Nepal- Rent or tour?

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  1. Doogle

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    I haven't found much about riding in Nepal. I plan to go next year. The tours don't look like something I would like. Low mileage days and not enough riding days. Does anyone have any experience riding there?
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  2. Shivanshu

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    Where do you want to ride in Nepal, have you chalked any plans?
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  3. Doogle

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    No plans at all. I want to see the Himalayas. I want to get high, the right way. I was near Tibet in China this spring. I'd like to go in if possible.
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  4. Tazzymoto

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    Hey Doogle, me and a buddy did a bike trip in Nepal last May. We did both a tour and then rented bikes and off we went on our own. We had 3 weeks there and it was fabulous. For us (being my first trip to SE Asia) the tour was excellent, I can't recommend them more. We used Hearts and Tears. So we did a tour up into the Himalayas for the first week, which gives you time to become acclimatized, and has the advantage of local guides, they were awesome. Then we rented the bikes off Hearts and Tears and did more exploring on our own. The mountains are amazing, of course, but do not discount the lowlands either, the area around Chitwan is exceptional. It is hared to believe all that is packed into such a small country. People are very friendly and make the trip. But with the help of the tour you will see things that you will likely not see on your own. I found in Nepal the very best things were off the main routes and would have had no idea of that unless we used the guides and the tours to start.

    Regardless of how you do it, I say just go.

    Cheers
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    Oh and one other thing is don't let the low mileage days deter you. While the miles may be low, the fact of the matter is that you do not get anywhere quickly in Nepal, so low mileage days can turn into longer days in the saddle regardless.
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  6. Doogle

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    Did you do a ride report? I'd like to see pictures and see your destinations.
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  7. Doogle

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    Originally I thought about going to New Delhi and riding to Nepal. That is still an option I'd consider. I've not researched much about India yet. Although last year I was considering India because China looked impossible. But a door opened up, and I did ride China this March.
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  8. Shivanshu

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    hey Doogle I would suggest you to go ahead and chalk out the plan. You can even hire a motorcycle here in New Delhi and then ride to Nepal and back. But first you have to plan what all places you would want to see. You can fly to New Delhi or Kathmandu Nepal. But in Nepal where all you want to go - Kathmandu, Pokhra, Manthang, etc etc.

    Whenever you plan India, let me know if I can be of any help or may be ride together...
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  9. Tazzymoto

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    Hi Doogle, no I should have done a ride report but did not. Hearts and Tears is based out of Pokhara therefore all of our trips started and ended there. We rode the into thin air tour up to the lower Mustang, check out their website to see some pics and descriptions, their pictures are probably better than the ones I have. We also rode around to the areas around Kathmandu, Chitwan and the western region as well. We could have done much more riding but were also in vacation mode so we were taking it easy.
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  10. Doogle

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    I have been too busy with other projects recently. Mid November I will start doing real research for the trip. Do you have good info on where to rent in New Delhi? My only reluctance to starting in ND is reports I've heard about traffic. Not that it scares me. But if the sites in the area don't justify the hassle, I'd rather start elsewhere. The tour rides usually have a chase truck carrying bikes and parts. That makes me wonder how reliable the Enfields are. I have never done a tour on a bike. I doubt I ever will. Unless it is the only way to go somewhere-like Tibet.
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  11. Shivanshu

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    Well I dont say too high for the Enfields. And if you havent done tour on a bike and your main aim is to go to Nepal. Then fly in their, and you can also backpack with the locals and their mode of transportation. Yes traffic and road sense and road discipline is major issue here, you will have to get used to before you decide to ride motorcycle here in India or Nepal.
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  12. Doogle

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    I haven't researched anything yet. I don't know how far it is from New Delhi to Nepal.I don't know what I want to see in Nepal. I DO know I am going. I'm not afraid of any traffic. But if it is ugly traffic, the sites in the area need to be worth the extra hassles. Last year I was doing research for an India trip. I haven't looked at them files since then. Maybe I was premature with this thread. But I haven't seen many threads about this area. I just wanted to get feelers out early. And it is good to find inmates in the area that can give reliable information.
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  13. Shivanshu

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    When are you coming over. Well if thats the case I can help you with getting a motorcycle and also see what can be done. And I am sending you the link of the map from New Delhi to Nepal. I would say not stressing out you will take minimum 2 days to enter the Nepal Border. Here is the link -
    https://goo.gl/B57o4M

    Also you need to find out if you entering Nepal, what all VISA you would require as we Indians do not have to take VISA for Nepal.
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  14. Learres

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    Personally, I would rather go for a guided tour first and then maybe come back to do your own adventure.
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  15. Doogle

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    I don't care to ride with my own bike club friends. Some are too slow, don't pay attention to traffic, get too spread out. It could only be worse with a group of unknown ability's. I'm not saying I'm a great rider or anything. But me,myself and I ride the same. We never have any arguments.
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  16. Shivanshu

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    i Agree to this point of yours. I have done many group rides, but now I have started riding solo. Well you let me know whenever you chalk out everything in black and white. I have one of my friend who take groups for ride, and he is currently on a 15 day recce to Nepal as one of the group is coming next year. So he can be a good support if needed. Or else, we both can chalk out all details.
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  17. StG

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    Had a chance to rent a bike for a day in Nepal about 1.5 yrs ago. The border crossing to Tibet was closed at the time, not sure if you can ride there now... I don't think you'd have a problem renting a bike in Kathmandu somewhere - plenty of smaller cc bikes available. Might be better to try & arrange a rental from a tour company ahead of time if you're looking for a larger bike or one in decent condition. Would love to go back there & ride! Highly recommend it.
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  18. ruans187

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    HI Shivanshu,
    Me and a friend are planning to go to India in end of May and rent at Delhi from stonehead bikes, then take off on our own. We want to do the himalayas, I thught that we can ride of the himalayas in the Indian side. Do we have to cross to Nepal, what documents do we need to cross?
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  19. ruans187

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    STG,
    I am planning to go Delhi, rent bikes and ride to the north. Is there another city I could fly to from USA or most people starts in Delhi?
    Thanks man
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  20. StG

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    Sorry man, never been to India, just Nepal. Would love to hear about your trip later - India sounds like a great place to explore!
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