The Enfield Rendezvous & Poker Run is the first ever event of this type in this part of the world and is aimed at The Royal Enfield and Classic bike enthusiasts and provides an opportunity to come together once a year to swap bike riding stories, share the road with fellow local and international riders in this fun event and celebrate the Nepali New Year in style.
Initiated in Kathmandu Nepal in April 2009 by Rabi Thapa, CEO of Sacred Summits (P) Ltd. Nepal and Stewart Mclean, an avid Harley rider and Top Dawg at SFA, Australia promoting Motorcycle tours in the Himalayas, in memory of their riding buddy Binod Chhetri Acharya, an adventurer and a die-hard fan of the Royal Enfield Motorcycle who had an untimely death in October 2008.
The Enfield Rendezvous & Poker Run is a non competitive annual Motorcycle riding event to bring together Royal Enfield motorcycle riders of all age groups with their friends, spouses and families for a 2 nights / 3 days ride from Kathmandu to Pokhara. With it’s crystal clear lakes, The holy Fish Tail Mountain and the awe inspiring Annapurna Mountain range, Pokhara is truly a vacationers paradise.
The 8th Edition presents an opportunity to ride with Enfield and Classic Bike enthusiasts from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Luxumborg, Switzerland, UK and the USA. It’s popularity has grown so much that it has become a “must attend” event thus making it one of the biggest riding fest in Nepal. It also provides an opportunity to show off one’s motorcycle and vie for the prize for the Best Enfield (Original Design) and the Best Customized Enfield Motorcycle.
The Poker Run is also aimed at finishing up with the best hand of Poker cards. One card is dealt at each stop along the way to the destination and spot prizes gifted by Wildlife Resorts, hotels, restaurant & Bars, Rafting, Canyoning, Bungy, Paragliding Companies and our domestic Airlines as well as other business enterprises such as Spa’s, Foot Fetish, Wild Earth cosmetic and herbal products etc etc. are also drawn to add to the socializing during the ride. Over the years, the cost of lunch has been generously supported by M/s Yeti Airlines and a substantial amount of Free Beer has been provided by Nepal Ice for the participants.
The winner of the Poker hand is awarded a special prize. Additional prize for the best supporting / enthusiastic female Enfield rider is also on the cards besides the “Hard Luck Award” which will is presented to the motorcycle that has the most breakdowns.
Objectives of the 8th Enfield Rendezvous & Poker Run 2016:-
• Promote Motorcycling as a fun Adventure Sport in Nepal.
• A platform to celebrate Nepali New Year in Style
• An opportunity for the local business houses to promote and showcase their products
• An opportunity for local entrepreneurs to generate income
• A message to all motorcycle riders that Motorcycle riding can be a safe & fun adventure sport and an opportunity to network with fellow riders.
• To increase the participation of foreign riders, Enfield Clubs and Solo riders from India, local expatriates / Nepali nationals in this grand event for 2016 and many more in the future.
• To make this event “THE BIGGEST THUNDER RIDE IN THE HIMALAYAS”.
A Special Promotional opportunity to promote Motorcycle Adventures in Nepal as a New Tourism Product.
The ANNUAL Enfield Rendezvous & Poker Run is an ideal platform to showcase another upcoming and popular adventure sports program in Nepal which can be extended beyond our borders into Tibet, India and Bhutan. However, with so many riding enthusiasts around the world, this event with good management and exposure would definitely put Nepal as one of the best Motorcycle touring destinations in the world as it is easily accessible and provides one of the most fantastic scenery in the world.
Moreover, it will also provide an opportunity for more employment and a boost to financial gain to the Tourism Industry.
So with support from likeminded socially responsible organizations and personalities, we all can take advantage of the event and bring its awareness not only to tourists from abroad but to the Nepali community & expatriates living / working in Nepal as well, thus promoting domestic / inbound tourism and the income generated reached down to the grassroot level..