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For centuries, the roof of the world, Tibet has captured the imagination people from all corners of the globe. This September, the second Royal Enfield ride to this mystical land will flag off from Kathmandu and riders from across India will embark on this epic voyage to Lhasa and back. With an average elevation of 4500 m, locked away in the mountainous vastness of the Himalayas, this ride promises an adventure of a lifetime. Motoring through some of the most beautiful roads in the Himalayas; the ride to the Everest base camp is an unforgettable experience.


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TIBET- 'Roof of the World'

A sacred land of myths and mysteries, inhabited by perennially cheerful people, Tibet has exerted a magnetic pull upon travelers for centuries with the list including spies, missionaries, scholars, geographers, mystics, soldiers as well as cranks. And yet, it's only a few intrepid travelers who have the determination to make it here.

Tibet opened its doors to tourism in 1985. Before this, it avoided influence from the outside world and independently developed a unique culture and religion. Since Tibet was governed by spiritual leaders, monasteries and religious institutions were the backbone of power, so the importance and prestige were shown by the size and magnificence of these structures. Tibetan Buddhism contains many elements of their older religion," Bon Po" which worshipped the sky, moon, sun, fire, soil and even evil spirits. Monasteries such as the fabled Tashilhunpo contain thousands of unique statues, paintings (thangka), religious and historical books, that would take weeks to contemplate in their entirety. The monasteries are crowded by pilgrims who often travel long distances to fulfill their vows and their emotions show that religion still holds a very important place in their daily lives.

Tibet, extremely remote and isolated by the most formidable Himalayan ranges, is a fascinating world of timeless splendour, unique tradition and breathtaking scenery that awaits all those who dare to journey to the Roof of the World.

  • Area: 1.2 m. sq. km
  • Population: 3 million
  • Capital city: Lhasa (Population 200,000)
  • People: Tibetan & Chinese
  • Language: Tibeto Burmese, Tibetan and Chinese
  • Religion: 90% Buddhist, 1% Muslim, 3% Bon, 6% others
  • Currency: Yuan (Y 8.15 = US$ 1.00)
  • Geography: Tibet is bordered by India, Nepal, Sikkim, Bhutan and Burma
  • Climate: Spring (May to June) – Best weather conditions can be found from May to Mid-September Winter (October to April)
  • What to wear: Light weight clothing is recommended for May to June, warm garments are required from September to April. An umbrella or a raincoat is a must for the summer season.
  • Voltage: Standard voltage; 220 volts.
    • Located in Kamaladi, very close to Durbar Marg, is an authentic Nepali restaurant, restored and converted into a multi-storied building, tastefully decorated in local decor. There is a sit down bar at the attic (shoes have to be taken off according to Nepali custom), which serves Nepali as well as foreign drinks and cocktails. Snack menu of momo-cha (meat dumplings), fried or boiled wild boar meat, fried potato Nepali style with masala, dried and marinated venison meat, grilled chicken/mutton/duck etc., are featured on the menu. Also, there is a one hour Nepali folk dance program which starts at 19:30 hrs. The main meal (dinner or lunch) is served on the 2nd & 3rd floor with a choice of either table sitting or Nepali style floor sitting. This is the first restaurant of its kind in Nepal.

    • Free day in Kathmandu to explore the city.

      Please note that the process for attaining your visa will be carried out on this day.

    • Negotiate traffic out of Kathmandu city to the Ringroad cross section - Koteshwor. From here, follow the newly constructed highway to Bhaktapur (approx. 12 Km from Kathmandu). The ancient Bhaktapur City or the "City of Devotees" is situated at an altitude of 1,401 m, 12 kilometers east of Kathmandu. Bhaktapur covers an area of 4 square miles and is shaped like a conch shell. Pottery and weaving are its traditional industries.

      Continue cruising past Bhaktapur to Dhulikhel (Approx. 18 Km from Bhaktapur) via Jagati, Sanga & Banepa passing road side settlements and terraced farmlands.

      Dhulikhel, situated at an elevation of 1550 meters with a panoramic view of the Himalayas is a small Newari town and is famous for its scenic beauty and old tradition. It offers magnificent views of the Himalayas from Mt. Karyolung in the east to Mt. Himalchuli to the west. The twin crest of Mt. Langtang in the west and Mt. Everest in the east can be clearly viewed on a clear day. Dhulikhel is ideal for snow-capped peaks, sunrise, sunset and is one of the best places to watch the sunrise over the Himalayas.

      The ride continues towards Dolalghat.

      A few kilometers from Dhulikhel, the highway drops in to a winding road with beautiful sceneries of terraced fields and forested trails alongside small settlements to "Zero Kilo". From here, the road bifurcates and the north road leads to Melamchi Bazaar, while going south takes you to Kodari. Head south and continue towards Dolalghat - the lowest point on the entire road at 634m (Approx.25 Km from Dhulikhel). Dolalghat is situated at the confluence of Indrawati and Sunkoshi rivers on the Araniko highway and this place is famous for the fish in its rivers.

      Cross the bridge and slowly ascend on a winding road for a few kilometers and after 2 kilometers take the steep right to come up to the ridge. (Note: At the turning, the straight road leads to Chautara, so you'll need to take the full right turn and continue on the highway).

      From the ridge, descend to Chehere and continue cruising along the fast flowing Bhote Koshi River on the right side with yet more beautiful views of terraced fields, forests and small settlements all the way to the Sukute (Approx. 14 Km from Dolalghat).

      Continue riding for approx. 35 km to the Last Resort.

      Upon arrival at The Last Resort gate, leave the motorcycles at the parking lot and then cross the 50 meter suspension bridge, the launch station for the bungee jump.

      The Last Resort is set amidst sprawling terraced slopes, suspended on a high cliff-top gorge above the wild Bhote Koshi River and surrounded by dense jungle and pristine forest. The grounds of the resort are meticulously landscaped. Luxurious safari tents, spaciously set in lush gardens, ensure quiet and peaceful stay in an exotic setting.

      Uniquely crafted in local stone, wood and slate, the resort has an intimate dining hall with centuries old wood-carving where delicious home style food is served. The well-stocked Instant Karma bar is a great place for having drinks when the day is done.

      The resident manager will assign your tents upon arrival.

      (Note: Accommodation is in Safari tents with common bathrooms)

    • After breakfast, there's a 10 km drive to Kodari on gravel roads and areas prone to landslides. On arrival at Kodari, the last border town, we complete Nepali Immigration formalities and cross the friendship bridge, where Chinese Immigration will be carried out. You'll be met by our guide and driver from Tibet here. Proceed for China Custom clearance for the motorcycles and after completion, load up the gear on the waiting Landcruiser / Mini Truck and ride 20 minutes (8 kilometers) to Zhangmu.

      Zhangmu: Located at an altitude of 2300 m and known to Nepalis as Khasa, Zhangmu hangs off a cliff face, its boomtown architecture having a contemporary look. Even the monastery roofs are sheathed in corrugated iron sheets. Here, we obtain travel passes for vehicles from the transport office and then ride for an hour through the Tibetan landscape to Nyalam gaining an altitude of 1450 meters within a short span of 30kms.

      On arrival, check into the Guest House.

    • Ride to the highest plateau of the world with the typical view of the Tibetan landscape offering the feeling of standing on the roof of the world. First, we cross the Nyalam Pass (3,800m) and ascend steeply to Thong La (5,050m), in about 2-3 hours. From here, weather permitting, there is a breathtaking panorama of beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848m) and Mt. Shishapangma, which are dwarfed by the vastness of the Tibetan plateau.

      After a brief stop, we ride past a discreet pass, Lalung La (5200 m), marked by an array of prayer flags and then continue on the friendship highway to Tingri.

      On arrival check in to the guest house.

    • After breakfast, we ride to Shegar, which is 70 kms away.

      Shegar: Also called New Tingri, surrounded by mountains, Shegar is another town that lies in the shadow of a great fortress. Even the ruins of the town are majestic. Seeming to grow out of craggy brown rock, its sinuous wall bristles with watchtowers like stegosaurus spines. Isolated in 1855 by marauding Nepalese in search of booty, the Gurkhas cut off the dzong's water supply and settled in for a long siege. The heart of Shegar has little to recommend, except the highest post office in China.

      Continue for another 100 km on a very scenic drive crossing the Gyatso La (5,220m), the highest pass en-route to Lhasa. From here, we descend to the settlement for Lhatse. The road to Mt. Kailash bifurcates to the west.
      We can either continue on the friendship highway by crossing two smaller passes to Shigatse or take a diversion and follow the simpler route following the river. However, this is subject to road conditions (as there is heavy road maintenance) and we'll take whichever road is passable.

      Shigatse is the second largest town in Tibet and the capital of Tsang, lying 354km west of Lhasa at an altitude of 3810 m. From here, we follow the northern route to Lhasa via Trakdruka, Nyemo, Chusul and Nyethang.

      On arrival check in to the guest house.

    • *Note: Process bike for observation.

      The rest of the day is free for you to relax or explore around the town.

      Overnight stay at the guest house

    • This tarred road is a pleasant and enjoyable trail. The ride takes about 6 – 7 hours as we follow the Yarlung Tsangpo River amid scenery of irrigation fields, yak hair skin boats, typical scenes of Tibet.

      The capital of Tibet lies at an altitude of 3650m is situated on the north bank of the Kyichu River in the province of U (central Tibet). Two high craggy hills stand up in isolation from the valley floor. One, Red Hill, is topped by the Potala Palace and the other, Chockpori or Iron Hill, is crowned by a tall antenna.

      Lhasa in Tibetan means "Place of the Gods" and Potala Palace, the residence of the Dalai Lama, is the earthly representation of the celestial Palace of Avaloketswora, the Buddha of infinite compassion whose incarnation in the human form is believed to be the Dalai Lama. As Tibet's political, religious and cultural centre it is a city truly blessed by the gods, where life is unhurried, its people jovial and staunchly independent.

      Lhasa consists of two district parts consisting of different architecture, population and lifestyle. Old Lhasa, the Tibetan section, is centered around the Jokhang Temple. Its streets are narrow, between white washed stone houses whose walls slope inward as they rise. Windows are framed in black trapezoids, with protruding fan shaped eaves above. Many houses have brightly painted woodwork. The Chinese section was built in the last 30 years around the base of the Potala. It is characterized by straight, broad streets and utilitarian buildings that house Chinese style department stores and all kinds of government houses. A Revolutionary Museum below the Potala displays the evidence of Chinese economic and social change during the past 30 years.

      In spite of its hurried pace of modernization, Lhasa has not lost its soul. It's a friendly city where a Tibetan will always return a smile.

      On arrival at Lhasa, check in to the hotel.

      Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

    • Free day to relax or explore around the town.

    • Set out from Lhasa for about 26 kilometers to Chusul and then climb steeply to the Kamba La (pass) at 4790 m with views of the turquoise blue waters of the manmade lake created by the dam for the hydro project below and the Himalayan peaks in the far distance. Here, there are nomads who will bring Yaks and Tibetan Mastiff if you're interested in a photo opportunity.

      Later, we descend and ride along the picturesque trail of the colorful Lake Yamdrok, the lifeline of Tibet, the Brahma Putra river (Yarlung Tsangpo).

      Yamdrok Tso or Turquoise Lake: A lake whose glaring blue waters radiate a near mystical charm. It is about 240 kms in circumference and is more like an island sea. There are Yak herders around and the lake supports a population of scale less fish in its non-saline waters.

      From here, we ascend to the Karo La (5010 m), where you'll once again get to meet Yak Herders who offer photo opportunities to dress in traditional costumes and ride their Yaks for a nominal fee.

      Continue the ride towards Gyantse by following another manmade lake and ascending to Simi La at 4300 m and then finally descending to the town of Gyantse.

      Gyantse still retains the charm of a traditional Tibetan town untouched by modern expansion. It made world headlines in 1904 when Colonel Younghusband, who led the British Expedition, defeated the Tibetan army here. As a crossroad on the principle trade route to India, it used to be renowned for the excellence of its carpets. The compound, encircled by an impressive wall, once contained 19 monasteries, presided over by the still intact fortress perched atop a nearby mountain. Here one visits the Kumbum Stupa and Pelkhor Chode Monastery.

      On arrival, check in to the hotel.

      Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

    • After breakfast, we ride towards Shegar via Shigatse, Drongtse, Panam and Gyatso.

      Shigatse – 'Granary of Tibet', is the famous cultural city with a history of more than 500 years. It is 90 kilometers from Gyantse and 3,800 m above sea level. It's a place where Panchen Lamas of various historical stages were authenticated. Later, it became a political and religious center in Tibet. To its south stands the world renowned Qomolangma Peak. Around the city, there are the Sakya, Palkor and Shalu monasteries.

      From here, we continue to Lhatse. Another 100 kilometers and then ascend to the Gyawala Pass at 5200 m before descending to Shegar at 4200 m.

      On arrival, check in to the hotel.

      Rest of the day is free to relax or explore around the town.

    • After breakfast, we ride for 60 kilometers to Tingri.

      From Tingri, we drive on the highest plateau of the world with a breathtaking view of the Tibetan landscape. Cross the Lalung La (5,200m) and Thong La (5050 m) from where, weather permitting, you'll be greeted by a panorama of the beautiful Himalayan ranges including Mt. Everest (8,848m). Descend down for about an hour to arrive at a familiar setting, near the Milarepa Cave, where Milarepa is said to have meditated.

      Continue further for about 30 minutes to arrive at Nyalam. From here continue to ride for another 30 kms to Zhangmu.

      On arrival, check into the Guest House.

      Overnight stay at the Hotel

    • After breakfast, we complete the Chinese customs and border formalities. The permits and motorcycles will be checked once again and then we drive down 8 kilometers to Kodari and the Nepal-Tibet Friendship bridge. Here the porters will transfer the luggage to the Nepal side and we bid farewell to our guides and drivers from Tibet. Then, we complete Immigration and cross the friendship bridge.

      Representatives from Nepal will assist us in completing Nepalese customs and immigration. After this, we ride approximately 120 kms to Kathmandu.

      On arrival at Kathmandu, check in to the hotel.

    • Due to limited number of slots available, we close the registrations as soon as the required number of participants is achieved. However, we do have a waiting list and these participants would be accommodated against cancellations. To be included in this list you need to register and send across the payment via a Demand Draft in the name of Eicher Motors Ltd to the address mentioned below. Please write your complete name and contact number behind the Demand Draft and send it to:

      Kyron Gomes
      Tour of Tibet 2014
      Royal Enfield
      Thiruvottiyur High Road
      600 019

      The final list shall be put up in the first week of September 2014. Waitlisted candidates who could not be confirmed shall be refunded the complete registration amount a few days after that.

  • Last date for registration
    • Last date for registration is 25th August 2014.

    • • Royal Enfield Tour of Tibet is open only for Royal Enfield motorcycle owners

      • Riders should have a valid driving license for motorcycle with gear, permitted to ride in India.

      • Riders should have a valid passport.

      • Motorcycle registration, insurance and PUC certificates should be valid for the duration of the trip

      • Personal Medical Insurance (Mediclaim) is mandatory and should be valid for the duration of the trip

      • Riding gear is mandatory. It should consist of a full face helmet, ankle length boots, full sleeves riding jacket preferably with protectors, gloves and knee and elbow guards. Flip open full face helmets are not permitted.

      • On the Tour of Tibet with high altitudes and weather conditions, physical fitness is paramount. One of the important aspects of enjoying and completing the Tour of Tibet is the Participant’s fitness level.

      • Motorcycles should be ready for the Tour of Tibet as per the guidelines given under Bike Preparation

      • All bikes should reach Lucknow by 26th August 2014 *

    • We at Royal Enfield consider all riders equal and we would like to see that riders from all parts of the country are included in this trip. Therefore confirmation of registrations will be based on first come first serve basis. All registrations will be treated as individual. Participation in Royal Enfield Tour of Tibet 2014 will be subject to riding gear & motorcycle scrutiny as mentioned in Eligibility Criteria. Please read through Eligibility Criteria and all other Pre Event pages before registering.
      Each participant fills in the Registration form and provides a medical history by-self online. Each participant then has to send the following:-

      1. Four passport size photographs with name and rider number behind
      2. Indemnity Bond
      3. Medical History by Doctor
      4. Copy of Your Driving License
      5. Copy of Vehicle Registration, Tax and Insurance certificate valid for the duration of the trip.
      6. Copy of Medical Insurance Policy (Mediclaim) valid for the duration of the trip.
      7. A scanned copy of your passport.
      8. We will require the original documents of your bikes registration (RC Card) and insurance in order to clear border control. All the original documents will be returned once you reach Kathmandu.

      All forms, scan copies should be completely filled & sent to us within one week after registration.

      All documents can be sent along with Demand Draft of INR 1,50,000 drawn in the name of “Eicher Motors Ltd.”, payable at Chennai.
      All bike related documents to be scanned & emailed to

      Please send them to:

      Kyron Gomes (Marketing)
      Royal Enfield Tour of Tibet 2014
      Royal Enfield (A unit of Eicher Motors Ltd)
      Thiruvottiyur High Road
      Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
      Pin: 600 019

    • While we can understand the constraints and desires that prompt people to want to participate in Tour of Tibet, only for certain select dates, places, we consider everyone on the Tour of Tibet as part of one team from start to finish. Only the following people are exempt from this: members of the Press and the Royal Enfield Support Staff for their pre-ordained duties.

    • This is the paramount consideration behind every action that we take towards planning and executing the Tour of Tibet

    • Due to the conditions and limitations of infrastructure we can create in the terrain the Tour of Tibet will be travelling through, we will be taking a total of 25 registered riders only.

  • Cancellations/ refunds
    • There is a lot of advance planning that goes into this trip and based on a participant’s confirmation others might have to be turned down. Hence we will not be in a position to refund the entire registration amount.

      However, if you still have to cancel your participation in this year’s Tour of Tibet, You will forfeit your registration amount, partly or completely depending on the below mentioned rules, and this sum may then be regarded as a donation for which you will receive a receipt.

  • Cancellation Forfeit amount
    • For any cancellations send a mail to

      Cancellation forfeit amount is 50% of the registration amount if the registration is cancelled before 15th August. After this date, there will be no refund on cancellations..

      In the event of the cancellation or postponement of the ride due to unforeseen circumstances, Royal Enfield shall refund only the registration amount to the participant and not any other expenses incurred by the participant.

  • What is included and not included
    • The trip is operated on a twin sharing bed and breakfast basis. After breakfast you are on the road and each participant is expected to take care of his own fuel and lunch. The luggage is carried in a truck and it is each participant’s responsibility to see that their luggage is loaded in the truck within the designated time. We advise riders to carry some basic stuff with them as the truck generally takes much longer than the bikes to reach the destination. Once at the destination the riders are allotted their accommodation and in case we are camping in isolated places food arrangements are also included. This is generally a limited menu buffet. While the variety might not be much, this aspect is generally appreciated. In larger cities and towns where a wider choice is available dinner is not arranged by us and participants are free to eat at their choice and leisure.

  • Service support
    • Accompanying us will be some service staff to work on the bikes in case something goes wrong but spares will be changed to the riders as and when needed. We will do our best to help with the bike but in these hard conditions each rider is responsible for bringing his bike home. If the bike can’t be fixed it’s the end of the road. Therefore bike preparation is very crucial and the scrutiny will be very strict. We will guide you in both. This is also a good learning opportunity and we encourage you to work on your bike under our guidance.

  • Equipment required
    • Remember you are going to use the equipment that you carry so make sure that it’s functional and reliable. Please carry the below mentioned equipment with you when you arrive for scrutiny:

      1. Good quality full face helmet: that also fits right. Loose helmets will not be allowed (after wearing your helmet if you move your head up and down rapidly the movement of the helmet should not be independent of your head)

      2. Boots: preferably riding boots or leather ankle boots

      3. Jacket: preferably riding jacket or leather jacket

      4. Pants: preferably riding pants or knee guards

      5. A Basic tool-kit which can assist you in assembling/dis-assembling wheels and changing cables.

      6. Basic protectors in your riding gear, knee, shin and elbow guards.

      7. Basic First aid kit with essential medicines, or your prescribed medication if you are on medication.

  • Bike Preparation
    • 1. At ground level the most important thing is your tyres and your wheels. Ensure that you have adequate tread on them. We recommend you start the ride with a brand new set of tyres and tubes; you are less likely to face punctures etc.

      2. Get the rims balanced (this will prevent breaking of spokes and unnecessary wobbles that could spoil your bikes ride and handling). When you are getting your wheels balanced make sure that the spokes are not protruding from inside the rim. If they are they could puncture the tube from inside. After this, ensure that there is a rubber strip (good condition) around the inside of the rim. When you disassemble the wheels check the wheel bearings as well.

      3. Inspect and make sure that your bike has only genuine OE parts, especially hubs, spokes, rims and other engine components. We cannot provide support for modified items and in such case you are requested to carry your own spares. We can make arrangements to carry them in the service truck.

      4. Get your shock absorbers inspected. They should be in top working order. Check the bushes for the rear shock absorbers and replace if necessary.

      5. Check condition of front fork oil seals and replace if needed. Make sure that there is no crack on the fork bottom tube. If your springs have sagged or your main tube has worn out get them replaced.

      6. Check the rear swing-arm bush for play and replace if needed.

      7. Check your chain and rear sprocket for wear. If you find that there are less than four notch adjustments to go on your chain adjuster cam, replace your chain and both your sprockets.

      8. Your bikes clutch is really crucial for this trip, so make sure that your clutch is in good order and adjusted properly without the trace of any drag, slip etc. When you open your clutch cover, also check the primary chain and the adjuster. Do not use any kind of additional insert under the chain adjuster. If the adjuster has reached its limit replace the primary chain.

      9. Check your battery and the earthing connections. If you have any history of electrical trouble, be sure that the problem is completely solved. The water, vibrations, dust and maybe snow that riders are likely to encounter on the route could further accentuate existing problems.

      10. Check for play in the steering column and replace the ball race bearing if necessary.

      11. Check all the rubber components like carburettor hose, fuel lines, air filter rubber etc. for cracks and tears and replace if in doubt.

      12. Check all cables and if found bent of frayed, replace immediately. Do not use oil in friction free cables.

      13. Finally tighten all the nuts and bolts and if it is found to slip or the threads are damaged replace the relevant parts.

  • Engine
    • This is a very crucial part of your motorcycle. If your bike is working fine we advise to let it be. It would be a good idea to do a weekend trip to try it out and see how it behaves. If you are riding a new bike it would be a good idea to ride it around for a longer distance and make sure that your bike is up to the mark. If there is any doubt please visit your Royal Enfield showroom/service station and get our technicians advice. Do not leave the fixing of your bike to the last min and start the trip with an untested bike. It is Critical for each Rider to know his/her bike's fuel or oil consumption.

  • Things to avoid on the bike
    • 1. Anything that is likely to take a beating from rough roads and vibrations, this includes

      • Extra lights
      • Extra mirrors
      • Heavy after-market horns- more so for fuel injected bikes
      • Arc or gas welding on the chassis
      • Side boxes
      • Any other unnecessary add-ons

      2. Non-standard high rise or low handlebars

      3. Alloy wheels

      4. Some number plates fitted on the front mudguard are likely to break the headlamp at full travel

      5. Smaller wheels if they drastically reduce your ground clearance

      6. Imported street tyres, as these could puncture and suffer for grip on dirt surfaces

      7. Extended front forks

      8. Modified swing arms

      9. Shortened or extended chassis and chain

      10. You should either remove any non-standard item from your bike or be prepared to service it on your own

  • Tool Kit
    • Ideally each rider should have a basic idea and should be well-versed with the basic know-how of his/her motorcycle. It is observed that on rides like these, the most common breakdowns are due to punctures. Due to rain and water crossings, it is also found that spark plugs may also pose problems. It is advised that each rider be able to remove the front/rear wheel of the motorcycle. The rider should also be able to open his spark plug(s). In order to do this, each rider must have a tool kit with the motorcycle at all times on the ride. A complete OE certified tool-kit which comes with every RE motorcycle will be able to solve this purpose

  • Learn to service your bike
    • While you are preparing your motorcycle it is a good idea to learn some basic service, for instance: wheel removal, tube changing, chain tightening, cables adjustment/ replacement, cleaning spark plug & air filter, pushrod adjustment, replace fuse & bulbs and top up/change engine/gear box/clutch oil.

  • Riding Gear
    • Any riding gear has to serve the following functions:

      Protection – from a fall (abrasion and impact) and from weather

      Comfort – in fit and function

      Style – an entirely personal subject

  • Abrasion protection
    • This has to be built in the outer layer of the garment both in terms of the material and the stitching. Currently leather is the best bet and many of the top brands feature good stitching, go in for at least double or triple stitched garments. The fit of the garment is very important as well.

  • Impact protection
    • Many a times this is a function of the protectors used and fit of the garment is important as well because it helps keep the protector where it's supposed to be. Go in for CE approved Armour. Most jackets will not have CE approved Armour for the back and many a times this has to be purchased separately.

  • Weather Protection
    • Cold impairs body functions and it's as good or bad as being drunk or sleepy on the bike. However cold is easily overcome by wearing additional layers of clothing, but you have to be careful to see that it does not bind or inhibit their movement. Another problem for a motorcyclist is getting wet; once wet, the cold is bound to follow. Waterproofing can be integrated into the garment, like a waterproof riding jacket or waterproof riding pant or can be fulfilled by a dedicated garment over the standard riding kit. For example, a leather riding jacket and pants and a one or two piece raincoat that you wear only if it starts to rain.

  • Comfort
    • A rider's safety is compromised if a rider is uncomfortable. While being hot might not impair you physically it can cause your patience and energy to drain at a much faster rate. Most of Indian riding conditions are very hot and on some days on the Tour of Tibet a jacket with a lining could become uncomfortably hot. While choosing a garment, ensure that you do not have to sacrifice too much protection for comfort. A mesh or perforated leather jacket can be used in combination with thermal and waterproof layers to give more flexibility to your riding gear.

      Quality riding gear is hard to find in India and one of the best options is to order from international outlets or websites. You could ask a friend to carry it for you or some outlets also ship to India. is one such outlet but you could find many more.

      The trip is expected to start in the moderate climate and temperate heat of Lucknow and Nepal, and then gradually become pleasant in Tibet and turn to freezing cold as you cross the mountain passes and again for a pleasant stay in Lhasa. Given the season, terrain and nature of the trip rain could be a factor to prepare for as well.

  • Feet
    • In the absence of proper motorcycling boots look out for a pair of strong ankle boots preferably leather (canvas jungle boots are a big no), work boots or hiking shoes with a flat sole or a gentle heel can be adapted. Attention to the fit is important as you might be spending your entire day in them. We suggest you choose a slightly loose fit that can accommodate your feet comfortably even with heavy woollen socks. In case you are not wearing heavy socks, an insole can be used to make the fit snug. Chose designs that are likely to dry quickly and carry a spare pair of socks in case the ones you are wearing get wet. If the shoe is not so comfortable when off the bike, carry a spare pair of sneakers or floaters for walking.

  • Legs
    • For protection you could wear knee, shin and ankle protectors either over or under your pants. For protection from weather you could wear two pants or thermals under your pant. For rain you should be prepared with a pair of waterproof outer. Pay attention to adequate length/fit so that your pants do not ride up your leg when you sit on the bike. Some fastening system at the bottom could also be beneficial. You could also wear a belt or riding belt to comfort your back from the shocks and the cold.

  • Torso
    • It's best to start with a sweat absorbing/ wicking material next to your skin. This could be simple cotton full/ half sleeves banyan or some of the more modern materials which allow your skin to breathe. The fit should be body hugging, yet not constricting or uncomfortable. Then could be a layer of insulating material to keep you warm, this could be cotton, wool, fleece, nylon, polyester or a mix. Then use a leather jacket or an extremely strong fabric jacket. Your torso plays an important part in heat loss so you could look at additional insulation here. You would finally require a waterproof jacket in case of rain. Try to ensure that your clothing catches as little air as possible when riding (should not flap or bloat up), this would involve proper fitting at the torso, sealing at the cuffs and the other jacket openings.

      You could wear elbow, shoulder, back and rib cage protectors either between your layers or over your clothing.

  • Neck
    • In extreme cold riding conditions it is important to keep your neck & chest warm and protected. This could be served with various types of scarves, and neck warmers. Tibet could get quite uncomfortably cold at times and one must ensure to stay warm at all times.

  • Head and eyes
    • A good quality full face fibreglass helmet with the right fit serves not only to protect you from impact but also the elements. In the Tour of Tibet you might encounter extreme cold and dust, a scarf or a balaclava could serve to protect you from these and also provide a snugger fit for your helmet. It also keeps your skin fresh and protected and this in turn reduces your fatigue. Yes, on a long cross country trip like this it makes a lot of difference.

      Although the ride plan does not include any night riding, you might encounter night riding or riding in poor visibility. For such conditions, it is best to be prepared with a clear visor. You can even carry a spare visor if needed. Also in Nepal and Tibet the sun can be very bright hence goggles with good UV protection can offer a lot of comfort to your eyes and reduce fatigue. The goggles can be worn inside your helmet and visor and removed whenever needed. However you could encounter the problem of fogging on both your goggles/ glasses and the helmet visor unless your helmet is fitted with a really good breath deflector. Many of the anti-fog claims do not hold true. As another option to avoid fogging you could try a motocross helmet and goggles but this will compromise weather protection, and could be unsuitable at high speeds.

  • Hands
    • If purpose built motorcycle gloves are not available then do a mix and match. You could wear cotton or woolen gloves under your leather gloves, to protect you from the cold and impact. Choose a pair that has a long cuff so it allows for good sealing between your gloves and jacket sleeves. Some people use surgical gloves or other latex, rubber based work gloves in addition to the above mentioned, to tackle the waterproofing aspect, some use wax to seal the seams.

  • Group Riding
    • This has more to do with your mental attitude than your riding skill, this is not a race but neither do we have unlimited time on our hands. The ride is structured so as to allow you ample time to enjoy the beauty while riding at the pace you are comfortable. You are absolutely free to choose your own riding style, buddies and pace.

      A steady rider will cover the given distances in 6 hours which translates to an average speed of 50 km/hr at the longest stretch and 18km/hr at the shortest. We do this for multiple reasons:

      1. To ensure that in case of a contingency we still have ample time and daylight to reach our destination.

      2. You have ample time to relax rest, recover, explore the destination and prepare for the next day's ride.

      The only time we expect to ever ride in close formation (almost like a procession) is while entering and leaving a city so that no one gets lost. This shall be in a tight double formation. This serves to guide the group on an intended path in a grand and cohesive manner.

      The most important thing to keep in mind while riding in a group is communication both on and off the bike. Communication should be crisp and clear with least ambiguity. Every morning before we start there will be a briefing as to how the group will proceed and the details of the stops and destinations etc. Given below are some of the points that will ensure a good ride:

      1. All riders must ride with another fellow rider in their line of sight at all times. No participant may be alone in route

      2. Keep safe & comfortable distance between the rider in front and you. Do not come too close to the rider in front that will make him nervous.

      3. Try to stay with the leading pack

      4. Do not overtake and come between riders who are riding together (maintaining constant distance between themselves)

      5. Always be prepared to ride when the group starts, don't waste time preparing (wearing helmet, balaclava, gloves etc) when the group is already starting to ride

      6. Whenever you stop, give first priority to the reason for stopping whether it is taking photographs, ordering food, taking a leak, checking the bike etc... We must ensure that we are ready to ride when everybody is and the group does not have to wait unnecessarily for any reason

      7. Always overtake without causing discomfort to anyone and ensuring that you have brought it to the attention of the other rider that you are overtaking. Indicate before overtaking.

      9. Never overtake from the other side if someone is overtaking from one side

      10. Do not show fancy hand signals. Your hands are for riding your motorcycle; more often than not hand signals cause confusion rather than being an effective way of communication. We must keep these signals to a bare minimum.

      11. Riding with a dis-functioning brake light can be dangerous to you and the others riding with you. Every rider must ensure that his/her brake light is functioning properly

      12. Riding a bike in top condition is much easier than riding a road-unworthy bike. Each rider should check his/her bike constantly for this purpose, identify problems if any and get them fixed

      13. Being over-confident and aggressive on a motorcycle is almost always dangerous, not just for you but also for others on the road. Each rider must ensure his/her own safety and of the others on the road

      14. If there is a difficult stretch (like a steep climb, descent or a water crossing), wait till the person ahead of you has cleared it before embarking on it yourself

      15. Try to ensure that you can see more of the road i.e. get yourself slightly offset from the rider in front to get a better view. This will also ensure that you are visible in his rear-view mirror rather than being in his blind-spot.

      16. Do not park uncomfortably close to another bike thus avoid making it uncomfortable for you and the other rider to get back on your motorcycles and start easily. This is more important at high altitudes where the smallest of activities seem difficult

      17. Each rider must avoid anything that can cause confusion to others on the road. You must be aware of your headlight and blinkers; do not ride with them in ON position

      18. In case you notice something unusual or dangerous do bring it to the notice of the group leader

      19. Do not overtake when the person is braking; he could be braking for a hazard and you could rush right into it

  • Signals (while on the bike)
    • Signals work only if accepted and know to all riders, in the absence of a common format, at best we will not understand each other or get confused but at worst we could misunderstand with disastrous consequences. As we shall be a group riding together for the first time with varied backgrounds, skill level and experience try to keep signaling while on the bike to a minimum. Do not place the onus of your riding or safety with other riders of the group and similarly do not take responsibility for the other rider. This does not mean we do not watch out for each other.

  • Here are some of the signals that we shall follow
    • 1. I'm slowing down (could be for a speed breaker or a ditch on the road or a dog or anything else): Brake light – ensure that your brake light is working and that should be signal enough. Do not attempt any fancy wave of the hand etc.

      2. I'm having some trouble stop' or ‘stop I want to warn you or bring something to your notice' or ‘I want to talk to you or can we stop and admire the view or can we stop for tea': if you are in trouble and you want the person ahead to stop and help you in any way pleas turn on your headlight. Do not ride during the day with your headlight on.

      3. I want to overtake you: make sure that the person ahead is aware that you are overtaking him do not spring up too close or suddenly, especially when the road is narrow and the terrain difficult.

      4. Please overtake me: the best signal for such a move is to slow down and give ample space to the person who wishes to overtake you.

      5. Differentiating between bike in trouble and rider stopping for any other reason: for bike in trouble; park the bike facing backwards – the direction opposite to the one you are proceeding in. Always parallel park in such a way that you are visible from the road and out of harm's way.

      6. Let's stop here for some time: pull over gradually with your brake light and left indicator turned on.

  • Signals/ intentions to avoid on moving bike
    • 1. Asking or signalling/waving someone to stop suddenly (this could lead to an accident)

      2. Showing or pointing out to things of interest or beauty to fellow riders (this could affect your or the other riders concentration) there will be ample time to discuss all this when you stop

      3. Signalling for speed breakers, ditches and other hazards on the road, - your brake light will do the trick

      4. Trying to explain complex things with weird signals – for example if you want to inform someone about his helmet strap which he forgot to put or luggage which is falling off etc. it's best to signal with your headlight if you are behind or slow down and pull over gradually with your brake light and left indicator turned on

  • Ensure a smooth ride
    • 1. Make sure your bike is in top shape before the trip, a good bike will greatly enhance your experience and a troublesome bike will certainly detract from it. It's a dampener to stop during a ride and have to attend to your bike. Pay attention to your bike while taking a break.

      2. Ride responsibly without disturbing other fellow riders and traffic as well as locals.

      3. Provide for your own food snacks, personal toiletries and other essentials.

      4. Do inform the doctor or the mechanic at any signs of trouble without waiting for it to get serious.

      5. The smallest of things can make all the difference, you must we aware, alert and cautious at all times. Never walk barefoot as even a small cut on your legs can be serious on a ride like this as it is likely to keep bleeding.

      6. Punctuality: we will start early every morning and all participants must adhere to the timings given by the organizers. An early morning start gives us an opportunity to avoid traffic, pollution and experience the freshness no other time of the day can offer. It also gives us more time to explore the destination and prepare for the next day's ride.

      7. At the end of the day's ride, every rider should first inspect his/her motorcycle and report any issues to the service staff. The rider almost always knows his bike best, thus the Rider must always be with his/her motorcycle while the service staff works on it. Unaccompanied bikes will not be attended to. We will not attend to any bike in the morning.

    • High altitude sickness is still a grey area and in our experience there is no pattern or benchmark that it follows. It seems to afflict the young, old, fit and unfit individuals with the same intensity or ignore them whatever the case might be. At the root cause is the lack of oxygen supply to the body under the rarefied air conditions at higher altitudes.

      We are giving below a few pointers that are common sense to any sensible person with substantial high altitude experience.

      Breath: We breathe all the time but in the mountains make a special effort to concentrate and take deep breaths.

      Don't get excited: Always remain calm and composed. Keep your actions, movements and exertion under check.

      Don't stop eating: Eat, even if you don't feel like it. However do not over-eat.

      Drink water: Pure water, don't count cold drinks and alcohol as water. In fact if you are having cold drinks, coffee, alcohol or medicines for high altitude sickness, drink more water to compensate for the same.

      Listen to your body, don't push it: In case of any discomfort contact the pilot or the doctor immediately. You don't get any macho points for suffering in silence.

      There is no guarantee that an extremely fit person will not suffer from high altitude sickness, but we cannot escape the fact that increased levels of fitness will help you achieve more out of this trip. If fitness is not a regular feature of your life it's time to start working at it now as you prepare the bike, do the paperwork and get all your gear into place for the Tour of Tibet.

      Start gradually and keep a tempo to ensure that you are not overly fatigued near the start of the trip. In fact you might decide to reduce your tempo gradually to allow your body to recover as you come closer to the Tour of Tibet dates. Any training programme that builds up your strength and stamina should be beneficial and it is your call how to balance the two requirements. Strong forearms, shoulders, triceps, lower back, and legs are a definite advantage to a rider, but along with strength he also needs the stamina and lasting ability to sustain the steam over long distances.

    • 2nd edition Royal Enfield Tour of Tibet promises to be the most spectacular ride on the calendar & has been sought out by motorcycle enthusiast from around the world . Cross some borders with us this year , experience Tibet on two wheels . Ride through Nepal – Tibet & back. A story of a lifetime.

    • We flag-off the ride on the 7th of Sep 2014, Saturday from Kathmandu and end with a return to Kathmandu on the 20th of September. You will have to check in at your hotel upon reaching Kathmandu. The details of the hotel are given below.

      Address : Hotel Manaslu
      230 Hotel Marg
      Tel : +97714410071 & 4413470

      URL :

    • Yes, you do. You may not own the Motorcycle and can ride a borrowed/rented motorcycle but you will need to carry the original documents.

    • Yes you need to register by paying an amount of Rs 1,50,000/- You can register and pay online as well as send us a DD for the same.

    • The cost covers your accommodation on all days on a bed and breakfast basis. Except for a few prominent places (big cities) on the Tour of Tibet it also includes your dinner. Lunch expenses and petrol are not included in the cost.

    • You can pay online by Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking. You can even send us a Demand Draft.

    • You need to transport your motorcycles to Lucknow by the 26th of August. We will then transport it across the border to Kathmandu and back to Lucknow after the ride. The address you can transport your bikes to in Lucknow is given below.

      To : Royal Enfield (Tour of Tibet)
      F 285/286, Phase 2
      Transport Nagar
      Lucknow - 226012

    • On the Tour of Tibet with the high altitudes and adverse weather conditions, physical fitness is paramount. One of the important aspects of enjoying and completing the Tour of Tibet is your fitness level. There will be a fitness test held on 8th September in Kathmandu. During this test you will need to cover 5km jogging & 50 push-ups in 1 hour .

    • Pillion riders will be allowed. Please send an email to before you register for more information regarding this.

    • This trip is for riders and owners of a Royal Enfield motorcycle. Foreign Nationals can also join us for this ride, however there will need to be a minimum of 2 persons from a country.

    • Read the detailed FAQs HERE

1Girish Seth Bangalore
2Hide Okamoto Japan
3Zabeeh Afaque Uttar Pradesh
4Bharat Aggarwal Uttar Pradesh
5Sopan Joshi New Delhi
6Arnav Vidush New Delhi
7Aakash Ahuja Chennai
8Sachin Chavan Chennai
9Abhishek Gupta Agra
10Lucose Eralil Pune
12Avnish Malik Bangalore
13Sumit Sadana Bangalore
14Amit Sadana Bangalore
15Tony Kierath Perth