Stop dreaming and ride a motorcycle in the Himalayas

May 29, 2022

Wyprawa motocyklem w Himalaje uskrzydla. Piszemy to z pełnym przekonaniem. Himalaje to najwyższy łańcuch górski na Ziemi. Skłamalibyśmy jednak, pisząc, że to jedyny powód, który sprawia, że cieszymy się z powrotu w to miejsce.  Dzisiaj, chcemy pokazać Ci, jak wyglądają Himalaje z perspektywy dwóch kółek. Ten artykuł kierujemy do wszystkich miłośników motocyklowych przygód.

Bureaucracy is not that terrible


Face the Himalayas? Well, we have to start by tackling the bureaucracy. There is probably some unwritten rule in the universe that says time flows at its own pace in offices. Fortunately, everything is happening here in a relaxed atmosphere and the overall impression is positive. Just another anecdote to tell upon arrival.

Unfortunately, formalities cannot be avoided. Everyone who moves along the border area must have a special permit. This is a requirement for getting around Spiti and Lahaul. On the way, we will pass checkpoints and to be able to move on, it will be necessary to show permits.

landlajd w Himalajach

By motorcycle in the Himalayas can be exciting and safe


You probably associate Indian roads with chaos and a large number of vehicles. In the Himalayas, however, it is completely different. Yes, you have to be vigilant, because there are speeding trucks and military convoys. However, traffic is light and accidents are rare. Landslides are the biggest nuisance, fortunately they are quickly removed.

We travel lightly, we have a support car in which our luggage goes. In case of technical problems, an experienced mechanic comes with us too. The pace of weir is to ensure our safety, so we can fully devote ourselves to admiring the views.

And there is something to admire. We have 11 days of expedition ahead of us, Women-Only “Tylko dla Orlic”, up to 12 days for everyone as part of the Gravel Heroes segment, during which we will visit the most interesting places available on a motorcycle in the Himalayas.

himalajskie ciezarowki
samochód wsparcia MotoBirds

When traveling by motorcycle in the Himalayas, you will see amazing places


It’s really hard to choose what impresses here the most. Imagine the routes wandering through the valley floor, sky passes located above 5000 meters above sea level, roads turning into rock shelves, where it is hardly known whether it is better to go further or get off the motorcycle and soak up these amazing views. As if that was not enough, after every corner it is even more beautiful …

A lot for one trip? This is not even half of what you will see in the Himalayas. Emerald Lakes evoke endless admiration. The MotoBirds Team knows how to step up the tension, so we leave the most spectacular lake for the end. When everyone thinks it can’t be more beautiful, we go to see the Pangong Tso lake divided between India and China. Can you imagine how many “wow’s” and “aww’s” can be heard here?

In the Himalayas, we also face rivulets, streams and rivers by motorbike. This is a great opportunity to discover if you like off-road climates, or if you prefer to stick to a less troublesome road. A supportive group and amazing views are perfect circumstances to explore the limits of your travel possibilities.

jezioro Pangong Tso
wydmy w Himalajach

By motorcycle in the Himalayas, you move away from the beaten path


The Himalayas are more than just wonderful landscapes. They are also people who have cherished tradition for centuries. We visit small villages, far from the tourist routes. The inhabitants are friendly here. The language barrier does not bother anyone. Not only does the MotoBirds Team know 9 languages in total, we also use the help of a local guide. We get along without any problem.

By the way, we have to admit something to you. We were afraid whether the Indian cuisine in the poor Himalayan version would be liked by the participants of our expeditions. And you know what? There have been complaints, but only from people who thought that they would lose a few kilos during the tour.

Buddhist monasteries


With Orlice, we visit a friendly Buddhist monastery located in the vicinity of Keylong. It’s not easy to get there. The visit of the guests is a surprise for the nuns, because there is no contact with them on a daily basis. Thanks to this, we find them during their daily work. You can read more about this meeting with Buddhist nuns in the article that appeared recently on our blog “how it all began” HERE.

In the Himalayas by motorcycle, we travel around Little Tibet. The descendants of the Tibetans who settled in this area about 1000 years ago live here, so it is not surprising that there are Buddhist monasteries. One of the largest we visit is located at an altitude of over 4,000 meters above sea level. Key monastery. The view from it is in itself worth a trip to the other side of the world. By the way, a little curiosity, the monastery is one of the training centers for future lamas.

Do you like exploring the world from the inside out?


On a motorcycle expedition in the Himalayas, we get to know India from the other side, local and not “contaminated” with the Western pace of life. Here you can still find balance and slow down for a moment. We even managed to catch this atmosphere in our 26-minute film, so you can go ahead and see Orlice in the Himalayas.

It is beautiful here, although this part of India is stricter. However, it still delights with a riot of colors and fragrances. The challenge is height, because no one knows how you will react to it. That is why we have oxygen (O2) cylinders with us. Safety above all! The more so because it is on this expedition that we climb one of the highest passes – Khardung La.

przelecz Khardungla w Himalajach

In the Himalayas by motorcycle – we still have places


Finally, we throw in some links to our offer of motorcycle tours to the Himalayas.

The expedition leads through new roads, opened during the pandemic, so foreigners have not had many opportunities yet to ride them. You can feel like Marco Polo, only better because traveling the route on a motorcycle. Exciting, right?

This year, only Orlice (women only) will go on an expedition to the Himalayas in the Explorer version. Therefore, avid motorcyclists are invited to take a look at the offer HERE, before there will be no more places here.