It’s that time of the year when Royal Enfield motorcyclists rededicate themselves to the road as they gear up to conquer one of the most challenging and adventurous terrains in the world at – The Royal Enfield the Himalayan Odyssey. The Himalayan Odyssey – the holy grail of all motorcycle rides begins on June 21, 2014 and remains one of the most cherished and revered motorcycle journey in the world.
Now in its 11th edition this year this holy grail of all motorcycle rides in India will take you through three mountain ranges, six passes – reaching a dizzying peak at 18,380 feet on Khardung La establishing a very different level of thrill and adventure. This year, 70 riders will ride their Royal Enfield motorcycles to Khardung La – the world’s highest motorable road at 18,379 ft in one of the most arduous motorcycle journeys. These motorcyclists will ride for 17 days covering more than 2500 kilometres and battling the treacherous terrains in the most majestic locations of Himalayas that include Parwanoo, Narkanda, Kalpa, Kaza, Keylong, Sarchu and Leh.
Every year, hundreds of Royal Enfield motorcyclists ride up to the Himalayas between the months of May and August. The Himalayan odyssey is the full circle; it’s like 365 days packed into 1 trip. Start off with sweltering heat in the plains on 6 lane highways. Gradually enter into the hilly areas with tantalising curves with a high possibility of getting lashed by the monsoon showers. Each mountain pass exposes you to a different landscape which keeps getting more and more desolate and by the time you start appreciating the romanticism you reach Leh which is like an oasis. The Nubra valley exposes you to a more gentle and idyllic form of Ladakh while the Spiti valley open up another dimension altogether.