FAQs

Tour Types

  • Guided Tour
    Guided tours come in two “flavours”, Fixed Departure and À La Carte.  Both include a guide, backup vehicle, mechanic and bookings in a combination of hotels, guest houses and deluxe camping, depending on the tour and availability of accommodation per area and meals.

    • Fixed Departures occur on the date specified on our website for the selected tour.
    • À La Carte is the selected tour, but at a date which is suitable to the Rider / Client.
  • Tailor Made Tour
    An existing itinerary is changed to meet your requirements and comes complete with a guide.
  • Self-Guided
    This is not a fully organized tour, therefore you are entirely on your own in managing your departures, pace and breaks.  Self-ride tours will automatically include motorbikes and spare parts.  Mechanic assistance and a backup van can be arranged on additional request.  Self-ride expeditions are not meant for motorbike beginners or first time travellers.  MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITIONS ADVENTURE TOUR Pvt Ltd seriously ONLY recommends this option for motorbike experts and globe trotters.  In deciding to travel on your own, you take greater risks than in joining a tour with a guide.

Considerations on Tours

  • Levels of Difficulty
    Each itinerary is marked with a difficulty level and the detail will also give you an idea of the road conditions.  The tours in the Himalayas generally require more skill from the riders and are less pillion friendly.  Our tours range from predominantly tarred to exhilaratingly off-road with some exciting mixes in between.  Should you be unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us and enquire for more details.
  • To Pillion or Not to Pillion …
    Southern India, Rajasthan, Sri Lanka and Thailand are definitely pillion friendly.
    Please contact us about the Himalayan tours should you wish to bring a pillion on those, since these routes are more demanding from riders.
    In Mongolia, it depends on the bike you book, since the KTMs don’t have pillion fixtures, but the Royal Enfields do.
  • Speed of Travel
    It’s a tour, not a race, please be considerate of the group and the laws, people and animals of the country while on tour and ride accordingly.
  • What to Pack
    Please click to browse the detailed list with items to pack for your adventure.
  • What happens on Rest Days
    Once at a location, your time is your own, so please feel free to do as you wish off-bike.  Your guide will be able to suggest some leisure activities.
  • Size of Groups
    Although we have taken larger groups of 25 riders on tour in the past, our preferred group size is around 10 – 15.  See itineraries for specific numbers per trip.

Important Documents

  • Passport (* required)
    A valid passport with an expiry date of at least 6 months after the end of the tour is required.
  • Visa (* required)
    Visas are required for every country visited.

    • Bhutan
      Please acquire a multiple-entry Indian Visa to be allowed into Delhi.  Motorcycle Expeditions will arrange your Bhutan Visa with a photocopy of your passport and 3 passport photos.  Confirmed reservations and funds are required due to Bhutan tourism laws.
    • India
      To enter and travel in India, you only require a ‘single entry Indian Tourist Visa’.  These are valid for up to 6 months and are obtained from the Indian Consular Visa Service http://vfsglobal.com/.  Select your language, India and your country on the left of the screen, to obtain more information on acquiring an Indian Visa.
      We do NOT recommend eVisa, since those do not guarantee permits required for your travels into the remote areas of India.
    • Mongolia
      Riders need to apply for their own Mongolian visas beforehand.
    • Nepal
      On-Entry visas are valid for 60 days and can be renewed either in Kathmandu or Pokhara for an additional 1 month visa, up to 150 days (5 months) per calendar year.  The charge at any of the border crossings is US$40 per month.  The renewal visa will cost US$60 for 1 month.
    • Sri Lanka
      ETA (Electronic Travel Authorisation) is a requirement and you can either acquire it online or for a bit extra, on arrival at the airport.  Please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more details.
    • Thailand / Laos
      Visa policies are fairly open and convenient.  Please consult your local Thailand and Laos embassies to establish the required steps.
    • Tibet
      For Tibet Tours originating in either Tibet or Nepal, we will arrange the necessary paperwork – Tibet Group Permit, Temporary Vehicle License, and any onward Visas for guests wishing to enter China from Tibet.  Guests must submit the necessary documents for Tibet Tours two months in advance of a Tour Start Date.
  • Motorbike Licence (* required)
    It’s compulsory, please bring it.
  • International Driving Permit (* required)
    This is also a compulsory document.  Apply at your local Automobile Association office.  Please send details of the IDP to MOTORCYCLE EXPEDITIONS ADVENTURE TOUR Pvt Ltd before the time if you’re booked for a Sri Lanka tour, so we can apply for a temporary local permit.
  • Travel Insurance (* required)
    A valid travel insurance policy which covers your personal health, repatriation, belongings and covers you for riding a large capacity motorcycle for transport.  Please print off a copy for safe keeping during your tour / travels.  Riders are requested to hand over the insurance numbers and addresses to our guide.  Should your Travel Insurance not be adequate to cover you, please top up with Medical Insurance.
  • Other Important Documents
    • Spare passport photographs, for Permits and SIM card purchases.
    • Photocopies of your Passport and Visa page, for Permits and SIM card purchases.
    • Important telephone numbers e.g. Credit Card Company contact number (in case of loss or theft).

How Much and What Currency

  • Suggested Spending Money
    The equivalent of about USD250-600 for drinks, extra meals, shopping and tips on the way should suffice.
  • Bank Cards
    ATMs (cash machines / dispensers) are becoming increasingly popular in the cities and bigger towns, but ensure you have cash on you.
  • Tips
    USD100 per person at the end of the tour, presented to the crew and then will be split amongst them.
  • Currencies to bring
    USD Dollars, EUR Euros and AUD Australian Dollars are all valid currencies and can be exchanged in all main centres.  Please be aware that once we go off the beaten track, only local cash will be accepted, so exchanges need to occur in the main centres.

Arrival and Departure

  • Arriving Early
    Planning to arrive a day before your tour starts, gives you time to rest and acclimatise to local conditions, especially the high altitude destinations, such as Leh in Ladakh at 3500m.  Onward flights to Leh normally connect quite well with international flights to Delhi.  Please let us know and we can arrange to collect you from the airport and book hotel rooms for you.
  • Arrivals at the Airport
    Send us the arrival / departure flight details of each rider, so that we can arrange their transfers between the airport and hotel.  Our representative will meet you at airport and transfer you to your hotel even if you are arriving with different flights.
  • Independent Transfer to Booked Hotel on Arrival
    Should you wish to make your own way to the booked hotel, we strongly advise you to use only Government Registered Taxis, particularly when arriving in India.
  • Luggage
    Your luggage will be carried by the backup vehicle.  Should you desire, you can carry a small backpack for your immediate valuables: wallet, camera, 1 set of clean underwear.
  • Extending your Trip
    We are able to help with accommodation and travel plans should you plan to stay in India for some time after your tour.  If you have questions about anything, please ask!

Payment

  • Deposit
    Once your online booking is received, your 30% deposit should reach us within 7 days of making the booking and the remaining 70% should reach us two months prior to departure date of the tour.
  • Security Deposit
    A USD300 deposit is required prior to the motorcycle assignment and this deposit can be paid in cash or via credit card authorization at the start of the tour.  This is to cover accidental damages to the motorcycle.  This amount will be returned or not withdrawn from your credit card (depending on payment method), should there be no damages to the motorcycle.
  • Single Supplement
    All accommodation is on same sex twin-sharing (couples double-room) basis.  Sometimes there might a single occupancy in a double room.  Single rooms can be provided on single supplement costs.
  • Cancellation
    If you need to cancel, please do so in writing. If your cancellation is received:

    • More than eight weeks before your departure date, 30% of your deposit will be refunded.
    • More than 5 months prior to the trip – 100% of the Deposit returned to you plus any Balance you may have paid
    • 3 – 5 months prior to the trip – 70% of the Deposit returned to you plus any Balance you may have paid
    • Within 3 months of the trip start – 50% of the Deposit returned to you plus any Balance you may have paid
    • Within 1 month of the trip start – 0% of the entire payment returned to you

Food and Accommodation

  • Food and Beverages
    • We are very conscious about catering and aim to dish up hygienic cuisine on our motorbike tours.  Sometimes we ride well off the beaten tracks, where we will eat local and as much as it’s incredible delight to the palate and an authentic and a wonderful experience, it might not meet European standards.
    • We will dine in hotels if that’s the accommodation for the night.
    • Our efficient kitchen crews are always ready to serve you five star cuisines at high altitudes, during the expeditions.
    • Should you have any special requirement e.g. vegetarian or food allergies, please discuss this with us in advance, so we can arrange accordingly.
    • Water bottles (1 L) are always provided by the backup jeep during road trips
    • Consumption of high degree alcohol is prohibited during riding time and also not beneficial for oxygen absorption / levels at high altitude, but evenings are full of chit-chat and rum punch to knock out the fatigue of the day.
  • Accommodation on Tours
    Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels and guesthouses to deluxe camping, depending on availability in the area.  All accommodation is on same sex twin-sharing (couples double-room) basis.  Sometimes there might a single occupancy in a double room.  Single rooms can be provided on single supplement costs.

Up in the Ether / Connection to the World

  • Wi-Fi, Internet and Phone Signal
    There should be Wi-Fi in most hotels and guest houses.  On some tours into the Himalayas, we may be off-line for a day or 2 though.
    Mongolia is the exception since there is only Wi-Fi and phone signal in Ulaanbaatar.  Once the ride starts, connection to the virtual world takes a back-seat…  Welcome to sweet, breathtaking, reality!
  • Communications
    Satellite phones and [2 way] radio transceivers (walkie talkies) are fobidden by law in the Bhutanese, Indian and Tibetan Himalayan regions, which incorporates all our Himalayan tours.  For this reason, we keep basic medication to assist us in getting patients to the nearest army or public hospital in the event of an emergency.

Your Health

  • Personal Insurance
    A valid travel / medical insurance policy which covers your personal health, repatriation, belongings and covers you for riding a large capacity motorcycle (and high altitude in the case of Himalayan trips) for transport.  Please print off a copy for safe keeping during your tour / travels.  Riders are requested to hand over the insurance numbers and addresses to our guide.
  • Physical Fitness
    You need to be fit enough.  Bike tours are physically demanding, even the "easy" ones and especially the tours through the High Himalayas.
  • Vaccinations
    No vaccinations are required for any of the tours, but for your own peace of mind and safety, please check with your personal physician or local travel clinic.
  • Tired or Unwell
    If you are unwell on a riding day, you may ride in the support vehicle, assuming we have one with us.  The mechanic will ride your bike until you are fit to ride again.
  • Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) or Altitude Sickness
    Acute Mountain (High Altitude) Sickness is a risk on the High Himalayan tours.  Please check yourself for symptoms such as difficulty sleeping, dizziness or light-headedness, fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, rapid pulse (heart rate), shortness of breath with exertion.  Your guide, being local, will be very knowledgeable on AMS and how to treat it and there will be Diamox and Oxygen Cylinders in the backup van, with the First Aid Kit.  Feel free to bring your own Diamox.   Some ways to avoid AMS however are to drink plenty of fluids (water), avoid alcohol, chew coca leaves and eat regular meals containing carbohydrates.  Riders with heart or lung disease have to check with your physician before attempting to go to high altitudes.
  • Insect Bites
    Mosquitos have a presence in Southern India (Kerala, Rajasthan), Mongolia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.  You can bring your own mosquito repellents, although there should also be some for sale at each of these destinations in the big cities and towns.  There may not be time to acquire these though.
  • Age group of Riders
    People of all ages are welcome to join our tours, but more important than age, is your physical health and strength.  Please get a doctors’ bill of health, especially for the high passes – Himalayas / Nepal.

Emergencies

  • Prevention
    • Safety is always a foremost priority, which is why we always wear helmets and armoured riding gear and ensure a minimum ‘2 Second Rule’ keeping a safe distance between riders.
    • If you are unwell on a ride day, you may ride in the support vehicle, assuming we have one with us and even for 2+ riders, the mechanic will ride your bike until you are fit to ride again.
  • Insurance
    • Nobody wants to get hurt or injured on a tour, but accidents do sometimes happen.  You should have a travel insurance policy that is sufficient for your personal health / medicinal needs and covers hospitalisation or repatriation.
    • In remote locations, there will be no mobile signal and helicopter recovery service and ambulances may not be available.  The tour leader will ensure that the best possible evacuation / services are provided according to local availability.  Be aware that your insurance may cover helicopter rescue, but that we may have to send a messenger back down the road for one day to find a telephone that works in order to summon one, assuming the nearest helicopter is in working order – this would be the case on the more remote excursions in the mountains.
    • We request riders to provide an alternative emergency contact and in the unfortunate event that anything serious should happen to you, we will inform this alternative contact of your condition as soon as possible.