Are Flights Included?

International flights are not included but if the tour has domestic flights then yes, they will be included in the price unless otherwise stated. Each tour page has a specific “what’s included” and “what’s not” section.

Can I Stay Longer?

Yes of course you can extend your trip if you wish, we’ll even book the extra nights for you if you want.
TIP: Most people have found that doing extra activities before the trip is better than doing it after the trip.

How can I book a spot?

The adventures can be booked online, by email, or even over the phone.  To book your place you’ll need to put down a US$500 deposit via credit card, direct bank transfer or PayPal. If you are booking online, you have the option to pay the deposit and leave us a message. All online transactions are secured with 256 bit encryption.

Do you have a price guarantee?

Absolutely. Himalayan Heroes is extremely confident that we offer the best value for money tours of the Himalayas, Nepal and Rajasthan, Myanmar, Bhutan and Sri Lanka, therefore offer a price guarantee to prove it. More info can be found here

Do I need Insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have travel insurance to cover you for the period of the tour. It is imperative that your insurance covers you to ride a bike of 500cc AND that it covers off road riding. Most travel insurance policies will not cover you while riding a motorcycle of over 50cc so please ensure you check your policy thoroughly. We need to see a copy of your Travel Insurance policy before you arrive.

If you are from Australia, then both Travel Insurance Direct and Fastcover have motorcycle friendly policies.
If you are from the UK, then check out Holidaysafe.

Please note that travel insurance ceases the moment you return to your own country. Private or government health cover automatically resumes if you require treatment once in your own country.

The bikes are insured, so you don’t need to worry about that.

What Visa's Do I Need for Nepal or India?

Visiting India or Nepal requires a passport that has at least six months of validity remaining at time of application and must have two blank pages.

Visa info for India

E-Visas and Visa upon arrival are NOT acceptable when travelling with Himalayan Heroes in India.

Visa to enter India from all countries can be applied for here https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/registration

Visa info for Nepal

For both Australian and UK residents it is recommended that a Visa upon arrival is the preferred method.

 

You’ll need to include an address on the visa of where you’ll be staying. Answering “Under the stars” is frowned upon by customs. Try this…

For adventures in India
Himalayan Heroes Motorcycle Expeditions
152/4 Second Floor, Model Town, Manali, Disst Kullu (H.P) 175131

For adventures in Nepal
Himalayan Heroes Motorcycle Expeditions
Baluwatar Kathmandu, Nepal

 

Please Note : e-Visa’s are NOT eligible to get inner line permit checks that we require for all adventures in the Indian Himalayas. e-Visa’s are accepted for adventures that are not close to other countries borders such as the Kerala/Goa, Rajasthan adventures.

What other paperwork do I need for the tour?

You’ll need travel insurance and an International Driving Permit is usually necessary to ensure you are covered by both your Travel Insurance and the motorcycle insurance. You will also need to bring two passport-size photographs

Waterproof gear, do I need it?

We’d suggest bringing some form of waterproof gear. Personally I just pack the two piece plastic type that slips over my suit. Works a treat and very cheap on ebay.

It is also advisable to bring some zip lock bags to put your phones, tablets and sensitive documents in. Nothing worse than when you are trying to cross a border with a passport that has been drenched and the chip no longer works. Don’t ask me how I know!

Is a sleeping bag really necessary?

I don’t usually use one as the bedding provided is very warm and comfortable enough. However I wouldn’t travel without one just in case. Temperature rated -5°C and as small and light as possible is recommended.

Riding gear - What do I need to bring?

Please read our comprehensive guide here

If I’m trekking in Nepal, what do I need to bring?

The three day trek optional add-on is not a hard core trek so keep that in mind when checking this link

How much Riding Experience Do I Need?

These aren’t easy tours so its important that you are a confident rider. I had never ridden on dirt before riding in India but I managed alright. We rode in mud, through rivers, while it was raining, with 5m visibility up the Rohtang pass with no guard rails in 10°C temperatures.

While we’d recommend having about two years recent riding experience, it is more important that you are a confident rider. If you can lane split in city traffic then you can dodge sacred cows, Tatas and oncoming traffic on the wrong side of the road.

Is riding in India dangerous?

Riding motorcycles anywhere is dangerous. Riding motorcycles that are based on a 1950’s design and haven’t improved much makes it all part of the adventure right!

We won’t be in the high density, big cities where people seem to be on a mission to get wherever they’re going as fast as humanly possible without any regard for their own life let alone anyone else’s.  Personally I find the drivers in the Himalayas are some of the best and most courteous drivers and riders I have come across anywhere in the world.

How fast will we be riding?

Royal Enfields can reach 130km/h if the road is long enough, the wind is behind you and you are traveling downhill.  However it is unlikely you will hit 100km/h which is fine because the bikes don’t like it at that speed. They are much more comfortable at 80km/h so we’ll sit around that when the road conditions allow.

Can I use the bike at the end of the days ride?

The short answer is no. Our mechanics work on the bikes at the end of each day, bringing them back to their best so you can have a trouble free run the next day.

How fit do I need to be?

Steve lost 45kgs and was still 140kg when he rode the highest motorable road in the world and he did that easily.  It was a little tougher for him when we decided once we’d gotten to the top that we’d climb a further 400m to get a better view.  Surprisingly, it is usually the smokers that get least affected by altitude sickness.

Like everything in life, it helps if you’re fit but you don’t need to be Rich Froning Jr to enjoy these adventures. If you want to go trekking in Nepal, disregard what I just said and start training yesterday.

Can I take pillion rider?

Absolutely, we’ve had a number of pillions who have enjoyed themselves immensely. It is important that they are aware of what is in store for them and by that I mean there are long days in the saddle, bumpy roads, river crossings and some awesome drop offs with no guard rails. We usually have space in our support vehicles, so pillions may be able to hop off and grab a seat if they feel like it ….but not always so it shouldn’t be relied upon.

How much spending money will I need?

I spent US$100 the first time and US$200 the second time.  Everything is paid for and India is a fairly cheap place to visit in comparison to the west. I doubt you’ll need more than US$500 for the two week adventure.

Tipping is the culture. What are the tipping customs?

Although not the done thing in Australia, most of the rest of the world expect a small monetary thank you for services provided. Someone carries your bags to your room, that’s a dollar. The back up team wakes up before you and checks your tyre pressure, fills the petrol tank and warms your bike up, follows behind you and fixes your bike if you have any problems and then at the end of the day while you enjoy a refreshing frosty treat, they are getting your bike back to tip top condition well into the night.

We’d suggest you tip the support crew US$100. It’ll be spread amongst the mechanics and backup team.  Usually 4 people in the support team, so you’re basically tipping each crew member less than $2 a day. Frankly, that’s a bargain!

What is the Accommodation like?

The price includes twin share accommodation so you’ll be sharing your room / tent with someone. If you want your own room, that can be arranged at an extra cost. Please note that single rooms may not be available on some nights but we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Some tour operators promote their tours as if everyone is Bear Grylls.  After 8 hours on a motorcycle on some pretty tough roads, the last thing you want is poor accommodation.  India is a massive shock to the senses; we think it’s best if you ease yourself into it.  We’ll stay at a great hotel on the first night, a quality local hotel the next night before we hit the road and stay in the best accommodation en route.  Even the tents we stay in have en suites…seriously.

Can I charge my phone, camera or laptop?

Most of the time you can.  You can charge most things in the back up vehicle and the hotels of course.  Even most of the camps will have a power point that you can charge your electrical goods with.  However power cuts are common so electricity can’t be guaranteed.  You’ll need a travel adapter to recharge your electrical goods.

How much luggage can I bring?

Most airlines inside India are limited to 20kg and sometimes less, so please travel lightly.  I usually have 12 – 15kg of luggage and that includes, jacket, boots, helmet and a yeti suit.  A lot of people buy supplies in India as clothing is very cheap.  Sometimes they also leave their well used riding gear and helmets as well as unwanted clothing for the support crew to distribute amongst themselves or families. It isn’t required but it is welcomed. Support vehicles have limited space so please bring soft luggage so we can pack it in tight.

Is food included in the price?

All meals are included. You’ll pay for your own alcohol only. 600ml Kingfishers are around than $5.

I'm a vegetarian. Is that cool?

There is no cooler place to be a vegetarian than India and Nepal. They do a mean mutton curry but vegetarian meals are available everywhere.

Is there somewhere I can wash my clothes while on tour?

When we stay in hotels they’ll do it for you at really good prices.  That has always been good enough for everyone so far.  I’ve run out of clothes a couple of days before getting to a hotel and just wear a dusty, sweaty T-Shirt.  I don’t smell the best when I get to the hotel but that could be the Yeti suit that I haven’t washed in three years.

Is the water safe to drink?

Drink only from sealed water bottles which are available from the back-up vehicle as is chocolate.  If you are using a CamelBak type system, then you can top it up at each stop…with water not chocolate, chocolate will clog it up.