experience the himalaya's on a royal enfield - a once-in-a-lifetime ride
This is one of the best rides on the planet!
Think massive mountains, incredibly high passes, endless switchbacks, cliff side roads and stunning landscapes. We spent five 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 riders only with some decent dirt bike experience.
The bike of choice is the 500cc Royal Enfield, which is simple and charismatic. Support guides, mechanics and a driver keep everything in order.
We use the best possible accommodation, which ranges from adventure camps to simple home stays to retreats and 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 bikes will make sure no one gets lost!
Pangi-Purist’s Pir-Panjal Himalayas
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.
How do we get there?
We 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 SA 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.
Length: 12 days made up of 10.5 riding days and 1.5 rest days. Total length approximately 1,600km.
Rider Experience: This ride is for experienced riders only. 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 $2,500 NZD our bank account to secure a place - they are limited!
Confirmed dates for the 2019 Rides
Watch this space! ALL 2018 Tours are SOLD OUT!
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
Are you interested?
Use the email form and contact us, include your contact details - phone is best and the best time to contact you