Australian motorcycle travel company World on Wheels is offering the first ladies-only tour of the Himalayas in 2018.
WOW cofounder Denise Ferris (pictured above) says she has been thinking about a “ladies-only tour” for some time.
“There are a lot more women who ride these days, so why not?” she told us when we interviewed her in December 2015.
Last year Denise planned to lead what she believes is the first ladies-only “motorcycle and soul safari” across the Indian Himalaya.
The original plan was for 2017, but the 12-night tour will now be held in July and August of 2018.
“The extra time also allowed me to make some enhancements to the itinerary,” she says.
Women on the tour will ride classic 500cc Royal Enfield motorcycles across the Himalayan mountain range as well as taking part in yoga and meditation classes.
“It is an opportunity to breathe,” says Denise who is one of the most experienced female motorcycle travel guides in the world.
As a co-founder of Ferris Wheels more than two decades ago with husband Mike, she has travelled the world extensively, running motorcycle tours on four continents.
She has now established a new business “Safaris for the Soul” under which she will run her all-women’s tours.
“Maybe even some walking tours in the years ahead,” she says.
“You will spend time in wonder, listening to the voice of your soul while absorbing the colour, the culture, the cuisine and the connection of India and her people,” she says of the Himalayan tour.
Rides will stay in boutique accommodation, contribute meaningfully to a local community, visit sacred temples and celebrate “all that women are”.
The tour from July 26 to August 7, 2017, will cost US$7500 per person twin share.
Safari inclusions: Yoga/meditation teacher, bike rental, 12 nights in quality hotel accommodation, airport transfers, all meals, English-speaking guide, minibus support vehicle, mechanic, first-aid back-up, fuel, maintenance, repairs, third-party bike insurance and airfare from Leh to New Delhi at the end of the trip.
The price does not include international flights, taxes, personal expenses, tips, comprehensive travel insurance (about A$300-00) and visa (US$60).