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What do you mean with "very long day on bad roads"?

I'm planning the cross of Pakistan for october. Bike is a Honda CB500 (road bike).

Possible/unpleasant/highly unpleasant/impossible ??
The road from Zahedan (Iran) to Quetta is touchy. Some serious sand if you get unlucky. Don't skip the Karakorum highway, it's the highlight of the country.
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What do you mean with "very long day on bad roads"?

I'm planning the cross of Pakistan for october. Bike is a Honda CB500 (road bike).

Possible/unpleasant/highly unpleasant/impossible ??
Just like Sander we also did take the road from Quetta to Multan. It did take 15 houres driving on our BMW R1200GS, including some houres in the dark!
Staing overnight in i.e. Dera Ghazi Khan was not allowed becaurse of Talliban threads.

If you would like to know how the roads are between Quetta and Multan watch our movies on Going East - Home
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My partner Mick and I leave the UK 1 August to travel across Europe to Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and India, we aim to be in the Himalayas, especially Nepal and Bhutan by the end of September.

Hey Sue!

Me and my buddy are planning to leave İstanbul mid-end September and head to Nepal. And my highlight about this trip is Bhutan and Nepal like you. The time period of our trips is almost identical.. What a coincidence!..lol

İ am about to start my search for Bhutan Visa. But it seems that it is not so easy to get. Do you have any useful info about it?..
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ENTRY/EXIT REQUIREMENTS: Independent travel is not permitted in Bhutan. Visitors are required to book travel through a registered tour operator in Bhutan. This may be done directly or through a travel agent abroad. Further information, including a list of authorized tour operators in Bhutan, may be obtained from the Tourism Council of Bhutan, PO Box 126, Thimphu, Bhutan, telephone +975-2-323251, 2-323252, fax +975-2-323695. Entry by air is available only via India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Thailand. The border with China is closed. The minimum daily tariff is set by the Bhutanese Department of Tourism and cannot be negotiated. The rate includes all accommodations, all meals, transportation, services of licensed guides and porters, and cultural programs where and when available.

[applies to all nationalities, except maybe Indian]

....[or]...
Travelers’ Information - Tourism Council of Bhutan - Official Website

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Thanks for the great info Courtfisher.

İ ve heard that daily cost of entry is between 150-250$ for Bhutan. That means a 1 week visit cost at least 1000 maybe 1500$..


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Tires in Pakistan

BTW, does anybody has informations about getting tires in Pakistan, especially in Islamabad?
Well, I dont' think about Pirelli MT21 (but would be great), but anything else, that gets us further on to Nepal...

@Vander: Looks that our time schedule is pretty similar, so perhaps we meet somewhere in the dust...

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BTW, does anybody has informations about getting tires in Pakistan, especially in Islamabad?
Well, I dont' think about Pirelli MT21 (but would be great), but anything else, that gets us further on to Nepal...

@Vander: Looks that our time schedule is pretty similar, so perhaps we meet somewhere in the dust...

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For what it's worth.. I put on a new set of Metzler P2 on in Holland, bought a spare in Turkey and didn't use the spare till Cambodia. Next time, I would not take a spare. You can get a spare in Islamabad if needed.
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@Vander: Looks that our time schedule is pretty similar, so perhaps we meet somewhere in the dust...
My plan is to be "prepared" for Pakistan somewhen early to mid october. Would be great to join somebody there

But I have to say that unless the situation stops deteriorating I will seriously consider to ship the bike from Iran to India or directly to SE Asia. I posted some questions about it in the regional forum.

Thing is, I don't have a concrete place to go or to vist that is completely decided, I just want to be ridding around for 2-3 months and the typical european destination doesn't fulfill my biking ambitions and dreams + now I have the time and budget needed (more of the first than of the second).
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Hey Sue!

Me and my buddy are planning to leave İstanbul mid-end September and head to Nepal. And my highlight about this trip is Bhutan and Nepal like you. The time period of our trips is almost identical.. What a coincidence!..lol

İ am about to start my search for Bhutan Visa. But it seems that it is not so easy to get. Do you have any useful info about it?..
Big celebrations Iran Visa numbers obtained today, we'll be on our way as planned.

Regarding your query re Bhutan we met the guy from Himalayan Advenures at the 'bike show last year and he says he can help us with entry in to Bhutan. This will probably mean us doing a 'tour' with him with paid guide(s) still thrashing this out, will let you know how we get on, maybe if more were to go it would work out cheaper?

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Big celebrations Iran Visa numbers obtained today, we'll be on our way as planned.

Regarding your query re Bhutan we met the guy from Himalayan Advenures at the 'bike show last year and he says he can help us with entry in to Bhutan. This will probably mean us doing a 'tour' with him with paid guide(s) still thrashing this out, will let you know how we get on, maybe if more were to go it would work out cheaper?

Sue

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Cong for your iran visa.

But as i heard from news couple of days ago, İran closed the border with Pakistan due to security problems. i hope this situation dont last too long. Otherwise our iran-pakistan-india route will become a dream.

About Bhutan;

Just mailed a guy from a tour operator in Bhutan and he said that Bhutan government fixed tour prices. He gave me a discount price of 190$/day..This includes all accomodation,foods,permits,healt thingies and a support vehicle.

i am gonna mail a couple og operators too. Maybe i can catch a better price..


i ll let u know.


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Cong for your iran visa.

But as i heard from news couple of days ago, İran closed the border with Pakistan due to security problems. i hope this situation dont last too long. Otherwise our iran-pakistan-india route will become a dream.

About Bhutan;

Just mailed a guy from a tour operator in Bhutan and he said that Bhutan government fixed tour prices. He gave me a discount price of 190$/day..This includes all accomodation,foods,permits,healt thingies and a support vehicle.

i am gonna mail a couple og operators too. Maybe i can catch a better price..


i ll let u know.


Mehmet
Try this guy:

Kinley Tshering
Himalayan Adventures
PO BOX 1436 Thimphu
Kingdom of Bhutan
Email. adventure@druknet.bt :
adventure1@druknet.bt
Tel. ++975 2 328829 (off) 322310 pvt.
Fax. ++975 2 328830
Mobile. 975 17603514
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Bhutan

Hi,

Friends of mine are currently in Bhutan, then will travel onto Nepal and China.
You can find their details and perhaps contact them on http://osp.kw.blogspot.com and look under tracking for their maps.

Hope this helps.

I shall be leaving Kuwait for Iran on Thurs 18th June and hope to enter Pakistan 1 week later.

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Mombassa..

Thank you about info for Bhutan tour guy. i will contact him and we ll see what can he do..

heavens angel..

i checked the blog of your friend's but it seems that it doesnt exist right now.

i ll check later. Maybe they couldnt have find time to update..
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Sorry that website address should be
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Hi Brain Marie

Just found your posts on Hubb, very good, information on times from one place to another.

Started reading your website, photos great, hope to be leaving for India, around end of Feb 2010.

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