“Go to Nepal, a land which will force you to reassess your views on mountains, mountain life and mountain people. The Himalayas encompasses bits of all the other mountains you may have encountered in the Northern Hemisphere and thus you’d be excused if you believed you were in familiar surroundings. This will change when the altitude will deliver its punches and smack you with both its strength and different kind of beauty. While in Nepal you should do it all: trekking across high mountain passes, embark on some climbing expedition, get on some jungle jeep safaris or choose the adventurous motorbike rides from the hustle of Kathmandu or the peaceful Pokhara deep into the high valleys, across suspended bridges and up onto some of the high mountain plateaus peeking into the rare aired Tibet. Don’t forget about rafting down some awesome white waters or flying close to the mighty Everest in the comfort of charter planes or better of choose to fly the open featherlike microlights fully exposed to the size and scents of those awesome mountains and valleys. If you were trekking stay clear of the beaten track and avoid the busy routes such as Everest or Annapurna areas and choose instead tourist free areas such as the Dolpo region in the far west where valleys such as Jumla offer you an insight of the difficult but yet cultural rich farming life which still means so much in that part of the world. Make an effort and dedicate at least 20 days to a Nepalese adventure and if you wish to make each one count look for the amazing local team lead by Udaya and Takeshi at Bespoke Nepal. They’ll make sure you will sample all the sensorial delights this fantasy land has to offer. And do ask them to add their best men, Rajeev in the mix. He will nicely round up your experience by crafting new meanings for hospitality and friendship – the Nepali versions. You will eventually depart Nepal having learned two very important words Namaste and Bistare. They’re equally important. One will bring a smile on everyone’s face and open all doors while the other will teach you the true meaning of this experience…patience. Thank you Nepal. See you again.”
Tavi Bota 2015
“In 1992 Udaya Thapa took me to the roof of the world and introduced me to a passion for trekking and expeditions that continues to this day. He is a true gentlemen with a zest for life, an inclusive wit and a depth of character unmatched in others. But, be warned, he will introduce you to a cultural experience that will remain forever etched in your memories and laughter lines that will remind you everyday of how it feels to be alive. “
“Myself and a friend trekked the Everest Basecamp trail with Udaya as part of a 2 week trip. A truly fantastic experience in a beautiful and magical country. I have to say that the experience was made richer through the knowledge and connections which Udaya brought. Everywhere we went we were connected to a personal welcome that let us see Nepal in a way that ordinary commercial tourists don’t. If you want to visit Nepal and be guaranteed a genuine (and ethical) experience I would recommend you travel with Udaya.”
Simon Roberts 2005
“Udaya Thapa was a ‘star’ officer cadet at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst – Camberly, Surrey UK, 1991/3. I had the privilege to be on the same one year British Army Officers Commissioning Course 91/3 learning Military Command, Leadership etc as young officers. After which we attended the Platoon Commanders Battlefield Course (PCBC) at Warminster, Wiltshire. Udaya was a dedicated hard working student leading by example. Udaya was an ambassador for his country as a foreign student throughout.
It was my honour and privilege to work side by side and socialise with Udaya, I have the ultimate confidence in his professional ability, innate flair and skills in all business spheres. I would not hesitate to recommend him and supply a reference.”
General Manager & Head of Supply Chain at Ocean Marine Solutions Ltd
“Had a holiday to remember. Nepal is a stunning country to tour and the holiday was made very special by all the hard work and knowledge of Ride Nepal guides, Udaya, Grace, Takeshi and Rajeve. Highly recommended and enjoyable.”
– Teresa and Jeremy Grant 2018
“Well back home now after an unbelievable adventure biking in Nepal with some great guys John Johnston, Simon Parry from Hadrian V Twin and Udaya, Takeshi, Rajeev and Grace from Ride Nepal. Great bunch of guys and a fantastic experience, highly recommended, once in a lifetime trip thanks guys for everything.”
-Harry Squibb 2018
“This was a trip of a lifetime which I would recommend to anyone who loves adventure.
Road Motorbiking( I use the word road in the broadest sense), off road motorbiking, trekking in the most beautiful and unspoilt part of Nepal(we saw two other groups of tourists in 2 weeks!) and rafting.
The trip was well organised, though flexible to allow us to include all we wanted, even when things changed (fuel crisis and weather) …and the Motorbikes were excellent, I rode new CRF250!
The Highlights for me were riding up to the temple of Shiva at Muktinath at 4000m on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau and running through the 108 taps of freezing water! Apparently it means I am forgiven of all my sins! Dragging myself over a 5600m high pass and sitting around the fire in a locals house we were welcomed into, hiding from a storm and listening to his stories of what life was like when the Hippy Trail came through Nepal!
I cannot recommend this trip and this company highly enough, and I am hoping to go back next year.
Many thanks to Udaya, Takeshi and the team
– Simon Blakebrough