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THE ADVENTURE OVERVIEW
The Karnali Province is one of the most beautiful parts of Nepal, and one of the least visited. Named after the longest river in Nepal, the Karnali starts in Tibet at the foot of Mount Kailash, one of the most sacred mountains in Buddhism. It’s blue waters tumble out of the high Himalayas like a wild tempest. It’s the last un-dammed river in the country. As the river slows it passes through lowlands where Bengal tigers, wild rhinos, and elephants drink from it’s muddy banks. Our route follows a portion of this iconic flow.
Discover the Nepal no other visitors get to experience and leave behind the gift of safe drinking water.
Of the 1.2 million tourist to visit Nepal, in 2018 fewer than 100 made it to the Karnali Province and most of those travelers where on Clean Drink adventures. This is a secret known only to a select few. We want you to experience the magic of Nepal’s hidden kingdom.
For this trip we begin in the western city of Birendranagar before heading north and east. Our route follows deep valleys along the edge of the Great Himalayan Range. We travel through ancient villages, some seemingly untouched in centuries. The white escarpments of Sinse Himal watch over us as we work our way to the resort town of Pokhara.
You won’t find this route on maps and Google knows nothing of it. This is the wild Nepal. This is the Real Nepal.
Start point: Birendranagar near the Indian border
End point: Pokhara, a resort town at the foot of the Himalayas
Total travel days in Nepal: 12
Spots available for the trip: 9 people on motorbikes and SUVs
Total length of trip from airport to airport for most travelers in North America: 15-16 Days
Number of people given access to safe drinking water by each team: 1,500-2,000
THE WATER INITIATIVE
Every CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURE includes two full days delivering safe drinking water solutions to local communities in the Banke District. This jungled region of Nepal is verdant, lush, and teaming with life. Home to wild elephants, rhinos, monkeys, and more than 200 Bengal tigers, it is also home to indigenous cultures like the Tharu tribe. Sadly, it is an area frequently devastated by waterborne illness.
Every year thousands of young lives are cut short by fouled water. Join us and you can make a positive change.
Each LAST MILE TEAM member makes a lasting impact on the health of the people in the Banke District. The donations raised through our easy-to-use fundraising platform go to purchase the tools needed to empower our friends in Nepal. You then get to deliver those resources directly to people in need. Each project becomes a fun and exciting cultural exchange, a chance to connect with people who just need a little help and are always happy to receive it.
I never thought I would get to visit Nepal. I certainly never thought I would get the chance to travel there to help save lives. This was the most exciting and rewarding thing I have done in years. Nepal is amazing. - Alex Cyphers
OUR LOCAL GUIDES
We’re proud to have partnered with Vishu Sijali and his expert staff at Altitude Riders. With decades of combined expedition experience, they cater to our every need. In Nepal there is a famous saying, guest is god. They live those words with unrivaled hospitality.
The other reason we use local guides is to ensure we adhere to our own travel sustainability standards. Every dollar we bring into Nepal stays in the country and helps stimulate local economies. In return, we’re shown the real Nepal, the magic kingdom so few get to see. This is luxury travel, Nepali style.
ROYAL ENFIELD MOTORBIKES
The Indian-made Royal Enfield motorbike is an icon of the Himalayas. They like to say, “The 350cc Bullet is built like a gun.” They’re tough, durable, and extremely fun to ride.
For those who want a tad more comfort, a bit more suspension travel, and more modern ride controls, we can also put riders on the new Royal Enfield Himalayan. The more expensive bike is slightly more delicate, and costs $300 more to rent, but we can put one under you if that’s what you prefer.
*We require all riders have at least one year of licensed motorcycle riding experience, and one year of riding on mixed surfaces.
A CLEAN DRINK ADVENTURE is rugged, but we also love to be comfortable. Our hotel partners in Kathmandu, Pokhara, and Butwal offer luxurious accommodations with superb service.
When traveling in areas where hotels are not available, our world-class support staff create a posh camping experience complete with table linens and warm tea delivered to your tent each morning. We use the best camping gear available provided by our partners at MSR in Seattle. Each team member gets their own private tent for your comfort. You may be camping half of your time in Nepal, but at no time will you rough it.
There is nothing more exciting than riding through a busy city in Nepal. It’s a circus of humanity, trucks, cows, tuk-tuks, and chickens. I love it. - Carl Jonsson
FULLY SUPPORTED FUN
We want our team members to enjoy the ride. To that end we travel with a support truck complete with our own master mechanic, RamDev Baba. He can fix anything in no time at all. Because the motorbikes we use are small, our Bolero pickup truck does the heavy lifting and hauls all of our gear. All you have to do is ride and enjoy the scenery.
ROAD CONDITIONS FOR THE LOWER MUSTANG
The roads in Nepal, even the good ones, are rough and always in terrible condition. Riding in Nepal also requires good skills, the ability to adapt to changing conditions, and confidence to ride in unpredictable environments. Although the off-road conditions are not exceptionally rough, the roads are bumpy, long, and our motorbikes are quite basic. Such is motorbike travel in Asia. We encourage you to carefully assess your fitness and comfortability off-road before joining this particular trip. The three days into the Mustang Valley are a bumpy ride.
INCLUDED IN THE FARE
Luxury hotel lodging in Kathmandu and Pokhara
Accommodations in home stays with most nights camping
All meals while in the remote areas provided by experienced expedition cooks
Ground Transportation to/from hotels
Two domestic flights within Nepal
All SUV rental fees, fuel, and professional driver
Guides, translators, porters, mechanic, and support staff
National Park permits ($175)
Full day tour of Kathmandu with our award-winning guide
NOT INCLUDED IN THE FARE
International airfare to Kathmandu
Lunches and dinners in Kathmandu (a minimal expense at roughly $5 per meal)
Entry fees to UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kathmandu
Alcoholic beverages and optional meals
Visas to enter Nepal are acquired at the airport in Kathmandu on arrival and cost $25 and $40 depending on the timeframe.
Our recommended airlines go through the Middle East. We suggest Etihad, Emirates, and Qatar, but all will work and we can help with booking. Estimated price: $1,200 - $1,500
It is advisable to check with your doctor about vaccinations. Malaria prevention medications are recommended.
If you would like to extend your stay, we can assist with additional travel reservations and logistics for a nominal fee.
HOW TO JOIN THE ADVENTURE
If you have questions or want more information about this or other trips in the future, please visit our LAST MILE TEAM page and submit your information. We will get back to you quickly.
If you’re ready to join us, please complete the booking form and we will get you on the path to big adventure!
Please consult the Terms and Conditions page before committing to a trip.
FUNDRAISING: $1,000 MINIMUM
We can't do our good-deeds without the financial means to do so. Fundraising is a critical part of our program. Clean water solutions simply cost money.
To help streamline our fundraising efforts, we have partnered with MSR Global Health. Our fundraising campaign is hosted on their website and makes for a fun and easy way to generate excitement and donations. We help every team member meet their target goal. Some may want to reach far beyond the $1000 target. Some of our previous team members, new to fundraising, generated in excess of $6,000. It’s easier than it looks and every dollar raised helps people in need.
This has been so much fun, and so rewarding, I want to do this every year. This is way better than a vacation. - Chad Dannen
A non-refundable deposit of $1,000 secures each participant’s place on the team
Single supplement for private hotel rooms at the Attiti Resort in Pokhara and other locations is $250 (All rooms are private for the three nights in Kathmandu)
Our reservations team can assist with booking additional hotel stays at a large discount for travelers opting to spend more time in Nepal.
Minimum participation: 5
Discounts are available for groups of 4 or more.
Our pricing structure reflects a commitment to compensate our Nepalese partners with a fair wage. Undercut pricing is common in Nepal’s travel market and something we aim to avoid. At the same time, our intimate knowledge of the country allows us to offer the best travel value in Nepal.
Because we travel to remote locations far removed from normal tourist routes, our prices include expenses other operations don’t include in their fares. Each trip includes two domestic flights to the western portion of the country. Hotels are quite cheap in rural Nepal but simply do not exist along our chosen routes. For that reason, and to ensure your comfort and safety, we travel with an expert staff and cutting edge camping gear. Tent accommodations and preparing our own meals costs considerably more than hotel stays, but we feel it is necessary for your enjoyment.
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