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NZ Life & Leisure - - Destination/mount Everest -

How to get there: Bruce flew Auck­land to Kathmandu via Guangzhou with China South­ern Air­lines ap­prox. $1000 re­turn (booked through by­o­jet.co.nz – ex­pect to pay more though; this is a very good price). There are mul­ti­ple air­lines op­er­at­ing from New Zealand to Kathmandu.

The mo­tor­bike trip: No­madic Knights (no­madick­nights.com) is founded by Scots­man Alex Pirie who is based in In­dia. Alex leads a se­lec­tion of ad­ven­tur­ous mo­tor­cy­cle tours across In­dia, Nepal and Ti­bet. His wife, Vid­hya, ac­com­pa­nies him on all his trips, rid­ing pil­lion the whole way. The Rode to Ever­est trip costs about US$6000 for 13 nights and in­cludes bike hire, ac­com­mo­da­tion, break­fast, evening meals, English-speak­ing guides, back- up ve­hi­cles with me­chan­ics, spare parts, a doc­tor (also trav­el­ing in a back- up ve­hi­cle) and re­turn taxi to the air­port from Kathmandu. You take your own bike-cloth­ing and footwear.

Tips for the trip: Do plenty of mo­tor­cy­cling be­fore you go. Good leg and arm strength makes the days eas­ier. Take plenty of high- qual­ity lay­ers of cloth­ing as tem­per­a­tures fluc­tu­ate from 25 de­grees C to snow and bl­iz­zard con­di­tions.

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