Preparations for the Mighty Himalayan tour
We usually send out a Ride Guide that is comprehensive of all the necessary general information when someone enquires about any of our motorcycle tours.
If you enquired about the Himalayas, the chances are that you have already received the Ride Guide and read it (or maybe not?). If you didn’t, not to worry. This article will explain in details about what you need to bring and what is provided.
All our motorcycle tours are “fully-inclusive”. We provide:
- 500cc Royal Enfield, fuel & oil
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Drinking water
- Snacks & drinks during breaks
- Internal flights
- Tour guide
- Support Vehicles
- Spare parts for the bikes
- First-aid equipment
Although we do not provide alcohol but we do like to throw in a few beers as well… as long as you don’t have an hangover the next morning and slow down the ride (in that case you will win a seat in the support vehicle for the rest of the day).
Now, let’s go through some important points…
Flights, insurance, passport and visa.
You do need to get yourself to Delhi to join the tour and therefore you will need to get your own flight tickets, apply for an Indian visa and your own travel insurance which should cover any eventualities.
Don’t forget that your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from when you are flying back home. For the purposes of this 16 days tour you will need a minimum of 1 month single entry visa but the good news is that the Indian Government recently has extended the e-Visa (available online) to 1 year multiple entry as standard.
Airport pick-up and drop.
We organise the airport pick-ups and drops for you to/from the hotel where we meet up. If you are arriving earlier than the first meeting day we can arrange the pick up from the hotel where you will be staying. If you would like to stay in the same hotel where we meet, let us know earlier and we will make the reservation for you (we have some good deals!).
Internal flights & luggage.
On the Himalayan tour we will have 2 internal flights which are included in the price, so you will not have to worry about them in terms of payment however keep in mind that the internal flights allow a maximum of 15 kg for check-in luggage and 7 kg for hand luggage. You may probably be able to carry more weight for an extra charge. You can also leave anything that you don’t need for the journey at the
In general we will be riding Royal Enfield 500cc Bullets although depending on availability we have the possibility to switch them with Royal Enfield Himalayans for part of the expedition. The bikes are regularly serviced and in great condition and even in case of breakdowns we are well prepared with spare parts and our brilliant mechanic. Obviously we wish that nothing bad happens but if you make any damages on the bike we cover the costs up to US $500.
We will have a support vehicle which will carry your bags and spare parts throughout the whole adventure. If for any reason you can’t ride you can always sit in the support vehicle and the crew will take care of your bike.
All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) are included as well as snacks and drinks during breaks. If you have any particular dietary requirements we need to know about it early. Please feel free to bring your own favorite snacks (just keep in mind the luggage allowance).
Clothing-wise you will find the required list below. We recommend that you keep lots of thin layers to easily adapt to the temperature changes. We will be riding in summer and the sun in the Himalayas can be really harsh while at night the temperature will go down drastically.
Motorcycle clothing list:
- Good crash helmet (BS Kite Mark)
- Protective gloves
- Windproof and waterproof trousers and jacket
- Waterproof bike boots, shin and ankle protection
- Scarf or bandana (to keep dust out of your nose and mouth)
- Protective trousers
- Warm hat/beanie
- Protective jackets
We will bring a comprehensively supplied First-Aid Kit and equipment so you just need to bring your own personal medications if any. We also recommend to bring lip balm and sun screen.
Hotels provide everything so generally nothing to worry about. In tented camps everything is taken care of too: matteresses, duvet and blankets are provided. However if you are sensitive to the cold we recommend bringing a sleeping bag that is suitable up to -10 degrees.
You shouldn’t need much cash between Delhi and Leh, just enough to buy things like souvenirs or alcohol but we recommend organising this in Delhi. When we arrive in Leh there are many ATMs and some great shopping. If necessary we can always lend you some money until we get back to Delhi.
We hope this is everything covered but if you have questions please leave a comment or write to us directly.
See you on tour – Enjoy the ride!
Oh…don’t forget your toothbrush…
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