Roads to Heaven Motorcycle Tour2022-11-20T19:30:49+00:00

Roads to Heaven

New horizons between the “Valley of the Gods” and Ladakh: We ride from the foothills of the Himalayas into the remote Zanskar valley and on to Ladakh in the far north of India, nestled deep in the Himalayan Mountain range.

The newly opened passes Sisir La (4,790m) and Singge La (5,060m) make it possible. This brand-new route is guaranteed to put a grin on the faces of even the most hardened rider. 1,400 kilometres in 14 days will give us the time to savour a great new motorcycle adventure featuring the full diversity of the Indian Himalayas and daily highlights. Our journey begins in the green mountain ranges of the Himalayan foothills in Kullu, in the “Valley of the Gods”. From here we ride to Zanskar, one of the most remote regions of the Himalayas, via the Rohtang Pass. Across the newly built Shingo La Pass we head to Padum, Zanskar’s headquarters and we reach a dizzying height of 5,105 meters. It is a 150 km long, extremely rugged slope that opens completely new vistas for us.

In the following days we reach Ladakh in the extreme north of India via the Sisir La and Singge La passes, which have also been newly opened. This “Cliff Hanger” route, divided into several daily stages, is considered one of the most exciting routes in the Himalayas, which will put your riding skills to the test and require good nerves and concentration. Between the rugged gravel roads and the breath-taking landscape, you will experience an adrenaline rush beyond compare.

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Arriving in Ladakh, we treat ourselves to two nights in the beautiful mountain oasis of Tingmosgang and first explore the western Indus Valley before we reach Ladakh’s capital Leh. Civilization got us back for the time being, because Leh impresses with its colorful old town, cafes, and restaurants, and of course Buddhist culture, fortresses, and monasteries. A rest day here is a well-deserved treat.

Leaving Leh we head south on the Manali-Ladakh road. The route is also called “Highway to Heaven” because you get so close to the skies above! Sections of the road are now paved, but there are still plety of challenges waiting, as we ride across 4 high passes of more than 5,000 meters altitude. One of them is the Tanglang La (5,390m), the second highest motorable pass in the world. After two action-packed days of riding with endless curves, we reach the gentle Himalayan foothills again, where the journey comes to an end.

1,400 kilometres in 14 days gives us the time to enjoy a great new motorcycle adventure that shows the full diversity of the Indian Himalayas and is a classic adventure tour with challenging routes and gravel stages. The ride will put your riding skills to the test and require nerves of steel. Between the rugged routes and breath-taking scenery, you’ll enjoy some intense adrenaline rushes!

In addition to spectacular landscapes, this motorcycle tour through Ladakh and Zanskar leads to unique testimonies of the Tibetan Buddhist heritage of the region such as the Bardan Monastery, the Temple of Karsha and the mystical, abandoned Zangla Palace, which towers over wild valleys and gorges. There is enough time to get to know the culture of Tibet as most of the people here are Tibetans.

This guided motorcycle tour is only suitable for experienced riders. We also organize Leh Ladakh Motorbike Tours, Spiti Valley Motorbike Tours and the Golden Himalaya Tour along the lower Himalayan mountain range – for those with a little less experience on gravel roads or those just starting out.

AT A GLANCE

AT A GLANCE

16.07. – 29.07.2023
30.07. – 12.08.2023
13.08. – 26.08.2023
Enfield Himalayan 411: 3.190€
Pillion

not available as standard – only on request

Single Room +490€

RE Bullet only on request, please specify.

14 days / 13 nights

The hotels & guesthouses are the best that can be found locally. From simple village guest houses to 3* hotels. One night in the guest house of a Buddhist monastery.

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Enfield Himalayan 411: 3.190€
Pillion

not available as standard – only on request

Single Room +490€

RE Bullet only on request, please specify.

14 days / 13 nights

The hotels & guesthouses are the best that can be found locally. From simple village guest houses to 3* hotels. One night in the guest house of a Buddhist monastery.

Roads to Heaven Motorcycle Tour Highlights

  • Via the new adventure passes Sisir La (4,790 m) and Singge La (5,060 m) into the remote Zanskar valley
  • Across the newly built Shingo La Pass trail (5,105m) from Zanskar directly to Ladakh, 150 km of pure adventure
  • A day for the most beautiful monasteries in Zanskar: Bardan, Karsha & the mystical abandoned palace of Zangla
  • The village oasis of Tingmosgang with the most beautiful Tibetan boutique hotel in the region
  • Via the Meptak La Pass (4,030 m) to Likir Snake Buddha Monastery
  • The Western Indus Valley with passes, monasteries and the unique culture of Ladakh
  • The dreamlike Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh, the “Valley of the Gods”
  • Leh, the Tibetan Buddhist capital of Ladakh with its narrow old town streets and beautiful landscapes
  • ManaliLadakh road, known as the “Highway to
  • Heaven” with 4 main passes at dizzying heights

We tackle eleven high altitude road passes on this tour:

5.030 m | Baralach La action packed pass on the Highway to Heaven
4.739 m | Nakee La across endless hairpin bends
5.065 m | Lachung La
5.390 m | Tanglang La the second highest motorized pass in the world
4.790 m | Sisir La
5.060 m | Sengge La most challenging pass of Zanskar
4,108 m | Fatu La
3,700 m | Namik La
5.105 m | Shingo La recently opened and new gateway to Zanskar
3.980 m | Rohtang Pass finally rideable again
4.030 m | Meptak La Pass

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Roads to Heaven Motorcycle Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Delhi, connecting flight to Kullu.

Arrive in Delhi by 02:30 early morning. The connecting flight to Kullu takes place at around 06:00 on the same day. Naggar is a traditional Hindu village in Himachal Pradesh, 500 km from Delhi. It lies in the heart of the Western Himalayas, in the Kullu Valley. Because this area is so beautiful, the gods – according to Hindu belief – chose this valley as their home. That is why it is known as the “Valley of the Gods”. Naggar was once the capital of the region, and the picturesque Naggar Castle, which towers over the village, bears witness to this era. Thousand-year-old Hindu temples are scattered in and around Naggar, at 1,760 meters. The view of the valley, the fields and meadows, the forests and the surrounding villages with their unique culture is breathtaking.

Our hotel today: In the Hotel Ragini and Cottages you immediately feel at home. Homestay Hotel Ragini Cottages is owned by our RC Vinod and his wife Nadia. It is a cozy family run hotel. The rooftop restaurant with a view of the eternal snow- capped peaks serves local and western cuisine. Ragini is located right in the village in the heart of the Kullu valley but far away from modern and busy life.

Naggar – 1.760m

Flight to Leh
Road to the Hemis and Tikkse Monasteries

Day 2: Warming-Up-Tour

The tour briefing takes place in the morning and all participants are informed about riding in India and the tour in general. Of course, the focus is on our Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles. We hop on our bikes and a short ride over lonely mountain roads brings us to a nearby waterfall and some beautiful vantage points overlooking the scenic mountain ranges. A perfect day to get to know the country, the people, and the motorcycles.

Naggar – 1.760m – 60km

Day 3: Over the Rohtang Pass

Start of our tour, the adventure begins! We ride on small roads over the Rohtang Pass (3,980m) to Keylong. For many years the Rohtang Pass could not be driven due to traffic, but this has changed after the completion of the Rohtang Tunnel in 2020. The Rohtang Pass offers the first challenges, but at the same time is perfect for getting used to road conditions.

Keylong – 3.080m – 120km

Snake Buddha statue at Likir Monastery
Road to Kargil via Fotu La Pass

Day 4: Keylong to Padum via Shingo La Pass (5,105m)

One of the highlights of the Zanskar and Ladakh Himalayan Motorbike Tour – and we mean that literally. We ride off-road via the recently opened Shingo La Pass, which reaches an altitude of 5,105 meters. Today’s ride is not to be taken lightly. Crossing this pass is quite an adventure – many will find it a challenge. Padum was named after Padmasambhava, also known as Guru Rimpoche (“born of the lotus”), an influential 8th-century Buddhist teacher. He is still revered today, and his texts are studied in all Tibetan Buddhist monasteries. Overnight in a comfortable hotel in Padum.

Padum – 3.670m – 170km

Day 5: Exploring the Zanskar Valley

Today we enjoy the beautiful valley of Zanskar. We ride to some of the most beautiful monasteries in the region, enjoy the most breath-taking views and experience Tibetan Buddhist culture up close. We start the day by visiting the mystical abandoned palace of Zangla, once the seat of the Zanskar Kingdom. An exciting ride on fantastic slopes takes us to Bardan Monastery, Temple of Karsha and of course we also learn about local Zanskari life. Alternatively, relax in the hotel without riding.

Overnight at our hotel in Padum.

Padum – 3.670m – 100km

Kargil to Rangdum road
Road to Padum, Zanskar over Penzi La Pass

Day 6: Through the gorge of Zanskar

After only a few kilometres we leave the paved roads – the slopes along the Zanskar River are calling! We continue north into the depths of the Himalayas. The road narrows more and more and the steep slopes often only give a glimpse of the sky – we are now deep in the Zanskar Gorge. The road conditions are also becoming more and more challenging, and in some places the river must be crossed. We slowly gain altitude and finally arrive at our destination for the day, Lingshed, at almost 3,800 meters. In Lingshed we visit the Tibetan Buddhist “Yellow Hat” monastery, where the Dalai Lama spent a week in the summer of 2022.

Lingshed – 3.800m – 90km

Day 7: Riding the “Highway to Heaven”

High up through Zanskar we ride over the newly opened gravel road and across the passes Sisir La (4,790) and Sengge La (5,060). Great challenges await on a large part of the route, as the challenging gravel roads with many hairpin bends has been newly carved out of the mountain. The landscapes in this far-flung part of the Himalayas are otherworldly and largely untouched. With a bit of luck, wild donkeys, birds of prey and other wild animals can be seen. In the afternoon we reach the green oasis of Tingmosgang, which is located in a side valley.

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We stay in a beautiful Tibetan boutique hotel in a fantastic and quiet location. Tingmosgang is located on the well-developed and paved road that links west and east Ladakh, connecting Leh with Kargil. We made it and can relax!

Tingmosgang – 3.100m – 140km

Panoramic view of Zanskar Valley
From Padum, Zanskar to Darcha via Shingo La Pass

Day 8: To Leh via Hemis

Optional excursion to the passes of Fatu La (4,108m) and Namik La (3,700m). Today’s ride is pure on-road relaxation and in addition to the riding pleasure. We stay on the Srinaragar-Leh “Highway”, of course without much traffic, and visit the “invisible village” of the local Ladakhis, the Buddhist Lamayuru monastery built in the 15th century, that is picturesquely situated on a hill and surrounded by snowy mountains. Various other sights and vantage points await us. Again and again, we reach the banks of the Indus River, a sacred river in India and the lifeline of the entire region, which forces its way through the mountains and shapes the landscape. The area has a lot to offer in terms of landscape and culture and our tour guide will be happy to show you the hidden highlights. If you like, you can also relax in the hotel between the peach garden and the water fountain.

Tingmosgang – 3.100m – 170km

Day 9: Leh – Ladakh’s capital

Our adventure continues with a leisurely ride into the western Indus Valley. We visit the ruins and temples of the old royal palace of Basgo and the mighty Snake Buddha statue at Likir Monastery. We ride up the narrow mountain roads to Yang Tang village and continue over the Meptak La Pass (4,030m) to Hemis Supachen, famous for its ancient sacred juniper forest. After a few relaxing hours of riding, we arrive in Leh, where we can spend the rest of the day relaxing at our simple, yet charming, centrally located hotel. Later we explore the area on a walk to the old town.

Leh – 3.500m – 100km

From Darcha to Keylong
Road from Keylong to Killar

Day 10: Relaxation day in Leh

Leh, the former capital of the Himalayan kingdom of Ladakh, sits at an altitude of 3,524 meters in a wide valley surrounded by the high Himalayan Mountain ranges. The city was closely linked to Tibet, China, and India via an important historical trade route along the Indus Valley, a branch of the Silk Road. In addition to products such as salt, valuable goods such as brocade, cashmere wool, silk and indigo were also traded. The mighty ancient royal palace, built circa 1600, overlooking Leh and open to the public, is an impressive testament to the kingdom’s former power. Today is at leisure and in addition to a hike to the royal palace, you can also visit the Shanti Pagoda, which towers over the city. In particular, the old town with numerous shops, restaurants with roof terraces and cafes invites you to take a walk. This day also serves as a buffer day in case of delays during the adventure tour.

Leh – 3.500m

Day 11: The Indus Valley & the “Highway to Heaven”

We drive to Ladakh’s most famous monasteries, Hemis and Tikkse, in the upper Indus Valley. Founded in the tenth century, Hemis Monastery is closely associated with Yogi Naropa, the founder of the esoteric Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. We then drive south on the Manali-Ladakh Highway, also known as the “Highway to Heaven”. Although most of the road is paved, it still offers enough challenges. After a light lunch we ride across the 5,328 meter high Tanglang La, known as the second highest motorized pass in the world, and then leave the last settlements of Ladakh. Overnight in a guesthouse near Tso Kar Salt Lake, a small, picturesque mountain village near the salt lake with abundant wildlife at 4,500 meters.

Tso Kar – 4.500m – 160km

 Killar to Kisthwar Road
Killar to Bairagar via Saach Pass

Day 12: Oh, HimalaYa!

A challenging, long day on the spectacular “Highway to Heaven” awaits. We start early in the morning and ride to Himachal Pradesh via three main passes: Lachung La (5,065m), Nakee La (4,739m) and Baralacha La (5,030m). The road alternates today between grabel and asphalt. Throughout the day we are rewarded with fantastic views of high Himalayan mountains and enraptured high plateau landscapes.

Jispa – 3.200m – 230km

Day 13: Back to Naggar

Today’s riding day is short because we want to relax a bit before leaving the next day. Arrival at our motorbike base in Naggar in the early afternoon. If you like, you can take a walk to the Nikolas Roehrich Museum after arrival. Roehrich was a well-known 20th-century landscape painter who lived here and was inspired by the Himalayas.

Goodbye dinner in the evening.

Naggar – 1.760m – 130km

Bairagarh to Dalhousie Road
Dalhousie to McLeod Ganj Road

Day 14: Goodbye India

Flight to Delhi and connecting flight home with many beautiful memories. The international flight can take place from 4 p.m. onwards. If you want, you can extend your stay individually. Dharamsala, seat of the Dalai Lama, is about 6 hours by car away. There are also flights to Delhi from Dharamsala. We are happy to help with the realization of individual travel extensions.

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Since our tours get filled up fast, please book our Roads to Heaven Motorcycle Tour now to avoid disappointment.

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Excluded Services

  • International flights to/from Delhi
  • Optional tips for guides and mechanics, souvenirs, shopping
  • Tourist Visa for India
  • Travel insurance and travel health insurance
  • Additional baggage for domestic flights, this can be bought cheaply at the counter

Included Services

  • Domestic flights Delhi – Kullu and Kullu – Delhi incl. 15KG main luggage + 7KG carry- on luggage

  • All airport transfers
  • All overnight stays, accommodation in double rooms with shower/toilet

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (excluding drinks)

  • During the motorcycle tour, drinking water in the escort vehicle

  • All road tolls, bridge tolls, entrance fees during the joint program

  • Motorcycle: Enfield Himalayan 411 cc with fully comprehensive insurance (EUR 500 deductible), touring equipment of the motorcycles with saddlebags

  • Gasoline/oil and all spare and wear parts

  • Experienced English speaking motorcycle tour guide during the tour
  • Support vehicle for luggage transport and Experienced motorcycle mechanic

Included Services

  • Domestic flights Delhi – Kullu and Kullu – Delhi incl. 15KG main luggage + 7KG carry- on luggage

  • All airport transfers
  • All overnight stays, accommodation in double rooms with shower/toilet

  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner (excluding drinks)

  • During the motorcycle tour, drinking water in the escort vehicle

  • All road tolls, bridge tolls, entrance fees during the joint program

  • Motorcycle: Enfield Himalayan 411 cc with fully comprehensive insurance (EUR 500 deductible), touring equipment of the motorcycles with saddlebags

  • Gasoline/oil and all spare and wear parts

  • Experienced English speaking motorcycle tour guide during the tour
  • Support vehicle for luggage transport and Experienced motorcycle mechanic

Questions & Answers

Do I need a visa for India?2019-12-18T06:33:21+00:00

Visitors to India need a tourist visa, which you must obtain in advance.
Visas are not issued on arrival.
Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the period of your stay.
The e-Tourist Visa costs around 20 to 80 euros and you can apply for it online.
Important note: The terms for the e-Tourist Visa can be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html
The visa application itself can be found here: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/info1.jsp

What do I need to bring along for a motorcycle tour?2020-01-06T11:30:46+00:00

You will definitely want to bring your riding suit with protectors and a helmet. You will also need motorcycle boots or lighter riding shoes and gloves. While your gear should be breathable in hot climates, you need to be ready for anything at high altitudes and in the Himalayas. We recommend winter gloves, warm socks, liners for jackets and trousers, a scarf and face protection. Rain gear is a good idea if your riding suit is not waterproof.
Please note that we do not hire out clothing. We believe that your own riding gear will fit best and thus give you the best protection. If you forget anything, we’ll find a solution, however. We often have spare gear with us, or we can point you in the direction of a shop.

Do I need travel insurance and travel health insurance?2019-12-18T06:24:21+00:00

We always recommend that you take out travel insurance to cover costs incurred if you need to cancel the trip due to illness or other reasons. When shopping for travel health insurance, make sure the policy covers the potentially high cost of medical evacuation to your home country. Both forms of insurance can save you a lot of money in an emergency and we recommend them unreservedly. In many countries, your national motoring organization can provide the coverage you need.

What should I keep in mind when riding with a passenger?2019-12-18T06:24:20+00:00

Riding two-up is almost always possible. In difficult terrain or on rough tracks, every passenger has a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle to keep things relaxed for both rider and pillion.

Do pillion passengers have a guaranteed seat in the support vehicle?2019-12-18T06:24:16+00:00

Yes, all passengers have a guaranteed seat. In bad weather or challenging riding conditions, they can switch to the support vehicle at any time – and back to the bike when conditions improve.

How big are the groups? What’s the minimum number of participants?2019-12-18T06:24:15+00:00

Groups generally consist of 8 to 14 riders and 2 to 6 passengers. The minimum number of participants is 6 riders.

What’s the Classic Bike Adventure travel team like?2022-04-14T10:41:11+00:00

Our European tour guides are skilled motorcyclists and inveterate travelers who love India. They’re resilient in the face of stress and know the history and culture of the regions they cover. Our Indian mechanics are experienced Enfield specialists who all speak English and are happy to help with any technical problem, great or small.
A stand-in rider is always available. More information on our travel concept is available here.

What kind of bikes will we ride?2019-12-18T06:24:12+00:00

We ride 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets manufactured from 2014 to 2017 that feature electric starters, 5-speed gearboxes with the gearshift on the left, front disk brakes, roomy and rugged leather saddlebags, crashbars, 19” tires and twin horns.

What do I need in the way of documents?2019-12-18T06:24:09+00:00

You will need your passport, national driving license, international driving license and flight ticket. Please be sure to make photocopies of all of your important travel documents and carry them separately. They can be invaluable in an emergency.

What are the import regulations for India?2019-12-18T06:32:08+00:00

Up to 200 cigarettes and 2 liters of alcohol may be imported duty-free. All international cigarette and spirits brands are available in India. Customs checks of arriving tourists have become considerably less strict in recent years.

Do I need a driving license?2019-12-18T06:24:05+00:00

All riders must have a valid motorcycle driving license issued in their home country. An international driving license is also required. Be sure to contact the relevant authorities in your home country well in advance for more information on obtaining an international driving license.

Will I need maps?2019-12-18T06:31:37+00:00

Simple street maps are often available locally. The best road maps are available from the German publishers Reise Know How and Nelles. These are only available in specialized bookstores or online.

Where can I stow my bags?2019-12-18T06:24:02+00:00

Your baggage will be carried by the support vehicle. Please don’t pack too much – remember: less is more. From time to time, we’ll have to carry our baggage over short distances to the hotel. Baggage is not insured, so please be sure to purchase your own baggage insurance for the trip if necessary. Your personal items for the day are best kept in the saddlebags or your daypack. Tank bags – including magnetic ones – can be used on the Enfields, but we don’t provide them.

Do I need to buy an Indian SIM card for my phone?2019-12-18T06:30:59+00:00

European SIM cards now work almost everywhere in India. You’ll need patience if you want a local SIM card, as the registration takes a minimum of three days, and in some regions it is not possible at all.

How much is the deposit for the bike?2019-12-18T06:24:00+00:00

Riders must make a deposit of USD/EUR 500.00 in cash for their bikes. The deposit will be refunded when the bike is returned in good condition. The deposit corresponds to the comprehensive insurance deductible for damage to the rented bike and damage or injuries to third parties caused by the rider.
(The deductible is payable in such cases!)

Important note: The deductible also applies to damage or injury to third parties. In practice, the rider is initially liable for the full damages. The costs are later refunded by the insurance company, minus the deductible.

What are the specs of the bikes?2019-12-18T06:23:59+00:00

Technical specifications: Single-cylinder four-stroke, 499 cc, 16 kW (28 bhp) at 4,600 rpm, 178 kg, 80 cm seat height, 123 kph max.

Our Enfields were manufactured from 2013 to 2017 and are well-maintained. Naturally, some of them bear the minor battle scars typical of touring motorcycles. Technically, they are all in top shape and perfectly suited to the planned tours. They’re tremendous fun to ride, and their handling is safe and predictable after a brief familiarization period. Our average speeds on the tour range from 40 to 60 kph, depending on the road conditions and traffic.

On which side do you ride in India?2022-04-14T10:40:16+00:00

Indians drive on the left. The flexible and generally considerate driving style of the locals makes it easy to adjust to riding on the “wrong side” and coping with traffic conditions that initially seem chaotic. The behavior of pedestrians and cyclists, and the frequent presence of animals on the road call for considerably more attention, however. Extreme caution is required around children.
Further information on traffic and riding can be found here and here.

What kind of food and drinks will we be having in India?2019-12-18T06:29:54+00:00

Western food is generally not available, so we’ll be having simple, often vegetarian meals as well as regional specialties throughout the tour. Hearty breakfasts will not always be available. We can promise you a wide range of cuisine, with a special emphasis on local specialties. In general, a lot of curry is served in India, and little meat – chicken being the most common non-vegetarian food – but plenty of vegetables, legumes and rice. Indian cuisine is generally well-spiced, easily digestible and not overly hot. Vegetarians will have no problems in India.
Indian beer is not always up to international standards. The most common brands are Kingfisher, Castle and San Miguel. The local Chang beer is quite effective but requires a bit of getting used to. Wine – when it’s available – is even more of an acquired taste than Chang. Mineral water and beverages such as Coca Cola can be purchased anywhere and must be carried individually.

Should I bring Indian rupees to India, or are US dollars preferable?2019-12-18T06:29:18+00:00

You are not allowed to bring Indian currency into the country or take it out. You may bring the equivalent of up to US$ 5,000 in foreign currency into the country without prior notice. We recommend bringing euros in €50 and €100 notes. Please make a note of the daily exchange rate to avoid getting a bad rate at the airport. American Express Traveler’s Cheques are no longer in common use and will cause unnecessary hassles. Credit cards (Maestro, Visa and MasterCard) with PINs can be used for cash advances from ATMs in many towns.
You will need the equivalent of around €100 to €150 for drinks, lunch and tips per week.

What’s a typical day on the road like?2019-12-18T06:22:49+00:00

A travel day normally begins at 8 am with breakfast. Around 9 am, after a short briefing by the road captain, it’s time for the day’s riding, the mileage of which can vary quite a bit. Plenty of time will be available for lunch and coffee breaks, of course. Depending on the day’s mileage, we’ll reach the destination hotel between 3 and 4 pm.
Since our tours vary considerably, we may also hit the road at 8 am on high-mileage days – which is also nice, because then we have the whole day ahead of us.

What’s the time difference?2019-12-18T06:28:18+00:00

Indian standard time is 5.5 hours ahead of GMT.

Why does the tour only take place in the summer months?2022-11-03T08:44:03+00:00

We have planned the tour for the best season as the new high passes are only open for a very short time between the rainy season and the onset of winter.

Is the tour suitable for passengers?2022-11-03T08:44:30+00:00

The tour is generally not or only poorly suited for passengers, as many stages can only be driven alone. Most of the time, the passenger would have to sit in the escort vehicle.

Are there river crossings?2022-11-03T08:44:56+00:00

There are short river crossings in several places in Zanskar and Ladakh, sometimes with challenging road surface.

How difficult are the gravel roads?2022-11-03T08:45:08+00:00

These are the most demanding gravel roads from our entire program, only comparable to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan during our Overland tour from Munich to Lhasa. If you have little or no experience, you should book a different and less challenging tour first, for example our “3 Lakes of Ladakh” tour, which is also very popular.

What motorcycles are available?2022-11-03T08:45:28+00:00

We only offer this tour on the Royal Enfield Himalayan. The travel enduro is perfect for the terrain.

What happens if I can’t or don’t want to ride part of a stage?2022-11-03T08:45:44+00:00

Some stages are demanding, we understand that! Our mechanic, who accompanies the tour, can step in as a substitute rider for your motorcycle at any time.

Will there be rider training for riding in gravel roads?2022-11-03T08:46:05+00:00

Unfortunately, our tour guides cannot offer this, riding experience on grvael must be brought along. This is not a beginner’s tour. Our tour guides are happy to provide help and the briefing explains some theoretical aspects, but it is not a training ride.

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