Riding in India

Chandratal, what a ride! 14 Kms from Batal and 4300m ASL this was the highlight of our trip. We woke up early that morning in our hotel in Kaza as we were aiming to be on Kunzum Pass around noon. There were heavy clouds in that direction and none of us wanted to get caught in bad weather.

We headed off towards Losar and were slowed down by the condition of the road. Over the 6 years of traveling on these roads, I did not realize I would complain. The road is really bad, and I am complaining! We were ready for this situation though and we had time on our side, making the ride very enjoyable for us. At Losar, We had the biggest breakfast ever and saddled up for Kunzum. We wanted to get as many photos as possible and judging by the road, we would have to work for every kilometer.

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The 14 Km ride to Chandratal

The check post at Losar has shifted outside the village, towards Kunzum and we made our customary entry in the Police logs. Of Course, Morgan had to find his passport which was at the bottom of his bag. All said and done, we started the ascent to Kunzum and the weather cleared. Although it was windy, we had no problems with the weather from that point onwards. Kunzum is a beautiful Pass. It is 4590m ASL and is the connecting pass between Manali and Kaza. Apart from the altitude, it is easy to go up and down it. We rode through it around noon, took a nice long break at the temple and then made our way for the 14 Km ride to Chandra Tal.

A few Kms below the pass and just before Batal, you will see a small board that points to the turn off for Chandra Tal. And the as you keep riding it surpasses anything you have ever seen. The beauty of this place is beyond my telling. Only way to experience it is to go there. There are tent accommodations available here. From 500 Rs a night to 2500 Rs, you have a wide choice. Don’t be in a rush to select one, see them all and then make your decision. We took the one furthest from the bigger camping areas and enjoyed the hospitality of the Nepali boy running the show as a one man army. The temperatures can drop below zero at night, so be prepared and the altitude will play a major role in the way you sleep. Make sure you have stocked up on batteries for your headlamp, a good book and some snacks to deal with insomnia.

This lake itself is a few KMs North of the camp sites. You have to walk the last Kilometer or so as it is a protected wetland. The river is roaring away in a steep gorge East of you and the giant Kunzum range is on your West and the beautiful Chandratal is right in front of you. It is breathtaking. Standing on the hill with all the small lakelets visible in a panoramic extravaganza around you. There is no camera that is good enough to replicate and no writer with enough words to describe it. You just have had to be there.

Riding Tours

As things change and we grow as a company, there is a decision to be made. Should we decide on one destination or ride wherever the road takes us. I am a big supporter of the latter and love to take the road that has no sign on it. Within the pst few months it seems I have said yes to possibly work in Indonesia and Sri Lanka and the US all with a great “Don’t worry, it will be awesome!” I am definitely not being cavalier here but it seems I am just enjoying the idea of riding in all these places. After all, what could go wrong?

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Indonesia and Sri lanka are island countries with laid back people and beautiful landscapes. The US is a little scary especially when you are thinking of a motorcycle related business in a country that has so many motorcycle gangs wanted for murder, extortion, drug dealing, gun smuggling and whatever else there is.

Riding to Leh Royal Enfield, Ladakh, Sarchu, Leh Road. Motorcycle tour

Our main packages will still remain in the Himalayas, but we are ready to expand to other countries and ride until we fall off the end of the world!!! Stay tuned for information regarding all our tours coming up in the year 2016.

Riding in Ladakh

Name: Braiden Albrecht

Gender: Male

Age: 28

Nationality: USA

Bike details: Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350

Braiden Albrecht, pangi Valley
This kid hated B!!!

My first ride was in May of 2013. I signed on to a route finding expedition with my great friends at Himalayan Explorers. Our plan was to explore Sach pass and the Great Himalayan National Park over two weeks. The only problem was I needed to learned how to ride a motorcycle and needed to do so in India. Raja employed a no bull-shit stress method to training. As soon as I could ride shift and ride down the road in Gamru, it was time to head to town. 3 days later I was a full fledged, horn blowing, quasi-licensed motorcycle rider and was ready for the Himalaya.

About myself: I’m currently a cellar master in Napa, California. When I’m not making wine I’m out adventuring in Northern California.

Where do you ride? These days I usually ride my mountain bike in the hills and mountains of California.

Where have you ridden? Most of my riding has been in the Himachal Pradesh hill country. I’ve done a few great rides into the Great Himalayan Range and have ventured down to Amritsar as well.

How many bikes do you own? I don’t own a motorcycle at this point. My mountain bike and road bike keep me busy enough for now. One day I’ll get a motorcycle, but don’t tell me girlfriend.

Braiden Albrecht, Ride to pangi
At Rohtang Pass, really early and cold

Whats your favorite ride so far? My favorite ride to date is a beautiful section of the Leh Manali Highway. To set the scene… The sound of the roaring Chenab River provided the perfect soundtrack for our breakfast. Hot chai and buttery aloo paratha warmed our frozen hands – still white knuckled from the 3 AM ride over Rohtang La. With our bellies now full, our crew of four riders returned to our bikes, started our engines and prepared for the unknown. After a few muddy switchbacks, and river crossings the road became smooth. With the Chenab a few hundred feet below us on the left, we headed west as the highway opened opened up. 6,000 meter peaks lined the valley on the both sides and our engines roared with excitement. What do they think about riding in India? Riding in India is the only riding I know. At first it was an intense experience that required full attention and energy. Traffic law is fairly free form and at any given time you may share the lane with cows, dogs, goats, pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, auto rickshaws, donkey caravans, cars, Punjabi SUVs, goods carriers and military transports. What at first seemed pure chaos eventually took form and the transformation was beautiful. Mountain riding is my favorite. For me, there is nothing quite like the Himalaya. Traveling them by motorcycle offers an sensory experience for the ages. The incredible natural beauty and cultural richness combine with rugged unpredictability and adrenaline to create moments of such intensity that they are forever etched into your memory.

Riding to Spiti

The Spiti Valley is a desert mountain valley located high in the Himalayas in the north-eastern part of Himachal Pradesh. The name “Spiti” means “The Middle Land”, i.e. the land between Tibet and India. The valley and surrounding region is one of the least populated regions in India and is the gateway to the northernmost reaches of the nation.


Lahaul and Spiti is surrounded by high mountain ranges. The Rohtang Pass, at 13,054 feet (3,979 m), separates Lahaul and Spiti from the Kullu Valley. Lahaul and Spiti are cut off from each other by the higher Kunzum Pass, at 15,059 feet (4,590 m). A road connects the two divisions, but is cut off frequently in winter and spring due to heavy snow. The valley is likewise cut off from the north up to eight months of the year by heavy snowfall. A southern route to India proper is periodically closed for brief periods in the winter storms of November through June, but road access is usually restored a few days after storms end via Shimla and the Sutlej in the Kinnaur District.

Riding to Leh, Sarchu, Royal Enfields

That is what Wiki says about Spiti, we are headed out in a few days on some custom painted, fully restored Royal Enfields we have restored in our garage in Dharamshala. Our friends Rahul Lal and Rohit Lal are coming along for their yearly epic ride with us and its going to be fun!!!

Trekking in the Himalayas

Rijul Gill is a young man who lives in my area and is passionate about mountaineering. In the past couple of years he has exhausted the routes in our area and is looking for more challenges and to continue exploring further and further. It makes me happy to see young people pushing their limits and exploring these beautiful mountains all around us. Here is a short interview with him

  • Name : Rijul Gill
  • Age : 24
  • Hometown : DHARAMSALA
  • How I got into trekking : One fine day my friend said lets climb MON Peak . I never knew about climbing and trekking and had never been to the Mountains before ( not even Triund ) I promptly said yes little knowing that peak climbing was a technical thing . We obviously did not make it to the top of MON Peak but I did make it to the top of INDRAHARA PASS . I have never looked back since that day and have trekked across many passes
Rijul Gill, Sersank La, Shiv Shankar Pass, Himalayas, Trekking, Dharamshala
  • Trekking equipment used : I have used equipment of various brands like LAFUMA , LOAMER , CLIFF CLIMBERS , INESCA , WILDCRAFT , ADIDAS , THE NORTH FACE to name a few .

Rijul has done all this so far with his friends and by his own efforts. He wishes to pursue Mountaineering and is looking at some courses in the immediate future. It is difficult following your passion sometimes, but one has to keep at it. Eventually, the love of what you do infects everyone around you and you are encouraged by your peers to do more.

Rijul, we all appreciate your efforts so far, good luck in your future trips and keep on keepin’ on, brother!!!!


The Joy of Riding

To defend the joy of riding a motorcycle can sound like bashing cagers and totally denying the need for any other form of transport. It is edgy, it is fun, it is cool and if you have a vintage motorcycle, then it is sexy.

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We live in the Himalayas, and ride motorcycles everywhere. It is amazing as each time you ride you feel happy. Going for a coffee means putting on your gear, banging down the checklist, making sure everything works and then starting up your favorite bike. At the Cafe, people look at the bike and take photos and at least one person asks more about the bike. When you are riding long distance, it is just thrilling to go fast on the curvy roads and let your motorcycle loose.

In India, we have the blessing of having a few vintage British made motorcycles still running around and the Royal Enfield still in production. You can find old cast iron motorcycles and fix them up to do epic rides. I myself have 7 of the finest and every day I decide which one to ride to get that coffee.

It’s a revolution, baby!!

Riding to Leh 2015

Riding to Leh is a task undertaken by thousands every season. You will see every form of transportation involved in this once in a lifetime journey making their way to Ladakh on the Leh Highway. Some do it regularly and most do it at least once. We do it regularly on a bunch of different Royal Enfield motorcycles and as many times as we can!

Leh was a small encampment at the crossroads of history which became a kingdom and a rich one at that. Being an oasis in the middle of such a harsh terrain, it still has the attraction of that city over the mountains, in the middle of nowhere, a place you have to travel hard to reach. It comes with the risks of weather and terrain that can be fatal. However well prepared you are, there is always that freak weather, that chance you will break down far away from help that makes the journey exciting.

Add to this the edgy experience of motorcycles. Riding is always risky and thrilling. Riders the world over look for the roads that will challenge their skills and their endurance. Well, the road to Leh is all that and more. It has more variables than you can calculate and makes it a Mecca for riders.

“THE EDGE, there is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.”  – Hunter S ThompsonRiding to Leh Royal Enfield, Ladakh, Sarchu, Leh Road. Motorcycle tour

Apart from the terror and beauty of nature are the host of dodgy travel agents, bike rentals and so called guides that lead the unsuspecting tourist looking for a bargain into the wild. Here I am talking only of riding to Ladakh on Royal Enfields only. You every so often see the group of riders on rental bikes making it up the Baralacha Pass or the gigantic Tanglang La and you wonder if there is a God for just these riders. Those motorcycles are dying! They are just about to give up the ghost but manage to live on for a few more kilometers by sheer will of the rider and some divine intervention.

May it be a Government run bus service or the best vehicle money can buy, the Leh road is a must do and for Royal Enfield riders, it is a mandatory requirement to earn respect as a rider. Good luck to all the fellow riders going up this year, ride safe and be prepared.

Ladakh Motorcycle Tour

The Route:

Ladakh Mountain Tour Map

When you plan a motorcycle tour in the Himalayas, the unpredictable is always there, in fact it enhances the adventure. Having said that, sometimes the unpredictable might turn bad and that is when being prepared and having a trusty team behind you can turn the worst situation around.

We specialise in paying attention to the finer details on every tour and with our golden route for this season want to take you to the most remarkable and hidden spots of Ladakh with our training and support. Our mountain tour is created to let the group enjoy the adrenaline of the riding to the max,without having to worry so much about those practical things because we have your back.


Let’s start with the incredible feeling of switching off from your everyday life for 14 days! Holding on tight to the handlebars of a 500cc Royal Enfield, you travel into a land that is hard to describe. Only after a while on the road do you realize where you are, what you’ve left behind and the crazy things you are embarking on. Your life is transformed and you start to believe the unbelievable as it passes in front of your eyes.

DCIM102GOPROThe value of the experience is immeasurable and no doubt it’s the mixture of the awesome mountains, the back roads, the heights, and the danger that makes this journey a must-do for every adventure-lover!


Leaving from the green mountains of the Kangra Valley in Dharamsala, our route takes the road to the holy lake of Tso Pema and its charming town. After this, the North is our destination and we reach Manali, by which time you will be confident and warm enough for what is next. Now everything becomes harder and more amazing. Rohtang pass at 3978mts, is the first and sometimes one of the hardest passes you will cross with unpredictable weather and heavy traffic. We descend then ascend, a day’s rest will take place in the small village of Jispa.

IMG_5631 Now we are into the the great region of Ladakh, crossing from the green valleys of the Bhaga River climbing into the high desert mountain plains of the Rupshu valley. Baralacha Pass at 5890mts provides a challenging experience for even the most seasoned of riders, Nakeela and Lachulung La come after.We climb up to the More plains using the Gata Loops (21 switchbacks) and we end our day’s ride in Tso Kar, the beautiful fluctuating salt lake in Rapshu. From here the panorama is breathtaking. Leh and Lamayuru will unveil the wonderful people, culture, monasteries and architecture of Ladakh. You will feel like you’re on the roof of the world when you conquer Khardung La at 5352mts, discover the amazing Nubra valley and the Diskit monastery, and ride one of the best roads for its natural beauty to the world famous Pangong Lake!

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What are the dates for this tour?

June 28 – July 11

July 25 – August 7

August 26 – Spetember 8

Whats the price of the Tour?

Join one of our tour dates for only 1.25.000 INR! for riders and 1.00.000 INR for pillion passengers!

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What’s included in this price and what’s not? 

Our groups are covered for all transport (including a flight back to Delhi from Leh), all meals and snacks, motorbikes, petrol, repairs, entrances and fees, excellent accommodation in either hotel or luxury tents and professional crew support: captain , assistant, mechanic, first aider and a supporting car for luggage  will come with the group. Personal insurance and alcoholic beverages are not included.IMG_0514

What do I need to have?

What you need for the tour is a valid driver’s license and previous motorbike experience.

Can I make my own route?

Yes we can help you organise your own ride for a minimum group of six riders. Please write to us if you’re planning a road trip with your group.

Don’t miss the unmissable, Join us!

Pimp My Bike – Denis Part 4


Denis’s bike being pimp’d is a done deal!, The black and white stripes make this bike altogether striking.The team has completely restored the engine, added a 5-disc clutch system for more pick up, and the breaking system and electric cabling was also newly installed. Denis took his 500cc for a test trip around the mountains of Dharamsala and is happy and satisfied with the job done. He mentioned that he has never felt the bike so powerful before!



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True Romance: Bear Necessities in the Dhauladhar

Rhododendron in DhauladharI was trekking in the hills above Dharamsala with my better half the other week when a man offered me a beautiful red flower. Standing next to my man I felt kind of awkward that another man had produced a floral gift, however this feeling soon subsided.

What he’d given me was a rhododendron (known locally as Guras) and little did I know it was a tasty Himalayan snack. Apparently it is used to make jams, juices and chutneys by the locals and it is even thought to have properties that help with heart ailments and blood pressure. It tastes good, slightly bitter but yeah, nice. And here comes the best part – bears love it. No, we aren’t talking Winnie the Pooh here. Forget your cute red-t-shirted bear with a sticky honey pot. We’re talking about the Himalayan brown bear folks, otherwise known as ‘Dzu-The’ or yeti, and yes he likes to eat flowers. Badass.

So, there are two lessons to be learned from this incident…

Firstly, if you’re trekking in the Dhauladhars or some other part of these here mountains, you know what to do if you come across a big brown bear: pacify him with his most favourite delicious snack, then recover from your heart attack and lower your blood pressure by partaking in some guras yourself.   Not sure what to advise you about your soiled undergarments, mind you.

Secondly, a flower is not always a romantic gesture. It could very well turn out to be a great chutney ingredient. Get over yourself.

Know your physical sustenance from your emotional sustenance; they are but mere morsels for us mere mortals.