Dunoon Wanderers

People in and around Dunoon must have itchy feet! They're to be found all over the world. This page is to share trip information for groups of (say) 6 or more. If you want to post information, get in touch with Rhys (you'll know how)

Feb 2020: this is very much a work in progress! It will be come more helpful (and better looking) as more information comes to hand. Please help with any you may have!

August 2020 Off to the Himalayas!

Dates, places

Trip schedule as per original itinerary. Please see below for discussion of travel options between Delhi and Manali.
Trip map here
Tour guide's site (slow to load but great pics)
Mon 10 Aug 08:00 (approx) Tour commences with bus from Chandigargh (i.e. covered by tour cost)
Mon 10 Aug 18:00 (approx) Assemble Manali
If you prefer, you may make your own way to Manali at your own expense.
See below for other options Delhi-Manali
Tue 11 Aug Explore Manali
Familiarise with bikes
Day trip options
Wed 12 Aug
Thu 13 Aug
230km 8-10 hours (2 days)
Highest point 5045m (Barachi La)
244 km 6-7 hours
Highest point 5359m (Tanglang La)
No passes, lots of scenic stops
37km 6-7 hours
Highest point 5602m (Kharung La)
Mon 17 Aug At TURTUK
90km 3-4 hours
Highest point 3048m (Hunder)
90km 3-4 hours
160km 5-6 hours
Fri 21 Aug LEH-DELHI
(flight) time TBA but early
Cost included in tour
Tour ends

Booking flights:

This is a great time (coronavirus) to find cheap flights.

Google Flights and similar sites will track flights you're interested in and let you know when the price changes.

I suggest you get ready to jump in quickly once the virus panic eases but before the prices go up again!

Click here for the Air India booking page

Click here for the Jetstar booking page

Dates: I suggest we try and travel to India together where possible (I know this doesn't suit everybody). The Saturday flight arrives in Delhi at 6.35pm Saturday, so you'll have 48 hours to have a look around and get to Manali.

If you let me know your flight bookings I'll post them here so those who haven't booked have the option of choosing the same flights.

Alternative flights:

Click here for other flights ex Sydney that day

Click here for flights ex Brisbane that day
More expensive, no direct flights. The Singapore Airlines option costs roughly the same as the option above (when you take Sydney costs into account) but it's an all night flight with a 2 hour stopover in Singapore at 2am Australian time.

Please let me know if you come across other options worth considering.

Travel Advisory:

  • Most airlines require a current passport to make your international booking - Air India does not.
  • Your passport must be valid for at least six months at time of boarding in Australia or you will not be allowed on the flight.
  • If you don't already have it, get some good travel insurance that covers you for flight cancellation (flights may be changed or cancelled if this coronavirus thing is still going on) and also for riding a motorcycle over 250cc.
    I have found AIG to be quite good in the past but you have to be a youngster (under 70).
    I'm currently using Columbus Direct but check the fine print carefully as it changes often and no insurance company likes to give money away! If you happen to fall off a mountain you want a first class ride home, not a painful stint in some third rate Indian hospital.
    Tim got a good deal from Real Insurance (ask him for the details)
  • Get an International Driver's licence unless you are sure that your travel insurance covers you with just an Australian licence. Otherwise you will not be able to claim in the event of a motorcycle accident. $42+postage.
    Get one over the counter at the local NRMA office and save the postage.

Special needs - any diet, equipment etc requiring action
Traveller Requirement For Action by Done (date)
MaryAnne Vegetarian diet Anitra Vegetarian diet is available (and recommended by non-vegetarians as being safer!)
All Room sharing - more than 2 per room? Anitra All accomodation is twin share basis
All Need a contact in India for visa application. Ask tour company to provide head guide details. Rhys Name: Rohit Chawla
Address: S-6/205, Eldeco Amantran
Sector - 119, Noida
Uttar Pradesh (U.P)
Pin Code: 201 301M
Phone number: +91 9871588400
Nik Will the backup vehicle carry oxygen? Rhys Awaiting reply from tour guide

Bookings made (please keep Rhys posted)
Who Journey Flight details Depart time
Rhys, Anitra, Tim, Marcus, Bill, Andy Ballina-Sydney Jetstar JQ461 17:00 Fri 7 Aug
Rhys, Anitra Overnight Sydney Ibis Budget Hotel Sydney Airport $108. Walk from domestic terminal, shuttle to international terminal $7 per person.
Rhys, Anitra, Tim, Marcus, Bill, Andy Sydney-Delhi Air India AI301 09:45 Sat 8 Aug
Arr Delhi 18:35 same day
13h 20m
Tim, Marcus, Bill, Andy Delhi-Sydney Air India AI302 13:15 Mon 24 Aug
Arr Sydney 06:10 Tue 25 Aug
12h 25m
Tim, Marcus, Bill, Andy Sydney-Ballina Jetstar JQ460 14:55 Tue 25 Aug
Altitude sickness Wikipedia
Indian visa A visa (and a passport valid for at least 6 months) is required to visit india
Lots of good info about getting a visa here, including;
  • Cost $US76 (about $A120)
  • Turnaround time 5 days (option to pay more for faster service)
  • You don't need to send in your passport but you will need a scan of the front page of your passport and of a recent passport photo.

Apply for eVisa above (not clear whether it's an authorised site, though) or here: Official Indian Government web site

Allow plenty of time, they want to know quite a lot about you!

You need to provide a contact in India, we'll get the tour company to provide one.

Terms and Conditions First invoice from Go Away Get Lost
Travel options Delhi-Manali
Please note all details approximate and subject to further discussion)
Fly Delhi-Chandigarh 7 flights per day, $33-$96 per person (plus transfers), about 1 hour 10min
Bus Delhi-Chandigarh $25 per person
About 250km, 5 hours, door to door
If you took one of the above options you would travel Chandigarh-Manali by bus.
Bus Chandigarh - Manali Included in tour cost (see above)
About 10-12 hours
Small airconditioned bus
Flight Chandigarh-Manali No flights available
Flights Delhi-Manali One direct flight 06:45 daily $A161 Flight time 1 hour 20 min
Manali Airport is at Kullu (Bhuntar) which is 50km (about 2 hours) from Manali.
Bus fare Kullu-Manali unknown, maybe $10? per head

work in progress from here - don't take anything below as gospel. I'll let you know when updates are ready. In the meantime please forward any useful info or links that you have. R.


Check the Map shows the trip stops
Smart Traveller - heaps of info about travelling to and in India



* Boots
* Helmet
* Clothing - weather?


* Tents
* Hotels
* Food


* Stuff to take
* Vaccinations

Previous trips: (dates and members please!)

Summary of the details (test) Some details here (this is a test)