Tour Code ET02
Duration 11 Nights / 12 Days
Total riding distance 1650 KM (approx)
Pick up / Drop New Delhi
Price $2200 USD Book

This two weeks motorcycle expedition to Ladakh is neither too slow nor is too fast. This package is designed with one way ride, you will fly back from Leh to New Delhi. Manali – Leh highway is the common route chosen by most of the adventure riders. This route offers stunning landscape from green valley to the snow capped mountains. And you can ride through those snowy mountains as you have to cross 5 high mountain passes on this trip. Exploring Himalayas on a Vintage Royal Enfield motorbike would be one of the unforgettable experience of your life. So get ready for this wondrous journey to astounding Leh-Ladakh.

Availability : June to September

route map Manali to Ladakh motorcycle expedition
Leh Ladakh bike trip route map

Detailed Manali Ladakh route map.

Attractions of the trip

  • Tour starts from Manali, a Popular hill station of India. And it will end at Leh, the best adventure destination.
  • Visit to the Khardungla – highest motorable road of the world.
  • Covers the total 7 Passes and 3 Lakes of the Himalayas.
  • Cruise through the scenic Manali-Leh highway.
  • Breathtaking Ride along with the Indus River.
  • Options to explore local attractions of Manali and Leh.
  • Sand Dunes of cold desert of Himalayas.
  • Double humped camel safari.
  • Awesome scenic landscapes of Chumathang region.
  • Visit to hot springs of Chumathang.
A rider on Manali Leh highway passing through the snowy mountains
A biker crossing a snowy mountain pass on Manali Leh highway

About Motorcycle Expedition to Ladakh

Manali to Ladakh Motorcycle Expedition is most popular tour among all the Ladakh motorcycle tours. This expedition is for those with a true adventurous spirit. Blind corners, steep climbs and drops, and plenty of narrow twists & turns will take you through this spectacular landscape. June to September is the best season for this motorcycle trip.

This tour takes you high into the mountains and along the ancient path, known as the Silk Route. It wasn’t until 1974 that any outside visitors could even travel here.

Himalayas is well known for its highest peaks and mountain passes. So every rider have a dream to ride through those passes. This bike trip will offer you to fulfill your dream. You will reach up to the lofty elevations of 18,380-feet. The landscape of Ladakh has many secrets to discover. In the summer, the region is rich with bird life, while several types of mountain sheep, goats, kiang roam the land. Even you can spot snow leopard.

Ride Level is thrilling and varied from paved to dirt to gravel. It isn’t a route for the inexperienced bikers, but an experienced rider will also find it enough of a challenge without being over faced. Temperature can range from hot to quite cold. Though it falls under rain shadow zone and counted as cold desert but some rain and even some snow possible. The weather is as unpredictable as the uncharted terrain. But this will only increase adventure.

There is no better way to get to know this wild landscape than on the back of a motorcycle. Royal Enfield the most popular bike riders used for a road trip to Ladakh.

Bikers posing in Ladakh
Riders somewhere in Ladakh

Itinerary – Delhi to Ladakh Motorcycle Tour

Day by day detailed itinerary for this road trip

Day 1: New Delhi to Manali

You shall be joining the tour at New Delhi where you’ll be met by our representative. An early morning air-conditioned cab will take you from New Delhi to Manali which is around 12 hour long journey.

Manali is a beautiful valley and a popular hill station of Himachal Pradesh located in the Himalayas. It is Known for its amazing weather, beautiful scenery and hospitable friendly locals you will get time to rest and get around the Town. Many people come here for meditation and to detoxify their body.

You will be rewarded by perfect Indian Cuisine as dinner in our chosen luxury hotel. For the tired ones, a bed will await, for the adventurous, couple of drinks and a brilliant experience of star gazing!!

Day 2: Manali (Know Your Motorbike)
Manali to Ladakh moto voyage

Manali is referred by the locals as “the valley of Gods”. Now you get the chance to explore the valley and see for yourself why it is termed as the valley of Gods. People also call it mini Switzerland.

Today you will be handed over your Royal Enfield bike and a brief guide on riding it in India. To know it better and understand its feel and controls we will leave it to you.

You can visit the temples, meet locals and see how they live, tread away from the population and end up at the beautiful hot springs, shop away for local treasures, artifacts and souvenirs. You may give walk on the Mall road in the evening. Taste local fruit juices. The choice to spend the day rests totally on you.

Day 3: Manali to Jispa (140 KM)
Jispa - on the way of Manali Leh Highway

At 10,000 ft (3,300 m approx) Jispa provides valuable acclimatization time as well as a great starting point for the journey ahead.

You will have to ride approximately 140 km and cross the Rohtang Pass (The Corpse’s pass) famed for its inhospitable snow storms and blizzards. The pass provides with mesmerizing views of Himalayas and also serves as the divide between the humid Kullu valley and the high altitude Lahaul and Spiti valleys. Its altitude is approx 4000 meters.

Once we reach Jispa, you will be treated to a high class hotel or camp with all modern facilities despite the secluded and remote nature of Jispa. It is scenic and serene place in the lap of nature. Take your time to acclimatize here. This is the last habitat place and now on barren land starts. The adventure is just about to begin. So get relaxed be ready for tomorrow’s adventurous journey.

Day 4: Jispa to Sarchu (90 KM)
Sarchu - Border of Ladakh and Himachal

This 84 KM is not as simple as it looks. The road from Jispa to Sarchu is a colossal collection of bends, curves, hairpins, water crossings and beautiful scenery. We will also get to cross Baralacha La (la means mountain pass), the connecting pass between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh. It is one of of the dangerous mountain pass of the world. You may feel low oxygen on this pass and it will test that how properly you are acclimatized.

The approximately 16,000 ft (4,890 m) high mountain pass offers peace and solitude as well as adventure for the hungry soul. We will make camps in Sarchu after completing the 84 km journey which is at an height of approx 14500 feet. One of the toughest day for you.

Day 5: Sarchu to Leh (251 KM)
Leh City

This day will be spent in travelling from Sarchu to Leh and will be the longest amount of distance that requires to be traveled in one day. The road snakes through the mystical mountains on which many a fables have been written. It gives you amazing landscape today. We have to cross 3 mountain passes today. Lachung La, Nakee La and Tanglang La. Among the other attractions for today will be Pang – a place where you can see the art of the nature. And next will be More plains – ride a long straight road through a plateau.

The highest mountain pass in the way would be Tanglang La at 17,480 ft (5,328 m) pass. Some riders could feel some discomfort, but generally it should go smoothly. The journey will provide all the magnificent views of Himalayas along with possible views of the fauna that finds these habitats to their liking.

With a bit of luck, we may run in to wild herds of Kiang (untamed Himalayan donkeys) grazing. It is also possible to run into local tribesman Bhotiya, old nomadic tribesman helping their livestock graze.

Gata Loops

Gata Loops - Curvy roads of Ladakh

The road between Sarchu and Leh will provide you with the magnificent stretches of hairpin bends called Gata loops and Moore plains. The Gata loops is an absolute test of the bikers skill it will test you on its 21 hairpin bends.

The Moore plain is a reward for scaling the mountains. The road is 40 km straight and provides a great relief from the twists and turns.

This being the longest part of the journey, is also a test of skills. The views and the proximity though will be able to keep the adrenaline pumping. A comfortable hotel room awaits in Leh, a warm shower, amazing food and a long night of rest.

Day 6: Leh (Rest Day)
Leh Shanti Stupa

The ancient capital of Ladakh, Leh rich in history and tradition will offer you a day of well-earned rest and relaxation. A community of various religions (Buddhism, Islam, Hinduism) co-existing in perfect harmony. It give a resemblance to Tibet. Many Tibetan refugees also live here who came here after incursion of China into Tibet.

Leh offers various tourist attraction, Leh Palace, Shanti Stupa, Trekking trails, Museum, Jama Masjid, Gurdwara Pathar Sahib just to name a few. The town has seen high tourist influx and thus the locals are very well aware of the language. Today you will rest and roam around in the city or market and visit souvenir shops.

 Day 7: Leh to Pangong Lake (170 KM)
Pangong-Lake-Leh

After you have rested and rejuvenated yourself, this day will bring another adventure. These remote regions provide an unmatched view of nature. Remote, desolate and mostly arid, the road is surprisingly well built and open access has been given recently.

The ride and the lake itself without exaggeration are one of the most pristine views in the world. It will be a long stretch but will be managed with breaks on regular interval. You will cross third highest mountain pass of the world today known as Chang La pass.

Pangong Lake which is the highest salt water lake situated at 14,270 ft. provides a back ground that seems to be taken out of fables and folk lore. The camp site will provide for relaxation and a perfect night with bonfire, music, stars and view of one of the most beautiful lakes in the world.

Day 8: Pangong Lake to Nubra valley (170 KM)

After breakfast, we say adieu to beautiful Pangong lake and continue ride to Shyok valley, Shyok valley is narrow and dusty with a beautiful road and view. In the middle of journey we shall cross the Shyok river. At Hunder in Nubra valley enjoy camel ride in sand dunes.

Bactrian camels Hunder nubra valley

Nubra is a relatively remote, less visited valley requiring special permits to visit as it is near to border area. The valley similar to the Tibetan plateau is a cold desert however there is limited agriculture possible adding a beautiful color to the surroundings.

The valley provides majestic views of Saser Kangri (2nd highest peak in India) and Siachen Glacier. The beautiful wilderness is also home to Bactrian double hump Camels.

Rich in fauna on the river beds, the valley offers a perfect recluse for the travelers looking for inner peace and comfort. The camp night will also be the last camp night in the shadow of the great mountains. You can also visit the Diskit monastery, oldest monastery in Nubra valley.

Day 9: Nubra Valley to Khardung La to Leh (140 KM)
Khardung La top Ladakh India on motorcycle

Today we travel from Nubra valley to Leh via Khardung La at 18,300 ft., worlds highest motor-able road. Road has got a transformation in recent years. It is now widened and construction work is still going on the widening of the road. Otherwise it was a narrow and dangerous road.

On khardungla top we’ll have a group Photograph as quick as possible as spending more then 15 minutes on a pass is not recommended due to the low oxygen level. So it is advised not to spend much time on pass.

Day 10: Leh to Tso Moriri (240 km)
Korzok village ladakh india

When going gets tough, the tough gets going. A day long journey with magnificent landscapes and a canyon. We’ll start our journey early in the morning, at Usphi checkpoint we turn left onto Chumathang road.

Enjoy you ride alongside Indus river. We’ll have lunch at Chumangthang and continue till Mahe checkpoint. You can also enjoy the hot springs on the way. At Mahe checkpoint we take right on Mahe bridge. After few kilometres take left from Sumdo village junction.

On the top Kyagar tso lake awaits you with beautiful white shores, ride past the lake till we stop at Korzok village, which is situated on the banks of Tso Moriri. It is a wetland conservation reserve.

Day 11: Tso Moriri to Leh  (220KM)
Tso kar rupshu valley ladakh India

The last day of motorbike journey takes you down to a trip back to Leh via Tso Kar. The beautiful unpaved road and the magnificent lake provide a final touch to an amazing adventure.

The 220 km traveling in one day is thus the fitting finale to an amazing journey, through mountain passes, desolated wilderness, tough weather conditions, an ode to the triumph of human will against all adversaries and odds.

Day 12: Leh to New Delhi (By Air)

Today we say goodbye to Leh and to each other. Your flights tickets to New Delhi will be given to you and a car will take you to the airport. This will be the end of our Himalayan Expedition.

Includes

  • Royal Enfield 500 / Himalayan 411 hired motorcycle
  • Tour Leader.
  • Fuel for the entire trip.
  • Twin Sharing Accommodation.
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
  • First Aid & Oxygen cylinder.
  • All permits and toll fees.
  • Domestic Air fare from Leh to Delhi.
  • Support & luggage vehicle with mechanic.

Excludes

  • International flights.
  • Any personal expense.
  • Motorcycle damage expenses.
  • Any extra meal other then mentioned.
  • Single supplement (if applicable).
  • Tips.
  • Liquor.

Ladakh Motorcycle Expedition

How to Book?

Season for this motorcycle tour opens from June to September. So you have to book atleast 2 months in advance. To book just send us a mail at info@extremetoursindia.com with your details.

  • You can pre-book a tour if there is more then 6 months remains in the tour departure without paying anything.
  • You have to pay 25% booking amount when it remains 6 months in the tour departure.
  • Deposit 100% of tour package amount prior to the 60 days of tour departure.

Refund & cancellation

  • Up to 60 days or more before the tour departure; Refund 100% of the paid amount.
  • Between 30 days to 59 days before the tour departure; Refund 50% of the paid amount.
  • 29 days or less before the tour departure; No refunds.

Check group tour departures for solo riders. If you are a group of minimum 4 persons then we can fully customize this itinerary as per your requirement.


The mountains shape people in many ways, just like forces of nature have shaped these colossal giants over many millenniums. We hope that when you reach back home, you get a new found understanding about nature, traveling, India. We pride ourselves in providing the best services, I really hope that your experience was worth remembering.

FAQs

Q: Does participant have to drive his own bike?

A: This is a self ride tour. Every rider have to drive his own bike. Motorbikes will be provided by Extreme Tours. One pillion is also allowed with a rider but we don’t recommend. To bring your own motorcycle from other country is also not an easy option. But still you can contact us if that is a required option for you.

Q: There is no fixed departure date can I still book Manali Ladakh Tour?

A: Yes, sure you can book this tour. If you are less then 4 riders you can prebook and we will inform you when there will be a group. Payment is not required in pre-booking. More then 4 riders can immediately book their departure. Contact us if you have any doubt.

Q: From where can I get the complete information to prepare for Ladakh trip?

A: We have prepared a Ladakh travel guide to prepare for this trip specially for the first time riders. After booking we let you guide on every step by providing relevant information.

Q: I am Solo Rider. Can I join the Tour?

A solo rider can join any of our fixed departure tour. Additionally We may also club you with tour groups subject to their permission.

Q: Is the motorcycle insurance included in the package?

A: A third party insurance is included within the tour package. And normal wear and tear is included in it. But for accidental damage you not buy the insurance separately. Contact us for the detail.

Ladakh – ‘Where The Time Stands Still’

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