The window for motorcycle tours in the Himalayas is very short and this window differs depending on the areas of the mountains. Due to the extreme weather conditions over the winter months and the large amount of snowfall each year, the roads are only open & safe to travel from the end May to September / October (take a look at the individual tours to see what months are best for those). Many people assume that as it is also the monsoon season over these months and it will be extremely rainy during the tour. While this is the case in some regions, it will be completely untrue in others, generally in the higher altitudes.
Generally the earlier months in the motorcycle riding season will have a higher chance of rain, but the temperatures will be warmer. Conditions on the ground will also be wetter as the winter snow melts. This can make for some brilliant & exciting water crossings, but can also cause some rather muddy riding conditions!
The mid-season riding months will usually give the ideal mix of blue skies and moderate temperatures, while the later months give the most spectacular blue skies but lower temperatures and higher chances of snowfall at the higher altitudes.
One thing everyone has to remember when embarking on a motorcycle tour in the Himalayas is: ‘These are the Himalayas”! Conditions can change quickly and often the weather statistics and weather reports will mean absolutely nothing. It’s all part of the adventure!