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Published on : Wednesday, May 4, 2016
A rough Himalayan track hewn into the side of vertical cliffs in Kashmir – billed as one of the world’s hairiest roads – will host its first-ever motorcycle tour group this July when Nomadic Knights forges a new hardcore adventure trip into the far north-west of India.
Dubbed ‘The Cliffhanger’, the spine-tingling track from Killar to Kishtwar traces a narrow and rudimentary route high above a gushing river in the remote Pangi Valley in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. As the first motorbike adventure company to take riders along the Himalyan route as part of its new ‘Roof of India – the Recce’ tour from July 30 to August 13 this year, Nomadic Knights is restricting participants to experienced riders up for a wild and challenging adventure.
“This trip will be our toughest but most exciting tour yet,” said Nomadic Knights Managing Director, Alex Pirie. “This will be a recce trip for us but I am inviting along daring souls from Australia – and there are a lot of them – who want an adventure in its purest form as none of us have ridden this route before. We won’t know what lies ahead but we will be prepared as we will have our experienced team and all our food, tents, fuel and water with us for the three days that we’ll spend on the most challenging part of the route,” he said.
The 14-night tour leaves the northern Indian city of Chandigarh on July 30, 2016, and take riders on 500cc Royal Enfield Bullets for a 2100km circuit through the Indian Himalayas along some of India’s loneliest and the world’s most spectacular roads.
Along the way riders will explore high-altitude deserts, glacier-gouged gorges and lunar-like valleys, visit remote villages and temples in far northern India and ride over mountain passes up to 5.5km high. They will be riding in the land of wild snow leopards, bears, yak and ibex and stay in luxury Arabian-style tents with campfires at night or local hotels.
The Roof of India tour takes in rarely visited territory in Jammu and Kasmir and includes the second and third highest road passes in the world – both over 5000m high. A day of white-water rafting on the Zanskar River is also included as is a stay in Kargil near the Pakistan border.