MOTOR BIKES- The motor bikes provided are Royal Enfield Bullets. The Enfields were originally produced in Britain. After WW2, the factory was transferred to India ( Chennai - formerly Madras ), where they are still in production today. An experienced motor bike mechanic will accompany the tour. All fuel, maintenance and repairs are included.
Day 1: Arrive Kathmandu.
Met at airport and transferred to hotel. Taken on an orientation tour of the Thamel area. The hotel is centrally located in the Thamel area of Kathmandu which is renowned for its many restaurants, shops, bars, and nightclubs etc which cater for the tourists. The hotel has a nice swimming pool to relax in after a hard days sightseeing!
Kathmandu is situated at 1400m or 4500 ft and is nestled in a fertile valley. Kathmandu has always evoked mystique amongst travelers. Ancient temples, exotic festivals and the blending of the Hindu and Buddhist religions, all complimented with the mighty Himalayas as a backdrop. A walk down the narrow, cobbled streets with overhanging balconies and delicately wrought carved windows, is like taking a stroll back through time.
Day 2: Kathmandu.
Sightseeing tour. Walk through the cobbled streets of Kathmandu to Durbar Square which is the spiritual centre of Kathmandu and has many fine temples and imposing buildings, this is where Kumari - the living Goddess - lives in a small house.
After lunch a short ride to Swayambunath (commonly known as the Monkey Temple and they are everywhere!) which is perched high on a hill overlooking Kathmandu. Soak up the atmosphere of this magical place - chanting Buddhist monks, beating drums, Tibetan horns, shops selling artifacts and listen to the 1000's of fluttering Tibetan prayer flags sending their prayers to the heavens. A leisurely stroll through the back streets of Kathmandu to the hotel for a relaxing swim in the pool.
Day 3: Kathmandu.
Sightseeing tour. Jump into a rickshaw and and relax in the back whilst you are pedalled through Kathmandu to Pashupatinath - the holiest Hindu place in Kathmandu. The Hindus cremate their dead here and the ashes are sprinkled into the river which flows into the Mother Ganges river in India. See many Sadhus who are holy Hindu men who have renounced all worldly possessions and roam the sub continent going to the various holy Hindu sights.
Back into the rickshaws and pedal off to the Buddhist temple at Boudanath which has the largest Stupa in Nepal. This is the spiritual and exile home for the many Tibetans who fled after the Chinese invasion. Closely by are many Tibetan Monasteries teaching the Buddha's philosophy on life. Enjoy a nice lunch overlooking the magnificent Stupa.
Back into the rickshaws for the pedal back to the hotel...where the motor bikes will be waiting for you to practice before heading off the next day.
Day 4: Kathmandu - Dhulikel (180 km)
This is the day the riders have been waiting for! With your luggage put into the support bus off you go. The bus will lead you through the Kathmandu Valley until Dhulikel is reached - 30 km away. After a short break to check in and off load your luggage at the hotel in Dhulikel, it's back onto the bikes to ride towards the Tibetan border through some magnificent scenery and villages.
Dhulikhel is situated on the rim of the Kathmandu valley and provides a full vista of the Himalayan peaks and the surrounding valley. It is a traditional Newar settlement, with the central square of Narayanthan containing 2 temples.
Day 5: Dhulikel - Chitwan National Park (230 km)
A spectacular day ride out of the Kathmandu Valley and into the mountains that Nepal is renowned for. Many villages to ride through until you get to the Trisuli River valley where you will have the option to do some white water rafting.
White Water Rafting - Optional, but thoroughly recommended. WWR is a very popular activity in Nepal, with all different grades of rafting available (rivers are graded from 1-6, according to the number, type and size of the rapids) The Trisuli River WWR has been rated as a 2-3, which means that it is quite safe, with no real serious rapids to negotiate plus it is great fun!
You will arrive at the beginning of the WWR around midday and will be met by the experienced river guide and staff. Helmets, life jackets and safety instructions will be provided, prior to boarding the raft. Once on the river, there will be plenty of opportunity to swim, float and generally have fun in the warm water, before coming to the next rapid – there are about 8 decent rapids to negotiate.
After 2 hours of rafting, lunch will be provided by the riverside, followed by a further hour of rafting. At the completion you will return in the vehicle to the starting point to collect the bikes and continue on your way.
If you decide to not do the WWR, you will continue along the road, which actually follows the river. There will be plenty of opportunities to watch the rafters and to also join them for lunch by the river. Arrive at Chitwan and that evening be entertained by the Cultural Show.
Day 6: Chitwan National Park.
Chitwan is situated in the lowland, fertile region of Nepal, known as the Terai, and is home to a varied animal and birdlife. A full day is spent walking through the jungles, canoeing down the river looking for crocodiles and riding elephants through the grasslands in search of rhino, leopard and the elusive Bengal tiger.
Day 7: Chitwan National Park - Lumbini. (170 km)
Back on the bikes to ride through the green and lush Terai region. Lumbini - Siddharta Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in Kapilavastu, near Lumbini, and was the son of the ruler of a small Kingdom. Buddha found his carefree, self indulgant existance dull and began wandering in search of enlightenment. His travels took him to many places in Nepal and northern India.
Day 8: Lumbini.
Sightseeing tour to Buddha's birth place. Buddhist devotees come from all over the world to worship here.
Day 9: Lumbini - Pokhara. (170 km)
On the bikes and back into the mountains again. Pokhara is a small town which provides an idyllic setting to begin/finish treks into the popular Annapurna region or to spend time exploring the beautiful surroundings. It is nestled in a tropical valley with a beautiful lake (swimming, boating and fishing) and boasts magnificent views of the Himalayas, plenty of shops and restaurants.
Day 10: Pokhara.
Shopping, swimming, canoeing on the lake, eating at the many good restaurants and taking in one of the most beautiful places in Nepal.
Days 11-12: Pokhara or Trekking.
Trekking - Optional and thoroughly recommended if you are physically able to. This is a 3 day moderate trek into the popular Annapurna region and will give participants a taste of what trekking in Nepal is about. Overnight stays will be at trekking lodges in the villages en route. These lodges will provide your own rooms and the shared bathrooms will have solar hot water showers & western toilets! Trekking guides and porters to carry your luggage will be provided.
For those not trekking, the bikes, vehicles and mechanic are at your disposal and there are many good rides in and around the Pokhara area. It is possible to meet the trekkers at Birethanti and overnight in the trekking lodge if you wish - Birethanti is an easy 20 min walk from the road along a flat trail and is a great place to experience the mountain life in Nepal.
Day 13: Birethanti.
The trekkers will arrive here in the afternoon for the non trekkers, the bus will take you to the trail and where you will walk the 20 mins to Birethanti.
Birethanti - This village is at the convergence of 2 major trails leading into the Annapurna area of the Himalayas. It is also at the junction of 2 rivers, which have their beginnings high up on the Tibetan plateau. Many donkey trains and porters pass through Birethanti carrying goods to/from the higher villages.
Day 14: Birethanti - Pokhara.
Return to Pokhara to relax and enjoy this magical place.
Day 15: Pokhara - Kathmandu. (200 km)
A great day ride back to Kathmandu. Say good bye to the Enfields, mechanic and drivers.
Day 16: Kathmandu
Free day to explore, relax by the pool, shop and enjoy the many restaurants.
Day 17: Depart Kathmandu
Last chance for shopping before the transfer to the airport for your homeward flight. We suggest to the people who are booked on our Nepal Motor Bike tour to think about including Tibet, as this tour starts and finishes in Kathmandu and can easily be done after the Nepal tour finishes.
Although close by, Tibet is a world away - its scenery, people, customs and way of life is just so different from the lower regions of the Himalayas and if you have the time (10 days), we would thoroughly recommend including it.
You would fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa and travel by Toyota Land cruisers (not possible by motor bike) for 10 days across “The Roof of the World” back to Kathmandu and then fly out.
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