British Motorcyclist is Killed After Plunging Down 1,600ft Gorge During Biking Tour Along Remote Himalayan Road

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  • A British national died earlier in June during a motorbiking tour in northern India
  • He plunged 1,600ft into a gorge after a motorcycle accident in the Himalayas 

A British tourist in India has died after a motorcycle accident on a remote Himalayan highway saw him plunge 1,600ft off the edge of a cliff into a gorge.

The as yet unidentified Brit embarked on a road trip as part of an eight-man motorbike tour to the tribal Kinnaur district in Himachal Pradesh, the northernmost state of India and home to the Himalayan mountains.

The unfortunate tourist reportedly lost control of his motorbike after hitting a stone in the road and veering off track while travelling along the NH-5 highway near Kashang Nala.

His motorbike is said to have been knocked off course and hit a roadside barricade, which catapulted him over the barrier and sent him tumbling some 1,600ft to his death.

A member of the search and rescue team told Indian outlets that rescuers and members of the local police force from Reckong Peo town rappelled into the gorge and extracted Barrett’s body.

His body was sent for a post-mortem and subsequently handed over to the next of kin.

MailOnline has contacted the Foreign Office for comment and further information.

The Indian district of Kinnaur in Himachal Pradesh is an extremely popular destination for tourists, particularly bikers.

The tribal areas offer tough and challenging terrain, with rocky mountain roads often the only option for reaching more remote areas. 

Source: Dailymail