Flying independently to Kathmandu.
Our man in Kathmandu will be waiting for us at the airport with a Himalayan motorcycle sign. A luxury bus will be standing by to take us to our hotel near Mugling, about 140 km from Kathmandu. During the ride, we’ll be getting our first impressions of what to expect in the next two weeks during our Nepal Motorcycle Tour. The view through the dusty windows will leave no doubt that we’ve arrived in a completely different world. We’ll have a bit of time to relax in the Riverside Spring Resort while our guide changes money for us. Next, a short briefing. The day will finish with a welcome dinner featuring Nepalese specialties.
Before breakfast, we’ll be hiking the 250-meter ascent to the old royal palace on a mountain ridge overlooking Gorkha. From there, we’ll have a breathtaking view of the Ganesh Himal massif with the Yangra (7,429 m) and Manaslu (8,163 m) peaks. After our descent, we’ll be taking things much easier for the rest of the day on the saddles of our bikes. Early afternnon we reach the splendid Begnas Lake Resort, where we have the chance to dip in the lake over a cold beer. Nepals best ayurveda resort invites for massage session. Distance covered: approx. 140 km.
Relax at the Begans Lake, after breakfast our bikers can look forward to plenty of amazing scenery, sparse traffic, breathtaking views, and scratching a curve or three on a 150-km tour on a new, little-used mountain road leading up to the western edge of the Annapurna massif at Baglungh. The Nepal motorcycle tour route guarantees tremendous views of some of the world’s most spectacular mountains, or enjoy an outing on a rented rowboat with a spectacular view of the Annapurna massif, take a trip to a Tibetan refugee camp and visit its Buddhist monastery, and if you really can’t help. Yourself, go for a ride on your Enfield motorcycle. :-)).We’ll be cruising on our bikes through lush valleys to Lake Phewa and Pokhara. There we’ll be spending the night at a basic but centrally-located lodge on Lake Road. The afternoon we spend on the lake raod of Pokhara, later opportunity of shaking a leg at live rock music in the Pub. Distance covered: depending on your chosen activity, 0 or 150 km.
130 km of endlessly winding, lonely mountain roads on the Siddhartha Highway, named after the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama. Bikers will certainly feel a step closer to enlightenment on this road. We’ll be reaching Thansen (1,500 m) in the afternoon. The ancient market town is located on the former Silk Road. Time seems to have stood still in the old town with its many merchants and artisans. For dinner, we’ll be sampling Nepalese specialties in the historical atmosphere of the Naglo West beer garden. We'll be staying at Srinagar, the best place in town, located above Thansen with a spectacular view of the soaring 8,000-meter Dhaulagiri. Distance covered: approx. 130 km
From Thansen, we’ll be descending through rocky gorges to the tropical Terai plain. Things seem very Indian down there on the plain, which does indeed extend from the slopes of the Himalayan foothills to the coast of the Indian ocean. Even the towns seem to exude the unmistakable flair of India – not surprising, since Butwal, one of the two towns we will be passing through, is only 20 km from the Indian border. We’ll be spending the night in Sauhara, just outside the. , in the stylish Hotel, the best jungle lodge in Sauhara. Dinner will be followed by a slide show about Nepal’s wildlife. We’ll round the evening out with a nightcap at the campfire, watching the sun set over the river. Distance covered: approx. 180 km.
No riding today. We’ll be getting up very early and taking an elephant safari into the national park to see wild rhinos – and leopards, if we’re lucky. After breakfast, we’ll take dugout canoes to visit the residents of Crocodile Creek. Participants wanting to see tigers can join the trekking tour into the jungle. With a bit of luck, you may briefly see one of these lone predators from a few hundred meters away. (It can’t hurt to have a bit of space between yourself and the tiger when you’re on foot.) Second overnight stay in the Hotel, the finest safari lodge in the vicinity.
Can look forward to an exciting day in the saddle today. We’ll be taking one of Nepal’s most beautiful mountain roads, the Rajpath highway, across Kulekhani Pass (2,600 m). We’ll be spending the night in the comfortable, slightly time - Resort just behind the pass. Distance covered: approx. 140 km
At sunrise, we’ll enjoy a fantastic view of the Himalayas, from the Annapurna massif west of us, to the Mt. Everest range in the distance in the east. This is one of the highlights of the Magic Nepal Bike Tour. From the top of Kulekhani Pass, we’ll descend into the Trisuli Valley. From Naubise, we’ll take the Prithvi Rajmarg highway to Kathmandu Valley and plunge into the chaotic traffic of the Kathmandu Ring Road. We’ll be taking this highway for a short distance – extreme caution and defensive riding is absolutely essential here – to our turnoff for Nagarkote hill station. Nagarkote (2,100 m) will give us an excellent view of the snowcapped Langtang Lirung massif with its 7,000-meter peaks. We’ll be spending the night in the beautifully situated, quiet and very comfortable lodge. Distance covered: approx. 140 km.
An early start is essential today to experience the Mt. Everest massif at sunrise, a once-in-a-lifetime experience. After a hearty breakfast, we’ll be starting our descent on our bikes, to the Arniko highway, heading toward the Tibetan border. But first, we’ll visit Bhaktapur, one of the three historical royal cities of Kathmandu Valley, with its beautiful old city and temples at Durbar Square. We’ll be reaching our day’s destination, the Last Resort at the Bothe Kosi River in the afternoon. We’ll be spending the evening together with other adventurers in the resort’s open club tent, and the night in safari tents set up under wooden roofs. Distance covered: approx. 100 km.
Today we’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some spectacular whitewater river rafting, which ia another highlight of our magic Nepal motorcycle tour. You shouldn’t miss it, this is truly an untamed river (payment on location, approx. USD 30.00). Afterward, there will still be time to take your Enfield motorcycle around 20 km up a dusty trail to the Tibetan border checkpoint at Kodari Bridge. And anyone in need of a major adrenaline rush can go for a bungee jump into the 160-meter deep gorge at the Last Resort (approx. USD 70.00).
In the morning, before breakfast, we’ll be riding our motorcycles around 20 km up the track to the Tibetan checkpoint at Kodari (Friendship) Bridge. The Arniko Highway – little more than a broad, dusty gravel road in the ravine of the Bothe Kosi Rivers – is currently being financed and built by the Chinese to improve connections to Nepal and India. We’re allowed to go as far as the middle of the Friendship Bridge at the Nepalese-Chinese border. Go a couple of steps further and you’ll be able to truly say that you’ve set foot in Tibet – and a boot on the bridge always beats a finger on the map. We’ll take the Arniko Highway back, have breakfast in the Borderland Resort, and continue to the turnoff for Jiri Road. This wild, scenic mountain road, which was built with Swiss development aid, twists its way up evergreen slopes from 800 to around 2,700 meters. The deep forest opens up time and again, giving us spectacular views of lush valleys and soaring, snowcapped 8,000-meter mountain peaks. Your camera is sure to get a workout here. In the late afternoon, we’ll reach our day’s destination, the small mountain town of Charikote (2,000 m), and stop at the cozy, traditionally styled Resort for the night. Distance covered: approx. 100 km.
After around 100 km on a winding road, we’ll reach Kathmandu in the afternoon. Time permitting, we’ll visit the Pashupatinath Hindu temple and the Stupa of Bodnath, the largest and best-known Buddhist temple in Nepal. From here, it’s just a couple of kilometers to our very comfortable, quiet, hotel, where we’ll be spending the last two nights. Distance covered: approx. 120 km.
We’ll start the day with a visit to Kathmandu’s old city bazaar, taking in a fascinating mix of Asian markets, quaint temples and narrow alleyways. We can also visit Kathmandu’s sister city of Lalitpur (also known as Patan), which is famous for its temple district and a very impressive museum. A trip to Swayambhunath, the renowned Monkey. Temple on a hill overlooking the capital, is also very worthwhile. That evening we’ll be getting together for our farewell dinner – one last opportunity to savor the true flavors of Nepal before returning home.
The last day of our Magic Nepal Bike Tour. Early in the morning – before breakfast – we’ll have the opportunity to take a one-hour sightseeing flight with Buddha Air, taking in Mount Everest and the vast panoramas of the Himalayas and the Tibetan plateau (approx. EUR 120.00, payable on the day). Afterwards there will still be plenty of time in Kathmandu for shopping and sightseeing.
Please bring your own protective clothing and helmet. Also be sure to bring your wet-weather gear to help ensure that it won’t rain. Other helpful items: A flashlight – ideally a headband-mounted one. A Leatherman tool or Swiss army knife be useful. Sunglasses are essential. A personal drinking bottle is also very convenient. The Enfield motorcycles are equipped with sturdy leather saddlebags. We nevertheless recommend a waterproof daypack for your most essential items, or a tail bag with mounting straps that will let you easily remove everything from the bike and take it with you anytime. You should keep drugs (diarrhea and cold medication, vitamins, etc.) and other personal items (sun blocker, insect repellant) within convenient reach. On the topic of medication, a shot of Jägermeister, Fernet Branca or a similar herbal digestive can work wonders in case of problems with the local cuisine. These are not available locally, so please stock up at home if you have a sensitive stomach.
Personal travel insurance | all drinks, lunch and snacks on the road | three dinners in Goa | river rafting program (approx. EUR 30.00) elephant safari in the national park (approx. EUR 10.00) | boat tour to the crocodiles, bird-watching hike with local wildlife guard (approx. EUR 5.00) | fuel (approx. EUR 55.00) tips, personal telephone charges, shopping and souvenirs | photo and video permits | tourist visa for India (approx. EUR 50.00).
You are not allowed to bring Nepalese currency into the country or take it out. You may bring unlimited amounts of foreign currency into the country. We recommend euro banknotes in EUR 50.00 and EUR 100.00 denominations. Our guide will assist you in changing money. US dollars are not required. American Express Traveler’s Cheques (EUR 100.00 or US dollar denominations) are accepted in Kathmandu and Pokhara, but are not essential. Credit cards (Maestro, Visa and MasterCard) can be used in Kathmandu, but not in the rest of the country. Cash advances are very easy to obtain at the newATMs in Kathmandu and Pokhara, provided you know your card’s PIN. You will need the equivalent of around EUR 200.00 to EUR 300.00 for drinks, lunch and tips for the duration of your stay.
Please be sure to carry photocopies of all of your important travel documents such as your passport, driving license and flight ticket for emergencies.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of your stay. Please check with your local Nepalese embassy for the visa regulations that apply to your nationality. The visa can be obtained in advance at any Nepalese embassy or consulate, or at the airport on arrival (a single-entry tourist visa valid for 60 days currently costs EUR 30.00; two passport-size photos are required. We will send you a visa application and further information together with your booking confirmation.
Up to 20 films, 200 cigarettes and 1 liter of alcohol may be imported duty-free. All international film and battery types are available in Nepal. Customs checks of arriving tourists have become considerably less strict in recent years.
Western food is not generally available, so we’ll be eating simple vegetarian meals and regional specialties throughout the tour. Breakfast and dinner are included in the price of the tour and will be served to the group. Hearty breakfasts will not always be available. We can, however, promise you a wide range of cuisine, with a special emphasis on local specialties. In general, less meat is served in Nepal – chicken being the most common non-vegetarian food –, but therefore plenty of vegetables, legumes and rice. Nepalese cuisine is generally well-spiced and not overly hot. Beer in Nepal is up to international standards; the most common brands being Tuborg, Carlsberg and San Miguel. The local Chang beer is also quite effective but requires a bit of getting used to. Wine – when it’s available – is even more of an acquired taste than Chang. The very good, local Khukri rum is definitely the better choice. Bottled water can be purchased anywhere and must be carried individually. We also recommend carrying some Fernet Branca or a similar herbal digestive for medicinal purposes During the day, we’ll be stopping for small refreshments and snacks, generally at basic local restaurants and roadside tea shops.
You should be confident in handling a motorcycle on paved roads. Unpaved sections or rough gravelly trails should not be a problem for you. Roughly 90% of the roads we will be taking are paved.
All riders must have a valid motorcycle driving license issued in their home country. An international driving license is also required. Be sure to contact the relevant authorities in your home country well in advance for more information on obtaining an international driving license.
Your baggage will be transported in the support vehicle. Don’t pack too much – remember: less is more. From time to time, we’ll have to carry our own baggage over short distances to the hotel. Baggage is not insured, so please be sure to purchase your own baggage insurance for the trip if necessary. Your personal items for the day are best kept in the saddlebags or your daypack. Tank bags – including magnetic ones – can be used on the Enfields, but we do not provide them.
Whatever you need for riding and leisure at temperatures between 5° and 30°C, including swimwear. You should also be prepared for cold nights at higher elevations in the Himalayas, with temperatures that may drop below freezing. Rugged clothing is advisable. Formal evening attire will definitely not be required.
approx. 1,250 to 1,500 km. (depending on your activities on the days off)
The minimum number of participants is 6, the maximum is 10 riders plus a tour guide. A maximum of 5 persons can ride in the support jeep or van.
Our hotels have been selected with care and vary from basic to upper midrange standards. Some are especially comfortable or well-situated, others have excellent cuisine or atmosphere, but they all have in common that they warmly welcome motorcyclists. All rooms have en-suite bathrooms (except for the Last Resort). The Last Resort is located on a plateau overlooking the 160-meter deep gorge of the Bothe Kosi River. It features permanent safari tents that are protected against the elements by wooden roofs, not unlike carports. The toilets and washrooms are separate, like those on a camping site. Breakfast and dinner buffets are served in the partially open restaurant, which also features the well-stocked Good Karma Bar.
Many of the locations we cover do not have a highly developed tourist infrastructure, so requests for single rooms can only be accommodated where the local hotel situation permits. We cannot guarantee the availability of single rooms at all times. We’re confident that our tour guide will be able find a mutually acceptable solution wherever necessary, however.
Expect sunny weather with daytime highs of 15° to 30°C, with night-time temperatures ranging from below freezing to 20°C, depending on the altitude and weather conditions. Chances of rain in February, March, October and November are around 5%, with good to excellent visibility. There are no guarantees against freak weather conditions, of course. UV radiation is extremely high due to the clear air. Be sure to take plenty of sunscreen.
The Royal Enfield Bullet 500 stands out from the current crop of retro-styled bikes like the Kawasaki W 650 in one important respect – the fact that its 1950s design is genuine. The Bullet is manufactured in India and features a torquey long-stroke single-cylinder 500cc engine that delivers 24 bhp at 4,600 rpm. The bike, which weighs in at 168 kg, has a five-speed gearbox and a top speed of just over 120 kph. All bikes now feature a dual-piston front disk brake. The original front drum brakes and their marginal performance are now history. The drum brake has been retained in the rear, where it’s perfectly adequate.
Technical specifications: Single-cylinder four-stroke, 499cc, 16 kW (24 bhp) at 4,600 rpm, 168 kg, seat height 75 cm, 123 kph. Our fleet consists entirely of new Enfield motorcycles with electric starters, 5-speed gearboxes and gearshifts on the left. These modified 2009 - 2012-model 500cc F.I. Classic Royal Enfield Bullet motorcycles are now standard on all of our tours. If you prefer, we can still provide classic models with kickstarters and gearshifts on the right. We’ll need advance notice, however. All of our Enfield motorcycles are equipped with full touring gear, including a front disk brake, dual horns, crash guards and roomy, rugged leather saddlebags. The bikes have yellow all-India rental registration number plates and special insurance for rental vehicles. Naturally, some of them bear the minor battle scars typical of rental motorcycles. Technically, they are all in top shape and perfectly suited to the planned tours. They’re tremendous fun to ride, and their handling is safe and predictable after a brief familiarization period. Our average speeds on the Magic Nepal Motorcycle tour range from 40 to 60 kph, depending on the road conditions and traffic.
During the bike tour, We will mainly be taking quiet country roads and narrow, often dizzying mountain passes. Over 90% of the roads are paved, and are mostly in surprisingly good condition. We will occasionally encounter badly deteriorated paved roads, potholed gravel roads and unpaved mountain tracks. You should, however, always be alert to occasional potholes, rough surfaces, and loose gravel in curves, even on well-paved roads. The flexible, considerate driving style of the locals makes it easy to adjust to driving on the left and coping with the seemingly chaotic traffic conditions. The behavior of pedestrians and cyclists, and the frequent presence of animals on the road call for considerably more attention, however. Extreme caution is required around children.
A travel day normally begins at 8:00 am with breakfast. This is followed by a short briefing by the guide at around 9:00 am, and the day’s riding, the mileage of which can vary considerably. Plenty of time will be available for lunch and coffee breaks, of course. A times, it can be a good idea to get up very early to enjoy the view of the surrounding snow-capped mountains in the clear morning air. The humidity tends to rise over the course of the day, with haze reducing the visibility. Daily distances: between 30 and 180 km