The route and dates

The 19th Maruti Suzuki the Raid de Himalaya 2017 will run from October 6-14, 2017

The route for this year will be revealed in July 2017.

How do I prepare?

Vehicle Preparation
The Raid Office team can help you from the choice of bike, how to prepare it, personal preparations, recce plans, medical advice-you have the support of an experienced team behind you. The Raid Office is available to answer your questions. Vijay, Atul and Manjeev, having ridden in many long distance events, aim to give you as much back-up support for your planning as possible. Just write to Himalayan Motorsport at for any assistance.

Though you may decide to take it as it comes and fix things as they break, our advice is that it is better to set off with a totally reliable bike than have to seek workshops for a rebuild, halfway. You should endeavor to set off, knowing that the car has been fully prepared with all of the Raid Office advice notes taken into account by your workshop during preparation.

Finally, you are flagged off with the peace of mind of knowing that you have the support of a highly experienced organization as your back-up. Downloading the pre event scrutiny form will give you a good idea of what makes up the compulsory safety modifications that have to be made to your motorcycle.

Medical Preparation
Our Medical team is highly experienced and we issue "Medical Notes" in the run up to the event to help you prepare well. The medical lists will give details of what all you must carry to battle High Altitude Sickness as well as sunburn. 

What needs to be done to make the moto+quads and bikes 'Raid worthy'?

The Raid Management requires that the motorcycles are prepared to internationally acceptable safety standards.

The bike entrants need to prepare the motorcycles keeping in view the Regulations detailed in the National Competition Rules (NCR) under the section for two wheelers. The Supplementary Regulations provide for certain modifications that are permitted for this event, due to the extreme nature of the terrain traversed. These will override the NCR as and where specified. It is recommended that you order your copy of the NCR by logging on to the net and mailing to order your copy of the NCR for two wheelers.

Green Policy
Continuing our NO OFFROAD POLICY since 2002, this year will see the continuation of the trend that Rally bikes and moto+quads will be once again subject to an Environmental Scrutiny. What this means, in short, is that the moto+quads and bikes need to be within the legal sound limits. The decibels will be measured at Scrutiny. Further whenever they are parked in Parc Ferme or being repaired anywhere, they will need to first spread a tarpaulin underneath to catch any oil, grease, etc., that they may be leaking.

We need to be more careful with Mother Earth....we need to play hard but green!

Who can enter?

Just about anyone who has a regular driving license and obtains the Competition Driving License from the Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI). This must be done well before the pre event scrutiny, i.e., October 6-7, 2017. Contact us on e-mail for the license forms at: or better still:

Download the FMSCI Competition License Forms for two wheelers and the Medical Forms, follow instructions and send to the FMSCI with the required draft payment.

How do I acclimatize and can I do a route recce?

The route will be finalized by the end of July 2016. All those who submit their entries, with complete documentation, will receive a copy of the Road Books / or recce notes to do an entire route recce if they wish. However, it is not necessary or practical in terms of both costs and time, to do the entire route beforehand. Just a few stages, two weeks before, and above the 4,000 meter mark would give you an idea of the terrain and acclimatize you for the event.

Do I need any special qualifications?

No, but any kind of past experience will, of course, be useful. A lot of determination and perhaps a sense of humor will often see you through the most testing of times. While mechanical knowledge can be useful not everyone has it! If you ride safely and to a game plan, you probably would not need it.

Physically you need to be very fit. You will need to consult your physician if you suffer from Hypertension ( high blood pressure) and/or breathing disorders like asthma. We would be crossing passes in excess of 18,000 ft and oxygen is in short supply.

Do I need any special insurance covers?

Yes, you will have to obtain a special insurance cover for using your moto+quad in the Raid. This is called a Rally Insurance and is only for the bike or quad you plan to use for the event. It is only valid for the days of the Raid and you can easily get it from your insurance agent. 

A Personal Accident Policy covering the participant for a minimum amount of Rs. 5,00,000/- is a must. This policy should also be easily available from your insurance agent and should mention that it is for the purpose of the Raid. This policy should cost not more than a few hundred rupees.

As the Raid runs in the most desolate Himalayan regions, sometimes it is imperative to use professional medevac either by ground or air ambulance to tackle an emergency. We are trying to arrange Medevac Insurance at a decent rate. However, at the start itself, we would like to reiterate that air ambulance evacuation will only be possible for those participants with Medevac Insurance. Ground evacuation, however, is part of the arrangements that will be made for every participant who enters the Raid de Himalaya 2016.

What about stay and food arrangements at the night halts?

Your hospitality normally starts on the night before the Flag Off. All your hotels at the night halts are a part of the entry fee. In a few cases, these may be only tents laid out on a freezing wind lashed plain. Where possible, should you want a single room or an upgrade to a better hotel, you are welcome to but at your own cost. We would be able to advise you on the various accommodation possibilities available at the locations of the night halt.

For the nights before and after the Raid do contact the rally office for cost options on hotels. As the return journey may take two nights you can book accommodation on your return route through us as well. 

If, for whatsoever reason, you decide to drop out of the event, board and lodging facilities would cease to be provided. However, you would avail of these facilities for any Leg you start and can make it to the official night halt even though you may have dropped out of the Raid during that Leg. Our Entry Fee reflects good value- blended with professional support and administration. Food arrangements are a part of the hospitality only at the few places where the Raid will camp out and no restaurants are available.

We do not make any arrangements at places that have many restaurants and eating joints and here the choice of eatery is yours.

The Raid lunch / dinner post the Prize Giving Ceremony at the end of the event is on us. Thereafter, all hospitality ceases and one is left to fend for oneself.

Ah, cruel world!

How cold does it get?

The day temperature ranges from 2 to 26 degrees Celsius and the night temperature plunges as low as –21 degrees Celsius. The best woolens along with thermals and wind-proofs are a must. The bike entrants are advised to take special care as, with the wind chill factor, the temperatures can get very uncomfortable. It is absolutely essential that all participants carry their sleeping bags on board. Though the sweep vehicle makes every effort to ensure that every individual along the route makes it to the night halt location, it may mean several hours of waiting in subzero temperatures for the Sweep Team to show up. The sleeping bag will most certainly be the lifesaver during this wait.

Do I have to make any special arrangements for my service teams?

Yes, you do. Firstly, you have to register the service team/s with us against a small fee. As the Raid runs into the forward areas that border Pakistan and China, every service crew member must carry a proper identification. No member of the service crews will be permitted beyond Sarchu unless they are carrying this I.D. which will be supplied by Himalayan Motorsport.

Secondly, you will have to book, against payment, with us for the team's stay at the designated campsites along the route, where the Raid will stay overnight. Details of this fee can be had in the costs section.

Where do I get fuel halfway to Tibet?

Petrol pumps along the route will provide for 87 octane unleaded petrol and normal diesel, every 350 kms of the way. Extra range tanks on all the vehicles are a good idea. Remote area refueling on the Ladakh plain is provided for competitors only. The diesel provided in Ladakh will not be the special zero wax anti-freeze diesel. It will be the normal oil that can freeze during the nights! Fuel to be provided to participants will have to be booked in advance and paid for before the start of the Raid. To figure out the fuel requirement, you can call Himalayan Motorsport for assistance.

Service vehicles have to carry their own fuel, as no calculation and thereby arrangements - for their fuel requirements is possible.

How late can I enter?

The last time and date for the entries is 1700 hrs on September 30, 2017.

However, an Early entry (April 15 - May 15, 2017) will attract a lower fee and will give you enough time to get all your paperwork in order well in time.

Standard entry (between May 16 - July 15, 2017) will be at a higher rate than the early entries. However, this time frame too has enough time for documentation, etc.

Late entries (between July 16 and August 31, 2017) will attract a still higher fee. The Very Late Entries (September 1-21, 2017) attract the highest fee. Both these fees are non-refundable in the event that your paperwork does not come together in time for the event.

Details of the other categories of ENTRY FEE can be had directly from this link.

What happens if I break down in the middle of never-never land or even get lost?

On an event of this magnitude, there is every possibility that you will have the problems associated with a high speed endurance event that runs day after day through inhospitable terrain. You will break things along the way and your moto+quads may give way completely before the last time control. So what do you do stranded in the middle of nowhere without a soul in sight... or worse still go off the track and get lost?

If you break down in the middle of nowhere, don't worry. Himalayan Motorsport has a Sweep Team for every stage which will eventually reach you as they bring up the rear mopping up the stragglers! Your bike will be loaded into the back of the breakdown truck ( if there is space) and brought to the nearest town from where you can arrange repair or alternate transport for your machine.

Himalayan Motorsport will help you arrange for a transport back home for your bike on the next day. This will normally be a local recovery truck from the nearest point possible and will be paid for by the competitor. Army recovery assistance, wherever possible, is normally for free.  

In case you wander off the track, which is highly unlikely, as on most stages there are no alternative routes, your absence from the pack will be missed immediately. Himalayan Motorsport has radio cars reporting the progress of each rider every 10 kms of the route and these are manned by the best crews in Indian Motorsport. Before you have been lost for 10 minutes, we know you are missing!

Also your Road Book has been made with a highly specialized Rally computer equipped with GPS that is accurate to the last 10 meters. You will be given the Road Book well in advance to enable you to do a route recce which reduces, hugely, the chances of getting lost. It is probable that the Road Book for this year will be GPS tracks and waypoints only. GPS, preferably Garmin 76CSx or a Tripy II, is recommended. With a RAM Bar Mount, external antenna and a lighter power cord you should be fully prepared to do battle with the course.

Maps/digital Road Books for the Tripy GPS II will also be made available to those that have invested in a Tripy.

Contact Info

For specific answers to queries that are either not covered above, or arise from the above information, please mail us at

You will receive a quick response. Further, as most of our correspondence is also on paper, all serious enquiries may be accompanied by postal addresses and contact phone numbers.