1. Do I need to have a Drivers License?
The official answer is that you do need a drivers licence to ride in Nepal, preferably one that lists
motorcycles as a permitted type of vehicle, and better yet, an international drivers license. These are
ideal scenarios, but as long as you are a competent rider and hold any kind of driving license, you should
be ok to ride. Be aware though that if you do find yourself in a traffic violation/accident and your license
are called for proper inspection, you will find it more challenging to negotiate associated beaucracy with
less than ideal paperwork(license), and Insurance claims will be trickier yet.
2. What kind of Bike are on hire?
For longer rides on highways, the classic Enfield Bullet 350/500 cc is recommended. For shorter rides
on highways or rougher and new roads, several Indian manufactured motorcycles in the 200 to 250
range suffice, and include brands like Suzuki, Honda and Bajaj. Some establishments rent out Japanese/
Korean/Chinese make trail bikes also for off trail riding.
3. Where can I get them?
Kathmandu, Pokhara and Chitwan being tourist hubs are the places where you can hire motorcycles.
More options are available in Pokhara and Kathmandu though.
4. What do they cost?
Depending on kind of bike, season and duration of hire, bikes cost from 1500Nepli Rupees to a low of
about 200 Nepali pees a day. Prices will vary according to seasonal demand and supply. You pay for your
own fuel and if you damage the bike, you will be expected to pay for its repair, as most rental outfits
do not provide insurance coverage. Spares on longer rides are included in tour price if you are on bike
5. Are helmets mandatory, will I be provided one?
Helmets are mandatory for riders, but strangely, not for pillion riders. You should insist on one for
both rider and passenger, and also make sure they are of decent quality, fit and that the straps work.
Sometimes hiring companies only offer one helmet for the rider, but you should always ask for one for
your passenger to.
6. What about insurance?
Hiring companies will not usually provide insurance for shorter rides. Longer tours on the other
hand often do. If you have planed riding on a motorcycle before departing from your home country,
you should check for insurance possibilities there, or at least ask your tour operator to provide you
information and options on insurance.
7. Can I drive my motorcycle into and out of Nepal?
If you are travelling on a carnet permit then Nepal recognizes this permit and you will be allowed to
enter and exit the country with your motorcycle. Motorcycles with Indian registration will be required to
buy a permit at the border costing about 200 Nepali rupees per day of stay in Nepal for the vehicle.
8. Can I buy a motorcycle and drive it out of Nepal?
It is possible if you plan to take the motorcycle home as carnet is issued in Nepal for bikes leaving the
country. If however you plan not to return and want to sell your vehicle, unless the buyer plans on
returning to Nepal within the statute of the permit he vehicle has been issued for the country it is in at
time of sale, it will be hard/not possible.
9. How are the roads?
The main highway running east to west along the southern part of Nepal is good for a majority of its
length, with a few bad patches along ist length. Most highways connecting main urban and tourist hubs
are also good to ride. During the rainy season between may to September, landslides can occur on any
hilly road, and overall road conditions deteriorate during this time. New roads carved out of mountain
sides tend to be a lot rougher and are fun to explore on off road bikes, but unsuitable/not-enjoyable for