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9 Days BMW Guided Motorcycle Tour in Nepal

Hattisar Road, Kathmandu, Bagmati Zone, Province No. 3, Nepal

Enjoyable Motorbike Tour in Nepal

Experience Nepal on BMW GS for an adventure of a lifetime! This is an opportunity to ride the unique landscape of Nepal and explore the many World Heritage sites. You will demystify for yourself the country known as the 'Land of Mystery'. You will marvel at the rugged beauty of the snow-capped mountains, the placidness of the lakes and valleys, and the serenity of the flatlands of Nepal. A beautiful fusion of adventure and culture unlike anywhere in the world, join in for a spectacular ride through the Himalayan nation.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW GS 800 / 700)
  • Mileage: 777 kilometers / 483 miles
  • Daily rides: 28 - 200 kilometers / 17 - 124 miles
  • Riding gear: included: gloves, anti-glare mask, helmet, saddlebag; not included: armor jacket, elbow and knee pad, shoes
  • Meals: breakfasts

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Kathmandu
  • View the majestic Annapurna Himalaya range
  • Meditate in Lumbini, the birthplace of Gautam Buddha
  • Explore a number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites within the Kathmandu Valley
  • Ride to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan National Park
  • Ride through the beautiful landscape of Pokhara
  • Enjoy jungle activities in Chitwan
  • 8 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 riding days in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), French, Italian, Nepali, Russian, Spanish
The maximum participants in the group is 20
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

During the tour, you will be staying at a five-star accommodation in Kathmandu, deluxe jungle lodge and superior hotel in Chitwan, five-star resort in Pokhara, a local lodge or guesthouse in Dhampus, and deluxe inn at Gaun Ghar in Bandipur. The determined accommodations may be changed to similar accommodations. All rooms are based on double, twin, or single occupancy. In addition to your rooms, the accommodations in Chitwan also include jungle activities and national park fees.

Program

Day 1: Arrival

Today is your arrival day, Himalayan Bike Travel & Adventure will pick you up from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM) and transfer you to a hotel. Check in to the which shall be provided with welcome amenities. For the rest of the day, you can stroll around the historic town of Kathmandu or warm up with the fun-filled lively streets of Thamel.

Day 2: Kathmandu - Chitwan, 154 kilometers / 96 miles

Ride to UNESCO World Heritage Site of Chitwan via scenic route of Daman, home to the rare One Horned Rhino. Upon arrival at the resort, lunch will be served. For the rest of the day, there are jungle activities in Chitwan including jungle safari, boat ride, etc. One of the representatives of the resort will brief you regarding all the activities for tomorrow. They will brief you about the social and cultural aspect of the villagers and their lifestyle.

Tharu Stick dance: Farmers of the nearby villages will show some of their traditional skills and dances.

  • Approximately 5 to 6-hour ride

Day 3: Jungle activities in Chitwan

There will be wake-up calls followed by tea or coffee. Full day jungle activities are available. Enjoy a wonderful ride along the verdant Chitwan National Park and an opportunity for trying several activities such as jungle safari, canoeing, and jungle walk.

Birdwatching

Out of 519 species of the birds, Himalayan Bike Travel & Adventure has recorded 276 species in the area. Your guides will help you identify some of the species of these birds.

Elephant briefing / bathing program

Learn more about these fascinating animals during a visit to the elephant stables. Note that elephant bathing is done during the summer season as elephants love to bathe in the river willingly. Elephants are not forced to take bath during the cold season / day.

Nature walk / canoeing (subject to weather conditions and water level in the river)

Ride by Jeep to Kasara, the entrance of the national park. After an hour of a nature walk, you will arrive at a gharial breeding center to see the gharial (alligator) hatchery project, founded by Frankfurt Zoological Society. After a short briefing about the project, walk to the Rapti River at canoeing put in point. Start canoeing in a traditional dug-out canoe which takes you on a silent trip down the Rapti River to view aquatic birds, crocodiles, and the animals of the river banks.

Slide presentation

One of Himalayan Bike Travel & Adventure's jungle experts will introduce background data and history of the Chitwan National Park as well as some other topics relating to wildlife. Your questions are most welcome.

Day 4: Chitwan - Lumbini, 145 kilometers / 90 miles

Ride the flatlands of Nepal to the birthplace of Buddha, a pilgrimage site for all Buddhists around the world. After having breakfast in Chitwan, you will depart and start your trip to Lumbini. It will take you approximately five hours to reach Lumbini under normal road conditions. in the afternoon, enjoy the leisure to explore the city or choose from the available exclusive list of activities.

  • Approximately 4 to 5-hour ride

Day 5: Lumbini - Pokhara, 200 kilometers / 124 miles

In the early morning, visit Lumbini Garden along with a short rickshaw ride then walk back to the hotel, refresh, have breakfast, and get ready for the onward journey to Pokhara. After some time in Lumbini, you will proceed towards Pokhara City. Ride towards the beautiful valley of lakes and mountains, a vacationer’s paradise in Nepal. Arrive in Pokhara, check into a hotel and the rest of the time is your leisure for own independent activities.

  • Approximately 5 to 6-hour ride

Day 6: Pokhara - Dhampus, 28 kilometers / 17 miles

After breakfast, have a tour of Pokhara City along with a short boat ride in Lake Phewa. Ride to Dhampus for a spectacular view of the Annapurna range.

Sightseeing in Pokhara

Sightseeing places in Pokhara are Davis Falls, Mahendra Cave (limestone cave), Bindabasini Temple, Chamero (bat) Cave, Gupteshwor Cave, and Seti Gorge. Pokhara is also a home to the only mountain museum by the name of “International Mountain Museum”.

After the tour and boat riding, it's time to ride in the beauty of mesmerizing Pokhara to Dhampus for a spectacular view of the Annapurna range.

  • Approximately 2 to 3-hour ride

Day 7: Dhampus - Bandipur, 145 kilometers / 90 miles

After hiking around the area for some times, you diverse towards Bandipur. Head towards the beautifully preserved hilltop village, a living museum of Newari culture. Upon arrival, check into a hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free to relax and explore around the Bandipur village.

  • Approximately 4 to 5-hour ride

Day 8: Bandipur - Kathmandu, 105 kilometers / 65 miles

After breakfast, walk around the area and then make your way back to Kathmandu via scenic Prithvi highway. Upon arrival in Kathmandu, check into the hotel and the rest of the time is at leisure for your own activities.

  • Approximately 3 to 4-hour ride

Day 9: Departure

It's free before the departure. Himalayan Bike Travel & Adventure's representative will escort you to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

Note: You need to have a valid license or driving permit that allows you to ride the bike.

Bike Rental Deposit Information

Himalayan Bike Travel & Adventure requires a bike rental deposit of US$ 300.00 per bike before departure of the ride to cover damages to bikes due to rough handling, carelessness and accidents. After deducting the cost for repairs, the balance amount will be refunded. In case of no such incidents, the whole amount will be refunded immediately after the tour is over.

Skill Level

Beginner

  • can ride for 2-3 hours
  • minimal riding experience
  • assistance required
  • comfortable with curves and leans
  • basic experience with unsurfaced roads
  • short distance ascents and descents

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Included excursions

  • Jungle activities in Chitwan like elephant safari, village walk, elephant briefing and bathing, canoeing, and traditional Tharu dance
  • Visit the birthplace of Lord Buddha called Lumbini
  • Hike to Dhampus and visit Bandipur

Location

On this tour, you will explore some areas in Chitwan, Lumbini, and Pokhara in Nepal.

Chitwan

Chitwan houses rich wildlife, lush grasslands, and rare species of birds and animals. Chitwan National Park gives you a unique and exceptional wildlife experience. It houses several rare species, in particular, the one-horned rhinoceros and the Royal Bengal tiger, and other animals including leopard, bear, wild boar, deer, bison, crocodiles, etc. Unlike African animals, those in Chitwan tend to be rather solitary and shy but the chances of seeing them are very high owing to the expertise and experiences of guides.

Lumbini

Lumbini is the birthplace of Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha which lies in Rupandehi district of Mid-Western Nepal. According to Buddhist literature, Lumbini is the place where the newly born Prince Siddhartha took his first seven steps immediately after birth. Maya Devi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautam on the way to her maternal home Devadaha, on the day of Baisakh Poornima (the full-moon-day of May 623 BC). Lumbini is a popular site for Buddhist all over the world and is enlisted in UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Lumbini Sacred Garden

It is the Sacred Garden, the heart of Prof. Tange’s design, the ultimate objective of the plan, to create an atmosphere of spirituality peace, universal brotherhood and non-violence consisting with the time, and Buddha’s message to the world. The zone shelters the ancient monuments at the center in a freshly restored atmosphere of serene and lush forestation and ponds all around the complex, spreading 2.56 square kilometers, possesses all the treasures of the history. Strolling around the garden, one comes to conclude the reason for the global initiative to promote Lumbini, ‘The Foundation of World Peace’.

Maya Devi Temple

It is the heart of all monuments at this holy site. The temple complex bears the testimony of several layers of constructions over the centuries. It is fully restored and graced by the then HM King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev on the 2547th auspicious birth anniversary of Lord Buddha. Inside the temple, one can see the foundation remains of the early Maya Devi Temple that dates back to the 3rd century B.C. The upper floor remains open for meditation platform.

In the periphery of the Maya Devi Temple, one can see the long Ashokan Pillar which mentions that on the auspicious occasion of 20 years of his coronation, he has erected this pillar inscription where Shakya Muni Gautam Buddha was born. The very place was identified by Dr. Furher and Kaiser Shumsher in 1895. One can also see the archaeological remains of the monasteries, stupas, etc.

Eastern Monastic Zone

It is the Eastern Lane of the Theravada Monastic Zone, crossing the Thai Monastery and Stupas, built by the Government of Thailand. The architecture design is typical to Thai environments. Thereafter, one will pass to Mahamaya Bishwa-Shanti Buddha Bihar constructed by the Maha Bodhi Society of India, Kolkotta; neighboring is the Buddha Dharmakar Sabha, built by the Buddhist Society of West Bengal, India, giving a South Asian Locality. One will pass the Burmese Temple called Lomkani Cula Pagoda and the Monastery build by the Government of Myanmar, correspond to different Buddhist World. Moreover, one will cross the Lankan Monastery constructed by the Government of Ceylon representing different architecture, culture, and surrounding including the system of the Monks.

The next is the Bhikshuni Sangha, built by the International Gautami Nun Society, a Nepal-typical monastery in replication of Swayambhu Chaitya with the Buddhist philosophy of thirteen cosmetic steps to Nirvana and three pinnacle-stages. One can enter to Nepal Vipassana Center and easily learn meditation practice and methods. No doubt, all the monasteries also provide meditation practice. However, the center is particularly located for a purpose. Further information can be sought from the temporary Tourist Information Center. After immersing deeply in the serenity of the spiritual atmosphere, one will enter the Sacred Garden crossing the Shanti Deep, the symbol of peace and prosperity of human existence-the Eternal Peace Flame.

Western Monastic Zone

One can witness the later development of Buddhism in Mahayana, Bajrayana, and Lamaism Buddhist sects. Passing through the Shanti Deep, one will observe the Panditaram Meditation Centre. Continuing on Western Lane bisects to the south and to the north is Monastic Zone. The first major site is the Dharmodaya Sabha, a typical Nepali style monastery with Bahal (holy courtyard), Gumba (monastery), and Stupa. On the continuation of the southern lane is ManangStupa, built by the Manang Buddhist of Nepal, typical to the Buddhism Style.

Further is the Korean Monastery and monastery guest house. Leading to the northern complex, one will see the China Temple (The Chinese Monastery) with typical architecture from the Tiananmen Square, Beijing. Further is the Vietnamese Monastery, a typical of Vietnam. On the continuation are French and Austrian Monasteries and a guest house for meditation practice. On the north is the Japanese Monastery, built by Buddhists from Ladakh, India. Nearby are two German Monasteries. The last monastery located at the north end is proposed for construction by Nepali Buddhists.

Pokhara

Pokhara is the city of lakes that lies at the foothills of the majestic Annapurna range and consists of thick forests, gushing rivers and clear lakes. It offers a perfect getaway from the busy and chaotic life of the city. If Kathmandu is the cultural hub of Nepal, then Pokhara is the center of adventure. Pokhara is an adventure paradise offering activities such as paragliding, trekking, mountain biking, ultra-light flight, zip line adventure, bungee jumping, rafting, kayaking, and much more. It is the only place in the world from where one can enjoy the magnificent views of mountains having an elevation above 8000 meters sitting below 1000 meters above sea level. “You have not seen Nepal if you have not been to Pokhara. It is, as the tourists say, one of the paradises on earth.”

Phewa Lake

Phewa Lake is the most popular destination for travelers wanting to indulge in recreational boating. It is the second largest lake in Nepal and measures roughly one point five by four kilometers. Renting a boat for a couple of hours and heading out to the middle or the other side of the lake bordering the forested hill can be the interest for travelers. Boats can be rented for the whole day or on the hourly basis. You can either row around yourself or hire a boatman. There is a small island in the lake with a temple dedicated to Barahi where devotees boat down to offer prayers.

Dhampus

Dhampus is a small village in the Himalayan Annapurna Region in Nepal, 220 kilometers far from the capital, Kathmandu, and 18 kilometers far from Pokhara. Many tourists visit Dhampus because there is one of the main entry points to Annapurna Base Camp and to other trekking trails of Annapurna Region. Dhampus is a gateway to Annapurna Conservation Area. The journey to this beautiful village starts from Phedi.

Bandipur

Bandipur is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower as one can view the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu, and Langtang from here. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life.

Food

During your stay in Kathmandu, Lumbini, Pokhara, and Bandipur, you will be served breakfasts since the accommodations are on bed and breakfast basis. Meanwhile, in Chitwan and Dhampus, you will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners since the accommodations are on full board basis.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Use of BMW GS 800 / 700 bike for the entire trip
  • Cost of fuel for the bikes
  • Service of a support staff including a road captain and mechanic
  • Support of 4WD vehicle for spare parts and client’s personal baggage
  • Jungle activities and national park fees in Chitwan
  • Sightseeing tour accompanied by an English-speaking guide and entrance fees
  • Comprehensive medical kit
  • Transfer to and from the Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • English-speaking representative for the airport transfers
  • 8 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Lunches and dinners in Chitwan and Dhampus

What's not included

  • Any airfares and airport tax
  • Personal expenses like communication, laundry, bar bills, and internet
  • Tips for the guide and driver
  • Client's insurance and medical expenses
  • Any expenses incurred in emergency evacuation / rescue
  • Any other tours and transfers other than mentioned above
  • Any damage of motorbike during the tour
  • Any extra nights at hotels
  • Supplement charges for alternate hotels or upgrading hotel

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Himalayan Bike Travel & Adventure will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 15 days before arrival.
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Availability

Start: Friday December 20, 2019
End: Saturday December 28, 2019

Pricing information

The prices listed are for a minimum of six to nine pax. Starting from 10 pax, the prices are as follows.

  • 1 rider with 1 bike (shared double rooms): 3,180 USD
  • 1 rider with 1 bike (private single rooms): 3,642 USD
  • 2 riders with 1 bike: 4,820 USD

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