The Himalaya: the ultimate challenge for any adventurous biker. Not just the tallest mountains but also the highest roads in the world; passes over 5300m, climbs of over 50kms and a 4500m descent.
Classic rides – Karakoram Highway (Islamabad, Pakistan to Kashgar, China); Manali–Leh (western Indian Himalaya); Leh–Srinagar (Ladakh and Kashmir); Spiti and Kinnaur (western Indian Himalaya, on the Tibetan border); Bhutan (Paro to Samdrup Jongkhar); Sikkim; Friendship Highway (Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal); plus Trans-Tibet routes: Kashgar to Lhasa and Lhasa to Zhongdian (Yunnan)
Pre-trip planning and choosing a bike – route options; when to go; getting there; visas and permits; costs and money; what to take; choosing and preparing a bike; health and safety
Route descriptions with detailed mapping – unique hand-drawn GPS maps show distances between villages, altitudes, places to eat and accommodation, water sources, fuel stations and points of interest along the way. Elevation profiles for each 100km section and route overview profiles to get you training!
Town guides – find a bed and a bite to eat in Islamabad, Kashgar, Manali, Leh, Srinagar, Shimla, Gangtok, Darjeeling, Lhasa, Shigatse, Kathmandu and Guwahati
Also includes motorcycling in northern India – since the level of practical detail required by cyclists will also appeal to motorcyclists a special section on northern India, the most popular area, is included.