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 The Spring 2019 Newsletter

Tour Group

Dear Classic Bike Adventure friends,
Right now, I’m enjoying the spring with my family in Germany’s beautiful Sauerland region. After the big Myanmar tour in February, I took an extended break to work on our new tour projects. Find out about what’s in store in this newsletter.
At the moment there are two tours in progress – RC Martin is on the road to Mustang with 13 bikers in Nepal, while Tiziana, Hendrik and 17 bikers are in China, traveling from Yunnan to eastern Tibet and back.
I want to wish everyone an adventurous but relaxed tour – keep the shiny side up!

In this issue:

  • The Sauerland Party is coming – join us on 24 to 26 May 2019!
  • The Munich-Lhasa Overland Tour program from 5 May to 20 June 2020 has been finalized, and the preparatory meeting is coming soon.

We’re planning three pilot tours in 2020:

  • Our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour – on touring enduros from Everest Base Camp to Shangri La, from 11 to 26 April 2020
  • The most dangerous trails in the Himalayas: Ladakh – Zanskar – Lahaul / Chenab Valley – Sach Pass – Dharamsala, from 15 to 30 September 2020
  • The Golden Himachal Tour for connoisseurs – from the Dalai Lama’s monastery to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, from 15 to 28 November 2020

We have another two pilot tours lined up for 2021:

  • The Wild West of Nepal – a genuine exploration from Bardia National Park to Rara Lake and Jumla, including Pokhara, Gorkha and Kathmandu – planned for autumn 2021.
  • Desert Biking in Rajasthan: Eleven days of desert adventure on dirt tracks, staying overnight in romantic desert camps and in small historic palace hotels, all far from the beaten tourist paths...

Our 2020 tour program is now open for booking – with the following highlights:

  • Two Goa and South India Tours – now starting from Benaulim and finishing at Agonda Beach in South Goa. Otherwise, we’re using our proven route covering Malwan, Belgaum, Badami, Hampi and Kali River in the Dandeli Jungle, and have added Gokharna and Kundle Beach. The dates: 19 Jan to 2 Feb. and 2 to 16 Feb. 2020.
  • The Three Lakes of Ladakh Tour is scheduled four times, and we have an autumn tour on the program for the first time in early September. The second Upper Mustang Tour – on rugged trails up to Lo Mantang and to Kora La Pass (4,071 m) – will be a serious challenge! Date and time: 18 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2020
  • Our tenth Nepal and the Road to Mustang Tour – a classic in its own right – 8 to 22 Nov. 2020
  • We continue to offer the best Bhutan bike tours, in future with two tours at the best time of year in October and November. We’re planning a 12-day Bhutan Intensive Tour and a 15-day Three Wild Valleys Of Bhutan Tour.
  • Our longest and best Himalayan tour – the three-week Little Tibet – Spiti Tour taking in seven high-altitude valleys and some of the most breathtaking passes of the Indian Himalayas – is also a “friends-only” classic.

Bikes and jeep seats are still free on some of this year’s tours:

  • Two bikes each have become available again on two Ladakh tours in July 2019.
  • Our improved Nepal and the Road to Mustang Tour from 26 Oct. to 9 Nov. is also still open for booking.
  • BHUTAN INTENSIVE – 13 days of the finest Bhutan has to offer – with all of the highlights and plenty of time to enjoy the country. The dates: 5 to 11 Nov. 2019 – two bikes are still up for grabs.
  • Goa and South India Classic Tour – 30 Nov. to 9 Dec. 2018 – two bikes are still available.

The current dates and prices of all tours can be found here:
https://www.classic-bike-india.com/rates-dates.html



We’re all looking forward to our big Sauerland Party from 24 to 26 May. More than 100 friends have confirmed that they’re coming so far, and you’re welcome to join us if you register in advance. We’re busy fleshing out the program, so stay tuned for more in our next newsletter.

We’re celebrating the 30th anniversary of Classic Bike Adventure Tours in India and elsewhere. The party will also double as the preparatory meeting for the 2020 Munich-Lhasa Overland Tour. We will also be celebrating Road Captain Peter’s birthday – his Big Six-Oh!

Our new party concept:
We need a firm registration from you.
We also need you to put a little something in the kitty:
€44 for one party day – either Friday or Saturday
or €77 EUR for both days.
The party is officially over on Sunday morning after the (cleanup) breakfast.
Here’s what’s in it for you:

A two-day open bar with typical Sauerland drinks (as well as wine and Old Monk), great food, a DIY BBQ, a tasty Indian meal on Saturday, and more BBQ as long as our supplies last...

Two evenings of acoustic live music, a big campfire, our best tour videos and a few of Peter’s slide shows of our best bike tours!

What’s more, we’ve earmarked €20 from each participant as a donation to our Nepalese aid project, the Conscience Primary School near Kathmandu. Website: http://einfachmachenev.de/home/
Gabi will be presenting pictures, video clips and her personal experiences of the project at the party.
We’ve put together the best pics of the 7th Sauerland Party in 2014 from various photographers in our Facebook album! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152312682464003&type=1&l=50e7c548c0



The 2020 Munich-Lhasa Overland Tour is on the horizon. All confirmed and interested riders will be getting together at this year’s Sauerland Party on Saturday, 25 May. Hendrik will be giving us a detailed rundown of the final program, fielding any questions, and talking about the option of extending the tour through eastern Tibet to Dali in Yunnan. If you’d like to come to the meeting, just drop us a line.



We’ve put together three fantastic new tours that we want to try out with you next year.
After all, that’s what we like best…
Here’s the inside scoop:

Go East, Young Man –

Our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour – on touring enduros from Everest Base Camp to Shangri La – 11 to 26 April 2020, with RC Tiziana and RC Hendrik

From Tibet to the land “south of the clouds”: The world’s highest mountains and the Himalayas of Eastern Tibet Until recently, the descent from the Tibetan plateau to the province of Yunnan via the eastern Himalayas was off-limits to foreigners.

On our new Tibet Motorcycle Tour, you can look forward to the finest views of the world’s highest mountain, the cultural highlights of Tibet, remote mountain roads, undiscovered wilderness on the banks of the Mekong, snow-covered Himalayan peaks, deep evergreen forests, and of course endless winding roads and beautiful mountain passes.

Our Tibet Motorcycle Tour kicks off in Chengdu. From there, we’ll catch a flight to the heart of the Himalayas – Lhasa, the capital city of Tibet.We’ll explore the new section of the mountain metropolis, as well as its many-faceted traditional quarter with highlights such as the Potala Palace and Drepung Monastery. After a couple days to acclimatize, we’ll start our ride to Everest Base Camp, crossing the Roof of the World, following the banks of the sacred, azure-blue Yamdrok salt lake, and visiting the region’s most important monasteries and fortresses. The highest mountain in the world awaits us with spectacular views at sunset. We’ll spend the night at Rongbuk Monastery with a view of Everest.

In eastern Tibet, you can look forward to remote mountain roads through primeval forests, the “Switzerland of the Orient” in Lulang, and grasslands with grazing yaks. We’ll ride along the majestic Mekong, Salween and Yangtze – the longest river in Asia – and enjoy the views of rugged sandstone landscapes and deep gorges. The colorful old town of Shangri-La is the perfect conclusion of our Tibet Motorcycle Tour. From there, we’ll return to Chengdu.

This trip combines the cultural and scenic highlights of Tibet and the pure riding pleasure of the region’s most beautiful country roads.

Be one of the first to savor this brand-new adventure!

Why we’re starting and ending our Tibet Motorcycle Tour in China

In the wake of the earthquake in Nepal in 2015 and road construction in many parts of the country, the journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa has not only become time-consuming, but also dangerous. The entire route from Kathmandu to the Chinese border at Rasua Gadhi on the Nepalese side and Gyirong on the Chinese side is currently a construction site. The road surface consists of sand and large stones, and it’s extremely dusty. Numerous trucks also use the road. Not even enduro enthusiasts would enjoy the ride.

We would also have to factor in the time-consuming border procedures on the Nepalese and, in particular, the Chinese side, that can take up to a full day.

Starting and ending the Tibet Motorcycle Tour in Kathmandu would thus mean putting up with the same route and dealing with comparably long border procedures twice on the same tour.

Regardless of what other organizers may think, that’s not our idea of a fun Tibet Motorcycle Tour. The road conditions and waiting times would not exactly be the highlights of a ride to Everest Base Camp. In our opinion, it makes no sense to start and end a tour with a focus on Tibet as its highlight in Kathmandu.

And besides, a fleet of state-of-the-art bikes is waiting and ready to roll in Tibet. If you want to discover the best Nepal has to offer – and not just see it as a transit country – we recommend our Magic Nepal Motorcycle Tour, or our spectacular Mustang Motorcycle Tour.

On our Tibet Motorcycle Tour, which starts in Lhasa and ends in Shangri-La, we hardly ever take the same road twice – we only have the most beautiful routes, and we don’t waste precious time at borders. We want you to remember your ride to Everest Base Camp as a true highlight.

Biking on the most dangerous road in the world!

Ladakh – Zanskar – Lahaul – Sach Pass – Dharamsala – 15. till 30. Sept. 2020

with RCs Julian, Vinod and Peter

From Ladakh we’ll set out to Zanskar, and our first big challenge will be Penzi La Pass (4,440 m).
From Padum, we’ll take the new jeep track to Shingo La Pass (5,040 m), and from there into Lahaul Valley, where we reach the Leh-Manali Highway.

From Keylong, we’ll follow the Chenab River, first to Killar, which is already a breathtakingly wild ride. Then we’re going to tackle the notorious “most dangerous road in the world” to Kishtwar and back! The next day we’ll cross the rugged, 4.390-meter Sach Pass into Chama Valley. The tour ends in the Dalai Lama’s home-in-exile, Dharamsala.

Check the map – according to Google, there’s no connection from Padum, Zanskar to Darcha, Lahaul... But there is for us!

This pilot tour is only for hardened off-roaders who are immune to vertigo and thrive on dust, mud, thin air and adrenaline!



The new romantic Himalayan autumn adventure

The Golden Himachal Tour for connoisseurs – from the Dalai Lama’s monastery to the Golden Temple in Amritsar, from 15 to 28 November 2020 with RC Peter, RC Hendrik and RC Vinod

Experience November in the idyllic foothills of the Himalayas at altitudes of less than 4,000 meters in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh – 14 days of Royal Enfield cruising at its best when the lower Himalayas are at their most beautiful...
The highlights:
The Dalai Lama’s home at Dharamsala – Bir and Billing, the paragliders’ paradise – Kandi Pass – Jalorie Pass – Sangla Valley – Kalpa – Mandi – the artists’ village Andretta – Pong Lake – Dalhousie – the Golden Temple in Amritsar (1,400 km)

Start: Sunday, 15 November: Flight from DELHI to DHARAMSALA
Finish: Saturday, 28 November: Flight from AMRITSAR to DELHI – the farewell dinner and visit of the Royal Enfield showrooms in Saket, Delhi are part of the package; an overnight stay in Delhi can be arranged.

We’ve selected the best resorts and guest houses for this tasty tour. RC Peter will be on the tour, which will include a stop at Casa Kath Kuni, his farmhouse in Kullu Valley near Naggar.
Here’s an overview of the selected route and accommodations:

The Blossoms Village Resort 0 km Dharamsala (1,300 m) www.blossomsvillage.com
Colonel’s Resort 100 km Bir (1,550 m) www.colonelsresort.com
Ragini Cottages 150 km Naggar (1,750 m) www.raginicottagesnaggar.com
Sunshine Cottages 150 km Tirthan Valley (1,600 m) https://www.facebook.com/SunshineHimalayanCottageTirthanValley/
Hotel Shrikand 160 km Sarahan (2,100 m) https://www.tripadvisor.de/Hotel_Review-g1584862-d1585825-Reviews-The_Srikhand_HPTDC-Sarahan_Himachal_Pradesh.html
The Grand Shamba-La Hotel 90 km Kalpa (2,960 m) thegrandshambala.com
Hotel Batseri 60 km Sangla (2,300 m) www.hotelbatseri.com
Hotel Batseri 50 km Sangla www.hotelbatseri.com
Hot Spring Health Care Resort 180 km Tatapani (700 m) https://www.hotspringhealthcare.com/
The Mirage Resort 220 km Andretta (1,360 m) https://mirageandretta.com/
Norboo Guest House 90 km McLeod Ganj (2,080 m) www.greenhotel.in/v3/norbu-house
Norboo Guest House --------- McLeod Ganj www.greenhotel.in/v3/norbu-house
Hotel Grand View 170 km Dalhousie (1,970 m) www.grandviewdalhousie.in
Bhandari Guest House 200 km Amritsar (230 m) http://bhandariguesthouse.com
Flight home... no hotel planned. ---- Delhi (320 m) Let us know if you want help with finding the right hotel in Delhi, or a follow-up program to the Taj Mahal, Goa or Rajasthan.

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The Wild West of Nepal – a genuine pilot tour planned for autumn 2021.

We fly from Kathmandu to Nepalganj, where our Bullets will be waiting for us in a cozy resort at Bhardia National Park. From there, we’re going to take little-traveled side roads and trails up to Rara Lake and to Jumla. Until recently, both places could only be reached on foot or by a small prop plane.

We’ll continue via the Siddhartha Highway and the bazaar town of Tansen to Pokhara, then on to Gorkha and Bandipur, where the tour will end. We’re going to wrap things up in Kathmandu with the opportunity to see Mt. Everest by air.

Here are a few impressions of the scenery that awaits us...

We’ll be publishing the dates and price of the autumn 2021 pilot tour in the next newsletter.



And we’ll introduce you to this new tour:

A picture from our history – Classic Desert Biking Adventure in Rajasthan around 1998.

NEW: Desert Biking in Rajasthan – eleven days of desert adventure far from the tourist highways...

This is a tour for anyone who likes dirt and dust biking, campfires and tents in the desert. We’re also going to spend nights in small, little-known palaces and savor the original, fairytale Rajasthan shown to us by our friend from Mandavan, a genuine Raja. We dropped Rajasthan from our program years ago because it just wasn’t any fun anymore dealing with increasingly crowded tourist spots, the endless, boring highways across the desert and the chaotic traffic in the big cities.

Now we’ve worked out a new concept from the ground up, and this tour is going to be a blast! Stay tuned for more in our next newsletter.



If you want to go even higher in Nepal – if you can’t get enough wilderness, dust and adventure, you’ll certainly get your money’s worth here:

The new Upper Mustang Tour – are you up for a serious challenge?

Our pilot tour in April 2018 went all the way up the legendary Lo Mantang (3,840 m) and the Kora La pass (4,600 m) at the border to Tibet.

The jeep trail in Upper Mustang is finally ready, and we tackled it with our own 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets.
Plenty of dust, mud, rocks and some serious fords awaited us, as well as spectacular mountain vistas, from Kala Kandaki – the deepest valley of the Himalayas between two 8,000-meter peaks – to dizzying heights. Not for the faint of heart!

Mustang is still a very exclusive destination for bikers – remote and not exactly cheap with its $500 entrance fee. We spent 18 days on this spectacular tour, which left us enough time to kick back and cruise and savor the experience.

We’ve already scheduled the repeat: 18 Oct. – 4 Nov. 2020
Jörg Lohse of Germany’s MOTORRAD magazine will be coming along and publishing a big feature on the tour.

The first bookings are in, and six bikes are still up for grabs. Peter’s Classic Bike Adventures India has added 72 new photos to “Grand Mustang – to Lo Mantang and the Kora La Pass 4,060 m” album. Here’s a link to the best shots of the 2018 pilot tour:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2074734789301283.1073741849.164747420300039&type=1&l=0cd1b72ae4

Here’s another tasty video on YouTube – an exciting five minutes, unfortunately not of our tour: https://youtu.be/MKCDgtXFZpQ



Our most popular Nepal adventure tour in recent years:

Magic Nepal and the Road To Mustang – 15 days, 1,500 km

Our tenth Nepal and the Road to Mustang Tour – a classic in its own right – will be hitting the trail in November 2020.
We’ve revised the tour to avoid the heart of Kathmandu, and instead we’re starting and finishing at the Riverspring Resort in Mugling, which we’ll reach with a private A/C bus.

By the way, we still have openings for the next tour on 26 Oct. – 9 Nov.

Southern India:

We’ve tweaked our classic Goa and South India tours a bit:

From now on, we’re starting out from the quiet Benaulim Beach and finishing at idyllic Agonda Beach – both in South Goa.
We’ve completely dropped North Goa, which has become overrun by Indian mass tourism.
Otherwise, the tour features the same proven route as before, with Malwan, Belgaum, Badami (now two nights), Hampi and Kali River in the Dandeli Jungle.Another addition: a side trip to the ancient seaside temple town of Gokharna, where we’ll be staying at Kundle Beach, a true slice of paradise.

The dates: 19 Jan. – 2 Feb. and 2 Feb. – 16 Feb.



Jungles, palaces, plantations, temples and the most beautiful mountain roads in South India!

THE TROPICAL TOUR FOR CONNOISSEURS: Goa – Kerala – The Best of South India – (17 days, 2,050 km)

The dates: 23 Feb. – 10 March 2020

Von Goa to Cochin, with all of the most famous hill stations of the South – Madikeri, Belur, Ooty, Kodaikanal, Tekkady, Munnar...
We’ve added a full day for sightseeing in the old harbor town of Fort Cochin at the end of the tour.
The tour also includes a full day each for Periyar National Park and the Maharaja’s residential city of Mysore. Here’s an exciting photo album from our last tour in February 2019: https://www.facebook.com/willy.esser/media_set?set=a.10219315628348386&type=3





And to wrap things up, a reminder of our classic tour:

Three full weeks and seven great valleys
The BEST of all our Himalaya tours!

Kullu – Kinnaur – Sangla – Spiti – Lahaul – Pangri (with the spectacular Sach Pass) – Chamba Valley and Dharamsala (the home of the Dalai Lama)

Our longest and best Himalayan tour – the three-week Little Tibet – Spiti Tour taking in seven high-altitude valleys and some of the most breathtaking passes of the Indian Himalayas – is also a “friends-only” classic.

 

Our friends Andres Mekis and Devamai from Chile created a fantastic video and collection of stills of the last tour in Sept.-Oct. 2018:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMT4k12nX1Y&feature=share

Here’s the link to the photo album:https://www.facebook.com/andresmekis/media_set?set=a.10217157311343110&type=3

We hope your riding season is getting off to a great start.

And keep dreaming of your next adventure with us!
See you soon – cruising in the Himalayas, in Goa and the South of India, in Bhutan, or just relaxing with us in Goa…

Your Road Captain Peter, with Ana, Aslam, Chandor, Hendrik, Hubert, Joe, Julian, Martin, Swiss Peter, Ramesh, Ranjita, Shankar, Shekar, Sishu, Sonam, Sonu, Sunny, Subash, Tiziana, Vinod, Willy, Wolf...

And if you haven’t had enough yet:
The Biker Support Nepal TV documentary by Uli Bree and Martin Stoni is well worth seeing:
Here it is on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dvxRCLre6IY






Owner of this newsletter and copyright holder :
Peter´s Classic Bike Adventure Tours ® Pvt. Ltd ( Cyprus )

Managing Director : Peter Paulo Dos Santos
Registered Office :
Aristo Centre
1, Apriliou , 8 - Block B
CY - 8011 Paphos - Republic of Cyprus
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Adresses in India :
"Casa Kath Kuni"
Sonaughi, V.P.O. Archandi, 175104
District Kullu, Himachal Pradesh, India
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