Raid de Himalaya holds the bragging rights to the highest and one of the harshest cross country raids in the world.
A rally in its 19th consecutive year on the FMSCI calendar, this is an endurance event of marathon proportions with a low finish rate. The day temperature ranges from 2 to 26 degrees celsius and the night temperature plunges as low as –21 degrees celsius. The roads are like riverbeds and skating on ice is normal.
I competed in the Moto/Quads Extreme category which runs for 6 grueling days and finished 12th, no easy feat, considering I ran this rally on a big adventure bike, the Triumph Tiger 800XC. This rally gave me crucial experience of racing at altitude. Of the 100 plus bikes that took a start at this mega event, only 20 finished.