It is an ideal route! Endless change of scenery. Turn after turn, and we are in the heart of the Himalayas, the sacred temple of Muktinath. The eagles hover overhead, the streams murmur underfoot, and fresh breeze brings coolness from the snow-covered peaks.
Day 1. Welcome to Kathmandu! We meet you at the airport and take to the hotel in Thamel. Thamel is a racy central district of the city. All the tourist attractions are concentrated here. Hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, all kinds of stores and souvenir shops. If you arrive in the morning, we have time to visit the Monkey Temple (Swayambhu) or Boudhanath. These Buddhist temples are the most significant in Nepal. We can also go to the Temple of Shiva in Pashupatinath, where Hinduism adepts have cremation. In the evening, after a cup of tea, we tell you all the details of driving a bike in Asia. Tomorrow is our first day on the road. Rest and prepare…
Day 2. After breakfast, we take our bikes and go westward from the noisy and dusty Kathmandu. At 170 km from Kathmandu, after 6 to 7 hours of dizzying serpentines, we reach a cozy old town of Bandipur lost in the mountains. It is situated on the top of a huge hill and offers a vast panorama of the Himalayan ridge. Take the camera and enjoy the evening with friends!
Day 3. After early breakfast, we arrive in Pokhara, where you can taste local coffee on the bank of the Phewa Lake and enjoy the views of the three eight thousanders. Meanwhile, we issue permits for entry into the Annapurna Conservation Area. Our permits are ready! Let’s hit the road! Today we drive to the hot springs in the village of Tatopani. Asphalt ends. Off-road, sand, stones… Perfect!
Day 4. The Tatopani village is located at a height of 1200m, and we are surrounded by the lush tropics. However, in the afternoon, we climb to 2800m. The jungle is replaced by foothills, and they, in turn, are replaced by the lunar landscapes of high mountains. Today we drive along the deepest canyon in the world, between two eight thousanders of Annapurna and Dhaulagiri! We spend the night in Kagbeni, the ancient residence of the local king. Here we take a walk through the old streets and plunge into a life that has changed little since the advent of civilization.
Day 5. Another 1200m vertically! Today we visit the temple of Muktinath, cleanse our karma, enjoy yak steaks and drink a cup of hemp tea on the terrace of cozy Bob Marley Hotel. This is our final destination; from now, we go down all the time. We stay overnight at Tatopani. After a frosty wind, we bathe in the hot springs and enjoy the evening.
Day 6. Returning to Pokhara. We get out of the big mountains and move into the earthy heaven, the town of Pokhara. On the way, we stop at the lookouts to observe and capture on camera the grandeur of the Himalayas. We spend the evening in a quiet cozy cafe or at a noisy dance floor – it is up to you!
Day 7. We are tired; and it is better to spend the day not on a bike, but for example in the sky! In Pokhara, the air sports are highly developed. You can go para/hang gliding in tandem, or try a double airplane or helicopter. You get a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque Phewa Lake and three eight thousanders – Manaslu, Annapurna and Dhaulagiri. Flying in the Himalayas rightfully occupies a leading sector in tourism. It’s worth a try… Are you afraid of heights and do not want to fly? No problem! Go to the alloy on the wild Himalayan rivers. There is a short half-day program. Or just relax by the lake watching a life around.
Day 8. We return to Kathmandu. 220km of asphalt serpentines along the Himalayan range. The last look at the big mountains, lakes and rivers, and by the evening, we are in the capital. Souvenirs, gifts and our last dinner together on this journey. Sharing emotions, photos and videos, and toast – to the new adventures!
Day 9. We take you to the airport, shake hands, and wave goodbye!