Come May 2023, Kiki Azim and Rebels will take off on a Co-Ed motorcycle journey to the vast lands of Pakistan, one of the most misunderstood countries in the world. Having traveled around various parts of the globe, we can say the most enriching experiences are the ones that you can immerse yourself in the culture and support the improvement of systems in some capacity. This motorcycle journey and mission will be an extension of the work we began in 2022 during our maiden voyage. Kiki/Anjuli, a Pakistani native, has been a driving force.. or shall we say a “riding” force and supporter of the moto community for over 10 years. A road warrior and world traveler whose long time dream has been to promote and share a positive experience of her homeland, all whilst coupling together what she loves most…motorcycle adventures and helping those in need.
If you feel that something like this speaks or screams to the core of your soul then this is the motorcycle tour for you.
Along with our amazing ADA crew, we will begin our journey in the green and bustling city of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan, nestled between the Margalla hills. It is here that we’ll make our first contact with AKHO, the “Cause” part of our tour, do some touristy stuff too, and set off on an unbelievable array of landscapes, through the ancient Silk Road and Karakoram highway. Traversing several villages with unique ethnic backgrounds, showing you how beautifully diverse the people of Pakistan truly are. Through Naran, the gateway to the world’s biggest mountain ranges, breath-taking mountainside rides await us, with surprises at every turn, all the way through to the Gilgit-Baltistan region.
By the time you reach this place, you will have experienced local flavors, local culture, the world’s highest border, and Pakistan’s world famous hospitality. The final leg will take us through the world’s highest polo field at Shandur, we then make our way down to Kalash. The people of this lost tribe are believed to be the last surviving descendants of Alexander the Great, and sadly these Kalashi/indigenous people are on the brink of being wiped out. It will be up to us Rebels to hear their stories and advocate for their survival.
After Kalash, we slowly make our way back to the capital city of Islamabad, with full hearts and pure euphoria after having lived through some crazy adrenaline filled moments. We promise that your days in the mountains will have changed everything you thought you knew about Pakistan, and you will leave knowing that one day you will be back for more.
As us Rebels will be adjusting to our new surroundings in the beautiful capital city of Pakistan, our first hop will be to visit Faisal Mosque, the first modern architectural construction of a mosque built in the early 80s. We’ll do lunch at Saidpur village where one of the rare hindu temples on Muslim territory remains standing. Let’s not linger too long, as we want to make it to AKHO Sunbeam School before the last bell of the day. We’ll meet and greet the children and teachers and present our donations, and head to Balakot for the night.
It’ll be your first day on the motorcycle in Pakistan so we leave in the morning, familiarize ourselves with the bikes, as we make our way to the foothills of the Karakoram mountains. This leg of the trip takes us through the scenic roads through beautiful mountainous villages, winding roads, and plenty of stops to take photos. Lunch will be on the go with a little rest and time to mingle with people.
We always try our best to stay at a family-run guest houses/hotels for a more personalized and memorable experience.
Naran is known to be the entry point to the North. We’ll encounter a few water crossings, a few herds of goats, as we make our way up to Babusar Pass which is 13,700ft above seal-level and one of the most spectacular high passes in the country. You finally get a chance to ride the world-famous Karakoram Highway on this day! The “KKH” is considered the highest paved international road in the world.. Tracing one of the many pathways of the ancient Silk Road, the KKH is also often called the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ due to its high elevation and the difficult conditions in which it was constructed. We ride all the way to Hunza, which approximately takes 7 hours without stops…but trust me, what awaits us there is worth every mile of the way.
After enjoying our beautiful breakfast overlooking the majestic Rakaposhi mountain we will enjoy a day off of the bikes. We’ll visit the Karimabad, Hunza Bazaar and head up to the 800-year-old Biltit & Altit Fort. Here we’ll have tea and lunch overlooking the Hunza river. On the way back we’ll stop at CIQAM, an all women run woodworking factory. Afterwards we’ll return back to our hotel for dinner and have Moin show us some magic tricks!
Breakfast will be served bright and early. It’s gonna be a long climb up to the world’s highest frontier. CHINA. We’ll go through tunnels, pass lakes, glaciers. You’ll ride through some of the wildest sceneries you’ve ever seen in your life. The Pak-China border is at a whopping 16,200 ft altitude. So forgive us if we don’t stay and party there too long. On the way back we’ll stop and rest in Gulmit for the night along the magical Hunza River.
On this day you’ll have the option of cruising on the bikes or riding in one of the support vehicles. We’ll visit the Hussaini Suspension Bridge where you’ll have a chance to cross over the Hunza River. Afterwards we’ll make our way over to the women’s weaving center or the NKMA community based school to meet and greet the local kiddos. Then we’ll finish the day off at the Attabad Lake for a boat ride or taking some jet skis out for a spin, why not?
Yet another yummy breakfast in the morning and the group departs for Gilgit. We’ll ride through the Pak – China friendship tunnel that spans over 7km. Then we arrive in Gilgit for a quick lunch and visit the 7th century Kargah Buddha. Once we arrive in Gah Kuch we’ll have dinner and give rest to our bodies as the next day’s going to be an early one.
We’ll have breakfast bright and early as this will be the longest day on the bikes. With the Wakhan Corridor to our right and Shandur National Park to our left, there will be plenty of scenic gems to take in along our ride. Lunch will be en route. We will stop at Shandur Pass, where the world’s highest polo fields is. And finally rest our sore butts in Mastuj for the night.
Although this day ride claims to be merely 80 miles, it takes us a full day to get to Ayun. We’ll enjoy lunch en route in Buni. Womp womp… another day surrounded by breathtaking mountain views and rivers. You’ll see some of the most prominent peaks of the Hindu Kush region, leaving you mesmerized. Riders and crew finally get to kick their feet up in Ayun for the night.
This will be a very special day for us Rebels as our mission extends to the people of the Kalash valley. A people who are believed to be the last descendants of Alexander the Great, a lost tribe hidden in a remote village in the northern mountains of Pakistan. We shall immerse ourselves with this unique and vibrant tribe of indigenous people, amidst their village, their traditions, their incredible school and immense beauty. We will hear their stories, learn their history, and do everything in our power to ensure their future.
We’ll be riding along mountains and rivers and small villages all day long. But the treat of the day will be us riding through Lowari Pass, the Stelvio Pass of Pakistan. Once we get through this mind-blowing road we’ll be rewarded with yet another flavorful lunch en route. Riders will arrive in Mardan or not for the night depending on how we’re feeling after Lowari Pass. It’s important to leave some wiggle room for any delays that might occur en route.
This will be our last day on the bikes. Boohoo. It’s gonna look a lot like our first day, except we’re gonna look ten years older, but, on the plus side we’ll be better riders for sure, so go ahead and enjoy playing frogger until we get to our final destination, Islamabad. Once we reach the capital make sure to hug our support crew tight and thank them for keeping us safe and alive throughout the tour. This will be the last night that’s included in the package, however, if you still want second servings of adventure additional nights can be arranged for you to explore this grand city as it has so much to offer.
Please visit https://visa.nadra.gov.pk for complete information.
General riding gear (Helmet, jacket, pants, shoes, and gloves) Jeans, long and short-sleeved T-shirts, riding shoes or boots, gloves. For summer weather, some long sleeve white T-Shirts are a great idea. You will have the opportunity to put a pack in the chase vehicle, so you have some room for error in how much you pack. Mornings and evenings can be brisk. Some windbreaker/gear is easy and great to have. Some cash for personal expenses like shopping, laundry, snacks, etc. We can change currencies for you, please make sure to let us know beforehand.
Common items to include in your packing list:
– Motorcycle Gear (Head to Toe)
– Base layers are must-have for our winter tours
– Windbreaker/gear as needed per tour/season
– Sense of adventure
– SPF 50 Sun Block
The Visa process sometimes takes up to 2 months for Pakistan so we suggest getting your visa as soon as possible. If you have a visa, you need to book a tour with us at least a month in advance so we can prepare properly for you.
We recommend you to arrive two days before the tour begins. We want you to wear off your jet lag, and be fresh for the adventurous journey ahead.
Absolutely, we give special 15% discounts for pillion riders or they can always hop on one of our vehicles following the riders.
Mini Van / Passenger Van: We can arrange for the passengers to have their own passenger minivan that they can drive trailing the group if they want. That way they can either ride on the back of the bike, or they can all ride together in their party van depending on weather, and how much they want to be on the bike. They just take turns driving if the others are on the bikes.
Riding days can vary from as little as 150 km to 350 km per day, depending on the trip you choose. In the twisty Himalayas or the Karakoram range a 300 km day can easily take up to 7 hours at times due to ferry crossings, side excursions, or other activities depending on the trip you choose, so just keep in mind that we design itineraries that make full use of your vacation time, and it would be difficult to get bored at any time.
The simple rule is: Anything is possible, so prepare accordingly. Riding season in Pakistan starts in May and ends around mid-October. It’s generally great weather to be in the Himalayas but the winds can suddenly change and short storms can hit us out of nowhere. So bring your rain gear, bring a summer mesh jacket for hot days plus a warm layer or two.
Also, it depends on the month and location that you choose a trip in, as we have a wide list of options and are growing all the time. There’s a wide range of weather possibilities on some trips. If you want to make sure you’re choosing a trip that suits your hopes for the weather, please be sure to Contact Us and we’ll help you make a “statistically wise” choice.
Yes, a valid operator’s license from your home country specifically with the motorcycle endorsement is necessary and will be confirmed at the starting point of your tour. This is not only for legal & insurance reasons but also for the safety of yourself and the people on the road with you.
This answer actually does not vary from tour to tour, as we at ADA hope you are in excellent physical and mental condition anytime you plan on riding a motorcycle. As with other topics, let’s discuss what shape you’re in and the type of tour you’re planning on to make sure there’s a match. However, our “approval” of your condition does not take the place of a trusted doctor’s evaluation, which is something we strongly encourage you to seek before any tour or rental. Also, we recommend you to arrive two days earlier than a tour date to Avoid Jet Lag.
No. Your tour begins in Lahore on the day of the tour. We have found that this is really the best option for you. Arrangements can be made for extra hotel accommodations, upon request. The hotels we use on the first and last day of the tour are usually close to the airport. In most situations and tours, there will be a shuttle to shuttle you to or from the airport. We suggest arriving a couple of days early, and leaving a couple of days after the tour so you have time to rest before and after the tour. We can help you book these for you.
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