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The Silkroad Traverse

Himalayas, India

by Royal Enfield

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  • Level

    Extensive motorbike tours experience required.

  • Group

    30 people max.

  • Dates

    July 4th-16th, 2022

Included

NotIncluded

The Silkroad Traverse

This original motorcycle tour takes you deep into the Himalayas. Ride across picturesque little villages, Hindu temples, pine forests, terraced crops, and unbeatable views of the highest mountain range in the world.

Riders hungry for adventure will step into an unknown region, craving to be explored.

Man on Royal Enfield bike in the Himalaya

HIGH ALTITUDE ODYSSEY

Road to Earth's penthouse.

Man on Royal Enfield bike in the Himalaya

We are calling all adventurers for this one-of-a-kind ride. The Himalayan Silkroad Traverse 2022 invites 30 riders worldwide to participate in the most memorable motorcycle journey across the vast Himalayan mountain range. 

Unimaginably rugged terrain, humbling mountainscapes, and rocky pathways at altitude await you. It will take your breath away! 

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DEVOTEES

Prepare for an extreme and exhilarating expedition on the edge of beyond.

In this far away land of mountain passes, where Tibetan Buddhism prevails, prepare to be wowed with lunar-like landscapes, snow-capped mountain peaks, red-cloaked monks, and steaming cups of yak-butter tea. 

This trip is a physical challenge for explorers looking for the ultimate elevated experience without leaving the stratosphere. You are sure to become a Himalayan motorbiking devotee. 

Posing for picture with friends
Friends on the road
helping each other trough the river

FAR FROM HOME

Yet so close.
Posing for picture with friends
helping each other trough the river
Friends on the road

FAR FROM HOME

Yet so close.

PREPARE FOR ALL WEATHERS

And you will certainly be right.

The Ladakh region is almost always dry even more during the summer months (June-September).

Temperatures in Leh can reach -35 °C (-31 °F) and up to 35 °C (95 °F) in the summer. High altitudes and deserts can result in icy conditions, and snow on the high peaks lasts until early July.

Man on Royal Enfield bike in the Himalaya
Man on Royal Enfield bike in the Himalaya
Man on Royal Enfield bike in the Himalaya

HOMEWARD ROAD

Finding comfort in the arms of the mountain.

The Himalayan Silkroad in India is about as remote as it gets. Barely penetrable mountain passes mean the valleys, and the communities within them, are cut off for much of each calendar year, making it a place of great strategic importance. 

For ages, traders roamed the silk road from civilization to civilization, making this nomadic way of living the beginnings of globalization. 

Along the tremulous roads, you will find hotels, lodges, and mountain refuges where you can refuel, recharge and recover before riding onwards, deeper into the secluded mountains that call your name. 

  • House in the Himalayas
    Mountain Hut

    You will sleep along the road in selected accommodations that serve good food. Expect basic comfort.

  • Tents under the stars
    CAMPS

    Somewhere along the road in abandoned deserts tent camps will be waiting for hungry travellers. We will stop there too.

  • House in the Himalayas
    NOOKS

    If you are a writer, a reader or an observer, there is always time to relax and enjoy the pass of time. Welcome home, nomads.

  • House in the Himalayas
    VALLEY VIEWS

    Forget everything you've seen, the views of the valleys in the Himalayas will change all your previous perspectives.

Himalaya locals

UNADULTERATED

Immersive culture.

Himalaya locals

The Silk Route valleys have been elusive and hostile places for centuries. Surrounded by great Himalayan peaks, averaging 3,600m and with peaks as high as 7,000m, this route has remained relatively untouched, offering the unadulterated experience of the local Himalayan culture.

This journey is an opportunity for Royal Enfield riders to discover the Himalayas and take their adventure to the next level.

Riding through off-road stretches, challenging terrain, water crossings, and uncharted roads are only a few of the spectacular things that one will come across.

This journey is your chance to discover the Himalayas on a Royal Enfield as you ride off-road, over-water, and conquer your mountain dreams. 

Culture Himalaya

TEMPLES OF TEMPLES

Walking with Buddha.
Himalaya

THE SILK ROUTE

  • Day 1


    road in Delhi

    Arrival in Delhi

    You’re met at the airport and transferred to a hotel in the centre of Delhi. Your room is available from midday. You can spend the rest of the day visiting the capital.

  • Day 2


    Park in Delhi

    Delhi - Jim Corbett Park - 168 miles

    We make an early start and a private vehicle takes us to Jim Corbett National Park. We arrive at the park, at the foothills of the first Lower Himalayas, and rest at the hotel.

  • Day 3


    SITLA

    Jim Corbett Park - Sitla - 93 miles

    After visiting our first temple, we cruise along the edge of the Himalayan foothills before finally climbing to 2,000 m altitude in one go and reaching Nainital, where we have a lakeside lunch. We make a second ascent of the day, to the heart of rural Kumaon, along a fantastic little mountain road, which is narrow but easy to ride.

  • Day 4


    BINSAR

    Sitla - Binsar - 75 miles

    We pass through charming Kumaon and make a short stop at Katarmal Sun Temple before arriving in Kasar Devi, where Bob Dylan and other beatniks once stayed. A small haven of peace, which is still as calm as ever! We visit Panchachuli weaving factory before venturing deeper into Binsar’s splendid forest, at more than 2,000 m altitude, where you could easily imagine elves appearing from behind the twisted tree trunks!

  • Day 5


    KAUSANI

    Binsar - Kausani - 134 miles

    We take a morning ride to Jageshwar temple, a religious site which dates back 2,500 years. Then, just for the pure pleasure of testing out the twists and turns, we head east, where the second highest peak in India, the Nanda Devi (7,816 m) can be seen on a clear day. After lunch, we take a short trek through a typical Kumaon hamlet, which managed to preserve its ancient architecture and organisation.

  • Day 6


    CHAMOLI

    Kausani - Chamoli - 92 miles

    Goodbye Kumaon, hello Garhwal! Not only do we have more “challenging” roads ahead, but at the end of the day, we also have a series of endless curves. Millennial temple of Bajinath, stealthy views of the Himalayan high peaks and small gorges on the Pindar River mark this stage. We have our first meeting with the Ganges, which here is called Alaknanda.

  • Day 7


    sanctuary of Kedarnath

    Chamoli - Narayankoti - 65 miles

    We ride through the beautiful forest of the natural sanctuary of Kedarnath, to the pass of Chopta (2880m). Visit on the way of the very old temple of Shiva in Gopeshwar, a religious landmark on pilgrim routes. After lunch, a small, relatively easy trek to a small lake; Uttarakhand’s full beauty is revealed when we take the time to walk through it.

  • Day 8


    RUDRAPRAYAG

    Narayankoti - Rudraprayag - 75 miles

    We follow the Mandakini valley and ride up a tiny road through Kedarnath forest, hamlets and terraced fields: a hidden gem of a road. At 2,200 m, we reach the starting point for an easy trek well worth the effort: we walk to Kartik Swami temple, which offers one of the most spectacular views of Uttarakhand. We climb down towards Rudraprayag where the pure waters of the Mandakini river flows into the Ganges.

  • Day 9


    RUDRAPRAYAG to KANATAL on bike

    Rudraprayag - Kanatal - 90 miles

    We go a little ahead of the Mandakini before reaching the Chirbhattiya pass, a charming secondary road, also "forgotten", and without traffic. Picnic, swim in the river. After skirting the huge reservoir of Tehri dam, we ride up to Kanatal for the night, resting on a ridge at over 2000m altitude. Almost a refuge!

  • Day 10


    the holiest of the holy cities

    Kanatal - Haridwar - 85 miles

    After coming down from the fresh air in the peaks, we stop off at Rishikesh. We then go down to Haridwar, the holiest of the holy cities, on a road wedged between Rajaji national park and the Ganges canal. After dropping off our luggage, we go to witness the daily rituals of devout Hindus on the banks of the sacred river at the end of the afternoon. A permanent spectacle in this town, and a real feast for the eyes!

  • Day 11


    Delhi with palms

    Haridwar - Delhi - 143 miles

    You are taken to your hotel in the capital and can spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

THE SILK ROUTE

  • Day 1


    road in Delhi

    Arrival in Delhi

    You’re met at the airport and transferred to a hotel in the centre of Delhi. Your room is available from midday. You can spend the rest of the day visiting the capital.

  • Day 2


    Park in Delhi

    Delhi - Jim Corbett Park - 168 miles

    We make an early start and a private vehicle takes us to Jim Corbett National Park. We arrive at the park, at the foothills of the first Lower Himalayas, and rest at the hotel.

  • Day 3


    SITLA

    Jim Corbett Park - Sitla - 93 miles

    After visiting our first temple, we cruise along the edge of the Himalayan foothills before finally climbing to 2,000 m altitude in one go and reaching Nainital, where we have a lakeside lunch. We make a second ascent of the day, to the heart of rural Kumaon, along a fantastic little mountain road, which is narrow but easy to ride.

  • Day 4


    BINSAR

    Sitla - Binsar - 75 miles

    We pass through charming Kumaon and make a short stop at Katarmal Sun Temple before arriving in Kasar Devi, where Bob Dylan and other beatniks once stayed. A small haven of peace, which is still as calm as ever! We visit Panchachuli weaving factory before venturing deeper into Binsar’s splendid forest, at more than 2,000 m altitude, where you could easily imagine elves appearing from behind the twisted tree trunks!

  • Day 5


    KAUSANI

    Binsar - Kausani - 134 miles

    We take a morning ride to Jageshwar temple, a religious site which dates back 2,500 years. Then, just for the pure pleasure of testing out the twists and turns, we head east, where the second highest peak in India, the Nanda Devi (7,816 m) can be seen on a clear day. After lunch, we take a short trek through a typical Kumaon hamlet, which managed to preserve its ancient architecture and organisation.

  • Day 6


    CHAMOLI

    Kausani - Chamoli - 92 miles

    Goodbye Kumaon, hello Garhwal! Not only do we have more “challenging” roads ahead, but at the end of the day, we also have a series of endless curves. Millennial temple of Bajinath, stealthy views of the Himalayan high peaks and small gorges on the Pindar River mark this stage. We have our first meeting with the Ganges, which here is called Alaknanda.

  • Day 7


    sanctuary of Kedarnath

    Chamoli - Narayankoti - 65 miles

    We ride through the beautiful forest of the natural sanctuary of Kedarnath, to the pass of Chopta (2880m). Visit on the way of the very old temple of Shiva in Gopeshwar, a religious landmark on pilgrim routes. After lunch, a small, relatively easy trek to a small lake; Uttarakhand’s full beauty is revealed when we take the time to walk through it.

  • Day 8


    RUDRAPRAYAG

    Narayankoti - Rudraprayag - 75 miles

    We follow the Mandakini valley and ride up a tiny road through Kedarnath forest, hamlets and terraced fields: a hidden gem of a road. At 2,200 m, we reach the starting point for an easy trek well worth the effort: we walk to Kartik Swami temple, which offers one of the most spectacular views of Uttarakhand. We climb down towards Rudraprayag where the pure waters of the Mandakini river flows into the Ganges.

  • Day 9


    RUDRAPRAYAG to KANATAL on bike

    Rudraprayag - Kanatal - 90 miles

    We go a little ahead of the Mandakini before reaching the Chirbhattiya pass, a charming secondary road, also "forgotten", and without traffic. Picnic, swim in the river. After skirting the huge reservoir of Tehri dam, we ride up to Kanatal for the night, resting on a ridge at over 2000m altitude. Almost a refuge!

  • Day 10


    the holiest of the holy cities

    Kanatal - Haridwar - 85 miles

    After coming down from the fresh air in the peaks, we stop off at Rishikesh. We then go down to Haridwar, the holiest of the holy cities, on a road wedged between Rajaji national park and the Ganges canal. After dropping off our luggage, we go to witness the daily rituals of devout Hindus on the banks of the sacred river at the end of the afternoon. A permanent spectacle in this town, and a real feast for the eyes!

  • Day 11


    Delhi with palms

    Haridwar - Delhi - 143 miles

    You are taken to your hotel in the capital and can spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

Man on Royal Enfield bike in the Himalaya

TripSummary

  • Level

    Extensive motorbike tours experience required.

  • Group

    30 people max.

  • Dates

    July 4th-16th, 2022

Included

  • Food: all meals included

    Breakfast, lunch, dinner & snacks.
    Vegan, gluten free, dairy-free, and other dietary options are available upon request.

  • Accommodation

    Tents, hotels, and pensions are all included in the price for the whole duration of the trip.

  • Vehicle+Fuel

    Royal Enfield Himalayan is provided upon request.

  • Group Guide

    Expedition leader available 24 hours each day.

  • Private Photographer / Videographer

    Photographic Content is delivered to you daily. At the end of the trip, you will receive a folder with all the trip photos so memories will last forever.

  • Mechanic

    Motorbike technician on duty during the whole trip in case of mechanical incidents throughout the trip. The mission is for all riders to get to the finish line.

  • Doctor / Nurse

    Professional medical support included in the expedition in case of an accident.

NotIncluded

  • Airfares

    Arrive in Delhi before 12pm 4th July for departure on time.

    YouDEL
  • Riding Gear

    Moto jersey, boots, riding pants, goggles, helmet, gloves, rain jacket.

  • Not to forget!

    • Negative COVID-19 test – 72h before departure

    • Credit Card

    • Personal Extreme Sport Insurance

    • Indian valid visit visa

    • All your vaccinations

    • Valid passport


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