Road To Lo-Manthang

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Lo Manthang was the walled capital of the Kingdom of Lo from its founding in 1380 by Ame Pal who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures. After the Shahs of Gorkha forged Nepal out of numerous petty kingdoms in the 18th century, Lo became a dependency but kept its hereditary rulers. This arrangement continued as long as Nepal remained a kingdom, until republican government began in 2008 and Jigme Dorje Palbar Bista (1933–2016) lost his title. His protector King Gyanendra suffered the same fate, however the Raja or gyelpo of Mustang was 25th in a direct line of rulers dating back to 1380 A.D. Gyanendra was only the eleventh Shah ruler since Prithvi Narayan Shah conquered Kathmandu in 1768.

Lo is culturally and linguistically Tibetan in the north (two-thirds) of Mustang District, while the southern third is called Thak, the homeland of Thakali people who speak a different language and have a synthesis of Tibetan and Nepalese culture.

 

Recently a series of at least twelve caves were discovered north of Annapurna and near the village, decorated with ancient Buddhist paintings and set in sheer cliffs at 14,000 feet (4,300 m) elevation. The paintings show Newari influence, dating to approximately the 13th century, and also contain Tibetan scripts executed in ink, silver and gold and pre-Christian era pottery shards. Explorers found stupas, decorative art and paintings depicting various forms of the Buddha, often with disciples, supplicants and attendants, with some mural paintings showing sub-tropical themes containing palm trees, billowing Indian textiles and birds.

 

The village is noted for its tall whitewashed mud-brick walls, gompas and the Raja’s or Royal or King’s Palace, a nine-cornered, five-story structure built around 1400. There are four major temples: Jampa Lhakhang or Jampa Gompa, the oldest, built in the early 15th century and also known as the “God house”; Thubchen Gompa, a huge, red assembly hall and gompa built in the late 15th century and located just southwest of Jampa Gompa; Chodey Gompa, now the main city gompa; and the Choprang Gompa, which is popularly known as the “New Gompa”.

Description

Exploring the terrain of a land is best done on a motorcycle and Nepal is a country with innumerable types of terrain. Nepal is also where the ice – cold, mighty Himalayas meet the lush green tropical region of the Terai plains. For the past few years Nepal has become a popular destination for motorcyclist around the world as it offers views of the magnificent Himalayas, colorful and vibrant cultures, ancient temples and monasteries, jungle safari in search of the elusive tiger and more…

This ride is one of the ultimate rides in the rain shadow part of the wind-swept desert landscape of the Himalayas with views of implausible gorges, high passes and enormous vistas passing through authentic Tibetan villages, barren ridges, eroded cliffs and Moraine valleys. Its landscape is unrivaled for it has a stupendous wilderness, pristine scenery, snowcapped peaks, spectacular monasteries and caves.

Itinerary

Day 01: Welcome to Kathmandu (1370m)

Upon arrival met by the representative and board the waiting vehicle and drive to the hotel.

Kathmandu: The city stands at an elevation of approximately 1,370 meters (4,500 ft) in the bowl shaped Kathmandu Valley of central Nepal. It is surrounded by four major mountains: Shivapuri, Phulchoki, Nagarjun, and Chandragiri. Kathmandu Valley is part of three districts (Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur), has the highest population density in the country, and is home to about a twelfth of Nepal’s population. Historically, the Kathmandu Valley and adjoining areas were known as Nepal Mandala.

EVE: board the waiting vehicle and proceed to welcome dinner at a typical Nepali restaurant. Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu

Day 02: Day ride to Namobuddha (100kms/3hrs) Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac & dirt)

Negotiate traffic out of the Kathmandu city to the Ringroad cross section – Koteshwor. From here, follow the newly constructed highway to Bhaktapur (Approx. 12 Km from Kathmandu).  The ancient Bhaktapur City or the “City of Devotees” is situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weavings are its traditional industries. Continue cruising past Bhaktapur to Banepa (Approx. 10 Km from Bhaktapur) via Jagati & Sanga passing road side settlements and terraced farmlands.  From here the road bifurcates east to Dhulikhel, North to Nala and south to Panauti. Head south and continue ride for Approx. 7 km to Panauti. Here we stop for the sightseeing tour. Panauti is a small town located 32 km Southeast of Kathmandu. Panauti is a historical city found in Nepal, as it was originally a small state given by King Bhupatindra Malla as a dowry to his sister. This town has a few prominent icons, such as the Indreshwor temple and Durbar Square found in the town center. At the end of the 13th Century, Panauti was finally integrated into the unified kingdom of Nepal, along with Kathmandu, Patan, and Bhaktapur, which are all former capital cities of the Kathmandu valley. It, consists of a variety of Buddhist and Hindu religious monuments, and is considered to be one of the area’s most important medieval sites. Panauti is quaint and interesting destination of Nepal. It feels as if it has been left exactly the way the founders built it. A nostalgic atmosphere covers the narrow town streets and ancient structures. It is known as a Newari town that is located near Roshi khola & Punyamata Khola. Later continue ride to Namobuddha (Approx. 10 Km) on a graveled & dirt road through the small settlements and terraced field alongside. Namo Buddha is situated at an elevation of 1750m. It is very important Buddhist Pilgrimage which lies about 38 kilometers east of Kathmandu. The stupa & shrines built in this lovely little hill is a very ancient holy site. Namo Buddha is the historically important place where a prince sacrificed himself for the sake of a sick and hungry tigress and her cubs. One can still find the old historical stone slab depicting the whole story of Namo Buddha. This is an important Buddhist shrine attracting many pilgrims. A trail from this site climbs up for about five minutes to the other side of the hill where there are several more stupas which is considered as a retreat center for Buddhist monks. An ancient carved stone reflecting the legend of Namo Buddha is still there which highlights the historical momentous of Buddha who was moved by compassion at the pitiable sight of a tigress and her cubs that he offered his own body as food. Later continue ride to Dhulikhel (Approx 15 Km). Dhulikhel, situated at an elevation of 1550 meters with panoramic view of the Himalayas is a small Newari town and is famous for its scenic beauty and old tradition. It offers magnificent views of the Himalayas from Mt, Karyolung in the east to Mt. Himalchuli to the west the twin crest of Mt. Langtang in the west to the Mt. Everest in the east can be viewed in a clear day. Dhulikhel is ideal for snow-capped peaks, sunrise, sunset and it is different from any other and is one of the best sites to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas. From here the road bifurcates; east to Kodari and west to Kathmandu. Continue ride towards Kathmandu via Banepa, Sanga & Bhaktapur (approx. 30 Km).

Day 03: Ride from Kathmandu to Bandipur (1030m/147kms/3hrs) Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

After breakfast, we negotiate the traffic out of the Kathmandu city and ride out of the valley at the cross section of the ring road at Kalanki and then set out for check post at Nagdhunga, just past Thankot. From here, the road twists and turns as we negotiate the traffic and descend to Naubise, 26 kilometer marker (about 17 kilometers from Nagdhunga). Then the road becomes much larger and a much more smoother enjoyable ride on the highway to Kurintar, 103 kilometers from Kathmandu. Another two kilometers brings us to the Manakamana temple. We continue ride to Mugling, the junction where the highway bifurcates, South to Chitwan and West to Pokhara.  Head west crossing the bridge and follow the Marshyangdi River for about 25 kilometers which lead us Dumre town. Continue for another ½ kilometer and then take the left turn to the Bandipur Township. This 8 kilometer drive is a pleasant one as we continue to ascend on a winding path.Near the top we divert on a rough track for about 1 ½ kilometers to arrive at a clearing and the Bandipur Resort which is hidden from view lies at the edge of a clearing in a densely wooded area overlooking the valley below. Upon arrival check into the hotel and rest of the afternoon is free to relax and explore around the Bandipur village. Bandipur is a picturesque town nestled in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal, a land as famous for its natural beauty as for the hospitality of its people. Bandipur has been described as a natural view tower as one can view the spectacular panorama of the entire Annapurna Range plus the peaks of Dhaulagiri, Manaslu and Langtang from here. Apart from the stunning views of the Himalaya and the Marsyangdi Valley, a visit to the town is an opportunity to get a close look at Newar cultural life. Dinner and overnight at the hotel

Day 04: Ride from Bandipur to Pokhara (827m/75kms/2hrs) Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

After leisurely breakfast board the waiting vehicle and drive to Pokhara. Pokhara is approximately 85 kilometers from Bandipur. Firstly, descend to the main highway near Dumre and then head west following the Marshyangdi River for a while and then slowly ascend through terraced agricultural lands and small road side villages. At the outskirts of Pokhara, we are greeted with views of the Annapurna Mountain range including the famous Fish Tail Mountain. Pokhara stands at 827 meters above sea level and is an ideal vacationer’s paradise. With its crystal clear lakes, magnificent views of the Annapurna Mountain Range and its bustling but quaint lake side bazaar, it is a major tourist attraction. From here most of the treks starts for the western region and is a haven for people who wants to relax in this serene mountain beauty. The Annapurna mountain range is impressive by any standard and looming ahead to take the center stage is Machapucchre or “Fish Tail Mountain”, which gets its name from the shape of its summit and flanking it from either side are the great mountains of the range including Annapurna I (8091 m), the first 8000 m peak to be scaled in 1950. The range continues to meet the Lamjung Himal in the east while to its west looms the massive dome of Dhaulagiri (8161 m). Upon arrival at Pokhara check in to the hotel and rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the lakeside bazaar. Overnight at the hotel

Day 05: Ride Pokhara to Kalopani (2400m/130kms/5hrs) Difficulty level: 9/10 (60%tarmac 40% off road)

After an early breakfast, leave Pokhara and ride towards Beni (approx. 83 Kilometers) on the Baglung Highway. This section of the ride provides fantastic mountain vistas, picturesque terraced farmlands and an opportunity to walk on one of Nepal’s famous suspension bridges. At Mal Dhunga, leave the main highway by taking the right trail and follow a dusty graveled path all the way to Beni, the district headquarters of Myagdi District in Dhaulagiri Zone. It is located on the confluence of Kali Ghandaki and Myagdi rivers at an altitude of 799 meters and is a bustling town lined with stores, restaurants, hotels and various government offices. From here, the road is unpaved and dusty with potholes in several places. Unpaved, graveled rough road poses a real challenge for riders and makes it more difficult with the occasional river crossings. Ascend gradually through the Kali Gandiki gorge, the deepest gorge in the world. There is a continuous change in the topography with every twist and turn until our arrival at Tatopani. From here set out on the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River and passing the Thakali and Magar Villages to Dana (4750 ft. / 1446 m.) famous for its beautiful cascading waterfall. Steeply ascend to Ghasa (6600 ft./ 2012m) and continue the ride on a dusty and one of the difficult section of the road towards Jomsom via the Thakali villages of Tukuche and Kalopani. Enroute, there are fantastic views of the Mt. Dhaulagiri (8167 m), Tukuche (6920m), and Nilgiri (7061m). As we pass between the Dhaulagiri and the Annapurna mountain range, a dramatic change in vegetation is witnessed from green forests, to dry arid desert. It takes gradual acclimatizing with the surrounding. The Thakali’s are the dominant tribe of the valley, related to the Gurung and Magars of the southern slopes. As soon as we pass Ghasa we will come to a place known as Dhaiku where we have to cross the bridge. After riding approximately for 10 kilometers via Lete we will come to our today’s destination Kalapani. Kalapani is scaled to be at 2530 meters. One can enjoy a very beautiful view of Mt. Nilgiri and Mt. Tukuche

Upon Arrival at Kalopani check in to the lodge and rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the Kalapani village. Overnight at the guesthouse, Kalopani

Day 06: Ride Kalopani to Muktinath via Jomsom (3600m/50kms/3.5hrs) Difficulty level: 9/10 (advanced off road with river crossings)

After an early breakfast, set out on the trail by following the Kali Gandaki River and passing the Thakali and Magar Villages to Marpha. On the way we will be passing through Kokhethanti village and Tukuche village to get to Marpha. Marpha is known to be the  one of the oldest and most famous village. Marpha situated at an elevation of 2670 meters. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple products. This large Thakali village exhibits the typical ThakKhola architecture of flat roofs and narrow paved alleys and passageways. It also has a monastery. After a short break at Marpha continue the ride towards Jomsom through the dusty graveled “off” road passing smaller settlements and apple orchards. There are excellent views of Mt. Nilgiri and the Kali Gandaki River flows on the right hand side of the trail. This day’s journey is a tough one but the scenic views of the rugged landscape, beautiful cascading waterfalls, orange and apple orchards, scattered roadside villages, ancient Buddhist monasteries all make it ‘One Hell of a Ride”. Jomsom(2713 m) is more correctly known as Dzongsam or New Fort. It spreads over both the banks of the Kali Ghandaki. The towering peaks of Dhaulagiri and Nilgiri form an attractive backdrop. Being the district headquarters, it is primarily an administrative and commercial center with government officials and merchants rubbing shoulders with the local inhabitants of the region, known as the Thakalis. Jomsom is the Administrative center of the Mustang region and the gateway to the Annapurna region. A land of mystique, the rugged peaks of the Annapurna, Nilgiri and Dhaulagari gaze down in their awesome splendor at weathered landscapes that contrast with the deep river ravines over noisy riverbeds. Jomsom is a mixture of hard work, social frivolity tempered by culture founded on deep religious traditions. It has the only airport that operates daily scheduled flights to Pokhara in the early mornings before the winds build up. From here continue ride passing through the village, past the High Altitude Mountain Warfare School of the Royal Nepal Army and through several restaurants, bhattis and a hospital. We pass through the old Jomsom village which boasts of several lodges, restaurants school and government offices. At the end of the village the valley opens wide, take the left side of the trail just after crossing the three ruined chortenand continue on the east bank of the Kali Ghandaki River. After about 20 minutes, arrive at Ekklaibhatti a small village with few lodges. There are two trail here. The left will lead to Kagbeni while the right one leads to Muktinath. We take the right trail and continue to ascend slowly to the settlement of Jharkot, which has a fort “Kot”. From here, another 15 minutes ride on the desert plateau brings us to Muktinath. Upon arrival at Muktinath check in to the guest house. Late PM: Visit Muktinath Temple. The Muktinath Temple is a sacred place both for Hindus and Buddhists  and is located at an altitude of 3,710 meters at the foot of the Thorong La (5416 m Pass), Mustang district, Nepal. The site is close to the village of Ranipauwa, which sometimes mistakenly is called Muktinath as well. The Hindus call this sacred place MuktiKshetra, which literally means “Place of Salvation”. This temple is considered to be the 105thamong the available 108 DivyaDesam. The ancient name of this place, before the Buddhist origin was known as ThiruSaligramam. In Muktinath-ChumigGyatsa all the elements are represented and for this and reasons unseen, yogis from both religions do their meditation at Muktinath. For Tibetan Buddhists, Muktinath (ChumigGyatsa) is a place of Dakinis (goddess known as Sky Dancers). It is of great importance for Buddhists asChumigGyatsa is one of the 24 Tantric places. For Hindus, beside the natural fire representing Brahman and the holy waters, the central meaning of the Muktinath area is veneration of the god Vishnu in the form of ammonites (shilas) called Salagrama – Shilas.  There are many stories which tell of Vishnu turning into stone and all of them are closely connected to the holy Kali Ghandaki River. According to contemporary geologists, the Salagrama – silas (found at the banks and river bed of the holy river Kali Ghandaki) are fossils of a prehistoric insect. This insect is mentioned in the BhavisyaPurana. Therein, Tulasi, the sacred plant so dear to Vishnu, cursed Vishnu to become a stone during one act of their eternal lila. Vishnu said, “To fulfill your curse, I will become a stone (Salagrama-sila) and will always live on the banks of the Ghandaki River. The millions of Vajrakita worms that live at that place will adorn those stones with the signs of my chakra by carving them with their sharp teeth”. After the sightseeing tour of Muktinath Temple descend down to the Ranipauwa (Main Bazaar of Muktinath). Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town. Overnight at Muktinath

Day 07: Ride Muktinath to Ghami via Kagbeni (3470m/70kms/4.5hrs) Difficulty level: 10/10(advanced off road with river crossings)

After breakfast, descend to the village of Kagbeni, the gateway to Upper Mustang.

Note: The Kaligandaki Valley becomes increasingly windy during the day as the winds blows south to north and makes it difficult for travelers. Kagbeni at an altitude of 2800m is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud brick houses, dark alleys and imposing chortens lies along the Around Annapurna Trekking route and is the gateway to Upper Mustang. The village stands in a little green oasis dominated by its red monastery. Though the village has a very medieval look, it can provide all the modern amenities that a traveler requires. This is the only village after Jomsom where there is an internet facility for communication with the outside world. This village also boasts of a Monastery. The monks here are of the yellow hat or the Gelukpa Sect and have only recently opened their monastery to visitors with a legitimate entrance fee of Rs 100, which they collect for the maintenance of their school. After completing the permits work we continue our ride to Ghami. As we ride on we will come to the first village settlement knows as Tangbe, which has couple of house and tea house for the trekkers and travelers. As we pass through the Tangbe village, after 20 to 25 minutes ride we will come to another human settlement known as Chele. At Chele there is a Steel foot bridge. This bridge is quite small one and it is normally used by the villagers and the trekkers.  After crossing the river ride till Samar for lunch. The road is up the east bank of the Kali Gandaki River that climbs over many ridges as it heads north. Depending upon the weather we will use a combination of high trails and the river bank routes. We use the combination of these trails as also because of the construction of the road to upper Mustang which is still in progress. After lunch continue our ride to Ghami. Upon arrival at Ghami check in to the lodge and rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the village. Overnight at the guesthouse, Ghami

Day 08: Ride Ghami to Lo-Manthang (3700m/35kms/2-3hrs) Difficulty level: 9.5/10 (advanced off road)

After breakfast met by the rest of the team and continue the ride to Lo-Manthang. We will ride  through Charang village today, the only decent size settlement before we reach Lo-manthang. Lo-Manthang is a medieval walled city on the Tibetan Plateau north of the main Himalayas range. Lo-Manthang served as the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Mustang, which survives as the Kingdom of Lo or “Upper Mustang”. Lo Manthang was founded in 1380 by Ame Pal, who oversaw construction of the city wall and many of the still-standing structures in the early 15th century. The monarchy officially ceased to exist on October 7, 2008 by Nepali Government order. The last king (raja or gyelpo) is JigmeDorjePalbarBista (born c. 1933), in the direct line of the historic monarchy dating back 25 generations to 1380. The population includes ethnic Lhobas. Upon arrival at Lo-Manthang check in to the lodge and rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the kingdom of Lo-Manthang. The King’s palace is an imposing 4 – storey building in the center of the city. It is the home of the present king – Jigme Parbal Bista. The Honorary title “Bist – a high caste title in Nepali” was conferred by the King of Nepal. Though his duties are largely ceremonial, he is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout Lo. Overnight at guesthouse, Lo-Manthang

Day 09: Ride around Lo-Manthang (50kms)

The major Temples inside the walls are Champa Lakhang (God House) which houses the massive 45 ft. statue of Maitreva, the future Buddha, The red Thugchen Gompa with several large images of Sakyamuni, Avalokitesvara and Maitreya, and the Chyodi Gompa of the Sakya sect which has several monks in residence and is the site of the annual Mani Rimdu festival in many which is referred as ‘tegi’ in Lomanthang. They are all supposed to have been built in 1420. Despite the apparent squalor of Lo Manthang, the city is prosperous and maintains a strong sense of community. Though the people call themselves Lobas- people from Lo, they are very much Tibetan and practice a sophisticated culture and economy. The King’s palace is an imposing 4 – storied building in the center of the city. It is the home of the present king – Jigme Parbal Bista. The Honorary title “Bist – a high caste title in Nepali” was conferred by the King of Nepal. Though his duties are largely ceremonial, he is respected by the people and consulted about many issues by villagers throughout Lo. Ride from Lo-Manthang to neighboring village for the sightseeing tour. However, everyone is required to mount and dismount outside the city gates as only the King may ride a horse within the city walls. After a leisurely breakfast, we get ready for the days adventure. Today we are going to visit one of the most interesting sites of the pre human settlement in this unexplored valley. The most interesting thing will be we will be riding on a bike back to this beautiful site of Chhoser village. Since it is located near this village of Chhoser and so, famously known as the Caves of Chhoser. Beside these interesting caves it is also famous for the magnificent landscape and Nymphu monastery built on the cliffs. On our way back we can also visit the Namgyal village and monastery. The journey begins from the main walled city of Lo-Manthang and descends at the northeast end of the village to the river and then climbs to the other side of the valley. As you leave the walled city behind the landscape and vista slowly changes and become more beautiful and open in the aired high altitude desert. The journey on the motorcycle back will take you through the sparsely scattered settlement and agricultural farm lands and the never ending horizons of the rolling hills of the southern Tibetan plateau. As you approach the Chhoser village, you could see numerous caves in the front of the cliff that once use to be the home of the pre historic Loba’s and the monks. Cross the river and drive a little further towards the village where the horse / horseman will come to a stop. From here it’s time to walk towards the Cave, make sure you carry some money with you as they charge roughly about two hundred fifty Nepalese rupees. The Cave keeper, usually a monk, will come with the keys to assist the guest who have come to visit the caves. After the caves, we then visit the monastery nearby. After the sightseeing tour, we ride back to the city of Lo, on the way back we can also drive to the Namgyal village and monastery for the sightseeing and then finally back to the lodge form hot lunch. Rest of the day at leisure or free to explore the walled village. Overnight at Guest House

Day 10: Ride Lo-Manthang to Samar (3475m/65kms/5hrs) Difficulty level: 10/10 (advanced off road with river crossings)

After breakfast we ride back to Samar following the same trail. We will stop for lunch at convenient place on the way. Samar at an altitude of 3475 meters is a small village in Mustang district that also lies in popular Annapurna Circuit Trek route. It is a fascinating medieval village with closely packed mud brick houses, dark alleys and imposing chortens. Upon arrival Samar, we check in to the lodge and rest of the evening is free to relax and explore around the Village. Note: Lodges in Samar do not have rooms with attached bath. All are standard rooms with commom bathroom and toilet.

Overnight at the lodge, Samar

Day 11: Ride Samar to Tatopani (1200m/96kms/6.5hrs) Difficulty level: 9.5/10 (advanced off road with river crossings)

After breakfast, continue ride to Kagbeni, approximately 30 kilometers. Upon arrival we take a short break and also do the paper works and continue to Jomsom (8kms). Marpha is at an elevation of 2670 meters. Marpha is famous for its apple orchards and apple products. This large Thakali village exhibits the typical Thak Khola architecture of flat roofs and narrow paved alleys and passageways. It also has a monastery. Marpha is a pretty stone lined village which has survived the transition to the current time, by catering to trekkers and tourists. Although it has an original Safe Water Drinking station, it now also sports numerous guest houses and small hotels. Dominating the village is the Nyingma monastery from which there are good views of the village and the Gandaki River valley. Above the monastery is a chorten painted onto the cliff face and a number of small stone chortens on the ledges below. Legend says that the villagers became afflicted with leprosy and all attempts to control it had failed. A local monk, originally from Tukuche, south of Marpha, advised the villagers to build the chorten and hold religious rituals at the site. Since that time the leprosy stopped and Marpha flourished once more. After the sightseeing tours of Marpha take lunch at nearby restaurant or lodge or at Kalopani. After lunch continue ride to Tatopani. Upon arrival at Tatopani check in to the guest house Overnight in the hotel,Tatopani

Day 12: Ride Tatopani to Pokhara (8058m/115kms/4hrs) Difficulty level: 7/10 (30% off road 70% tarmac)

It is a pleasant relief to be able to tackle the roughest section of the journey in the early morning. Descend to Beni (25 kilometers). After a quick break, set out following the trail along the river and the after about an hour meet the main highway at Maldhunga and then continue of the metalled road to Pokhara which is reached in about 2 ½ hours. Upon arrival at Pokhara check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the Lakeside Bazaar.

Overnight at the hotel, Pokhara

Day 13: Free day in Pokhara

This day is free to relax by the lake side or take part in the various outdoor fun activities Pokhara has to offer.

Optional Activities in Pokhara:-

  • PARAGLIDING: Early morning meet by the representative and board the waiting vehicle and proceed to the Sarangkot (Approx. 8 Km from Lake Side) for paragliding.

Upon arrival at Sarangkot you will be introduced to and briefed about the take-off, flight and landing by your pilot. Preparations will be done in a matter of a few minutes. You will have some extra time to enjoy a wide angle view of the city and Fewa Lake below. Sarangkot happens to be one of the best locations for viewing a sunrise or a sunset and also for testing your camera skills. After making sure that everything is in order, you will be securely harnessed in with the pilot. Upon getting a signal to go, he will take off and fly you as high as 500m or more from the boarding point. The flight lasts for about 1 hour, depending upon the wind conditions. As you are gliding, you will have unobstructed and fantastic views of the lakes, monasteries, hills, mountain peaks and many other points of interest. You can vary your paragliding experience between regular calm flights to one with acrobatic surprises. Just tell your pilot your favorite style and he will comply willingly. The flight concludes when you safely land on the grassy bank of Fewa Lake, on the way to Paame.

After some rest board the waiting vehicle and drive back to the hotel.

  • BOATING AT PHEWA LAKE: Phewa Talor Fewa Lake is a lake of Nepal located in the Pokhara Valley near Pokhara and Sarangkot. It is the second largest lake in Nepal and lying at an altitude of 784 m (2,572 ft) it covers an area of about 4.43 km2 (1.7 sq mi) with an average depth of about 8.6 m (28 ft) with maximum water depth is 22.8 m (75 ft) when measured with an echo-sounder on 5 December 2009. Maximum water capacity of the lake is approximately 46,000,000 cubic metres (37,000 acre·ft). Annapurna looms in the distance from the lake and the lake is famous for the reflection of Mount Machapucchre on its surface. The holy Varahi mandir is situated on an island in the lake.
  • ULTRA LIGHT FLIGHT: Early morning met by the representative and boards the waiting vehicle and drive to airport for the Mountain flight on Ultra light aircraft. It offers panoramic views of Annapurna, Dhaulagiri, Manaslu Himalayan range, lakes, villages, spectacular mountains, picturesque landscape etc. Ultra light aircraft flight was introduced in Nepal in 1996 and has been offering Ultra light aircraft flight in and around Pokhara city.

Highlights of Ultra light aircraft are breathtaking bird’s eye view of Pokhara Valley Himalayan range and the surrounding mountains. Basically ultra light flights are operated in the morning from sunrise till 11am and from 3pm till sunset in the months from September through June. Ultra light flight is a quiet and peaceful experience without fear, floating comfortably in the clouds. You will fly above the twisty rivers, breathtaking valleys, ancient, culturally rich, diverse villages, dense forests and the Himalayan range.

  • ZIP FLYER: The officially named Zip-Flyer Nepal is the world’s tallest, fastest and the longest zipline in the world located in Sarangkot- one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. It is not just another zipline; it is inclined at 56 degree, 1.8 km in length, 2000ft vertical drop and speeds of over 160kmph making it the most extreme ride in the world.

As you look down, the adrenaline begins to build up and your heart begins to beat faster. The countdown begins…5, 4,3,2,1, and you’re airborne. Gravity takes care of the ‘go’ portion of the ride, a feeling of weightlessness sets in, the wind gushes against your face, as you plunge at speeds of over 160kmph. After a minute of pure adrenaline, and travelling a distance of almost 2km, the ride begins to slow down as you approach the landing. The advanced, magnetic braking system then brings you to a complete stop. During the ride, you’ll get to experience the breath-taking views of the Himalaya range and the raging Seti River. Zip-Flyer by High ground Adventures Nepal is truly an experience not to be missed.

  • Bungy: Nepal’s first and only tower bungee is located at Pokhara. High Ground Bungee & Swing has something for everyone. Bungy is located at place know as Hemja near the Tibetan Camp in Pokhara, the around 80 meters high bungy will consist of a cliff of 80 meters and 32 minters of a steel tower. The facility had come in operation from the first week of September, 2014. Hight ground adventures PVT. LTD has built the world’s highest bungy of this kind. An half and hour drive from lake side Pokhara takes us to the bungy Place. The adventure lovers who jump of the steel tower for the water touch bungy has ultimately diver into natural pond some 15-20 meters deep.

After the adventure activities guest will be dropped back to the Hotel and rest of the day is free to relax and explore around the lake bazaar.

Overnight at Pokhara Day 14: Ride back to Kathmandu (1310m/210kms/6hrs) Difficulty level: 6/10 (tarmac)

After breakfast, saddle up and retrace the route riding along the Privthi Highway back to Kathmandu. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. EVE: board the waiting vehicle and proceed to the farewell dinner. Overnight at the hotel, Kathmandu

Day 15: Departure

After breakfast, transferred to the international airport for final departure.

Includes

  • All airport / hotel / airport transfers
  • Welcome / farewell dinner transfers
  • One day ride around the valley accompanied by Ride captain and mechanic.
  • Hire of RE Himalayan 411cc Motorcycles for the whole trip as per the itinerary.
  • Fuel for the Motorcycles for the whole trip as per the itinerary.
  • Services of an experienced Road Captain on a bike including the cost for his meals, accommodations and daily allowances.
  • 01 (4X4) non a/c Scorpio / Land cruiser as a backup vehicle for the sector Kathmandu / Pokhara / Jomsom / Muktinath / Lo-Manthang / Kalopani / Pokhara / Kathmandu inclusive of fuel, trained mechanic and 01 driver; their daily allowances/ accommodation and all meals.
  • 03 nights accommodation on twin sharing basis in Kathmandu on bed and breakfast basis and inclusive of all the government taxes. (currently 24.3%)
  • 01 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Bandipur on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 03 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Pokhara on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 01 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Kalopani on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 01 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Muktinath on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 01 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Ghami on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 02 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Lo-Manthang on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 01 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Samar on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • 01 nights’ accommodation on twin sharing basis in Tatopani on bed and breakfast basis. Inclusive of all the government taxes. (Currently 24.3 %)
  • Supply of redbull / mineral water and granola energy bar throughout the trip as per the itinerary
  • Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) Fee of USD 23.00 per person. (Subject to change without prior notice)
  • TIMS Card (Trekkers Information Management System Card of USD 13.00 per person. (Subject to change without prior notice)
  • Special Upper Mustang permit of USD 500.00 per person (valid for 10 days). (Subject to change without prior notice)
  • Entrance fee to the monasteries and caves of USD 20.00 per person. (subject to change without prior notice)
  • Comprehensive Medical Kit.
  • All toll taxes for the bikes and the backup vehicle and also the government taxes.

Excludes

  • International Airfares.
  • Nepal Visa fees (If applicable).
  • Personal Insurance
  • Third party insurance
  • Personal Riding Gears
  • Cost to hire 1 extra 4X4 backup vehicle (for 10 pax and above) of USD 1765.00 for the entire trip as per the itinerary.
  • Meals (Lunch & Dinner) while the guest stay at hotels in Kathmandu, Pokhara, Kalopani, Muktinath and Upper Mustang as per the itinerary, except the welcome and farewell dinner in Kathmandu.
  • Adventure activities in Pokhara.
  • 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.
  • Personal medication
  • Insurance for or against accidents, loss of life, theft etc.
  • Personal insurance, evacuation and medical expenses.
  • Personal gratuities such as tips to Road captain, mechanic, hotel staff, guides and drivers.
  • Cost for any major damages to the bike due to rough handling or accidents. (please note that we will provide the above mentioned spare parts in “cost includes”) but if more than one set is used, which usually happens due to rough and careless handling, the client will have to bear the cost.
  • 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 Moto Himalaya Tours & Travels (P) Ltd.
  • Tips for the staff
  • Any item not mentioned in the above ‘cost includes’.

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