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As a biker, if you are thinking of doing some adventure, then “Ladakh” is the ultimate destination for you. This road trip is all about the journey which would mean much more than reaching the destination. Riding through Manali highway, covering the most stunning and challenging terrains and some very high mountain passes – Khardung La, Chang La, Tanglang La, Baralacha La, a road trip to the heavenly destination to Ladakh is one that you will cheers for the rest of your lives.
Swarmed by tourist from all over the world, Ladakh needs no introduction and words fall short to explain the grandeur beauty of this cold desert. Landlocked by the Karakoram and Himalayan mountains, Ladakh, a high altitude desert, is defined by craggy, barren cliffs and plateaus. Sharing its east boundary with Tibet, Ladakh has Lahaul and Spiti into its south west and the Kashmir valley to the west coast.
Ladakh isn’t a series of paintings hung up on a wall to be adored and taken snapshots of. Ladakh has to be felt, has to be experienced beyond sightseeing and the sound of the shutter of cameras. Having a number of Lamas and monasteries, butter tea and gently grunting yaks, there’s much more to Ladakh such as spectacular scenery and deep blue lakes. Visiting Ladakh is to experience serenity and loneliness in a vast cold barren desert, or ticking off an item on your bucket list, Ladakh is a storehouse of astonishing things. Each valley in the area is rich with unparalleled views, peculiar villages and some fabled monasteries.
A Leh-Ladakh journey entails a great deal of beauty, grandeur, and patience. A holiday here is captivating and being well informed will only smooth your excursion. This highest cold desert in the world is a journey of self-discovery at altitudes exceeding 12000 ft above mean sea level and surely one of the toughest motorcycle rides anywhere in the world.
About the Leh Ladakh Bike Trip
The Ladakh Bike trip through Manali-Leh Highway is going to give you more amazing experience than you are imaging now just by reading it. The tour starts from Delhi but actual bike trip will starts from Manali, a quaint charming town surrounded by majestic hills and woody forests and serene scenes of the pristine river Bias. The arid cold desert that lies at a staggering altitude is going to leave you gasping for breath.
Our Voyage will start from Delhi the capital of India; board bus for the journey to the Backpacker’s town Manali. We will reach Manali by next morning. After reaching Manali, we will be staying in riverside camps. The bike trip begins from day 3 with our drive out to Jispa. We will reach Sarchu on day 4 by crossing the famous Baralacha La. Lachung La, Moray Plains, and Tanglang La are the main attractions on the way to Leh on day 5. Tanglang La provides a scenic view from every angle with ample vegetation on both sides. We will reach Leh by late afternoon.
On day 6, we will ride out for Nubra Valley via Khardung La. We stay overnight in a typical high altitude Ladakhi village in Nubra valley – Hunder or Sumur. We ride out after breakfast for Pangong Lake on day 7 through some more high altitude passes, beautiful grazing grounds and landscapes. We spend night in the lakeside camp. After exploring Pangong Lake, we will ride for Tso Moriri on Day 8.
We will leave for Manali on day 9 and reach Sachu through Manali-Leh Highway. On day 10, we will reach Manali by late afternoon. You can explore Manali town and spend some quality time on Mall Road.
On Day 11, our representative will transfer you to bus stand where you can onboard our Volvo bus to reach Delhi next day. You will reach Delhi by next morning where our trip ends.
- Drive to Jispa, via Rohtang Pass
- Bike ride on Baralachha Pass to reach the camp site in Sarchu
- A challenging drive on Tanglang-La Pass (one of the world’s highest passes)
- Visit Thiksey, Shey and other Leh Monasteries
- Explore Jispa, Sarchu and Pang Villages.
- Shopping and sightseeing in Leh
- Visit to the beautiful Pangong Lake
- Visit to Tso Moriri
- Experience the adrenaline rush as you ride over the highest motorable road Khardung La
- Relish delicious Ladakhi cuisines.
- Feel the thrill as you ride through the barren roads and admire the breathtaking scenery of the region.
- Camping near Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri
- Stay overnight in a typical high altitude Ladakhi village in Nubra valley
- Region : Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir
- Nature of Trip : Motor Biking
- Duration : 12 Days/11 Nights
- Riding Days : 8 Days
- Daily Mileage : 140-180 Km
- Riding Season : May- September
- Difficulty : Moderate – Tough
- Average Temperature: 12-17 degrees (days) and 2-10 degrees (nights) during summers, 0-(-10) degrees (days) and (-10) – (-20) degrees (nights) during winters.
- Trip Starting Point: Delhi
- Nearest Railway Station: New Delhi Railway Station
- Nearest Airport: IGI Airport Delhi
- Atm: ATMs are there in all the way from Manali to Leh.
Delhi – Manali (560Kms/12-13Hrs)
Our trip will start from Delhi where you are going to board our Volvo bus for the journey to Manali. It will be almost 12 hrs journey from Delhi to Manali which will give you the hilly experiences and also the exciting feel. Volvo will be the in charge of your comfort concerns during overnight journeys.
Arrival at Manali
Arriving Manali in the morning, stay in riverside camps and take some rest. After serving lunch, we will take motorbike tour in the meandering roads of the Kullu Valley with Himalayas on the one side and River Beas on the other. We will test ride to famous Vashisth temple and watch the natural hotspring there.
This ride will help you to test the characteristics of the bike and acquaint yourself to handle the motor beast for your entire tour as the roads would be tricky. Enjoy a fun ride to the beautiful Kullu Valley. Return back to your camps for the night and enjoy the dinner.
Manali to Jispa (150Km/7-8Hrs)
After having delicious breakfast we will ride to Jispa while crossing the beautiful Rohtang Pass, Gulaba and Marhi. This journey will be exciting as we will drive on the stunning Rohtang Pass, situated at an altitude of 3,798 m. Road leads to this pass is extremely challenging and weather conditions are most of the times uncertain too. We will come across a number of tourists who have come here to enjoy snow activities. Drive via Lahaul valley, nestled amid snow-clad peaks we will reach Jispa in the late evening. Overnight stay and dinner at camps in Jispa.
Jispa to Sarchu (120Kms/6-7Hrs)
We will start our ride after early breakfast and reach Sarchu by evening through the ill famed Baralacha La. We will have some wonderful views as we are driving on Baralacha Pass (5000 m). Located at tri-junction of three roads, one from Manali, one from Leh and another from Spiti and Lahaul, Baralacha La is located at an elevation of 16,043ft.This pass is also the starting points of various treks like Suraj Tal trek and Chandra Tal Trek.
If you are planning road trip from Manali to Leh then it is always advisable to cross this pass before Noon because melting of snow and formation of water stream on the high altitude of this pass makes it difficult to cross.
We will continue our ride to reach Sarchu in the evening which is a village that forms the border between Himachal and Kashmir. Overnight stay and dinner in camp at Sarchu.
Sarchu to Leh(215Kms/9-10Hrs)
We will start our ride through the beautiful sights of the region and the changes landscape. Make a stop at Nakeela River, Gata Loops and Tanglang La. We will drive through the highest motorable mountain Pass on Manali – Leh Highway, Tanglang La (5300 m). This pass provides a scenic view from every angle with ample vegetation on both sides. Due to the Sharp curves Tanglang La can get distressing for the first timers hence it is important you to take someone who’s been on these roads before.
As we cross the pass, we will enter into the mountainous roads of Leh. After enjoying a high tea at Rumtse, we will reach Leh in the evening. Overnight dinner and stay in hotel at Leh
Leh to Nubra Valley via Khardung La (130Kms/6-7Hrs)
After having early breakfast, we will ride to Nubra Valley passes through Khardung La, one of the highest motorable roads in the world. It will take approx 6-7 hrs to cover a distance of 130 Km to reach Nubra Valley. We will visit Hunder sand dunes where you can see double humped Bactrian camels. We will also pay our visit to Diskit Monastery and its giant Buddha. We stay overnight in a typical high altitude Ladakhi village in Nubra valley – Hunder or Sumur. Dinner and overnight stay in Desert Camps.
Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake via Shyok Valley (170Km/6-7Hrs)
The sixth day of our tour covers a visit to the picturesque Pangong Lake. Today we have to cover a long distance of 170 Km; hence we will leave Nubra Valley early in the morning after breakfast. We will ride to Pangong Lake via Shyok Valley which which takes around 6-7 Hrs. Pangong Lake, largest brackish water lake in Asia is one of the best attractions of Ladakh. The lake sprawls in India as well as China. Two-third area of the lake lies in China. The waters are crystal clear blessed with so many intriguing shades of blue.
We will reach Pangong Lake by late afternoon. On arrival we will stay in the lakeside camp which is an experience of lifetime. Dinner and stay in camp near Pangong Lake.
Pangong Lake – Tso Moriri (280Km/9-10Hrs)
Having our breakfast early in the morning we will head towards Tso Moriri. Our now’s Ladakh bike trip will be tiring but you will have to manage it little. The journey is quite difficult and therefore participants should be careful and pay attention to the instructors.
We will reach Tso Moriri by evening. Dinner and overnight stay in lakeside camps at Tso Moriri.
Tso Moriri to Sarchu (228Kms/8-10Hrs)
We will leave Tso Moriri early in the morning for Sarchu. En-route, you will see Pang, a scenic spot in Ladakh’s landscape. We will reach Sarchu in the evening which is the middle point of Manali and Leh. Overnight dinner and stay in Camps.
Sarchu to Manali (215 Kms/8-10Hrs)
In the morning, We will begin our drive through the Sarchu plain and reach the Baralaccha plain till noon. Enjoy the beauty crossing through Lahaul ranges and reach Rohtang pass. Rohtang pass will challenge you with mini-rivers of mud. We will reach Manali in the evening where dinner and stay will arrange in hotel.
Departure from Manali
After breakfast, checkout from hotel. Take Volvo bus in the afternoon which will drop you to Delhi on next morning.
Accomodations – Stay is included from Day 2 to Day 10 (Leh to Leh).
You will be staying in hotels in Leh, desert camping in Nubra valley,
lakeside camping in Pangong Lake and Tso Moriri, and riverside
camping in Manali. You will be staying in camps during you ride to
Leh and back.
Meals – From dinner at Manali on Day 2 to breakfast at Manali on
Day 11 are included. All meals except Lunch are included in this cost.
A lot of emphasis is given to nutritional needs.
Other Inclusions –
Inner line security permits where applicable.
One Motorcycle Royal Enfield 350 cc on rent for you.
Volvo bus service from Delhi to Manali and Manali to Delhi
Tour leader and local guide on motorcycle.
Support vehicle with driver to carry your luggage.
RE mechanic with spare parts and minor repairs en route.
First aid kit and oxygen cylinder & Helmets.
Fuel for entire tour.
All taxes/ tolls
Bonfire with music whenever possible.
Foreigners permits for non-Indian riders.
All hotel taxes and entry fees to monasteries etc.
Hydration packs to assist you to prevent mountain sickness and
Any meals not specified (Lunches). Laundry, tips, camera fee, camel rides etc
Personal riding kit – jacket, helmet, gloves or shoes.
Alcohol and other beverages.
Going on a bike trip is like hard-core backpacking through the roughest of mountains. It’s an adventure visit to Ladakh that requires packing to be mild yet all of the basic requirements will need to get transported along.
Trekking Shoes, gear and Helmet
Backpack(40-60L) with rain cover
Warn layer of Clothes with Windproof Jacket
Two pairs of cotton socks. 2 pairs of woollen socks
Two pairs of full sleeve shirts/T-shirts, track Pants and jeans
Thermal inner – one pair
One pair of woollen hand gloves
Balaclava or woollen scarves
power banks, Bluetooth headset, batteries for backup etc.
A good quality camera.
Toiletries – Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer.
One water bottle(1L) and one thermos flask(1L)
Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.
A Swiss Army Knife
Personal Medical Kit
By Air: The nearest airport is at Bhuntar, Kullu which is 50 Kms away from Manali. Taxi services are available to Manali once you reach the airport.
By Railway: Being a hilly region, there is no railway station in Manali. There are train services from Delhi to Pathankot which is 285 Km from Kullu and approx 330 Km from Manali. There are railway stations at Shimla and Kalka for the convenience of tourists.
By Road: Most convenient and popular way to travel to Manali is by road, especially from Delhi. You can hire cabs or choose for Volvo buses plying daily from Delhi, covering a distance of 522 Km. This region also has good connectivity with Ambala, Chandigarh, Shimla, Dalhousie and other districts through regular bus services of Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation. It is advisable to book your tickets in the air-conditioned Volvo coaches, as the buses are more comfortable than ordinary ones, keeping in mind the long distance of the journey.
Weather is unpredictable in Himalayas due to high altitudes. It is necessary to acclimatized yourself before starting your trip. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.
We have an experienced Ladakh bike trip guide who leads the trip. To enjoy your safe and sound experience, follow the leads of
It is advisable not to drive in night as it could be dangerous.
Consult your physician before undertaking the trip and carry basic medicines you are using for the purpose of added safety.
While visiting the monasteries, do obey proper dress-code and do not hurt the local sentiments of the places.
The trip takes place through eco-friendly zone; do not encourage littering the local sites or campsites.
FIXED DEPARTURE DATES
|S No.||Duration||Group No.||Start Date/Delhi||End Date/Delhi|
|1||12 Days||01||13 June 2018||24 June 2018|
|2||12 Days||02||23 June 2018 (Few Seats Left)||04 July 2018|
|3||12 Days||03||03 July 2018 (Few Seats Left)||14 July 2018|
|4||12 Days||04||13 July 2018||24 July 2018|
|5||12 Days||05||23 July 2018||03 August 2018|
|6||12 Days||06||02 August 2018||13 August 2018|
|7||12 Days||07||11 August 2018||22 August 2018|
|8||12 Days||08||21 August 2018||01 September 2018|
|9||12 Days||09||31 August 2018||11 September 2018|
|10||12 Days||10||10 September 2018||21 September 2018|
|For two persons sharing one bike (with fuel and bike rental)||Rs. 37999/- per person|
|For the single rider in one bike (with fuel and bike rental)||Rs. 47999/- per person|
|For travelling by TT/SUV (Fuel included)||Rs. 36999/- per person|
Note – 5% of GST is applicable on the final amount.