NEW Rides! experience the himalaya's on a 500cc royal enfield - a once-in-a-lifetime rides for ALL skill levels of riders
Himalayan High - with Explore Indochina Hanoi
July & August 2020 OPEN
This is one of the best motorbike rides on the planet!
Think massive mountains, incredibly high passes, endless switchbacks, cliff side roads and stunning landscapes.
We spent six years exploring the region to come up with a special route that takes in all the very best with minimal time in the popular areas. This means our route is very unique and our Indian team very competent.
Over 12 days we ride all manner of roads, mostly paved, but in some sections quite challenging scree and gravel. This is an adventure for experienced motorbike riders only with some decent dirt bike experience.
The bike of choice is the 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet, which is simple and charismatic. Support guides, mechanics, a doctor and drivers keep everything in order.
We use the best possible accommodation, which ranges from adventure camps to simple home stays to retreats to Raj palaces.
This is not a strict ‘mother duck’ group ride. Rather, participants will be encouraged to ride at their own pace with who they want to. Maps, route descriptions and GPS waypoints as well as two guides on motorbikes bikes will make sure no one gets lost on this tour!
Jul 2020 add in the sightseeing...
There's room for a week in the golden triangle (easily arranged for you) before the ride, see the Taj and many of the main sights before heading up into the mountains
Golden Triangle Tour
This ride is on every motorcyclists 'bucket list' you will meet riders from all over the world on this ride! Spiti literally means “middle land”, so called because it is surrounded by mountain ranges on all sides. Located in the “Trans-Himalayan” region of main range of Himalayas, it also lies between major former empires of Bushair, Kullu, Ladakh and Tibet.
the people: Spiti is pre-dominantly a Buddhist region populated with people of Tibetan stock. The valley is one of the least populated regions of the country with average population density of 2.3 people per square kilometres. The Gompas are sights to behold by virtue of their locations. Their position in the society is unique and are major guiding forces of people’s daily life. Ki and and Tabo monasteries are one of the oldest monasteries in the world.
the terrain: Spiti is a land of contrasts. With negligible annual rainfall but heavy snow, the patch of green fields in the middle of this barren landscape are a feast to the dreary eyes of a traveller. Apart from mountains and valleys, Spiti has a unique storehouse of shales and an unmatched geological collection of fossils. Some of the rock faces are veritable storehouses of geological history of the Himalayas. In some valleys, the effects of tectonic thrust, which created Himalayas, can be seen and studied.
Summary: Distance 1800km (approx.); Duration 14N/15D; Altitude 227m to 5,359m (744 ft to 17,582ft); Road Conditions Mostly unpaved, rocky and gravel; Weather Conditions Moderately warm with occasional rain/snow; Best Season July, August and September; Accommodation Mix of Biker friendly Boutique Hotels, Campsites, Guest Houses Experience level 9/10
Pangi-Purist’s ride Pir-Panjal
Manali-Tandi-Pangi valley-Sach Pass-Bairagarh-Dalhousie-Dharamshala-Kangra (9 days, 8 nights)
Amid the dry and bald mountains of the Pir-Panjal Himalayan ranges, the green potato fields of Lahul and the relative affluence of the Pattan valley along the Chenab river are too stark a contradiction to miss. The narrow gorges of Paangi Valley, the so called land of milk and honey, will send a shiver down your spine. Khajjiar, “the mini Switzerland”, on the foothills of the mighty Dauladhar Himalayan ranges and town of Dharamshala, the official residence of HH Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile, are our attractions en route.
The treacherous ascent of Sach Pass (4,414m) is definitely not for the faint hearted. But for a purist, this is an adventure story fit to keep your audiences mesmerised for hours during those rainy Sunday afternoons back home.
Summary: Distance 700km; Duration 9D/8N; Altitude 2,050m/4,420m; Road Conditions Mostly unpaved, rocky and gravel. Muddy on rainy days; Weather Conditions Moderately warm with occasional rain/snow ; Tour Dates Between September 3rd to September 15th ONLY; Accommodation Mix of Hotels, Campsites, Guest Houses, Open Camping; Dificulty Level 8/10
Manali - Leh
Manali to Leh route is one of the most enjoyable section of the various hidden valleys of the Himalayas. The route offers all the ingredients of a perfect Adventure-Beautiful tarmac, High Passes, patches of bad roads, water-crossings, extreme-climate and some High Altitude sleeping nights. Riding through “the Highest Motorable Road in the world” at Khrdungla is an added bonus. You will pass through the Districts of Lahul & Spiti and Ladakh nested deeply inside remote Greater Himalayas.
Ladakh: The “land of High Passes”, is a Buddhist dominated region in the northern India. It was once an important strategic trade junction on the Silk route feeder routes. Due to high altitude and clear skies, the Ladakh offers a breath-taking panorama of Northern sky for astronomy enthusiasts. When the Chinese authorities closed the borders in 1960s, the international trade diminished. But the tourism flourished. Today, Ladakh is the Mecca for Indian bikers.
Lahul & Spiti: A relatively greener and affluent region, the people of Lahul & Spiti are of Hindu and Buddhist religions, Primarily into agriculture and horticulture, you’ll surprised at their in-depth knowledge of the latest farming techniques round the world. The district boasts off the highest literacy rate in the state.
This ride is suitable for first-time riders in the Himalayas. Before you embark on any other route, we strongly recommend this route, at least once, for all real riders.
Summary: Total Distance : 1270KMs; Duration : 12 Days; Altitude (Min/Max) : 1800-5359 Mtrs; Terrain : Mostly Unpaved. Rocky. Gravel ; Difficulty Level : 5/10
Lakes of Ladakh Himalayas
Ladakh, the “land of High Passes”, is a Buddhist dominated region in the northern India. It was once an important strategic trade junction on Silk route feeder routes. Due to high altitude and clear skies, the Ladakh offers a breath-taking panorama of Northern sky for astronomy enthusiasts.
When the Chinese authorities closed the borders in 1960s, the international trade diminished. But the tourism flourished. Today, Ladkakh is the Mecca for Indian bikers. At this high altitude desert it’s really soothing to see the turquoise-blue salt lakes of Tsokar and Pangong. While climbing the sky-high passes of Khardung La, Tanglang La, Wari La, Chang La, you can smell the unburnt fuel and feel your bike struggle to breathe. It’s that time when you’ll talk to your machine.
Summary: Total Distance : 1400 KMs; Duration : 15 Days; Altitude (Min/Max) : 1950-5359 Mtrs ; Terrain : Mostly Unpaved. Rocky. Gravel. ; Difficulty Level : 6/10
How do we get there?
We can make the airline / accommodation / Golden Triangle Tour bookings based on what your plans are. We try to book these tours at least 10 months in advance to get the best price on the airfares or you can make your own airline bookings. Currently we fly Singapore Airlines ex CHCH or Auckland to Singapore then on to Dehli. From here we fly to Manali if you are on the Purists tour , or we fly you back from Ley at the end of your ride if you are on the Himalayan High ride. We make use of the discounts we get from Singapore Airlines to get you the best price and you get to check around before you confirm them.
What can I expect?
Bike: Modern 500cc Royal Enfield Bullet with fuel injection, normal gears and front disk brakes.
Rider Experience: Each ride has a experience rating: The ride through Spiti Valley is listed as one of the 'Worlds Most Dangerous Roads'.
At the beginning of the ride the roads are very twisty and the Indian drivers are mad! From the third to fifth day there is anything from gravel to dirt to shale, and depending on the snow melt, many stream crossings.
Distances on two days are long by anyone's book, as there is no choice but to truck on due to the complete lack of accommodation. Most of the time you are completely alone on the road surrounded by absolutely enormous mountains.
GUIDE PRICE: Rider NZ$8,800 - Pillion NZ$7,150 (twin share). (As we pay in USD / and Airlines change flights and pricing these rates are subject to change). Our pricing is based on twin share basis but single supplements are available on request.
How to book a spot: To book a place we need a deposit of $3,000 NZD our bank account to secure a place - they are limited!