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India Touch the Sky Adventure

Ride a series of high passes on incredibly precarious Himalayan roads along the Spiti River Valley and farther north in the Indian province of Himachel Pradesh. Touch Tibet on this spectacular motorcycle adventure.

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Tour Details

Road Conditions

Challenging riding encompassing paved roads to dirt roads. The mountainous roads of India are like nothing other. Stream crossings and steep cliff faces are the order of the day. Off road experience is a must for riders wanting to join this trip.


Luxurious hotels to camping. Camping is comfortable and the camp spots are pre set up, scenic and remote. All food is included on this trip: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Tour Difficulty


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Highlights for this motorcycle tour

  • Touch Tibet on this phenomenal journey
  • Ride unimaginalbly precarious mountain roads
  • Ride the gorgeous Spiti River Valley
  • Top Lachalung Pass at 5,065 meters
  • Experience a land that is virtually Tibet with it’s prayer flags and Bhoti Culture
  • Go back in time in a country that is timeless
  • Explore the outdoor recreation capital of  Manali
  • Experience India's Himalayan Province of Himachel Pradesh
  • Ride the highest motorable pass in the world at Khardung La
  • Ride a Royal Enfield motorcycle
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India Touch the Sky Adventure Itinerary

* All Meals and Gas included in Tour Price.


Friday, August 19th, 2016:

Arrive in Kullu, transport to Manali

Airport transport from the Kullu Airport to the outdoor recreation capital of India. Take a rest, walk the streets and get aquainted with this colorful city.  Welcome Dinner this Evening.

Get ready to ride amazing roads with dramatic scenery!


Saturday August 20th

Free Day in Manali

This is the day to meet the motorcycles, do paperwork, catch up on jet lag, explore Manali and relax.

Stay in Manali


Sunday August 21st

Rohtang Pass Accent

Ride to the top of Rohtang Pass and back. This is a 13,000 foot pass with epic vistas and a great opportunity for your body to acclimatize to the high altitude you will be experiencing for the rest of the trip.

Stay in Manali


Stunning mountain scenery


Monday August 22nd

Manali to Shoja - 110 km

Ride south out of Manali, before veering onto a country road. No one can prepare you for the exhilaration of the traffic in India, nor the spectacular forest scenery! Clear flowing mountains streams cascade through lush pine forests.

Stay in Shoja

Beautiful India 


Tuesday August 23rd

Shoja to Sarahan - 130 km

Climb to nearly 10,000 feet over scenic Jalori Pass (3,220m) before riding on to Sarahan. Stunning mountains scenery abounds. Check out the historic temple at Bhimakali, from the 12th Century.

Stay in Sarahan



Wednesday August 24th

Sarahan to Recong Peo - 110 km

Ride the amazing mountain road as it winds its way along steep cliffs under the shadow of glacial peaks. Impossible to describe!

Stay in Recong Peo


At over 10,000 feet, you realise you are in the Tibetan culture


Thursday August 25th

Recong Peo to Nako - 120 km

Apply for an Inner Line Permit in the morning, and ride an incredible mountain road the rest of the day. Steep canyon walls surround you as you make your way to the small pastoral town of Nako. Watch the locals continue their age-old herding lifestyle. Marvel at the mountain scenery in this quaint Bhoti village.



Friday August 26th

Nako to Kaza - 130 km

Ride through spectacular mountain scenery all day long!! Traffic will be seldom, and the breathtaking scenery will overwhelm you. Stay at Kaza, home to the worlds' highest gas station!

Seizing the day in India


Saturday August 27th

Kaza to Chattru (Camp) - 140 km

Ride over stunning Kunzum Pass (4,551m). Venture into the remote world of the Himalayas this day! Cathedral-like mountain scenery all around...
Camp at Chattru

 Ride the switchbacks of Rohtang Pass to Manali


Sunday August 28th

Chattru to Keylong (3350mtrs) - 115 km

Following the Beas river up the valley we head over Rohtang Jot (3,978mtrs) which is an exhilarating ride enabling you to become familiar with bike and the Indian roads.

 Colourful mountain village




Monday August 29th

Keylong to Sarchu (4,000 meters) - 116 km

Today we pass over the Bara Lacha La Pass (4830mtrs), (73 km from Keylong)-the originating point of Chandra, Bhaga and Yunan Rivers. Arrive at Sarchu for a night of camping under the stars. Camp fire and a cathedral of mountain tops.



Tuesday August 30th

Sarchu to Leh (3,500mtrs) - 262 km

Today takes you over three passes-Nakee La Pass (4,740 meters) , Lachulang La Pass (5,066 meters) and Tanglang La (5,359 meters). It is the second highest motorable mountain pass in India after Khardung La. Today will be a long ride. Hotel Stay in Leh this evening.

Royal Enfield surrounded by green hills 


Wednesday August 31st

Leh-sightseeing day (Alchi)

Today we will fix our inner line pirmit for the Nubra Valley. There is plenty to see in Leh and this one day gives you the chance to do a bit of sightseeing and have a little respite whiles taking in the surroundings. Early morning we aim to Alchi Monastry (oldest monastery in Ladakh).

Road conditions in India may vary 


Thursday Sept 1st

Leh-Khardung La Pass (5,540 meters)-Nubra valley

Take a day to ride over the highest motorable pass in the world-Khardung La Pass (5,540 meters) into Nubra Valley. On the way to Nubra Valley on the right side you have a chance to enjoy an epic view of Saser Kangri Mountain (7,672 meters). Camp in Nunder.



Friday Sept 2nd

Free Day, Nunder

Take the day to explore around on your motorcycle, and take part in an organized camel safari to Panamik Hot Springs.

Camp in Nunder

Royal Enfields lined up at the camping ground



Saturday Sept 3rd

Nubra valley-Leh

Cross back over the highest motorable pass in the world as you head back to Leh.

Last evening enjoy market streets in Leh,  shopping, Farewell Dinner.

Hotel Stay in Leh

Breathtaking surroundings in India


Sunday, September 4th 2016

Fly home from Leh

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Reserve and book your place on this tour

SmugMug Galleries: Photos from previous India trips


This is the toughest, most demanding tour we offer. Prudhoe Bay is a cakewalk, compared to this. Do not ride the Indian Himalayas without understanding the nature of what you are signing up for. This tour is difficult, and not for everybody.

To Book This Tour:

To secure a spot on our Himalaya Adventure,  please register and pay $1,000 deposit.

Ride a Royal Enfield


Royal Enfield Machismo 500cc (left shifting)


You may also reach our travel agent Sally at:, or (907) 562- 2213
Just tell her you are part of a MotoQuest Tour!

Travel Tip:

We highly recommend that you spend at least one more day in Manali before the tour starts. We will be happy to arrange any extra hotel accommodations for you! Manali is a wonderful town with much to do. We are sure you would like to spend an extra day exploring this area.


Indian Rupee

All meals and gas are included in the tour price! Allow enough money to pay for alcohol, snacks and gifts. You should be fine with $500, unless you want to do some shopping.
ATMs: available in Manali and Rampur only. Have enough rupees to cover the entire tour by the time you leave Manali. Visa Plus System ATM Cards work. You may also change US$ in Manali.
*If bringing US Cash, please have clean bills with no marks or tears in them.


Visas are obligatory for citizens of the United States and Canada. Please check for you own country.  
Always bring at least two passport photos with you when you travel internationally.

Ride the Himalayas on this world class motorcycle adventure!

India Traffic:

Most of the traffic in India seems random and chaotic. There is a rhythm to it, but be prepared for the unexpected. India is not place you go to take a Sunday cruise. It more about staying aware and being able to ride you bike competently in adverse conditions. 
Scenery: Stop before you try to take in the grandness of the Himalayas!

  • Left Side Traffic.
  • Use Horn when passing!!
  • Mind the horn behind you..someone is about the pass!
  • Lane splitting OK.
  • Watch for cows!
  • Treat every corner as if a dump truck is coming around!
  • Trucks will signal you to pass them with a wave.
  • 100 Himalayan Kilometers = 100 Miles of Rocky Road
  • Little or no warning for road construction.
  • No guard rails with over 1,000 ft drops.



Much of the itinerary is at high altitude. Some nights will be spent above 10,000 feet. If you feel this will affect your trip to India, see a doctor and take a physical. You want to be in the best physical shape possible when on this trip. Please consult your physician regarding altitude before you take this trip.


We will have organized camping for 5 of the nights. All camping equipment such as tents and sleeping pads will be provided. Food, toilet and water will be available at these camp sites.

Should I Ride India?

How do I know I am a competent enough rider?
Answer Yes to some of these:

Have you ridden on one of our dual-sport tours in Alaska?
Have you ridden dirt bikes competitively?
Do you ride dirt often?
Did you grow up riding dirt bikes?
Have you taken an accredited off-road motorcycle course?

Yes to two or more of these?  You qualify! Please call us if you are not sure:
1-800-756-1990, 1(907) 272-2777

Himalayan switchbacks await you


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Arrival Day:

Send us your travel information so we know when and where to meet you. Please be prepared to show your current motorcycle drivers license.


Bring riding gear that is warm and waterproof (a riding suit with pads is best).

Riding suit, top and bottom, with pads. Have something that is waterproof, or bring an outer waterproof layer for rainy days.

Also bring:

Stout water-proof boots, rain gear, a warm hat, rain-proof gloves (2 pair), hiking shoes, bug spray, lots of underwear, fleece layers, full-faced helmet, swim suit, and a good camera are the things you need on the trail.

Incredible India includes incredible roads

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The trip to India is incredible, in a two week journey you will
experience just about everything that you always wanted to do on a
motorbike, and more!

Colin White

Aug 19th 2016 Tour Details

Places still available on this tour

Book tour by: Sunday, Jun 19th 2016

Type of Tour: Dual Sport
Number of Stages: 1

Full Tour Price

  • Rider sharing twin room *: US $ 6,950
  • Rider with own room *: US $ 7,750
  • Couples *: US $ 12,150
  • * Includes basic bike rental

Aug 18th 2017 Tour Details

Places still available on this tour

Book tour by: Sunday, Jun 18th 2017

Full Tour Price

  • Rider sharing twin room *: US $ 6,950
  • Rider with own room *: US $ 7,750
  • Couples *: US $ 12,150
  • * Includes basic bike rental

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Motorcycle Included in Price

Included in this tour

  • All Accommodations
  • Airport pickup/drop-off
  • Professional and Experience MotoQuest guides on motorcycles
  • All Breakfasts and lunches
  • All Dinners
  • Motorcycle Rental: Royal Enfield Machismo 500cc
  • Support Vehicles
  • Staff Mechanic
  • All Camping Gear
  • MotoQuest Goodie bag
  • Gas
  • Medic with Medical Kit in support vehicle
  • MotoQuest T-Shirt and Hat
  • Copy of Photos taken on the trip
  • Custom Photo Book from photos taken on the trip
  • Automatic enrollment in Global Rescue

    Excluded in this tour

    • Flights : Contact our travel agent:, (907) 562- 2213
    • Personal Expenses
    • Alcohol
    • Tips
    • Travel Insurance
    • Motorcycle Insurance

    MotoQuest Tours recommends Global Rescue


    4346 Spenard Road
    Anchorage, AK 99517
    1-800-756-1990 / (907) 272-2777

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