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Motorcycle road trip Nepal - Mustang: the Legendary Expedition

Motorcycle road trip Nepal

Mustang: the Legendary Expedition


Take a legendary motorcycle, the Royal Enfield, throw in some adventure-hungry bikers, and unleash them on Mustang’s rugged trails – for a motorbike raid like no other!

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Francis is a biker always venturing out on the road to uncover new routes with as much passion as he has telling stories. He is an enthusiast and knows our itineraries like the back of his hand.

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.

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Period April & May / October & November
Duration 14 days incl. 12 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From €3,200/pilot
Pillions unadvised

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Your motorcycle tour in Nepal 14 stages - 745 miles


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D1 / Arrive in Katmandu - Patan

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.

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D2 / Patan - Chitwan - 105 miles

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.

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D3 / Chitwan

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.

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D4 / Chitwan - Tansen - 108 miles

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.

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D5 / Tansen - Pokhara - 80 miles

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.

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D6 / Pokhara - Tatopani - 75 miles

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.

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D7 / Tatopani - Marpha - 28 miles

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!

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D8 / Marpha - Jharkot - 28 miles

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.

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D9 / Jharkot - Tukuche - 21 miles

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.

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D10 / Tukuche - Tatopani - 25 miles

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.

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D11 / Tatopani - Begnas Lake - 80 miles

We relish the first 15 miles 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.

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D12 / Begnas Lake - Nuwakot - 124 miles

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.

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D13 / Nuwakot - Kathmandu - 43 miles

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.

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D14 / Kathmandu

The end of the tour. Transfer to the airport, as per your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

Christopher Ingles
Mustang .... just do it !

“This is my second trip with Vintage Rides and it was just as good as the first. ( I have even booked a third, so that's three within the year!). If your a rider that likes adventure and off-road riding, then Mustang is the journey for you. Be prepared to be pushed to the limits and also meet a good bunch of fellow adventure riders.”

Doddy.
We were a bunch of mates from Norwich …

“We were a bunch of mates from Norwich in the UK looking for something different on bikes. We decided to email 2 company's, Vintage rides and another Aussie outfit based in Nepal. Both company's provided a detailed route in the Mustang Valley in Nepal. The Aussie company was slightly cheaper but the bikes looked older and most importantly sending 20,000 euro's abroad to either company did not appeal to me! However Vintage rides payments are covered via our version of ABTA. The Aussie company payments were not. Easy choice for us. We arrived in Nepal to be greated by the coolest dude at the airport in leather jacket, ciggy in one hand , his name Francois. I can go on and bang on about what an experience the ride was which it was but if you are looking for a company to to have the ride of your life then Vintage rides is at the top of the game. All hotels were fantastic, we bumped into another British company half way up the Mustang valley and I have to say I was glad I had booked Vintage rides. The bike the Britsh had were all sorts of old Royal Enfields and the hotel they were in looked terrible, even the Britsh tour t-shirts they were wearing looked like they were from pound land ! Francois our gide put up with 8 middle aged blokes on a 12 day bender! One hotel we drunk dry !! Brexit was mentioned once or twice but we all decided the French are not so bad after all they can drink as well !! Francois new exactly where to take us ,he has done these trips most of his life. The support crew were 10 mins behind us all the time to fix puncures and fix bikes. Vintage rides is a company that know's what it is doiing and I would have no hesitation in booking another trip (Mongolia) again. A big thankyou to Francois and Denise for organising such a great trip. Roll on next year we are booking again. Doddy.”

David Corbett
i did the nepal mustang trip in …

“i did the nepal mustang trip in november with my son, a small amount of offroading skills is required. He had only passed his test 3months earlier and had gone a couple of off roading sessions and coped well. The weather was good that time of year, no rain and warm. the tour was better than i'd ever expected with a number of surprises along route. most accommodation was of good standard with some of very good 'the wife could spend a week here' standard. the bikes worked better than i'd expected, not ktm standard but you wouldnt want to be on a ktm allday, and half the appeal was the enfield. i would recommend this trip, so much so i am looking presently to book another trip with vintages rides.”

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