The 490 kilometers Manali – Leh is considered to be one of the most exciting and adventurous trail around the world. This four-month open Leh Ladakh Trip 2019 route creates adrenaline rush for travelers and bikers from India and the other parts for the globe. Though being a challenging road for driving, Manali-Leh road has attracted more travelers than the other Srinagar-Leh route which is comparatively considered easy. The Trans Himalayan Range includes the Ladakh and the Zanskar ranges which are the home for innumerable surprises and astonishments. Manali – Leh Road Trip is one of the world’s most interesting and most exciting and adventurous trail. Though this road opens for only four and a half months in a year, it still happens to be the most awaited route to be travelled by the world’s best bikers. An acclaimed biker will always look forward to drive these roads which lead to a heavenly experience.
Starting from Manali, the Leh-Ladakh road trip travels on an average 13,000 feet elevation. This increases the possibility of Acute Mountain Sickness which should be taken care of by frequent hydration and local tribal tip of smelling camphor. The frequently changing weather and temperature while passing through different geographical elevations and depressions all in the same day will be a trilling experience. The Rohtang pass (13050 feet), Baralacha Pass (16,020 feet), Nakeel Pass(15,547 feet), Lachungla Pass (16,600 feet) Tanglang Pass (17,585 feet) and Khardungla Pass (18,380 Feet) take your feet off the ground to explore the higher land of Leh-Ladakh. The loopy road of Gata, makes you count all the 21 hairpin bends with a hats-off to the commendable maintenance of Border Roads Organization.
The tediousness of the 490 kilometers drive will all be vanish in to the air, with the wonderful sighting of “Jullay, Welcome to Ladakh” welcome board. The Leh-Ladakh exploration trip is made way more exquisite by the nature’s gifts like Sham Valley with all the brown-dusty mountain ranges contradicting the Nubra Valley attraction of White Sand Dunes. The river beds of Indus and Zanskar are the home several Buddhist Monasteries like Deskit, Thiksey and many more. Apart from these, the once Tibetan province, Leh-Ladakh, has been the land for the Leh Fort, Shey Palace and Shanti Stupa.
This Trans Himalayan Biking Group Trip takes place every year for people from various walks of life to gather around, motivate and share compassion to help them drive through their ambitions and passions. The trip is considered to be very strenuous, which just not requires physical strength but also a lot of mental strength to drive through the deserted and desolated lands of the Ladakh and Zankar Ranges. Gathering hundreds of people and helping them tick Manali-Leh Bike trip off their bucket-list makes us very delightful. The Trans-Himalayan Bike trip is also a trip which boosts your strength as it draws a lot of cosmic energy resting in the tall standing mountains.
To conclude this experience, the Trans-Himalayan Group Bike trip will just not leave you with beautiful pictures for your wall of fame but also some warm relationships having exciting stories behind every picture.
Accomodations – Stay is included from Day 1 to Day 5 (Leh to Leh). You will be staying in a hotel at Leh, desert camping in Nubra valley and lakeside camping in Pangong Lake.
Meals – From dinner at Leh on Day 1 to breakfast at Leh on Day 6 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 350cc on rent for you.
- Transfers from airport to hotel and then back to airport.
- 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.
- Foreigners permits for non-Indian riders.
- All hotel taxes and entry fees to monasteries etc.
- Flights to and from Leh.
- Any meals not specified (Lunches).
- Laundry, tips, camera fee, camel rides etc
- Personal riding kit – jacket, helmet, gloves or shoes.
- Alcohol and other beverages.
- 5% GST
- Anything not mentioned in the inclusions.
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
- Sun cap
- One pair of wooden hand gloves
- Balaclava or woollen scarves
- LED torch
- 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
- Mandatory Documents especially driving licence.
By Air – Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Leh is the nearest airport, which is in Leh town. It is the most convenient way to reach Leh. There are a number of flights from Delhi to Leh.
By Railway – Jammu Tawi Railway Station is the nearest rail-head, which is 850 Km from Leh. An excellent rail network connects Jammu Tawi to other important cities like Delhi, Mumbai, and Kolkata. You have to get taxi and drive to Leh via Srinagar or Keylong. But since these routes are close in winter you can’t visit Leh during winters via road.
By Road – Planning Delhi as a base for your Ladakh bike trip, Srinagar to Leh and Manali to Leh will be the two chief paths offering the very best street conditions and scenic views.
- 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 Trip leader.
- 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.
The Trans-Himalayan Group Bike Road trip starts with the arrival at Delhi bus stop for an overnight A/C coach drive to Manali.
Reach Manali in the morning and the transit to Hotel accommodation. Later in the evening, the bikes are allotted to explore Manali and familiarize with your companion (the bike) for the rest of the journey. Enjoy your first drive in the Kullu Valley and rest at the hotel for the actual adventure to begin.
The drive to the Trans-Himalayan region starts from Manali to Keylong through the Rohtang Pass. This pass is at a 13,050 feet elevation from the sea level and a natural connect for the Kullu and Lahaul valleys. The first of your journey ends after crossing the Lahaul Valley & Spiti Valley. This introduces you to the greenery and some local cuisine aroma filled in the winds of Keylong.
The altitude climbing starts here so try to be hydrated for the further elevations.
To slow down the pace of the altitude raise, the next stop night halt will be at Sarchu which is just 100 kilometers away from Keylong. This gives time to the body to adjust back to the altitude and temperature differences. The day starts from Keylong after breakfast, passing through the Lahaul Valley and the cross the Baralacha la pass that divides the Chandra and Bhaga rivers. This pass stands at 16,040 feet above the sea level. Witness the Deepak Taal and Suraj Taal – the origin of Bhaga River.
Rest your bike at Sarchu for a steeper ascend and 260 kilometers stretched bike drive to Leh.
The travel to Leh, the most exciting part of the trip, starts from Sarchu after breakfast. As the ascend starts, the first lap of the drive would be through Nakeela and Lachangla pass elevated above 16,000 feet each. Make a halt at Pang, to grab a bite and don’t forget to keep hydrating to avoid mountain sickness. The Tanglang La Pass at an elevation of 17,585 Feet above sea level which is the 2nd Highest Motorable Road in the World which requires a stable drive after enjoying the nature f the the Skyangcu Thang Plateau for a 42 kilometres stretch. This road lands you in the hamlet of Upshi for obtaining the tourist and vehicular permits to enter the Ladakh Range in Jammu and Kashmir.
The road twists and turns by the banks of Indus river through the ancient Indus Valley to reach Leh by evening.
After breakfast relishing the brownish dusty mountains tipped with ice, start the first days trip with some blessing of Guru Nana at the Pathar Sahib Gurudwara, followed by witnessing the nature’s magical Magnetic Hill which defies gravity. Zoom through Indus Valley to click the pictures of the confluence of Indus and Zanskar Rivers at Sangam. Enjoy the mesmerizing blue waters of Zanskar with the river rafting experience. As the sun hits its peak, return back to Leh to enjoy the local cuisine of momos and thupka and then travel through the memory lane of the Kargil War in the Hall of Fame Museum, homage to its great martyrs
Later in the evening Leh city local tour initiates with a Peace Pagoda – the Shanti Stupa. This is located at a 5 kms distance from Leh, on a hill facing the Leh Palace. Absorbing the peace and harmony form the Buddhist Dharmacakra, we move ahead to witness the grandeur of the Tibetan architecture of the Leh palace. The day is called off at the Leh market, which is the best place to pick some Tibetan crafted souvenirs. . Rest it out for the day in Leh waiting for an exciting tomorrow.
Completing breakfast in Leh, it’s now time to take a drive to the World’s Highest Motorable Road, which is none other than Khardong La Pass at a unimaginable height of 18,380 feet above the sea level. Passing through this, the nature paves its way into the, once eastern Tibetan trading route, the Nubra Valley. The Nubra Valley is surrounded by the Himalayan ranges with breath-taking visuals of prayer-flag topped peaks with snow all round the year. The Sand Dunes between the towns of Diskit and Hundur is a vast desert but the best place to have the local Ladakhi cuisine by the road-side cafes.
The Camel Safari is a must near the Diskit town as the camels here are double humped and are found only in Ladakh and Mongolia. Rest is well-deserved for the altitude drives in Nudra Valley Camp.
After breakfast on day four, the journey starts toward the Pangong lake at 14,500 feet above the sea level along the “River of Death”, Shyok. En route, the Diskit monastery, the largest Buddhist gompa of the Nubra valley is visited. This is the abode for the 32 meter Maitraiya Buddha facing down the Shyok River. After reaching Pangong Lake, we check into the mesmerizing camp along the lake side to see the wonderful shades of blue shown by the lake whose color changes almost every hour. The day comes to an end with the sun-set view near the retiring camp surrounded by the grey and brown mountain range.
The day begins with a lovely walk and a picturesque sun-rise by the lake-side and after breakfast the journey back to Leh starts. Never miss to catch a sight of the rainbow in the morning above your tent, the simple breakfast on the lakefront. On the way back to Leh, visit the famous Tibetan Buddhist Thiksey Monastery locates at 11,800 feet about sea level is visited. It is 12-story complex which consists of Buddhist stupas, statues and thangkas, along with a 46 feet tall statue of Maitreya which is 2-story high of the building.
The route to Leh is through the Chang la pass. This ends the breathtaking and adventurous bike drive. Stroll through the roads of Leh, to bid a final bye and rest in the allotted accommodation. Don’t miss the apricots of this famous “Apricot Valley”.
The trip comes to an end after the trasit to the Leh Airport to board a fight back home, with lots of souvenirs of the world’s acclaimed bike trip.