“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.
Friendly and experienced riders. If your’re looking for a premium motorcycle tour/experience and an adventure on two-wheels — hit up Red Panda Adventures. Their rides will help you “escape the ordinary”, and it is worth every penny!
I totally got more than I had expected on their Enchanting Tawang ride in Feb 2019. With the help of their knowledge of the area, they had selected some of the most exciting routes which resulted in an intoxicating mix of Fun, Pleasure, Thrills on each day of the ride! All that you want out of something that is labelled as an Adventure Ride. The choice of the RE Himalayan as the motorcycles could not have been better either, it just did everything that you expect! Do I recommend Red Panda rides to other riders? - Whole heartedly. Will I take another ride with Red Panda Adventures myself? - Sure. I certainly hope that Red Panda cooks up some more equally exciting rides in that fabulous part of the world, called the Seven Sister states of India (NorthEast India).Read More
What a great experience it's been renting a motorcycle from Red Panda. Inspite of the fact that I'd only signed up for renting a motorcycle, these guys went all out helping me plan the entire ride. Not just that, they were only a call away throughout the 20 days of my trip, helping me sort the minor troubles I faced with the motorcycle while on the road. For anyone who's planning to travel the northeast region of India, I absolutely and wholeheartedly recommend renting a motorcycle/signing up for an organised motorcycle tour with these guys. Thank you so much Bala & team for helping me plan a ride I'm gonna cherish for the rest of my life. CheersRead More
Red Panda Adventures, Thank you very much for giving me an experience of a life time. The entire expedition as I would like to call it was well managed with a lot of passion, enthusiasm and most importantly servicing the smallest need of every participant. Bala ji is a very knowledgeable, kind hearted and a humble person and an excellent host and a great sport, am sure he misses the “Tawang special” we gave him. Big thank you to Hrushikesh for having my back and making sure I completed every obstacle on my way, and not to forget Lama ji a wonderful person with such positive energy. A big shout out to all the people who took care of us in a very special way at all the Home stays. Highly highly recommend Red Panda AdventuresRead More
I had a great time travelling the north-east Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya in December 2017 with Red Panda Adventures. The motorbike tour was well organized and the whole trip was a great experience. The landscape is fascinating and offers lots of variety. Visits to national parks, offroad biking, elephant riding, relaxing days, bond fire and BBQ, authentic cuisine, visits to villages and meeting the locals, waterfalls, breathtaking views into the canyons, hiking in the rain forest.. all of this is included in the trip! An adventurous trip to this still mainly undiscovered part of India.Read More