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11 Day Hidden Himalayas: Himalayan Indian Adventure Guided Motorcycle Tour
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Delhi, National Capital Territory of Delhi, India

Royal Enfield Motorcycle Tour India

This Himalayan motorbike tour will take you through one of the most stunning parts of the planet. On your trusty Royal Enfield, you will ride along epic roads, scything through the incredible landscape of the lower Himalayas. The Spiti Valley sits beautifully surrounded by an enormous collection of mountain ranges that cover Kinnaur, Kullu, Lahaul, and Tibet. Travelling over some of the highest roads on the planet, this incredible adventure motorbike tour will take in everything from riding incredible valleys where the roads and rivers often share the same routes, to the bustling streets of Manali and camping in the ancient village of Nako. If you want a truly jaw-dropping adventure – this is the one for you!

Key information

  • Terrain: On-road (but some very rough roads) with approximately 30% unpaved
  • Bike: rental bike (Royal Enfield Himalayan)
  • Mileage: 915 kilometers / 569 miles
  • Daily rides: 60 - 190 kilometers / 38 - 118 miles / 5 - 8 hours
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 8 lunches, and 10 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in New Delhi
  • Ride up to Komic village at 4,587 meters
  • Tackle rough roads that double up as rivers
  • Stroll the Tibetan style markets at Kaza to pick up some souvenirs
  • Visit the oldest monastery in India (over 1,000 years old)
  • Hundreds of hairpin mountain turns
  • Visit the hot springs at Vashist
  • 10 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


8 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport
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Accommodation

During your stay in India, you will be accommodated in a 4-star hotel in Delhi, a hotel in Shimla, a 5-star hotel in Sarahan, a hotel with spectacular view across the valley in Kalpa (Kinner Villa Hotel), a luxury tent at a campsite in Nako, a town hotel in Kaza and Keylong, and a 5-star hotel in Manali.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Delhi

The first day of the tour gets everyone together in the vast and utterly unique city of Delhi. If you’ve never been to India before, the sights and sounds from the moment you leave the airport are a true assault on the senses. It’s frantic, noisy, fragrant, colorful, and chaotic all at the same time and Ride Expeditions love it!

After checking into the hotel, it’s a chance to meet your fellow riders and for your Ride Expeditions tour leader to give you a full briefing of the adventure ahead. After that, you’ll head out for a welcome dinner at a good restaurant.

  • Accommodation: 4-star hotel
  • Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Take a coach to Shimla

After breakfast at the hotel, you will board a private coach and head for the hills! The journey to Shimla is a comfortable 9-hour trip on good roads. Sit back and enjoy the views as you begin the climb into the Himalayas.

Shimla is simply a beautiful and fascinating town that was the old summer capital of British India. You’ll arrive at the hotel mid-afternoon where the support team will be waiting with the trusty Royal Enfields. You can relax enjoying the view from the hotel or take a stroll and explore the town’s attractions, an interesting fusion of Indian and old British.

  • Accommodation: hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 3: Shimla to Sarahan, 165 kilometers / 103 miles

This is the first day of riding on this Himalayan motorcycle tour, and boy – is it a good one! You leave the chaos of Shimla behind and quickly find yourselves on beautifully paved winding roads that are simply a joy to ride! You descend 1,300 meters to a river valley for a scrumptious lunch break.

You follow the river upstream that will take you towards Sarahan, the gateway to the Kinnaur region. The road hugs the side of the enormous cliffs, with massive overhangs and tunnels through the rock. With a deep valley to the left of the twisting road, this is one of the roads you see on YouTube and wonder whether you would ever ride such a stunning road – and now you are right there!

But don’t think that’s all from the day – the final road up to this hilltop village is a testing one which would not be out of place on an enduro. Don’t worry – it’s all achievable on the trusty Enfields, but you’ll need to concentrate for sure.

And when you get there – what a view! You’ve driven through the cloud line and can look out over the incredible vista from the hotel terrace with a cold drink – life doesn’t get much better!

Before dinner, there’s time to chill out. Visit the intricately carved Bhimakali Temple, do a bit of shopping in the packed and fascinating village shops, or even go for the local barbers / head and face massage experience!

  • Accommodation: 5-star hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4: Sarahan - Sanga - Kalpa, 170 kilometers / 106 miles

Dropping back down into the valley, you follow the crashing river all the way to the vast hydroelectric dam at Karcham. Leaving the main road, you cross the river here for a truly awesome climb up the side of the valley towards your lunch stop at Sangla. After a delicious lunch of Tibetan mo-mos and noodles, you retrace your steps back down the hairpins in the afternoon, dropping down to the valley floor to follow the Sutlej River towards Kalpa.

It’s another climb to get to the Kinner Villa Hotel but again, the views are worth it. After dinner, the hotel will light up the altar fire on the terrace – perfect!

  • Accommodation: Kinner Villa Hotel (hotel with spectacular view across the valley)
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5: Kalpa

With such a scenic backdrop, Kalpa is a good place to spend a rest day. You also need to take a trip down into the town to get your permits sorted for entering the Spiti Valley region ahead of you, so it’s a chance to shop and try out the local restaurants while you wait for the wheels of Indian bureaucracy to turn. They turn, but sometimes they turn quite slowly!

The views across the valley from the hotel are breath-taking, with the sacred peak of Kinnaur Kailash piercing the skyline at 4,650 meters. A walk around the hills surrounding the hotel is a rewarding way to spend your time before resuming the riding the following day.

  • Accommodation: Kinner Villa Hotel (hotel with spectacular view across the valley)
  • Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6: Kalpa - Nako, 100 kilometers / 62 miles

Refreshed and bushy-tailed, you’ll be on the bikes nice and early for the next stage of your journey. Following the river for a good while, it’s through the border check for those important permits before you then start to climb, and you don’t stop until you reach a staggering 3,600 meters above sea level, where the air is thin and pure, providing you are not behind an Indian truck!

The ever-present roaming cows that will have been a common part of your journey up to this point have now been replaced by wandering donkeys and goats, so it’s best to look well ahead as you take in the scenery. Your destination is the incredible village of Nako, a green jewel in a barren landscape, and a place that feels locked in another time. Narrow streets are lined with ancient houses where the livestock live below the family dwellings, and bright faced children play in the tiny lanes that dissect the village.

You’re staying in luxury tents and after dinner in the cosy clubhouse, you’ll sit round the fire pit under a vast star-filled sky.

  • Accommodation: Luxury campsite
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7: Nako - Kaza, 115 kilometers / 71 miles

Ride Expeditions guarantees you won’t want to leave this beautiful village, but as it’s not far to ride until your next stop, you’ll allow a bit more time in the morning for more exploring and photographs.

Once back on the bikes, the road climbs for an hour or so before plummeting down a set of around fifty hairpin bends to the valley floor again.

With beehives lining both sides of the roads, you head west through more epic scenery heading for a lunch stop at Tabo. The village has the oldest recorded monastery in India at over 1000 years old, and it’s an incredible building that you will want to visit.

You follow the river as it opens to an enormous wide flood plain, the water nearly half a mile wide at times. You’re heading for Kaza at 3,700 meters, another village that gets snowed under in the winter. Your hotel overlooks the busy village around a peaceful garden, so it’s time to relax as you stay here for two nights.

The main street is just below the hotel so there’s a chance to buy some essentials, souvenirs and maybe get those bike boots polished for 150 rupees – bargain!

  • Accommodation: Town hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 8: Kaza - Komic - Kaza, 60 kilometers / 37 miles

While not quite a rest day, it’s a relaxed schedule today. After breakfast and a bit of chill time, you’ll fire up the bikes at around eleven o’clock.

The route is a loop up to Komic – the highest motorable village in the world, and a chance to post a letter from the highest post office too. The climb is incredible as you scythe up the valley walls before the terrain opens up to high plains scattered with tiny houses with their traditional buckthorn stacked roofs. The area is also littered with fantastic fossils, so don’t be surprised if the enterprising children are ready to sell you souvenirs! For a few rupees and those winning smiles – it’s hard to resist.

You’ll lunch at Komic, officially the highest motorable village on the planet and then drop down again taking a different route that will take you past a huge Buddha statue that overlooks the valley.

  • Accommodation: Town hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9: Kaza - Keylong, 190 kilometers / 118 miles

Without doubt, this is the most epic day of riding you will ever have experienced. You leave Kaza nice and early, cross the Spiti River and start heading west for the money shot of the trip. After passing through a tiny checkpoint, you start an incredible climb through a truly beautiful valley. As the altitude increases, the temperature drops, but the scenery keeps getting better.

At the very top of the pass, there is a vast Buddhist shrine and, if you are lucky, yaks for those selfies! The road drops swiftly down to the valley floor and a hearty lunch at a tiny stone café. But don’t be thinking the superlatives are over because in the afternoon, you’ll be following an amazing route alongside the river, through water splashes, boulder fields, and actual rivers are part of the road. Climbing again through a valley that could be straight out of Lord of the Rings’ Middle earth, by the time you reach the main road again eight hours after leaving Kaza, you’ll know you’ve ridden something special.

An hour or so of black top later, you’ll be in Keylong for your final stop and a chance to recover!

  • Accommodation: Town hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 10: Keylong - Manali, 115 kilometers / 71 miles

After such an epic day, it’s hard to imagine more to come, but the road back to Sissu and then over the famous Rohtang Pass is pretty special. The route climbs to 4,000 meters over roads that vary between smooth tarmac and Dakar rally terrain as it heads to the top of the pass, with massive vultures soaring alongside.

After lunch at the top, the road slices down through the cool forests towards Manali before following the River Beas the final stretch to return you to Manali. Now that’s an adventure!

A final farewell dinner is in order back at Johnson’s Restaurant, followed by a garden camp fire where you will share stories of the epic ride you’ve all completed.

  • Accommodation: 5-star hotel
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 11: Manali - Delhi

A short flight will take you back to where it all began: New Delhi (please confirm flight times with a member of the Ride Expeditions team before booking your return flight home from Delhi!).

It’d be a shame for you not to visit the Taj Mahal whilst you are over here – let Ride Expeditions know if you need any assistance and they can put you in touch with a local travel agent.

Notes

To be legally riding in India, you are required to carry your local driving license, 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 license in your wallet.

Skill levels

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This motorcycle tour starts and ends in New Delhi, India. During this tour, you will travel to Delhi, Manali, Kullu Valley, Sarahan, Kalpa, Nako, Kaza, and Keylong.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Go for the local barbers / head and face massage experience
  • Have a massage
  • Paragliding
  • Shopping in the packed and fascinating village shops
  • Stroll the Tibetan style markets at Kaza to pick up some souvenirs
  • Trek to the waterfall
  • Visit the hot springs at Vashist
  • Visit the intricately carved Bhimakali Temple
  • Visit the oldest monastery in India, which is over 1,000 years old
  • White water river rafting

What's included

  • The latest fuel infected Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • All fuel
  • Third-party motorcycle insurance​
  • 10 nights accommodation as per itinerary
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Support vehicle/s carrying your luggage, spare parts, tools, etc.​
  • Western expedition medic / on-call doctor
  • GEOS emergency assistance
  • Full support crew: professional local guide, mechanics on the bikes, and a western expedition medic with on-call doctor
  • Ride Expeditions personalised travel app for android and IOS
  • All entrance fees and special riding permits
  • Private coach to Shimla
  • 1 domestic flight - Manali to Delhi (contact Ride Expeditions for timings)
  • Airport pickup
  • Welcome pack
  • Percentage of tour profits donated to charity: M'Lop Tapang
  • 1 tree planted on your behalf

What's not included

  • Personal travel insurance
  • International flights
  • Indian visa
  • Alcohol
  • Motorcycle damages - if you don't want the hassle of being charged for motorcycle damage at the end of the ride, Ride Expeditions offers their own damage insurance for an extra 160 GBP

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). Transfer from and to the airport is included.

Airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport Airport transfer included: Indira Gandhi International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 15% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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