Himalayan Adevnture 2014

Discussion in 'Asia Pacific' started by aussiekc, May 17, 2014.

  1. aussiekc

    aussiekc n00b

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    Hi All
    I see a few threads here about riding the Himalayas so I though I'd add some more background information, not only about the trip planning, but also about the actual ride.
    :D
    So..some background! There are four of us, 2 aussies and 2 kiwis travelling from Oman, where we work and live, to India to spend 11 days riding through the Himalayas on Royal Enfields. I'll upload the itinerary in due course and I'll post all the gear we bought and the precautions we took and eventually let you know what worked and what didn't.
    This is the first time I've ever used a forum or blog or whatever for doing this so bare with me as I learn the ropes. Any feedback or comments would be greatly appreciated.
    :D

    AussieKC
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  2. Schleprock

    Schleprock Let's Do This!

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    Aussie,
    We'll be in Dehli on the 5th, hoping to get out of town on the 7th for three weeks. Counter clock wise loop up through Spiti, Leh, Kargil, Srinagar, Amristar and back to Dehli. Staying in Karol Bagh and hiring Enfields there. SchlepRock
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  3. aussiekc

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    Here's the intinerary -
    Day 1 Delhi - Chandigarh
    Day 2 Chandigarh - Shimla
    Day 3 Shimla - Kalpa
    Day 4 Kalpa - Kaza
    Day 5 Kaza - Chhatru
    Day 6 Chhatru - Sarchu
    Day 7 Sarchu - Leh
    Day 8 Leh (rest day)
    Day 9 Leh - Hundur
    Day 10 Hundur - Kardung La - Leh
    Day 11 Leh - Delhi (flying)
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  4. Schleprock

    Schleprock Let's Do This!

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    Aussie,
    When are you guys planning the start of your trip? NH 22 up Past Kaza is closed and they don't expect the road to be open until mid to late June.
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  5. aussiekc

    aussiekc n00b

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    Hey Schleprock, we leave Delhi on the 21st June. Thx for the information. We'll keep an eye on the news, I don't think it will worry us too much.
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  6. aussiekc

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    Hi Guys, Just back from the Himalayas ride and report will follow. The rest of this report is dedicated to the memory of Nelson Kumar who tragically died of a heart attack whilst guiding our group through the Nubra Valley in Northern India. He was a dedicated adventure rider being the first Indian to ride solo from the southern tip of Argentina to the Northern tip of Alaska. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered.

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  7. Misery Goat

    Misery Goat Positating the negative Super Moderator

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    The Nubra Vallley is beautiful, not a bad place for your final breaths. RIP Nelson Kumar.
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  8. Simonhantler

    Simonhantler waiheke simon

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    not sure if you've gone yet, couldn't find a date.
    anyway I've ridden up there on RTW trip 20 years ago. all i can say is try not to have a schedule , don't over organise, and take as little as poss, which means pack it all up with absolute must haves then half it.
    enjoy your ride lads, you'll love it……………most of the time.
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  9. Motormom

    Motormom Been here awhile

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    Hey Aussie,
    Did you ever post up a ride report?
    I'm thinking about doing a guided tour through this area in 2015.
    RIP Nelson.
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  10. octopusenvy

    octopusenvy gravel grommit

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    Just in case you have not yet planned your time or trip? Anyway, gday from NZ. Two of us so far, my mate is Sikh living in Singapore and a riot (funny without meaning to be). I've been to india twice, he's basically indian and can speak the language (tho most speak english so not an issue). I spent 5months in the Himalaya years ago but not by bike, so returning with my preferred way of travel. We have some ideas/plans, but its all changeable still aside from the time period. Enfields are a last resort (heavy, breaky, uncomfortable, expensive) and we are leaning towards a smarter choice for the terrain that is lighter and still very well known with easy to access parts etc. (just in case!)

    Let me know via PM if you are keen, and we can start a new thread. I started one on the HUBB with the same username.

    Looking forward to another Indian/Nepalese (Bhutanese maybe) AMRAZY (crazy & amazing) adventure!:rofl
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