12 Days Nepal Motorcycle Holiday Itinerary
After arriving at the Kathmandu airport, meet our tour representative who helps you with an assisted transfer to the hotel. Enjoy your welcome drink and complete the check-in formalities. Now, you can relax for a while. The day is now at leisure.
After breakfast on day 2, assemble at the lobby. Get ready for a city tour of Kathmandu city that boasts of stunning temples and bustling shopping arcades. Drive past the modern area of New Road entering into the Durbar Square, formerly called Freak Street and you arrive amidst the medieval architecture. The main tourist attractions that you explore include the very popular royal palace, Hanuman Dhoka- originally built between 4th and 8th century, it was reconstructed in the 17th century. Close to this site is the abode of Kumari Bahal - Nepal's Living Goddess. The entrance of her house is guarded by 2 painted stone lions. You can go inside to have a look at the Goddess but clicking photographs is not allowed. Your next visit is to Kasthamandap- a wooden temple built from material of a single tree, it was built way back in the 12th century. Later, ride to Swayambhunath Stupa - one of the most popular monument sites in Kathmandu, it is also an important Buddhist place of worship. From the balcony, you can enjoy a lovely view of the entire Kathmandu Valley. Post sightseeing, relish sumptuous lunch. Back to the hotel. Here you are introduced to your motorbike and the road captain introduces about all the rules of driving in Nepal. Later, you can ride the bike here and there in the city.
Stay overnight in the hotel.
Start your day early. Post breakfast, begin riding your bike out of Kathmandu to the Prithivi Highway. Crisscross through the busy roads of Kathmandu, after getting out of the valley, you arrive at Thankot's check post, located on the edge of a ridge. From here, you drive down 17 km to reach Naubise. This ride is in meandering roads. After crossing this, the highlight ride gets smoother. You can now treat your eyes to the lovely views of the surroundings as you are driving along the banks of River Trishuli, known for offering rafting opportunities. After 97 km from Kathmandu, you arrive at Kurintar/ keep driving for more half an hour and you arrive at a decent looking restaurant- Riverside Springs Resort. Take a break here and enjoy refreshments. Later, as you start riding, you reach Muglin. From here, the highway divided on to 2 roads- the west side takes you to Pokhara and the south side takes you to Chitwan. You drive westwards for about 90 km to Pokhara.
You first cross a suspension bridge. Keep driving along River Marshyandgi for a while. Drive past the villages with thatched houses in pale yellow color, some small settlements and meandering roads. As you enter an area with mesmerizing views of the western Himalayan Mountains, the Annapurna range, you have entered Pokhara. You also have a view of the popular Fish Tail Mountain. Pokhara lies an altitude of 884 m above the sea level but 700 m lower than the Kathmandu Valley. Mountains dot the landscape of this place. Pokhara has been blessed with natural wonders of lovely views of the Himalayan peaks and placid crystal clear lakes. Check-in at the hotel. Now you can relax. Later, if time and energy permits, you can explore the surroundings on your own.
Overnight in Pokhara.
On the 4th day of the breakfast, start your day early, ride your motorbike to Beni Bazaar, that lies 78 Km on the Baglung Highway. This ride is of around 3 hours. Halt for lunch at a place that is convenient. Later, continue your ride on the freshly constructed road to Jomsom. Crossing this route might be slightly challenging during the monsoon season due to regular landslides. Nevertheless, it has its own charm of immense scenic beauty that brings visitors to it. Cross rugged gravel pathways and small water streams to reach Tatopani, one of the most popular sites for overnight halts. The place is named so because of the hot water springs that are located nearby. Complete the check-in formalities at a lodge and take some rest. If time and energy permits, you can explore the nearby surroundings on your own.
Overnight at Tatopani.
Today, after an early breakfast, you start your motorbike along the Kali Gandaki River, driving past cascading waterfalls and villages like Magar and Thakali, finally reaching Dana, lying at an altitude of 4750 feet. Drive on an ascending path that takes you to Ghasa, located along Kali Gandaki gorge, the world's deepest gorge. Admire the exciting scenery while you make a ride between the Annapurna and the Dhaulagiri ranges. The landscape changes from mountains to vegetative plains, lush forests to arid desert land. You might need slight acclimatization at this point. Continue your ride to Jomsom, traversing through Marpha and Kalopani villages. As you reach Jomsom, check into a Guest house. Placed at an altitude of 2713 m above the sea level, Jomsom is the gateway to the Annapurna region and the administrative center of the Mustang. The place is known for its heady mish-mash of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri peaks along with deep river ravines and riverbeds. A visit to this place is a pure cultural delight. The evening is at leisure. Relish the serenity and beauty spread all around.
On day 6 of the tour, have an early morning breakfast and begin driving for Muktinath, a popular pilgrimage site in Kali Gandaki basin. You drive past Jomsom bazaar, a wooden bridge and the journey starts to the river bed. The drive here is slightly slow due to the uneven path but after sometime an ascending on a dirt road starts for all the while till you reach Muktinath, via Jharkot. During the drive, you might chance upon ammonite fossils that are millions of years old. The landscape is a mélange of lofty hills, lovely lush views and an arid desert. A sacred place for both Hindus and Buddhists, the Muktintah Valley lies at an altitude of 3710 m above the sea level. While the Hindus call it 'Mukti Kshetra', the Buddhist pilgrims have named it 'the Chumig Gyatsa'. The place is an amalgam of both these cultures and offers great experiences. The former capital of Mustang, this ancient town attracts thousands of pilgrims every year. Once you explore the place, start driving towards Kagbeni, lying at an altitude of 2800 m, known as the gateway to Upper Mustang. On arrival, have lunch. Placed at an altitude of 2840 m above the sea level, Kagbeni is a lovely medieval-style village, known for its daunting chortens, hidden alleys and mud brick houses. Lying amid a tiny lush oasis, this village has a red monastery as its most popular attraction. Another attraction is a Monastery belonging to the Gelup Sect or yellow hat sect of Buddhism. Post lunch, continue riding your bike for around 2 hours to arrive at Kalopani. Check-in at a lodge here.
On the 7th day, leave your beds early to treat yourself to the mesmerizing scenery and an amazing weather. Begin the descending bike ride to Tatopani, around 21 km away. Continue driving towards Jaleswor settlement, located near the River. After a short halt, continue to Beni. Again a short stoppage here. Thereafter, you continue driving along the river bank an after an hour, you take the main highway at Maldhunga. This road takes you to Pokhara, after around one and a half hours.
On reaching Pokhara, complete the check-in formalities at a Hotel. With a varying altitude of 780 m to 1350 m, Pokhara is a popular vacation destination that is popular for its remarkable scenery, opportunities for adventure activities, lip-smacking local cuisine, and a bustling bazaar. Pokhara is the base for a number of trek trails in the western region. You can enjoy an amazing sight of Annapurna range, Machhapuchhare or 'Fish Tail Mountain' and Dhaulagiri range. The evening is at leisure. Take a walk along the lakeside local bazaar. Dinner at a popular restaurant here.
The evening is at leisure to do the activities which you missed during your first visit in this town. Take a walk along the lakeside local bazaar.
Overnight in Pokhara.
Today, post breakfast, get onto your bike ride to Chitwan National Park, the first national park of Nepal. After driving for around 3 hours, you finally reach at the national park. Meet the resident naturalist and check-in at the wildlife safari resort. Savor lunch. The afternoon is scheduled for an Elephant safari for around two and a half hours. Some of the popular wildlife here is the one- horned Rhino, the Royal Bengal Tiger, deer, wild boars, sloth bear, leopard, and more. This National Park is home to more than 450 colorful species of birds. The evening, enjoy Continental and Nepali dinner along with campfire.
Overnight stay at the Wildlife Resort.
Day 9 begin early and get ready for an early morning 3 -hour wildlife safari onboard an Elephant. Watch the wildlife from close quarters and do not miss the chance to click a photograph. Viewing the animals roaming freely in their natural surroundings is going to be an amazing experience. Later, visit the elephant stable, accompanied by a naturalist, to know more about these large land mammal species. Have lunch at the resort.
The day later is for a jeep safari inside the park where you traverse through the Saal forest and riverine where you spot colorful water birds, Mugger crocodiles and other flora of Chitwan National Park. A jeep ride is followed by a boat ride on the river to spotthe endangered fresh water Dolphin, fish- eating Gharials and, a number of migrant as well as resident water birds.(Note - Jungle activity keeps changing at the discretion of the resort)
Back to the resort for dinner and overnight stay.
Begin your day early and embark on a bird walk tour to spot beautiful colorful chirpy birds. Chitwan National park is home to as many as 450 avifauna species including birds and butterflies. You can spot over 67 kinds of butterflies where some be as huge as a hand. Back to the resort for a breakfast. Thereafter, start your last bike ride of this trip. Ride your bike on towards the Hetauda plains and the ride involves driving on zigzag roads for some time before you finally reach Kathmandu. After arrival, check-in at a hotel. Take rest for a while. You are now free to partake in the activities of your interest.
Overnight in Kathmandu.
Day 11 is at leisure in Kathmandu. You have options to choose from the different sightseeing options we have to offer- you can explore the attractions of Nepal's capital and indulge in shopping or just relax in your hotel while enjoying the facilities offered there. In the evening, enjoy Nepalese food clubbed with a cultural dance performance.
On the last day of the tour, get on-time transfer to the airport to board a flight for your onward journey.