Classic Himalayan Raid
When it comes to motorcycle trip in Asia, Ladakh Bike trip is regarded as the best and that exactly a Classic Himalayan Raid is all about, a breathtaking adventure into the land of high passes. One too many call it the ‘Route 66’ of India. Many Adventure motorcyclist enthusiast around the globe comes to Ladakh every year to taste the twisted bends of Himalayas.
In this Ladakh Motorcycle trip, experience riding through the untouched mountains, Khardung La; world’s highest motorable mountain pass, numerous water crossing and a river crossing. See how Ladakhi Nomads are living there in such treacherous conditions from ages and visit some of the highest lakes of the globe.
Moderate : In Ladakh, as weather is likely to change on a day to day basis thus making driving a little tricky. The two mountain passes Khardung La and Chang La especially Chang La, here the weather changes in hours from bright sunny to rain to hailstorm to heavy snowfall.
The roads in Ladakh also present a challenge to driver as it could be twisted as a hair pin bend and steep as a mountain. Some stretches are full off water, gravel and sand which presents a tough challenge to bikers. With off road kilometers almost equal to on road’s it would be quite an adventure.
Places to see
- Leh Fort
- Lamayuru Monastery
- Khardung La
- Nubra valley
- Pangong Lake
- Chang La
- Tso Moriri
- Tso Kar
- Naki La
- Gata Loops
- Baralacha La
- Rohtang Pass
Day 1: Leh
On arrival at Leh airport, you will be transferred to your hotel. After breakfast, in a group meet and greet you’ll briefed about law and regulations of India, do’s and don’ts. Next is up to you, If you are feeling good go for a short walk to Leh bazaar(market) or trek to the Leh fort and if not, stay in your hotel try to keep up with fluids, drink lot of water as AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) can be a factor on day 1. Do not worry it would be long gone by the next morning.
Day 2: Leh – Lamayuru – Leh (220kms)
After breakfast, get accustomed to your motorcycle as we go for a flat out drive to Lamayuru Monastery. we will have lunch on the way and than we shall return to hotel in Leh through the same route.
Day 3: Leh – Khardung La – Nubra Valley (140 kms)
Today, we’ll cross the mighty Khardung la and drive out to Hunder in Nubra valley. Hunder is a cold high altitude desert. With a brief stop at the Khardung La top for the pictures, we continue till North pullu. At North pullu checkpoint we’ll stop for the lunch. From north pullu onwards road is very narrow and snaky, so ride with caution. At Hunder enjoy camel ride on Sand dunes and evening bonfire at camp site.
Day 4: Nubra Valley – Pangong Lake (160 kms)
After breakfast, we’ll leave for the majestic Pangong lake lies deep in Himalayas on Indo-China border. Today’s journey going to be more nomadic as we drive through the barren Shyok valley. Road is very twisty and narrow and river shyok runs along with it. We’ll ride on sand at some patches and cross the river shyok at one point as there is no bridge on it. At Durbuk, we shall have the lunch and continue our journey to Pangong lake. At Pangong lake, you’ll be transfer to your camp and rest of the evening belongs to you.
Day 5: Pangong Lake – Leh (160 kms)
Today we’ll ride back to Leh city through mighty Chang La. Journey won’t take much time but weather at Chang La is very unpredictable and this would make journey long. Also, road is in very bad shape at Chang La due to high traffic at the top. But we shall reach Leh by 3 or 4 o’ clock so you’ll have plenty of time to shop.
Day 6: Leh – Tso Moriri (240 kms)
Starting today the next 3 days are the longest part of the journey. We shall have a early breakfast as the journey would take at least 7 hrs. We drive past Upshi into the Chumathang valley through a narrow but beautiful canyon. Indus river runs along side the road. This route is considered to be the best among the biking community in India. The road is a mix of Tar & gravel. At Korzok village, which is the starting point of the lake also the last point where a foreigner can visit, you’ll be transferred to your camp. Visit the lake in the evening or early morning. If lucky we could see native animal Himalayan Kiang.
Day 7: Tso Moriri – Sarchu (230 kms)
Today we shall set out to leave Ladakh Valley and enter into Lahual valley of Himachal Pradesh. We take left turn from Sumdo village and drive past stunningly beautiful lake Tso Kar towards Moore Plains. Tso Kar has huge salt deposit on it’s banks. At more plains junction,we take left towards Pang. Here, we’ll have lunch and tea break.
After lunch, we ride past the dusty – gravel stretch of Pang-Lachung la to Nakee la. We’ll ride down through Gata loops, it’s a stretch of 21 hair pin bends and continue our journey till Sarchu night camp site.
Day 8: Sarchu – Manali (230 kms)
It will be the final leg of our Classic Himalayan Raid. After morning breakfast, we’ll ride to Baralacha La mountain pass. After Baralacha la it’s going to be smooth sailing till Manali. We shall have our lunch at Darcha and then we move on to Rohtang Pass, the last piece in the puzzle. At Manali, you’ll be transferred to you hotel. Dinner will be served in the hotel and you can have few drinks because we worth it.
Day 9: Manali
Today belongs to you, do whatever you want to do. Go for shopping on The Mall road, visit hot water springs at Vashisht, visit the famous Hidimba ttemple. We shall have lunch at The Mall. We’ll conclude our journey with the dinner at the famous il Forno.
Day 10: Manali – Delhi (By Air)
Today we say goodbye to each other. Your flight tickets to New Delhi will be handed over to you and a cab will take you to the Bhuntar airport in Kullu.