11 days – 1730 km: from Lucknow (India) to Lucknow (India)
Day 1: Arrival, The Charming Thamel and a Briefing
When you arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, we meet you moment you step out of Airport. We’ll whisk you away to an excellent hotel with a bit of a comfort and luxury. After some rest you’ll wander through a labyrinth of small shops and brightly-colored buildings . Its full of local art and artefact and that for you is the tourist hub of Kathmandu – the Thamel. Take in a massage, pick up a cashmere scarf, or dine at one of the many Nepali restaurants. In the evening would be your preparations for Pokhara and a briefing on the ride plan.
Day 2: Ride to Pokhara
Pokhara is known to be the most serene city in Nepal and you’ll see why? It is a 6 hours drive from Kathmandu with some amazing views along the way. We would check-in into our hotel in Pokhara for a brief rest before setting out to see what Pokhara has to offer. You have some more briefings lined up, some motorcycle introductions and gearing up. Time permitting we would attempt a short ride around the city to get you familiarised with your bikes. Don’t worry, you would return back to Pokhara again, if you missed on something.
Day 3: Ride to Kalopani
A relatively long ride up the Himalayas, today we gain an altitude of about 3000m. We will cross the Buddhist towns, monasteries and see the landscapes change dramatically. Its truly a magnificent experience to ride in this part of the world. The road is 65 km black top till Beni and a tough 45 km near off-road gravel ride till Kalopani. This portion of ride will put your biking skills to test.
Day 4: Ride to Kagbeni via Muktinath
We ride out after the breakfast in Kalopani. We ride along Kali Gandaki River with mesmerising views of Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri peaks. We reach Muktinath at an altitude of 3800 m – its a temple of salvation, where we offer our prayers before riding back to Kagbeni for a night halt. Kagbeni is a beautiful Tibetan village, unique in every way. We will spend the morning soaking in the local culture and amazing views that Kagbeni region has to offer.
Day 5: Ride Kagbeni to Ghami
Today is the day we make a transition to the coveted area of Upper Mustang region. As we ride out of Kagbeni Village we would have to go through some inner area permit drills. We continue our ride along Kali Gandaki River and some remote settlements. Our halt today will be at Ghami, yet another unique village in Mustang.
Day 6: Ride from Ghami to Lo- Manthang
This is the day we arrive at our final destination – Lo Manthang – the last Tibetan Forbidden Kingdom. The Tibetan walls, handmade hutments and prayer wheels will become a common sight as we pass Upper Mustang. As we pass through a large village of Charang, we would take a brief halt. On the final leg of ride today, we ascend to Lo–Manthang.
Day 7: Lo Manthang Monasteries
We have been through some tough riding terrain. Today is a day for some much needed rest and relaxation. In the day we will do a short trip to a beautiful local monastery and learn more about Lo and Buddhist cultures. The afternoon is all yours to wander the streets, speak with locals, drink local brewed tea, haggle and buy some souvenirs.
Day 8: Ride to Tibetan Border Kora- la
Today’s ride will take us to the highest altitude of our journey as we reach the Tibetan border of Kora la – a high altitude pass. We ride high up on the Tibetan Plateau – a rare opportunity for a rider to come to this gateway to Tibet. It is not an official border crossing point yet. We ride back to Lo Manthang for the night.
Day 9: Ride Lo Manthang to Samar
Its time to bid adieu to Lo Manthang and start our return ride southwards to Pokhara. The vistas of amazing Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagiri begin to embrace you as we go down the plateau. We arrive at Samar – a quiet village dotted with some ancient ruins and barren hilltops.
Day 10: Ride Samar to Marpha
We continue riding south to the Apple capital of Nepal – Marpha . It’s a white walled city which is so inviting to be explored. With some apple brandy to keep you warm, it would be a perfect end to a good riding day.
Day 11: Ride Marpha to Tatopani
The ride goes downhill towards Tatopani. Tato means hot in Nepalese and Pani means water. Today we will quickly lose all the altitude that we gained in so many days. We would descend from 3000m to 1200m when we reach Tatopani. En-route we halt to savor the popular views of Rupche Fall, after Ghasa. We admire beauty of the fall and resume riding along the rugged highland road to Tatopani. As the name suggests, after reaching Tatopani, you deserve a hot water bath in the natural hot springs.
Day 12: Ride Tatopani to Pokhara
When you return to Pokhara – you would have a battle hardened soldier look. Back to the civilisation this is a day to yourself. You rest, savour a few drinks, go for a massage or just flip through the photos and videos of the tour. Once you deposit your bikes, you surely would miss the forbidden lands you have been riding.
DAY 13: Pokhara to Kathmandu
From Pokhara, we drive back to Kathmandu after breakfast. We reach Kathmandu by evening and check into our hotel. Shopping , buying some souvenirs and relaxing should be on the agenda this evening.
Day 14: Say Farewell to Nepal (for now)
After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your flight back home. While the week may have flown past, but, your memories of this ride will last a lifetime.
|Item||Pilot (shared room)||Pillion (double room)|
|PARTICIPATION||€ 2.900||€ 1.700|
|SINGLE ROOM||€ 700|
|Item||Pilot (shared room)||Pillion (double room)|
|PARTICIPATION||€ 3.200||€ 1.900|
|SINGLE ROOM||€ 1.000|
Adventure motorcycling requires a very specific preparation to make the journey enjoyable. These free .PDF handbooks help you prepare, plan, select the equipment and get the necessary travelling documents for you and your motorbike!
|1||Flight to Kathmandu and bike pickup|
|2||Kathmandu - Pokhara||220|
|3||Pokhara - Kalopani||110|
|4||Kalopani - Kagbeni||40|
|5||Kagbeni - Ghami||45|
|6||Ghami - Lo-Manthang||30|
|7||Lo-Manthang - Lo-Manthang||0|
|8||Lo-Manthang - Kora-la||10|
|9||Lo-Manthang - Samar||35|
|10||Samar - Marpha||30|
|12||Tatopani - Pokhara||105|
|13||Pokhara - Kathmandu||220|
|14||Flight from Kathmandu|