This route covers the extremes where a motorbike can reach. Not only it takes you to World’s THREE HIGHEST Motor-able Roads in the High Himalayan Passes but also covers other high passes that are as hard to ride on like any other roads. Ladakh motorbike tour covers popular towns of Manali and Leh but also covers far-off villages, pristine blue and the massive lake of Pangong, myriad Buddhist Gompas and the ‘Prayer Flags’ fluttering around in chilling winds.
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: CHALLENGING
For physically fit riders, who have extensive experience in off-roading.
We mainly ride on small hilly, rocky and sandy tracks and there is also a high possibility of crossing water streams. You will also be travelling at a very high altitude (more than 4000m) for a long period of time, making the ride even more difficult.
THE MACHINE: ROYAL ENFIELD 500cc
Our fleet consists of Royal Enfield Classics 500cc and RE Himalayan 411cc, all in good conditions. The motorbikes have a European style gear shifting system (left side, first gear down) to ensure comfort and safety of our riders. We provide transportation of your luggage in the back-up vehicle. If needed, we also provide luggage carriers fitted to the motorcycle.
Your tour leader will be a very experienced rider who speaks English and the local dialects and is familiar with the area you will visit. He will also be in charge of the support team that includes mechanic, driver, and helpers and makes sure that the group travels safely.
The entourage comprises of a tour leader and a well-experienced mechanic. A support vehicle will be provided to carry the luggage and mechanical equipment. The van can also accommodate participants (who must be registered with a pilot) if they choose to enjoy the ride in the comfort of a van.
OVERVIEW OF THE LADAKH MOTORBIKE TOUR
Region: Himalayas and Trans-Himalayas in states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir
Total Duration: 09 Days / 08 Nights (08 Days of Riding)
Meeting Point: Manali Bus Stand / Kullu Airport
Approx. Total Riding Distance: 900km. / 550 miles
Highest Altitude: 5,602 meters / 18,380 feet
Accommodation Type: Deluxe Hotel / Deluxe Camping
Best Time to Visit: Late June to Late September
• Covering WORLD’S THREE HIGHEST MOTORABLE ROADS – Khardung La (18,380 ft.), Chang La (17,590 ft.), and Tanglang La (17,480 ft.).
• Escape from the crowded routes: rivers, forests, prayer flags and beautiful mountains throughout the journey.
• Stunning Views of Snowy Peaks of the Himalayas.
• Ride on one of the most dangerous roads in the world.
• Visit untouched villages, meet the locals and get to know the Himalayan culture.
• Turquoise undisturbed High-Altitude Lake of Pangong Tso.
• Unearth the Hidden Secrets of the Himalayas on the legendary Royal Enfield 500cc Motorcycles.
• The Less-Taken High Mountain Passes – Bara Lacha La (15,060 ft.) & Rohtang Pass (13,054 ft.)
• Towns of Manali & Leh covered.
• Highly Qualified & Experienced Team – Tour Leader, Mechanic and Drivers.
• Stay / Interaction with the Locals to understand their lifestyle.
• Drive through very less taken and secluded routes between Nubra Valley and Pangong Lake (via Shyok)
Arrive at Manali Bus Stand or Kullu Airport and get transferred to your hotel in Manali. Relax and rest for a while in the beautiful mountain set-up. Meet with your machines for the first time. We drive locally to get the feel of the motorcycles and see if any minor repair/changes are required.
We also visit popular Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Main Market, Jana Falls, and Naggar Castle and village.
Overnight at your comfortable hotel in Manali.
After early breakfast, we drive through numerous Himalayan villages around Manali and climb to the Rohtang Top (13,054 ft.). It may be one of the lower passes in comparison to the ones ahead but it is surely one iconic and difficult pass to cross. The roads are steep on either side of the pass and we need to climb through winding roads. After crossing Rohtang Pass, we enter Lahaul valley which semi-dry region with basic facilities en-route. We make a pit stop at Tandi to refill the fuel as the next fuel station will be over 350 km. away!
By late afternoon, we ride further and reach the small town of Jispa and stay in our camps. Next day is relatively shorter, so we may also stop by at the small town of Tandi at the confluence of river Chandra and Bhaga.
After breakfast, we continue our journey forward. We will negotiate a couple of Nulla crossings today. Today is a small distance but tonight we stay at an altitude of 4,300m so it is very important to keep ourselves hydrated to keep the health fine.
On route, we negotiate through various river crossings on the way (some difficult) and reach Bara Lacha La top (15,060 ft.) from where drive mostly downhill and reach plains of Sarchu (14,070 ft.). Overnight at camps in Sarchu.
After early breakfast, we drive towards the scenic Ladakh plains. We cross Lachung La and Naki La, and reach Pang as our first pit stop. Further, from Pang, we ride through the amazing rolling plains, the ‘Morey Plains’ which offers 40 km. of the drive of your life. Further, we climb the top of the World’s Third Highest Motorable Road at Tang Lang la. As we descend, we start witnessing habitation and reach the main town Leh by evening.
Today is a relaxing day, we rest well and enjoy the local visit to the market, palace and monasteries. It’s also time to get our machines and inner line permits prepared. We celebrate our journey so far in the evening and do any further purchasing if required.
Today is the day we scale the highest motorable road in the world. We start after breakfast and cover around 35 km. to reach Khardung La top (18,380 ft.) in about two hours, through the winding roads. We spend about 10 minutes at the top capturing memories and enjoying the sights from the top.
Further, we drive down to the Nubra Valley which is a beautiful valley along the river and Shyok. We visit the sand dunes of Hunder and Maitreya Buddha at Diskit.
Overnight at camps/guest house in Nubra.
We start our ride from Hunder in Nubra Valley to Pangong Lake. We take the Shyok river route which is a little tricky one to cover although it doesn’t involve crossing a high-altitude pass. The distance is about 175 km long and takes 5 to 6 hours to complete.
As we approach the lake, a small water mass starts to appear and grow massive as we grow closer. Pangong lake is one of the largest high-altitude saltwater lakes in the world. The huge lake spreads of kilometres in length spreading across India into the China Occupied Kashmir. The multi-coloured mountains in the backdrop complete a heavenly view worth all the effort.
We stay in a camp/cottage near Pangong Lake where we can see night sky and colours of the lake.
We drive back from Pangong Lake to Leh via Chang La. Chang La is another high-altitude pass which is in the list of highest passes. At 17,590ft. it is regarded as the Third Highest All-Weather Motorable Road in the world. On the way, we visit Thiksey Monastery, the replica of Potala Palace in Lhasa and the Shey Palace & Monastery.
Dinner and overnight at Leh hotel.
This is the last day of the tour and we keep it easy and free. We visit Nimu, the confluence of river Indus and Zanskar along Srinagar Highway, and also pay a visit to Sikh shrine of Gurudwara Pathar Sahib. We keep the remaining day free to celebrate the success, and also to buy some souvenirs to carry back home with you.
After breakfast, we hug good-byes and drop you at Leh Airport for your onward flight to Delhi.
This marks the end of once-in-a-lifetime journey.
This is a fixed departure premium group of maximum 12 members. The date of the program is 23rd June 2019 from Manali.
Current Availability: 10/12
Current Nationalities Booked: French 02
For custom/private groups, please contact our team for details.
Rider – USD 1,000 / Rs. 64,000 (+5% GST)
Pillion – USD 700 / Rs. 44,000 (+5% GST)
Up to 30 Days:- 90% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 21 – 30 Days:- 60% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Between 20 – 11 Days:- 30% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days:- No refund.
Getting Wet and Falling Sick.
Slipping and Falling down on a bad/slippery road.
Accidents with other vehicles.
Ride towards your side of the road.
Always ride in a heavier gear on downhill slopes.
Carry Rain-Protection gear to stay dry and comfortable.
Wear Strong Shoes with Good Grip.
Wear Goggles while trekking in daylight.
Delayed help in case of emergency or getting lost.
Follow the instructions given by the Leader and Team.
Walk with the group and keep a watch on your group members.
Acute Mountain Sickness (happens due to the lower partial pressure of Oxygen at altitudes above 8,000 feet)
Symptoms – headache, muscle aches, insomnia, nausea and vomiting, irritability, loss of appetite, swelling of the hands, feet, and face; rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath with physical exertion, coughing, chest congestion, inability to walk or lack of balance.
Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 litres a day. Drink a lot of water/juice/tea etc.
Abstain from alcohol and smoking.
Eat high caloric food.
Rest well at night.
Keep yourself warm and immediately inform team for any uneasiness.
Appropriate equipment is a component of a successful journey!
Travel light, TRY TO STAY UNDER 45 LBS (20 KGS)
A sailor bag would be perfect, a walker’s bag too (without steel bar). You can close it with a padlock if you want to (Don’t forget to tag it with your address. Also, with our office address in India).
A small backpack of 20 litres is advised for daily necessities such as camera, sunscreen lotion.
CLOTHES AND PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:
3 light pants
4 shirts (including some with long sleeves, to protect yourself from the sun)
2 warm sweaters or jackets
Sun glasses and Cap
Sport shoes or Sandals
1 pair of Thermals
Undergarments and Towels
1 litre canteen (flask) and a flashlight (don’t forget the batteries)
Some sweets and cereal bars
SPECIAL MOTORCYCLE CLOTHES:
Motorcycle boots are strongly advised (waterproof)
Warm motorbike jacket & trousers with nice cushioning (synthetic preferred)
A rain suit (just in case the suit is not waterfall!)
Personal Helmet (though we provide a helmet but personal is always recommended for exact fit)
PERSONAL MEDICINE KIT
Bandages and special blisters bandage
Sun screen lotion and Lip balm
There are plenty of hidden differences that are not noticed when the other operators “flash” the attractive deals.
The biggest difference is the group size. We focus on experience and not making cost a bottom low. We keep the group size limit at 10-12 so that every member is paid attention to and we ensure that everyone has a good and safe time.
Our Motto is “Safety Above All”, our team is experienced enough to take care of the bikes and the people well and always keep their safety in mind. We always keep oxygen support, medical kit and a person trained to act in contingency situations with the team at all times.
Most of the budget groups do not include the fuel in the program. We keep fuel and any worrying things covered already.
We maintain your motorcycles like day 1, we daily clean, repair them and next morning each motorcycle is rearing to go. Also, minor repairs and maintenance are included in the cost.
Lastly, there are lots of visible differences in terms of motorcycle condition and hotel category, the ratio of riders to staff, that makes our tour enjoyable, safer and a pleasant experience.
Manali to Sarchu is just about 230 km and can be covered in around 8 to 10 hours. The only concern is that Sarchu is situated at 4200m. altitude and driving straight to Sarchu and sleeping at such high location can send one into a serious risk of being affected by the Acute Mountain Sickness. Moreover, we tend to give you more time during your first day of riding so that you get the best hand on the motorcycles.
If there is an accident/mishap, the first thing to see if whether it is in drivable condition or not. Either way, we need to make arrangement to transport it back to the base (which may / may not invite charges). Also, once the motorcycle is back in the garage we give an estimate to the rider about the damage and expenses. We provide the itemized list of parts which needs to be paid for repair.
Maintenance covered with the bikes includes daily check-up of the motorcycles, daily greasing and oiling, regular oil check up and replacement (engine and brake), damage of important wires (clutch and accelerator), tyre tubes in case of flat tyre, spark plug, etc. So, basically essential minor repairs.
Any other repair of the motorcycle or requirement of any spare is chargeable additional at extra cost.
Yes, one can rent gears from Manali. Although please keep in mind that Manali might not have a huge selection choice of the gears. Rent is paid for the tour duration + 3 days, the time required by our team to deposit it back in Manali.
This tour is only reserved for the experienced riders as the route posts sufficient difficulties and require certain manoeuvring experience for a safe and enjoyable journey.