Across the plains of Assam to the jungles of Meghalaya. Tea gardens, rice paddies, huge rivers and the wettest place on earth. Riding unsupported for flexibility, often on minor, frontier roads, sometimes on riverboats across unbridged rivers. Meet with tribal families in Ziro, occasionally the accommodation can be basic.
Tour Start & Finish at Guwahati, Assam, India
Tour Duration 22 days
Tour Months Mar to Apr, Sep to Nov
See Terms for complete list of Includes and Excludes.
A route that moves gently between from the mainstream to the remote. It climbs hill roads, and descends deep escarpments, from tea garden to tropical jungle. It’s a trip of discovery and by default comes adventure. Meet tribal people who praise the ‘sun and moon’. Go tribal and stay with their families. Beyond Ziro with its festival of tribal lifestyle, towns take on a ‘frontier feel’. Development is coming, slowly.
Pasighat is a town with a ‘Frontier Feel’. …roads and government buildings, uncared for since the Britishers left. Early morning ride 30kms to the Brahmaputra, pebbly beach, up a steep narrow plank and loaded on board a Brahmaputra riverboat. Next stop Dibrugarh.
On Expedition we ride without jeep or mechanic support and stick to a loosely planned route, explore smaller local roads and tracks and spend time with locals. South of the Brahmaputra we ride downstream and relax in the peace of the riverside Kaziranga National Park before riding on to Assam’s capital Guwahati. It’s our last night stop before waving you off from Guwahati’s well connected airport, onwards home.
Sights to Behold
Huge Rivers – Wildlife – Hill Stations
Steamy Jungle – Tribal life – Village Kings
Landslides – Mud roads – River crossings
Broken roads – River Steamboats
Government Rest Houses – Basic hotels
Simple guest houses
Culture & Customs
Animist – Catholic – Buddhist
Donyo Polo – Adoni – Nishi
Day 1 : Guwahati
Day 2 : Cherrapungee
Day 3 : Cherrapungee - Rest/Trek Day
Day 4 : Shillong
Day 5 : Tezpur
Day 6 : Balukpong/Bomdila
Day 7 : Tawang
Day 8 : Seppa
Day 9 : Itanagar
Day 10 : Hapoli
Day 11 : Hapoli - Rest Day
Day 12 : Daporijo
Day 13 : Along
Day 14 : Menchuka
Day 15 : Along
Day 16 : Pasighat
Day 17 : Dibrugarh - Short Day ride
Day 18 : Mokukchung
Day 19 : Kohima NH61
Day 20 : Imphal
Day 21 : Dimapur
Day 22 : Guwahati
Tour Prices Include…
Motorcycle including fuel, oil, maintenance & spares.
A Jeep as a support vehicle with driver.
Royal Enfield mechanic and spares where required.
Road Captain/Tour Guide.
All domestic transfers.
All hotel accommodation for the Tour dates (unless otherwise arranged).
All meals whilst at a hotel / lodge / camp. Typically Breakfast and Dinner.
Restricted Area Permits, where required.
Road Book notes and area maps, with en-route contact details.
First-Aid Boxes are carried in the support vehicle and with the Tour Guide.
Expedition Luggage: 2 Panniers, Tank Bags (by request) and 1 Holdall for accumulated stuff*.
*Luggage can be carried in the support vehicle.
Tour Prices Do Not Include…
International Flights / Excess baggage charges.
International Airport departure taxes, airline fuel surcharges.
Visa (Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.)
Personal Travel Insurance.
Lunch. Lunch is usually a “Road Experience” and is either paid for by yourself or a ‘group kitty’.
Entrance fees to national parks, monuments and sites of historic interest.
Hotel bar and snack bills, bottled drinking water.
Vaccinations and medicine.
Laundry service, tips, room service, porters, telephone and fax calls.
Single Accommodation supplement for each tour day is £70.