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Summer 2012 Newsletter

CLASSIC BIKE ADVENTURES ® - Summer 2012


 

Tibet: We returned to Mt. Everest in April 2012...

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...and things also went really smoothly with our second Tibet group in May –
here’s the whole group in front of Pothala Palace in Lhasa.

 


Namaste, Tashi Delek, Julley, Sawatdee!

Welcome to our summer newsletter.


But first, a personal message from Road Captain Peter:

It’s the middle of the year, and we’re now settled into our summer quarters, Hotel Bijou in Leh, Ladakh. This hotel will be the starting point for our four long “3 Lakes of Ladakh” tours, and our back office is also operating here.

In the spring, we organized two successful Tibet tours.Each time, we took 15 of our trusty 500cc Bullets and our Nepalese camp crew – it was an amazing adventure, for yours truly as well... ;-) After a short break, we then sent a Ladakh Overland tour group out from Manali to cross the world’s highest passes – sent on their way over the highest passes in the world ... this tour also just ended successfully.

Our summer program is now in full swing, with four tours set to tackle the highest Himalayan passes – tours that have been fully booked for months.

In this newsletter, I’d like to focus on my absolute favorite tours through India’s Spiti Valley, also known as “Little Tibet”.
I’d like to tell you about two tours we’re lining up for September 2013 and June 2014. Both are pilot tours, the first of their kind, and I’ll be guiding them both personally.


Sri Lanka is also back in our regular program.
We have two tropical tours planned for 2013 with Tiziana at the helm.

Our grand 18-day Laos tour in February 2013 is going to be a special treat, and one bike is still available for it.

This newsletter also features links to our best Tibet tour photos and presents the next Tibet pilot tours we have lined up for 2013 – this time with new routes and highlights as we continue to explore this fantastic Himalayan region...

Looking for a tour for 2012?
Sorry, but our autumn tours in Nepal and Bhutan are already all fully booked, as is the November Thailand tour.

And then winter is just around the corner, and with it, tropical biking in Goa, Thailand and Sri Lanka. There are still plenty of openings to be had there.

But until then, we still have a lot of adventures ahead of us. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you again soon.

In the meantime, all the best from the “top of the biking world” in Ladakh. Here’s to an exciting, adventurous and accident-free 2012 season.

Yullay, yullay!

RC Peter

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In this issue:

All pilot tours are fully booked in 2012 - Here are 4 new pilot tours for 2013!


 

The new 2013 Tibet pilot tours – welcome to the magic Tibet adventure!

View our Facebook album with the best images of the first pilot tour in 2012 here.

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Thu. 9 May – Fri. 24 May 2013 (16 days) and Tue. 28 May – Wed. 12 June 2013 (17 days)

Grand Tibet tour – the expansion of the 2012 pilot tours – with a leg into the southeastern Tibetan plateau, including the forested Kham region, which partly lies at altitudes below 3,000 meters (Draksum Lake, Tashi Gang and Serkym Pass, Nedong and Chongye, the valley of the tombs of the Tibetan kings).


We intend to spend eight nights in Tibetan heritage hotels and 7 nights in tents set up by our Nepalese camp crew, which will also be preparing picnic lunches for us at the most beautiful locations.


On the second tour, we will also be visiting the remote Kharta Valley at the foot of Mt. Makalu for the first time. The tour will end in Kathmandu after rolling down from Everest Base Camp to the Tibet-Nepal border and spending the night in Nepal at the Last Resort.


As always, you can count on our trusty 500cc Bullets and the best Tibet routing of all time. The flights from Kathmandu to Lhasa and back are included in the tour price.

This time, we’ll have more time to acclimatize. The route won’t break 4,000 meters until the eighth day, making it easier for “flatlanders” to enjoy the tour without dizziness or headaches...

The tour costs €4,950 for bikers and €4,450 for pillion passengers – and as always, passengers are welcome to ride in the Landcruiser.
The flights to Kathmandu are not included.

View our Facebook album with the best images of the second pilot tour in 2012 here.

 

 

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The ultimate Laos adventure road tour


After a one-year break, we’ll be taking to the road with our second pilot tour and a new route in late January 2013. This time we’ll be riding from Chiang Mai to Vientiane and back.

The planned date: 27 Jan. – 14 Feb. 2013

2,900 km and 18 days of nonstop action on our 650cc Kawasaki ER-6n and Versys (€200 surcharge) road bikes.

To find out more about the route and tour price, please drop Peter a line. Exactly one bike is still available.

Tour prices: € 3,380 for bikers in a double room, € 2,890 for pillion riders and jeep passengers.

 

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Here’s a link to the pictures of the first tour in February 2011.


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Grand Spiti – Lahaul – Kangri – Sach Pass – Chamba – Himalaya Tour

Spiti – Lahaul – Kangri (Sach Pass) – Chamba PILOT TOUR

The repeat of our amazing tour in autumn 2011 – in the other direction this time... It's our favorite Himalayan tour bar none!

We fly from Delhi to Manali for the start of the tour, and wrap things up by flying from Dharamsala back to Delhi (air fares are included in the tour price).

Spiti Tour via Sach Pass, the Beginning – here’s a link to the best photos of the tour.

The dates: 18 Sept. – 6 Oct. 2013

Tour prices: € 2,990 for bikers in a double room, € 2,590 for pillion riders and jeep passengers.

If you’re interested in this Spiti – Lahaul – Kangri (Sach Pass) – Chamba PILOT TOUR, drop a line to Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for more information or to register.


Biking, trekking and relaxing - Himalayan tours around the Kullu Valley in Himachal and relaxing at Peter’s Casa Kath Kuni.

We’ve been living in our new home in the Indian Himalayas for nearly a year now. We’ve expanded our farmhouse and added a number of guest cottages. At the moment, we’re creating a beautiful garden and improving the driveway. We’re still going to need another year, but then we’re going to officially open our Casa Kath Kuni officially as a new destination and home away from home for our friends and guests.

In April, May and June 2013, we’re going to invite our Himalayan biker friends to our home in Kullu Valley to enjoy a bit of relaxation, biking, trekking, and exploring the fantastic mountain valleys of this most popular of all Indian Himalayan regions.

We have no doubt that you’ll feel right at home: we have three cottages, two double rooms – and up to ten Bullets, ready to roll. Here’s an album with impressions of our first year and the biker friends that came to visit:

 

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This upcoming winter, we have three North Thailand Roadrunner’s Paradise tours lined up – in November, over New Year’s, and in January.Bikes are still available for the New Year’s tour, and exactly one bike is still free on the January tour.

Now also available with the popular Kawasaki Versys 650!

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We recommend this bike for very tall riders and for touring with a pillion. The additional charge for the Versys: €200.
This tour is now in its third year and it’s getting better all the time. A tour classic that’s been enjoyed by all, and we’re going to see to it that it stays that way. Here are the pics of our most recent Northern Thailand Roadrunner’s Paradise tour in December 2011:

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Both 2011 Bhutan tours were a resounding success, and a fine time was had by all.

Pictures tell the story best:
Our Bhutan Highlights bike tour in Oct. 2011



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Our 3 Bhutan tours scheduled for 2012 are fully booked.

For October and November 2013, two 11-day and 2 grand 17-day Bhutan tours are in the pipeline...

The dates and prices are on our website at Dates and Rates.

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We’ve postponed the following tour until June 2014:


Thegrand Spiti – Lahaul – Ladakh Overland tour in June and July 2014

This tour will replace our classic Ladakh Overland tour, with a week more on the road and a lot more to offer.

If you’re interested in this PILOT TOUR from MANALI THROUGH SPITI VALLEY TO LADAKH, contact Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! for more information and reservations.

The tour will also include Tsomori Lake and Nubra Valley – 22 days in total!

The flights from Delhi to Manali and from Leh to Delhi are included in the tour price. We’ll be traveling with our own tent and catering crew.

The tour dates: 15 Jun. – 7 Jul. 2014

Tour prices: €3,190 for bikers, €2,790 for pillion riders and jeep passengers.


 

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Sri Lanka – Ceylon – the Isle of Serendipity

“Ayubowan” – Welcome to Sri Lanka

Explore this tropical island paradise in the saddle of our 250cc enduros and street bikes!

Sri Lanka, the island south of India, is famous for its long, palm-fringed beaches, balmy climate, and a sea rich with colorful tropical fish.

But that’s by no means everything the island state has to offer. We put together the best pictures of our latest tour in a Facebook album – just click here for an impression of the landscapes, natural beauty and extraordinary atmosphere of this island dream.

 
A tropical island paradise, it’s truly the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”. With its 65,610 square kilometers, it’s aboutSRI_LANKA_TOUR_FEB_2012_BG
one and a half times the size of Switzerland, studded with stone relics of ancient cultures, and its fascinating landscapes are a contrast of coasts and highlands.And wherever you go, its inhabitants are incredibly welcoming.

This island is a dream: lofty inland hills covered with tea plantations and forests, and a coastline of long, white sandy beaches shaded by palm trees. And all around, the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, as warm as a bathtub. Yes, Buddha had a special sense for life’s wonders. And so it’s not surprising that you encounter signs of him at every turn in Sri Lanka. And while the locals travel cross-country on their elephants, bikers can look forward to any number of narrow country roads that endlessly wind their way past the hills, rice paddies and temples.

It’s the perfect terrain for our immaculately maintained, nimble 250cc enduros and street bikes. There’s no doubt about it – paradise has been found, and it’s waiting to be explored.

So far, we’ve done six group tours and a number of exploratory trips through Sri Lanka, and unfortunately we had to pause for several years. Now, peace and harmony once again prevail throughout the island, and we’re back!

Our experienced team members are huge fans of this very special island – and we’re looking forward to sharing it with you on our tropical motorcycle adventures.

Let’s Enjoy the Art of Tropical Cruising...

The next tour dates are set, and Tour Maharani Tiz will be taking the lead once again: 17 Feb. – 3 Mar. 2013 and 10 Mar. – 24 Mar. 2013

Tour prices:€2,300 for bikers in a double room, €1,800 for pillion riders and jeep passengers.

For more info, visit our recently updated Sri Lanka website.

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Our best Ladakh tour of all time, the grand

“3 Lakes and 7 Passes of Ladakh” tour

is now in its fourth season.

A Classic Bike exclusive, it’s also our most successful tour, and we’ve hosted more serious Himalayan bikers on it than ever over the past three years – and it’s becoming more popular all the time.
We have another three tours lined up for 2013, and two are already booked solid.

A few bikes are still available on this one:
Sat, 27 Jul. to Sun, 11 Aug. 2013

We may still add this special tour to the schedule:
Sat. 22 Jun. to Sun. 7 Jul. 2013

Here are some photo albums with personal impressions of the 2011 tours:

Peter & Yangs’ “On the roads in Ladakh…”
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Impressions of a Tsomori Lake Loop tour – the final section of any 3 Lakes tour:

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Tour prices: €2,690 for bikers in a double room/tent, €2,290 for pillion riders and jeep passengers. The flights from Delhi to Leh and back, as well as the bus tour to Agra to the Taj Mahal with an overnight stay in a 4-star hotel, are included as always.


The next Germany-India Overland tours are coming soon!

Here’s the completely revised website: www.bike-and-bus-to-india.com

Every stage has been explored and we’ve ridden the route successfully several times.


This tour is designed for adventurers who are seeking a once-in-a-lifetime experience on the classic overland route.

The next dates are:

Autumn 2012 – starting 29 Sept. from Germany to New Delhi in six weeks
(9 bookings have already been confirmed, and the tour is sold out!)

Spring 2013 – starting April from New Delhi to Germany in six weeks.
You can optionally extend from Delhi to Goa.
(4 bookings have already been confirmed, and the tour is definitely taking place.)
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And last but not least – here’s a unique opportunity to improve your Karma...

Seeking sponsors for selected school children...

A good education is crucial to fair opportunities for the future!

Yet parents with 3 or more children often can no longer afford to pay tuition. A good education as the foundation for a decent future is financially out of reach, even for our old Nepalese and Indian friends with Indian middle-class incomes.

And that’s why we’re pleased to help.We’re already sponsoring four students. More about that in the next newsletter in the autumn.

The sad story of a family in Nagar, Kullu Valley, has come to our attention. The mother passed away while giving birth to her seventh child. The kids are now between 4 and 14 years old and are all going to a local school, and were being looked after by their father and grandmother. Recently, the father – who was not insured – died in a work-related accident in the forest. They are now on the brink of ruin. A regular $200 a month will ensure that all of the kids can continue going to school – otherwise, the three oldest will have to drop out and take menial jobs to help the family survive. I spontaneously donated $1,000 for the first 5 months, now we’re looking for a partner to chip in $100 a month...If you’d like to support a truly useful project and improve your Karma,contact Peter for more information.

 

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Seven orphaned siblings are now living with their destitute grandmother – we’re going to support them.


So, that was the news from the “Classic Bike Adventure” world – we’ll be back with another newsletter in the fall.

For those of you in the northern hemisphere, we hope you have an amazing summer riding season.

See you soon, cruising in the South of India, the Himalayas, Thailand,
Bhutan, Sri Lanka or just relaxing in Goa…

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Aslam, Peter, Martin, Tiz, Werner, Hubert, Ramesh, Bunti, Sonam, Willy, John, Yangs , Ranjeeta, Swapnil, Armin, Joe, Hanees, Go,
and the entire Classic Bike Adventure crew


All text and photos: Copyright by Peters Classic Bike Adventure Tours (P) Ltd. India.
The photographers who contributed to this newsletter: Yangs Yangden, Helmut Neubauer, Tiziana Warmerdam, Peter Paulo Dos Santos and friends.

...and here’s the link to our current dates and rates!

Tibetan impressions...

We’re kicking off the new riding season here in our new mountain home, the Casa Kath Kuni in Kullu Valley in the Indian Himalayas.

We had an amazing winter season and shared quite a few biking adventures with you on five tours through Goa and South India, two in Thailand and one in Sri Lanka. We also just successfully wrapped up the first of this year’s four Nepal tours.


In this newsletter, I’d like to focus on my absolute favorite tours through India’s Spiti Valley, also known as “Little Tibet”. I’d like to tell you about two tours we’re lining up for summer 2013. Both are pilot tours, the first of their kind, and I’d like to guide them both personally. Sri Lanka is also back in our regular program, and we have two tropical tours planned for 2013. Our grand 18-day Laos tour in February 2013 is going to be a special treat, and we still have a couple of bikes available for it.

 


Openings for 2012:
Sorry, but our four 3 Lakes of Ladakh tours are booked solid, and only two bikes are still available on the Ladakh Overland tour in late June. The 2013 Ladakh tours are also filling up quickly – one is already fully booked.

In the autumn, we still have a couple of free bikes on one Nepal and one Bhutan tour. After that, it’s time for winter in the tropics – back to Goa, Thailand and Sri Lanka. We still have quite a few openings there.

Until then, we still have a lot of adventures ahead of us. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you again soon.
In the meantime, all the best from the “high mountains” of the Himalayas. Here’s to an exciting, adventurous and accident-free 2012 season.

 

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