Touring - Monsoons They Say...But does anybody know? Please Help!
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05-27-09, 09:02 PM
So have the formations of a bike trip rumbling away in my head...after getting married in April next year we want to head to the sub-continent (India, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangledesh, Thailand) and go riding/do volunteer work. Only trouble is the monsoon arrives about the same time we do.
We have travelled in these countries, but never in the rainy season. Has anybody out there done it? I have worked out when and where its raining, and basically from June to September its pretty hard to avoid the rains it would seem. Dont mind getting wet... but 3-4months of it?
Any help, tips, hints, pearls of wisdom about riding in these areas and rain would be HUGELY appreciated!
Thanks so so so much and have a fantastic day!
I lived in Southeast Asia for a couple of years. Generally the rainy season meant rain every day but it was somewhat predictable. It would rain in the afternoon for a couple of hours and then dry out. There were times though when it could rain all day. One of the big problems you may have is flooding. I know Bangladesh in particular has had some flooding trouble.
Marc Beaumont went through asia in monsoon season on his record attempt, apart from some flooded roads everything went fine for him I think
05-28-09, 12:22 PM
It doesnt rain everyday in the monsoons, leastways not in the Indian subcontinent. Some areas are more prone to daily rain, other places you'll have a few days of heavy rain followed by a mix of clouds and rain; yet other places, you'll just have clouds for the most part with some showers.
June/July tend to be wetter - Aug is usually not so bad in India. Coastal areas and mountain foothills tend to be wetter and get more rain than inland plains.
05-31-09, 05:46 AM
wicked thanks so much for the help!
Thats the vibe I had been picking up from others as well, so fingers crossed I guess eh!
05-31-09, 04:56 PM
We spent a year in that area way back in 1990-91 so went through rainy season. It really wasn't all that bad. There were times when the rains appeared out of nowhere and it POURED!! But we knew it would only last a few minutes, so we just stopped and stood there in the rain, then continued on. It isn't cold, so getting wet is that big of a deal.
I would avoid the flat areas like Bangladesh. Flooding is the most nasty thing. I never cycled in the Monsoon, but I had it in Ecuador. Once in night the water was 1 m high (fortunately I got a room in 1st floor). During the next day the water was "only" 20 cm high (for a view hours). Expect this.
It was a nice experience for 2 days but it can be annoying for long time (1-2 months).
Waterproof panniers are nice :)
06-02-09, 01:49 PM
I have travelled extensively (however I NOT toured there) in the North Eastern Part of India (Nepal, Bhutan, Sikkim, Darjeeling and the Himalayan foothills) and the rainy season Monsoon usually come in around May and lasts till September/October. It is a pretty miserable time to be touring. I have not been to Bangladesh but I imagine it is probably a little worse. If you need details fell free to ask.
Also I think there has been a huge storm recently that has washed away some of the roads that connect the mountains. Let me know if you need more information.
06-02-09, 07:31 PM
Again thanks so much for all your helps.... and for those of you on the road at the moment, I hope things are ticking along one way or another!
Family on bikes... love your website! JohnyW...kliner deustch..but looks good!
Seems to be the general vibe, is that it rains, but not all the times... and to use whatever commonsense you posess to stay out of some flatter, flood prone areas and keep as up-to-date as possible with roads and if the still exist or not.
If anyone stumbles onto some more info that would be hugely appreciated! The whole thing is still a ways off, just kicking ideas around and hoping to pick up where life is trying to send us, looking into websites and all that... so thanks again so much for all your help!
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