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We offer all-inclusive adventure tours in the Himalayas with an all-terrain vehicle. Traverse through the rough trails of the Himalayas, from river beds to high-altitude locations. In our 4×4 tours, we cover all types of terrains so you will get to experience a little bit of everything. Visit remote villages, get up close to the world’s highest peaks and whitewater rapids.
✓Ground transport to/from airports and hotels
✓ Hotel lodging in Kathmandu, single room accommodation (if available)
✓ Cultural tour in Kathmandu
✓Motorcycle rental fees, fuel, and repairs
✓ Expedition grade camping accommodations
✓ Meals while in remote areas
✓Domestic flights within Nepal
✓ Guides, porters, cooks, translators, support staff
✓National Park permits/ Conservation Area permits
✓ International airfare
✓Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu
✓Entry fees for UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Kathmandu
✓Riding gear (helmet, jacket, pants, boots, etc.)
✓Any significant damage caused to the motorcycle due to inappropriate riding ability
✓International travel insurance and medical expenses
We will have a support vehicle which will carry most of your belonging (limited to 110 liters per person). We do recommend carrying a day pack with items you need along the drive such as sunglasses, camera, medication, lunch, gear for weather changes, and water.
The roads in Nepal are rough and the bikes have limited suspension and horsepower, therefore we do not allow passengers without special permission. If you are an expert rider with a passenger up to class 3 unpaved roads, then please ask for special permission prior to signing up.
We provide a rented Royal Enfield Classic 500CC or a Royal Enfield Himalayan 411CC. The Royal Enfield bikes are able to handle the terrain while being comfortable to drive.
We have a fantastic mechanic who is an expert in field fixes. He will have all the tools necessary to fix the bikes, so you do not need to worry about bringing any tools.
You’ll need to bring your own riding gear including a helmet, jacket, pants, boots, etc.
For camping, tents and mattress will be provided by us. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. You may want to bring a hot water bottle depending on the time of year and altitude you are traveling.
Depending on the country you are coming from, you may or may not need a visa.
Indian citizens do not need a visa.
Most citizens of other countries can receive a visa on arrival at the airport.
Citizens from Nigeria, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Cameroon, Somalia, Liberia, Ethiopia, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Syria are required to get a visa prior to arriving in Nepal through their local Diplomatic mission.
The fees are as follows…
15 Day Tourist Visa – 30 USD
30 Day Tourist Visa – 50 USD
90 Day Tourist Visa – 125 USD
Be sure to bring a major currency to pay at the airport as credit card payments are not always available. Bills should be new and crisp. Torn or damaged bills will not be accepted anywhere in Nepal.
Please check https://www.immigration.gov.np/page/tourist-visa for up-to-date information.
In major cities, there are ATM’s and Money Exchange counters. If you plan to exchange money, be sure to have a major currency (like USD, EUR, LB, AUD, etc.). Bills should be new and crisp. Torn or damaged bills will not be accepted anywhere in Nepal.
If you plan to use an ATM, please call your bank in advance to ensure that there won’t be an issue. Credit and debit cards are only accepted at large hotels in major cities and select restaurants. Most places only accept cash.
Make sure to get an international driver’s license. This is required in order to drive in Nepal.
You’ll need a visa to enter Nepal. You can get this in advance through an embassy or local consultant. Depending on your nationality, you may be able to get a visa on arrival at the airport.
We recommend you schedule an appointment with a travel doctor to ensure you are up to date on all of your vaccines. Nepal is a developing country which means that illnesses that have been eradicated in first world countries may still exist in Nepal.
Due to road conditions, it’s impossible to say how many miles we will ride each day. We do try to limit the riding to five to eight hours a day. Some roads are difficult to drive and we may only cover 20 miles. Other roads are easier, and we may cover 100 miles quickly.
Since this is an expedition, and there is no set itinerary, we might change plans on the way. Roads may be closed, and we will need to take an alternate route. Weather, riders’ abilities, illness, mechanical challenges, and road conditions can all change our plan at the last minute.
You are required to have an international driver’s license, which you can arrange in your home country before leaving for your trip.
Your guide, Vishu, will rent the bikes in his name. Since you will not be renting the bike directly, you are not able to purchase renters’ insurance. At the end of the trip, any damage to the bike will be calculated. You will be provided with the repair cost and are responsible for paying them. This usually ranges from $0 to $200 unless you used the bike inappropriately.
Roads in Nepal can be a mix of paved, dirt, and gravel. These are roads used by local transport including buses, but they can be rough with potholes and sometimes they cross through streams. Despite their appearance, some of these roads are considered highways. Because of the conditions, we try to keep our driving times under six hours a day.
You can expect, roughly 40% gravel, 35% paved, and 25% dirt roads.
You are required to have one year of licensed motorcycle riding experience and you must be comfortable on gravel roads. An intermediate rider or an ambitious novice should be able to handle this ride. It’s good to be fit as the days of driving and attention to detail needed can be both mentally and physically tiring.
We will pass through and stay in local villages throughout the trip, so there will be plenty of opportunities to interact with locals. Some of the areas we pass through see very few tourists and the locals will likely be as interested in you as you are of them. In some places, our camp site might cause enough excitement that the whole village will stop by to see what’s going on.
Motorcycle expeditions in Nepal are different than your average tour. In Kathmandu, we’ll be staying in nice hotels, however on the road it will be expedition life. We will set up expedition grade camps along the way which offer rustic toilets, a shower tent, a dining tent, and individual sleeping tents. Our staff creates a comfortable home for us on the road.
In areas where accommodations are available, we may stay in teahouses which are basic Nepali style hotels. The rooms are basic but clean and they often have a shared space for dining as well as a shared rustic toilet.
Our support staff includes a head chef, cook, and kitchen helper. Our head chef has cooked for many mountaineering expeditions in the Everest region and is well acquainted with Western food preferences as well as good hygiene and correct food handling. Our staff will do their best to meet any dietary restrictions you have. Please advise our staff of any dietary restrictions prior to the trip so that they can plan accordingly.
Nepal is extremely safe and welcoming to foreigners. If you haven’t been to Asia or any developing countries before, Nepal is a fantastic place to start. You’ll likely fall in love with Nepal. Many people start planning their second trip to Nepal before they even finish their first.
Our expeditions go to different altitudes and altitude sickness can happen. We plan our trips accordingly to allow people enough time to acclimate. We do recommend doing research on altitude sickness (AMS) prior to leaving so that you can identify the symptoms. Our staff have worked on and climbed to the highest peaks in the world and are well versed with AMS. The easiest solution is to simply go down in altitude to reverse the effects.
Nepal has many different topographies from flatlands to the highest peaks in the world. Because of this, it can be beautiful and warm in one area and snowing in another.
October to November and March to April are peak travel seasons in Nepal because they often have the best weather with little rain or snow and moderate temperatures. That being said, good weather is never guaranteed and you should be prepared for anything. Packing layered clothing and rain gear is important.
The major festivals in Nepal are Dashain and Tihar. They usually take place in October and November. Tihar is a 5-day festival celebrating light. Dashain lasts 15 days and celebrates the triumph of good over evil.
Holi is a festival popular among tourists. This is the festival of color which usually takes place in March.
If your trip is during these festivals, we’ll do our best to show you how they’re celebrated. This will depend on where we are in the country and how the festivals are celebrated there.