This is an adrenaline fuelled that won’t fail in blowing your mind. The mountain passes you’ll cross on this adventure are twice as high as most in Europe and infinitely more challenging. We tackle the infamous Killar to Kishtwar road that will have you gripping onto your handlebars for dear life. Not for the faint hearted, this road has 600m drop offs with no guard rails. Thankfully, we’ll probably be the only ones crazy enough to attempt it so there won’t be a crazy truck driver coming the other way.
After a welcome party in Manali, we’ll head for the imposing Rohtang Pass which has featured on an episode of Ice Road Truckers Deadliest Roads. It’s far safer now but it is still challenging if the weather is questionable. It is a narrow and sinuous string of road that snakes its way through a lush green forest and above the tree line to valleys of the Lahaul District on the other side.
The Chenab River is our guide as we criss cross from side to side of the valley on our way to the enchanting Sach Pass. The riding gets more challenging each day and as we ride through lush green valleys, orchards, rhododendron forests, sandy desert regions and restricted areas where passports are checked at military checkpints.
After camping atop a mountain, we weave our way through the gorge created over millions of years, lashing itself into a fury alongside the seemingly unending hairpins of the treacherous Sach Pass at 4,420m.
As we descend into Khajjiar, known as little Switzerland, the forests envelop us and provide spectacular scenery as the roads changes from switchbacks to perfect tarmac roads with the prefect mix of sweepers and wandering bovines to keep you on your toes. We’ll pop in and say hello to the exiled Dalai Lama before flying back to Delhi and home the next day. What a Trip!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New Delhi, India|
|TOUR DATES||By Request|
|PRICES||Rider: US$3,590 per person
Pillion: US$2,990 per person
|WHAT’S INCLUDED|| Transfers to/from Airport and Hotel
All internal transfers and other travel for the duration of the adventure
A low kilometre, fastidiously maintained Royal Enfield Motorcycle
Quality Accommodation on a twin share basis (Comfort hotels/guest houses/Camps/tents)
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for the entire tour
English speaking guides
Medical kit available and Oxygen on high altitude adventures
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 jeep to relax!)
Bottled mineral water throughout the adventure
Tea/Chai & snacks en-route
Permits for restricted areas
All entrance fees en-route
|NOT INCLUDED|| International flights
VISA (details sent with rider pack)
Travel Insurance (compulsory)
NOTE: These prices are based on…
- a minimum tour group of 10 people (usually tours are between 10 and 15 people) and…
- 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 must be paid 8 weeks before the tour start date. Payment plans are available upon request.Terms & Conditions What To Bring Price Guarantee
We have a full day of visiting the sights of Delhi before catching a luxury coach to Manali in the evening, arriving at our destination in the morning.
After breakfast, we’ll have a rider briefing with our adventure leader, check personal equipment and cover safety precautions before being properly introduced to the Royal Enfield motorcycles. We’ll take the bikes out on the adjacent narrow roads of the surrounding villages and through the mountains. This is your chance to familiarise yourselves with the motorcycles and get to know the roads. In the evening we get back to the hotel for dinner and rest before the tour starts proper.
After breakfast we will ride to tribal area of Himachal which is influenced by both Hindu & Buddhist culture. The first 35km of roads are winding all the way to Marhi where we make our way through the traffic & challenging muddy roads on the way up Rohtang Pass. Here you catch fantastic views back towards Manali and the surrounding Himalayas. We then descend into the Chandra Valley before stopping at a check point and one of many “chai breaks” before we continue along the bank of the mighty Chandra. After Tandi we enter the Ghar Valley along Bhaga river, through the town of Keylong. We have another chai break and then finally head to Udaipur where we stay in a riverside camp. We are free to discover the surrounds of Pattan valley on your own. Main attractions of the valley are Tandi (Guruhantal Monastery), Udaipur (Mrikukala Mata temple) and Trilokinath (Shiv temple).
UDAIPUR TO KILLAR (110kms / 5-6 hours)
Follow the narrow Chenab valley to Killar along a breathtaking road that offers a magnificent ride full of hairpins. Careful on the curves here, as it so narrow that it is hard to find somewhere to pull over to let others coming in the opposite direction, room to pass. Thousands of metres high in the Himalayan mountains and deep gorges makes this day exceptional and truly unforgettable. We guarantee you’ve never camped in a more surreal place in your life. If this night doesn’t blow you away, nothing will.
KILLAR TO TISSA over Sachs Pass (150kms / 6-8 hours)
We cross the Chenab River and ride along a shady cliff road with waterfalls cascading over the road onto the frozen crust of ice that covers the rivers below. We stop for a break before the now legendary 50m river crossing that gets deeper and harder the further you get into it. Not everybody makes it across without coming off, but everyone comes away with a story at the end of it.
From here we continue up and over Sachs Pass until we get to a military checkpoint where the adrenaline is seeping out of our pores and we’re waved through. Enjoy the view of the valley before a snaking descent through villages perched on the side of mountains. In the afternoon, we’ll reach Tissa and spend the night in a guest house with a ridiculous view of the valley below. Photographers usually set up their cameras for some epic time lapse photography from the roof of the guest house while we’re barbecuing.
TISSA TO KHAJJIAR (80km / 3-4 hours)
We take the forest road that is spotted with small villages, through the valley all the way to until Khajjiar. Often called India’s Switzerland, the exquisite glade of has a circumference of approximately 5km. Along its fringes, thick forests of Himalayan Cedar climb the slopes, the snow-line rests above these woods. There is a 12th century temple dedicated to Khajji Nag that contains life size, wooden images of the Pandavas brothers.
KHAJJIAR TO DHARAMSALA over Jot Pass (120kms / 5-7 hours)
Ride early in the morning via a snaking road until Jot Pass where we’ll enjoy the magnificent view of the Dhauladhar mountain range and the Chamba valley. We descend vis a seemingly endless twisting cliff road to Chowari through a Rhododendron and Oak forest. The bewitching beauty of the paddy fields will jostle for your attention while descending. The town of Dalhousie can be seen in the distance through the Jungle. After Chowari road we pass through a narrow valley and before joining main highway of Pathankot to Dharamsala.
DHARAMSALA TO MANALI (220kms / 6-8 hours)
A quick visit to the home of the Dalai Lama before we hit the road proper. Today is a long but blissful as we ride some of the roughest roads of the adventure. We cross streams and dirt tracks with frozen puddles all the way back to the lush Kullu Valley. We cross the Beas River and go through a 2km poorly lit tunnel that has cows roaming through it. From here, we take it easy as we realise this is the last few hours of riding these amazing roads.
MANALI TO DELHI
You have the day to relax and enjoy more time in the hot springs, do a little shopping or perhaps book a massage as we won’t be leaving Manali until late in the afternoon. We’ll enjoy a farewell lunch together around 1:30pm before heading for the bus station at 4:30pm. We’ll catch a luxury coach that has bottled water and blankets back to Delhi. The coach will stop around at 10pm for dinner before continuing and arriving in Delhi in the early hours of the morning.
DELHI TO YOUR ONWARD DESTINATION
On arrival New Delhi we’ll transfer you to the hotel where you can have breakfast, shower and relax. It’s a free day so you can rest and relax, shop and eat or explore some of the many interesting sightseeing options, for example: seeing old Delhi by bicycle rickshaw, exploring the spice market, India Gate, the houses of parliament, the legendary Red Fort, walk in Lodi Gardens and much more.
Time to board the flight back to Delhi and head home. Back on home turf you won’t be able to explain the scale of this journey; photographs and videos will fail to do justice to your adventure. Your memories of this epic adventure will stay with your forever.
Optional Add-On – Taj Mahal
As most flights leave in the evening we have time for a quick day trip to see the Taj Mahal. We’ll travel via a private minibus to the Taj stopping for lunch along the way. An English speaking guide, an air conditioned mini bus, Entry fees and lunch is included in the price of US$200
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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.