Over the past decade, there has been a big surge in the number of travelers visiting the unexplored regions in the Northern Himalayas. Out of all the relatively new Himalayan Destinations, Ladakh has become the most visited over the last few years. Travelling to Ladakh by road has become one of the most sought after road trips in the country. Adventure lovers from all over the world visit this ‘Land of High Passes’ during the period between June to September. Although Leh, the biggest city in Ladakh, has a well-connected airport, the majority of the people prefer to travel to Ladakh by road. In fact, Manali Leh Manali Bike Tour has given a whole new definition to motorcycling in India.
As suggested by the name, Manali Leh Manali Bike Tour starts from the bustling tourist town of Manali. Riders coming through Delhi can take an overnight bus to reach Manali and then spend a day getting acclimatized to the altitude. Although the distance between Manali and Leh is a mere 472km, it takes three days to reach as one has to acclimatize by taking a couple of halts in places such as Jispa and Sarchu. The primary reason motorcycle enthusiasts do this trip is the fact that it comes with various challenges such as unpredictable weather and slushy dirt tracks. The 11-day motorbike trip to Ladakh offers a tonne of adventures such as crossing few of the highest motorable roads in the world and camping in vastly remote places.
Day 00: Delhi(321m) to Manali | 530km
Arrive in Delhi on your own and in the evening, board an overnight bus to Manali. The location/time regarding the bus is going to be provided in advance.
Day 01: Arrival in Manali(2050m)
Altitude Gain - 1729m
Highlights - Bike Allocation, Manali Exploration
Arrive in Manali in the morning and meet the Adventure Nation team at the pre-booked hotel. After resting for some time, be available to attend the orientation session conducted by our on-ground team. Later in the afternoon, the bikes will be allotted so you may take it for a spin and check if it’s aligned to your riding style. The popular places to explore in Manali are Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Village, Mall road, Old Manali lane, etc. You have the liberty to visit places of your own choice. Later, have dinner at the hotel and stay overnight.
Day 02: Manali to Jispa(3200m) | 140km
Grade/Duration - Moderate/Approx. 8 Hours
Altitude Gain - 1150m
Highlights - Solang Valley, Rohtang La(Pass)
Today, we are going to start our Ladakh expedition by riding towards Jispa on the much-celebrated Manali-Leh Highway. Leaving early is pivotal as we need to cross the mighty Rohtang Pass (3978m) early in the day before it gets too crowded. After crossing Rohtang, the landscape changes drastically as we enter the Lahaul and Spiti District. The lush green grasslands disappear and the barren slopes of the cold dessert take over. We continue the ride towards Jispa crossing the quaint mountain towns of Sissu and Keylong. Arrive at the destination early in the evening and have an adventurous overnight stay in tents.
Day 03: Jispa to Padum (3669m) | 140km
Grade/Duration - Difficult/Approx. 7 Hours
Altitude Gain - 469m
Highlights - Shinku La, Phuktal Gompa, Riding along Tsarap River
Keep yourself completely hydrated by drinking a tonne of water as we are going to spend the night at a relatively high altitude. Today’s ride is one of the shortest rides of the expedition but the adrenaline level remains high as the terrain is full of adventure. We shall be riding on the relativey new Lahaul-Zanskar road via Shinku La. The ride is trecherous but filled with stunning landscapes. We shall be witnessing the magnificent Mt. Gumbo and would have fun-filled river crossings. If time permits, we shall go for a short hike to the Phuktal Gompa. Arrive at Padum later in the day and be prepared for a rather adventurous overnight stay in a tent.
Day 04: Padum to Kargil (2676m) | 240km
Grade/Duration - Difficult/Approx. 8 Hours
Altitude Loss - 993m
Highlights - Off-roading trails, Scenic ride
Start riding after an early breakfast as today’s going to be a long but exciting day of riding. Water-Crossings are a common sight on the road while riding to Kargil and the ideal time to cross them is early in the day. The ride is going to be a long, and umcortable at times, but full of scenic landscapes all through. Arrive in Kargil after riding through the day and check-in at the hotel. Stay overnight.
Day 05: Kargil to Leh(3500m) | 220km
Grade/Duration - ModerateApprox. 6 Hours
Altitude Gain- 824m
Highlights - Namika La, Fotu La, Lamayuru Monastery,
Today’s ride is going to be comparatively more comfortable as the roads between Kargil and Leh are relatively decent. We again start early in the morning from the hotel and soon after riding for a couple hours, we are going to cross two high passes known as Namika La(3700m) and Fotu La(4108m). Both of these passes are located in the Zanskar region. Another two hours of riding takes us to Lamayuru, which is home to the highest located monastery in the region. Not that the journey until Lamayuru is boring, but the landscape after crossing the village is extraordinary. We continue to ride towards Leh through a spectacular moonscape and reach our destination in the evening. After arriving in the biggest city in Ladakh, check into the hotel and rest for a while. Later, if time permits, you may go out and take a stroll in the Leh market. Stay overnight.
Day 06: Leh to Nubra (3048m) | 160km
Grade/Duration - Difficult/Approx. 7 Hours
Altitude Loss - 452m
Highlights - Khardung La, Diskit Monastery
After a rather relaxed day in Leh, we continue our expedition and start riding towards Nubra Valley through what’s considered the highest motorable road in the world i.e. Khardung La(5359m). The road towards the pass is well paved and tarred till the checkpoint near South Pullu and after crossing the checkpoint, the road starts to get slushy with loose rocks on one side. Get yourself clicked after reaching Khardung La and hit the road quickly as it is not safe to spend much time on top of the pass due to the high altitude and thin air. We stop for a quick lunch after climbing down from the pass and then continue our journey. After riding for another couple of hours, we make a brief stop to visit the 32m high Maitreya Buddha statue in Diskit Monastery. Our arrival in the valley will be welcomed by the white sand dunes and the sightings of the double-hump Bactrian camels grazing. Stay overnight at the hotel/campsite.
Day 07: Nubra to Pangong(4250m) | 260km
Grade/Duration - Difficult/Approx. 8 Hours
Altitude Gain -1202m
Highlights - Riding along Shyok River, Water Crossings
After having breakfast, we start riding towards the most photographed destination in Ladakh, Pangong Lake. Despite the fact that we are not going to cross any high pass today, the ride should be quite interesting as we ride on the much less traveled road via Shyok. Most of our ride is going to be along the beautiful Shyok River and through the villages like Agham, Shyok, Durbuk, and Tangste. The road remains slushy along with some exciting water crossings and rocky terrain so being cautious is important. After crossing Durbuk, the last stretch of the ride is going to be along the lake. From the very first glimpse, the lake leaves an everlasting impression on the visitors. Get yourself photographed and just admire the wonder that is this shimmering blue lake. Overnight stay in tents.
Day 08: Pangong to Leh(3500m) | 150km
Grade/Duration - Moderate/Approx. 5 Hours
Altitude Loss - 750m
Highlights - Chang La, Druk White Lotus School
Wake up to an enchanting sunrise over Pangong Tso and recommence your Ladakh expedition. Today we are going to ride the same route that we rode yesterday and after crossing Durbuk, we will start climbing the third highest motorable pass in the world, Chang La(5360m). After crossing Chang La, we halt for Lunch. After eating, we start our journey to Lah via Karu from where we start riding on the Manali-Leh Highway. Just before reaching Leh, we are going to pass through the Thiksey monastery and the popular Druk White Lotus School. There will be a short halt to explore the monastery and take some pictures. After riding for approximately an hour, we will arrive in Leh for the second time during the expedition. Stay Overnight in a hotel.
Day 09: Leh to Sarchu(4290m) | 250km
Grade/Duration - Moderate/Approx. 6 Hours
Altitude Gain - 790m
Highlights - Gata loops, Nakee La, Lachung La, Morey Plains, Tanglang La, Riding along Indus River
After witnessing all the wonderful things that Ladakh had to offer, it’s time to head back. We are again going to take the Manali-Leh Highway and ride through all the high passes to make our way back to Sarchu. Reach Sarchu early in the evening and relax at the campsite. Sleeping at high altitude is going to be less of a problem this time as you are better acclimatized to the weather and conditions. Overnight stay in a tent.
Day 10: Sarchu to Manali(2050m) | 230km
Grade/Duration - Moderate/Approx. 10 Hours
Altitude Loss - 2240m
Highlights - Baralacha La, Suraj Tal, Keylong, Rohtang La
Wake up early in the morning and get ready for what’s going to be the last day of riding on this expedition. We are going to continue our journey on the Manali-Leh Highway and reach Manali by late evening after crossing places such as Baralacha la, Keylong, and Rohtang La. After arriving in Manali, check in to the hotel and return the bike. Later go out with your recently made friends and explore Manali on your own. Stay overnight.
Day 11: Departure from Manali
Wake up nice and easy and have breakfast at the hotel. Today, you have half a day to explore Manali and later catch the overnight bus to Delhi.
Package Price Details:
|Pacakge||Package Cost||Discount||Offer Price|
|Own Bike - Solo Rider Without fuel||5000||22999|
|Own Bike - with Pillion Without fuel||5000||22999|
|Single Rider with RE Himalayan including fuel||5000||44999|
|Dual Rider with RE Himalayan including fuel||5000||32999|
|Innova / Tempo Traveller||5000||34999|
|Single sharing Supplement Cost||10000||0||10000|
Accommodation: Reporting Place: 05:00 PM at RK Ashram Volvo Bus Stand
Documents to carry:
1) 4 - Passport size photographs
2) Original Photo ID (voter card/ passport/PAN card/ Aadhar card)
3) Driving Licence – Original
4) If bringing your own bike, all documents related to your bike should be submitted along with insurance papers
Adventure Nation shall not be liable for any loss, cost, expense, damage, delay, missed connections, or any other consequential damages or losses which may be the direct or indirect result of any actions taken by it as stated above.
Section 01: Package without Motorcycle
Section 02: Package with Motorbike
Section 03: Package with MUV