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    Himalayan Odyssey '06: Official Notice

    Wednesday, May 10, 2006

    Hey, like I told you (here), it's back. And it looks like it packs a new punch. Because it is cheaper!

    Yes, the price is Rs 10,000, and now includes two days stay in Delhi at the two ends of the trip, one each. However, please note, fuel is not included. I spoke to the organiser, who tells me, that like last year, they won't say no to couples (married or seeing each other), but two chaps on one bike are a strict no-no. Disco rules apply. It seems after a few days, the chap riding pillion just wants to occupy the seat in the backup car, which is just a strain on the organisers. Fair enough, I say.

    The full official notice, with pics is below; A daily itinerary is here

    A massive18,350 feet high
    An exciting 2500km trip
    A lifetime of memories
    And friends for life

    The Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey this year will be flagged off from Delhi on the 24th and 25th of June. This adventure trip will cover approximately 2500km over 14 days in some of the roughest terrains, breathtaking corners, and highest mountain passes in the world.

    The Odyssey will leave from delhi and then halt over night at the garden city of Chandigarh before proceeding into the lap of the hills for an overnight halt at Manali at a scenic camp next to the beas river instead of the congestin of the honeymoon paradise. The 300 odd kilometers between Chandigarh and Manali are a bikers paradise with scenic views of the hills and fantastic riding roads. But Manali is where the picnic ends and the expedition begins. From here on the he riders will cross over the snow filled Rothang pass leaving behind the soothing Himachal greenery to embrace the stark desert landscape of the Keylong region. Again there will be the scenic landscape of the Tupchiling camp near Tandi, but the air will be a lot more colder and riders will already have started feeling the effects of the rarefied air at this altitude.

    Day four will see the riders cross the notorious Baralach La. To glimps a view of the magnificent Suraj tal and rest in the breath taking Sarchu Valley. There will be ample time to discuss the origins of life, as well as the the journey just completed, and the road ahead. Here the winds adds its own sting to the cold. For those who get seasoned by now, day – 5 from Sarchu to Debring should be quite an easy ride except for the stretch near Pang which can be quite dusty at times. This is the time when the mettle of the riders is really tested as Debring is the highest halt in this entire trip. Located on the extremely windy more plains, the camp at debring is located about 7km from the main road. The setting is scenic and the spectacular Tso Kar is just a stone's throw away.

    By the morning of day six the worst is nearly over, if the rider is fit and standing he only has to contend with the mighty height of Tanglang La – the second highest motorable road in the world, after which it is a gentle cruise to Leh, the capital city of Ladakh. There is a lot to see in Leh and the four nights might not be enough but the highlight of the event is the ride to Khardung La – the worlds Highest Motorable road. This gives the royal Enfield riders a sense of achievement which nobody can take away from them. To a Royal Enfield rider Ladakh is like a pilgrimage that a rider should do at least once in a lifetime.

    The return route is the same just that the stop over at Tupchiling is eliminated and riders will proceed straight to Manali covering two days distance in one day.

    The upward journey is split into smaller sections to enable riders to acclimatise better to the lofty heights of Ladakh.

    We have expert and experienced pilots to guide the group in various areas of bike riding and coping with the weather and terrain. We also have qualified doctors traveling with the group. And to take care of the bike health we also have a team of mechanics traveling with the group. If you are an experienced rider you will find enough excitement to thrill you and if you are hesitating because of your inexperience or discomfort with various aspects of this epic journey this is the trip to be on. The pilots will guide you through the course and their knowledge and your experience will help you be more at comfort with your Royal Enfield.

    The journey is extreme in nature and lot of preparation is required for both bike and rider. Health and stamina is always an advantage both for the bike and the rider. At high altitudes both bike and riders are faced with a drop in power output due to the lack of oxygen. Hence an unfit bike or poor preparation in terms of equipment and clothing only worsens the situation. The Royal Enfield Himalayan Odyssey is organised by Royal Enfield every year and although the organisors take every precaution to ensure safety, a journey over such epic proportions is not without its risk factor. Perhaps that is what makes it so exciting.

    Helmets (preferably full face with clear visor) are compulsory and adequate winter clothing and riding gear are essential.

    For any further details or clarifications:
    Log on to www.royalenfield.com

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