Nepal Tour

, Nepal, Asia

Ride In The Shadow Of The World's Highest Mountains

Some of the best riding, views and food you'll find anywhere, all amid the fascinating culture of Nepal – motorcycle touring does not get much better than this! We will guide you along sinuous mountain trails, across plains and through jungles to the shadow of mighty Annapurna, on to Kathmandu, to the border with Tibet and back via Everest views. This trip is characterised by rides in places of incredible natural beauty. The Blazing Trails team has been running Himalayan tours since 2000 and it is this experience allied to precise organisation that allows us to guide riders to such places. As with all our trips an experienced leader and support crew are with you every mile, providing expert guidance and mechanical or medical assistance if required. But despite our local knowledge, any Himalayan ride is going to present its challenges and surprises...

While we will do everything in our power to make your trip as safe and enjoyable as we can, there are challenges implicit in travelling in the world's mightiest mountains that we could not remove if we wanted to. While the roads we're taking are in pretty good condition, the Himalaya is still growing and collapsing – possibly overnight and across our route. Nepal also throws up some extra logistical challenges due to its ever-shifting political landscape, as road-closing strikes can sometimes occur. For this reason, no itinerary is ever set in stone.

This tour will be run on two dates and in two directions (Bardia to Kathmandu and Kathmandu to Bardia), with internal flights supplied by Blazing Trails. In both cases you will need to book your international return flight to KTM. On arrival, depending on which direction you are riding the route, you will either be transferred to the domestic terminal for your onward flight, or to your hotel in Kathmandu. On meeting up with the Blazing Trails team you be given a full briefing on the joys ahead, handed 'your' bike, an Enfield Bullet (with a front disc brake fitted) and given instruction on its eccentricities.

Whenever riding there will be a leader and 'outrider' guiding and trouble-spotting. A 'sweeper' rider, a support vehicle with spares and an extensively-equipped medic will travel at the rear. The trip includes some long days in the saddle, both on easy cruising roads and very challenging mountain chicanery. These day-long rides will require skill and concentration, so we ask that you have a minimum of two year's riding experience before taking on this tour. There will be little traffic, but that which we do encounter is likely to be behaving 'erratically'. The general condition of the roads is, however, very good for this part of the world.

Nepal has recently (2006) emerged from a long internal conflict. Although the country is now largely stable, there are still political problems. These generally manifest themselves as 'bandhs', general strikes that can close the roads. Tourists, however, are generally left out of local disputes as it is understood that the welfare of the tourism industry is critical to the country's foreign exchange, being its biggest earner. Weather will range from 'warm' on the plains, to 'nippy' in the higher stations. We would not expect rain at the times of year that we run tours in Nepal, but it's always possible.

Nepali jungle and Himalayan valleys with views of the Annapurna and Everest ranges – this is a trip full of fabulous contrasts and epic rides.


About Nepal

Nepal's recent past has been a turbulent, intriguing and bloody. More than a decade of insurgency by Maoist forces against the ruling monarchy cost over 11,000 lives, before the warring left-wingers and royalists laid down their arms and in 2006 agreed to move toward democratic elections. The Maoists won, formed a government (now dissolved) and dethroned the less than popular King. Having turfed out the monarchy, the parliament's next major job was to thrash out a new constitution – a process whose deadline is expired. There remains tension over this and other issues, usually manifesting itself in 'bandhs' (paralysing strikes). Nepal is a landlocked country, a little larger than England. It is bordered to the north by occupied Tibet and all other sides by India. For such a small country, Nepal is incredibly geographically diverse. Eight of the world's ten highest mountains rise from Nepali territory, including of course the biggest of them all. The south of the country, on the edge of the Indo-Gangetic Plain, is just a few hundred feet above sea level (abv). Thus, the mountains that cover two-thirds of Nepal rise incredibly steeply and it's possible to be standing at 300ft abv, looking up at the summit of Annapurna 26,500ft abv. The southern plain is known as the Terai and covers some 20 per cent of the country. It is geographically identical to much of northern India, but has suffered from less 'development'. Once a malarial swamp, there is much pristine wilderness. It is while in this area we will visit the wildlife reserves. 'Nepali' is the official language, with around 60 per cent of people using it day-to-day. English and Hindi (to which Nepali is similar) are widely understood in places visited by tourists. The Nepali Rupee is not an independent currency, but is linked to the Indian Rupee at a rate of 1.6 Nepali Rupees to each Indian Rupee, making it incredibly good value for visitors.

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Nepal Tour

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