Follow the winding roads of the Indian Himalayas on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. Discover the lunar landscape while riding the world’s highest motorable roads above 5000 meters.
Follow the winding roads of the Indian Himalayas on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. Discover the lunar landscape while riding the world’s highest motorable roads above 5000 meters.

Himalaya Motorcycle Tour

14-28 Aug 2022

Overview

Follow the winding roads of the Indian Himalayas on a Royal Enfield motorcycle. Discover the lunar landscape while riding the world’s highest motorable roads above 5000 meters.

DURATION

15 days / 14 nights*

MOTORCYCLE PACKAGE

12 days Royal Enfield (Bullet 500 or Himalayan) motorcycle rental, GoBeyond and local guides with repairman and back-up van.

MEETING POINT

Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)

LOCATION

Worlds highest motorable road from Manali to Leh, Himalayas / India

ACCOMMODATION

10 nights in quality 3* hotels, 3 nights in glamping style tents

PRICE

from € 2390

*The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) until the flight home from the same airport.

Description

himalaya
  • DELHI
  • MANALI
  • JISPA
  • SARCHU
  • LEH
  • PAKONG LAKE
  • LEH
  • NUBRA VALLEY
  • LEH
  • DAH HANU
  • LAMAYURU
  • LEH
  • DELHI

Riding along some of the world’s highest mountain passes will challenge even the most intrepid of travellers, but these are the experiences that lifelong memories are made of.

Here are some travel destinations that seem so obscure that most would never even think of them. But, once you’ve heard the idea, it’s a prospect so tantalising that you can’t seem to shake the desire to get there… one day. That’s the kind of journey, a motorbike ride through the Himalayas is.

Imagine riding at 5,359 metres above sea level along the world’s highest road passable by vehicle. Feel the power of the wind as you pass moon-like crater landscapes, past the mountain-sources of historically important rivers, and alongside isolated Buddhist monasteries. All the while, as you ride the winding roads, you’re surrounded by a crown of mountains – the grand Himalayas enveloping you at every turn, stretching along the horizon as far as the eye can see.

Details

HIMALAYAS - MOTORCYCLE ROADTRIP
14-28 Aug 2022

The duration of the trip lasts from meeting at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) until the flight home from the same airport. The flight there and back might take an extra day, depending on where you are travelling from.

ON
€ 2390
MOTORBIKE
PILLION OR
€ 2090
BACK-UP VAN

Included in the price

  • 13 nights accommodation with breakfast & dinner
  • Delhi – Manali bus ride
  • Airport transfers in India
  • 12 days motorcycle rental – Royal Enfield bullet 500
  • Domestic flight ticket from Leh to Delhi
  • Local guides
  • Back-up van for the baggages and non-riders
  • Petrol, mechanic and spare parts
  • Permissions to militarily protected areas
  • Experienced GoBeyond tour guide

Optional extras

  • Upgrade for Royal Enfield Himalyan is extra 250 EUR.
  • Upon request, the GoBeyond team can handle & book visa, plane tickets, and insurance for 50 EUR.

Further expenses

  • International flight tickets to Delhi and back – Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
  • Insurance valid for motorbiking in India
  • VISA
  • Personal expenses
  • Lunches & drinks

Accommodation

10 nights in high standard 3 star hotels in double bed rooms, with hot showers and wifi. 3 nights in glamping style tents, which are equipped with beds and bathrooms. The hospitality of the locals makes up for all the inconveniences.

Motorcycle package

12 days motorcycle rental of the legendary Royal Enfields Bullet 500 or the new Himalayan 400. Professional local motorcycle guides with repairman and back-up van. Gas and daily motorcycle maintenance is included in the price. GoBeyond motorcycle tour guide with years of experience.

Motorcycle riding ability

Advanced motorcycle skills: can ride for five to six hours, comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions. No experience required for pillions and for those who travel in the back-up car.

Weather

Hot and humid in Delhi (35°C), sunny, 22-28°C with occasional showers in Himachal Pradesh, sunny and dry mountain weather 10-25°C in Ladakh

Group

Maximum 15 riders with mixed nationalities in 1 group for each backup crew (back up van, mechanic and guide). In one camp we can handle a maximum of 2 groups.

Photo & Video

All the photos and videos you see are from our previous camps. We produce high-quality content of all our camps, which you will receive after returning home to remember all the amazing memories.

Personal expenses

The local currency is the Indian Rupee INR. We recommend bringing USD in cash and to exchange at the airport or the first hotel. Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 250-500 USD. For reference, a meal is between 1-10 USD.

Meals

You’ll get breakfast and dinner at the hotel in a buffet system. For lunch we’ll stop at roadside stalls where we can buy snacks and basic foods. All three meals are authentic Indian cuisine. In case of special diets, please let us know in advance and we’ll notify the local partners.

Road conditions

There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical. You need to be prepared for bumpy dirt roads, river crossings, mud, sand, gravel and lots of curves. You should not worry the local team and GoBeyond guides will help you in any situation.

Motorcycle gear

Every rider must bring his own motorcycle protective gear and helmet. We do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes. But due to the fact that the temperature is very different in the variant heights, it is good to wear multiple layers, such as in case of skiing. It’s a good idea to wear either a durable high top hiking boot, a real biking boot or even a dirt bike boot.

Local transportation

Comfortable bus with AC for transfers from airport and Delhi-Manali trip. The legendary Royal Enfield motorcycles and strong reliable 4X4 back-up vans on the Manali-Leh highway. Domestic flight fromLeh to Delhi

Activities & sights

Besides the highest motorable roads on Earth and the legendary Royal Enfield motorbikes, 1000 years old Buddhist monasteries, 5 passes over 5000 meters surrounded by peaks above 6-7000 meters. Turquoise tarns, mountain lakes. Authentic Indian cuisine and culture shock.

Travel insurance

You will need an insurance that covers motorcycle riding and is valid in India. You can contact us and we are happy to recommend the most suitable one.

Program

DAY 1 - ARRIVAL

Arrival to Delhi, a quick nap in the hotel, lunch, then visiting Humayun's Tomb, which is one of the most famous examples of Mughal architecture besides Taj Mahal. Leaving to Manali in the evening by comfortable private bus.

DAY 2 - MANALI

Arrival to Manali, acclimatization excursion to Vashist to the Jogini waterfall, bathing in the sacred thermal pools.

DAY 3 - PICK UP THE ENFIELDS

Testing the bikes with a 60-80 km tour on the nearby mountains around Manali.

DAY 4 - THE JOURNEY BEGINS

After breakfast we set out towards the Rohtang pass (3978 m). Going uphill between enormous pine trees, with huge vultures circling in the sky. After a challenging descent soon we reach the small trade-town of Jispa, where we spend the night.

DAY 5 - HIGH MOUNTAINS

We continue the ride uphill and cross the 4890-meter high Baralacha Pass. Here we get a taste of Ladakh’s moonlit landscapes and epic mountain ranges. We spend the night in a well equipped tent camp in Sarchu.

DAY 6 - THE TOUGHEST DAY

We have to climb 3 passes around 5000 meters, including the second highest motorable pass, the 5329-meter high Tanglang La. From here we ride down following the Indus river to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, where we can finally relax.

DAY 7 - REST DAY IN LEH

After riding on the hardest roads in the world for 3 days, strolling around in Leh will feel pretty good. We change our bikes to ones with local plates. We also prepare ourselves for the challenges of the following days.

DAY 8 - PANGONG LAKE

We set out again towards Pangong Lake, the biggest salt water lake in Asia, 2/3 of which lies in China and 1/3 in India. We spend the night in a nice, well equipped tent camp by the lake.

DAY 9 - NUBRA VALLEY

We are leaving towards Nubra Valley following the Shyok river, which is only rideable during late summer, in the rest of the year it is covered with snow.

DAY 10 - THE HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROAD ON EARTH

In the morning we’re climbing up to the 32-meter-high Buddha statue of the Diskit monastery, which peacefully looks towards Pakistan to protect the inhabitants of the area. While riding towards Leh we’re crossing the world’s highest motorable pass, the Khardung La, said to be 5602 meters high where we’re stretching the team’s flag.

DAY 11 - REST DAY, MONASTERIES AROUND LEH

Relaxation, refreshment, massage, souvenir shopping and a short, optional riding to the most famous Buddhist monasteries of the neighborhood.

DAY 12 - DAH HANU

We’ll take a trip to Dah Hanu along the Indus river. This timeless village preserves a unique Indo-European cultural heritage and inhabited by the Dardic people wearing extraordinary traditional jewelry and clothes. We spend the night in a high class tent-camp in an apricot orchard.

DAY 13 - LAMAYURU, ALCHI

On our last day on two wheels we are crossing our last 5000 meter high pass. Before heading back to Leh we will stop by in Lamayuru and Alchi, the home of a 1000 year old monastery.

DAY 14 - DELHI

Flight from Leh to Delhi where we’ll take a rest or an optional party after the long and demanding journey.

DAY 15 - DEPARTURE

Transfer to the airport, flying home with unforgettable memories and new friendships.

Downloadable itinerary

The program is subject to change at any times. The final itinerary depends on current weather conditions and the endurance of the group.

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    Q&A

    Not at all. Indian hotels usually have double bed rooms, if you don't want to be paired with one of your super friendly group mates, you can ask for single bed rooms for an additional fee, please request this in the application form.

    It depends on your nationality. From most of the countries you will need a visa which is a really easy process possible to make online with an average price of 70 USD. Please always check it on your local embassy’s website.

    We’ll stay between the borders of India for the whole trip.

    You need to have a motorcycle driving license valid for an 500 cc motorbike (at least).

    You can sit into the back-up van and enjoy totally the same trip while saving 300 EUR. Also you will have the chance to sit and ride on the bike behind our guides or if you come together with a rider you can also sit on the back theyer bike for most part of the trip.

    It depends on your choice. We do not recommend wearing leather motorbike suits as we do not go fast on the bikes. But due to the fact that the temperature is very different in the variant heights, it is good to wear multiple layers, such as in case of skiing. It’s a good idea to wear either a durable high top hiking boot, a real biking boot or even a dirt bike boot.

    In Delhi it is absolutely possible, but we won't ride there. In Manali rain can occur in the first two days, then the probability is very small, in most of the time we'll ride in a high altitude desert.

    They provide helmets if necessary, but obviously these ones are used and not from the highest quality. We recommend you bring your own one! It is your decision what kind of a helmet you prefer, but you need to be prepared for defending yourself against very strong sunshine and a lot of dust.

    There will be parts with straight, smooth concrete roads, but this is not typical. You need to be prepared for bumpy dirt roads, river crossings, mud, sand, gravel, lots of curves and anything you can imagine.

    First of all we are travelling in India, so you need to know that diarrhea and stomach infections can occur. Our team will always advise you what to eat and drink. Besides Delhi we are staying in a mountain area for the full-time, where water is a lot cleaner, so the risk of getting sick is a lot lower, for instance last year nobody got sick. It’s always a good idea to keep a hand sanitizer or a small bottle of spirit in your bag. Secondly, altitude sickness is a significant issue, although we reach the first 5000 meter high pass in 3 days, usually it is demanding for your body. The risk is getting higher, if you are overweight, you have cardiovascular diseases or high blood pressure or in case of smoking. If you are unsure, talk to your doctor. We'll spend 10 days above 3300 meters and we'll cross 5000 meter passes 5 times. However, if anyone feels unwell, he/she can sit in the back-up car with an oxygen cylinder. From this point someone else will ride his/her bike for a while.

    Yes, it is included in the price and the group leaders will take care of it, they bring extra supply in the back-up van.

    The staff contains the following people: a professional motorbiker mountain guide grown up in the mountains of the Himalaya (he's the one who leads the group on the roads), a well-equipped mechanic (he's an expert of Royal Enfield bikes, travelling in the back-up van with his tools and spare parts), another group leader sitting in the back-up van (he can ride anybody's bike if anything goes wrong and he takes care of any upcoming situation) and there is also a group leader from BTS, who has already done this trip multiple times and is experienced in motorcycle guiding, the local culture and sights.

    You need to pack into at least 2 bags. The big bag travels in or on the back-up van so don't bring your expensive suitcases (you can pack them in and out everyday in the hotel), and hand baggages will be strapped on your motorbikes. In this you should have your extra layers, water, camera and any personal items you need during the day.

    Please ask your local health authority. Usually there are no mandatory vaccinations, but the recommended ones are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, typhoid, DPT, Meningitis.

    Due to the fact that the route runs on the Indian-Chinese-Pakistan border region, there is a very strong military presence with lots of camps on the way. Our local guides are familiar with the military camps and have a good relationship with them. These places are responsible for medical tasks as well in these areas. Tourism is very developed and is a significant income source in this region, so they are very nice with tourists and pay attention to them. If any problematic situation develops, they would also handle them, no problems have occurred in the past years.

    Depending on spending habits your budget for the trip should range from 250-500 USD. For reference, a meal is between 1-10 USD.

    The currency is Indian Rupee INR. We will have the opportunity to change money at the airport after the arrival to Delhi, or somewhere in the city center. ATM-s and credit card payments are not typical, but can occur in Dehli, Manali and Leh (they do not accept all card types). So we suggest bringing USD in cash and change (you'll have the opportunity to change money in Delhi, Manali and Leh).

    Buying alcohol is somewhat more difficult at most of our accommodations, they can serve beer if you preorder it and some local rum. It is advised to take spirits from home or buy them at the airport. In larger cities there are dedicated alcohol shops, although the price of it rises in proportion to the height above sea level.

    You'll need to have one that is valid for motorcycling, valid in India and valid above 5000 meters altitude. If you need help, please get in touch with us!

    11 nights in high standard 3 star hotels in double bed rooms, with hot showers and wifi. 3 nights in glamping style tents, which are equipped with beds and bathrooms. The hospitality of the locals makes up for all the inconveniences.

    You shouldn't worry, the back-up van with the mechanic is always the last one on the road, just park your bike on the side of the road, wait for him and enjoy the stunning scenery while he repairs your bike. Usually he can fix anything within 15 mins. The head of the group will wait for you at the next resting stop.

    In the big cities such as Delhi, Manali and Leh you’ll have both. In the remote areas it is better not to count on it, but at least every second or maximum 3rd day you will be able to contact the rest of the world. :)

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