Our second Himalayan offering is Nepal. While we do ride for a day or so through Nepal on our Tibet tour, we feel that Nepal's immense physical beauty and warm culture merit more time and a closer look. We'll offer one of two possibilities, depending on the response we get from you all.
Our first Nepal itinerary casts a fairly wide net across the foothills of Nepal's Himalayas. We'll explore both the richly cultivated lower foothills as well as the steep, rocky, higher mountain regions. We will head east into the Everest region of the Himalayas as well as west to the famous trekking jump-off point Pokara, and we'll even sojourn to the Muktinath Shrine, sacred to Hindus and Buddhists alike, which lies deep within the Anapurna Conservation Area. We can also visit Chitwan National park for possible glimpse of tigers and rhinos! October and November as well as April and May are the ideal months for this tour, combining cooler, dryer weather and fantastic views of high peaks. We would like to offer this tour in October or November of this year, 2017.
Our second Nepal itinerary focuses on the Upper Mustang valley deep within the Anapurna Conservation Area. This is particularly exciting to me as this region is very remote both because of its high mountain geography and because it requires special permission to visit. The result is that not many people go there and so the culture as well as the landscape remain particularly unmolested. Travelling up from the tepid planes of Kathmandu, the terrain is hilly jungle and terraced copland, but as we climb higher jungle prevails and then gives way to arid highland where most of what grows has been carefully cultivated. Mustang's far north borders Tibet and here one encounters possibly the most unmarred Tibetan Buddhist culture left on earth. The valley is rimmed by 7000 meter peaks, the land is a canvas for light and cloud, the beauty is stark and breathtaking. Roads in this region are unpaved and are seldom more than tracks; the riding here is challenging and requires off-road experience. We do not recommend this trip for pillions. The ideal timing for this trip is late fall or spring, so October and November as well as late April and May. We would like to offer the Upper Mustang Recce trip in October or November of this year, 2017.
NEPAL - LOWER MUSTANG
13 May - 26 May
- DAY 1 - ARRIVE DELHI.
- DAY 2 - DELHI TO DEHRADUN (250Km)
Ride to Dehradun, is the capital city of the State of Uttarakhand in north India, Located in the Garhwal region, downwards to lower Himalayas with beautiful scenery & roads. Dehradun is renowned for its natural resources, publishing services, and for its prestigious educational institutions such as the Forest Research Institute, Indian Military Academy. Rest in Dehardun, explore local area around you
- DAY 3 - DEHRADUN TO RUDRAPUR (250Km)
We'll be heading to our next destination, Rudrapur is located in the state of Uttarakhand, It is basically an industrial district and many industry related professions are prevalent here. Rest in Rudrapur & get ready for another long ride to Bardia national park.
- DAY 4 - RUDRAPUR TO BARDIA NATIONAL PARK (250Km)
After a long ride to Rudrapur, next day will free exploring day at Bardia National Park, is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park, it is the largest and most undisturbed wilderness area in Nepal’s Terai, adjoining the eastern bank of the Karnali River in the Bardiya District.
- DAY 5 - FREE DAY AT BARDIA NATIONAL PARK
After a long ride, we'll stop at Bardia National Park, it is a protected area in Nepal that was established in 1988 as Royal Bardia National Park, The park situated in Nepal's Western Terai was established to protect representative ecosystems and conserve tiger and its prey species, more than thirty different mammals, over 400 species of birds, many snakes, lizards , and fish have been sighted and recorded in the park’s forest, grassland and river habitats.
- DAY 6 - BARDIA TO TANSEN (320Km)
After leaving the parks rough roads we are back on the highway, it will be a smooth ride entering into the hills & begin a steep climb, which ends in beautiful place called Tansen, is an old western Newari city with an amazing history and some marvelous Nawari architecture, Altitude is higher than Kathmandu (4600 ft/1500 mtrs) so weather is lovely in hot monsoon season, it is a wonderful “hill station” in development with great views of the Himals and very interesting Palpali culture and history,
- DAY 7 - TANSEN TO POKHRA (160Km)
Riding altogether at th end of pokhara, is lower than tansen , through a series of downhills followed by solid climbs, twisty riding, through huge gorges, with rivers frothing beneath us and stunning snow-peaked Himalayan vistas opening up along the way.
- DAY 8 - FREE DAY AT POKHRA
A day to do something you all would love to do, is the second largest city of Nepal, is the centre of the country from east to west or from north to south. Pokhara lies on an important old trading route between China and India. Pokhara is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Nepal, Due the the city’s popularity with adventurers, there is a very lively nightife on offer, with live rock bands and hundreds of resaturants and bars from which to choose. From the Lakeside area in which we will be staying it is possible to see most of the Annapurna range on a clear morning. noted for its tranquil atmosphere and the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Three out of the ten highest mountains in the world are situated within 50 miles (linear distance) of the city so that the northern skyline of the city offers a very close view of the Himalayas.
- DAY 9 - POKHRA TO KATHMANDU (250Km)
After riding through the Heaven of Nepal, Spend the remainder of the day exploring this amazing city. There are several large temple complexes, both Buddhist and Hindu on the city’s edges, Kathmandu is a cultural hub of Nepal in Kathmandu - visit Pashupatinath, Boudhnath. Evening free for personal activities. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.
- DAY 10 - KATHMANDU TO CHARIKOT(120Km)
Entering in to the 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, 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.
- DAY 11 - CHARIKOT TO KODARI (50Km)
In the morning, we'll be riding 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.
- DAY 12 - KODARI TO KATHMANDU (120Km)
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.
- DAY 13 - FREE DAY AT KATHMANDU
Last day at Capita city of Nepal, plenty of time in Kathmandu for shopping and sightseeing, time to explore local region, It is the place where most of the climbers and trekkers hang out. Spend the remainder of the day exploring this amazing city. There are several large temple complexes, both Buddhist and Hindu on the city’s edges and Durbar Square (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) is just half an hour’s walk from the hotel. Every street of central Kathmandu is full of shrines, shops and unusual sights. If you want to buy dodgy-quality, moody outdoor gear, then Thamel is the centre of the universe. Kathmandu also has a huge number of eateries to choose from, with good Continental cuisine to back up the local fare. Later in the evening you should be able to track down a busy bar with live music.
- DAY 14 - FLY HOME
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Updated: May 30, 2017