Originally Posted by iand
Has anyone ever done an organised bike trip in the himalaya's?
just wondered if anyone could reccomend a specific tour or company they have experience of.
The Indian Himal loop (Manali, Leh Srinighar) is quite easy to do independently & it's easy to hook up with other riders. You can buy a bike for $500 to $1000, no real paperwork required or you can pay a lot more to rent.
Nepal is also quite easy independently. The Tibetian side is much more difficult , but can be done on a local bike (you'll be travelling illegallly) for cheap. A companies only offer sporadic trips from Nepal & they cost a fortune. Bhutan is likely impossible. If you are considering the entire Himalayan complex (adding the Karakoram, Hindu Kush and Parmir) you'll have your work cut out for you.
I'd be happy to tell you what I know if you can narrow it down and provide more details.
India Himal, 3mo,2x; Kazak/Krygyz/Tajik, 3 mo; Kashi-Lhasa, China 219! 6 wk; Nepal, 4 days/trekked 55; Santiago-Ushuia-Cusco, 7 mo; Peru, 3 mo; Chile-Medellin 3 mo; Medillin-Arica, 3 mo