“MENCHUKA” roughly translates to Medicinal Water of Snow. This beautiful valley is located on the Indo-Tibetan border at an altitude of 6000ft. Till recently it did not have road connection with the rest of India. During the Indo-Sino war of 1962, Menchuka was occupied by the PLA for about a month. It was only after this occupation and subsequent retreat of the Chinese Army, that the people of Menchuka, cut 6km of motorable road on a vertical cliff face.
Arunachal Pradesh in the North East region of India has always been one of the most elusive in terms of motorcycle adventures. The pristine wilderness, lack of mainstream motorcycle mentions adds to the enigmatic adventure experience.
Eastern Arunachal tops the ranking in terms of remoteness and untouched natural beauty. It is one of the last bastions of the Tribal Way Of Life. These tribal people have lived in harmony with the jungle and are proud of their subsistence life style.
The “Magic of Menchuka” is a tribute to the twist of destiny that makes this elusive valley accessible from India. People here are largely Buddhists. The 400 year old “Samten Yongcha Monastery” is a contemporary of the Tawang Monastery and together they are the oldest in Eastern India.
Our ride to Menchuka is to experience, spectacularly beautiful vistas of blue mountains and thick jungles along the tricky narrow mountain road. It is like a rite of passage to reach the hidden valley of Menchuka. The magic of the valley can only be experienced and not described in words.
Red Panda Adventures is one of the few established and well-known motorcycle tour operators in this region, catering to local as well as international riders. We have a local team who know this region well, allowing us to serve you and organize our rides with utmost care and planning.
Pricing is based on twin sharing basis (2 riders, 1 room). For single occupancy (1 rider, 1 room), please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Riding in the North East is a lot of fun and promises adventure around every bend. Formed over millions of years, the Himalayas and it’s foothills command and deserve respect. We try our best to inform our clients of all the possible challenges they might face and also of all the key highlights and attractions along the way. However, the ultimate responsibility of safety lies with the riders.
This trip is not ideal for someone who has just started riding. The terrain, culture and remoteness may get a bit overwhelming at times, but stay with it to get your adrenaline fix.
We want you to soak in all the wonders this ride has to offer. So the schedule allows for many stops along the way for photographs and chit chat. There are a multitude of ‘chai’ stops along the way but we aim to start and finish the ride each day while the sun is up.
Accommodation and food will be very basic, but we provide the best one can get in these remote tribal villages. We do expect our clients to set their expectations accordingly. Luxury in this part of the world is relative to the terrain and needs a bit of adjusting.