#AmIYourType A Motorbike Adventure Through Ladakh
Fancy stepping out of your comfort zone? There are few activities that offer speed, adventure, freedom and getting closer to nature than on the back of a motorbike.
Perhaps a trip traversing the iconic shorelines outside Melbourne, winding around Argentina’s notorious Ruta 40, or go cross-country on America’s Route 66.
Motorbike journeys certainly aren’t for everyone, but ANYONE can do them according to this group of intrepid Dubai residents. You don’t need to be a crazy Hell’s Angel, or a famous Hollywood actor like Ewan McGregor.
Culinary and travel blogger Ishita Saha, her family and friends tackled the dangerous roads at the slopes of the Himalayas for their summer holiday this year.
These Dubai residents claim they are just ordinary people who wanted to take an extraordinary adventure. The destination? Ladakh, “the land of high mountain passes”, which is in the northern most part of India, on the slopes of the Great Himalayas.
Ishita explains “we were a group of 17 people with 7 bikers, and 6 of them from Dubai. The youngest member of the group had been Lil Z who is 6 years old while the oldest had been 51 years and the others all in between – twenties, thirties and forties!”
The Ladakh region is known for its scenic beauty, breathtaking high-peaked mountains covered with snow, and glaciers that attract tourists, mountaineers, and trekkers alike. In the Himalayas daytime temperatures at low altitudes can be as high as 30° C whereas they can fall to below freezing levels at high altitudes & over high passes, specially in early mornings & during the nights.
This trip to Ladakh wasn’t an easy journey. 10 hour rides, altitude sickness, family squabbles, oxygen depletion, loss of appetite, bland food and dangerous roads in the world meant this was a challenge for everyone involved.
See the most-have list for Ishita’s family below!
What you will need for the trip
1. A passport containing valid visa as stipulated by GOI.
2. A valid two wheeler driving licence – IDP for those D/ls issued outside India.
3. A valid positive ID as recognised by most GOI administration/security agencies.
4. A full medical/travel insurance serviceable in India.
5. A high index UV glares, a must as sunshine is pretty strong due to rarefied atmosphere
6. All items pertaining to personal hygiene, medical requirement, any support etc.
7. All your regular day to day wear including warm clothes to sustain the harsh conditions.
8.Sleeping Bag (if you are finicky about sleeping in a used one. Water Carrier/Hydration Pack, Scarf/ Bandana(to protect face/neck), Ear Plugs
9. All items pertaining to personal vices. (ed – we aren’t sure what this one means!!)
10.Finally, an open mind to receive whatever mother nature offers, since many a time mother nature turns nasty by way of weather mostly, robbing us of a decent visual & experience!
Books to read before the trip
The World’s Great Adventure Motorcycle Routes.
All The Gear, No Idea
The Motorcycle Diaries
Jupiter’s Travels, Ted Simon
Tour Around Ladakh with AawaraHoon
TIME: 10 days
Costs: With rented bike, AED 5,000
On your own bike, AED 4,500
In the SUV support car, AED 4,280
Support vehicle: Course-master leading the course on a SUV, Mid-size pick-up truck with paramedic, wellness expert at the tail end sweeping the course. Crew vehicle with help, mechanic, cook, etc. as required separately at all times till the end of the course.
Photography: Action cameras on 50% rides, Section wise selective drone photography coverages, DSLR coverage on the entire course.
Fuel/Service: All fuel, Lubes, serviceable parts for all the participating vehicles, own vehicles will be limited to only regular wear & tear parts any major repairs and or service to be charged at actuals.
Food & Beverages: All Breakfast – Veg & N Veg, Lunch – Veg, Snacks – Veg, Dinner – Veg & Non Veg, unlimited tea, coffee, soda, bottled water, etc. included.
Stay: 9 nights – Day 1 in deluxe coach, Day 2,7 & 8 in rated resorts, Day 3 & 5 in rated hotels, Day 4 & 6 in tented accommodation.
Medical: Paramedic with all necessary consumables for common fall, bruise, trauma, fractured bones, bleeding, etc. during the entire course period, almost entire range of OTC drugs for most common ailments.
Extras: A 2 – 2.5 hour white water run, 1 hour full body oil massage, house party with food including all sparkling & non-sparkling beverages, Souvenirs, free wi-fi zone (network dependent), raw & edited footages of all recording/shots. Accoustic guitar, Djembe, Fishing rods, Board games, Rock climbing gears, Mountain bikes, Reference & Fiction books, Music, Wi – Fi zones at all resting places (except tented), Toffees & candies, Good company, Airport transfer at Leh and a lifetime 10% discount on all future trips with AawaraHoon in any category.
OTHER GREAT MOTORCYCLE TRIPS
TIME: 15 DAYS
COST: BETWEEN 16,000 TO 25,000 DIRHAMS FULL BOARD
EagleRider’s World famous Route 66 motorcycle tour travels the original Route 66, known as the “Mainstreet of America” or “Mother Road”, is 2400 miles long from Chicago to Los Angeles, crosses three time zones and 8 States: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Route 66 has been the path of migrants, dreamers, desperadoes and an entire generation of vacationers discovering the way west. The 1950’s were the Route 66 glory days, when thousands of cars rode bumper to bumper behind each other to experience the Western frontier. Hotels, motels, gas stations, classic restaurants, and the “New” America sprang up everywhere. Much of Route 66’s classic roads, restaurants, gas stations, and nostalgic landmarks are preserved just as they were in the 1950’s.
INDIA TO THAILAND (ISHITA AND CREW’S RECOMMENDATION!)
TIME: 36 DAYS
COST: PRICES START FROM 58,000 DIRHAMS FULL BOARD
You travel with a team of riders but are in full control while exploring the land of Pagodas, Myanmar, and Thailand. Grab the opportunity to cross Myanmar in its entirety, from North to South. Meet local tribes on your way, take a quick dip in the majestic lakes, and witness the magic associated with the “Golden Rock”. Enjoy a 5-day satisfying ride in Thailand and enter Laos to explore the wonders of Luang Prabang. You will go to central parts of Thailand to end this intercontinental motorcycle touring.Enjoy a Motorcycle tour in Asia to explore the highest peaks of the Himalayas and vast, flat plains, to tropical beaches and dry, dusty deserts in a highly personal manner.
ARGENTINA’S RUTA 40
TIME: 27 DAYS
COST: PRICES START FROM 50,000 DIRHAMS
For distance, scenery, and the great outdoors, there’s no better ride on the planet: Argentina’s national highway parallels the Andes for 3,100 miles, from the bottom of Bolivia to Tierra del Fuego, the tip of the continent. Rent a bike in the colonial town of Salta, 235 miles below the Bolivian border. Then point it south for as long as you like. The road passes through red sandstone deserts, the wine regions of Mendoza, and the Patagonian adventure hub of Bariloche, where you can kayak 1,400-foot-deep Lake Nahuel Huapí. Beyond that are the granite peaks of Los Glaciares National Park and, eventually, Ushuaia, the southernmost city on earth.