10 Days
Duration
Imphal
Start Location
Jan
Tour Months

Myanmar is known for its gilded Buddhist pagodas, ancient cities, breathtaking landscapes, lakes of serenity, remarkably intact traditional ways and its beautiful people. Myanmar is a country unlike any other. It’s said, you must come here with an open mind and you’ll leave with a full heart. We help you explore it safely like no one else can.

Tucked away in a tiny valley in Manipur, a north-eastern state of India, Imphal is one of the few places in India where nothing seems to have changed. The least explored, most mysterious and arguably the most beautiful region of India, was all but sealed off from the outside world until relatively recently. It is the gateway we use to enter Myanmar.

Staying away from the cities, we explore a relatively untouched land where the locals welcome the unusual site of foreigners travelling through their villages on motorbikes. We visit Buddhist sites such as the ancient city of Bagan, studded with more than 2,000 temples and pagodas, and Kyaiktiyo Pagoda, perched atop a rock at the edge of a steep hillside. Cruises along Burma’s Irrawaddy River take in historic landmarks, such as the 19th-century Mandalay Palace, and rural scenery. Visitors in motorboats and fishermen propelling skiffs cross Inle Lake, which is lined with villages on stilts and colourful markets.

Experienced guides will escort you safely through magical Myanmar with a full support crew including mechanics to ensure that you have the best 10 days of your life.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION

Imphal, India (catch a connecting flight from/to Delhi)

TOUR DATES

We conduct this tour by request. There is a 6 person minimum and the best  months are October through to March.

PRICES Rider: US$4,890 per person (Limited to 10 riders)
Pillion: US$3,390 per person (30% cheaper!)
WHAT’S INCLUDED A complete guided tour with experienced English / Burmese speaking tour captains
Reception at Imphal airport and all transfers by private vehicle
Motorcycle rental of a Royal Enfield 500cc including all fuel
Carnet for Motorcycle to enter Myanmar
Backup van with spare parts and a qualified Royal Enfield mechanic throughout the adventure
10 Days / 9 Nights’ twin share accommodation in mid-range hotels
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the entire tour
Temporary importing of the vehicles into Myanmar (mandatory)
All transportation during special security zone
Mechanics with all necessary spare parts
Support vehicles to carry all luggage (if riders are injured or feeling unwell they can take a break and jump into our back-up 4WD to relax!)
Bottled mineral water throughout the adventure
Tea/Chai & snacks en-route
Taxation and service charges of local providers
Domestic return flight tickets from Delhi to Imphal
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
Monument entrance fee
Temporary driving license fees for all riders and drivers (mandatory as your licenses or IDP are not recognised in Myanmar)
Special Overland Permission fees for Participants (mandatory)
NOT INCLUDED International flights
Indian multiple entry visa and Myanmar Visa (details sent with rider pack)
Any damage to the motorcycle must be covered by the rider in full
Personal Expenses
Tipping
Alcoholic Drinks

NOTE: These prices are based on sharing a hotel room or a tent. (If you’d like your own room/tent then add US$650)

Payment terms: A US$500 deposit must be made at time of booking. Balance payment can be paid in US$ upon arrival or prepaid a minimum of 8 weeks before the tour start date. Payment plans are available.

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Additional information

 

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DAY 1: DELHI to IMPHAL
Catch a connecting flight to Imphal where a Himalayan Heroes representative will greet you and transport you in an air conditioned private vehicle to your hotel. Make sure you have something warm to wear as it can get a bit chilly in January.
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DAY 2: THE BORDER CROSSING
IMPHAL TO TAMU (115 Kms – 4-5 hours)
We head to the Indo – Myanmar Friendship Road through some glorious twisty mountain roads. We cross the border into Tamu and spend the night in a guest house while the support crew complete paperwork.
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DAY 3: BORDER RUN
TAMU TO KALE (140 Kms – 5 hours)

An easy but scenic ride south along the border through the valley on the way to Kale. Situated on the Tropic of Cancer and with a population of more than 400,000 people it is one of the fastest developing towns of Myanmar.

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DAY 4: HIDDEN VALLEY
KALE TO GANGAW (150 Kms – 5-6 hours)

We continue south through the valley, alongside a river, on mostly unsealed roads until we get to the small village of Gangwa.

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DAY 5: ALONGTAW KASSAPA
GANGAW TO MONYWA (200 Kms – 6-7 hours)

As we head to Monywa, we cross the largest national park in the country – Alongtaw Kassapa. The park is home to numerous wildlife species, including a small population of wild Asian elephants, thamin, clouded leopard, jungle cats, Himalayan brown bear, Oriental giant squirrel, monitor lizards, macaques and barking deer.

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DAY 6: LETS EXPLORE
A DAY TO EXPLORE THE SURROUNDINGS

It is possible we ride to Mandalay for the day before returning to Monywa for the night. This major gateway in Northern Myanmar is worth at least a day tour to see the Mandalay Fort, the last royal palace of the last Burmese monarchy, and some of the country’s most sacred Buddhist sites including the Mahamuni Buddha Temple and Mandalay Hill.

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DAY 7: RIVER RUN
MONYWA TO KALE (240 Kms – 7-8 hours)

Taking a different route back to Kale, to the east of the Chindwin river. We pass through the Alaungdaw Kathapa Wildlife Park along a road that is curvaceous as it is challenging. It winds its way up a valley and before we cross the river into Kale.

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DAY 8: BORDER RUN IN REVERSE
KALE TO TAMU (140 Kms – 5-6 hours)

We take the “highway” back up to Tamu and savor the sights as we head north.

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DAY 9: BACK OVER THE BORDER
TAMU TO IMPHAL (115 Kms – 4-5 hours)

Starting early, we take the scenic route back to Imphal and have a feast to celebrate an amazing adventure. For many, this day will be the highlight of the trip.

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DAY 10: HOMEWARD BOUND
DEPART IMPHAL TO DELHI (2400 Kms – 4 hour flight)

Flying out of Imphal to catch your connecting flight from Delhi to your hometown.

INSURANCE IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

(INDIA, NEPAL, BHUTAN, TIBET, MONGOLIA, MYANMAR and SRI LANKA)

In the countries we conduct adventures, commercial insurance on motor vehicles is either not available, or is of questionable value. 3rd party insurance will usually not cover foreigners and even if it does, it is generally worthless if one needs to make a claim. In the event of an accident in these countries, the situation is usually settled on the spot without the “assistance” of insurance companies. If insurance companies are involved, it can take days, weeks and even months before there is a resolution.

Damage Cap Option “DCO”

Himalayan Heroes offers its riders the option of capping the cost of your damage bill on the motorcycle you are riding. The cost of this damage cap option “DCO” is US$195, paid as a lump sum before the tour starts. In the event you damage the motorcycle, the DCO will cap your damage bill at US$200. 

3 Scenarios

  1. If, like most of our riders, you do not damage the motorcycle then the total cost to you is only the cost of the DCO = US$195.
  2. If, like some of our riders, you put the bike down at slow speed and damage mirrors, levers, foot pegs etc and the damage bill is say, US$120 then you pay the US$120. The total cost to you is US$315 (US$195 DCO + US$120 damage bill)
  3. If you have a big off and damage the tank, forks etc and the damage bill is say US$750 then your damage bill is capped at US$200. The total cost to you is US$395 (US$195 DCO + US$200 damage bill).

The DCO is optional, so if you would like to carry the risk yourself, you are welcome to. At the completion of the tour, you will be presented with an itemised bill of the damage to the bike. Approximately 50% of our riders do not damage the bikes and of the 50% that do receive a damage bill, the majority of the bills are less than $300. Please send us an email if you’ve got any questions about the DCO.

The DCO is not an insurance policy and therefore any costs related to it cannot be claimed on a travel insurance claim.