Documenting a motorbike adventure in the Himalayas

I love motorbiking. I have recently returned from the Himalayas where I was documenting a 1400km journey made by over 30 people on 350cc Royal Enfield Bullets. The landscape was literally out of this world. We road to a height of 18,340ft. If you would like to see the book I made of this incredible adventure click on this link… http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/2526661  The adventure was organised by http://www.endurohimalaya.com

About iaincrockart

Professional photographer who also documents adventures from the seat of a motorbike.
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118 Responses to Documenting a motorbike adventure in the Himalayas

  1. iedarla says:

    What can I say…? WOW now that’s some ride!

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  2. I have saved your link for viewing latter. It sounds awesome. The beginning black and white photos are wonderful. Blessings and safety in your future journeys.

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  3. Strong images – will look out your book. Many thanks for the post

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  4. Lakia Gordon says:

    Really awesome photos of your experiences.

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  5. Rae says:

    Wow, looks like an amazing way to explore the Himalayans!

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  6. mrsbr says:

    What an amazing way to explore this beautiful part of the world. Amazing photos too!

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  7. I love your adventure in photographs. Its not often that I get to take a visual journey in the Himalayas, thank you. Peace

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  8. What wonderful sights. Looks very harsh there in terms of the landscape. Wouldn’t want to break down out there. Thanks for sharing these photos. Connie
    http://7thandvine.wordpress.com/

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  9. shil says:

    The Himalayas are gorgeous, aren’t they ? Scores of people hike the beautiful mountains. They are truly spectacular. You have beautifully captured them here. 🙂

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  10. really, absolutely WOW! I have this dream in mind of crossing north-south Japan by motorbike, but this…. this definitely will be added to my list!

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  11. gauravpandhi says:

    hey..I am from India and I try traveling to Leh every year. Yes, the place is outof this world. Last year (2011) I couldn’t complete the journey and was stuck mid-way and had to return..I have copied your link for further reading and will surely comment back again!

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  12. I just checked out the book btw, great job really!

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  13. WOW! Those pictures are incredible. The title caught my eye, and I am glad I stopped in to take a look. I cannot even imagine the thrill of such a ride in the Himalayas. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow, I want to go there. But where in the Himalayas is it?

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  15. Love the first and second photo! Definitely on my list of places to see!

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  16. valentinedee says:

    Fantastic is the only word I can think to describe your pictures. wow.

    val

    http://valentinedefrancis.wordpress.com

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  17. Were you in Jomson by any chance? The geography looks hauntingly familiar as I hiked from Jomson to the bottom of the La Thorong pass setting up medical clinics along the way. Great photos and of course, you had stunning scenery to work with!

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  18. Yatin says:

    There’s a reason why they are called mighty Himalayas, the final frontier! I have been to those terrain, not on a bike though, and you are correct the landscape is completely out of this world, weather could be hostile too, I am sure you must have got a taste of it too. I’ll check out your complete adventure on the link posted.

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  19. Awesome photos! sounds like an amazing adventure

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  20. Geoff says:

    These images are spectacular, very nice.

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  21. The Hook says:

    Incredible shots! Desolate, moving and just plain cool!

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  22. Some Yankee says:

    Looks like a killer adventure. Please enable your links so I can click on them.

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  23. Fantastic. How’d the Indian army treat you at the high passes?

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  24. johnstinson says:

    That. Is. Awesome.

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  25. BeckHart says:

    My husband and I both ride. He recently became an riding instructor. I wonder if we’ll ever fit in a ride like this! That would be awesome.

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  26. mas Gagah says:

    Beatifull !!!, can I download this? 🙂

    found you at Freshly Pressed
    http://herbalpasutriharmoni.wordpress.com

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  27. The pictures you took ara extremely BEAUTIFUL … I love the color black and white of the first and the second picture….

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  28. Congratulations! Your book looks fantastic, and what an amazing journey. My parents have just done Royal Enfield ride through India and Nepal – your book will be their next gift if can source it in NZ!

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  29. Amazing photos and what a journey! Very inspiring.

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  30. Angelene @Languages Of Art says:

    Oh my goodness, WOW!

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  31. smudgeon says:

    I’ve always wanted to motorbike the karakoram highway. however, I don’t even know how to ride a motorbike, so I am happy to live vicariously through your photography!

    Which is most excellent, by the way.

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  32. Love the detail in the middle B&W. Nice shot.

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  33. Hoo Sze Ling says:

    Man …. I gotta get myself a motorbike licence! This year is it!!!

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  34. Ammon says:

    Wow! Gorgeous pictures–how many photos did you snap on your ride?

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  35. Wow, what a journey! Your photos are amazing.

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  36. Himalayas has been one of the most isolated place on earth and those are the best places I want to visit someday. I never had left my hometown country Philippines before but wishing I could tour around the world. Amazing shot!

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  37. drbusinesstech says:

    True beauty can only be experience by motorbike. As an avid rider myself, nothing could take away the inner peace experienced while on a motorbike. While I have never experience world travels, I have discovered local treasures that many miss through normal travel methods. The wonders of this world can only be truly experienced with wind rushing through your hair…

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  38. I have been to the Himalayas. Once before and then after marriage. First time for a trek, the second time it was more of a trip. Wonderful place to shoot. Especially the upper reaches – Leh, Ladakh, and the Kashmir Valley.

    Nice snaps. Keep up the good work and the travel.

    Greetings
    Salil
    http://morpheachweek.wordpress.com
    Connect via – http://facebook.com/morpheachweekprojekt

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  39. Listener says:

    AMAZING. You are my hero.

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  40. abichica says:

    wooww!! beautiful amazing pictures.. i always love black and white pictures, and these ones show so much emotion.. 🙂

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  41. Very nice photography!

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  42. I miss my Enfield Bullet! Rode around on one in India some years back. Great experience!

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  43. Crazy people make world life truly interesting! Good job! 😉

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  44. Endless Trax says:

    Wish I was there on my bike. Beautiful photos.

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  45. Rosy says:

    Wow!! its a great experience to drive Royal Enfield bullets and journey to himalays…..very adventurous and dangerous journey.

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  46. Eeshan says:

    Beautiful! Mountains in the clouds!

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  47. Amazing! what an adventure! The Himalayas looks overwhelming, as usual!

    Vishwas
    http://www.writechoice.co.in/

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  48. Carlie Chew says:

    Wow! What incredible pictures. Sounds like quite the journey.

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  49. ooh la la! sounds so thrilling! even the pics are giving me an exciting feeling about the whole landscape. you must’ve had so much fun!

    http://javeriyasayeed.wordpress.com/

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  50. Chaks says:

    very great adventure and the photos are really wonderful.

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  51. Zenwalker says:

    Truly haimalayas are the greatest wonders of the earth. I recently did a trekking in himalayas (sarpass) and it was amazing. Have written a blog post on the same.

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  52. Tim says:

    Ah I’m jealous! I’ve always wanted to take a trip like that, and your pics are amazing looking.And nice choice on the bullet, it’s one of my fave bikes.

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  53. thorsaurus says:

    Wow. I’m not familiar with the “Bullet”. At 18000 ft. did it mess with the fuel mixture? Are they injected? Your pictures are wonderful, truly transporting.

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  54. Ashesh says:

    Extremely beautiful images, will love to read the book too.
    Many thanks.

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  55. anotherphotonoob says:

    sounds like quite a trip

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  56. carlo says:

    I have been crossing that piece of the world a few years ago on a bmw and that’s where I met my friend Chris, an anthorpologist from Dundee, Scotland, who is still organizing trips from Delhi to Leh across the Himalaya on sturdy Royal Enfield motorbike. i agree with you: those places make you feel on another planet. I am happy you are sharing these beautiful pictures.
    All the best,

    Carlo

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  57. drusillah says:

    Wow, that must have been so cool… My boyfriend has been talking about a motorbike trip. I’m sure he would enjoy reading about your adventure 🙂

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  58. wonderful post…love the rock!

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  59. Absolutely stunning! Haven’t yet viewed your link, but will do so next. Are you planning to write about your experiences? I’m incredibly interested to learn some of the life lessons that you must have undoubtedly encountered. The people there are rich with wisdom and grace and it seems impossible to return without a wealth of knowledge. Well done you!

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  60. Ah, it seems if I had simply clicked on the link prior to shooting my mouth off I wouldn’t look like such an idiot. Will definitely be buying your book. 🙂

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  61. madisoncary says:

    incredible!

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  62. am following your pics,..

    -rD

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  63. mahmad says:

    llll

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  64. I would love to see more of these amazing pictures, keep it up!

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  65. Julio Munar says:

    Great photos! Job well done! =)

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  66. Grace says:

    Again I demand it:) and I’m going

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  67. In a word? Amazing.

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  68. Great! I absolutely love the Bullet! Had mine for 4 months travelling in India/Nepal. And did a little trip on a 500cc Enfield here in Oz. Wonderful way to travel (but prefer my bicyle for long-term) Great photos!

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  69. Brilliant capture!
    “Yeh hansi wadian yeh khula aasman” Feel like revisiting Himalayas again after 8 long years 🙂

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  70. mamb0 says:

    Beautiful!

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  71. candidave says:

    amazing photography

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  72. good and great article thanks very much …

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  73. Sajan says:

    Great pictures. When I first read the title and saw pictures, I assumed it to be around Nepal . Though, after reading the comments I found that it was infact around Shimla. Perhaps you should travel to Nepal. You’ll love Kagbeni.

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  74. Breathtaking!
    I want to see Himalayas too one day.

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  75. The village on the hill looks amazing!

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  76. flatland57 says:

    That second photograph is one of the most beautiful, desolate looking images I’ve EVER seen. Wow!

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  77. Love that second photo, nice work. How long did the trip take tho? 1400km on a motorbike doesn’t seem too far, I managed to cycle 1500km in just over 2weeks, albeit much less hilly terrain…

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  78. That is one of the most incredible experience I have seen! Great pictures, really captures the landscape. I love how you used the lines to lead to the motorbike. Look forward to this book.
    http://totalsportblog.wordpress.com/

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  79. Svebor says:

    Can only dream to take a motorbike for a ride like that. But some day if the universe decides so…

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  80. bishopdavi says:

    Wow, I really want to do this someday! Thanks for giving me a new goal.

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  81. Amazing adventure and pictures ! I love the Himalayas !
    DANI
    http://daniplanaslabad.wordpress.com

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  82. What an incredible journey! Fantastic photos.

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  83. Stunning! We are currently based in Kerala but are hoping to make it up north during our time in India. Biking (pedaling) in the Canadian Rockies and working with the Patagonian Expedition Race (http://raxacollective.wordpress.com/2011/07/14/patagonian-expeditions/) is the closest we’ve come to your experience–what a privilege you’ve had to return to the majestic Himalayas multiple times! Cheers!

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  84. goss41 says:

    That looks AMAZING!!!

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  85. gaycarboys says:

    You brilliant brilliant man. Thanks so much for sharing your shots and adventure.

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  86. BMWrider says:

    http://www.ridingsouth.com

    Los Angeles, California TO Rosario, Argentina = 45 days

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  87. your photos took my breath away!

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  88. Boyer Writes says:

    I understand your thirst for adventure. I have spent time, as an American, in Mongolia twice and in other parts of the world. I would not trade it for anything. I have a love for photography also. If you would like to see some of it, go to http://boyergifts.com
    My writings are http://www.boyerwrites.wordpress.com

    Best of everything. I look forward to more pictures.

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  89. Joe Cyriac says:

    I’ve been planning a Himalaya trip for some time now. Your pictures just gives me more reasons to go. Thank you.

    Joe (http://joepaulcyriac.wordpress.com/)

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  90. Motorbiking through Asia seems to be a popular idea–Iremember there was a Freshly Pressed concerning motorbiking through Vietnam. I’d be a bit too afraid/uncomfortable to go on a motorbiking trip like that, but it sounds like an awesome idea! And great pics.

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  91. Rozbeh Zavari says:

    AMAZING BLOG!!!… 😀

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  92. Brenda L. Hardy says:

    I’ve always wanted to go there.

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  93. Yep – I love motorcycling too. although i do it from the pillion seat. Just don’t have the nerve to ride any more 😦 But thats ok I still love being on the bike (Moto guzzi 850T 1974) We haven’t done anything as adventurous as this but it’s awesome reading about it and seeing the pics. Look forward to reading some more, cheers.

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  94. hellenjc says:

    very much like the minimal use of colour…adds to the bleakness

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  95. Off The Map says:

    Never seen motorbikes in the Himalayas! What part were you in? What point did you get up to 18,000 feet?

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  96. Chillbrook says:

    I’m envious, What an brilliant and brave ride. Thank you.

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  97. Wow, I would definitely love riding that! Looks so amazing.
    http://jaketravellingtheworld.wordpress.com/

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  98. It’s the real adventure, Man !

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  99. nehasingh18 says:

    my closte friend was in the same group in 2011… i heard u guys had a brilliant time!! Im gonna be there in 2015!!

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  100. framethem says:

    i love your headtitle photograph its so open and free!!

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  101. Phenomenal adventure and photos!

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  102. That looks fantastic I will check out the blurb asap

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  103. Reblogged this on indranil Saha and commented:
    Some wonderful journey through India….. Beautiful pictures….

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  104. wallstreetconfidential says:

    Jealous moment of the day.

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  105. urang subang says:

    beatiful place, but it’s just a dream for me, i wish i can reach that place lol

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  107. theburntmap says:

    Jealous!! Jealous!!

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