This exciting tour is something of a Himalayan odyssey, starts from the amazing Kashmir valley, high altitude deserts, the highest of passes, stunning Tso-khar and Tsomoriri Lakes and the incomparable beauty of Indus valley with its 24,000 ft. snow-caps Mountains, the valley of Gods and Goddesses (Kullu Manali) Himachal Pradesh, the land of high lush green pastures, home for Himalayan Shepherd riding over Rohtang la is the most amazing experience which continuously goes on crossing the World’s Two Highest Motor able passes and linking two of the ultimate mountain range’s most breath-taking regions: Ladakh and Zanskarand hanging glaciers… nothing comes close in terms of natural splendour. These trips will start from Sri Nagar (Jammu & Kashmir) and end in Manali. International arrivals and departures will be in Delhi, Travelling up in these beautiful mountains by bike brings you close to the environment and its inhabitants; close to the nature of this huge place. For most riders a trip like this will be the experience of a lifetime.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Hotel Amora Tapae Chiang Mai|
|DEPARTURE TIME||The tour will start in the morning 8.30am. Please be informed, that you arrived at least one day before the tour start in Chiang Mai. We recommend two days before tour start to acclimate and avoid jet lag.|
|RETURN TIME||The tour will finish about 4/5pm back in Chiang Mai, so if you like to fly back the same day to Bangkok or the beach, you can catch easily any flight from Chiang Mai after 6pm.|
|GEAR||We recommend bringing your own gear to be the most comfortable. BUT we also offer helmets, jackets, gloves and knee guards (European high-quality brands in many different sizes). Please be informed, that we do not offer boots and trousers as due hygienic reasons.
Please be informed, that our tours are fully inclusive. So you can completely focus on your holiday, the adventure, the riding and amazing Thailand. There are no hidden costs or other surprises – our tour prices are final prices. All is paid. Come ride with us – the real deal!
The Real Himalayan Motorcycle Expeditions
NEW DELHI – SRINAGAR – KARGIL – LAMAYURU – LEH – KHARDUNG LA – LEH – TSO MORIRI – TSOKAR – SARCHU – JISPA – MANALI – CHANDIGARH – NEW DELHI
(Distance: 1,500 kms.)
Day 1. Arrive in New Delhi, India (International Airport)
Most of the flights arrive in the midnight representative of Motorcycle Expeditions will meet and greet you at IGIA, New Delhi on arrival transfer to hotel.
Overnight at the Hotel in Delhi.
Day 2. Delhi fly to Srinagar (02:35 hours journey)
Morning after breakfast transfer to Delhi airport to catch flight for Srinagar.
Your connecting flight will be booked by Motorcycle Expeditions according to your arrival schedule in New Delhi.
Upon arrival in Srinagar transfer to your houseboat. If time permits we will have day tour of Srinagar. Evening we will meet our team and bikes.
Dinner and overnight stay in House Boat.
Day 3. Around Srinagar – checking and riding your bike
After breakfast you will meet your motorbikes and assistance team. Short briefing on your ride then you will have a short ride in Srinagar. This is your chance to know your motorbike and roads of Himalaya.
Overnight stay and dinner at houseboat.
Day 4. Srinagar – Kargil, 202 kms. (3,528 meters, over Zoji-La Pass)
Have breakfast in the morning and start riding towards Kargil from Srinagar. Visit Drass on the way, which is the second coldest inhabited place on earth. Enjoy the views of Tiger hills and other famous peaks visible from Kargil – Arrive Kargil in the evening. Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
Day 5. Kargil – Lamayuru, 125 kms. (4,108 meters, over Fotu-La Pass)
Entering the capital of Ladakh, we will play alongside the Upper Indus River, travelling through ancient Buddhist villages and past a number of glorious monasteries. On good tarmac we wind up and over several small passes, across desert plains and past colourful, mind-boggling rocks capes.
The 1,000-year-old Lamayuru Monastery is situated high on a valley side at 11,500 ft. and houses 150 monks. Staying nearby we will have the opportunity to watch the sun go down over the buildings and crop fields in this idyllic setting. The evening can then be spent exploring the monastery, or simply taking in the many ancient Stupas around the settlement and gazing in awe at the huge and colourful rock formations all around. Or just kick back with a beer amid the scenery.
Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
Day 6. Lamayuru – Leh, 150 kms. (3,510 meters)
After breakfast we’ll ride to Leh but we’ll stop on the way to visit some other impressive Buddhist villages and monasteries. Afternoon reach at Leh, and have leisure time.
Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
Day 7. Leh – Khardung-La – Leh, 78 kms. (5,602 meters)
Today we ride to Khardung pass. This is the world’s highest motor-able road – the Khardung pass at a thrilling 5,602 meters 39 kms. from Leh!! After noon Free, visit to market, or by foot visit Shanti Stupa a good view of Leh town & relax.
Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 8. Leh – A day of leisure
This is a free day to explore Leh town. You can visit monasteries, market of Leh Town, can do shopping, eating and drinking and lots of fun.
Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 9. Leh – Tso Moriri via Upshi, 210 kms. (4,572 meters)
We will be riding 210 kms. today so it is best to start early from Leh. We take the Leh – Manali highway until the town of Upshi. Near Upshi we stop at a check post where you need to submit your permits. For the better part of today’s journey we follow the Indus River and the tarmac is in good condition for the most part, barring a few landslide prone stretches…
Chumathang itself has little to offer to a visitor apart from a few local roadside restaurants, a Gompa and hot water springs. A quick lunch stop would suffice for most, instead we make our own track, riding off road and following the numerous tracks left by passing vehicles. The last 30kms are a pain, but a boon for those who love off road riding! The track here is a mix of sand and dirt trails littered with small stones. However the view one gets at the end of it makes it all worth it, overnight in a fixed camp on the bank of the Tso-mo-riri or Korzok village.
Dinner and overnight stay in Hotel.
Day 10. Tso Moriri (Korzok) – Tsokar, 90 kms.
From Korzok we back track to the Junction Sumdo and from there take the diversion to reach Tso- Kar. This road tends to be a bit rough for some but great fun for those who appreciate off road motor biking!! It is believed that Tso- Kar was once connected to Tso- Moriri, even though TsoKar has salt water lake while Tso Mo-riri has fresh water… The area surrounding Tso- Kar is protected.
Dinner & overnight in a fixed camp.
Day 11. Tsokar – Sarchu, 140 kms. (5,059 meters, over Lachulung-La pass)
Today we climb up to the Lachlung pass at 5,059 meters. Leh – Manali Highway is said to be one of the most scenic highways! Cross the famous 22 Gata loops and reach Sarchu by evening.
Overnight stay and dinner in a fixed Camp.
Day 12. Sarchu – Jispa, 120 kms. (4,940 meters, over Baralacha Pass)
We have to cross Baralacha Pass (Alt. 4,940 meters) today. On the top of Baralacha you will have breath taking views of mighty Himalaya. Don’t forget to capture the moments in your camera.
Overnight stay and dinner at Hotel.
Day 13. Jispa – Manali, 135 kms. (3,978 meters, over Rohtang pass)
Today is a short but pure bliss ride of bad roads! Streams to cross, frozen puddles and dirt tracks to navigate all the way up to and back over the Rohtang pass. We’ll take our chai and lunch break at Marhi before descending back to the lush green of the Kullu valley, the sparkling Bease River and finally you are back in Manali! As it’s the last night of this adventure we’ll celebrate and party with all our new friends.
Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
Day 14. Manali – Chandigarh, 310 kms.
Early morning after breakfast drive to Chandigarh, we’ll have tea break on the way and we’ll drive to Chandigarh in our private Toyota taxi. We will have Lunch on the way, evening reach Chandigarh upon arrival transfer to Hotel.
Overnight stay and dinner at hotel.
Day 15. Chandigarh – Delhi to your onward destination
As per the flight timing transfer to Chandigarh airport to board flight to Delhi, on arrival in Delhi transfer to hotel, rest of the day will be at leisure, after dinner transfer to IGIA to board flight for onward destination.
• Riding the historic Royal Enfield “Bullet” Motorbike
• Riding on the world’s highest motor able road
• Remote ancient Buddhist monasteries and Hindu temples
• High Himalaya passes and stunning valleys
• Floating markets of Srinagar & staying in a houseboat
• Breath-taking views of mighty Himalayas.
Accommodation ranges from luxury hotel/similar, house boats to camps. All accommodation is on same sex twin – sharing basis, (couples double – room) Single Room is possible with a supplement.
List of Hotels are:
Delhi: Ashok Country Resort (Arrival)
Srinagar: House boat (Shera Palace)
Srinagar: House boat (Shera Palace)
Kargil: Hotel Zozila Residency
Lamayuru: Hotel Niranjana
Leh: Hotel Hilltown
Leh: Hotel Hilltown
Leh: Hotel Hilltown
Tsomoriri: Hotel Tsomoriri Lake View/Camp
Tsokar: Tsokar eco Resort/Camp
Sarchu: Dorje Camp/Camp
Jispa: Padma lodge
Manali: Hotel Highland
Manali: Hotel Highland
Chandigarh: Hotel Shivalik
Delhi: Ashok Country Resort (Departure)
(Total nights 14)
NOTE: A deposit of 300 USD/EURO must be made to on arrival in India. You are responsible for any damage to your bike during the trip, the repair charges will be deducted from this deposit and the balance will be reimbursed once the trip is over.
Documents required to ride/travel in India:
• Valid International Driving License.
• You are required to bring your travel insurance policy with you on the tour. Please print two copies, one for yourself and hand one copy to the tour operator upon arrival. Please ensure it has the address and contact details of the travel insurance company on it. Without these documents you will not be able to take part in the tour as your safety is our primary concern.
What riders should bring with them on this tour?
• Goggles and/or sunglasses
• Motorcycle gloves
• Snood/Dust mask
• Kidney belt
• Water resistant backpack
• Bungee/Cargo net
• Wide brimmed hat
• Warm clothes
• Water Resistant Jacket/Raincoat
• Strong and warm pair of trousers
• Fleece/under jacket
• Warm socks
• Warm underclothes such as thermals
• Riding boots and shoes
• Warm scarf or neck sock
• Warm sleeping bag (-100C)
• Dense travel towel/Quick drying towel
• Torch light/Head torch
• Thermos for Hot & Cold
• 2 Passport pictures
• Alarm watch/wrist watch
• Money Belt
• Medication (consult GP)
• Basic first aid kit
• Insect repellent
• Sunscreen/sun block UV 30/40
• Lip balm
Ladakh region Motorcycle Tour Grade
Riding the Himalayas is often regarded as the toughest adventure ride in the world with some of the planets most extreme roads. Reaching altitudes of of 5,600m including two of the highest motorable roads in the world and it is certainly tough in parts.
It is full of uphill and downhill hairpins, sometimes on tarmac but often on gravel roads. The climate is unpredicatable and can be extremely harsh with all four seasons experienced in the one day. You could experience riding in mud while it is misty and raining with minimal visibilty in 50C temperatures while dodging oncoming traffic.
The riders on the Himalayan Heroes 2013 tour experienced these very conditions twice and they all said it was the best two days of the tour!
While it is usually suggested that riders have a minimum of 2 years off- road riding experience; there were a number of riders on the Himalayan Heroes ride of 2013 that had no off road riding experience. The riders that handled it well were the confident and competant road riders. If you are a new or not a confident rider then this expedition will prove too much of a challenge for you and possibly put not only yourself but the other riders at risk. If you are not sure of your abilities, please talk to us first before you book this tour.
Motorcycle Expeditions & Logistic
Every tour is conducted by our hugely experienced motorcyclist guides. Staff have years of all terrain experience allowing you to enjoying the bike, the ride and the many wonders the Indian Himalayas has to offer.
We provide the best Himalayan motorcycling experience by ensuring that your safety is paramount. Our motorcycles, back-up vehicles, mechanics, staff, accomodation is second to none.
Our tours are designed to cater for riders of all abilities looking to for that once in a lifetime experience. We know how important your holidays time is to you, so we don’t skimp on organisational detail. We’ll take care of all transport and accommodation while you’re here, and then whisk you safely back to the airport for your trip home – simple as that.
• This ride will take place in high altitude and on unpredictable roads, therefore the tour operator insists riders seek travel insurance.
• Riders should also have a check-up or consult with their doctor before they travel.
• Please consult the terms & conditions on our webpage.
• Kindly note this itinerary can be changed or modified due to any uncertainty of Mother Nature such as landslides, heavy rainfall blocks roads. This is beyond our reach. In this case our guide will take the appropriate decision according to the situation on the spot, which gives priority to your safety.
• A deposit of US$300 must be paid on arrival in India. You are responsible for any damage to your bike during the trip. On the off chance that you damaged the motorcycle, the repair charges will be deducted from this deposit and the balance will be reimbursed at the completion of the trip is over.
Visa for India
First of all, please note that today it is irrelevant whether you refer to India.
In order to facilitate the issuance of visas through a Indian Embassy or Permanent Mission, it is best if persons with pre-booked travel arrangements submit along with their visa application a so-called “eTourist Visa (e-TV)” from this website: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/ We shall obtain our tour company registration together with the hotel confirmation letter and forward it to you. The confirmation letter implies that the tour operator is responsible for you during your entire stay in India and eliminates further questioning by the Indian Embassy.
Please note that Indian Embassies generally do not consider the exact travel dates but simply stamp visas valid for 3 months and entitling the holder for 1 single entry into India within these 3 months. Therefore, we will forward to you the visa confirmation letter approximately 1 ½ months before the start of the tour to ensure that the validity of your visa will extend beyond the length of your stay in India. Once you have received your visa confirmation letter, you should contact the nearest Indian Embassy or Permanent Mission to obtain visas application forms, fill in the visa application forms in triplicate, attach one passport photo to each copy of the application form and enclose a printout copy of the visa confirmation letter with the application. Please refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_diplomatic_missions_of_India/ for a list of all Chinese Embassies, Permanent Missions and Consulate Generals.
Terms & Conditions
We are providing you following list of terms & conditions of our motorcycle tours with us. You are humbly requested to go through it before you book any of your tours with us.
Kindly note when making an online-booking with BIG BIKE TOURS LTD., PART. (hereafter referred to as (BBT) along with appropriate deposit/s. A contract will come into existence between you (the Client) and BBT (the Organizer) in conjunction with the Terms & Conditions laid out in this document. Your booking with us is governed by and construed in accordance with Indian low and is subject to the jurisdiction of the Indian Courts.
1. Your Responsibility
You participate with BBT knowingly as a competent rider and do so entirely at your own risk. Understanding that motorcycle touring in India involves a certain amount of risk and we further ask please show respect and courtesy to your fellow riders.
2. Our Responsibility
At our discretion, any rider seen taking unnecessary risks en-route will have their journey terminated, thereafter traveling in one of the support-vehicles for remainder of the tour. No reimbursement given. Safety is our primary concern.
On receiving your online booking, your deposit should reach us within 8 days and two months prior to departure date. On receipt of the deposit, an invoice will be sent enclosing full details, including information required for visa application. From your online booking, it will be deemed you accept the Terms & Conditions set out in this document.
All our prices are fixed.
Please see our costs page with detail programs for expedition prices online. A special cost can be offered for a group of more than 10+ participants.
5. Deposit and Balance payment
30% – Deposit per person required when online booking with BBT as advance money to ensure that you’re joining one of our motorbike tours.
70% – Balance collected at the hotel, New Delhi. On your arrival in India by one of our representative. Deposit payments are made payable to BBT, and they can be made via Bank Draft or Personal Cheque. The deposit will ensure your place on the expeditions. The remaining 70% balance can be made either in Euros or dollars, Sterling Pounds as this makes paying for facilities easier en-route. Please, no TravellersCheques are accepted. All deposits should be addressed to BBT
6. Accommodation on our tours
Accommodation ranges from luxury hotel, guesthouses to camping and home stay. All accommodation is on same sex twin-sharing (couples double-room). Sometimes there might a single occupancy in a double room.
7. Single Rooms are provided on Supplement costs.
8. Documents require for Ride Riders must bring with them appropriate travel insurance and documents as follows:
a. Full Motorcycle License – valid
b. International Driving License/Permit – valid
c. You are required to bring your travel insurance policy with you on tour. Please print off a photo-copy and keep it safe. As well as the address of your travel insurance company. Riders are requested to handover the insurance numbers and addresses to our guide.
d. Without these documents you will not be able to take part in your chosen tour (safety is our primary concern).
If you need to cancel your booking, please do so in writing. If your cancellation is received more than eight weeks before your departure date, 30% of your deposit will be refunded. If cancellation is received less than eight weeks before the departure date, there will be no refund.
If you are delayed or think you might be late. Contact details will be available and everything possible will be done to make alternative arrangements in order to meet further down the road. Extra costs may be incurred.
No refunds given if a person/s leave a tour en-route.
Our tours are planned several months in advance to avoid adverse climate conditions. However, changes will be made (en-route) if unfavourable weather hampers our progress.
However, while on tour should any unforeseeable situations arise beyond our control, e.g. landslides, snow pack, earthquake or glacier movement. As safety is important, we will make changes en-route and detour to continue with the adventure.
10. Tour Amendment
If we find there are insufficient numbers of riders in a particular tour group. We reserve the right to amend that route for the smaller group, without diluting any of the characteristics of the tour.
11. Food & beverages
We are very conscious about the catering, basically it’s very important to have hygienic cuisine during our motor bike tours, while doing homestay during the motorcycling we always eat organic food with local families, our efficient kitchen crews are always ready to serve you the five star cuisines at the altitude of 4500 meters during the expeditions. Water bottles are always providing by the backup jeep during the road trip. Consumption of high degree alcohol is prohibited during the riding time but evening is full of chit-chat and rum punch to knock out the fatigue of the day.
12. Motorcycle Damage Deposit
A safety deposit of 300 US$ is required prior to motorcycle assignment and this deposit can be paid in cash or via credit card authorization prior to tour start, if no damages are incurred during motorcycle holiday then no charges will appear on your credit card. Repairs of small accidental damage from bikes falling over & light spills are normally covered in with the tour cost, but BBT reserves the right to appraise all damages & repair costs and bill accordingly.
13. Etiquette & Protocol
Riding a motorcycle into India is a privilege. BBT is grateful to the Tourism Authority of India for permission to operate tours of this kind into the country. Although Ladakh-north-east, continue slowly open its doors to the outside world and experiment with new ideas for tourism, participants are reminded of the culturally sensitive nature of this trip and are urged & requested to conduct themselves in a respective manner & show extra courtesy & riding style while encountering traffic in India!
14. A Word of Caution
Motorcycling on the mountainous areas of the Indian continental (Himalaya & Karakorum), is surely one of the best ways to experience the regions rich cultures, friendly people, and unequalled scenery. At the same time, motorcycling does have its dangers – Especially on narrow mountain roads with unpredictable traffic & quick changing weather conditions. This tour operated “Big Bike Tours”, should be undertaken by fit, experienced riders with an open mind to accepting the changing conditions and different rules of the road. We granite you an everlasting life time or life changing motorcycling with us in India (Himalayas & Karakoram).
a. Additional Documents – In addition to the required documents, it is always advisable to bring with you the following documents important documents you must bring with you on tour are:
b. Spare Passport sized photographs – for Permits and SIM card purchases
c. Photocopies of your Passport and Visa page – for Permits and SIM card purchases
d. Important telephone numbers – E.G. Credit card company contact number (in case of loss or theft).
e. International Driving Permit – Translated if necessary
f. Motorcycle License – Translated if necessary
g. Travel Insurance – To cover riding large capacity motorcycles as a means of transport you must have a suitable Travel Insurance Policy. It is your responsibility to obtain a suitable travel insurance policy covering your personal health, personal belongings and it must cover you whilst riding large capacity motorcycles as a means of transport.
15. Where to ride and when to ride?
a. A basic ‘Rule of Thumb’ as to ‘Where to Ride and When’ is, as winter approaches, we ride south.
b. During winter it is too cold to ride in the high mountains and high passes will be covered with snow. We ride through western, central and down to southern India Rajasthan, Kerala-Tamilnadu.
c. From the beginning of spring we ride across Nepal-On the road to Kathmandu and through Bhutan-The Legendry Ride. In the late spring we can reach Lhasa from Kathmandu.
e. During the Monsoon, we cross the southern ranges of the Himalayas and enjoy the warm dry weather where the Ladakh Plateau is shadowed from the Monsoon rain. This is the time to ride to through Spiti-Kinnaur-The lost kingdom and the mighty Trans-Himalayan Ride Ladakh and west to Zanskar and Kashmir.
f. In the Summer, when the rainy season has finished across the sub-continent riding conditions are nice from the mid-Himalayan Ranges – Uttarakhand-Homage to Mighty Ganges’ and Himachal Pradesh-The valley of Gods and Goddesses and across the north east of India through Bhutan and Tibet, are all accessible regions.
16. Packing Essentials
Riding in the Himalaya always requires a range of clothing. The passes are sometimes very cold. Crossing Tanglang La (5,300mtrs) for example there is sometimes snow. Your riding jacket though should be well ventilated. Evenings in the mountains can be cool. we advise you bring a warm pullover or body-warmer.
Riding in South India requires lightweight, cool clothing, with a woollen pullover or fleece for chilly evenings. Riding during the day can get very hot, so protective/armoured clothing should be lightweight and well ventilated. Remember to bring swimwear and a lightweight towel.
For Ladakh, Nepal and Tibet you can manage with lightweight clothes provided you bring thermal underwear. Evenings can be chilly when the sun goes down. After the summer season, warm clothes are required. We provide a fleece sleeping bag and a lightweight long sleeved fleece jacket.
When visiting Temples or Gompas you must remove your shoes, slip-ons and zipped boots make this lot easier. Often newcomers to India and Nepal will bring too much “stuff”! All over India and Nepal the essentials are available, from toothpaste to batteries, from headache tablets to pants and socks. It’s part of the experience to buy simple requirements as you go along.
We always wear Helmets! It is the law to wear a helmet everywhere we ride. ‘Local quality’ helmets can be bought in larger cities though your own is always more comfortable.
We recommend you travel to India with rugged, ‘soft’ luggage, which can later be stowed in our hotel or in the support jeep. Bring casual clothes for evenings and the non-riding times.
17. Tips for Planning Your Arrival
It may not always be possible, but planning to arrive a day before your tour starts, gives you time to rest and acclimatise to local conditions. This is particularly important if you be flying onwards to Leh, which at an altitude of 3,500m, gives you time to get used to the climate there. It is often the case that the onward flight to Leh connects well with your arrival in Delhi.
Part of your Tour Booking and Planning process includes submitting forms with your Flight Times and Arrival Dates. You can submit these details through The Rider Pages after you have confirmed your booking. The Rider Pages contain other details about your tour.
If you are planning to arrive a day or two early, let us know and we can arrange to collect you from the airport and book hotel rooms for you. You can let us know by email and in the Flight Arrival and Visa details Form you will complete in The Rider Pages.
If you wish to transfer to the hotel we have booked for you, unaccompanied, we strongly advise you to take only Government Registered Taxis, particularly when arriving in India. If you plan to stay for several days after your Tour we are happy to help with your accommodation and travel plans. If you have questions about anything, please ask!
Nobody wants to get hurt or injured on tour but accidents do sometimes happen. You should have a Travel Insurance Policy that is sufficient for your personal needs.
Check your insurance policy covers such needs as hospitalisation or repatriation. Sometimes we ride in remote locations in which there will be no mobile signal, no helicopter recovery service and ambulances may not be available.
The Tour Leader will ensure the best possible evacuation/services are provided – given our location and the services available locally.
As part of the booking process we ask Riders to provide an alternative emergency contact. In the unfortunate event that anything serious should happen to you, we will inform this alternative contact of your condition as soon as possible.
If you are unwell on a ride day, you may ride in the support vehicle, assuming we have one with us even though with 2 riders . The mechanic will ride your bike until you are fit to ride again.
Most medicines are available almost everywhere. Asian medicines tend to work more effectively on Asian ailments. If you use medication be sure to bring ample supplies with you. Your preferred brands of toiletries may not always be available. Drinking water comes in 1Lt plastic bottles and we drink bottled water at all times. The stock is always in our back-up Jeep.
Be aware that your insurance may cover helicopter rescue, but that we may have to send a messenger for one day back down the road to find a telephone that works in order to summon one, assuming the nearest helicopter is in working order. For that reason alone we will always wear helmets and armoured riding gear. We ensure our riders to stick to a minimum “2 Second Rule” keeping a safe separation between riders.
19. General Terms
It is important you know that motorcycle touring in India, Nepal, Bhutan or Tibet is an activity involving risk. The security and full and safe control of your motorcycle, whilst riding, is your responsibility.
We expect that you will have at least 3 years motorcycle riding experience behind you, on large capacity motorcycles. To ride on our Tours we expect you to ride with skill, care, and confidence, on and off-road. Sections of highway are ‘off-road’ rough and some riding days can be long and require good physical fitness and stamina.
Your contract is with Big Bike Tours Ltd., Part.
Our responsibility is according to the laws of the United Kingdom and India and where possible we comply with ABTA standards.
20. Risk, Responsibility, Contract and Liability
It is important you know that motorcycle touring in India, Nepal, Bhutan or Tibet is an activity not without risk. The security and full and safe control of your motorcycle, whilst riding, is your responsibility.
We accept responsibility for neglect or omission on our part and the part of any external service employed (e.g. support jeeps and mechanics) and will make refunds when our standards lapse below a reasonably acceptable standard. In such a case the limit of our liability will be up to or no more than 150% of the Tour Price.
We will not accept responsibility in the case of your death, injury or illness, except when due to the negligence of the staff of external services we employ. We do not accept responsibility in respect of death, bodily injury or illness by causes other than our Tour team and their actions.
Your contract is with Big Bike Tours Ltd., Part. Our responsibility is according to the laws of the India where possible we comply with IJL standards. You the Rider and Pillion Passenger are responsible for necessary travel and medical insurance. You must ride wearing protective clothing and a helmet.
21. Motorcycle Experience
Some sections of highway are ‘off-road’ rough. We expect that you will have at least 3 years motorcycle riding experience behind you, on large capacity motorcycles.
To ride on our Tours we expect you to ride with skill, care, and confidence off-road. Some riding days can be long and require good physical fitness and stamina.
When you make a booking you guarantee that you have the authority and required motorcycling experience to do so and that you also accept these Terms and Conditions.
22. Documents Required
You must bring to India or Nepal the following documents:
a. A valid Motorcycle Licence.
b. A valid International Driving Permit/Licence.
c. A valid travel insurance policy. Riders have confirmed the following Insurers were prompt and efficient and offered large capacity motorcycle cover as part of a comprehensive travel insurance policy.
If you are unable to show any one of these three documents on arrival in India Nepal or Tibet, you may jeopardise the success of your Tour.
23. Conduct On Tour
We reserve the absolute right to remove you from the Tour without notice should your behaviour, in our opinion:
a. Cause annoyance, distress or danger to others in the group or anyone with whom we come in contact on Tour.
b. Cause undue damage to motorcycles or places in which we stay. In such cases, you will receive no refund. We will not tolerate racism.
24. Leaving a Tour Mid-Way
We cannot pay refunds if your Tour is terminated early due to an accident, impaired fitness to continue or dismissal from a Tour. Leaving a Tour mid-way will incur the loss or your Motorcycle Security Deposit.
25. Our Tours Are Physically Demanding
Some sections of highway are rough – off- road rough. We expect that you will have at least 3 years motorcycle riding experience behind you, on large capacity motorcycles. To ride on our Tours we expect you to be able to ride with care and confidence in both on and off-road conditions. Some riding days can be long and will require good physical fitness and good physical stamina.
Sometimes we ride through hot sunshine, rain, snow and freezing temperatures, in the space of a few hours, your physical stamina will be tested.
Good health and physical fitness are a ‘must’ for all our Tours. Off-road riding skills will be required, sometimes for hours and hours and again the next day.
Can you ride standing-on-the-pegs for 5 kilometers on a rough track for example? Familiarity and experience in handling a motorcycle ‘on the rough’ are an important advantage. Our motorcycles have electric starters but we expect riders to be able to kick-start their motorcycles. Some riders visit local Royal Enfield Dealerships for a short familiarization ride.
Although our mechanic checks the motorcycles regularly, Riders are responsible for the safe operation and care of their motorcycles. Our Tours pass through isolated and remote places and care for your motorcycle is important.
The Contract between you and Big Bike Tours Ltd., Part. is based on the Terms and Conditions lay down in all our terms and conditions pages.
In order to comply with IATA directives, we do not purchase any international air tickets on behalf of our Riders on any of our Tours. Where necessary we will advise Riders of the exact flight ticket to purchase and in some cases through which Ticketing Agent to purchase the ticket. We advise all our Riders to purchase any or international flight tickets required to complete a Tour details.
We reserve the right to make changes due to natural uncertainty to Tour Itineraries without prior notice. Please ask any questions you may have regarding our Terms & conditions, kindly
27. Our Team
We are more than happy to welcome you on one of our motorcycle expeditions; our team ensure all your safety, comfort, your bikes, food, accommodations. An immemorial motorcycle tour with us is a grantee; we know how valuable your holidays are, especially while planning a motorcycle trip in foreign countries. It’s a year or two years advance planning. You are in safe hand, we have years of experience of terrains, we know each and every corners of the itineraries or the countries where you are riding with us. Your tours are guided by professional motorcycle crew, they are motorcycle enthusiasts, and they love, what they are doing. We are looking forward riding soon with you. Our motto is Big Bike Tours awaits your ride with us……..A ride beyond your dreams!