Rara Lake Motor Bike Tour: A motorcycle journey to the wilderness of Karnali Trekking Region. Rara Lake and Far Western Region are one of the growing destinations for Trekking in Nepal.
While motorbiking journey in itself is an adventure, the beauty in the wilderness of the Karnali region and Rara Lake makes it even more adventurous. Rara Lake Motor Bike Tour goes to the remote yet spectacular Karnali region in western Nepal. Riding through the winding road and exploring the jagged mountains and remote landscapes of the region makes the journey exciting. The ultimate destination of the trip, Rara Lake, feels like heaven on earth with tranquil beauty and quintessential location. The whole motorbike riding journey to the destination through the river valley, southern plain, and finally stubborn mountain off roads gets rewarded with the peaceful and magnificent beauty of the biggest lake in Nepal. Although the whole journey is far more than exciting, being in the mountains with a massive lake in front is something that you cannot explain in words.
Himalayan Holidays – Nepal has designed the Rara Lake Motorbike Tour Itinerary in such a way that gives an integrated and insightful experience of riding through different parts of Nepal. Although the Karnali region has the least infrastructural facilities due to its tough geographical structure, traveling there is definitely an eye-opening experience. The trip not only takes you to wonderful sceneries but also to some harsh realities of human life and the world.
Arrival at Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu. Meeting withAsiatic Roads representative. Assistance with customs procedures and baggage claim. Transfer to the hotel and check-in.
Kathmandu is the capital of Nepal, a bustling, colorful city with its own vibrant atmosphere and ancient history. Everyone who comes here is delighted of hundreds of temples, magnificent stupas, thousands of statues and filigree woodcarvings. Durbar Square with its old temples and palaces, Buddha’s eyes on the stupas of Boudnath and Swayambhu that look directly into your soul, funeral pyres of the Pashupatinath temple, vibrant streets in the Thamel district, multi-colored Buddhist flags, whirlpool of people, bicycles and cars and alluring aroma of spices – all these fascinates you at the first sight.
After welcome refreshments and lunch at the hotel a short briefing withAsiatic Roads representative. You get the general information and orientation about the ride, team and your route.
Then you have free time in Kathmandu. You can explore the city or buy the missing gears in the market.
In the evening – welcome dinner in authentic Nepali restaurant.
The main products of Nepalese cuisine are – rice, wheat, lentils, fresh vegetables and, sometimes, meat. Local chefs turn these ingenious products into pieces of culinary art, dazzling taste, teasing with smell, causing delight of any enthusiast. Food in Nepal is a meal worthy of kings. Very tasty, very spicy, very diverse – these are the three main features of Nepalese cuisine. This is beyond words. You have to try it!
After leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will proceed to the full day test ride to Nagarkot and sightseeing tour to ancient city of Bhaktapur. Meantime we will apply for your special restricted Area permit at Immigration Office in Kathmandu
In the morning, you meet the team and choose the motorcycles, which stay with you until the end of itinerary. Then you make a test drive and leave Kathmandu valley to try Nepali roads. It is a good training before you start the route to mountain roads of Upper Mustang. Your way lies towards marvelous Nagarkot, a hill town on the northeast ridge of Kathmandu valley
Nagarkot is considered one of the most scenic spots nearby Kathmandu known for a sunrise view of the Himalayas in clear weather from the Annapurnas all the way to Kangchenjunga on the Sikkim border. The scenic beauty of the place makes it a very popular place for tourists.
After lunch at one of the restaurants in Nagarkot you proceed to Bhaktapur, one of the royal cities in the Kathmandu valley, which is listed on a UNESCO world heritage site.
Bhaktapur, literally the “City of Devotees”, is well known for its elegant art, fabulous culture, colorful festivals, traditional dances and the typical Newari lifestyle. Here you explore the Durbar Square with Royal Palace, the Golden Gate, and the entrance to the Palace of 55 Windows, known as the most significant piece of art in Nepal. Then you visit the highest temple in the entire Kathmandu Valley- the Nyatapola Temple.
After spending some time in Bhaktapur, you will ride back to Kathmandu. The way back to the city is a good chance to feel the vibe of Nepali traffic.
Early get up and meeting at 07.30 AM by the road captain and the team at the hotel lobby. Then you start the ride to Lumbini “The birthplace of Lord Buddha”. We leave the traffic of the Kathmandu city, ride out of the valley and then set out for check post at Nagdhunga. From here, the road twists and turns as we negotiate the traffic and descend to Naubise and the Prithvi Highway.
Upon shortstop for tea at Naubise, the wide and smooth highway brings you to Kurintar, 103 km from Kathmandu. We stop her for lunch, after lunch continue to Mugling Bazaar, where you leave Prithivi Highway and head towards east to Narayanghat. From here join East – west Highway and continue to Lumbini.
Am: Visit Lumbini – the birthplace of Gautam Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, which was destined to be the prevalent religion in Asia. This nativity site, identified by the Ashokan Pillar, erected by Magadhan emperor Ashoka, to commemorate the birth place of Buddha, the Lumbini grove. The pillar was erected over 2200 years ago, making Lumbini the quintessential Buddhist heritage site. Among the prime attractions are the sacred garden with an area of 8 sq. km, the Mayadevi Temple with a bas relief of Mayadevi, the Buddha’s mother and a sacred stone marked with a “foot imprint” of Ashoka. The Ashokan Pillar, the oldest monument so far found in Nepal lies to the west of the Mayadevi Temple. Today only the lower shaft of the pillar stands, the upper past having been split into two. There is no trace of the horse capital. To the south of the pillar is Puskarni, the sacred pond, wherein, Mayadevi is said to have had taken a bath just before giving birth to the Buddha – the Enlightened one.
For those interested in the treasury of cultural and archaeological riches, Lumbini is the perfect place to be there with a number of stupas, monasteries, meditation centers and bahals(courtyard), no other place evokes the time and aura of the Buddha like Lumbini, the Hallowed birthplace of the Apostle of Peace.
After late breakfast – start ride to Koholpur via East – West Highway passing through the Banke National Park.
From today onwards, our ride is particularly Karnali bound with ultimate destination as Rara Lake. We are heading to Manma, the district headquarters of Kalikot, today on a 250 kilometers stretch of motor-able road. The ride today will introduce us with the remoteness of western hills of Nepal. The ruggedness of landscape with tough terrain makes an impression of difficult life living there. As the road is narrow and off road, our speed is slow and careful but at the same time we will have plenty of time to absorb and soak into the reality of the surroundings.
Twin / double room sharing accommodation at hotel / lodges (as above) on Full board basis.
Rara National Park permits fees and TIMS.
Comprehensive Medical Kit.
Services not Inclued
Nepal Visa fees (If applicable).
Any expenses related with Motorbikes, fuels etc.
Any Custom charges.
Services of Road Caption.
Personal Riding Gears
Items of a personal nature such as bar bills telephone calls, laundry, extra mileage and any extra costs incurred due to natural calamities, flight delays etc.
Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses.
Costs incurred due to natural calamities, strikes, and break downs of bikes, accidents, cancellation of flights, altitude sickness or unforeseen circumstances (riots, natural calamities etc.) and situations beyond the control of Himalayan Holidays Trekking Pvt. Ltd
Personal gratitude to the support team such as Road Captain & Mechanic etc.
Any item not mentioned in the above ‘cost includes’.