2022 Tour

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In partnership with Kiki AZIM ( @ainjul ) and A Different Agenda ( @adifferentagenda )

 

This May 2022, the Women’s Moto Exhibit 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, I 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 will be heavily influenced by Pakistani native Kiki/Anjuli, a long time friend, road warrior and world traveler whose dream and mission has been to promote a positive experience of her homeland, all whilst coupling together what she loves most…motorcycle adventures and helping those in need. 

Along with our amazing ADA crew, we will begin our tour in Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan the capital of the province of Punjab, the 'City of Gardens' known for its rich culture and lively atmosphere. Next we shall begin our trip northbound to Islamabad, Pakistan’s green capital, nestled between the Margalla hills. It is here that we’ll make our first contact with AKHO, the “Cause” part of our tour. With a brief time to familiarize ourselves with our spanking new Honda CB150 F’s we’ll 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 to Gilgit and finally to Hunza. Upon our return to Islamabad, the final stretch of our tour consists of continuing what we began with AKHO, the bond and promise to support the destitute, abused and hungry children and women for a 3-5 year plan. The Rebel With a Cause tour is just what your soul needs; two wheels, off the beaten path, making an impact. A memorable riding experience, an expedition that will leave you forever changed.

 

THE MAP

TRIP ITINERARY

 

May 12 (DAY 0): ARRIVE IN LAHORE, PAKISTAN

After your long haul flight we will be picked up at LHR airport (not by that amazing scooter unfortunately) and taken to your hotel/guesthouse where you can adjust to the 12 hour jet-lag (for those coming in from USA/CANADA) and recuperate after traveling across the world. Optional dinner may be on the schedule between us riders, depending on levels of fatigue etc.

May 13 (DAY 1): WALLED CITY, Ceremony & DINNER

We shall set off on an exploration of the mystic Walled City of Lahore including a visit to Lahore Fort, Wazir Khan mosque, followed by a stroll in Anarkali Bazaar ONLY if we’re ready for some high sensory sights and sounds. We will still be adjusting and have an action packed trip ahead of us, so for those who want to skip it, just skip it. At night, we will have dinner in an old Haveli turned restaurant – a heavenly experience for culture and food lovers.

May 14 (DAY 2): LaHORE to ISLAMABAD -AKHO-

Our private van with our loyal ADA team will set off bright and early after breakfast towards Islamabad, about 235 miles North of Lahore, taking us approximately 4.5 hours. Once in Islamabad we help set up a charity/fundraiser at AKHO foundation, a non-profit which WME will adopt for 3-5 years, ensuring a partnership to help provide whatever aid needed to keep the women and children of the city/community safe, educated and nourished. “When the belly is full, dreams grow”. After a first contact with this humanitarian mission, we better get our beauty sleep because day 3 onwards is smiles on miles on miles…..

May 15 (DAY 3): ISLAMABAD TO NARAN

It’ll be your first day on the motorcycle in Pakistan so we leave early in the morning to beat the traffic and get into the mountains. Breakfast is going to be one of those hidden gems on the side of the road and you’ll get to ride along the famous Kunhar River. The trip takes about 7-8 hours to cover 200 miles of scenic roads to Naran, through beautiful mountainous villages like Murree, Nathiagali and Abbottabad, with plenty of stops to take a photos, to rest and to mingle with people. We also try our best to stay at a family-run guest houses/hotels for a more personalized and memorable experience.

May 16 (DAY 4): NARAN to GILGiT

Naran is known to be the entry point to the Northern mountains, you get to cross 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 145 miles to get to Gilgit, which approximately takes 5.5 hours without stops…but we are going to want to stop a LOT for sure.

May 17 (DAY 5): GILGIT to HUNZA

Gilgit is home to a few ancient buddha sites and we will pay a visit to Karga Buddha before riding up to the jewel of the country, Hunza. A gorgeous 2 hour ride with lots of fruit sellers on the way, don’t shy away from stopping over and picking up some fresh apples or cherries for us! Hunza has a lot to offer, one of the most vibrant bazaars has to be the Karimabad Bazaar. From old ancient jewels, to hand made handicrafts, silk carpets, and clothes. With an abundance of history, you’ll be visiting some 1000-year-old forts too and perhaps even CIQAM, an empowering foundation which trains women in the art of carpentry and stone masonry.

May 18 (DAY 6): HUNZA TO GILGIT

We cannot leave Hunza without visiting one of the most spectacular lakes in the region. Attabad Lake is only a few miles from Karimabad and will leave you mind blown. This dazzlingly turquoise mountain lake was created in the wake of a natural disaster on January 4, 2010. The lake has become one of the biggest tourist attractions in Gilgit−Baltistan, offering activities like boating, jet-skiing, fishing and other recreational activities. We then begin our ride back down to Gilgit for the night.

May 19 (DAY 7): GILGIT To NARAN

Tracing the ride back to Islamabad, we get to cross the spectacular 13,700ft high Babusar Pass from the Chilas side this time around. Your bikes will want to give up, you will have to have superb throttle control with a perfect fuel and oxygen mix to push you up the steep road from this side of Babusar. It’s a fun and safe challenge for all the riders, it’ll also help you appreciate your EFI bike back home more than ever before!

May 20 (DAY 8): NARAN to ISLAMABAD

Last day on this familiar road is fun, we’ll stop a few times for snacks and chai. Get ready, one really feels the fatigue from the precedent days, so on Day 8 you’ll have to be even more vigilant than usual, better gas up on extra caffeine and chai! Dinner in the capital before we fall asleep like a ton of bricks at a comfortable Guesthouse/Hotel.

May 21 (DAY 9): FaiSAL MOSQUE, saidpur, akho

On your last day we have a rave party at Saidpur village with a bunch of goats and monkeys. Then we make our way downtown, walking fast, faces past and we homebound lalalalalalalla allalallla and I need you.. tanna taanana …. Go to AKHO on our bikes, get the kids and ladies all excited about two wheels and (in a perfect world, donate all the bikes to them) get covid tests and get Uncle Jeff Bezos to fly us back to our respective cities on his private jet. Jk Jk about the private jet, but very serious about the rave with the goats and monkeys ;)

COST BREAKDOWN

TOTAL COST: $3,250 PER RIDER

( DOES NOT INCLUDE PLANE TICKET)

9 days

ACCOMMODATION

INCLUDES 9 NIGHT STAY IN THE BEST AVAILABLE HOTELS

27 meals

TASTE THE FLAVOR OF PAKISTAN. TRADITIONAL AND CULTURAL MEALS INCLUDING BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNERS

support team

QUALIFIED TEAM OF MECHANICS, ALONG WITH THE SUPPORT STAFF AND MANDATORY TOUR GUIDES

 

honda cb150f

WORRY FREE HONDA WHICH HAS PROVEN FOR YEARS TO BE THE MOST RELIABLE IN THE COUNTRY

 

The Team

kiki azim

Our key contributor, mission instigator and liason with Pakistan

lanakila macnaughton

The Womens Moto Exhibit Photographer and Founder

Moin KHAN

Founder and Owner of A Different Agenda

a different agenda staff

A full time mechanic, support vehicle and permanent support staff

FAQ

covid?

You are required to be fully vaccinated, have a negative COVID/antigen test before going to Pakistan and a negative COVID/antigen test before entering USA. We have scheduled a test in Islamabad prior to our departure.

Please find all information and tips: CDC STUFFS

 

What kind of physical condition do I need to be in?

This answer is obvious, we hope you are in excellent physical and mental condition anytime you plan on riding a motorcycle. The riding level is “moderate,” 1 year minimum riding experience is required. 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 messing with you. 12 hours is no joke!

 

Do I need a motorcycle license to be in a tour?

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 and insurance reasons but also for the safety of yourself and the people on the road with you.

 

What kind of weather will we encounter and gear will I need to ride?

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, a full-face helmet, bring a summer mesh jacket for hot days, plus a warm layer or two.

There’s a wide range of weather possibilities on some trips. If you want to make sure you’re choosing the right trip that suits your hopes for the weather, please be sure to Contact Us and we’ll help you make a “statistically wise” choice.

How long are typical riding days?

Riding days can vary from as little as 150 km to 350 km per day, depending on the roads and routes. 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 depending on other activities, so just keep in mind that ADA designs itineraries that make full use of your vacation time, making it a mission to get bored at any given moment.

 

What is the recommended arrival date?

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.

 

How long in advance do I need to book?

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.

 

How do i get a visa?

Please visit https://visa.nadra.gov.pk for complete information.

 

Can I Make Payments?

You can make a non-refundable 500$ deposit or pay all at once

 

Where can I get travel insurance?

If you are looking for a travel insurance to go along with your trip to Pakistan, we would recommend WorldNomads.com, which may be the adequate type of insurance that fits our kind of adventure. Or as an add-on directly from our Tour Boss on A different Agenda

 

How many people are on the tour?

10 - 15 Riders will be on the tour

 

Will there be cell phone reception and wifi?

Good freakin’ question. In urban and more developed cities like Lahore and Islamabad yes, but not so much in the rural villages and mountainous regions. Please do inform your loved ones in advance so they don’t worry if they don’t hear back from you until we’ve reached a more developed zone.