Dubbelju & Himalayan Roadrunners Tour 2019
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Nepal Mustang Forbidden Kingdom of Lo
Because of our own wonderful experiences, Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals is proud to support Himalayan Roadrunners and their 2019 tour. If you are up for an adventure in the majestic Himalayas, or elsewhere in Asia, please explore the tours Rob has to offer. You shall not be disappointed. As a valued friend and customer of Dubbelju, be sure to enter “Dubbelju” in the promotion box on his reservation form to receive a $100 discount.
March 6-19, 2019 Nepal adventure motorcycling tour with ten days of expedition-style riding and off-road challenge up the Kali Gandaki River Gorge (deepest in the world).
Visit the sacred temple pilgrimage site of Muktinath, set high in the Annapurnas, offering some of the best snow-pack mountain views in all of the Himalaya. Our ultimate destination: The forbidden ancient kingdom of Lo Manthang sometimes called the “fortress in the sky”, sheltered by the highest mountains in the world, the mighty Anna-purna range including Dhaulagiri and close to the border with Tibet. The capital of the Mustang kingdom, Lo Manthang, sometimes confused with mythical Shangri-La, is home to the Loba people, and its walled city is considered by some scholars to be one of the best preserved medieval fortress’s in the world. And rightly so. Its now a candidate to become a UNESCO World Heritage site. Join Himalayan Roadrunners in association with Dubbelju Motorcycle Rentals of San Francisco, and experience the absolute Magic of Nepal!
6 March — Arrival Kathmandu Nepal Himalayan Roadrunners will meet you at Tribhuvan Airport (KTM) with transfer to our tour-start hotel in the old city of Bhaktapur on the eastern edge of the Kathmandu Valley. After briefing by tour leaders, you will have the remainder of the afternoon or evening to meet other tour members and explore the medieval streets of Bhaktapur, with its many temples, pagodas, small shops and art galleries just seconds away. Dinner in the rooftop restaurant with commanding views over the town center below.
7 March — Ride from Bhaktapur to Bandipur Early morning breakfast & motorcycle briefing, then departure as early as possible to avoid traffic on the main road out of the Kathmandu Valley. We will lunch at a riverside resort along the Trisuli, with late afternoon arrival in the charming mountain village of Bandipur for overnight, in time for a quick hike up to the viewpoint for sunset. Traditional Nepali set dinner at our guest house.
8 March — Ride to Pokhara Early start to Pokhara with photo opportunities and coffee along the way, the last stretch offering our first snow-packed high mountain views of the Annapurna range. Upon arrival there will be a quick briefing and collection of passports for our Upper Mustang permit process, then the remainder of afternoon free for lunch, sightseeing or boating out onto lovely Pewa Tal. Good shopping opportunities here to buy last minute mountaineering gear or road snacks before our expedition up the Kali Gandaki. Group dinner tonight at one of the great lakeside cafes.
9 March — Ride to Kalopani Optional pre-dawn excursion to Sarankot for sunrise over the Annapurna, including the star of mountain backdrops, Machapuchare, the “Fishtail” mountain. After breakfast ride out of the Pokhara Valley, and into the mountains to our lunch stop in Beni, the last main town before our off-road adventure begins. Afternoon rough dusty riding along dirt and stone tracks and road construction, the river below the whole way, with a stop at Tatopani for a mid afternoon coffee, before arrival at our comfortable overnight accommodations at a small resort in the small village Kalopani.
10 March — Ride to Jomsom A leisurely start this morning as we move higher along the Kali Gandaki with spectacular mountain scenery through pine forests, Tibetan settlements and some riding in the river bed itself. Lunch with more traditional Nepali food - rice, lentils, cauliflower, potatoes, and curry. Early afternoon arrival into the district center of Jomsom, near the small airfield. Nice little hotel here with courtyard, excellent coffee shop, and wood fires in the evening. Late afternoon free to wander the main street seeking photo ops, or find a beer in one of the small shops. Dinner in the hotel restaurant. Chance encounter with a local spirit tonight!
11 March — Ride to Samar A short ride today in terms of kilometers, but demanding non-the-less, with more loose gravel, stone tracks, and possible river water crossings along the way. We will stop at Kagbeni to check our Upper Mustang permits and sample freshly baked apple pie with lunch. Afternoon ride continues along the river followed by a dramatic and hair raising ascent to the small village of Samar for overnight, spectacular mountain setting here. Family run Tibetan guest house.
12 March — Ride to Tsarang Serious challenge today just above Samar, where we will likely have to help each other push our motorcycles up narrow and treacherous steep sections that are too rough and dangerous to ride. A little farther on, road construction near Bhena may also slow us down. Pushing bikes at elevations of 13,000 feet is tough work! We will stop in Sangbochen for lunch, with more afternoon rough & tough road challenge to our overnight accommodations in Tsarang. Late afternoon free explore the village and the 800 year old monastery here.
13 March — Lo Manthang - 3800 meters We will ride this morning from Tsarang up to Ghar Gumba monastery, built in the 8th century by Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rinpoche. Return to Tsarang for lunch, then an early afternoon ride into Lo Manthang with a guided walking tour of the ancient walled city to end our day. Dinner and warmth at the hotel.
14 March — Ride to Tibet Border - Caves - Monastery Morning ride to the Tibet Border, dress warmly as it can be windy and cold up on the Tibetan plateau. We will not ride the border itself, but in sight of it from a distance, as the Chinese military are quite sensitive in this area and sometimes cross into Nepal and create hassle. After tea and coffee up on the high plain, we will stop at Choser for lunch, half way back to Lo. Afternoon explore the caves here which are 7 stories tall and we can climb up around 5 stories. Be sure to mind your head and feet inside the caves! There is a small monastery in this area that is very unique and interesting to see. Late afternoon arrival back at our guest house for dinner and overnight.
15 March — Ride to Sangbochen Our descent begins with the full Himalayan range at an eye-popping distance most of the way! Niligiri mountain on the right, in the picture below. Basic overnight accommodations at Sangbochen, another family run Tibetan guest house.
16 March — Ride to Kagbeni Early start this morning as we cross back through the 3 hardest areas on our decent, but all a bit easier going down. Spectacular photo opportunities this morning, in... ...fact some of the best mountain views from motorcycles in all of the Himalaya. Arrival Kagbeni late afternoon where hot showers and now legendary apple pie will be refreshing.
17 March — Mukitnath - Marpha - Tatopani Smooth ride this morning up to Muktinath with top-of-the-world river valley and high mountain scenery. The temples here are at 3710 meters and are a spiritual power place for both Hindu and Buddhist alike. Moving on we descend back to the river, ride back through Jomsom, then on to Marpha for lunch. Afternoon decent to Tatopani for overnight in time for a good soak in the nearby hot springs, with stunning late afternoon sunlight on the vertical valley walls.
18 March — Tatopani - Beni - Pokhara Early morning ride back down along the river to Beni, where after some coffee and snacks we will push on back to Pokhara in time for late lunch. Remainder of the afternoon free to enjoy being back in civilization, get some laundry done, and a group final drinks and dinner outing together this evening at another local favorite restaurant.
19 March — Transfer to Kathmandu - Tour Ends A complimentary van transfer will depart for Kathmandu at 0700 hrs. (7 hours) An optional flight is also available for approx USD$85 for anyone requiring a quicker return transfer back to Kathmandu International airport.
What is Included Airport transfers upon arrival in Kathmandu, and to Pokhara Airport at tour end. All hotel accommodations with breakfast in Nepal starting on 6 March and ending 19 March. Upper Mustang Restricted area permit. Royal Enfield Himalaya model motorcycle ready to ride including all petrol, spares and staff mechanics. Support seating vehicle for passengers or tired riders. Roadrunners military 4wd truck for luggage, spare parts and mechanical support team. One mechanic on a motorcycle for quick road support. Full medical kit including emergency high altitude medications, oxygen, and a Gamow Bag portable altitude illness emergency chamber. Information pack including route map and Roadrunners T-Shirt.
What is Not Included Airfares, Nepal visa, cold drinks, alcoholic beverages, bottled water, laundry service, and staff tips/gratuities at tour end. Airport taxes and overweight baggage charges.
Immunizations & High Altitude Travel Immunizations are necessary for travel to Nepal. Please also be conscious of the HIGH ALTITUDE during this tour and consult your GP/MD doctor, or local travel clinic for the latest recommendations for high altitude and travel in Asia.
Motorcycle Damage Deposit A security deposit of USD $1500 is required prior to motorcycle assignment, easily secured by credit card authorization. No charges appear on credit card unless damages are incurred on tour. Repairs of small accidental damage from bikes falling over and light spills are normally covered in the tour cost, but HRR reserves the right to appraise all damages and repair costs and charge accordingly.
A Word of Caution Motorcycling the mountainous areas of Nepal is surely one of the best ways to experience the region’s rich cultures, friendly people, and unequaled scenery. At the same time, motorcycling has its dangers, especially on narrow mountain roads with steep drop-offs, unpredictable traffic, and quick changing weather conditions. This tour operated by Himalayan Roadrunners Ltd. is better termed a “Motorcycle Expedition”, and should be undertaken by fit, experienced riders, with an open mind for travel in impoverished areas, quick changing conditions, and different rules of the road.