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the cliffhanger


Take a deep breath and prepare for the one and only ‘Cliffhanger’.

Houseboats on Dal lake


Spend the night in traditional Kashmiri houseboats.

mountain camping


Share the campfire with nomadic sheep herders.

the himalayas


Sleep by glacier fed rivers and watch the sunrise over snow capped Himalayan peaks.

highest road


Cross Khardungla at over 18,000 feet.

Key Information

This is by far the most comprehensive and exciting motorcycle ride you can have in the Himalayas. Nothing else comes close.

Information Pack

This Information Pack includes everything you need to know about this Adventure, including Insurance Details & Emergency Contacts, Your Health, Kit List, Driving/Riding Conditions, Questions and Answers and Visa Application.

Roof of India information pack

Adventure Dates


Roof of India

I’ve been riding in the Himalayas for many years and have ridden all the regular routes. They have become over crowded, commercialised and don’t feel like that much of a challenge any more. I’m sure that’s not what you’re looking for. This after all, for most people, is a once in a lifetime thing. It needs to be unique and exciting.

A new route was required, something that offered more. Here it is, our very own creation, The Roof Of India.

This is by far the most comprehensive and exciting motorcycle tour you can have in the Himalayas. Nothing else comes close.

It has absolutely everything.

We take a route that only recently opened after years of digging and hacking through the mountains.

Along the way we explore high altitude desert, forested trails, glacier gouged gorges, lunar like valleys and ascend mountain peaks and passes at over 5kms high. Where we stay, where we ride and what we see is utterly breathtaking.

Awesome, life changing, inspiring, scary, immense, humbling, mind blowing and challenging. These are just some of the words that have been used by riders who have ridden the Himalayas with us over the years.

Deep into the Kashmir Valley, we tackle the ominous ‘Cliffhanger’. These are rough mountain tracks hewn into the side of vertical cliffs. Maybe you’ve never thought of riding through a waterfall before, I hadn’t either. This could be one of the most daunting and memorable things you ever do in your life. It’s not a ride for the faint hearted. It will push you, your motorcycle, your riding skills and endurance to the limit. It’s worth it though as the rewards are huge. You’ll feel immense satisfaction as you bed down each night.

This is more than just a motorcycle trip in India.

It’s two weeks of being around like minded people, laughing a lot, making new friends, forgetting about the rest of the world for a little while and taking each day as it comes. What are you waiting for?

I’ll be riding with you all the way.

Alex Pirie
Founder and Lead Rider
Nomadic Knights


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Roof of India itinerary


Where we go, what we do, and how far we travel on the adventure, day by day.

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How to get here

Important information about how to get here, including details on flights, hotels and arrival times.

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In the press

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A group of adventurers are about to put Thelma and Louise well and truly in the shade. Nomadic Knights and their team will be supporting and leading Steph Jeavons and her all female motorcycle group to Everest Base Camp.
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The Banter SCMC


The North East of India is one of the least explored places left on the planet. Mac Macdonald and his friends rode India’s Lost World with Nomadic Knights in 2018 and had one of the best experiences of their lives. It was so good, they wrote about it.
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Adventure Bike Rider magazine were curious about The Scotsman in India and had a few probing questions. ABR also recommend Nomadic Knights for your Himalayan motorcycle adventure.
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Alex and the Nomadic Knights team have been exploring the more adventurous side of riding in India for over 12 years. They’ve taken motorcycle adventure to the next level and are widely regarded as the specialists for the subcontinent. Here’s what MCN have to say.
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What’s included?


  • We provide transport from a designated pick up point in Chandigarh for the journey up to our start point in Narkanda. We will also provide transport from Narkanda to Chandigarh when the trip ends.
  • We provide team support and all medical, mechanical and logistical support throughout the tour. All arranged internal transport, hotel stay, breakfast, evening meals and fuel for your motorcycle are included.

Not Included

  • Flights, travel insurance, visas, evening beers, alcohol and any transport arranged by yourself out with the arranged itinerary.
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So you’re considering taking on a real adventure? I remember the feeling. In 2006, I was sat right where you are now… wondering if it was for me.

Join our mailing list – The Knight Club – and I’ll send my no-BS thoughts on why you should (or shouldn’t) take it on. No sales. No special offers. These rides aren’t for everyone, but if you’re the right kind of person, it can remind you what it means to be alive.

All the best, Alex.


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