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Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016
Australians can ride the world’s oldest motorcycle brand amongst it’s tallest peaks this year, with motorbike tour operator, Nomadic Knights, offering two 2016 trips to Mt Everest at 2015 prices if booked by March 31, 2016.
The two-week ‘Rode to Everest’ adventures through the mystical land of Tibet to Everest Base Camp leave Kathmandu in May and September, 2016, promising one of the most spectacular road trips on Earth.
Leaving the Nepalese capital on May 14 and September 10 this year, the guided, 14-day tour climbs north to the endless, high-altitude deserts, snow-capped peaks, deep gorges and high, prayer flag-draped passes of Tibet.
The 1965km-long, round-trip route will see adrenalin-seekers ride classic 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets across hundreds of switchbacks and past glaciers and turquoise lakes, with the sky-piercing, Himalayan mountains accompanying them the whole way. Established in 1893 and made in India, the legendary Royal Enfield brand of motorcycles is the oldest motorbike design in history.
In Tibet, riders will visit the fabled city of Lhasa and the imposing edifice of Pothala Palace – the spiritual home of the exiled Dalai Lama. Guests will stay in the high altitude Rongbuk Monastery and visit the nearby, 5200m-high Everest Base Camp in Tibet which provides the closest vehicle access to the world’s highest mountain.
According to Nomadic Knights founder and managing Director, Alex Pirie, the Road to Everest tour offers a life-changing experience.“This is one of the most amazing and enlightening road trips any motorcyclist can take, with Tibet overloading the senses every hour of the day,” said Alex who personally guides each of Nomadic Knight’s 10 motorbike tours in India, Nepal, Tibet and India each year. “Tibetan Buddhists are the most compassionate and gentle people I know despite their life of struggles so, coupled with the incredible adventure, this tour offers many highs – spiritually, culturally and literally!”
Staying in guesthouses, lodges and Buddhist monasteries, the two ‘Rode to Everest’ tours this year are available at 2015 prices – US$4980 for riders – and US$4480 for pillion riders, if booked by March 31, 2016. These special fares represent savings of US$500 for riders and pillions.
Fares include accommodation, bike hire, fuel, breakfasts, dinners and also medical, mechanical and logistical support throughout the trip. Riders travelling solo can share accommodation with other single riders without any solo traveller supplement. The tour is suitable for competent motorcyclists. Tours and fares are subject to availability and conditions apply. Flights to Nepal are extra.
Born and raised in Scotland, Alex Pirie moved to India in 2008 where he met his Indian wife and founded Nomadic Knights, combining his passion for bikes, mechanics, adventure and India. Since then, Alex has ridden more than 200,000km onboard a Royal Enfield Bullet. Nomadic Knights attracts adventurers from around the world, with Australia and the UK the key markets.