About Blazing Trails


  • EXPERIENCE: We’ve been running tours since 1999, in India longer than any other British company. We deliver because we know what we’re doing.
  • SAFETY: All our Asian tours are accompanied by experienced guides, plus mechanics and, on high altitude Indian routes, a professional medic with safe and sophisticated equipment.
  • NUMBERS: We limit tour numbers, according to each tour. Refer to individual tours for maximum numbers.
  • ACCOMMODATION: Eat and sleep in the best locations. We’ll take you closer to a country, without skimping.
  • BIKES: Our Indian and Nepali bikes are Royal Enfields; all in excellent condition and scrupulously maintained by staff mechanics. In Africa, our ‘base’ bike is Suzuki’s DL650 V-Strom, with a selection of recent bikes from the BMW GS range also available.
  • FUN: You’ll have a lot of it. Our destinations are incredible and, for many, a life-changing experience. We love bikes, we love our tours – and we’re sure you will too.
  • ROUTES: Every route has been meticulously researched to show you the best riding and cultural experiences each destination has to offer.
  • PEACE OF MIND: We comply with the Package Travel & Linked Travel Regulations 2018, through International Passenger Protection, so your money is protected. We are a UK company, so you are protected under UK law.
  • DAMAGE: No labour charges for accident damage in India and Nepal. Elsewhere, we promise to be reasonable, fixing bikes in-house where possible.


The Blazing Trails team has been running motorcycle tours continuously since 1999. Thus, our hugely experienced staff are well able to take care of all planning and logistics, leaving you to get on with enjoying the bike and the many wonders our destinations have to offer. We believe that in terms of everything from safety provision, through machinery, to accommodation, our local knowledge allows us to provide the best motorcycling experiences. Our tours are largely designed to cater for riders of all abilities looking to make something extra-special of their traditional two-week break. We know how important the time is to you, so we don’t skimp on organisational detail. Whatever tour you choose, we’ll take care of all transport and accommodation while you’re on tour, and then whisk you safely back to the airport for your trip home – simple as that.


At BT we put a high emphasis on safety. So far as we know we are the only tour company that takes a fully-kitted medic (currently qualified to EU standards) on very High Altitude Indian tours. On our High Himalayan (Ladakh, Zanskar and Spiti Tours) emergency equipment includes ample oxygen, neck brace and backboard – we have everything in house to stabilise and evacuate a casualty, or simply to deal with squits, headaches or cuts and grazes. In the High Himalaya, all tours are also backed-up by a support vehicle carrying our medic, to ensure that any casualty is dealt with promptly, which is especially important when operating at altitude.  Serious accidents are extremely rare, but better safe than tragically sorry…



Has been working with bikes since he was 17, first as a despatcher, then mechanic, before entering bike journalism in 1995 at the launch of RiDE magazine. Over the next six years, Damon became deputy editor of RiDE, road test editor of Bike and editor of Performance Bikes. In 2002, Damon went freelance specialising in adventure touring. He has ridden in Thailand, Australia, Southern Africa, Costa Rica, the US, Sri Lanka and most of Europe. In 2005 Damon did a 16,000km ‘lap’ of India on an indigenous 150cc bike and the following year returned on a Yamaha XT660R to claim a bike World Altitude record (18,743ft). Also in 2006, Damon entered and won the Raid-de-Himalaya (on which he later officiated), before touring Nepal for several months. Damon speaks his native Cockernese, terrible Thai, hideous Hindi, touring French and still writes a few words for the UK press from time to time.


Lynne is responsible for arranging, promoting and hosting our all-female tour dates, as well as accompanying many of our regular trips. She is an experienced and well-travelled motorcyclist and organiser, having arranged trips through much of South America, Europe and India. She has also ridden independently in Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Vietnam, Morocco and just about all of Europe. Amazingly, Lynne has tackled the entire length of Bermuda by bike – all of 21 miles! Lynne has also played a part in supporting all-female off-road training events at Sweet Lamb in Wales and is a certified DVSA motorcycle instructor and advanced rider. At Home in Yorkshire our northern lass rides a BMW R1200GS, a Honda CB500X and CFR250 Rally.


A South African native, John has been associated with Blazing Trails since 2016. With nearly 40 years of exploring the country’s roads and trails on a motorcycle, and over a decade in tourism, he is ideally placed to lead and develop tours in his vast African back yard. Talking of size, John is no lightweight and neither is his bike, a hulking BMW 1200GSA. John speaks six of South Africa’s official languages fluently, including Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English – he can therefore communicate with just about anyone, anywhere in SA, and has a deep understanding of the area’s cultures. Our portly pal’s credentials are further enhanced by an encyclopaedic knowledge of the region’s natural wonders. Not really much of a drinker, though he can be persuaded into sipping the odd dram, Mr Allderman is impressed by large quantities of red meat, preferably prepared on an open fire. Do not, however, attempt to feed by hand unless you want thereafter to be known as ‘Stumpy.’


Javed may look like he just stepped out of the womb – and indeed he is by far our youngest staffer – but, having been born into a family of Enfield wallahs, his experience of Royal Enfields and their workings is extensive. Whether dealing with ancient four-speeders, or fancy new fuel-injected models, Javed has the skills and experience to cope. The young fella’s talents go beyond twirling the spanners, as he is also a natural networker and ‘fixer’, finding solutions to the challenges thrown up by the Indian road. Supremely helpful and personable, he is an integral part of our Indian team. Young mister Khan does of course speak Hindi and during his years on tour with us has learned enough English to be described as ‘fluent’.


A company supplying any two elements of a tour or holiday (in our instance transport and accommodation) is classed as an ‘organiser’. As such, they are bound by law to be ‘bonded’ – insured so that if they as a company went bust, any money you had paid for a future trip would be returned to you. Any company taking money for trips like ours without the appropriate bonding is acting illegally. Likewise, companies offering tours should have appropriate liability insurance so that they can pay out should a claim for damages due to negligence be made against them. We operate under the law of England and Wales, so we are accountable and if something goes wrong you are not pursuing a company in an overseas jurisdiction.


There are other legitimate companies offering tours such as ours that you may like to consider travelling with, but there are also many operating in India on a cowboy basis. Every year new outfits show up with websites featuring copied itineraries… and many of these soon vanish. Often they have underestimated the difficulties of operating in India and have neither the staff, nor the contacts and experience to deal with a crisis on the road. With these matters in mind, it would be folly not to ascertain the operator’s status on the matters outlined below before making a booking…


Who exactly is going to be leading your tour and what experience of the areas through which you will be travelling do they have? We met groups in the high Himalaya who were being ‘led’ by people who had never even been on the Manali-Leh route before and had neither oxygen, nor any idea in which direction to evacuate casualties. 

Medical matters

Will there be a real medic or first-aider travelling with you and what equipment will they be carrying? Do they have a vehicle to evacuate you if you are hurt?


How many people are likely to be on a trip and what is the staff/client ratio? How many people will there be to a room?


What happens if you crash and damage the bike? At Blazing Trails, we will repair bikes at what it costs us. Unlike some outfits, we do not charge for repairs done in-house.  


Is the company with which you are booking bonded and insured? If not, you may have great difficulty getting back any deposits you’ve paid if your tour is cancelled. If a company is asking for a cash balance on arrival in India, it is highly likely they are operating illegally, either because they are not insured, or/and are avoiding paying tax. There is also the chance that there may be nobody there to meet you when you turn up in India with a pocket full of Rupees and nowhere to go!