A motorbike trip to Ladakh is the ultimate challenge for adventure seekers. The high altitude, the harsh climate, the rough terrain and the narrow roads make it very difficult to travel in Ladakh. Additionally, the area is sparsely populated, and the bikers are not always close to civilization.
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The craggy terrains and the high altitude demand a focused attitude and strong determination. The 13 day long ‘Ladakh Bike Tour from Manali’ will cover Manali – Jispa – Pang – Leh – Pangong Lake – Nubra Valley – Alchi via Lamayuru- Kargil- Srinagar Read the itinerary given below for your kind perusal.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||New Delhi / New Delhi|
||Manali – Jispa – Pang – Leh – Pangong Lake – Nubra Valley – Alchi via Lamayuru- Kargil- Srinagar|
|TIME||Departure: early morning, Arrival: Evening.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing, biking boots, hat, jacket and sunscreen.|
Day 1: Arrival in Manali
This day, we want you to get the hang of riding a Royal Enfield on the varied terrain of the Himalayas and be ready for the ride of your life. If you need any adjustments to be done, the mechanic can take care of it once we return to the guesthouse after riding through different types of terrain.
Day 2: Manali - Jispa (ride 150 km)
Day 3: Jispa - Pang (ride 150 km)
Right after you cross Jispa and enter the Greater Himalayan landscape, whatever traces of greenery were visible, soon begin to disappear. The mountains get dramatically bigger in this part of Manali-Leh highway. In fact, big is a common adjective to describe virtually everything in these parts.
Later, you’ll cross over the Baralachha Pass (5000 meters) towards noon. For the first time, you’ll get a feel of staying on a different planet altogether, which involve man, machine, mountain and sky. Later, you’ll hit the plains of Sarchu, the border point between the states of Kashmir and Himachal. Here, you’ll get into Ladakh, and very soon you’ll be standing on the Tibetan plateau. In the afternoon, you’ll step into our camp at Pang. Now, Pang is a mixture of varying natural formations which include peculiar sandy formations and craggy roads. Later in the evening, you might feel a little sick due to the high altitudes. The only solution is to drink lots of water, fluids and keep off the tobacco & alcohol. Some of you may find it difficult to sleep due to dizziness.
Day 4: Pang - Leh (ride 150 km)
The day 4 comes with immense challenges as you’ll pass through the immense flatlands and disappears into the mountain-range-horizon. You’ll see a long line of bikers with the odd truck coming down the other way. Today, you’ll cross the Tanglang-La Pass, the second-highest motorable mountain pass in the world at 5300 meters. Later, you’ll cross the pass and get to witness the first shades of Himalayan desert green at Gaya village.
The roads are much better here and we have a broad, well-maintained tarmac road, all the way to Leh, 60 kilometers from Upshi. On the way, we can see the monasteries of Thiksey and Shey, perched atop of a hill with desert oases at the bases where the local Buddhist populations live. Later in the afternoon, you’ll arrive in Leh. It is a busy market town, where the clamor and congestion of any other Indian market is manifested. Later, check in at the accommodation in the leafy suburbs of Changspa. In the evening, chill out over a bottle of beer. Over the next few days, we will explore the unique geography and culture of Ladakh.
Day 5: Leh Local Sightseeing
The day 5 is scheduled for a full day sightseeing tour of Leh- which has a mixed population of Muslim and Buddhist population. It also houses a large Masjid and a Tibetan Gompa. The main central street is lined with curio shops and has many eating places serving a wide range of cuisines.
We suggest you to give a well-deserved wash down to your dusty bikes & fix all the mechanical bugs that you’ve picked up along the way. We can take the opportunity to explore Leh on foot and check out the old fort that looks over the city. In the evening, take rest in the peaceful residential suburb of Changspa, in one of the many garden restaurants in the area. Later, enjoy a barbecue night under the star-studded sky, with huge glasses of beer or the local hooch-chhang.
Day 6: Leh - Pangong Lake (ride 149 km)
The day 6 is scheduled for a visit to the Pangong Lake- the largest brackish water lake in Asia. The 2/3rd of this gigantic high altitude lake lies in China. We drive north from Leh and then turn left at Karu. The well-maintained Kashmiri tarmac gives way to patchy surfaces and dirt. You’ll cross the Chang La (5500 meters) and descend to an army checkpoint at Tangse. We ride along the lake for a while and spend the night at Pangong Resort, a guest house run by the Ladakhi people.
Day 7: Pangong - Leh (ride 149 km)
Early morning, after breakfast, following a few quick walks alongside the lake, you will point the bikes back towards Leh. It is a relaxing ride today. Tonight is your last night in Leh so the rest of the evening is free to explore bazaars and visit Shanti Stupa, a huge structure overlooking Changspa. This stupa will let you a spent half an hour on the large terrace below the Buddha. A fantastic view of the Indus Valley and the Zanskar range will treat your eyes.
Day 8: River Rafting from Chilling to Nimo (3154m; 10,345 ft; 3 hrs)
Today is going to be adventurous as you,Too many travelers arrive in Leh and then spend the rest of their vacation making long drives to visit all the sites. If you want a bit more adventure and want to spend your time outside enjoying one option is a fantastic day of rafting on the Zanskar which is just an hours drive from Leh and about 3 hours of rafting which includes challenging class III rapids.
Rafting trips are organized by a number of tour operators in Leh and should cost no more than 1500 Rs a person. The first trips start in June and the last trips are taken in September. The best time to go is in middle to late July when the river sees its peak flows from glacial run off upstream.
It is 28km of rafting from the put-in at Chilling to the take out at the junction of the Indus and Zanskar at Nemo. It’s a speedy ride down the river with almost continuous rapids. Your guide will provide you a rafting helmet, wetsuit and booties before giving you a brief set of instructions on how to oar and safety procedures if you are thrown overboard. The water is cold and silty coming from the glaciers upstream.
If you are considering taking a camera its best to bring something waterproof or bring a small dry sack you can stick in your life preserver and make sure its well attached in case you are thrown overboard. The most exciting stretch of rapids is close to the end of the trip just before the bridge that crosses the river.
The Zanskar River is older then the surrounding Zanskar Mountains cuts a dramatic canyon directly through the mountain range. Geologically the junction of the Indus and Zanskar is an important area of study and the surrounding rocks near the take-out are of the Indus Group a 2000m thick formation made up of inter-layered marine and terrestrial deposits which were deposited just prior to the Indo-Asia collision in the basin that then existed between the two continents. Understanding the age of these rocks has helped geologists understand the exact timing of the collision between the two plates that occurred about 30 million years ago. The dramatic folding of th
Day 9: LEH TO HUNDER VIA KHARDUNG LA PASS (122 km)
Today, you take the road to the highest motorable pass in the world, Khardung La, at a dizzy height of 18,380 feet. After celebrating at Khardung La pass, you descend into the Nubra valley – a unique landscape of desert, rivers, snowcapped mountains and farms. Hunder town in Nubra valley lies amidst big sand dunes and small streams. You stay at a guesthouse that serves food from their own vegetable garden.
Day 10: HUNDER TO LEH (122 km)
Today we retrace our ride and cross the mighty Khardung La pass again to reach LEH
Day 11: LAMAYURU TO KARGIL
Today, AFTER BREAKFAST you visit Lamayuru monastery. Then you cross over two very beautiful passes, Namika La and Fotu La and pass by the rock sculpture of the Maitreya Buddha at Mulbek before reaching the famous town of Kargil.
Day 12: KARGIL TO SRINAGAR
The historic road from Kargil to Srinagar is a delight to ride on, with majestic views, green villages and raging rivers alongside. The real test of the ride, Zoji La pass at 11,575 feet, overlooks the beautiful mountains of Sonmarg on one side and the high altitude Ladakh region on the other. The constant landslides at the pass mean that we ride through mud and broken roads. Tonight, we PARTY on a houseboat in the beautiful Dal lake.
Day 13: LEAVE FROM SRINAGAR
Today is the day to bid farewell to the Himalayas and your riding buddies and head home after a ride of a lifetime.
Fixed Departure Dates 2016 – 2017
10, 17, 24
08 , 22 ,29
12, 13, 26
- 1920 USD/Pax for a group of 4-8 pax.
- 1840 USD/Pax for a group of 8 & above.
Suggestive Hotel for this tour
- Manali- Hotel Hiland/ Similar
- Jispa- Hotel Padam lodge Similar
- Leh – Hotel Hill town /Nobel house
- Pangong-wonderland camp
- Sarchu- Dorje Camp /Similar