and its hot springs.
This short stage will show that Mustang must be earned! The first portion to Ghasa is the toughest: the rock-littered trail is very steep in parts, and serves up some challenging ford crossings! Today the scenery becomes truly spectacular, giving us energy to fuel our progress!
Today we get a sense of the former kingdom of Mustang, a terrific land of rocks and canyons, towered over by the world's highest summits! We ride through Jomsom, the biggest village in the valley, and keep climbing, past the 3,500m/11,482ft mark. Amid stunning petrified scenery, we reach Jharkot.
Back down into Kali Gandaki Valley on a rocky desert trail, carved from the mountainside. The view of the peak of Dhaulagiri (8,000m+/26,245ft+) is arresting, and almost unreal. Then back on a road to the village of Tukuche.
The outbound ordeal now lies in store again, but heading downhill this time! It all seems so different when you're looking south... Once again, humans and machines will be put to the test to reach Tatopani, and then finally savour a chilled beer and a restorative soak in the hot springs.
We relish the first 24km on a trail before getting back on the road! A tasty traditional meal awaits us in Sarangkot, with outstanding views of Pokhara and Phewa Lake. Our stopover is a little further along, on the banks of Begnas Lake, an oasis of calm and beauty.
A long and tremendous day on the road takes us in the direction of Kathmandu. Our route along the Trisuli River is dotted with all sorts of encounters - amid diverse scenery made up of abundant rice fields, pine forests, and striking gorges. We stop off in the gorgeous village of Bandipur, then carry on to Nuwakot.
Your last day's riding in Nepal, along a narrow but handsome road. We cross a pass and ride through Shivapuri National Park before reaching the capital in time for lunch. It's time to say goodbye to our steeds. Free time and evening in Kathmandu in the lively district of Thamel.
The end of the tour. Transfer to the airport, as per your flight-departure time.
“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”
“Great team offering a wide choice of rides. I selected northern Thailand, the golden triangle route. Well planned ride on good quality bike's, interesting and unique accommodation, well priced and well organised. No hesitation in recommending them and I am planning another trip for 2018 Neil UK”
“I would recommend Vintage Rides to any rider contemplating a guided motorcycle tour. Right from my initial email with Denise, the professionalism and attention to detail was reassuring. Everything was organised for us and our tour guide Josh was fantastic from start to finish. The Royal Enfields were a lot of fun and suited the type of riding we did, the scenery was simply mind blowing and the tour was the best holiday and adventure ever. On top of all this, the value for money was excellent. I will be touring with Vintage Rides again. I did the Trans Himalayan in India.”
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