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HIMALAYAN motorcycle tours

- Himalayan Heights -

Join Ride Expeditions and ride the worlds highest passes on this epic adventure of a lifetime.

Touring through the Himalayan Mountains provides breathtaking views around every corner, unique cultural experiences with the amazingly friendly locals and motorcycle riding to dream of.

We’ll take you through sunny pine forests, snow capped mountains and red rocky landscapes that look that they’ve come straight out of Star Wars.

This motorcycle tour isn’t about racing around mountain roads (you might just fall off the edge if you try!) – it’s about cruising through the hills with a group of like-minded riders and taking in the incredible surroundings of the beautiful Himalayan Mountains. Sitting aboard your thumping Royal Enfield Classic is the only way to travel India’s mountain roads as you pass beneath cascading waterfalls, alongside fast flowing rivers and weave around the occasional yak!

Not hard enough? Check out our ‘Himalayan Extreme‘ tour!

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Tour Key Points

  • Skill Level Required - Intermediate
  • Tour Type - On-road (but some very rough roads!)
  • Distance - 1,400km
  • Duration - 13 days
  • Tour Price - £2,595 (2018)
  • Tour Price - £2,695 (2019)
  • Start City - New Delhi, India
  • End City - New Delhi, India

Tour Dates & Prices

HIMALAYAN HEIGHTS

Aug 01

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Aug 1 - Aug 13
Aug 04

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Aug 4 - Aug 16
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Aug 14

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Aug 14 - Aug 26
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Aug 31

HIMALAYAN HEIGHTS

Aug 31 - Sep 12
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Sep 04

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Sep 4 - Sep 16
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Tour Key Info

  • The motorcycles: Motorcycles are bought brand new every year. We offer the Royal Enfield Himalayan or Classic / Bullet. All are the newer fuel injected models.
  • Medical support: a western medic. A substantial medical kit is carried in the support vehicle and there is space for people to sit / lay if they cannot ride.
  • Support crew: professional local guides & mechanics and a support vehicle to carry your luggage, spare parts and snacks.
  • Duration: 13 days total including welcome day & 2 transfer days.
  • Terrain: 98% on road, but road conditions vary from smooth tarmac, to harsh rocky tracks. 2% is on a sandy track alongside Pangong Lake.
  • Average daily ride hours: 5 – 8 with plenty of drink / photo stops.
  • Suitable for pillion riders? Yes, but be aware that you’ll most likely become the designated cameraman! Please also note that this is not an easy and smooth ride for a pillion... but if the going gets too rough, there is always the option to hop into the comfort of one of the support vehicles.

Tour Highlights

  • Outstanding natural beauty everywhere we go.
  • KhardungLa pass – at 5,380m above sea level it is reputed to be the highest motorable pass on Earth!
  • Pangong Lake – the worlds highest salt lake and possibly the worlds most amazing views.
  • Visit the endangered double humped bactrian camels in the Nubra Valley.
  • Hundreds of hairpin mountain turns – everyone knows they’re good fun!
  • Start the ride in Shimla - the beautiful old summer capital of British India.
  • The trip starts and ends in Delhi - allow yourself an extra day to visit the unmissable Taj Mahal.
  • A stunning mountain flight out of the mountains from Leh – Delhi.
  • Start your love affair with Tibetan momos! …trust us, they’re delicious.

Himalayan Motorcycle Tour Itinerary

himalayan-motorcycle-tour-ride-expeditions-2We’ll meet you at the airport in New Delhi and bring you to your hotel – ideally located, it is the perfect base from which to explore this chaotic city (yes, the traffic is INSANE, but thankfully you will not have to ride in any of this!). We will all meet in the afternoon where your tour leader will give a full briefing of the adventure that lies ahead. We’ll all then head out to an excellent restaurant for a welcome dinner. More on New Delhi

Accommodation: 4* hotel.

Included meals: Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-india-(10)After breakfast at the hotel we will board our private coach and head for the hills! The journey to Shimla is a comfortable 8 hour trip on good roads. Sit back and enjoy the views as we begin the climb into the Himalayas.

Shimla is simply a beautiful and  fascinating town that was the old summer capital of British India. We’ll arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon where our support team will be waiting with welcome drinks on the front lawn. More on Shimla

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaThe first day of riding on this Himalayan motorcycle tour, and boy is it a good one! We leave the chaos of Shimla behind and quickly find ourselves on beautifully paved winding roads that are simply a joy to ride! We descend down to a river valley and turn onto a road that is much less smooth, but no less beautiful.

In the afternoon we will steadily climb on winding roads that cut through pine forests up to our first high pass of the trip – ‘Jalori’ pass, sat at 3,100m above sea level. We will stop at the top outside ‘Mahakali Temple’ for biscuits and a cup of chai before riding the newly paved road down to our hotel, perched on the hillside offering spectacular views over the trees. Sunset beers followed by a big meal and a roaring campfire: a great end to a great first day of riding!

Accommodation: An old (but very nice!) hillside hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

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We’ll ride the rough roads down into Banjar Valley, through the pine forests and quaint rural villages. We’ll descend until we meet the Beas River which we’ll then ride alongside all the way to Manali. The traffic gets a bit manic so you’ll need to keep your wits about you as you weave around trucks, rickshaws, dogs and cows! We’ll escape this as best we can by crossing to the other side of the river and riding tiny winding roads through small villages, all the way up to our excellent 5* hotel.

Manali is a beautiful ski resort style town sat at 2,000m. We’ll arrive mid afternoon, giving you the chance to do a spot of shopping in ‘Old Manali’, visit the hot springs at ‘Vashisht’, or even hike up to a nearby waterfall.

In the evening we’ll go out for dinner at ‘Johnson’s Cafe’ where we strongly recommend you sample the trout from the local rivers – it’s delicious! After dinner we’ll enjoy drinks around the fire pit.

Note: Depending on road & weather conditions further north, we may spend two nights here in Manali (and then just spend the 1 night in Nubra valley).

Accommodation: 5* hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaLeaving from Manali, we continue the ride alongside the Beas river before starting our climb up to our second high pass of the trip so far: Rohtang La at 3,876m. The roads up to the top are incredible, with countless hairpin turns and spectacular views across the hills. The roads get a little rougher as we descend into the Lahaul Valley, but with its cascading waterfalls and rugged terrain the scenery is no less impressive. Tonights destination is the small town of Keylong… if your beard needs a trim, we recommend the local barber experience!

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaWe’ll ride smooth tarmac in the morning that curves its way up to the scenic Baralacha La pass which sits at a whopping 4,883m above sea level. We stop just on the other side for lunch and there are three things that might now happen: 1. Nothing at all; 2. You might feel a bit queasy; 3. You might feel a bit drunk and giddy – happy days! Don’t worry though, this is just your body acclimatising to the high altitudes and it should not last long. Our medic will be on hand to monitor to your blood oxygen levels and we have oxygen bottles to hand if required.

After lunch, we will descend to the Sarchu plateau where our campsite awaits. After enjoying a buffet dinner in the ‘restaurant tent’ we will light a bonfire to keep our toes warm and toast marshmallows!

Accommodation: Large tents with attached WCs and big beds.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaAfter breakfast we will saddle up for what might well be the most beautiful days riding you’ll ever have experienced (this is certainly the opinion of Toby, one of the Ride Expeditions owners!). We start the day by riding up ‘Gata Loops’ – 21 hairpin turns that snake up the mountainside. Riding towards the Upper Indus Valley and over two more of the World’s highest passes (Lachalung La: 5,085m & Tanglang La: 5,330m) the winding roads are an immensely joyous ride and there are fresh breathtaking views around each and every corner. We do have a larger distance to cover today, but the road conditions are excellent (with exceptions of course – we’re still in the Himalayas!) and we’re able to increase the pace.

Accommodation: Hotel just outside of town (away from the army of barking dogs that seem to patrol the streets at 2am!)

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaEnjoy a day of rest, local sightseeing and exploring the fascinating mountain town of Leh – the capital of the ancient Kingdom of Ladakh. There are plenty of restaurants, shops, cafes and markets – the ‘old market’ in particular is a great experience. There are many monasteries and ancient temples that are well worth a visit, as is the impressive 9-storey abandoned Leh Palace that overlooks the town. If you can not bear to be separated from your steed then you are of course welcome to take the Enfields out for a cruise in the hills. More on Leh

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-india-(1)Riding over Chang La pass at 5,280m we’ll cruise over towards Pangong lake – the highest salt water lake in the world. Watch out for the huge Himalayan Yaks that patrol the valley! We’ll stop for a picnic lunch alongside a stream in this beautiful valley, before continuing down towards the lake.

The lake, shared by both India and China, is 134km long and a spectacular sight with snow capped mountains and orange rock faces reflecting off of the perfectly clear blue waters. More on Pangong Lake

Accommodation: Large tents with big beds, attached WCs and radiators.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-india-(4)After enjoying breakfast and a couple of cups of chai tea down by the lake, we’ll saddle up for another days fine riding through the mountains. We’ll travel through an incredibly remote region along an old military road that has only recently been opened up to tourists. The smooth road surfaces cruise us down into the beautiful Nubra Valley. More on Nubra Valley

Accommodation: Luxury campsite. “How can a campsite be luxurious” you say? Well you’ll just have to wait and see!

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaToday we ride out to have lunch in the small village of ‘Turtuk’, located just 7km from the Pakistan border. You might’ve thought that you’d already seen all the different types of terrain the Himalayas has to offer – think again! This road is an incredible ride and the views are smack-in-the-face amazing.

After arriving back at the camp and sinking a cold Kingfisher or two, it’s into the support vans and out to the sand dunes for a spot of camel riding.

Back at camp (you’ve guessed it), another camp fire awaits!

Note: If we spent 2 nights in Manali, we will only be able to spend 1 night in Nubra Valley, meaning this riding day will not be possible.

Accommodation: Luxury campsite.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

himalayan-motorcycle-tours-adventure-asia-indiaWe’ve saved the big one ’til last: Khardung La Pass! Join the elite handful of motorcyclists that have stood on top of the world with their motorcycle by their side. Reputed to be the highest motorable road in the world, Khardung La pass sits at 5,380m above sea level (that’s the same height as Mt. Everest basecamp!). The views from the top are second to none, looking across Zanskar and the Kangri Mountains. We’ll ride down the other side on rocky dirt roads until we reach our final destination. We’ll enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel restaurant and say goodbye to the support team.

Accommodation: Hotel.

Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

After a breakfast feast at the hotel we will transfer you to Leh airport where we will say our goodbyes. Please note that flight bookings vary from this airport – we can not guarantee which flight we’ll be able to book for you – flight departures vary between 7am and 11am. Flight time to Delhi is approx 1 and a half hours.

Buckle up for an exciting flight (no fighting over the window seats!) that passes over numerous mountain tops and glaciers. Ride Expeditions services end here… we hope you’ve enjoyed the ride!

If you intend to stay in Delhi for a night or two just let us know – we’d of course be happy to arrange the same hotel for you.

Accommodation: Not included.

Included meals: Hotel breakfast.

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Your motorcycle tour expert

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Why book with Ride Expeditions

Ride Expeditions is a British owned company that has always operated with the standard of ‘combining expert local knowledge with high western standards‘. It is this winning combination that has resulted in our success of running the ultimate motorcycle adventure tours.

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As a UK Ltd company we have been able to affiliate ourselves with the PTS (Protected Trust Services), giving you the consumer 100% financial security when booking a tour through Ride Expeditions Ltd UK.

Tour Inclusions

  • The latest Royal Enfield 500cc Classic or Himalayan
  • Third-party motorcycle insurance
  • Quality twin-share accommodation as per itinerary (single room supplement + £365)
  • All fuel
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, spare parts, tools etc.
  • Western medic / local doctor
  • GEOS Search and Rescue cover for all riding days​ (2019 onwards)
  • Full support crew: professional local guide, mechanics on the bikes and a local doctor / western medic
  • Ride Expeditions personalised travel app (for android and ios)​
  • Domestic flight from Leh - Delhi (excl. baggage upgrades)
  • Airport pickup
  • Private coach transfer from Delhi – Shimla
  • All entrance fees & riding permits
  • Welcome pack
  • We donate a percentage of tour profits to a local charity / school​
  • 1 tree planted on your behalf
  • A camel ride in the Nubra Valley… they’re not as comfy as the Enfield’s, they smell bad and they might spit on you – but they’re still good fun.

Tour Exclusions

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Indian visa
  • Motorcycle damages (we require a £500 security to be 'held' on your card. Alternatively, we can offer our own damage insurance for an extra £180)
  • Alcohol
  • Pet camel

Optional Extras

  • Pillion passenger + £2,395
  • Motorcycle Damage Insurance + £180
  • Single Room Supplement + £365

Himalayan Motorcycle Tour Bikes

ROYAL ENFIELD CLASSIC

ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN

Rider Testimonials

Rider testimonials below are general and some not specifically about this tour – although they are of similar tours in the same areas.

Alison Shaw reviewed:

Himalayan Heights Was Amazing, Spiti Was Even Better

“Love this company and everything about it. Rode Ladakh last year and had such a great time, that as soon as the opportunity came up to ride the new Spiti route, I jumped at it. Was expecting something great as had heard so much about the challenging riding and stunning landscapes, but nothing prepared me for just how awesome the trip was.” … Read More

Jarrad reviewed:

Himalayan Heights – Next Level!!

Absolutely amazing tour! Toby, Pete, Annu and the team really went above and beyond to look after everyone’s needs. Nothing but the best hotels and campsites! Already looking forward to joining them on future tours!”

Garry H reviewed:
Himalayan tour was amazing

“Spent 10 days riding from Manali India through the Himalayas around Spiti Valley with Toby [UK] and his local Indian support crew Ramu and Topy and it was amazing. The guys have good reliable bikes, are very well organised and ensure you have fun, excitement, adventures and the whole time feel comfortable with the riding environment and pace.
Pre booking information and confirmations handled by Anna [UK] was thorough and informative and included air travel info, packing lists and transit information.” … READ MORE

Laura reviewed:
You have to do this – Himalayan Heights

“What an absolutely awesome trip. The whole thing was incredibly well organised – we had nothing to think about apart from enjoying the ride. And what a ride it was! 

Great communication from the team beforehand, and a really helpful, professional, friendly and decent bunch of staff accompanying the ride. 

Book it – I guarantee you won’t regret it.”

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Himalayan Motorcycle Tour FAQ

Below is a selection of Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Himalayan Heights Motorcycle Tour. For all other FAQs related to payments and our company in general, please visit the General FAQs Page

Q: Do I need a motorcycle license for riding in India?
A: An easy one to start here – Yes you do. To be legally riding in India you are required to carry your local driving licence, which must cover the size of bike you will be riding (500cc). This will also be a stipulation of any travel insurance company too, so let’s face it – there is no way around this. You may be the three-time enduro world champion, but sadly this will count for nothing if there’s no licence in your wallet.

Q: Do I need an International Driving Permit (IDP)?
A: Yes. An IDP is basically an official, multi-language translation of your driving licence. They are cheap, quick and easy to obtain in your home country – if you are British and reading this, £5.50 will get you a year’s permit. So that roughly equates to half a pint of beer in London, or a two-bedroom terraced house in Liverpool ;)

Q: What about Insurance?
A: Travel insurance for a trip like this is a complete essential. We all know that riding motorcycles carries a certain amount of risk, so riding unfamiliar motorcycles on unfamiliar roads does not decrease that! Getting proper travel insurance that covers you for riding abroad is a no-brainer. If things go awry, you need to know that you have the correct cover to get you home safely such as emergency evacuation, medical bills, repatriation etc. *Touch wood* We have never had to call in a helicopter before but they are not cheap (costs can run into tens thousands of pounds) so it is better to be safe than sorry.

Q: What is the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

A: If we settle on an intermediate Strouhal value of 0.3: We can estimate the airspeed of the European Swallow to be roughly 11 meters per second (15 beats per second * 0.73 meters per beat).

Q: What happens if I damage the motorcycle?
A: Obviously no one plans on damaging anything, but we accept it may happen. Minor damage is covered by us, so if you snap a lever, puncture a tyre or scratch the paintwork with your zip, we’re not going to chase you down the road waving a hastily drafted invoice.

However, major damage, particularly that caused by rider error or riding beyond the capabilities of the bike / rider will need to be covered by yourself. Barrel into a gravelly turn at 60 mph and hurl the bike over a cliff, then it’s your call not ours. That seem fair?

In these circumstances we will work out the cheapest way to have the repairs done to the necessary standard to return the bike to active service for the next customer.  We’re almost painfully fair in these situations and we would never intend to profit out of this. It’s bad enough binning a bike, we don’t want to add insult to injury.

If this approach worries you, we can offer a bespoke damage waiver for £180 –  get in touch with us for more details and we can talk through the options.

Q: What currency should I bring with me?
A: This one is both simple and complicated. The local currency is Indian Rupees – INR. However, unless you are a resident of India, importing rupees is prohibited so you cannot actually obtain the notes outside the country itself like you can for other countries.

You can either bring in other currencies to exchange when in India, or simply withdraw rupees from ATMs as you would back at home. Well we say that, but if you are in a remote village with only three residents, a yak and an elderly donkey, there may not be an ATM, so don’t expect universal coverage through the entire Himalayas!

If you do bring cash, US dollars are universally welcome. Bitcoin, coloured buttons and belly button fluff are not. Whatever you bring, try not to exchange too much at the arrival airport – the exchange rate is terrible. There are ATMs at the airport too.

Q: Do I need a visa for India?
A: Yes, unless you are a national of Nepal, Bhutan or the Maldives. The easiest way to get one is to apply for an e-tourist visa online, but make sure you visit the official site, or use a reputable company such as VFS rather than the many official looking sites that will scam you for far more than the cost, like they did to our member of staff, Julian …

Assuming you live in an eligible country / territory you can apply online minimum 4 days in advance of the date of arrival with a window of 120 days. So for example, if you are applying on 1st Sept you can select arrival date from 5th Sept to 2nd Jan.

For peace of mind, we recommend you do this nicely in advance to avoid any delays or issues. The visa lasts 60 days so unless you decide to extend your trip for vastly more than the length of the tour, then this should be plenty

When you arrive at Delhi airport, there is an immigration form to fill in before you queue up to show your visa. Now we all know Brits love to queue but don’t wait to get to the front just to have the man send you to the back past everyone to fill in the form, it’s just embarrassing.

Q: Can I forge all appropriate documents using an office photocopier and a Pritt stick?
A:
No, unless you are keen on spending time in an Indian jail and enjoy infrequent yet uncomfortably communal showers. Like their counterparts across the globe, Indian Customs officials go through months of training to avoid even smiling, so they won’t see the joke…

Q: Where do I fly into?

A: Assuming your name is not Clark Kent, you will need to book return flights to Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi (DEL). You may wish to use a flight comparison website such as Skyscanner to find the best deals. However, be a bit sensible on this – going for multiple transfers just to save a little bit of cash may prove a false economy, especially if delayed flights mean you miss connections. And of course, if you arrive in Delhi and your riding gear is heading for Delaware, then you’re going to have to borrow clothing like the kid who forgot his PE kit…

We will send someone to meet you at the airport – so be sure to give us your full flight details.

Q: How do I carry my main luggage?

A: Bend at the knees. Joking aside, the good news here – we are followed on the ride by either one or two support vehicles depending on group size. This means that all your luggage goes in there rather than having it bounce around on the back your Royal Enfield for miles on end. You just need to take either a tank bag or small rucksack with cameras and any travel essentials you feel you can’t manage without. All the spares, luggage, medical supplies, fuel, sweets, board games, Espresso coffee machine, the Complete works of Shakespeare and post-ride beer goes in the truck – genius!

Q: What is the baggage allowance for the flight back to Delhi from Leh?
A: As this is a short domestic flight, the included baggage allowance is 15kg. To increase this limit it costs approximately £30 per 10kg. We will discuss this requirement with you before the tour.

Q: How big is the group?
A: The average group size is between ten and fifteen riders as that’s about the manageable amount for a mixed group. If you are booking a private tour with a group of friends or a riding club we can be a bit more flexible on the upper number as it’s easier to coordinate a group that already know each other and ride together back home.

Q: Will we have a local guide?
A: Yes – definitely.  All of our tours are accompanied by at least one local guide and all-round fixer who can smooth our passage through India. Our guys have been riding with us for multiple trips so know the terrain and the towns and villages we’ll be visiting. And they can also ride the highest passes in the world in a pair of flip flops if required…

Q: Will a mechanic be riding with us?
A: Yes, our mechanics travel with us as the sweep rider at the back of the group. If you get a problem, they’ll hop off their bike, give you theirs to allow you to continue and fix the problem before re-joining the group. The truck travels with a multitude of spares from spare wheels to foot peg rubbers and the guys know their Enfields better than most!

Q: How many beans make 5?
A: 2 beans, a bean & a half, a bean and half a bean. It does! Add it up yourself.

Q: Do I need to take water with me?
A:
Regular hydration is a good idea when you ride, so many of our riders will take a Camelbak or drinks reservoir with them. There’s plenty of water in the truck so we’ll ensure everyone gets a drink during our frequent stops but having some with you is always a sensible move, even if it’s just a bottle in your day bag.

Q: Can I take lager in my Camelbak?
A:
No. Lager is far too fizzy and will squirt down the tube and spray out through your nose. Try Rum.

Q: Is there any medical support?

A: Yes. This tour is accompanied by either a local doctor in the support vehicle or a western qualified medic who will ride with the group. There will be a substantial medical kit & stretcher in the support vehicle. Every tour is equipped with a GPS tracker so that our staff can identify the precise location at any time.

Q: What is GEOS Search and Rescue?

A: GEOS is the world’s leading medical & evacuation provider. From 1st November 2018, GEOS Search and Rescue membership is included in all tour packages and will cover you for all riding days. In the event of an emergency, our medic / office will liaise with GEOS, ensuring that the best help is on it’s way to you as fast as possible.

Q: What happens in case of an emergency?
A: Our medic will choose the best course of action depending on the situation. He will have a medical kit with him and he can use our satellite messenger device to contact GEOS/ our office. We will assist from our office – we can see your location from the GPS tracker and we’ll have the details of your travel insurance company. Where safety is concerned, rest assured, you’re riding with one of the most prepared motorcycle tour operators in the world.

Q: How can I avoid altitude sickness?
A: 1. Stay hydrated. Caffeine and alcohol impacts hydration, so maybe keep intake to a minimum until you are acclimatised. 
2. Apparently a high potassium diet (lots of bananas!) helps. 
3. Make a conscious effort to breathe properly as we climb to higher altitudes – you want to saturate your blood with oxygen. Your tour leader will explain this in more detail in your welcome briefing. 
4. Diamox is an altitude sickness tablet – please do your own research on this – if you decide you would like to take these, we always carry a stock with us. You’ll want to start taking these in Delhi (before we start climbing). 
5. Oxygen – we carry oxygen bottles with us on every trip. Our medic will keep an eye on everyone and monitor peoples stats. He will administer oxygen if necessary. 
6. Ibuprofen if you start to feel a headache coming on, but please notify the tour medic beforehand.

Q: What riding kit should I wear?
A: This is a regular question from all our riders. We don’t provide any riding gear for this trip so bringing your own is essential. As the riding is predominantly road based in this region, then road / adventure style kit is the way to go rather than off-road or enduro gear. So that’s going to mean a good helmet, protective riding jacket and trousers, ideally with CE or equivalent approved armour on the pointy bits – elbows, knees and shoulders.

You are also going to need good leather gloves, a neck tube to keep out the cold and maybe even base layers for the days we are travelling at altitude and the temperature drops. You should take waterproofs if your kit doesn’t keep out the wet stuff, but in reality the region is fairly dry when our tours are running. We don’t recommend open face helmets as they simply do not offer the same level of protection as a full face or flip front helmet even at low speeds. And definitely no mankinis please – ain’t nobody got time for that …

“Dress for the slide, not the ride..” as they say.

Q: Can my family see where I am?
A: Only if you want them too ;) We always travel with a GPS tracker that tracks our location throughout the trip. The staff in the office will send you a link to the online map and you can share this with your family so that they know exactly where you are. It’s cleverly linked with Google maps, so they can actually zoom right into ‘street view’ and have a look around your precise location!

You can also send it to your mates to make them insanely jealous that you are in India having the holiday of a lifetime while they are slaving away at work. Surely the main reason you booked this ride?

Q: Do I need any immunisations for India?
A: Yes, you may do, but clearly it depends on what you’ve already had. The usual suspects that our riders normally get is Tetanus, Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, and Polio. These diseases still exist in many parts of the world and India is one of them, so getting adequately immunised is a wise precaution.

Please contact your local doctor or your country’s national health advisory service to see what they recommend for the area you are visiting. Some on the immunisations are free, some you will need to pay for through specialist travel companies.

Q: What if I get bitten by a Snow Leopard?
A:
Consider your selfextremely lucky! These elusive creatures are rarely spotted and as of 2016, the global population was estimated at a mere 4,500.

Q: You have an app???
A: Hell yea we do! Our brand new travel app (available on Android and IOS) will house all your booking details. It will help you get ready for your trip, notify you of any changes we’re making, have a breakdown of the itinerary, show you the local weather and you’re even able to keep a personal journal within the app! It’s very very useful.

Q: How much spending money will I need to bring with me?
A: So, this is up to you, but as this is a largely inclusive tour, then you don’t need that much. All the food, accommodation, permits and fuel are sorted by us, so you just need cash for souvenirs, tips and alcoholic drinks. Unless you go absolutely mad in the gift shops and bars, then around £100 – £200 should be adequate. Shopping in India tends to be very reasonable so you can get quite a lot for not much! 

On the beer front, we encourage a bit of restraint – this is a riding tour after all, so we like to keep eight hours between bottle and throttle.

Q: What do you call a laughing motorcycle?
A: A Yamahahaha.

Q: Are there ATMs on the way?
A: Yes, there are ATMs in the larger towns, but not the villages. The service can be variable as the internet coverage drops out as often as an ageing hippy, so it’s best not to rely too heavily on the ATMs

Don’t forget to tell your bank you are heading to India, as without this information they will most likely think some rogue hacker is dipping into your account and promptly block your card.

Q: What is the accommodation like?
A: The accommodation on this trip is deliberately varied to give you a wide experience of the region. Sometimes we’ll be in top end hotels with all the facilities you’d expect, sometimes we’ll be in individual yurts at campsites miles away from anywhere. Have a look at the drop down description of each day’s ride under the ‘itinerary’ heading and you’ll find where we’ll be staying each night.

But wherever we stay, bear in mind this is India and things are not necessarily the same as back home. And that’s exactly the point – that’s what adventure travel is about.

Q: How do I charge my camera?
A: All the hotels have plug sockets. The campsites have sockets in the tents or in the main dining tents but turn the electricity off over night. So yes you will be able to charge your gadgets most nights.
There are 2 types of sockets in India – 3 Pin connections (Type D) or 2 pin connections (Type C).

Q: Is Wi-Fi available throughout the tour?
A: As we said earlier, yes in theory, although in practice, Wi-Fi coverage can be slow at best, slow on average and non-existent on many occasions. When you are riding in some of the most epic landscapes in the world, then just enjoying it for yourself is beautifully liberating – you can show your photos when you get back home.

Q: Can I get an Indian sim card?
A: You can buy a local sim card in Delhi, however, this will only give you coverage for some of the trip, but far from all! Most riders just wait to use the wifi at the hotels that have it. Again the wifi isn’t great, enough to message people but not watch youtube videos or downloading. We recommend you set the ‘out-of-office auto-reply’ for your emails!
We carry a GPS tracker with us so your family can see your progression on a map online so they don’t need to worry about you.

Q: Is it safe to drink the tap water?
A: In a word No! Although the locals may be drinking tap water, doing the same has a strong possibility of playing havoc with your insides. It’s called Delhi Belly for a reason.

We recommend that you drink only bottled water and that you check the seal before drinking. If you chose canned drinks, give the lid a good wipe beforehand just to be sure. And for tooth brushing, rinsing with bottled water is a good idea too.

Q: Is the ice safe?
A: Generally, the round ice cubes with a hole in the middle are safe to have in your drinks as they tend to be made with purified water. Anything with crushed ice is less reliable mainly due to the way it is transported and stored.

If you are thinking of buying an iced smoothie from a man on a street corner with a bucket on the side of his bicycle, then maybe think again.

Q: Are salads safe to eat?
A: Not whilst riding. The salad leaves may blow backwards into your face rendering you temporarily blind, causing you to ride off the mountainside, careering to your untimely death, all the while being stung in the eyes by a vinaigrette dressing.

Who likes salad anyway?

Q: Can you cater for vegetarians / food allergies?
A: As most of the population is vegetarian, then avoiding meat is no problem at all. As to food allergies that’s much harder to control, especially in restaurants with small kitchens and limited experience as to the complications of lactose or gluten intolerance. We will make every effort possible to communicate your requirements to the places we visit, but we are unable to make cast iron guarantees. If you are going to go into a life-threatening spasm if you touch a stray peanut, then share it with your tour medic –  we need to know that stuff, we really do.

Q: Will I die from a lack of T-bone steaks?
A:
Yes. The Indian Himalayas is littered with the ghosts of hungry Australians searching for an Outback Steakhouse. Sorry guys, beef is strictly off the menu here!

Q: Who operates this tour?
A: This tour is operated by Ride Expeditions in collaboration with our local partner based in Manali, India who we have used since our very first tour in this region.

We believe it is this winning combination of western standards and local knowledge that has made our tours so successful.

Q: How do I book?
A: To secure your place we simply need a US £500 non-refundable deposit. The remainder does not need to be paid until 30 days prior to the tour start date.

Q: What payment methods do you accept?
A: We accept most major credit/debit cards. We can also accept direct bank transfers. We do not accept Paypal or American Express.

Q: Is my money safe?
A: Yes. We a member of Protected Trust Services (PTS). Whenever you book a tour with us, your money is paid into an independent trust account managed by PTS. This money is insured against the failure of our company or any of our suppliers. We couldn’t run away with your money even if we wanted too!

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