Scenery aside, motorcycling in Nepal is an adventure in and of itself. The traffic in the capital Kathmandu may feel a tad chaotic at first, but locals are friendly and curteous drivers (after all, this is a Buddhist country) and you’ll soon get the hang of it. Leaving cities behind, you’ll be riding narrow, winding tarmac and gravel roads with plenty of steep hairpin turns and mind-blowing views every step of the way. If you’re hoping to cross the Upper Mustang, brace for some serious off-road riding: out here, roads are mostly gravel and sand tracks leading into the mountains.
On paved roads, make sure to beware of the four-legged traffic… Cows are considered sacred in Nepal and wander around freely, so keep an eye out and go easy on that throttle!
Monsoon season (June to August) aside, Nepal generally enjoys pleasant weather year-round. The best time to visit is usually September through to November when the temperatures are mild and pleasant, while March, April and May are typically hot in the lowlands. Keep in mind that for a motorcycle tour in Nepal, it’s best to bring four-season riding gear as the temperatures drop significantly at higher altitudes, and you will be traveling through a variety of elevations during the trip.
Need we say more? Seeing the majestic Mount Everest – Earth’s highest mountain standing at over 29,000 feet above the sea level – with your own eyes is an experience of a lifetime. Whether you’re hoping to reach the Everest Base Camp or simply catch a glimpse of the snowy peak of Everest from Kathmandu, Nepal is the iconic Himalayan destination to check it off your bucket list. In addition to Mount Everest, Nepal is also home to several other tallest mountains in the world such as Kanchenjunga, Lhotse, and Annapurna, and you’ll get a chance to see their snow-covered peaks from the saddle of your motorcycle. There’s a reason Nepal is considered Asia’s mountaineering capital: from paragliding and parasailing to mountain treks and Everest Base Camp expeditions, this country is a mountain paradise – and for motorcyclists, that spells adventure.
Our motorcycle tours in Nepal follow some of the country’s most scenic routes including Mustang Valley, and the roads here feel like they’ve been built with bike riders in mind. Meandering across valleys and along mountain ridges, roads in Nepal are full of steep hairpin turns and adrenaline-inducing bends around sheer drops revealing jaw-dropping landscapes along every single mile. On or off the road, motorcycling routes in Nepal are guaranteed to leave you breathless both figuratively and literally: some of these roads reach high altitudes offering stunning views of the Himalayan peaks and plateaus around every corner.
When most people think of Nepal, their minds usually conjure up the images of Mount Everest and the snowy Himalayas. And while 70% of Nepal’s territory is indeed mountainous, few people realise just how naturally diverse this country is and how much there is to see besides the highland landscapes. Nepal has it all: world’s highest peaks, icy tundra, and high-altitude deserts as well as tropical jungles and dense green forests, lakes, and grasslands hosting a multitude of incredible wildlife. The elusive Bengal tigers, red pandas, one-horned rhinos, peacocks, and elephants roam the lowlands in Nepal, while higher up, it’s yak and snow leopard territory – and you’ll get to experience all of this amazing diversity during your motorcycle tour.
Ranging from verdant valleys to rugged highlands and Moon-like mountain plateaus, the landscapes in Nepal are nothing short of breath-taking. Because the country is relatively small compared to its giant neighbours India and China, our motorcycle tours in Nepal are designed to showcase it all: we’ll take you deep into the Nepalese backcountry traversing Mustang Valley and catching glimpses of the snowy peak of Mount Everest as well as touch the edge of the Chitwan National Park, a vast green grassland and forest territory which was once a hunting ground for Nepalese royals. The landscapes in Nepal vary from remote, almost desolate – looking mountain scenery, glacial rivers and high deserts to tropical jungles brimming with cheeky monkeys.
Nepal is the legendary birthplace of Gautama Buddha, and most of the country’s population are devout Buddhists. Traveling Nepal by motorcycle, you’ll get a chance to immerse yourself in the unique Nepalese culture: from fluttering prayer flags and Buddhist temples to a calm and compassionate nature of the locals, in many ways, Nepal feels like a lot like the lost kingdom of Tibet. Learn to say “namaste” like a local, and don’t forget to sample local foods everywhere you go – Nepal has a wonderful mix of Indian and Tibetan cuisines, and the result is nothing short of delicious. Forget beef of course (the slaughter of cows is illegal in Nepal) but the traditional dal-bhat and momos more than make up for it!