It's been a while since we completed this ride, but it's about time we head back to do it again, or at least a variation of this route. Actually, this is a bit of a mash-up of three trips we did last spring. We also have four more trips planned in 2020, most covering roads I know for a fact have never been explored by Western travelers. As we do for every ride, we started in Kathmandu. Visiting the 2,000 year old city is a great introduction into Nepal's amazing culture. Not enough people know it, but Nepal is home to the most diverse cultures in the world. There are so many different groups, we lack the full range of words to describe them. There are more than 100 ethnic groups, tribes, social castes, religious factions in the country, speaking 113 unique languages. Not dialects, but unique languages. It's an amazing country. This on top of Mount Everest and incredible wildlife like elephants, rhinos, and Bengal tigers. THIS IS NOT THE MUSTANG VALLEY - The path less traveled If you search for motorcycle trips in Nepal, you invariably arrive on trips into the Mustang Valley. I will be the first to admit, the Mustang is amazing, but it's also choked with tourists, stripped of much of Nepal's ancient culture, and it only visits a tiny slice of a rich and diverse country. Plus, the riding kinda sucks due to mass numbers of buses and rental jeeps. For our romps, we head....far west. Our first leg of travel includes a domestic flight to the Karnali Provence, not far from the western border with India. Our first ride always takes us along the edge of the Bardiya National Park, where one of the world's healthiest populations of Bengal Tigers still roam free. It's a gorgeous area with the best roads of the trip. The first day is always amazing as we ride along two of Nepal's most iconic rivers, the untamed Karnali, and massive Bheri River. We met our expedition team at Camp 1 along the banks of the Bheri. This is the start of our expedition into remote Nepal. For the next 12 days we would not see a single tourists, or Western face. ROUGH ROADS and ANCIENT VILLAGES Having spent more than 300 days exploring remote Nepal by motorcycle, I doubt there is another westerner with more in-depth experience of the country's hidden gems. On this trip our target destination was a village far off the main roads, high in the hills of the Karnali Sivalik. The roads are often extremely rugged, which makes them all the more fun. While the thousands of motorcycle tourists ride in their own self-created traffic jams in the Mustang, we tackled roads so new or remote they don't appear on any maps. Some roads are so new even locals two hills over have no knowledge of where they go. This - is proper adventure riding. More to come!!!