KEY INFORMATION FOR GIRLS ON TOP
- DATES: 13-26 Sept 2020
- DISTANCE: 2340kms
- MOTORCYCLE: Royal Enfield Himalayan
- RIDING DAYS: 11 Days
- DURATION: 13 Nights
- RIDING CONDITIONS: 90% tarmac, 10% gravel – broken roads
- PRICE: $5,980.00 USD
- PILLION: $5,480.00 USD
TRAVEL IN SUPPORT VEHICLE: $5,480.00 USD
DEPOSIT: $850.00 USD per person
About: Girls On Top
Steph Jeavons likes to do things differently and is a legitimate pioneer when it comes to global biking. Steph will be leading a group of all female motorcyclists to Mount Everest Base Camp and back. Her credentials are unquestionable. Read Steph’s Blog here.
She is the first Brit to circumnavigate the globe and ride on all seven continents. She has spent the last four years riding her 250 cc motorcycle solo around the world and has ridden through an incredible 50 countries. She now wants to use her experience to encourage and motivate more women to take the initiative for motorcycle adventure. ‘You don’t need to be an expert to take on a challenge like this. When I left home I was terrified but sometimes you just have to go for it. That very act alone can be life changing’.
This ride is about working together as a team and sharing amazing experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. As long as you’re a woman, you are able to take part.
Sorry guys, women only on this one.
The ride isn’t exactly a ‘walk in the park’ but it’s not the Paris – Dakar either, it’s doable. If you want to take part and don’t have a full motorcycle licence, you can ride pillion or travel with the crew in one of our support trucks.
It’s been long closed off and unreachable in its Himalayan vastness. Tibet, the Roof Of The World, has always been a mysterious land topping the wish list of motorcyclists worldwide.
Mystical and magical, Tibet is an overload on the senses. This is a country of extremes with one of the most adventurous, scenically stunning and exciting motorcycle adventures in the world. It’s an enlightening experience – spiritually, culturally and emotionally. The Tibetan Buddhist people are the most compassionate and gentle despite their years of inaccessibility, struggle and resilience.
We ride over 2,300 kms to Everest Base Camp, alongside glittering azure coloured lakes, over vast landscapes and snow capped peaks. There are remote high altitude deserts, densely forested precipitous gorges and virtually unpopulated high altitude moorlands. The ride takes us to to the end of its borders whilst taking in the fabled and ancient cities of Lhasa and Kathmandu.
The motorcycles we ride will be our Royal Enfield Himalayan’s which are perfect for the job, they were designed for exactly this. Nothing can truly prepare you for the moment when the absolute majesty of Mount Everest suddenly appears before you, it’s truly breathtaking, mind-blowing comes to mind.
It will be a moment in time that’s sticks with you forever as you watch the sun go down over her peak before bedding down for the night at Base Camp.
There is always much demand for this ride and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis so don’t miss this opportunity and book early for this epic and once in a lifetime motorcycle adventure.
Included: Girls On Top
Your motorcycle, team support and all medical, mechanical and logistics support throughout the tour.
All pre-arranged internal transport, accommodation, breakfast and evening meals and fuel for your motorcycle are included.
Your Tibet Travel Permit & your Tibet Group Permit.
What’s not included?
Itinerary: Girls On Top
SUN. DAY 1. ARRIVE KATHMANDU.
Transfer you to your hotel where you can relax after your flight. This evening we will get together to chat about what lies ahead and we can meet up with the other riders.
MON. DAY 2. SIGHTSEEING IN KATHMANDU.
Today, we will surrender our passports to our agent, who will apply for our Tibet Group Permit at the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu which will be ready for us to collect on Wednesday morning when we set off for Tibet. There is much to see and do in this busy and frantic city.
Whether you’re barrelling through the traffic-jammed alleyways of the old town in a rickshaw, marvelling at the medieval temples or dodging trekking touts in the backpacker district of Thamel, Kathmandu can be an intoxicating, amazing and exhausting place.
Take a stroll through the backstreets and Kathmandu’s timeless cultural and artistic heritage will reveal itself in hidden temples overflowing with marigolds, courtyards full of drying chillies and rice, and tiny hobbit-sized workshops.
This endlessly fascinating, sometimes infuriating city has enough sights to keep you busy for a week.
TUE. DAY 3. WARM UP RIDE (60 km).
Today we will prepare for the high altitude days to come by riding out into the countryside up around Nagarkot and get ourselves acquainted with our Royal Enfield motorcycles.
WED. DAY 4. KATHMANDU – SYAPRU BESI – (130km).
Our group permits are now ready for collection. After an early breakfast we head out of Kathmandu for the beautiful ride alongside the Trishuli River up towards the new Nepal/ Tibet border at Gyirong. We will spend the night on the Nepal side inside the rich and dense jungle area of Langtang National Park.
THU. DAY 5. SYAPRU BESI – NEW TINGRI (300 km).
After completing our customs and immigration formalities we will head on to Tingri, our evening destination.
Today is a long day, but the roads are good and the views are incredible. We head up over our first high pass where we might be able to see Mount Everest if the weather is clear. We ride on sweeping and starkly beautiful valley and crests before dropping down to our destination at Tingri.
FRI. DAY 6. NEW TINGRI – XIGAZE (240 km).
Todays ride is on good roads and we will be able to cruise in top gear as we take in the picturesque landscape whilst riding through Tibetan villages with snow capped mountain peaks in the distance as far as the eye can see. Keep you eye out for the fibreglass policemen – some holding radar guns, some waving, and some decorated by locals wearing silks scarves and prayer beads.
SAT. DAY 7. XIGAZE – LHASA via YAMDROK LAKE (350 km).
Today is a day of jaw dropping scenery as we pass Yamdrok Tso turquoise lake. We ride over a huge glacier and two more 5000 m passes, Karo-La and Kamba-La before arriving at the Forbidden City, Lhasa.
SUN. DAY 8. LHASA (Rest day in Lhasa).
There’s a lot to see and do in Lhasa., one of the highest cities in the world . You can visit the famous Potala Palace, the icon of Tibet and home to 14 Dalai Lamas, take a trip down to Barkhor Street, spend time at the Dreprung monastery or sample some of the many restaurants whilst chilling out with a cool beer.
MON. DAY 9. LHASA – XIGAZE (320 km).
The day’s route bypasses Gyangtse and takes us along the main route from Lhasa to Xigaze via the Yarlung Zangbo river. We’ll leave early to avoid heavy traffic out of Lhasa and to arrive in Xigaze, hopefully with time to explore a little and hit the town for a good meal.
TUE. DAY 10. XIGAZE – NEW TINGRI (240 km).
Back in the saddle today we slowly gain in altitude before an abrupt rise and slow stark descent down into Xegar. We won’t have a late one tonight as we get ready for the highlight of the adventure.
WED. DAY 11. NEW TINGRI- RONGBUK EBC (110 km).
This is surely what you came for. Today we ride to Everest Base Camp, possibly one of the most famous places in the world. We will tackle a high pass over endless switchbacks and more than 117 curves before riding up a wide, dry valley to the Rongbuk Monastery. We will arrive in plenty of time to visit Everest Base Camp at an altitude of just over 17,000 feet. (5,200 metres) The highest mountain on this planet looms majestically just over our shoulders and the next time you be at this height will be on your flight home.
THU. DAY 12. RONGBUK – GYIRONG. (260 km)
We can rise early and ride back up to Base Camp again for a final view of the mountain before riding back down towards the highway. We are now leaving the high altitude desert behind and riding back down to our final night’s stay in Tibet at Gyirong.
FRI. DAY 13. GYIRONG- KATHMANDU (150 km).
We ride out of Tibet and back to the warmth and hospitality of Nepal. An early border crossing will give us plenty of time for the ride into Kathmandu and an early afternoon arrival. In the evening we have our farewell party and reflect on the amazing motorcycle trip we have just completed.
SAT. DAY 14 DEPART KATHMANDU.
Leave for airport.
Information Pack: Girls On Top
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How to get here: Girls On Top
IMPORTANT: PLEASE PRINT THIS OUT AND CARRY IT WITH YOU.
HOW DO YOU GET HERE?
There are no international inbound direct flights into Kathmandu (Tribuvan Airport) as far as I know therefore all inbound flights fly in via various international airports from where you will connect to Kathmandu.
You need to arrive on the start day of the trip which is the 13.09.2020. We all need to meet at 6pm in the evening to complete our Tibet Permit paperwork so an early afternoon landing time would be ideal. If you wish to arrive earlier then please contact the hotel directly and mention that you are with the Nomadic Knights motorcycle tour.
As everyone is arriving on different flights from different contries at different times the easiest way for everyone to get to the starting point hotel is to jump a taxi from outside the airport. A taxi from the airport should only cost $10 as the hotel is only 6 kms from the airport and as always ask for the price first. Some of the taxi drivers might take US dollars however make sure your ATM card will work in Nepal so as you can draw local currency. The address of our starting point hotel is, Hotel Tibet International, Boudha, Kathmandu, Nepal. Tel: 00977-01-4488188 Fax: 00977-01-4487963 Email: email@example.com
When you arrive at the hotel your room will be ready for you so please give your name and mention that you are with Nomadic Knights. A member of the team will be at the hotel when you arrive.
If there are any problems you can call or text Alex on his mobile: 0091 9623 048879. We end the ride in Kathmandu on the 25.09.2020 and leave the next day on the 26.09.2020. We will have vehicles available from the hotel in Kathmandu to take you back to the drop off point, which will be Kathmandu International Airport. The journey will take around 20 minutes If you do not wish to be dropped at Kathmandu airport please make your own arrangements with the driver as he will be only too happy to help.
Please make sure that you have checked in at least two hours prior to your flights, inward and outbound. For your flight arrangements I suggest that you try www.cleartrip.com or www.makemytrip.com These are very competitive travel websites selling flights in all currencies.
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