Manali Ladakh Motorcycle Expedition
Duration: 12 Days | Price: $2200
|Duration||11 Nights / 12 Days|
|Total riding distance||1650 KM (approx)|
|Pick up / Drop||New Delhi|
Manali – Leh highway is the common route chosen by most of the riders. This two weeks motorcycle tour in Himalayan terrain is neither too slow nor is too fast. Exploring Himalayas on a Royal Enfield Motorcycle would be one of the unforgettable experience in your life. It is once in a lifetime trip.
- Royal Enfield Bullet Classic 500cc / Himalayan 411 CC 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.
- Bonfire at all camps.
- International flights.
- Any personal expense.
- Motorcycle damage expenses.
- Any extra meal other then mentioned.
- Single supplement (if applicable).
Himalayas is the known for its highest peaks and mountain passes. This expedition start from Manali and will end at the Leh in Ladakh. After cruising through the Manali Leh highway we will explore the places around Ladakh. This tour will be full of fun and adventure as we scale Himalayan heights and discover snow clad peaks, grasslands, lakes, rough plains and barren hills, the landscape 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.
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.
Ladakh contains the highest mountain passes in the world that is navigable by motor vehicles. You will reach up to the lofty elevations of 18,380-feet. This motorcycle expedition is for those with a true adventurous spirit. Blind corners, steep climbs and drops, and plenty of narrow twists and turns will take you through this spectacular landscape.
Ride Level is thrilling and varied from paved to dirt to gravel. It isn’t a route for the inexperienced biker, but an experienced rider will also find it enough of a challenge without being over faced. Temperatures can range from hot to quite cold, with rain, and even some snow possible. The weather is as unpredictable as the uncharted terrain, only adding to your adventure.
There is no better way to get to know this wild landscape than on the back of a motorcycle.
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. In custom tour we may provide you flight option as well.
Manali is a beautiful valley and a popular tourist destination of Himachal Pradesh located in the Himalaya. It is Known for its amazing weather, beautiful scenery and hospitable friendly locals you will get time to rest and get around the Town.
You will be rewarded by perfect Indian Cuisine as dinner in our chosen hotel. For the tired ones, a bed will await, for the adventurous, couple of drinks and a brilliant experience of star gazing!!
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.
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. The choice to spend the day rests totally on you.
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.
Once we reach Jispa, you will be treated to a high class hotel or camp by the river with all modern facilities despite the secluded and remote nature of Jispa. Take your time to acclimatize. The adventure is just about to begin.
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 pass), the connecting pass between Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh (Jammu & Kashmir). It is one of of the dangerous passes 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 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.
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.
The highest 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.
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, turn and although it is not fully paved, it is still a comfort for most bikers.
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.
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 (Budhism, Islam, Hinduism) co-existing in perfect harmony.
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 ans visit souvenir shops.
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.
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.
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 jouney we shall cross the Shyok river. At Hunder in Nubra valley enjoy camel ride on sand dunes.
Nubra is a relatively remote, less visited valley requiring special permits to visit due to ownership disputes with Pakistan and China. The valley similar to the Tibetan plateau is a cold desert however there is 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.
Today we travel from Nubra valley to Leh via Khardung La at 18,300 ft., worlds highest motor-able road. The Road is narrow and snaky in nature but tarred till North Pullu. From North Pullu the road is a gravel trap due to ongoing construction of road till Khardungla and a couple of Kilometers beyond.
On khardungla top we’ll have a group Photograph and a cup of tea only if everybody feels okay as AMS could struck to anybody due to lack off oxygen.
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 Chumangthang road.
Enjoy you drive alongside Indus river. We’ll have lunch at Chumangthang and continue till Mahe checkpoint. At Mahe checkpoint we take right on Mahe bridge. After few kilometers take left from Sumdo village junction.
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.
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 journey.
This tour is available for booking from June to September every year. We also conduct fixed departure group tours, so that solo riders can join the group and enjoy the tour. Check group tour departures. If you are a group of minimum 4 riders then we can fully customize expedition as per your requirement. Please contact us via email.
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.
This is a self drive 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.
You can only bring your motorcycle if it is registered on your name otherwise local laws will not let you ride through Ladakh.
We have prepared a Ladakh travel guide to prepare for Ladakh trip.
If you are a group then we can customize the tour as per your requirement. Just send us an email.
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