Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Regional Forums > Southern Asia

Southern Asia Topics specific to Southern Asia, from Iran and Armenia east through Pakistan and India to China / Vietnam / Indonesia.
Contact Overland Solutions for all your custom modifications and setup for overland travel.

Motorcycle travel in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India...

Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 27 Dec 2004
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Addis Ababa - Ethiopia
Posts: 81
Situation in Nepal Due to Maoist ...

December 24 2004
Hello All,
this is what happened to me yesterday.
Day before yesterday Roy ( a friend of mine whom is
traveling on a motorbike in India and Nepal) and I
left Katmandu to go to the Royal Chitwan National
Park, where we were planning to spend some days before
heading back to India. We left Katmandu at about 10
oclock and drove towards Hetauda (a village on the way
to the park), the drive was beautiful as from here we
could see the Himalayan Range from distance, at about
4 oclock i have a flat tyre ,so we lost 1 hour in reparing it and so
on, so we were obliged to sleep in a small house just
in the middle of nowhere. The morning after at about 9 we started driving again,
just 7 km away from were we slept the Maoist (the
rebel group fighiting the monarchy ) had put mines on
the street so we were obliged to stop and try to
understand what to do ... suddently 2 maoist came out
from the jungle, and in nepaly made us understand that
the road was blocked (we didnt need much explanation
for that) and then they told us to go back , we said
ok we sat on the bikes and suddenly they took out 2
granades (bombs) from a bag they were carring and told
us to get down from the bikes, we were confused and
got down from the bikes , then they told us to walk
back to Katmandu (100km) and wanted us to give them 1
liter of petrol, we were more confused. We hesitated
since we did not understand why they wanted the fuel
and of course we did not even think of leaving the
bikes and walk, but just then we realized that they
were trying to put the bikes on fire .. so we started
argueing and telling them what are u doing ?? Suddenly
they started threatening (sorry for the spelling) us
with the granades, but we still resisted from letting
our bikes put in fire .... then they told us to move
away and togheter with them we walked some 10 mt. form
the bikes, at this stage one of the guys opened one of
teh granades and throwed it to the bikes , the granade
landed about 4 mt. from the bikes and exploded, we
were unhurt but the bikes suffered some damage ... we
were now in compleate shock and started begging them
not to do it so lots of begging and they were shouting
and so on .,.. then the other guy opened and throw the
second granade which landed just few centimeters from
the bikes , we were speachless ,with our eyes full of
tears from the anger and waiting to see our bikes
compleaty destroyed.... but the granade did not
explode, and this point THEY were shocked and i dont
know for which reason they just left, maybe to go and
fetch more granades or fuel, but as they dissapered in
the jungle we runned to our bikes started them and
drove for 5 hours NON stop to Katmandu. We are not
hurt but very very ANGRY .... So Richard if u are
planning to come to Nepal with your AT, think twice,
seriously this guys are mad !!
Anyway we are now stucked in Katamandu as the rebel
blocked all the majour roads, the distroyed the main
bridge that takes to Pokara which takes also to India
, in Katmandu there is not much fuel (u see km long
lines), people dont know when this strike will end so
i dont know when to i can go back to india ..... is a
pitty becouse Nepali are really nice people and Nepal
is a wonderful country but the situation now is no
good , no good at all ... other tourist are flying
somehow out, but we (Roy, Neil another Guy with a
motorbike,) and i are stuk here.
Today i passed the day in a workshop to fix the bike,
and the nepali mechanic did a great job.
This was my x-mas in Nepal.

Mauro on a AT round the world ...

Old 31 Dec 2004
Susan Johnson's Avatar
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 1999
Location: Canada
Posts: 695

So sorry to hear your news and thankful that you and your friend were not injured.

Unfortunately, the situation in Nepal has deteriorated to such an extent that we recommend travellers avoid the country if at all possible, and otherwise exercise extreme caution.

I have moved this post to the Travellers Advisory forum, as it is important to get this information out to travellers.

Susan Johnson

Inspiring, Informing and Connecting travellers since 1997
Closed Thread

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


NEW! HU 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar is now available! Get your copy now for some terrific travel inspiration!

HUGE, 11.5 x 16.5 inches, beautifully printed in Germany on top quality stock! Photos are the winning images from over 600 entries in the 9th Annual HU Photo Contest!

Horizons Unlimited 2015 Motorcycle Adventure Travel Calendar.

"The calendar is magnificent!"

"I just wanted to say how much I'm loving the new, larger calendar!"

We share the profit with the winning photographers. YOU could be in the HU Calendar too - enter here!

Next HU Eventscalendar

See all events


Latvia to Australia, an inspirational 5 month journey full of unexpected adventures!

HU DVD Autumn Special!

Take 40% off Road Heroes Part 1 until October 31 only!

Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries two-up on a Harley); Dr. Greg Frazier (5 times RTW); Tiffany Coates (RTW solo female); and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads).

The first in an exciting new series, Road Heroes features tales of adventure, joy and sheer terror by veteran travellers."Inspiring and hilarious!"

"I loved watching this DVD!"

"Lots of amazing stories and even more amazing photographs, it's great fun and very inspirational."

"Wonderful entertainment!"

Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'HEROES' on your order when you checkout.


Scottoiler automatic chain oilers. The most important accessory for your next motorcycle adventure!

Renedian Adventures

Renedian Adventures

What others say about HU...

"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada

"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia

"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders

contest pic

10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!

NEW! HU 2014 Adventure Travel T-shirts! are now available in several colors! Be the first kid on your block to have them! New lower prices on synths!

HU 2014 T-shirts now in!

Check out the new Gildan Performance cotton-feel t-shirt - 100% poly, feels like soft cotton!

What turns you on to motorcycle travel?

Global Rescue, WORLDwide evacuation services for EVERYONE

Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

Books & DVDs


All the best travel books and videos listed and often reviewed on HU's famous Books page. Check it out and get great travel books from all over the world.

Motorcycle Express for shipping and insurance!

Motorcycle Express

MC Air Shipping, (uncrated) USA / Canada / Europe and other areas. Be sure to say "Horizons Unlimited" to get your $25 discount on Shipping!
Insurance - see: For foreigners traveling in US and Canada and for Americans and Canadians traveling in other countries, then mail it to MC Express and get your HU $15 discount!

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 07:17.